Often called the resurrection plant, the Rose of Jericho is thought to be one of the strongest plants in the world, as it can survive almost complete desiccation by collapsing into itself when lacking moisture and uncurling once the plant receives it. Spanish friars actually used the rose to teach natives the concept of rebirth. Oddly enough, it eventually turns into a tumbleweed, the cinematic prop of choice for dilapidation and decay. Learn more about this wondrous plant by watching the video above.
Browsing ATI By nature
While Montreal is Quebec’s largest city, the densely populated locale is much more than a concrete jungle. In fact, the Canadian city is home to one of the world’s most beautiful gardens, the Jardin Botanique de Montreal. Known in English as the Montreal Botanical Garden, this sprawling collection of 10 exhibition greenhouses and over 20 thematic gardens contains more than 22,000 plant species and cultivars. Visitors can walk through the various themed gardens, stop by the Frederic Back Tree House or go next door to Insectarium, all in a day’s time.
If this composition and its colors don’t get you in the mood for a good old-fashioned brood, we don’t know what will.
Using incredible aerial photography techniques, Sarah Martinet presents Iceland’s landscapes like no photographer has ever done before. Her aerial photos of Iceland—which were taken from an open-window airplane—display curling blue streams, snowy mountains and effortless waterfalls from an entirely new perspective. Check out these surreal aerial photographs of Iceland, then head to the Martinet’s website to purchase some prints.
Don’t feel too badly if you missed last night’s supermoon, or the so-beautiful-it-seems-fake moment when the full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to Earth during its orbit around us. In spite of all that divides us, millions of people from Madrid to Rio to Beijing took a minute or so yesterday to engage in a collective ogle at the luminous sphere whose daily spotting is one of the few experiences we all share.
During the supermoon–which by the way isn’t exactly a scientific term–the moon appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when it is at its farthest distance away from Earth.
Here are 21 of our favorite shots:
Scenic Self-Portraits To Make You Feel Wonderfully Small
It’s easy to misunderstand our size and importance in the scope of the universe. Current natural events suggest that yes, people do have a knack for altering–and perhaps irrevocably so–our climate and ecosystems. And when you look at just how vast these systems and landforms are compared to our puny stature, it’s pretty mystifying that we can. The photos at 500PX highlight that stark contrast, and we encourage you to check it out.