A Dog’s Breakfast of Images

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a dog’s breakfast: British slang for “a complete mess” has been in usage since at least the 1930s. While no one took the time to write down the exact origin of the phrase, the allusion involved seems to be to a failed culinary effort, perhaps a burned or botched omelet, fit only for consumption by the mouth of last resort, Fido.

It’s been one of those days. Today I have (1) consulted with business associates concerning the establishment of J & E Enterprises Limited, (2) consulted with the Investment Promotion? Authority concerning whether or not the company is a “foreign” company, (3) adjusted our organisational chart so that it isn’t, (4) appointed a new director, (5) fixed a radio transceiver [unsuccessfully], (6) filled out many forms on which were printed questions which I did not understand (faked it), (7) tried to get another transceiver working [still out on that one], (8) tested a solar panel and battery, (9) ate lunch [five minutes while visiting BoingBoing], and it’s only 14:56.

That’s why I get the big bucks. (In my dreams.) Now, I’m staring at an empty page.

So, I’ll throw in your general direction some images that don’t seem to belong anywhere else.

This is a Bird of Paradise flower. Okay, okay, the whole thing is not the flower. The flowers themselves are only the little ‘molars’ of the dinosaur’s lower jaw, which is what it really  looks like to me. The big tusky things on the left are it’s . . . er . . . tusks.  I don’t know what the big white thing on the right is, maybe a thighbone of a human, who, according to some, were wandering aimlessly around contemporaneously with the dinos:

Bird of Paradise Flower

That being disposed of, I’ll now show you a Ship of Fools sort of image. An improbably tiny ship in a big, improbably blue sea under a surrealistically improbable sky. Don’t stare at it for too long:

Sunrise and Ship

I have to admit that I’m overly fond of this one. I showed you a similar shot a time ago. I just got around to working on this one. I had to do surprisingly little to it. The Canon G9 did a fine job all by itself. It’s the moon (didn’t notice it, eh?) rising across the harbour from our house:

Moonrise over Madang

Under the surface of Mama Ocean we are forever seeing blobby or spiky or weird things about which we have not a clue. This one caught my attention last Saturday and I decided to investigate it carefully instead of dismissing it as “sea goo”. As I was looking it and photographing it, I still didn’t know what it was. It’s about half the size of my hand:Juvenile Diverticulate Tree Coral (Dendronephthya roxasia)It wasn’t until I got the image up on my computer that it clicked and I realised what I’d been looking at.

Hah! It’s a juvenile Diverticulate Tree Coral (Dendronephthya roxasia),  as any fool can see:Diverticulate Tree Coral (Dendronephthya roxasia)The shot above is similar to one that I showed to you a few days ago. (Except better.)

That mystery now having been solved, I must return to the work for which I receive what is laughingly called “pay”.

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8 Responses to “A Dog’s Breakfast of Images”

  1. Steve Goodheart Says:

    Sorry to hear about your woes! Hang in there.

    Those flowers of the bird of paradise are amazingly molar-like.

    And today’s tree coral is simply astounding…what a beautiful, beautiful shot. (And what an amazing animal, or, er, animals.) Thanks!

  2. MadDog Says:

    Not woes, just business as usual.

    There’s a wreck up at Wongat Island called the Henry Leith. It’s covered with them. A night dive there is fantastic. You can shine your torch at the bottom of the tree coral and the whole thing lights up. I think it must have an internal structure that acts like optical fibres.

  3. Steve Goodheart Says:

    Oh, I see…snafu…..

    Wow, I’d love to see that at night….sounds utterly magical…..I tried to snorkel once at night in Laguna Beach, but it was too spooky…..you’d feel a touch on your leg — probably just a curious litle fish — but you just knew a shark fin had rubbed you…. 🙂

  4. MadDog Says:

    Even having done hundreds of night dives, I still get that spooky feeling. I think it’s because you have no peripheral vision. I’ve been scared witless a few times when something bumped into me – usually another diver who is just as surprised.

  5. Steve Goodheart Says:

    I guess I’d still like to try a night dive…I always wanted to see what plankton and other critter bioluminescence looked like underwater…(have seen it on the surface — way cool)……I bet it’s really eerie in the dark underwater……as for the “spooky,” the one night snorkeling in Laguna was *before* I saw “Jaws”…..after seeing that, I had trouble doing *day* snorkeling….”Duh dum…duuuuh dummmmm……” yeah, the iconic music would start up every time!

  6. MadDog Says:

    I just love to take people out on the first time that they’ve been in tropical waters at night. The bioluminescence here is mind-blowing. You can wave your arms and legs gently around in the water and green sparks fly off in swirls. From the boat, on a dark night, you can see a ghostly outline of someone swimming under water. A dive off of the boat makes a green comet tail that is so bright that it’s startling. When I did tour guiding for a passenger ship here, I used get way up on the top deck and dive down into the water while everybody stood along the rail. We called it “The Madang Comet”. It was a big attraction.

  7. Steve Goodheart Says:

    The “Madang Comet”….that is so frickin’ cool! Oh, man, I’ve got to see that some day….when I was doing the Extreme Science features, I wanted to do one on the bioluminescent Laguna Grande in Puerto Rico….there, billions of dinoflagellates light up the waters like green fire….alas, it proved almost impossible to get a “wow” shot of the phenomenon, and I had to let it go….if I ever get to Puerto Rico, going to check it out…a number of tour companies help you kayak there….better yet, some day, get my wife and I to your Paradise and see the “Madang Comet”…maybe make our own!

  8. MadDog Says:

    You know, I have heard of that place in Puerto Rico. It is supposed to be famous for its sparklers.

    On one trip as a cruise director to the Trobriand Islands, we brought all of the passengers down onto the beach of an uninhabited island for a BBQ dinner. As it got dark we noticed that the beach was glowing bright green. When it got really dark, you could walk along this green path at the water’s edge and look back to see your footprints glowing as if they were neon lights. Squishing a handful of sand produced a pulse of green light that was quite startling. I’ve never seen anything like it before or since.