The new scientific exposition “Zanne, corazze e veleni” (trans. “Fangs, shells and venoms”), ideated by me and my friend and colleague Francesco Tomasinelli is finally open to the public until 15 June 2014. It an exposition about the never ending run for life of the smaller creatures like Amphibians, Reptiles, Arthropods and so on.
It features more than 30 high quality printed stories about this truly amazing world together with 16 vivaria containing some of the most interesting and beautiful creatures of the undergrowth. All these live animals are ambassadors of that realms, kept inside a reconstruction of their habitat, showing how they are bond to their ecosystems.
We must start thinking that there’s no need to care about size when we look at nature. Each tiny spider is a tiger in its realm, even more mysterious than its bigger “colleagues”.
I dedicate this exposition to this realm, to the marvel it can give me each day of my life in every corner of the planet I’m in. This is for you all, tiny creatures. I dream about a day when this giant Gulliver called “man” will perceive you all as a fundamental part of the beauty of this world.
Where: Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova “G. Doria” (Natural History Museum “G. Doria”, Genoa, Italy)
When: since 7 December 2013 to 15 June 2014
Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m (closing day: monday)
It has been a while I didn’t update this news section, cause I’m quite busy lately.
I’m presently working as a tv presenter of the Italian show “GEO“ in the state tv channel RAI 3. This has been a major update since september 2013, cause it happens to be one of the biggest shows in Italy related to nature, geography and human society. We also present very good documentaries about animals and nature in general. The tv show goes live each day monday-friday for three hours: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
It’s a pretty awesome adventure, even if i miss a bit my working days in the field. I’ll be a tv presenter until May 2014, with just some short breaks during Christmas and Easter days.
Since end of May I’ll be traveling to Botswana for a very nice photo tour open to people (check here for more info). This will be a very welcome trip for me, even if I’m struggling to get also again to Peruvian Andes for a short expedition in June.
Last months have been busy with some nice happening, I had two speeches at WILDPHOTOS in London, one of the biggest symposiums about wildlife photography in the world. It was both a honor and a thrilling experience to me! I had the chance to speak about my photography and the importance of the “small world” to an impressive audience. Just awesome! Probably something is “rolling” on the media side and they’re starting to look through the mirror and maybe understanding that the world is not only made of humans and polar bears to be saved.
I recently exposed a Meet Your Neighbours exposition in Genova during the Science Festival. The nicest thing about that is that Randal Keynes, the great great grandson of Darwin, went to the exposition and really appreciated it as I was told by one of his collaborators. It was a shame that I didn’t have the chance to meet him!
More in the oven now, cause I’m organizing a very big scientific exposition in Genova, called “Zanne, corazze e veleni” (trad.: “Fangs, shells and venoms”) about the smaller predators of the microcosm and the way animals thrives in that amazing world. It will be held at the Genoa’s Museum of Natural History since 7th December 2013 to 15 June 2014. (more nes about that soon)
Hi all! It’s quite a long time I don’t post things here, but it was a busy time and I’m also often out of home.
I just wanted to let you all know that I’ll held a new photo safari in Botswana between May and June 2014.
More information here: http://www.travelconfigurator.it/ws-botswana-2014
From here you can download a pdf with the full trip details (Italian Language only, sorry!): http://www.travelconfigurator.it/documents/10431/1a7699e9-6a00-4ac1-8b68-3a80013fe3c3
Hope to see you soon in Africa!!
This is one of the pictures I looked for since a long time, not for “the art sake” or for anything related to photography in itself. It’s a simple macro picture about a wolf spider (Lycosa oculata from Corse) preying upon a unlucky robber fly (Asilidae). But the position of the spider, the perspective… it’s the image I would use in the future to show how great a spider predation can be, how similar they can be to their big furry savannah colleagues, how amazing and close to us can be this part of Nature.
(NOTE for foreign visitors: I normally write in English for this site, but this time I decided to write in my home language cause it’s easier for Italian people to read this particular post)
Recentemente sto leggendo di alcuni casi di morsicatura da parte di ragni del genere Loxosceles, riportati da quotidiani locali che in un modo o nell’altro tendono sempre un po’ a spettacolarizzare questi eventi, dando a volte pure indicazioni terapeutiche piuttosto opinabili.
Da parte mia consiglio VIVAMENTE di NON “aprire la ferita” come consigliato in qualche articolo, visto che si rischia solo di peggiorare la situazione (certi consigli non vanno dati così a caso, non si sa mai chi li legga e “come” applica il consiglio). La cosa più saggia è quella di applicare una buona dose di acqua ossigenata, lavare accuratamente la parte morsicata e andare in ospedale spiegando bene al medico che si è stati “MORSI” (non “punti”) da un ragno. Se possibile sarebbe bene portare il ragno possibilmente vivo (o quando meno non spiaccicato per vendetta) in una scatola per una corretta identificazione.
Infine: tutti i ragni italiani, eccetto circa due o tre specie, non danno problemi legati ad una morsicatura, se non dolorini locali e temporanei (ovviamente escludo allergie personali). Quindi è di gran lunga più facile morire per un banale incidente domestico che incappare in questo tipo di problemi.
