Gombocs! See wikipedia link for their relation to turtles.

2 years ago 4 notes

Interactive Mars Rover Panorama

A must see. Also - a nice little quirk if you have a mobile device (iPhone etc.) - you can tilt your device and the panorama will follow your motions, as if to emulate you sitting on top of the buggy and moving your head around. Very neat.

360cities.net is also just a great interactive panorama site in general. I try and make my own panormas using Microsoft’s ‘photosynth’ app on my iPhone. It does a pretty good job too, I’d recommend it.

2 years ago

Pollia condensata - colloquially the ‘marble berry’. This berry is of particular interest due to it’s shininess and the way it produces its colour. It is in fact the shiniest naturally occurring thing on the planet. It’s colour is the result of Bragg reflection which is the same effect occurring a few posts back in the butterfly ‘Biomimicry’ video. 

2 years ago 1 note

Phenomenon known as a sundog or Parhelion where a halo forms around the sun as well as, on occassion, two phantom suns on either side of the halo. This one was photographed at the south pole. 

2 years ago 4 notes

Ice rainbows! Check the source for a physical explanation. 

2 years ago 4 notes

Sprites, Blue Jets, Elves, Ball Lightning and St. Elmo’s Fire. Bizarre Phenomena overload. All worth a googling.

2 years ago 3 notes


My favorite! 

     Theeeeeeese are the eyes of a Mantis Shrimp (particularly a Peacock one if you want to look up other photos to see their colors)

     They actually are known for having the most complex visionary ability in the entire world. They can see 100,000 colors - which is just about 10 times more than human beings - and they’re also the only creature on Earth that can see in CPL (Circular Polarized Light)

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2 years ago 46 notes

A creative little chameleon getting his camo all wrong.

2 years ago 6 notes

Fence sitter.

2 years ago 98 notes

Stephen Wiltshire is an autistic artist from England. He has been dubbed the ‘living camera’ as a result of his incredible ability to view a landscape and draw it entirely from memory some time after. When he was 11 he drew an aerial view of London which he ‘shot’ with his mind during a single 15 minute trip in a helicopter. His picture was analysed for its accuracy and unbelievably, it was found to be accurate down to the number of windows in each major building.

I found out about Stephen in a doco: “Beautiful Minds: A Voyage into the Brain” which looked at various super-talented autistic savants. There a vids on youtube.

2 years ago 32 notes