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23rd July 2014

Photo reblogged from Raidho with 8,143 notes

wonderous-world:

Andalusia, Spain by Zú Sánchez

wonderous-world:

Andalusia, Spain by Zú Sánchez

Tagged: photographynature

Source: Flickr / jesfarma

11th June 2014

Photo reblogged from Fox ... in striped socks. with 27 notes

kohlhase:

Khao Luang Cave, Thailand

kohlhase:

Khao Luang Cave, Thailand

Tagged: photographynature

Source: kohlhase

3rd April 2014

Photoset reblogged from And I'm so fucking beautiful I can't stand it with 113,460 notes

tytodiem:

“It is as beautiful as it is rare.  A frost flower is created on autumn or early winter mornings when ice in extremely thin layers is pushed out from the stems of plants or occasionally wood. This extrusion creates wonderful patterns which curl and fold into gorgeous frozen petioles giving this phenomenon both its name and its appearance.”

Tagged: natureflowers

Source: kuriositas.com

29th September 2013

Photoset reblogged from Petit maître with 161,998 notes

the garden collection // colors organized neatly
emily blincoe (prints here)
august 2013

this pleases me

Tagged: naturecolours

Source: emilyblincoe

28th July 2013

Photo reblogged from Epicaricacy with 107,607 notes

Tagged: nature

Source: metrodorus

28th June 2013

Photoset reblogged from for who could ever learn to love a beast? with 269,871 notes

Tagged: natureflowers

Source: iloveajesha

20th May 2013

Photoset reblogged from Playing it by ear with 8 notes

chickenfluff:

Dryad’s saddle appreciation post.  Saw tons of these guys as I was pulling garlic mustard.

Confession: I did not know this was a real plant when I played Oblivion…:/

Tagged: nature

16th March 2013

Chat reblogged from Polkadots and Daydreams with 235,033 notes

The difference between bees and wasps.

  • Bee: Hi there friend! How are you today? I'm just doing my job, pollinating flowers and all, no need to be afraid of me, I'm just happy I get to enjoy this wonderful weather with you.
  • Wasp: Oh hey motherfucker, wanna go? I swear I will kill any cunt stupid enough to get 3 feet near me, I can sting you, and it will be the nastiest feeling you've had in awhile. Buzz Buzz, asshole. Bet that hurts doesn't it? Stupid fuck.

Tagged: nature

Source: candlemass

15th March 2013

Photo with 7 notes

Tagged: nature

Source: nelleke.deviantart.com

15th March 2013

Photo reblogged from Ion's Folly with 2,434 notes

stuckinabucket:

The bullhorn acacia is kind of sad as acacias go.  You know how most acacias produce alkaloids that taste nasty and keep things from eating them?  Well, bullhorn acacias don’t.  It’s like, get on the bus, bullhorn acacias.
Of course, bullhorn acacias are not hearing your noise, because they’re thinking outside the metabolically-expensive-poison box.
And what they’re thinking is that maybe if you like eating them, you’re really gonna like this face full of motherfucking ants they’ve got for you.
Yes, you read that right.  Instead of playing fair and making their own toxins to keep everything and their brothers off of their leaves, this plant outsourced that shit to ants.  Presumably this is because ants are easily bribed with food, generally looking for a fight, and, most importantly, can run really fast.  Acacias in general, while also easily bribed and kind of ornery, are not known for their speed and mobility.
You’re probably looking at that picture and going “Man, I am just not seeing a real place for those ants to live.  This plant is a terrible employer if it’s not even going to provide housing.  Also, those thorns are kind of nasty-looking, but they’re awful big.  I bet I could just avoid them and not step on the ant mound and be fine.”  And this is not an unreasonable thing to think!  Which is probably why the acacia already thought of it, and decided to keep its ant legions in its thorns.

Yup.  This plant has evolved a way to shoot stinging insects out of its thorns, just in case stabbing you didn’t get the point across.  This is because this plant is hardcore.
Now you may be sitting there going “I don’t know, ants are pretty metal, and that ant looks pretty metal even by ant standards.  Maybe they just really liked the idea of living in hollowed-out thorns and did this all on their own.”  And I can see why you’d say that, because it totally sounds like something ants would do, but you’d be tragically wrong.  You know how some ants will properly farm or half-assedly shepherd aphids because they suck out plant juices and process and concentrate the sugars in their waste, which the ants then treat like gatorade?  
The acacia tries to cut out the middle man there.  They produce little bundles of protein and fat called Beltian bodies and then stick them on their leaflet tips, which is basically just mocking herbivores at this point, and then on the leaf stalks they’ve got these fancypants glands that produce nectar, to further rub it in.  I mean, seriously.  This plant is just hanging out going “Oh, yeah, my leafy greens taste like cake, assholes.  You want this?  Hope you like ants, too, because that’s what else is there.”
So the ants are getting a super fucking sweet deal here, and it’s like, man, this plant is going way out of its way to keep these sons of bitches around.  Is it sure it wouldn’t be easier to just pony up with the alkaloids and taste gross?  Because it seems like it wouldn’t be nearly so cool, but it would be way simpler than growing these ant apartments and ant cafeterias and whatnot, and this plant probably isn’t vain enough to evolve based on sheer coolness.
Well, ants aren’t stupid, but they are pretty fucking territorial.  Remember how acacias are generally just not capable of getting up and wandering around?  The ants do that for them.  Any vines and shit trying to climb on the acacia get ant-murdered the same way herbivores trying to eat it get all face-stung, and the ants will go the extra distance of killing anything that tries to grow around the base of the tree.  They send out fucking ant doom-patrols looking for weeds.  And then they kill the shit out of them.
So, fucking bullhorn acacias, right?  They really hit on a cool scheme.  Surely they are the only plants that could pull this off.  Nope!  There’s a bunch of plants that have figured out how to make deals with ants, to the point where there’s a name for them: myrmecophytes. (“Myrmecophyte” is Greek for “Yo, dawg, there may have been a slight miscommunication after you said you liked plants.”).  Some of them don’t even do anything for ants except make a nice living space, because that way when the ants die and start their little ant graveyards in random unused spaces, the plant can use their little tenant corpses as fertilizer. (Note: Do not trust plants.  Ever.)

