FOTOoftheDAY159: From the Creepy Church Files. Maybe its all the Slayer I listen to, or the similarity of the phrase on the marque to the title of one of my favorite movies (City of God). I simply, couldn’t resist this shot as I drove down Lancaster Ave. It made me stop. Over the years I’ve photographed a lot of churches. I like to present them in a dark, dare I say almost gothic light. Admittingly, I’m hesitant to use such a culturally loaded term. I’m thinking Heironymous Bosch, not pale 17 year olds named Asriel in combat boots and black lace. I like to show them in the same medieval fire and brimstone, black and white language so much of religion is spoken in. Hmm…maybe it is all the Slayer…
FOTOoftheDAY130: You are so immature… The cells near the pointer, yes, the ones that look like googly eyes, are immature and have been released into the blood before they should have That immature release is referred to as a left shift. In this case, the reasons for this left shift are also visible. Note the odd shape of many of the other nearby RBC’s. All of this was caused by sickle cell anemia, a disease that effects one of the most important components of our blood- hemoglobin. This genetic disorder causes hemoglobin, the molecule that carries oxygen in and CO2 out, gets produced improperly and misshapen. This causes a change in both the appearance and the function of the red blood cell. Not fun stuff. What’s even stranger about this tale is the evolutionary aspect of these googly eyes. Sickle cell anemia was an evolutionary advantage in areas with high levels of malaria. Turns out sickle cell anemia was “less worse for you” than malaria.
FOTOoftheDAY128: Raining blood… There is a sea of red blood cells surrounding the lone white blood cell. The WBC featured here is a Neutrophil. I shot this using a 1000x oil immersion lens. As a photographer, this is one of the few instances in which there is another medium besides air involved.
Cloud Forest deep in the Peruvian jungle.
Photoaday44: Cats rule everything around me. #wutangclanaintnuthintofuckwith
Photoaday43: nothing says the holiday spirit like barbed wire. #southphilly
PhotoAday42: A magic-bus bound for Terre Haute stops at building full of sky. #hippieshit #buses #magicbuses #philadelphia
On a night as cold as this I wish for warmer times. Glacier National Park in Montana. #burr #GlacierNationalPark #montana #usnps