Faraday Lake (by hexapoda_)
July (by hexapoda_)
It feels like forever since I did one of these, but apparently it’s only been a month. I thought I had skipped a month, July just felt long, I guess.
I usually try to take self portraits for these, but I cheated and had my boyfriend take this one for me, but with my camera, settings and editing :) This was taken at Timothy Lake in Oregon. I want there with Zack, my dog, my sister, her boyfriend and her daughter. It was really fun. I am trying to do more outdoor adventures, but it’s hard when you don’t have a car, so I have to get people with cars to go with me. It’s nice to see my sister and my niece, too, since they live about an hour away I don’t get to spend a lot of time with them. I will hopefully be going on a beach trip sometime this month.
I am done with school until the fall, so I am just working as much as I can at both of my jobs. I would love to spend more time at the lab, but it’s pretty slow right now because there is no graduate student for a couple of more months so I’m just going back through old data and trying to identify some spiders that were unknown. And, as you may have seen, I made a new spider friend! A friend of mine who works at a grocery store found a huntsman spider in some bananas from Mexico. So he gave her to me and I took her to live at the lab since they have a steady supply of food for her. I named her Osita, which means “little she-bear” in Spanish. I chose the name for many reasons, she is brown and fuzzy like a bear, she is from Mexico, she is a huntress and in Greek mythology, Callisto was a huntress with the goddess Artemis and she was turned into a bear and sent to the stars to become the constellation, Ursa Major (big bear) and her son Arcas to be Ursa Minor (little bear).
I went to an event at a local shop called Paxton Gate. They sell things like taxidermy, pinned insects, bones, fossils, carnivorous plants and other science/biology/natural history paraphernalia. They invited an entomologist to come and show his huge personal collection of pinned insects (and other invertebrates). It was amazing and he was really cool! I feel bad because I kind of hogged his attention for a lot of the time, but he seemed to want to talk to me, too. I am normally a very introverted, anxious person in social situations, but when I get around other biologists and people who are passionate about insects, I actually become engaging and interesting. It’s a very rare thing for me. Anyway, I asked if he would do his presentation at my wedding reception and he was totally into it! Not sure how my guests will feel about it, but I’m excited! Here is his website The Insect Safari
My best friend who dumped me last year finally decided to contact me and explain/apologize. I still don’t know how I feel about the situation. I don’t know if she reads this, but I’m trying to document things here and be honest in a somewhat public forum, so…meh. We had tea and I thought it went really well, but since then I made plans with her and she canceled and on facebook she is posting about her best friend (that isn’t me) and it still really hurts. I almost feel like she feels better now that she apologized to me and that’s all that matters.
Wading with my niece. (Taken with Instagram)
32/52 (by hexapoda_)
Here I am at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. I didn’t even know this place existed until a couple days ago. Zack and I were trying to decide what to do on our weekend and I we already planned to see the Allure of the Automobile at the Portland Art Museum on Sunday (which was awesome!) so for Monday I just googled “what to do in Portland” and found a few lists. Most of the things on the lists I have already done (zoo, OMSI, Forest Park) and others I have no interest in doing (drink beer, VooDoo Donuts…drink beer) but I did find this little gem on a list and decided to go. It’s really cool! Mostly man made, but there are lots of ducks, geese and other birds there and waterfalls and lakes. Very pretty.
My tooth hurts sooooo bad today! Yesterday we went out to eat and I got some food stuck in my cavity and my tooth has been very angry since then. I have taken as many over the counter pain meds as I safely can and they aren’t working. I am currently considering filling my percocet prescription that is supposed to be for after I get my teeth pulled next week. Wahhhh!!!!
I’m still thinking of taking a trip this summer, but due to time and money, it might just be an over night at the Oregon Coast.
I just want to give a shout out to all my swell female friends on Tumblr, I wish you guys lived near me. Although some aren’t too far away! I’m feeling a bit lonely lately and while I have a few girlfriends, they are mostly busy with other things and don’t share my science/animal/insect interests. I bet there are girls like that in Portland, but I am so bad at finding and making friends, it’s much easier over the internet. I would be much more comfortable meeting in real life someone I have interacted with over the internet than just some random person I saw reading a bug book at the store. Also, not to neglect all the cool fellows on Tumblr, but it’s so much more difficult to find girls that are interested in the same stuff as me, so it makes it more special when I do.
Öschinensee (by Feffef)
General Carrera Lake is the biggest lake in Chile with a surface area of almost a thousand square kilometers. It is 200 km long, at an altitude of 350 meters and has a maximum depth of 590 meters. It is known as Lake Buenos Aires by the Argentineans.
Jellyfish Lake, Palau. The Golden and Moon jellyfish of this lake have stingers that don’t really harm humans, so people can go snorkeling.
(submitted by pallidot)