new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


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it's rainy today -- and i remembered an article i saw recently, that i'd like to share with flower enthusiasts -- especially the ones that take so many lovely pictures of them...

'the humble raindrop may have played an important role in the evolution of flowers, scientists in china have discovered.

a study of 80 species has revealed that flowers evolve different shapes and structures in part to prevent their pollen getting wet.

other flowers get round the problem by evolving waterproof pollen.
the finding may help explain why so many species in rainy areas either have droopy flowers or close their petals.

many researchers, including charles darwin, have speculated that flowers may have evolved certain traits or structures to protect themselves against the damaging effects of rain, which can wash away pollen grains and dilute nectar.

but few have experimentally tested the idea.'

read about how they finally did, on BBC earth news...

another view:


another interesting tidbit i fell on yesterday... want to know how flickr started?
flickr co-founder caterina fake on the value of viral loops via thomas hawk's friendfeed


  1. I read about that a while back. I thought that was incredibly interesting. I'd never really thought about pollen having to be waterproof, but on flowers open to the sun it'd have to be in order to be viable when bees get around to picking it up.

    It's neat to see what people get in their heads to study. Not all of them are worthy of Ignobels for their results...

  2. Thanky Nice Post
    Super Pictures
    Good blog :D

  3. Thanky Nice Post
    Super Pictures
    Good blog :D