Morning Surprise – More Jewels of Rain – KeaPOD157

drops, net, flower

A surprise flower within a spider’s net maze, with raindrops. Photo by keagiles. Click on the image for a larger version. Note: All photos by keagiles are copyright keagiles and cannot be re-used in any format, cropped or otherwise manipulated without express permission from Kea Giles.

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Dragonfly on Asphalt – KeaPOD 156


I found this dragonfly lying on the asphalt, in the rain. Looks like he was just reaching the end of his life cycle.
Click on the photo to zoom in. Image copyright keagiles 2015.

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Fawn and Doe 15 June 2015 – Less than 30 min. old

baby fawn

This fawn, and a twin, was born on Monday, 15 June, right outside my office building in Boulder, Colorado. The photo links to a short video on YouTube. I took another video of the two fawns nursing for the first time, and that is also posted on YouTube.

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Happy World Oceans Day

ocean, rainbow, Pacific

I took this photo somewhere at sea on the Pacific off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.
Photo © keagiles.

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Speaking of Water Drops – Great Imaggeo Image

water drop from Immageo

A drop of water resting on the surface of a water-repellent soil sample. Photo taken by Nicasio T. Jiménez-Morilo, 9 Nov. 2014, winner of the 2015 EGU photo contest (distributed via
Click on the photo for the complete story and to download a higher-resolution image.

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Neato Raindrop Study: Tiny Bubbles and Petrichor

Like the fresh smell of rain after a storm? It could be petrichor. Petrichor (peh-trih-kor) is defined as “the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil.” I notice the scent even as the rain falls on dry pavement, probably because the pavement is usually dusted with a fine layer of soil.

The image below comes from a Science News article, published online on 10 Feb. 2015 and in print on 4 Apr. 2015, p. 5, under the topic “Mystery Solved.” It discusses original research by MIT mechanical engineers Cullen Buie and Youngsoo Joung. The research is published in Nature Communications, which is not open access, but you can read the abstract and the references. There’s even a video from MIT you can watch that helps explain the research. Basically, raindrops produce tiny, fizzy bubbles that pop (kind of like soda bubbles when you open a fresh can [the header to this blog is a closeup shot of soda bubbles]), releasing the classic petrichor sent.

raindrops from SN

Image from Science News article; orig. from Nature Communications. Credit: MIT.

LiveScience published a story on 21 June 2013 about the scent of rain that discusses petrichor and another scent, called ozone, that is carried in by the rain. Ozone (which has many other definitions) can be sensed even before a rainstorm and may be caused by lightning, according to the LiveScience article. We here in Colorado get a lot of that scent in the summer during our daily afternoon thunderstorms. It’s almost intoxicating and always welcome.

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World’s Cutest Spiders – New Scientist & Photographer Jürgen Otto

spiders, photography

One of the world’s cutest spiders. Screenshot from New Scientist article by Rowan Hooper; photo by Jürgen Otto. Pretty, and pretty neato. Click on the spider to read the article and see more cool photos.


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