It is green, itchy and beautiful. It is identified with the desert. It is hard to die, as it lives with only a bit of water that manages to conserve it for long periods of time. Its name is cactus and it makes for a plant different than any other. I used to have one in my balcony; it was supposed to scare people away, which it never managed, but quite on the contrary – every visitor got charmed by my cactus friend.
In a more serious tone, cactus is a plant of particular beauty, and, despite what many people think of it, it also blossoms. The difference with other plants is that when it blossoms it certainly makes for breaking news! Given my passion for cactuses, I found out that Lanzarote might be famous for being an ideal summer destination, but, apart from its fantastic beaches and resorts, it also hosts a unique cactus garden! Don’t forget to keep yourself at a safe distance! They’ll greet in a pinch of a needle!
A Rose of Jericho three hours after being watered having nearly returned to is previous, alive, state!
The Rose of Jericho(Anastatica hierochuntica) is a species of resurrection plant. These plants are characterized by their ability to use Poikilohydric mechanisms which enable them to survive extreme dehydration for years at a time.
Aerial Photos of Iceland Volcanic Rivers - Andre Ermolaev
NASA astronaut films lightning from ISS
Astronaut Reid Wiseman posted a Vine from the International Space Station today showing lightning over Houston.
Tornado warnings were issued in the Houston area earlier this afternoon but have since expired.
got me having goosebumps
he. he posted a vine. from space.
Ingo Arndt Animal Architecture
“Every day, all over the world, animals and insects set about the purposeful tasks of designing their homes, catching their prey, and attracting their mates. In the process they create gorgeous nests, shelters, and habitats. Capturing 120 of these wonders in all their beauty and complexity, Animal Architecture presents a visually arresting tribute to the intersection of nature, science, function, and design.”
Art and Architecture - The Parco dei Mostri, also known as the Garden of Bomarzo or Sacro Bosco, Italy, created during the 16th Century.
photos of butterfly and moth wings taken by linden gledhil at seven to ten times life size.
"evolution is written on the wings of butterflies" - charles darwin
Derweze, also known as the door to hell, is a 70 meter wide hole in the middle of the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan. The hole was formed in 1971 when a team of soviet geologists had their drilling rig collapse when they hit a cavern filled with natural gas. In an attempt to avoid poisonous discharge, they decided to burn it off, thinking that the gas would be depleted in only a few days. Derweze is still burning today
The skull-shaped Snapdragon Flower Dragon(Antirrhinum majus) seed pod. The Antirrhinum, commonly known as the snapdragon has been a popular garden plant for many years. Also known as the dragon flower, its common name derives from the resemblance of the flower to a dragon’s head.Yet once the flower has died, leaving behind the seed pod, something a little more macabre appears. The dragon – just a visual metaphor after all – appears to have a skull.
"Also known as the ghost plant, Indian pipe, or corpse plant.
Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, more specifically a myco-heterotroph. Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest. It is often associated with beech trees.
The complex relationship that allows this plant to grow also makes propagation difficult.
The plant is sometimes completely white but commonly has black flecks and a pale pink coloration. Rare variants may have a deep red color.”
The Moon sets behind the temple of Poseidon at Sounio