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kookaburra’s perch (friday foto finder: perch)

This week’s friday foto finder theme is “perch .” I had a few candidates (mostly other birds) picked out last night, but this guy popped up as a winner due to his appearance in a conversation I had during my lab meeting. Okay, not this guy. But a kookaburra. Or at least a song about a kookaburra.

I didn’t hear about it when it happened, but apparently Men at Work was sued a few years ago for copyright infringement for their song Down Under. Not the whole song, but a few notes of the song. There’s a flute solo that plays a few notes from the song “Kookaburra,” the Australian popular folk song. It was actually written in 1932, and currently the rights are owned by a now unpopular record company. Men at Work lost the lawsuit, and now must pay a share of their royalties for the song to the record company.

This kookaburra sits in cage in a zoo, and does not collect any royalties from either song.

To see what other photos are perched for this week’s friday foto finder, and/or to share your own, head down under to the fff blog.

magnolias in the rain


These are some more photos of the same star magnolia tree I posted yesterday, that I also took last spring.


These were taken a couple of days later, along with a number of other raindrop photos that I posted last year. I saved these to post another day, but somehow hadn’t gotten around to posting them yet.


Looking back at these photos, I’m realizing that I haven’t been taking nearly as many photos over the last few months. I miss it.


I should really fix myself back up with my macro lens and get back outside.


Or inside. I should really just get back to using my camera.




A few more of these photos are included in the slideshow below if you (like me) can’t get enough views of raindrops.

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stars in the bright blue sky

This photo of a star magnolia was one I took a year ago today. Spring has been much slower to spring this year, and this same tree is barely budding right now. I’m not fond of pink, but I have enjoyed the blooms on this tree.

5 unrelated photos

Here are a handful of photos I picked out that I’ve taken over the past 5 years.

March of 2010.

June, 2012.

Also June, 2012.

October, 2010.

From about a month ago, when most of the ground was still covered in ice and snow. These spikes of green have since proven themselves to be daffodils.

a bunch of found flowers

None of these are technically flowers, but I did find something about each of them to be flower-like.

A tissue.

Ice cream.

Water bottle.

Playground equipment bolt.


petals of metal (friday foto finder: floral)

A gate in Barcelona, with stylized blooms and thorns.

For somebody who is not especially partial to flowers, I sure do take and post a lot of photos of flowers. I guess that’s why this week’s friday foto finder theme of “floral” made me think to find something floral that wasn’t actually flowers. Turns out I also did that once when the theme was “flower,” what with my iron flowers of hardware on a rusty vintage tractor. This time, though, I have a range of metal flowers from near and far that were actually designed to depict flowers.

Close-up of the Barcelona blooms.

Another fence in Barcelona.

Flower-shaped window grates at Boston University.

A Dublin streetlamp with shamrocks. (More leafy than flowery, but still flora if not actually floral…)

An iron bench with a flower pattern (and a lion face) at a Massachusetts farm.

To see what other flowers have been picked for the theme, and/or to share your own, check out the fff blog.

gallery of tree bark

As I was walking back to my car after my lab meeting in Boston last Friday, my eyes were drawn to the patterns, colors and textures of the bark of one of the trees growing along the sidewalk. In this case, it was the range of rounded blobby shapes, in muted greens and oranges, that attracted my attention, and made prompted me to take a photo. Of course, this is not an isolated incident. Tree bark has caught my attention far and wide, and over many a year. Here is a sampling of some bark to be found in my photo library.

More bark at BU, but clearly from a different tree. April, 2010.

Another tree in Boston, this time in March, 2012.

Boston, 2012, March. (Again. It was a good year for tree bark.)

Oakland, CA, January, 2011.

May, 2014, Malahide, Ireland.

Massachusetts, May, 2014.

I actually have no idea what kind of trees any of these are, come to think of it. I’m pretty sure not oak and not maple, but beyond that, I have no clue…