Diatoms of East Taunton, MA

In 2002, the hit series Forensic Files featured the first case where Diatom evidence was used to place a suspect at the scene of the crime. The episode was called Reel Danger. Check it out

Diatoms are unicellular algae which form distinct and beautiful cell walls from silica. They are widely distributed throughout the upper layers of the oceans of the world, and can also be found in fresh water or moist environments, such as the undersides of plants. There are over 16,000 recognized diatom species, with many more being constantly identified. Because diatoms are so plentiful, they form an important part of the pelagic food chain, serving as a food source for most of the animals in the ocean, either directly or indirectly. which form distinct and beautiful cell walls from silica. They are widely distributed throughout the upper layers of the oceans of the world, and can also be found in fresh water or moist environments, such as the undersides of plants.  This group of unicellular, photosynthetic microorganisms is well-known for a wondrous, intricate architectural beauty. However, there is more to a diatom than simply its pretty face. As a major branch in the tree of life, over the past 250 million years from a mosaic of genetic sources it has evolved molecular metabolic machinery adaptive to a variety of circumstances, and it has generated a species diversity rivaling that of flowering plants. Diatoms have evolved to become important local and global players in recycling life’s critical nutrients, influencing the composition of the earth’s environments and powering the planet’s aquatic ecosystems, as well as elucidating their history. This web site focuses on their evolution and ecology.

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River Bend Farm Visitor Center

I get it. Your dog is well-trained. Why use a leash. Ever notice there is always one ignorant clueless dog  owner on posted property with the dog unleashed. Yeah, you. You know who you are.



When I grow up, I want to be a Scientist just like Hollywood actors, sports figures and politicians along with some of my friends who insist the Earth is only 2500 years old.

“Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.”
― Carl Sagan

The Potholes: Not ‘glacial,’ ?

The Potholes, Not ‘Glacial”, sorry folks   (read more)


“Illusions can be pleasant, but the rewards of truth are enormously better.”
― Sean Carroll, The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself



And of course, The Bridge of Flowers

It strikes me that all our knowledge about the structure of our Earth is very much like what an old hen would know of the hundred-acre field in a corner of which she is scratching.

Charles Darwin

Who Cares

There’s no secret, nor do I hide the fact that some of my Images on this site have been enhanced. From basic brightness and contrast to the extreme by using filters, masks, layers and other means to get the desired look I want. Granted, some shots are great “as is”, but not all. Heck, even Ansel Adam’s photograph “Moonrise” has, to some degree been enhanced.  Do I manipulate my photos, (add eyes, wings, lightning, water, etc., sure I do on occasion, but not to deceive or mislead. I was creating double exposures to add items when I was 13 years old with a Minolta SRT101.  I make it clear up front though, as in this post. Ask me about my photo editing. I will tell you what photos are enhanced. In competition however, nature and photo-journalism, along with documentary style photograph categories, never. All else, the whole lot goes. Below, White’s Factory, Acushnet, MA. Post editing with removal of the home and automobile.


You do to, without realizing it.  A friend of mine had a grand image in the Berkshires, foliage.  He told me it was right out of the camera that way. Sure was too. After examining his camera, I asked if he used the “SCENE” selector mode. Of course he did, the “FOLIAGE SETTING”. By the way, he was the same guy who moved some shells, added a piece of driftwood he carries with him, and added them to the beach scene photos. So, maybe now and again the manipulation begins before the photographer releases the shutter. Thousands of words and blogs are obtainable on the web resting on this topic. If I like the result of my photos, that’s all that matters. I do what makes me content, yes; but I also make sure I can humbly stand by the merits of my work as well.  I try to capture the image with the best available light, which is only a few minutes a day, use a good lens, appropriate F-Stop, and a few different focal lengths for changing perspectives. Wide-angle lenses distort the scene, and telephoto lenses compress the view, but lets not get into photography class right now.  My favorite lens, below.  Yes, many better but great glass for an old lens for my D800, D600 (which is the best camera in the world) and some of older cameras, D2x, D200, D300, D700, which still produce great results when used properly.  Oh, did I mention I still use an F-100 on occasion. Sticky back and all. It keeps me pure in the field.

When I was developing my images in the bathroom darkroom, nobody ever questioned if I had manipulated them. But I did. My computer now makes the same tasks capable, and quicker, lots quicker. I have shown photographs with few or some light enhancements and have been questioned on the purity of the shot. “were you standing next to me when I took the picture?”  And had no one questions  me on lightning bolts flashing through the Cape Cod Canal.  All manipulated.  Oh, and what about “setup shots” I mentioned by my friend at the beach. Remember the sailor kissing the girl on a busy street in Times Square, or the famous shot of the American soldiers putting up the flag after they defeated the Japanese at Iwo Jima. Yup, set up shots.

Heck, I even manipulate some fun videos as well, as in the one below,  the intro to “Chloe Dreams”  They love this stuff


Digital Photography is the darkroom of today. Photoshop. If Ansel Adams was alive today, you would have to pry him away from Photoshop in his digital darkroom. Film or digital will never match the dynamic range of our eyes. Enhancement can breathe life into a photo. I will try to emphasize my images so you can see what I see. More digitally doctored images are appearing in the media these days and guess what, you can’t do anything about it, and who cares. I was at a craft fair, someone had a beautiful scarf, handmade they told me. Did they raise the alpaca from birth, feed and nurture it, then shear it and spin it into yarn. No, purchased the yarn on Ebay and used a crochet hook to create the scarf. Just saying. So enough on this. It gets wearisome and loutish to write on a subject that presently doesn’t matter.  I may not be a great photographer, but sure do have some fun with it. Don’t forget, a leopard cant change his spots,,,,,, but I can.