Tawny Owl Feather, SEM by Power and Syred/Science Photo Library: The comblike structure of the leading edge of an owls wing with filamentous extension of their anterior barbules on their feathers breaks turbulence into micro turbulence, muffling sound and giving owls the benefit of silent flight.
Pluto by lookhuman #Tee #Pluto
Cotton Candy Nebula - The nebula known as N11, complete with sparkly star clusters embedded in fluffy pink clouds of gas. This exceptionally energetic star-forming region, also known as the Bean Nebula, extends over 1,000 light-years in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Three generations of star formation have created shells of gas and dust which are being blown away by radiation from the newborn stars.
by Rachel Hauer
It's all for one in sky-blue seafaring superorganism - life - 12 March 2014 - New Scientist
Hermit Crab, hiding in coral.
Scientists at the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre placed glass shells into a hermit crab tank. The crabs soon moved into the glass shells and made themselves comfortable, allowing researchers to take these amazing photographs. via @Ivan Cherevko Cherevko Cherevko Cherevko Cherevko Cherevko Konstantinov
Lily Moth / Polytela Gloriosae
Calcite with Quartz from Huanggang Mine, Inner Mongolia, China
Tri-colored Smithsonite from Choix, Mexico
Desktop Jellyfish Tank white, jellyfish, pets
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
American Gems, Martha Stewart Living – March Issue #Gems
‘Beetle green’, Oxford Natural History Museum, Canon EOS 500D, © Rebecca Siebenthal
Nabokov's drawing of a heavily spotted Melissa Blue, overlaid with the scale-row classification system he developed for mapping individual markings. via brainpickings. Image via The New York Public Library. #Illustration #Butterfly #Nabokov
by Horst Kiechle http://www.flickr.com/photos/archisculpture/
Euphorbia wulfennii fasciation A fabulous mutation affecting most if not all plants (of an unknown cause) called Fasciation. Ive seen it on a variety of plants all with spectacular effects but this has got to be the best yet. taken Feb 09. Ryton Organic Gardens
Looks like Ocean Jasper from Madagascar, Links to: http://www.pbase.com/thekrupgallery/rocks__minerals
What a great way to store stones! And a fantastic Valentines Day gift idea for all the stone lovers out there.
"Beautiful:) watermelon tourmaline with green, white and yellow:)" - what a wonderful find! That's why I love to wander in nature, and check those little mom & pop rock shops out in the middle of nowhere (they know where to scrounge for treasures) ~:^]>