Around here, we like the internet. Particularly, the ease with which thoughts are shared and connections are made. Who would’ve guessed, even 7 or 8 years ago, the blogger revolution that’s not only revolutionized journalism, but also made it so much easier to share the little one’s field trip with grandma?
Blogging and social sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Plurk – and the dozens of other popping up, it seems, every day – have created exactly the kind of back-and-forth dialog that science thrives on. Even in the few short months we’ve been blogging, we’ve had some amazing feedback, intriguing questions and fabulous ideas from you.
More to the point of this post, however, we’ve discovered that the internet gives us a fascinating window into the experiences of our visitors – and there are some amazing photographers wandering our halls, capturing images of the wonders on display here that rival the subjects themselves.
So, we’ve created a Flickr group where people can share the photos they’ve taken here – and we’ve been lucky enough to be joined by some truly talented individuals. We want to share those photos here, in a monthly feature. We hope they’ll inspire you to bring a camera along next time you’re here – and show us what you see.
“When I read about the ‘Frogs!’ exhibit at HMNS, I immediately thought of a vacation to Costa Rica in 2006. I had the good fortune to photograph tree frogs in both a ranarium and the wild. I couldn’t wait to get another peek in person! I grabbed my camera and favorite lens and raced off to the exhibit. As soon as I saw the Red Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) clinging to the glass, I knew I had a chance for a good photo. The frog looked like it was floating in mid-air. It was just plain ‘cool’ to see it’s feet sticking to the glass. But, I ultimately decided to focus on its brilliant red eyes. They’re not called ‘Red Eyed Tree Frogs’ for nothin’!”
Some of the shared photos are technically brilliant, some of them are simple snapshots, but the one feature they share is the ability to compel us to see – and think about – things in a new way. And isn’t that what science is all about?