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Wasps Are Our Friends: Part II

Wasps Are Our Friends: Part II

The second in our series promoting the breadth and value of wasps features the gorgeous Orasema, a tiny metallic wasp that lives in ant nests.

June 13, 2014 — Alex Wild
Wasps Are Our Friends: Part I

Wasps Are Our Friends: Part I

I’ve had about enough of people unfairly picking on wasps, so I’m fighting back with a series of photographs showing the bright side of these fascinating insects.

June 8, 2014 — Alex Wild

A Short Safari In A Small Oak Tree

Imagine a safari in your neighborhood. Instead of a few days hauling luggage through international airports, though, picture a leisurely five minute stroll from the front door.

June 3, 2014 — Alex Wild
Fill Flash In Wide Angle Macro Photography

Fill Flash In Wide Angle Macro Photography

What is the secret to the evenly balanced exposure across both the foreground and background in this fisheye photograph? It is not a clever processing job in photoshop.

April 30, 2014 — Alex Wild
2013-2014 Winter Honey Bee Losses Are Likely To Be Large

2013-2014 Winter Honey Bee Losses Are Likely To Be Large

Over the next few months we will hear news of this winter’s honey bee losses in North America. The news won’t be good. Although official loss tallies have yet to be released, persistently cold weather across the northern part of the continent has made the 2013-2014 winter an unusually difficult one...

March 17, 2014 — Alex Wild
Photographing Uncooperative Insects: The Time-Out Trick

Photographing Uncooperative Insects: The Time-Out Trick

And now, the technique I find most useful in the studio for calming an overly active insect. I call it the time-out trick. It goes like this: Place the insect on a flat surface, confine it with an upside-down petri dish (you can buy them here) or a small glass, and wait...

March 12, 2014 — Alex Wild
What Aperture Does, In Two Photos

What Aperture Does, In Two Photos

Curious about why you’d want to pay attention to that f/number on your camera settings? Consider: Same subject, same lens, same camera, very different image.

February 18, 2014 — Alex Wild
40 years ago: our sister planet revealed

40 years ago: our sister planet revealed

On February 5, 1974, NASA’s Mariner 10 returned this surprising image of Venus. The photograph was the first to record our neighboring planet’s clouds in such detail, polar vortex and all...

February 5, 2014 — Alex Wild

Ants run vast honeydew ranches just under our feet

You may know the classic story about how ants and aphids live together in an ecological partnership. Aphids feed ants their excess sugars in the form of honeydew, and in return ants protect the aphids against predators and carry them to new host plants...

January 27, 2014 — Alex Wild
My best photographs of 2013

My best photographs of 2013

Since I made everyone else sharea selection of their best photos, it is only fair that I post my own favorites from the past year. Click on each to view large.

January 4, 2014 — Alex Wild
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Science or SciFi?

Science or SciFi?

Vanishing Particles. Spooky Action.