|Image: Ted C. Macrae, Beetles in the Bush|
Beautiful Tiger Beetle, Cicindela pulchra pulchra
Sunday, 29 January 2012
Friday, 27 January 2012
|Image: Alvaro E. Migotto|
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
|Image: Philippe Guillaume via Flickr|
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Friday, 20 January 2012
Rising forth from the mud and stone of the sea floor, an edifice strikes out at the darkness. Appearing as nothing more than a community of snowflakes, standing strong against black waters and crushing pressure.
There is snow, but it's marine snow. Crumbs from the top table that fall from sunlit realms, dragged downward by the night. There are stars, but they are brittle stars. A squirming handful of arms, each with a thousand feet. There are flowers, too, but they are sea lilies. Feathers held high on long stalks, like carnivorous palm trees waving in the breeze.
This tower is a home. Sparkling, white walls permit entry to the tiny. One couple will stay and grow too big to escape. A wedding, but a shrimp wedding. A home, but a living one. A crystal prison and a fortress against the wet, desert wasteland.
I'm Venus Flower Basket and I approve this message.
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
But then I saw one.
Sunday, 15 January 2012
|Image: Blake Matheson via Flickr|
Friday, 13 January 2012
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Sunday, 8 January 2012
From the pulsating bell to the shimmying tentacles, jellyfish have got to be some of the weirdest lifeforms our planet has to offer. Oral arms wave mindlessly around a central mouth while stinging cells puncture and poison without a thought. Not only does the jellyfish not even have to be alive for it to sting, but the stinging tentacles needn't be attached to the rest of the body at all. The futility of such endeavours is totally lost on them, as if they're more a force of nature than an animal. The sheer depth of their apparent mindlessness is quite amazing. It's like watching someone watching TV. Or, with all these reality shows, watching someone watching someone watching TV on the TV.
But no matter how strange a jellyfish may seem as it drifts in the ocean's currents, its life history is stranger still. Jellyfish really are weird from start to finish.
Saturday, 7 January 2012
The lovely lady at shewalkssoftly.com has given me a MAJOR AWARD! Isn't it beautiful? I remember coming across her blog when I was looking up Vampire Squid. Oddly enough, I'd already written about that charismatic cutie so I guess I was just checking out what other people had to say. Little did I know that my travels would one day result in this most illustrious of events!
The Sun is right now rising and the very air at my window appears golden.
Friday, 6 January 2012
Thursday, 5 January 2012
|Image: R Vrijenhoek, MBARI|
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
|Image: ConstantineD via Flickr|
Sunday, 1 January 2012