Category Archives: Creativity

More Micro Photography

I try to mostly stick to homeschool related postings, but it’s hard. Sometimes the line blurs. Today I saw something so fabulous my mind keeps coming back to it and so, I have to share here. Plus, it is educational after all, even if it’s not about homeschooling.

From Boston.com –  The Big Picture. Nikon Small World Photomicrography

Can you believe these are Mosquito Larvae! I just came in from mucking around in a local conservation area and I can confirm there is nothing beautiful about mosquitos when they are bitting every 5 seconds. But holy cow those babies are gorgeous!

And this. Graphite-bearing granulite. So perfectly abstract. I would hang this on my wall. Actually the colors would even work in our living room.

See many, many more at the Nikon Smallworld photo gallery. I think I’m going to be staring at these for a while.

Creative, Problem Solving Animals

It wasn’t all that long ago, we believed humans were the only animal species to use tools. Jane Goodall’s study of chimpanzee societies in the 1970’s proved that primates use tools, problem solve, and engage in many other “human” traits. Scientists have since taken more time to observe animals in their habitats and found that tool use is hardly limited to primates. This morning I read an article about a newly released video that shows a fish using a rock to open up a mollusk shell by throwing the shell against the rock repeatedly. Amazing!

Show this video to your children. I hope they are as amazed as my children and I were. For me, it’s humbling to remember that no matter how different humans seem from other animals, we are surprisingly similar in some really basic but perhaps unexpected ways.