Weekly Photo Challenge: White-Spotted Jellyfish

White-Spotted Jellyfish

This week’s challenge calls for some close-ups, and I immediately thought of this shot. Meet phyllorhiza punctata, more easily pronounced as a white-spotted jellyfish. According to the display, “These jellies can grow up to 60 cm (24 in) in diameter. The stinging cells in their tentacles capture food and provide protection. Each large jelly can collect food from 50 m³ (65 cu yd) of water a day. Diet: small zooplankton. Distribution: coastal areas and estuaries in the Southwestern Pacific, invasive in Hawaii and the Gulf of Mexico.” I photographed this little one, however, at the aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Parrots Back To Back

Back To Back

This week’s challenge calls for halves, and I remembered seeing these parrots hanging out while their cages are being cleaned. Large versions available here and here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Roy G. Biv, Macaw Style!

Roy G. Biv, Macaw Style!

This week’s challenge calls for Roy G. Biv, or all the colors of the rainbow. Instead of going with books like the last time this prompt showed up, I decided to post a lovely photo of a scarlet macaw, one of the most colorful birds I’ve ever seen! Large version available here.

Blue And Yellow Macaw

Blue And Yellow Macaw

Came across this fellow while he was getting an afternoon snack. He didn’t seem to mind me, though…Large version available here.

Scarlet Macaw, Up Close And Personal

Scarlet Macaw, Up Close And Personal

Paradise Village shows off their resident parrots every couple of days. You have to keep your distance most of the time, but you can pose with their scarlet macaw after the show. Normally the hotel staff takes your photo and sells you prints – I have one that needs to get framed, in fact – but they were gracious enough to let me get my own close-up shot. Large version available here.

Parrot Profile

Parrot Profile

There are about half a dozen parrots on display at Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Normally you can only see if then in their cages…unless you know when they’re taken out and having the cages cleaned. As long as you don’t get *too* close, they’re fine with some quick photos. This one was taken so close, you can see my reflection in the parrot’s eye! Large version available here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Springtime Visitor

Springtime Visitor

This week’s challenge is all about stuff being enveloped. It reminded me of the bees currently visiting my front yard; they buzz amongst the flowers, digging deep for the pollen within. It’s easy to imagine the little critters being wrapped up in the petals of a huge flower. Large version available here.