Archive for May, 2015

Mud Volcanoes Art – April 2015

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2015 by maxpho

On April 12 this year I had the pleasure of making my second visit to the Mud Volcanoes, in Romania.

Since they were in a high activity period, I’ve shot a few hundred photographs with very short exposure times in order to catch the small details of the mud droplets coming out of some of the volcanoes. Their continuous activity created some very interesting shapes (at least for fractions of a second), so I’ve decided that the following shots should be processed and named in an artistic way. I’m not very good with artistic nomenclature or art altogether, but hopefully the images and their associated titles will bring some smiles to the readers deciding to look at this post.

First, a panoramic view of the region:

pano vulcani

And now, a view (color-processed) depicting perhaps an alien planet:

The Sun from Mars:

mars

The activity of the volcanoes is driven by the gas emerging from way down below, and it was this gas that I’ve wanted to catch in the images. The following shot is one of the very few in which the gas is well visible atop the mud bubble.

The gas flower:

gas

Complex structure:

v1

Undefined shape:

v2

Alien hedgehog:

v3

Alien shape:

v4

The Mud Turtle:

v5

Skeleton:

v6

The Phoenix:

v7

The Monster:

v8

Alien spacecraft:

v9

The beginning:

v10

Alien helmet:

v11

The face behind the helmet:

v12

Mud lava:

v13

The tree of life:

v14

The Sea Monster:

v15

The Citadel of the future:

v16

OK… maybe naming artistic images is not for me, but still, the complex and strange shapes the mud can form into are a joy to look at.

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Spring butterflies -April/May 2015

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2015 by maxpho

It’s been a long time since I’ve last posted here, and the main reason for this is that I’ve been very busy searching for different insect species and new habitats around Bucharest and in other places in Romania.

I will do a more in-depth post regarding one of these species, but for now a small list of butterflies which can be observed in April and May. Some of these species are rather localized, meaning that it is not easy to observe them, and the locations which they inhabit should be protected in one way or the other.

If there is anyone who can help with this (conservations of habitats in Romania), please feel free to contact me at the e-mail address jupiter182002atyahoodotca (change the words with the corresponding signs).

And now, the butterflies:


Zerynthia polyxena polyxena

Adult:

zerynthia

zerynthia 2

3rd instar larvae:

LARVE C


Parnassius mnemosyne distincta

Female:

parnasius a mare

parnasius b

parnasius c

parnasius d mare

Male:

parnasius I MARE

parnasius h

parnasius g

parnasius e

And a male with a female, both on the same plant:

parnasius f


Iphiclides podalirius podalirius

coada randunicii alb


Araschnia levana levana (f. levana)

levana 2

levana


Anthocharis cardamines cardamines (females)

antocharis 3

antocharis 2

antocharis


Hamearis lucina lucina

lucina

There are, of course, many more butterfly species observable in this period of the year, but for now, these are the only shots that I’m able to post.