Magic Toes

Found a clutch of these cute little fellows up inside a yellow street lamp, a great place to catch insects navigating by the moon.

 

I first heard about the gecko’s amazing toes from Polypedal Prof. Full at TED. They can hang from perfectly smooth glass, wet or dry, and support their body weight with one toe touching. But the toes are not sticky; they can also climb those surfaces at a meter per second.

 

The nanostructured hairs at the tip of the gecko’s toes exploit the weak Van der Waals bonds at the molecular scale. It’s geometry, not surface chemistry that gives them adhesion... and inspires new designs for glue. (more info)

  • glpease 8y

    Outstanding!
  • Donna S 8y

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    A great image, much admired by Donna62 --,
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  • Niels Heidenreich 7y

    Very cute.
    Also, »the 2-second timer to remove shutter press shake...« – that is a great idea. Why didn't I come up with this? Thanks!
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  • LA Lassie 7y

    Ostrich
    I saw this great photograph
    in the QEMD "Finch" Group
  • LA Lassie 7y

    "CONGRATULATIONS - TO YOU !"
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    evening - mandarin duck reflection

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  • Beadmobile 7y

    Too Cool Macro.
  • Pedro Cano 7y

    Incredible beautiful shot! Congratulations
  • Niels Heidenreich 7y

    Did I mention he's cute? The gecko is teh cute.
    (Excellent photo as well.)
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    Love your picture!

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  • maarusss 7y

    esaaa cosaaaaaaa
    woooooooow
  • C is for C Monster 7y

    beautiful. i used to keep a pair of geckos. they're amazing pets
  • melcir.meri 7y

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  • Yves Rubin 6y

    Outstanding picture I must say!!!
  • paulmcdee 6y

    I love the detail n the textures. They have amazing eyes, and the texture of your skin works great against his own!
  • Hardeep Singh 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called HS Likes, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Barry Sell 6y

    Thanks for sharing your great shot!

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    Visit to see what other great photos have been selected.


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  • PuppiesAreProzac 6y

    Love it! We've selected your photo to feature at Puppies Are Prozac with prominent photographer attribution. We'll add a dose of humor and post it soon! Thanks for offering the CC license.
  • Jeff 5y

    Wow this thing is so freakin awesome! nice find!
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