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Bird

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Bird contemplating the ideas of a rabbit distributing eggs in the spring, of partridges (ground-nesting birds) being in pear trees, of pumpkins (a gourd not found in Europe) being used to celebrate mid autumn and the pilgrims having a massive feast right before winter came instead of celebrating afterward.


Bird is starting to think that humans ain’t so bright.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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Pallas Cat

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I can tell that I got the focus right on an animal portrait when I can see the texture detail in the iris. This works because, if the animal is looking directly at you, the iris is on a two-dimensional parallel with the sensor in the camera. If it’s perfect, you can see the detail all around both irises (assuming a two-eyed animal).


It’s surprising how many photos out there wind up being out of focus when you know what to look for.


It’s also surprising which animals have more and less iris three-dimensionality. (And which ones don’t really have eyes that work that way at all.)




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.
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Pheasant

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Just your random reminder that the books and movies you grew up with were wrong and that many dinosaurs had feathers, though their colours usually did not fossilize.


So yeah, T-Rexes may have looked like this.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.