The Himalayas from 20,000 ft. : great video. 3,200 Year Old Tree Never Been Captured In A Single Image... (Distractify) Cloaked in the snows of California’s Sierra Nevada, the 3,200-year-old giant sequoia called the President rises 247 feet.
Two other sequoias have wider trunks, but none has a larger crown, say the scientists who climbed it. The figure at top seems taller than the other climbers because he’s standing forward on one of the great limbs. The trunk is 27 feet wide and the his mighty branches hold 2 billion needles, the most of any tree on the planet. Nudibranchs - 1 click.
This is How Super Smart Octopuses Are. The cephalopod’s genome reveals how the creatures evolved intelligence to rival the brightest vertebrates.
We humans think we’re so fancy with our opposable thumbs and capacity for complex thought. But imagine life as an octopus … camera-like eyes, camouflage tricks worthy of Harry Potter, and not two but eight arms – that happen to be decked out with suckers that possess the sense of taste. And not only that, but those arms? They can execute cognitive tasks even when dismembered. Strong Women, Wild Horses. Everything is awesome with Princess Yellow Feather. Amazing Places. Preachers Rock, Preikestolen, Norway Blue Caves - Zakynthos Island, Greece Skaftafeli - Iceland Plitvice Lakes – Croatia Crystalline Turquoise Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park, China Four Seasons Hotel - Bora Bora Ice skating on Paterswoldse Meer, a lake just South of the city of Groningen in the Netherlands.
Rats With Teddy Bears - sweet 2 clicks. Beautiful World of Sea Slugs-click on pic. On land, slugs are far from nature's most beautiful creatures--but underwater, the family of shell-less creatures known as nudibranchs come in bright neons, glowing pastels, and vibrant primary colors.
The 3,000 different kinds of nudibranchs get their color from the food they eat--and, in some cases, secrete the poisons from their prey to defend themselves against predators. The Fried Egg Nudibranch gets its name from the perfect yellow-and-white circles that line its back. These nudibranchs grow to about three inches long, and live in the waters of the Pacific and the Red Sea. Click through for more brilliant 'branches in a rainbow of colors.
Photo via Jon Hanson @ flickr. Nudibranchs - The Flamboyant Sea Slug. Nicoboxethai/CC BY 2.0 Nudibranch, or what we usually call sea slugs, blow my mind.
Ever since spotting one for myself during a tide pool trip about a year ago, I've been fascinated with these creatures. Incredible Photos Of Mongolian Tribe Show Deep Bond With Animals. The Dukha tribe from Mongolia are one of the few remaining “lost” tribes that have completely escaped the realities of the modern world.
They are best known as reindeer herders, but their connection with the animal world goes beyond reindeer. The magical photographs were taken by Hamid Sardar Afkhami who travelled to Khovsgol, Mongolia to photograph one of the few Dukha families that remain. Matadornetwork.com reports: The adorable “sea bunny” - a nudibranch. It’s round, and fluffy and has wiggly little ears!
Sort of. These little sea creatures, affectionately dubbed “sea bunnies” have recently become social media celebrities. They’re actually sea slugs, and belong to the wild group of mollusks called nudibranchs. The bunny slug species is Jorunna parva, and was first described by the renowned Japanese marine biologist Kikutaro Baba. The fluffy white sea bunnies are primarily found off the coast of Japan. ダイブストアエグザイル/Video screen capture As for the “ears”—over on Deep Sea News, Dr. Snake on fence (click on) These amazing tiny spiders - 2 clicks. Sparklemuffin and Skeletorus sound like names my daughters would choose for a stuffed animal or an avatar, but no, these are the real names given by scientists to two newly discovered Peacock spiders.
Peacock spiders are known for their flamboyant colors and dance steps, so entomologist decided to have fun with their names too. Skeletorus, which is more formally known as Maratus sceletus, was named for its unusual black and white skeleton-like pattern. Image credit: Jurgen Otto via Flickr Sparklemuffin, also referred to as Maratus jactatus, has a distinctly soft appearance along with bright colors. The spider’s quirky common name was chosen by the UC Berkeley graduate student, Madeline Girard, who discovered both spiders. Might Alien Life Evolve Like the Incredible Octopus? By Natalie Shoemaker Consider the octopus: a creepy skeleton-less creature with limbs that have regenerative properties and a mind of their own.
Its structure — inside and out — makes it like no other animal on earth. How a Musician Unraveled the Secrets of Whale Song. Whale songs are some of the most hauntingly beautiful and bizarre noises in the world.
But if it hadn’t been for acoustic biologist Katy Payne, we’d probably still be dismissing them as mere sounds — like the noises our own cats and dogs make when they’re hungry, frightened, interested, or affectionate. ACROSS THE SKY - a world record slackline in the utah desert. This 390-year-old bonsai tree survived an atomic bomb, and no one knew until 2001.
Moses Weisberg was walking his bicycle through the National Arboretum in Northeast Washington when he stopped at a mushroom-shaped tree. The first thing he noticed was the thickness of the trunk, estimated at almost a foot and a half in diameter. Tree Encyclopedia. Trees have three principle features that distinguish them from all other plants. First, they have a woody stem, roots and branches which do not die back in winter, but continue to grow year after year. From the moment of its germination, a tree remains visible; from the tallest Sequoia to the smallest garden fruit tree, this principle of growth remains constant. Second, trees live longer than any other organism on earth. Trees commonly live more than 1,000 years, and many grow considerably older. Rare White Whale Makes Surprise Appearance in New Zealand. Scientists got a special thrill this week when they got to experience an unexpected encounter with a rare white humpback whale who made a surprising appearance off the coast of New Zealand.
Coconut Octopus. 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Fireflies. Taking a walk after dark in the Catskill mountains of New York state last fall, I was fascinated by the number of bright blinking lights flashing all around me. I grew up in England, and now live in California, and had never witnessed such a magical display of fireflies.
Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about these fascinating creatures. 16 Of The Most Magnificent Trees In The World. How do I love thee, tree?
This was an amazing post! Nature can display some beautiful variations. – essieadelanwa
Let me count the ways; you change carbon dioxide into the oxygen we breathe, you sequester carbon, and you provide shelter for countless critters. There are many reasons for which we should all be tree-hugging hippies, but within the scope of this article, all we’ll focus on is how amazing some of them look. Granted, not all of these amazing beautiful trees are trees (the Wisteria is a vine, Rhododendrons are shrubs, and bamboo technically belongs to the grass family), but we’ll give them a pass because they are amazing, huge and beautiful.
So once you step outside and take a breath of fresh air, hug the nearest tree and say thank you! A Black Flamingo Stands in Cyprus. This black flamingo is one in several million—and perhaps, the only one in the world. On April 8, it was spotted during a flamingo count along a salt lake at the Akrotiri environmental center on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Click on pictue scroll down for videos.