This is a rare meteorological phenomenon called a skypunch. When people see these, they think it’s the end of the world. Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds, then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloud cover.
HEIMDALL!! I KNOW YOU CAN HEAR ME!!
OPEN THE BIFROST!!
WHEN FANDOMS ATTACK
NO HIPSTER IS SAFE
Lil’ Bear and Tala the wolf were inseparable growing up and are still best friends!
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A male St. Mark’s fly, Bibio marci, at 10-times magnification.
Image by Dr. David Maitland.
He’s smiling. He’s proud of himself.
He’s saying “Look at me, that’s right, I’m balancing myself on this little stub of a branch. I am as majestic as a bird on its perch.”
It’s a blue sword. Blue swords are cool.
“Taking a leap of faith……” by bigcatphotos UK:)
Smith Mansion - Lee Smith spent two decades single-handily building this log cabin monstrosity about 15 miles east of Yellowstone. He died in 1992 before it was completed and it sat abandoned for 20 years. His daughter recently launched a preservation organization to restore the mansion and offer guided tours. *More info can be found here -
If you look closely, you’ll see a very brave (or very crazy) person in a red parka leaning over the edge.
I just need to hem the bottom and fix a few things but I can’t believe how we’ll it fits!!!! Plus I still have 3/4 of a yard left!!! I need to make a clutch and bow to match!
This smiling Frosty is no ordinary snowman—he’s made entirely of mold.
The living artwork is the creation of Stephanie Mounaud, an infectious disease researcher at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) in Rockville, Maryland.
For the last several Christmases, Mounaud has used the different strains of mold that she works with to create holiday-themed fungal art.
The snowman pictured here was made by combining four different fungi, including common strains such as Aspergillus niger and rarer ones such asPenicillium marneffei.
Getting the colors just right for her artwork was tricky and required growing the right fungi on the right medium. For example, “the color that you see in the snowman is made from the spores,” hardy reproductive forms of fungi used for dispersal, Mounaud explained.
To coax the fungi to create spores, Mounaud used a nutrient-poor growth medium. “When you give them a starved condition, the fungi really want to produce their spores because they feel they’re in an environment where they need to survive,” she said.