Photo Synthesis

Archives for April, 2009

Whirligig at the surface

Whirligig beetles inhabit the interface between air and water. The series below depicts Dineutes sublineatus, a large species common in the mountain streams of Arizona.

In Argentina, an ant-decapitating fly (Pseudacteon sp.) attempts to separate a fire ant (Solenopsis sp.) from her nestmates: More photos- and the story behind them- below.

Ant-hunting from low earth orbit

A screen capture in Google Earth reveals a pattern of pasture freckles in Entre Rios, Argentina. How about a closer look? I drove past the site last week, and the landscape at ground level sports an array of domed mounds, each about half a meter in height: And the little engineer behind the mounds? Camponotus…

Getting ahead in the colony

Argentine ant (Linepithema humile) worker and queen Córdoba, Argentina photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 20D ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, twin flash diffused through tracing paper


Hello Science Blogs! I am Alex Wild, and insofar as Photo Synthesis is concerned, Mr. April. No centerfolds, fortunately for you. I normally blog elsewhere, but I am here at Photo Synthesis for the month and honored that the Science Blogs crew chose me as their inaugural photoblogger. I became a photographer by accident. As…


Welcome to ScienceBlogs’ new photo blog, Photo Synthesis. While doing our usual browsing of the blogosphere, we’ve become aware of the vast number of excellent blogs featuring science imagery, from neural networks captured with a light microscope to images of supernovae billions of light-years away. To take advantage of this wealth of visual content, we’ve…

In the beginning