Derek and the Puppets

Meet Derek (Bagel) Bakal and his puppets. They’re an odd yet wildly entertaining and very photogenic bunch. If you’d like to learn to make puppets you should reach out to Derek.  He’s a brilliantly creative teacher/ mad man.

Pupper Master Derek (Bagel) Bakal

Pupper Master Derek (Bagel) Bakal

Pupper Master Derek (Bagel) Bakal

Forbidden Trail/ Devil’s Pool/ Wissahickon Creek

Natasha and I went wandering through the Forbidden Trail along the Wissahickon Creek the other day. We climbed steep slippery slopes (stairs provided to aid hikers), encountered threatening wildlife (some dog playing in the water) and forded the deep rushing whitewater river (wading up to our ankles to cross back to the side of the creek our car was on) All in all a lovely wander.

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A Bugs Feast

I stumbled upon some bugs (moths, beetles, butterflies and i think a wasp) binging on a buffet of some gnarly rotten fruit during a stroll along the delaware river in south philly. it was all things gross and beautiful. wish i had a macro lens but honestly didn’t want to get too much closer. it smelled much worse than it looked.

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Life Cycle of A Black Swallowtail Butterfly

I have an amazing backyard with an amazing garden which I love. I spend lots of time back there planting, pruning and perfecting. So when I noticed a horde of caterpillars decimating my dill and fennel plants I had to take action. A friend who was over pointed out that these fat little green goobers were black swallowtail butterflies. So I decided to keep them. I put together a fern leaf dill filled terrarium and transported them with the intention of building a bigger enclosure for them after I returned from being away over the weekend. However, when I got back they had already sealed themselves into their Chrysalis. I decided to leave them as is and waited for the transformation to finish. When I walked out to check on them this morning two fully formed beautiful black swallowtails had emerged and were waiting for release. Needless to say I was thrilled my little science experiment came to fruition.

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Black Swallowtail Butterflies

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Chrysalis Shell after the first butterfly emerged

Black Swallowtail Butterflies

Three of the Chrysalis’s fell to the bottom so I used some chopsticks to prop them back up

Black Swallowtail Butterflies

Black Swallowtail Butterflies

Found a horde of caterpillars eating all my dill so i made them a dill terrarium and watched them go into cocoon and eventutally transform into beautiful butterflies

This poor lady’s ( i think it’s a female) wings didn’t develop properly. I did some research and there’s no way she’d survive outside. Luckily I have a variety of terrariums perfect for butterflies throughout my apartment. I added some banana and sugar water for food and branches for her to perch.

Found a horde of caterpillars eating all my dill so i made them a dill terrarium and watched them go into cocoon and eventutally transform into beautiful butterflies

Found a horde of caterpillars eating all my dill so i made them a dill terrarium and watched them go into cocoon and eventutally transform into beautiful butterflies

Found a horde of caterpillars eating all my dill so i made them a dill terrarium and watched them go into cocoon and eventutally transform into beautiful butterflies Found a horde of caterpillars eating all my dill so i made them a dill terrarium and watched them go into cocoon and eventutally transform into beautiful butterflies

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Bad day to live in a van down by the river

After days of heavy rain the Schuylkill River breached its banks along Kelly Drive in Philadelphia stranding motorists and opening up the road to more worthy sea faring creatures. After days of heavy rain the Schuylkill River breached its banks along Kelly Drive in Philadelphia stranding motorists and opening up the road to more worthy sea faring creatures. After days of heavy rain the Schuylkill River breached its banks along Kelly Drive in Philadelphia stranding motorists and opening up the road to more worthy sea faring creatures. After days of heavy rain the Schuylkill River breached its banks along Kelly Drive in Philadelphia stranding motorists and opening up the road to more worthy sea faring creatures. After days of heavy rain the Schuylkill River breached its banks along Kelly Drive in Philadelphia stranding motorists and opening up the road to more worthy sea faring creatures. After days of heavy rain the Schuylkill River breached its banks along Kelly Drive in Philadelphia stranding motorists and opening up the road to more worthy sea faring creatures. After days of heavy rain the Schuylkill River breached its banks along Kelly Drive in Philadelphia stranding motorists and opening up the road to more worthy sea faring creatures. After days of heavy rain the Schuylkill River breached its banks along Kelly Drive in Philadelphia stranding motorists and opening up the road to more worthy sea faring creatures. After days of heavy rain the Schuylkill River breached its banks along Kelly Drive in Philadelphia stranding motorists and opening up the road to more worthy sea faring creatures. After days of heavy rain the Schuylkill River breached its banks along Kelly Drive in Philadelphia stranding motorists and opening up the road to more worthy sea faring creatures. After days of heavy rain the Schuylkill River breached its banks along Kelly Drive in Philadelphia stranding motorists and opening up the road to more worthy sea faring creatures. After days of heavy rain the Schuylkill River breached its banks along Kelly Drive in Philadelphia stranding motorists and opening up the road to more worthy sea faring creatures.

glimpse of virginia

spent the weekend in amherst/lynchburg virginia. took some pretty pictures.

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Gus Gus

 

 

 

 

I was sitting by my friends parents pool in Wildwood, NJ with the wife and a a friend when out of nowhere something splashed down into the water. that something was this baby cardinal. we jumped into action, scooped him up and set him on the ground so he could dry off. After hours or mind numbingly watching the bird come back to life it started hopping around. the mama and papa cardinal started flapping wildly trying to inspire little gus-gus to fly but the poor little guy or gal just couldn’t muster up the strength. he did however make a strong effort and flapped around the yard. My friends father’s paternal instincts then kicked in and he picked up the stressed baby bird and carefully placed him in the tree we think he fell out of. We went to bed and and the next day couldn’t find him anywhere. We could however hear his little chirp so assumed he made it home safely. live long and prosper gus-gus. 
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Feast Fit For A Falcon

so two days ago i read a photo story in a back issue of national geographic on falcons living in nyc and then just happen to stumble upon one of them feasting on a pigeon in thompkins square park.