Get To Know The Rose Of Jericho, One Of Nature’s Most Resilient Creations

August 29, 2014

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.

Strolling Through The Exquisite Montreal Botanical Gardens

August 27, 2014

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.

Iris in Gardens in Montreal

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A Lightning Storm Over Death Valley

August 26, 2014

Lightning Storm Over Death Valley

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.

Sarah Martinet Captures True Beauty In These Aerial Photographs of Iceland

August 23, 2014

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.

Surreal Photos of Iceland

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21 Super Amazing Shots From Last Night’s Supermoon

August 11, 2014

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:

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Supermoon Rio

Supermoon revelers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Supermoon Wisconsin Coaster

Roller coaster riders in Wisconsin getting a bird's eye view of the supermoon

Supermoon Greece

The supermoon as seen near Athens

Supermoon Spain

A girl and her dog make lovely silhouettes against the supermoon in Madrid

Supermoon Bangkok

The super moon hangs among the pale pink clouds in Bangkok, Thailand

Supermoon China

The supermoon as seen from Beijing, China

Supermoon Brazil

A sultry supermoon obscured by Brazilian skies

Supermoon Washington

The supermoon illuminates a statue in Washington, DC

Supermoon Empire State

The supermoon is grander than any skyscraper in New York City

Supermoon Hong Kong

Travelers on this Hong Kong bridge get a prime view of the supermoon

Supermoon ISS

And from above: the supermoon as captured by members of the International Space Station

Supermoon Jilin CHina

The serpentine supermoon in Jilin Province, China

Supermoon Macedonia

The supermoon as seen near Macedonia's Vardar River

Supermoon Madrid

The supermoon overshadows Madrid's four towers.

Supermoon Patron Saint Malta

During the Maltese festival honoring its patron saint, not even fireworks can hide the super moon's natural beauty

Supermoon Malta

The supermoon hangs heavy and warm above Mdina, Malta's capital city

Supermoon Moscow Museum

An imposing supermoon seen behind Russia's national symbol, the eagle, in Moscow

Supermoon Moscow

An iconic shot of Rusky red and the supermoon in Moscow, Russia

Supermoon Brazil

The supermoon glides above Brazil's Ouro Preto

Supermoon Sydney

The supermoon contrasts with the modern contours of the Sydney Opera House in Australia

Supermoon Tower Bridge

The supermoon adorns London's Tower Bridge

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Thanks to The Telegraph and Russia Today for the images.

What We Love This Week, Volume LXXVII

August 8, 2014
Small Man Nature Trees

Source: 500PX

Scenic Self-Portraits To Make You Feel Wonderfully Small

Small Man Nature Canyon

Source: 500PX

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.

Small Man Nature Desert

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