Photo Synthesis

Thanks, ScienceBlogs!

Well. A month has flown by, the lease is up, and the SB landlord is banging on the door to get the keys back. Something about an explosive new tenant needing the place. Supposed to be a blast.

So here it is. My final Photo Synthesis post, fitting in one last ant before the blog really takes off. Can I stop with the rocket humor already? No. I can’t. There’s simply too much fuel to change trajectory. (Help! Make it stop!)

In any case, it’s been a pleasure participating in the ScienceBlogs community. I thank you all for reading, commenting, lurking, and sending all the emails and suggestions. You’ve been lovely and I’ve had a fantastic time.

If you enjoyed the insect imagery over the past month, feel free to visit my image galleries as well as my usual blog. I’ve also got some freebie insect wallpapers to remedy your desktop’s tragic lack of entomological inspiration.

Now let’s give Steve Jurvetson a big welcome.

Pogonomyrmex maricopa, Arizona


  1. #1 Sarabeth
    May 10, 2009

    I have lurked, but I did want to tell you how much I have enjoyed the posts and the photos. My children have viewed the photos along with me and now have a new appreciation for ants. So, you’ve had an impact on three children, ages 3, 5, and 7.

  2. #2 Rana
    May 10, 2009

    Thank you so much for the wonderful photography – and the commentary! I have thoroughly enjoyed both.

  3. #3 Eronarn
    May 10, 2009

    I love both ants and rocketry, so I’m glad I won’t have to choose between them! Thanks for the photos.

  4. #4 Jason A.
    May 10, 2009

    I’ve just been lurking, but being your last post I thought I’d say I found your photos fascinating, ants really are little animals instead of just dots that sneak in my house and get on my food. I mean, duh, but your pictures drove it home. A whole world I never thought much about before!

  5. #5 liudvikas
    May 10, 2009

    I enjoyed your photos immensely. Thank you very much for great posts.

  6. #6 Virginia Burnett
    May 10, 2009

    We have really enjoyed all of your posts! We’ll have to stop by and visit you at ‘home’ so that my Maxx can get his fix of insect close-ups. 🙂

  7. #7 chezjake
    May 10, 2009

    I’m another of those who’ve been lurking and enjoying and learning this past month. Thanks a lot. I’ll be over to visit your blog as well.

  8. #8 Chris Doms
    May 10, 2009

    I had no idea this blog would be so short lived – I’ve absolutely loved it since I first saw a link on PZ Myers’ blog.

  9. #9 Diggitt
    May 10, 2009

    You have been great — photos and text too. Ditto to all the other praise.

  10. #10 Greg Laden
    May 11, 2009

    Well, that was quite a ride, thanks very much!

  11. #11 Erin
    May 11, 2009

    We couldn’t have asked for a better person to start off Photo Synthesis, Alex! Thanks for all your effort and your truly stupendous photos.

  12. #12 Arikia
    May 11, 2009

    Thanks a bunch Alex! Your photography is amazing this was really phenomenal.

  13. #13 Alex
    May 11, 2009

    You’re all far too kind.

  14. #14 Esmeralda
    May 11, 2009

    Humbug! Both you and afarensis are getting chucked- Major bummer- I enjoyed both of your posings.

  15. #15 Alex
    May 11, 2009

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m “getting chucked”. I’ve been invited by the powers that be to move the Myrmecos Blog over to the SB network. I’ll probably take a couple months to mull that over while I get some work done in the lab. In the meantime, leaving is entirely my decision.

    Photo Synthesis is a rotating photo blog and I’ve served my allotted time. But a bigger problem for me is that I only photograph in my spare time. I’ve just burned through two years of my best imagery in a single month. If I keep photoblogging at this pace I’ll be down to posting shots of my toenail clippings by August.

    I agree about Afarensis. I don’t know what happened there but it’s sad to see him shuttered.

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