In case your to-do list for Wednesday also includes studying for two exams and writing your news article and finishing homework and writing a personal essay:
Meet Tater the hedgehog! Guaranteed to brighten your day. I love his name, because he definitely is round enough to be a tater tot. I always wondered if petting a hedgehog would feel like stroking a sack of needles, but it really feels more like touching toothpicks. I was able to take this adorable photo because Tulane became Zoolane (hahahahaha) for homecoming week and brought in animals from Audubon Zoo for an afternoon.
I love this photo for its cute factor, but also for how it gives the viewer a sense of the prickly and the snug. Close-cropped photos tend to work best for small animals, and are also great for animals with interesting texture. I love the way the photo is able to capture the symmetric direction of the quills, because it really adds the feeling of being bundled-up to the image. So, photography tip of the day? Look for movement or direction. What really makes this photo stand out is the way Tater just looks so curled up and cuddle-y because of the way his quills turn inward. It’s also important to be able to achieve a higher contrast when you focus on these details of movement in order to make the typically fleeting movement more concrete.
I also got to meet this three-legged gopher tortoise who was crawling all across the tiles outside: