Christmas Eve is here, and we’re sure that you all have important things to get to as your prepare for dinner tonight, breakfast tomorrow, and of course stuffing stockings and last-minute present wrapping, so we’ll try and keep this brief.
For our 9th Day of Christmas, we’ve collaborated with the very talented Dr. Carlos Martinez Rivera, an Amphibian Conservation Specialist over at the Philadelphia Zoological Gardens, to bring you a new text-alert for your phone. Why does it take a production company and a amphibian specialist to make a text sound? Well it’s actually a pretty cool story.
We gave you all a desktop background earlier in our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, and we didn’t want to leave anyone out, so today we’re giving you all a new background for your cell phones and tablets. And since we know that many of you are mid-winter and longing for warmer weather, today’s mobile background is a photo that we took along the beach in Thailand earlier this year:
Decorating the tree is different tradition for different families. For some, ‘trimming the tree’ means hours of stringing popcorn, Bing Crosby Christmas Carols, or Aunt Mary overindulging in the Eggnog again. In my family, we always used to wait for everyone to be together before we hung the first ornament. And now, as my wife and I have our first Christmas together as newlyweds, we’re starting to make our own traditions. But whatever your traditions are this holiday season, we wanted to offer you all the chance to add to your tradition, or create a new one. So for today’s 12 Days of Christmas gift, we’ve decided to offer up instructions to making an origami Christmas ornament.
The holidays have always been a time to spend with family and friends. And even though we’ll be shooting abroad this Christmas season, we’re lucky to have a chance to work with some of our favorite collaborators during our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. Today we’re getting a little help from our friend, John Benam, who’s passing along an amazing slow-motion shot of an Eastern Screech Owl, mid-hunt.
Our Fourth Day of Christmas gift might be our favorite so far. We’re big fans of Christmas lights and even bigger fans of Bioluminescence, a phenomena where creatures or bacteria create their own light. It’s hard to find and even harder to photograph, which might be why it’s so rewarding to see in person. And even though we can’t bring bioluminescence to you, we thought that this handy infographic might be a useful guide to show you where and when you can find some amazing glowing creatures on your own.
The Second Day of Christmas is a bit of a religious mash-up, but bear with us. We had the chance to do some shooting in Thailand earlier this year, and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit Bangkok’s famous Reclining Buddha. This golden Buddha is depicted laying on his side and is HUGE, sitting nearly 50 feet high over 140 feet long. Since it’s quite a challenge to photograph the Reclining Buddha all at once, we took a few close-ups and ended up with one of our favorite photo textures of the year.