A Spider for Manu

One of the projects I’ve set for myself this fall is to focus my images on creatures living as a part of urban spaces. Partially this is out of necessity (since I live in a big city), but mostly I’m interested in exposing how wild urban spaces actually are, the ways they function as spaces…

The Itch Part Two: Puce

Entymologists observe that the color puce is named for the flea, whose Latin name, pulicem carries some vestiges of the coloration within its syllables. Defined as the color of a flea’s feces, or of its body when crushed against a white sheet, puce is the color of blood when it has been processed and expelled…

The Itch Part One: Things That Fly

This is the first in what I think will be a series of three posts on things that cause me to itch. I apologize in advance for any sympathetic reactions my readers have. October in Brooklyn is a strange time for insects, particularly for mosquitoes. While one would expect the shifting seasons to bring their…

Corals and Anemones

Returning, briefly, to the subject of the ocean, on my last day on St. Simon’s Island this year, I went for a walk around the tide pools and the sand bar in search of any last thing I could find. Washed up in the water, I found what at first glance appeared to be a…

Pests in the Garden

I’m on a hunt for a small enough spider to image while it’s alive, so I’ve been hunting in the grass and in my small porch garden for anyone who fits that bill. There’s a surprising amount of wild space in the city, and even in a place like Brooklyn, plenty of creatures make their…

Eggs and Veligers (Saltwater and Freshwater)

One of the first things I ever looked at and photographed under a microscope was this egg sac I found earlier this summer while looking for plankton in the back bay of my mother’s shore home in New Jersey. The egg sac posed an early challenge to me in terms of figuring out what certain…

Spider Fangs

In addition to housing me, my partner, and my cat, my apartment in Brooklyn is home to several spiders. Mostly, we have an ongoing deal that I leave them alone and enjoy the service they provide of eating any other bugs that might dare to come through our door (or windows or cracks in the…

The Four Lives of the Crab

This summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit St. Simon’s island in Georgia for a family vacation. Aside from the warm weather and the good company, the ocean was very warm and the low tides left deep, murky tidal pools perfect for hunting for plankton. Most mornings, while other people were out hunting for…

Cyclops and Hydra

  I’ve spent a lot of my summer looking at the sorts of creatures that inhabit freshwater ponds and creeks. Of these, my favorite are the cyclops and the hydra. Cyclops look like tiny darting white dots to the naked eye, but the microscope reveals a lot of color and patterning in their bodies. I…

A Matter of Scale

When astronomers talk about our place in the universe, they like to use the metaphor that we are just a speck of life on a speck of rock in the vast sea of outer space. There is an implied insignificance to this metaphor, but when I think of how much goes on in those tiny…