1. j-h-a-photography:

    Honeybag Tor, Devon UK by j-h-a-photography

    (via canisalbus)

  2. libutron:

    Condoto Stubfoot Toad - Atelopus spurrelli

    This beautiful patterned amphibian is a toad scientifically named Atelopus spurrelli (Bufonidae), a Vulnerable species endemic to the Colombian pacific lowlands in Valle de Cauca, Risaralda and Choco Departments.

    This toad is normally having a green or yellow color with black spots on a black base on the back. It seems like the color can vary within the same population between green and more yellow. Ventrally is normally yellow with black spots. The palms and soles are orange.

    This is another of several amphibian species whose populations are being affected by Chytridiomycosis.

    References: [1] - [2] - [3]

    Photo credit: ©Juan Carlos Gutiérrez Mejía | Locality: Bahía Solano, Choco, Colombia (2013)

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  3. nubbsgalore:

    photos by matt smith from the Illawarra coast in new south wales of bluebottles, violet snails and blue dragons. 

    despite its resemblance to the jellyfish, the bluebottle is more closely related to coral. known as a zooid, the bluebottle (or portugese man of war) is a colonial animal composed of many highly specialized and physiologically integrated individual organisms incapable of independent survival. 

    the blue dragon — a type of nudibranch, here no larger than a thumbnail, with its own potent sting — is able to eat the nematocysts (stinging cells) of the bluebottle without discharging them and internally relocate them to the tips of each one of the fingers you can see in the pictures.

    for their part, the violet snails also feed on the bluebottles.

    notes matt, “despite their potentially dangerous sting, the bluebottle is an amazingly beautiful creature. with strong winds, hundreds of these cnidaria are blown into the bays around my home town and trapped overnight.”

    this allows him to capture the above shots, which he creates with use of a fluorescent tube in his strobe light and a homemade waterproof lens dome.

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  5. brainalize:

    Snakes in squares by Guido Mocafico.

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  6. endcomic:





    The Mystical World Of Mushrooms Captured In Photos

    Most people consider mushrooms to be the small, ugly cousins of the plant kingdom, but theirs is  surprisingly beautiful and wonderful world waiting to be explored. These beautiful mushrooms, captured by enthusiastic nature photographers, are a far cry from the ones you find in the woods or your local grocery store.

    Most mushrooms, as we know them, are actually just the reproductive structure of the fungus they belong to – their fungal networks expand far further underground, and some fungi don’t even sprout the sort of mushrooms that we’re used to seeing. In fact, depending on your definition of “organism,” the largest living organism in the world is a fungus – there’s a honey mushroom colony in Oregon that occupies about 2,000 acres of land! ( Bored Panda )


    Nature is amazing.

    but will it recharge my batteries

    Yes Snake, if you eat it, it will recharge your batteries. 

  7. cool-critters:

    Blunthead Tree Snake (Imantodes cenchoa)

    The blunthead tree snake grows to an average length of 800mm. Their pupils are very distinct from other snakes. They have vertical slits for pupils which allow for the snake to look down. This evolutionary trait is what give the blunthead tree snake such an advantage over other snakes. Their eyes make up approximately 26% of its head. Blunthead tree snakes are arboreal, meaning living in or often found in trees. They are most often found in low vegetation such as coffee trees or bromeliads. These snakes prefer much cooler and moist areas such as wet forests and rainforests. Blunthead tree snakes are found primarily in Central America. The blunthead tree snakes are nocturnal. They feed mostly on small lizards, frogs, and other reptile eggs. Because the female blunthead tree snakes tend to have larger heads, they are capable of preying on larger reptiles and amphibians.photo credits: wiki, Kristiina Ovaska, stock-clip

  8. beastlies:

    I loved the Grant Museum of Zoology. A whole bunch.

    (I’d never heard of sea mice before.)

  9. odditiesoflife:

    Puzzlewood Magical Forest — The Real Middle Earth

    Puzzlewood is a unique and enchanting place, located in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England. There is more than a mile of meandering pathways through Puzzlewood and over 14 acres of ancient woodland. It has an atmosphere quite unlike any other wood. The magical forest is one of the most stunning in the world and it’s easy to see why it’s been used as a filming location for Merlin and Dr. Who. It is no wonder that JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood. 

    In Puzzlewood you will find strange rock formations, secret caves and ancient trees. The geological features here are known locally as scowles. The scowles originated through the erosion of natural underground cave systems formed in limestone many millions of years ago. Uplift and erosion caused the cave system to become exposed at the surface. This was then exploited by Iron Age settlers through to Roman times for the extraction of iron ore.

    Evidence of Roman occupation of the area is supported by the discovery of a hoard of over 3,000 Roman coins from the 3rd Century which were found in the scowles of Puzzlewood. Once the Romans left, nature reclaimed the old workings with moss and trees, to create the unique landscape. The historical use soon became forgotten, and the folklore of “Puzzlewood” began.

    In the early 1800s, a local landowner laid down a mile of pathways which meandered through the trees and gulleys to open up this ancient forest originally for the amusement of his friends and children. In the early 1900s, Puzzlewood opened to the public. Since then it is has remained essentially unchanged with the same stunning pathways and bridges as in earlier times, but with the addition of a variety of animals and visitor facilities.

    source 1, 2

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  10. wood-is-good:

    Reflection of cypress trees in the Frio River, Texas, USA

  11. (Source: star--bit, via peikkoneito)

  12. treeporn:

    Tumuch Lake, Canada by Shane Kalyn

    Source: National Geographic Photo of the Day

  13. lalulutres:

    by Saeed al alawi on Fivehundredpx

    (via canisalbus)

  14. old-hopes-and-boots:

    Old Highway 6, Nevada, by Rob Hann

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  15. cool-critters:

    Cyclochila australasiae

    Cyclochila australasiae, commonly known as the green grocer, is a species of cicada and one of Australia’s most familiar insects. It is distributed through coastal regions of southeastern Australia. It is one of the loudest insects in the world. It measures about 4 cm.

    photo credits: Trudyro at en.wikipedia, cicadamania