Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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Hornet Moth, Sesia apiformis: Hymenopteran biomimic.

Tvärminnen eläintieteellinen asema
(Tvärminne Zoological field research station) in southwestern Finland.
[read more about it: English :: Suomeksi :: På Svenska]

Image: Bob O’Hara, 15 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

This insect is sitting on my camera (to give you a sense of size). I would happily share all my gorgeous photographs with you (several of which were stunning), but my camera batteries died while I was photographing and didn’t save roughly 100 images, including 35 pictures I took of this creature. (Grrrrrrrr!)

Another look at that Hymenopteran biomimic (moth).

Tvärminnen eläintieteellinen asema
(Tvärminne Zoological field research station) in southwestern Finland.
[read more about it: English :: Suomeksi :: På Svenska]

Image: Bob O’Hara, 15 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

There’s some problems with Nature Networks’ code properly displaying embedded videos, so I’ll give it a try here;

Video by Bob O’Hara, commentary provided by Mike and Johan, and the perch (camera) provided by me.

Comments

  1. #1 MadScientist
    July 15, 2009

    Aww, such a pity your batteries ran down. :( I have 2 batteries which works fine for me because I never do anything serious these days. I have 2 extra memory cards too but I think I need 1 or 2 more.

    For rabid photographers I’d recommend 1 or 2 spare batteries and a roll-up solar panel with a charger for the batteries. (Says the lazy guy who doesn’t even carry his tripod around these days then whines about not having a good tripod when one is needed.)

    Back in the bad old days when I did somewhat serious work I even had a satchel with a fairly hefty sealed lead-acid battery for very fast cycling on my flash. If you don’t want to carry a solar panel around, such a battery offers another option for powering the camera charger in the field. Alternatively (for the really rabid), alter the camera to plug into a lead-acid battery (requires some extra electronics).

  2. #2 David Harmon
    July 16, 2009

    Waitasec — you lost photos because your battery ran down? Whatever happened to non-volatile memory?

  3. #3 windy
    July 17, 2009

    “Science camp”? I hope there’s no drinking going on over there!