Thursday, July 31, 2008

More Sock Creatures

Since our time in Atlanta is coming to a close, we decided to have a photo shoot yesterday at Planet Studio. These are three of many sock creatures that have come into existence this summer. While they may seem more at home in a drawer or amongst dirty clothes, we figured posing them in front of a white background was good enough for documentary purposes. Ellen made the ninja for me. He's one of my favorites.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Yesterday we went to these botanical gardens with some local friends. They had a bunch of cool frogs and turtles, as well as some interesting plants. The frogs were all behind glass and the turtles underwater so I couldn't get any photos of them. These are the undersides of leaves from the Tropical Rotunda exhibit. The plants were taller than me.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Jewelweed Profile

Ellen and I were taking a walk today during lunch and I spotted this interesting little flower. After some research I found out it is called jewelweed. Apparently the sap from this plant is nature's poison ivy treatment. Even more amazing is the flower's ability to mimic Alfred Hitchcock's profile. Nature provided us with a lesson and a laugh today.

Note: If you don't understand the Hitchcock reference, you should. Ask Jeeves or something.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sunday Walk

Ellen and I went on a walk today. It has rained quite a bit the past couple weeks, which has helped these guys to grow a lot bigger. It isn't the prettiest, but it is a fairly interesting mushroom. The top looks like a burnt marshmallow.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Georgia Aquarium/Mall

Today we went to the Georgia Aquarium. It was packed. It was a little less aquarium/animals than I would have liked. A friend told us it was like going to a mall with sea creatures. Oddly enough, it was. They had some cool things to see, though. I wanted to see some whale sharks, and did. They are in the photos below, although it may take some effort to see them. They did swim closer, but the photos weren't as good. Shooting through plexiglass in low light isn't easy. The highlight, however, was being able to pet some sting rays and bonnet head sharks. Ellen tried to grab a shark and got us in trouble. She wasn't following the two finger petting rule.

If you want to see some impressive aquarium photographs, go to David Stuart's link on the right and look at portfolio one. It's good.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

High Museum

Yesterday we went to the High Museum of Art. It was pretty cool. They had a few photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Carleton Watkins, among other things. I was disappointed, however, that I was not able to see some of Maggie Taylor's work. The museum has some in their collection but it wasn't on display. The nice part was that we didn't have to pay to get in thanks to the Fulton County residence free Saturday promotion.