Monday, 28 November 2011

Epically Unfortunate - Lady Musgrave Island

A 3-4m Manta Ray swims over me while free-diving next to Lady Musgrave Island. Photo: Ryan Pearson
By Ryan Pearson
For a very unlucky, and ultimately disappointing dive trip, this one was great fun! The crew from the Griffith University Dive Club ventured north to Bundaberg for a weekend of diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Our aim was to live aboard the dive vessel Venus II for three nights, and have ten dives around Lady Musgrave Island. The whole group was very excited to dive with heaps of Manta Rays and we were all holding out hope for an appearance by the fabled resident 4m Tiger Shark. Unfortunately, not everything went to plan...

Friday, 18 November 2011

The South West Wall - 18th November

The Gills of an Obscure Hypselodoris. Photo: Ryan Pearson
By Ryan Pearson
There were nudibranchs and octopi everywhere on todays dive. Here is a bunch of pics and a rundown of what I saw....

Saturday, 12 November 2011


Ben zombified in Photoshop. Photo: Ryan Pearson
By Ryan Pearson
So, this is a little off topic for my blog, but I wanted to put it up anyway.

My lovely girlfriend and I recently had a combined birthday/halloween party and almost all of our friends turned up in some awesome costumes... but some didn't. I'd set up a make-shift 'photo booth' with multiple strobes. The backdrop was made as creepy as possible with a skeleton in a 'coffin' (which was actually a coffin shaped guitar case), and spider webs and skulls laying around. 

Friday, 11 November 2011

A Burleigh Heads Sunset

The Moon over Burleigh Heads at Sunset. Photo: Ryan Pearson

I took a quick walk down to Burleigh beach the other evening right after the sun dropped below the horizon. My intention was to get some nice long exposure shots of the coastline, but they didn't turn out as great as I'd hoped due to a broken and wobbly tripod. Anyway, this is one I did get.

I obviously did a bit of photoshop processing, and it was my first attempt to flatten out an image taken at the widest point on my Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens. But considering the troubles I had I'm relatively happy with the result :)

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

A Weekend's Worth of Plant Nutrient Transport

Nature's cup of nectar. Photo: Ryan Pearson
By Ryan Pearson
Plant nutrient transport is a hard thing to understand - especially for those of us who tuned out during the lectures. But after reading up on it, here's my understanding of how it works.

Basically, there's three levels to it. The initial uptake of water and minerals via the roots, the short distance transport from cell to cell, and the long distance transport from the roots to the shoots. Let's look at it in terms of a trip to the bottle-o.

Need help with Botany & Zoology?

Bot and Zoo in one picture. An Arachnid lies in its leaf hammock. Photo: Ryan Pearson
Just in case any of my fellow classmates are actually reading this and find my writings useful. I figured I'd centralise all of my 1602ENV Botany & Zoology related blogs into one post. If nothing else they may give you a break from the monotony of the lecture notes.

Monday, 7 November 2011

My Favourite Underwater Pics So Far

This is a handful of the shots I consider the best I've taken underwater so far. They're not all technically fabulous, but they either have personality, feature a cool critter, or actually are technically sound. I hope you enjoy. The one below was my favourite photo taken during last years Sundive Photo Shoot Out 2011. It didn't win any awards, but I really liked it then and I still love it today.
A Hingebeak Shrimp. Julian Rocks, Byron Bay. Photo: Ryan Pearson

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Your Number One Pals… the Primates

By Ryan Pearson
So, how’s it goin’? Ever wondered where all of your crazy thoughts came from? Or where your incredible good looks came from? Well, the short answer is monkeys, no, I mean apes, no, wait, I mean some crazy ancestral primate relative of both of them, and us, and of the lemurs and tarsiers. You see, all of these groups of primates have a few things in common, and you are one of them.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Life-cycles of the rich and the chlorophyllus

Angiosperm - Phylum Proteacae (Grevillea). Photo: Ryan Pearson
By Ryan Pearson
Come on, you’ve all considered it… ‘What if I was famous? I’d be just like Ron Jeremy *cough cough* I mean, just like… that, um, that really nice person out of that movie everyone likes who gives lots to charity and stuff’. Well, one thing you probably wouldn’t have considered is – what if plants were famous? Who would they be like? I’m going to try to tell you.