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Apr. 6th, 2017

Pheasant

Apr. 6th, 2017 02:00 pm
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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.

Pallas Cat

Apr. 6th, 2017 06:01 pm
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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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Fair ladies mask’d are roses in their bud;

Dismask’d, their damask sweet commixture shown,

Are angels vailing clouds, or roses blown.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

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