Riporto qui di seguito un link in cui si parla per lo più di L. reclusa (specie americana), ma la cosa vale anche per i nostri “violini”: http://insects.about.com/od/spiders/tp/brown-recluse-lies.htm
Join me at WildPhotos in London this October! I am pleased to announce that I will be giving a talk at WildPhotos 2013. The two days event features talks from the world’s best wildlife and environmental photographers, revealing the stories, insights and tips behind some of the world’s most iconic images. For more information and to get tickets, please visit the WildPhotos website.
Here you can read about my speech: http://www.wildphotos.org.uk/speakers/emanuele-biggi/
After a sell-out and inspiration-packed two days in 2012, WildPhotos is back for 2013 and bigger than ever.
Featuring talks from the world’s best wildlife photographers and compèred by TV personalities Mark Carwardine and Chris Packham, WildPhotos takes you to the heart of some of the world’s most iconic images, revealing the stories, insights and tips for capturing them.
As part of the spectacular two-day event there is also an inspiring new range of workshops which allow you to get in-depth, technical and hands-on with some of the best in the industry. And an exciting evening event in partnership with WWF and some incredible speakers!
This year’s WildPhotos is not to be missed – get your ticket now at www.wildphotos.org.uk
From HERE you can enjoy a selection of pictures from my last expedition to Deserta Grande (Madeira, Portugal).
A bit late, but still on season, this beautiful Northern Spectacled Salamander (Salamandrina perspicillata) was depositing its eggs on a submerged branch inside the site where I worked for my graduation thesis a while ago.. It’s a growing population, cause when I worked there about 8 years ago, they were barely present (sporadic findings) and now tens of egg-clusters are visible inside the pool. While vegetation is growing, the site is getting more shadowy and less favorable for the Apennine yellow-bellied toad (Bombina pachypus), but more favorable to shade loving Amphibians like Rana italica and S. perspicillata.
And yes, I took this shot inside the pool with an underwater camera equipment and… my underwear! (fortunately enough, it’s a very hidden place…)
Today I had the chance to photograph an amazing plant: the dragon flower (Dracunculus vulgaris). It’s probably a non-native species to Italy, with a very scattered and oddly distributed population. It’s peculiarity is in the inflorescence: a big, rotten meat red colored giant spadix towering at even 1 m above the ground with a total size of about 30 cm (or even a bit more). And the smell… Oh… that smell… I’m quite used to bad-smelling plants (mostly Asclepiadaceae), but honestly, when I “met” this one, a wall of sensations drilled my nose, headed by the strongest among them: death stench. It was like sniffing a pool of days old dead fishes, feces and cows (I apologize with all the people around the world that’s taking lunch or dinner right now)…
But you know, nature is all about surviving in a hostile world and plants are no less so. Some of them, that one could call “Les fleurs du mal”, evolved in a different direction from their good-smelling relatives to exploit different niches for pollination.
And what about all those buzzing and messing flies, beetles and stuff around? Let’s give them a try! There’s plenty of work here for them, but also a terrible cheat. This plants, contrarily to the “normally smelling” ones, don’t waste energy by producing something like nectar to give in exchange to the Insects. They just exploit them until the pollinators get bored with the fake carrion/dung or, even worse, after they deposit their eggs over its surface as many flies do. Of course, the larvae will never get any nourishing and will die soon after getting to life.
Why I told you this? Because it’s an amazing natural history? Yes, of course!… but… There’s also a great moral about this species: never think that a nice, big, red flower will always fit well into a posy you’re about to compose…
Thanks a lot to Francesco Cassulo that made these photos possible by letting me know the plant was in flower! Without you, I wouldn’t ever had such “intense” experience!
By Francesco Tomasinelli and Emanuele Biggi.
Few places in the world has such an endless pristine wilderness, almost devoid of human footprint. In Botswana animals move freely in huge natural reserves measured in thousand of square kilometers. More than in any other place in Africa, in the northern part of Botswana you see the old, wildest face of the continent, with spectacular herds of elephants and herbivores, followed by huge numbers of predators. Why Botswana wilderness is so special? Firstly because of the Okavango Delta and its extensive river system, which drains the summer rainfall (in January and February) from the Angola highlands. The water flows to the South and reach Botswana between June and August, during the dry winter months, where it slows down forming the second biggest internal delta in Africa (the first one being the Niger) with permanent huge swamps bordered by lush vegetation. This heaven attracts animals from the nearby arid areas, creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife, now protected by world famous Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park, together bigger than Northern Italy.
Financed largely by income of diamonds mining, and now by high-cost, low-density wildlife tourism too, Botswana has minimum population (just 2 million people, with good income, by African standards) and does not need extensive agriculture and farming programs, allowing vast natural ecosystem to thrive.
Mobile camp safaris allows Botswana natural areas to be explored almost without any limit. From Maun city you can move into Moremi Game Reserve and later to Chobe National Park without seeing any sign of human presence, besides roads and rangers gates and station, ending the trip at the spectacular Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
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