Bignose Unicornfish

The Unicornfish is one of the larger fish (Maximum length of 21.5 inches) in the Pacific Barrier Reef exhibit of the Tropical Diver gallery at the Georgia Aquarium.  These fish are native to the Indian and Pacific oceans.  They display a large blue marking on the nose and blue spots and stripes across the body but often change color based on the environment or when threatened.

Unicornfish are also known as Surgeonfish or Lancetfish because of a blade like spine in and two hook-like plates along the tail, which are used for defense and are as sharp as a surgeons scalpel.

BIGNOSE UNICORNFISH
(Naso vlamingii)

Georgia Aquarium Tropical Diver Exhibit
Nikon D7100
Sirui P-204S Monopod
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
35mm @ f/8 –  1/50 sec – ISO 320

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BLACK SPOT PIRANHA

The piranha exhibit always seems to be popular at the aquarium.  I think people like to flirt with danger.  We are drawn toward the things that we would not approach in the wild as long as there is a secure barrier between us.

For the most part, these fish were easily startled and didn’t stay still for long.  In a few cases one like this, would remain stationary for a while.  Maybe they were checking out the lunch menu?

Georgia Aquarium River Scout Exhibit
Nikon D7100
Sirui P-204S Monopod
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
35mm @ f/2.2 –  1/20 sec – ISO 250

Red Lionfish

It looks pretty but the fins on their backs are dangerous.  The Red Lionfish is one of the most venomous of all fishes.  Its venom causes a severe reaction in humans including intense pain, inflammation and, occasionally, serious systemic symptoms such as respiratory distress. A lionfish “sting” is rarely fatal.

Native to the Eastern Indian and Pacific Oceans, the lionfish has been introduced into the Atlantic. The first documented release of red lionfish into the Atlantic occurred in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew destroyed a large private aquarium in a house in South Florida and six lionfish escaped into Biscayne Bay.  The fish have been reported to be living from as far north as New York, down to Florida and even into the Caribbean.

Lionfish are considered an invasive species and methods to control and remove them from Atlantic waters are underway.  With no natural enemies and a huge appetite, the lionfish have made life difficult for native fish in Florida and Caribbean waters.  They are beautiful in an aquarium but in the waters of the Atlantic, they are a big problem.

Georgia Aquarium Tropical Diver Exhibit
Nikon D7100
Sirui P-204S Monopod
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
35mm @ f/4 –  1/20 sec – ISO 400

Teeth

I went down to the Georgia Aquarium to join up with the North Georgia Photo Club.  One thing I have to say is: Go to the Aquarium sometime other than the weekend!  There are lots of amazing things to see but when the place is crowded, it’s a zoo.  (You know what I mean.)

I saw this African Tigerfish in the River Scout section.  Those teeth are pretty serious looking.  I don’t think this one will be in the petting section.

Nikon D7100
Sirui P-204S Monopod
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
35mm @ f/7.1 –  1/60 sec – ISO 200

Made in Japan

It’s funny how things that you might think are plain and uninteresting seem to have the best stories.  This little donkey cart is a ceramic piece that I remember seeing in my grandmother’s kitchen when I was growing up. It always struck me as just a little knick-knack that she must have picked up somewhere and I never gave it much thought.

donkey-6980In my ongoing search for small stuff to photograph, I found this again and turned it over.  On the underside there is a stamp that says: Made in Occupied Japan.  This I found to be interesting so, I set it up to take a macro shot and started doing some internet research.

After World War II, from 1947-1952, Japan was occupied by American troops.  During this period, there were many items made in Japan for export.  Many of these were inexpensive novelties for dime stores like this donkey cart planter, while others were copies of European ceramic favorites.

While these items are considered collectible now, I’m sure that this one is not worth much except in terms of memories from my childhood.  Those, as I am sure you would agree, are priceless.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  5.0 sec – ISO 200

Who remembers film cameras?

It is neat sometimes to go back and look at what things were like in the past.  We are so used to having cameras of some type at hand all the time now.  Our PCs and tablets and cell phones all have them.  If you have a dedicated camera that is not part of one of your electronic devices, it is more computer than mechanical device.

This image is part of a Canon L1 range-finder camera circa 1957.  My daughter picked this up at a shop nearby and I just started looking at it when searching for macro subjects.  This is what a decent camera was like in the day.  It is modeled after the Leica range-finders that were then and continue to be the high-end of the market.  The body is heavy duty and nearly all metal.  All the controls are manual – no auto-focus, no built in light metering, advance and rewind of the film is manual.  This is when cameras were more machine and less computer.

I’m not going back to film but, it is pretty neat to look at!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 –  1.0 sec – ISO 200

Wetlands

It is amazing how a bit of water can make an area so attractive.  This is a scene you see often when walking across the new board walk along the Chattahoochee River in Roswell.  The wild life is always around in this marshy area that borders the river and separates the roadway from the main waterway.  Birds like these geese feed here and seem to be pretty much at ease with all the human activity nearby.

It is sad however, that there have to be signs all over this area to tell people not to feed the animals.  During the summer you often see people with their kids out giving bread to the ducks and geese.  Of course, this makes them dependent on humans and causes incidents where wild animals react the way they are meant to which scares people who interact with them.  Then you have trouble and it is our fault, not theirs.  Just remember to enjoy nature from a distance and keep the wild things (and the people) away from harm by not trying to turn them into pets.

Roswell River Walk
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Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f/6.3 –  1/100 sec – ISO 400