Some of my first attempts to take some trendy macro photographs of various actions. These are a couple of samples of macro photos I took of research in San Ramon. Allison was usually in charge of releasing and calling out artificial leaves into the streams and Mike was timing the releases – thus, our two hand models. I wish that I had played around with the depth of field a little more on these, but I still think they came out well. It’s difficult to take this type of photograph in the field, particularly in a dark, canopy-covered stream bed.
Any available free time in San Ramon, Mike, Erin, Allison and I played cards. We were addicted to cribbage and the bean game (Bohnanza), which was preferred by another student present in the reserve at the time: Kyle. Allison wasn’t quite as bad as the rest of us, reading a book on circadian biology filled with references to tropical organisms on the stream bed as we set up a mock cribbage table on a large boulder.
Andrey is Romilio’s son (Romilio is one of the cooks at Palo Verde). Besides helping me with Spanish since he didn’t speak English and providing excellent company, Andrey assisted in photographing plants one day and traveled with Boa, Aaron and I to Bocana. He and I were the only two who braved the lagoon after we arrived and saw a large crocodile swimming about. In the last picture (bottom right), if you look close, you can see it, but I didn’t use any zoom, and it’s a very cryptic animal….
One family of flies that I do know are the Tabanidae (tabanos, sweet bees, deerflies). Mike also got to know them while in San Ramon; consequently, los tabanos conocen la cuchilla de Mike, mae.
Although I was only bitten a couple of times, Mike, Erin and Kyle suffered regular, nasty, stinging bites after several minutes of annoyingly circling their heads. The tabanos were quite common in San Ramon, but I only saw larva in the wetland at Palo Verde.
This weekend, Pat, Allison and I participated in the Kayak/Canoe, Run and Bike triathlon set up, in part, by Kent Parks and Recreation. Although we never determined what out time was, the event was exciting and fun. Pat and Allison canoed the white water route (3.5 mi), then Allison ran (2.5 mi), and I finished with the bike (10 mi). Daren was also there in his potato of a kayak.
Most of my herp pictures weren’t taken in the field proper. The animals were brought back to the lab, placed near the lab and photographed in an environment that was a bit more comfortable and tolerable for the photographer. In addition to photographing the individuals, measurements such as length and weight were taken in a quick and dirty effort to provide some longer-term monitoring of these species. Below, Mahmood (left) and Vinny (right – a fellow IRES student that arrived 1 July… the day I took to recover from my birthday) photograph a Micrurus.