This may not be the best use of a natural frame for a photograph, but I’ve seen several natural frames in photographs across the Internet and think it’s a cool technique. Last fall, I took this picture near ‘deep pool 3’ at Jennings Woods (many of the stream habitats are designated for research purposes).
As Jenn finishes writing her dissertation, I recall assisting in data collection. Here, we were collecting tagged crayfish several weeks after a major flooding event in the stream. Although the quality of the photograph is somewhat lacking, this is one of the few we have of actual crayfish collection.
Mike battles a chunk of volcanic rock on the Arenal volcano in Costa Rica. With this kind of attitude, I cannot be sure whether doing research with him in a remote, rainforest location is safe: either Mike is reckless and, therefore, dangerous, or he is a tough, hardworking researcher not afraid to face difficult challenges head on.
On a walk with Chandana (Raja’s niece) and her cousin in India, I was forcfully told to take pictures of flowers the girls were picking. I say ‘forcfully’ because the girls were telling me to take photos of various objects because they wanted to see the photographic output, which, to them, was somehow better than the real thing.
The landscape pictured here is covered with a field of Virginia chain fern during the summer months, and, although some may think it’s depressing to see them covered with cold, white snow, I am sad to see that this area currently lacks snow. The winter in Ohio is moving fast and we’re already experiencing the wild temperature fluctuations associated with spring. Although we may receive a couple of major snow falls before summer arrives, they will likely melt quickly, leaving behind a depressing landscape of brown, salt-covered, mud.
Allison decided it was appropriate to walk through the center of the drying wetland, rather than the edge. Her untied shoes were consequently engulfed by the wetland soil, and, instead of assisting her, I took photographs. Notice the change in facial expression across time; from left to right, laughing to disgust.