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I believe that all new scientific discoveries should be announced via cake, don't you?
[pushing back glasses and consulting clipboard] Ladies and gentlemen, I'm proud to present...
The Majestic Bagel-Nosed Falcon of Uganda!
Or it might be a fish. Fish...falcon...you know. Whatevs.
[Shuffling papers] Next we have...
The Majestic Happy Chicken-Footed Spiny-Backed Slime Devil.
(Watch out; they spit.)
We're still working on the scientific name for this one:
So for now let's just call it the Majestic Coiled Crap Hound.
(I think that has a real ring to it, don't you?)
Here we have a particularly colorful specimen:
The Majestic Disco Newt! Let's pause a moment to admire his beautiful plumage.
Right. That's long enough.
And finally, we have...
The Majestic Three-Toed Four-Eyed Whiskered Zebra Toad.
(Yeah, you heard me. ZooBorns, eat your heart out.)
Thanks to Kelly D., Kit R., Caitlin B., Jordan J. and Donald L., who are all, er, majestic.
I’m getting a smidgen better at taking pictures of these little glowy dudes. The secret, which is not a secret at all, is long exposures on steady platforms, and low ISO settings so you don’t blow out the picture. This one, which is actually a detail of a larger photo, is a 20 second exposure at ISO 250 at late dusk (close to 10 pm here because it was literally the night before the solstice), so the sky was darker than it is here. I used the birdbath in the front yard as a platform.
I was focused on the fireflies but as you can see a little here, and rather better in the photo linked above, I caught some stars in there too, as well as twenty seconds of their movement across the sky, which was apparently just long enough to catch some streaking. I think this is pretty cool.
I’ll probably post one or two more firefly photos before the season is done. I think they’re pretty.