Posts Tagged ‘nature’

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What am I remembering?

November 14, 2017

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What am I eating?

October 2, 2017

“This spectacular extreme closeup of a strawberry was taken by photographer Alexey Kljatov; he explains how he took the photo:

“Focus stacking + averaging (10 groups with different focus, each group contains 8 identical shots for averaging). The problem with this shot was that strawberry is too glossy (I put white plastic bag around berry to diffuse daylight).”

OK, now it’s biology time. In case you’re wondering what you’re seeing there, the little yellow-reddish thing is called an achene — it’s not a seed. Each strawberry has over 100 achenes, each with a single seed inside of them. So the achenes are the fruits, and the seeds are inside of them… so then what’s the strawberry? Well, the strawberry is not a fruit, and it’s not even a berry in the botanical sense. It is accessory tissue for an aggregate fruit, formed from multiple ovaries of one flower. But it can get even stranger than that. Strawberries can be hermaphroditic, with male and female parts, or with distinct genders. They do not even rely on seeds to reproduce.

So the strawberry is technically not a berry, it’s not even a fruit. It’s an aggregate from the plant’s receptacle, the thickened part of a stem from which the flower organs grow.

But that doesn’t make them any less delicious or nutritious. Studies have correlated strawberries with a decreased cardiovascular disease risk. Furthermore, phytochemicals present in strawberries have been shown to anti-inflammatory or anticancer properties. In our hearts (and stomachs), strawberries will forever be delicious and healthy fruits.

If you want to truly appreciate the beauty of this photo, check out the full 2695 x 2695 pixel resolution image here.”

From ZME Science

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What am I sappy cat blogging?

May 12, 2017

This week’s wonderful sappy cat photo comes from Carol at Light Words.

Look carefully at the upper left corner of the photo.  See the mockingbird mocking the poor, confused kitty? Thanks, Carol!

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Why am I saying “chirp?”

May 9, 2017

The robin family that has been nesting over our back door down spout has successfully hatched three or four chicks.  This happened when we were out of town last week, so they had quiet family time while we were away.

Last year they tried twice to raise a family, but raccoons got the eggs both times.

If you look closely, you can see the nest looks kind of like a duplex because the robins built a brand new nest right on top of last year’s.

The chicks are getting pretty big.  I’ll bet they will fledge soon.  Nice.

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What do I see evolving?

April 17, 2017

“Illustrator and animator Anna Taberko  continues to produce lovely kaleidoscopic animations that depict the blooming of flowers, the evolution of animals, and the flight of bees. Most of her pieces begin life as traditional hand-drawn cel animation before being digitized and turned into sequential loops. You can follow more of Taberko’s work on Instagram and GIPHY

 

via Colossal

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What am I ordering?

February 15, 2017

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Yes, um, let’s see, I’d like two salmon crullers and a large iced herring latte.  Yeah, to go.

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Who is flying by my window?

February 9, 2017

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It was this guy – circling and circling over the campus at Fancy-Pants University in the middle of the city.  Looking for yummy, tasty squirrels.  It was lunch time.

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