Archive for the 'Photography' Category

The Swallowtail Works Like A Bee [Photo Gallery]

Monday, October 6th, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee

While hiking in the foothills, I chanced upon a swallowtail butterfly, busily working like a bee. I must not seem threatening, because this sweetie allowed me to observe and photograph him for about an hour.

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A swallowtail butterfly I chanced upon while hiking in the mountains. Photo © 2008 netwmd.com, LLC. Click to purchase.

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The Praying Mantis [Photo Series]

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Editor’s note: netWMD has decided to expand its horizons beyond political issues.

“Placing them in the same jar, the male, in alarm, endeavoured to escape. In a few minutes the female succeeded in grasping him. She first bit off his front tarsus, and consumed the tibia and femur. Next she gnawed out his left eye…it seems to be only by accident that a male ever escapes alive from the embraces of his partner.” Leland Ossian Howard, Science, 1886. …
[~from Serendip]

Eh, too much shock value. Apparently, this cannibalism can be an artifact of scientists observing mantids in captivity. Serendip continues:

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Mantis scissor-hands. Photo © 2008 netwmd.com, LLC.

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Québec City Celebrates 400th Anniversary [Photo Gallery]

Friday, September 5th, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Calling Quebec City “picturesque” is an understatement. The center of French culture in the Western Hemisphere, it is perched above the mighty St. Lawrence seaway. Outdoor activities like whale-watching, cross-country skiing, biking, and roller-blading are the norm. Arts and artists abound, from opera to street musicians, to galleries, to art museums. First-class restaurants cater to almost any palate. Since 1608, the Quebecois have tenaciously preserved their beautiful culture and are celebrating their capital city’s 400th anniversary.

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Vieux-Port of Quebec City (old port). Photo (c) 2008 microIT Infrastructure, LLC.

In 1535, French explorer Jacques Cartier landed near present-day Quebec City. Another French explorer, Samuel de Champlain, officially founded the city in 1608. Through various trials and tribulations, the Quebecois have preserved and enhanced French culture in North America. Quebec is home to one of the largest French populations outside France. Indeed, nearby Montreal is the largest French-speaking city outside of France. I say “French-speaking” because first and foremost, most of the people of Quebec consider themselves Quebecois, and consider Quebec their homeland — not France.

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Parliament Building (Hotel du Parlement) – Quebec City. Photo (c) 2008 microIT Infrastructure, LLC.

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The American-Indians: We understand terrorism [Image Gallery]

Monday, August 25th, 2008

By Andrew L. Jaffee

Albuquerque, NM — A peaceful riot of color and motion, all timed to the drumbeat of archetypal Indian rhythms and chants — such was the atmosphere at North America’s largest pow-wow, the Gathering of Nations (GON) 2008, held April 25 and 26. Themes of tradition, family, and service to country and tribe dominated the event.

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Navajo basket dance. Photo (c) 2008 microIT Infrastructure, LLC
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Waiting in line for early-bird tickets before the pow-wow, I kibbutzed with a young Navajo woman. Her husband will be serving in Iraq for another five months. Native Americans have a higher enlistment rate in the U.S. armed forces than any other ethnic group.

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