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Living Creatures

birdie bath time…

 

Rub a dub dub!!!  Thirteen seagulls in the ocean tub!  This photo was taken on Trunk Bay in the late afternoon.  I was thoroughly enjoying the birds splashing around, in all of their frenzied excitement in the shallow surf.  I love that this pic captures all of that movement and activity!

Of course, the photo was taken with the Canon Powershot G12…my best travel buddy!

Stay tuned for more tropical paradise photos!


all the stars in the sea…

 

I see a sea star!!!!  And a whole school of tiny fishies!!!  I mean, seriously.  Could those fish have swum by at a better time?!?  This lovely (large…approximately 12 inches across!) starfish was spotted at Maho Bay on St. John, USVI.  Super stoked to take this photo because I received an underwater housing for my Canon Powershot G12 for Christmas in preparation for this upcoming trip full of promising underwater photos!  So, photo is courtesy of the Powershot G12, underwater housing, my hands, luck for making me almost step on this thing while wading through the water, and nature with her impeccable timing.

Stay tuned for more shots!


big sur…

So, from this point forward in our journey down the California coast, we start into some of my favorite photos EVER.  The coastline became just stunning around Monterrey/Big Sur areas on Highway 1.  Especially Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur.  Seriously.  Go there.  Its incredible.  I rather like the view shown in this post’s photo…but wait until the next post.  Its like a dreamscape.  OMIGOSH.  I’m so excited for the next post.  I’ve seriously been just waiting to post it since I started this California series and ITS ALMOST TIME!!!!

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So, this photo was taken from the walking trail that takes you out to McWay Falls in the Park.  This is the view from the “other side”.  Not to be taken lightly.  I would have been satisfied with just this view!!!  But just you wait…

And the little specks on the beach is a flock of seagulls.  Oh, and if you’d like to imagine the soundtrack that went along with this wondrous nature view, it went something like this: “CRAZY LOUD OCEAN WAVES.  INSANE WIND NOISE.  SEA LION HOWLING.”  Ah, yes.  Nature.

Taken with the Canon Powershot G12.  Minor exposure fixes in Photoshop CS5.


It’s a blob, it’s a lump…IT’S A SEA LION!!!!

Tons of them!!!  Pier 39 near Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco is home to a very happy clan of sea lions that get to while their days away in the California sun (and fog).  Apparently, the sea lions had left for several years but recently returned and re-took over the pier.  Welcome home, pinniped fishermen, welcome home.

Of course, this photo was taken with the Canon Powershot G12.  Stay tuned for more!  Fair warning:  I’m super busy right now enjoying post-graduation life, so it will probably be a couple of weeks until my next post.

That said, I would like to officially introduce you to “Elizabeth Iannone, M.D.”!!!!!  Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Graduated medical school on May 11th!  Finally, after only 22  years of school (hehe).  Watch out world, because here comes Dr. Shutterbug.


the rock…

Alcatraz, in Black and White.  Captures the haunting aspect of the island prison.

Alcatraz, in color.  With a seagull!

Alrighty, folks.  If you don’t like this post, I’m going to be forced to send you to Alcatraz and throw away the key!  Just kidding, just kidding.  These photos are pretty self-explanatory.  I unfortunately did not get a chance to visit the prison in my 2-day stay (although I did manage to visit In-n-Out Burger twice…priorities, my friends.  “Animal Style” burger and fries is seriously like crack.  Crack that you can’t get on the East Coast).  But, hey!  I have to leave something to do on my return trip (hmmm…lunch at In-n-Out on the way to Alcatraz?  The burger joint is close to from where the tours leave!)

So, which of these photos do you prefer?  I think I’m leaning towards the black and white version…kind of a throwback to when the prison was in use and accentuates the eeriness of the place.  And if you’re thinking that the photo was taken with the tilt-shift technique…it wasn’t!  I know, it looks like it was, but its just a plain ol’ shot from Pier 39 across the bay.  Guess I lucked out for the bonus effect.  As for the color image, c’mon…that seagull could not have been in a better spot if I could have glued him to the sky!  🙂

So, please vote in my little poll:

Oh!  I almost forgot to state the obvious:  all photos taken with the Canon Powershot G12.  Forget that newfangled G1X that just came out…I love my G12 (and my lenses/underwater housing won’t fit the new version…a very expensive reason to stick with the G12!).  Stay tuned for more of California!

And yes, I mentioned an underwater housing for the G12.  A gracious Christmas present from my family for use in my upcoming trip to St. John, USVI!!!  Eeeeeek!!!!  SO EXCITED!!!!  Can’t wait to share those photos…but first, I need to get there 😉


happy cows come from california…

 

The skinny on this post:  Happy Cows Come from California.  ‘Nuff said.  Eat cheese, drink milk, and be merry.

Taken with the Canon Powershot G12 on our way up to Santa Rosa, CA via Highway 1.  Indeed, the hills are alive, with the sound of…cows.

I don’t know about you, but I think that these cows look like some of the happiest cows I have ever seen.  How could you not be happy when you live in such beautiful sun-drenched scenery?  This reminds me of a mildly related, brief poem by a dear friend of mine:

I wish I were a glowworm

For they are never glum.

How can you be unhappy

When the sun shines out your bum?


happy holidays…

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Well, it may be a bit after the holidays, but I completely forgot to post this in a more timely manner!!

A few weeks ago, I got an email from my PI at my old lab that I worked at in undergrad saying that one of the images I took on the scanning electron microscope (SEM) was being used for one of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) holiday cards!  Obviously, I was floored!  So, here it is:  the holiday card featuring my SEM image of “Dog Vomit Mold.”  No joke.  That’s the name of it.  Scientific name:  Fuligo septica.  I scraped it off the mulch in front of my brother’s house years ago, processed it for SEM, and took pictures!  Mmmmm….nothing says happy holidays quite like dog vomit mold.  At least the image is colored blue so they sort of look like snowflakes!

Hope everyone is starting 2011 on the right foot!  Happy New Year!

P.S.  Stay tuned for a few more relics from my undergrad research days…and more photography!