stuckinabucket:

The bullhorn acacia is kind of sad as acacias go.  You know how most acacias produce alkaloids that taste nasty and keep things from eating them?  Well, bullhorn acacias don’t.  It’s like, get on the bus, bullhorn acacias.

Of course, bullhorn acacias are not hearing your noise, because they’re thinking outside the metabolically-expensive-poison box.

And what they’re thinking is that maybe if you like eating them, you’re really gonna like this face full of motherfucking ants they’ve got for you.

Yes, you read that right.  Instead of playing fair and making their own toxins to keep everything and their brothers off of their leaves, this plant outsourced that shit to ants.  Presumably this is because ants are easily bribed with food, generally looking for a fight, and, most importantly, can run really fast.  Acacias in general, while also easily bribed and kind of ornery, are not known for their speed and mobility.

You’re probably looking at that picture and going “Man, I am just not seeing a real place for those ants to live.  This plant is a terrible employer if it’s not even going to provide housing.  Also, those thorns are kind of nasty-looking, but they’re awful big.  I bet I could just avoid them and not step on the ant mound and be fine.”  And this is not an unreasonable thing to think!  Which is probably why the acacia already thought of it, and decided to keep its ant legions in its thorns.

Yup.  This plant has evolved a way to shoot stinging insects out of its thorns, just in case stabbing you didn’t get the point across.  This is because this plant is hardcore.

Now you may be sitting there going “I don’t know, ants are pretty metal, and that ant looks pretty metal even by ant standards.  Maybe they just really liked the idea of living in hollowed-out thorns and did this all on their own.”  And I can see why you’d say that, because it totally sounds like something ants would do, but you’d be tragically wrong.  You know how some ants will properly farm or half-assedly shepherd aphids because they suck out plant juices and process and concentrate the sugars in their waste, which the ants then treat like gatorade?  

The acacia tries to cut out the middle man there.  They produce little bundles of protein and fat called Beltian bodies and then stick them on their leaflet tips, which is basically just mocking herbivores at this point, and then on the leaf stalks they’ve got these fancypants glands that produce nectar, to further rub it in.  I mean, seriously.  This plant is just hanging out going “Oh, yeah, my leafy greens taste like cake, assholes.  You want this?  Hope you like ants, too, because that’s what else is there.”

So the ants are getting a super fucking sweet deal here, and it’s like, man, this plant is going way out of its way to keep these sons of bitches around.  Is it sure it wouldn’t be easier to just pony up with the alkaloids and taste gross?  Because it seems like it wouldn’t be nearly so cool, but it would be way simpler than growing these ant apartments and ant cafeterias and whatnot, and this plant probably isn’t vain enough to evolve based on sheer coolness.

Well, ants aren’t stupid, but they are pretty fucking territorial.  Remember how acacias are generally just not capable of getting up and wandering around?  The ants do that for them.  Any vines and shit trying to climb on the acacia get ant-murdered the same way herbivores trying to eat it get all face-stung, and the ants will go the extra distance of killing anything that tries to grow around the base of the tree.  They send out fucking ant doom-patrols looking for weeds.  And then they kill the shit out of them.

So, fucking bullhorn acacias, right?  They really hit on a cool scheme.  Surely they are the only plants that could pull this off.  Nope!  There’s a bunch of plants that have figured out how to make deals with ants, to the point where there’s a name for them: myrmecophytes. (“Myrmecophyte” is Greek for “Yo, dawg, there may have been a slight miscommunication after you said you liked plants.”).  Some of them don’t even do anything for ants except make a nice living space, because that way when the ants die and start their little ant graveyards in random unused spaces, the plant can use their little tenant corpses as fertilizer. (Note: Do not trust plants.  Ever.)

Tagged: naturescience

Source: stuckinabucket

1st March 2013

Photo reblogged from Girl vs The Multiverse with 6,532 notes

marcusmb:

325/365 - The scandinavian paradise island on Flickr.
The scandinavian version of the traditional paradise island; sand island with a palm tree. http://www.facebook.com/MarcusMbPhotography

Only way it would be better was if the tree was decorated.

marcusmb:

325/365 - The scandinavian paradise island on Flickr.

The scandinavian version of the traditional paradise island; sand island with a palm tree.

http://www.facebook.com/MarcusMbPhotography

Only way it would be better was if the tree was decorated.

Tagged: naturelandscape

Source: marcusmb

1st February 2013

Photo reblogged from Raidho with 3,241 notes

Tagged: natureflowergreen

Source: thegardennymph

4th December 2012

Photo reblogged from Ravage with 21 notes

I love winter

I love winter

Tagged: naturelandscapeswinter

27th September 2012

Photo reblogged from Musings with 768 notes

Tagged: landscapenaturephotography

Source: weheartit.com

12th August 2012

Photo reblogged from that’s gorgeous hold it right where you are with 5,462 notes

Tagged: cherry blossomnaturephotographypink

Source: morondeluxe