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Current consumer technology has made it possible for just about anyone to take excellent images of the world around us. We like to see what our members are photographing. This section is where we display some of the more compelling or insightful images of interest to amateur scientists.
SAS members and friends are encouraged to submit for our consideration interesting photo- graphs of interest to amateur scientists. Send original digital images, with brief caption information, to When a photograph shows a living organism or fossil, please provide the scientific name to at least the genus level if possible. We are unable to use photographs that depict unsafe practices or are otherwise inappropriate for a general web site.
Updated 23 December 2005

The American Crust Fungus Combo

Aaron Muderick

Pictured in the montage at right (Fig. 1) is the "American Crust Fungus combo": red (Phlebia coccineofulva), white (Hypho- derma puberum), and blue (Pulcherricium caeruleum) fungi growing on decaying wood. More

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The Bumblebee

Encounter with a Great Blue Heron

Odonata at Work

A Bioluminescent Fungus

The Tiger Swallowtail

A Wisconsin Tornado Swarm

The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Mystery of the Unknown Baldcypress Fungus

The Cycle of Life

Encounter With a Baby Blackbird

Here's Looking at You

The Earth's Shadow at Sunrise from a Hawaiian Mountain

The Roof of Africa

Find Me if You Can!

A Busy Pacific Surf North of Point Reyes, California

Backyard Cherry Blossoms Near Washington, DC

A Rare Dragonfly Encounter

Vulture Eggs Up Close

Using a Camera to
Record the Sky

Snow in Hawaii

Road Cut Fossils

Contrail Science at the SAS Annual Meeting

Wanted: Blizzard Photos


The end of a long day measuring the sun and sky

High Altitude

Storm damage

The sum of all twilights

The Green Darner at Rest

Particulate matter and visibility

The highway mirage

The camouflage bird

Just humming around

A fern fossil (genus Percopteris)

A juvenile eastern kingbird

The summer monsoon of the Southwest United States

Dr. John Barnes and his fountain of light

A Widow Skimmer Takes a Break

A Tarantula Encounter

A Venusian encore

Now you see me, now you don't

Monitoring light from the Sun and sky

A New Beginning

Close Call!

The widow dragonfly

The imperial moth

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