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The Most Colorful River in the World

For most of the year, Caño Cristales in Colombia looks like any other river: a bed of rocks covered in dull green mosses are visible below a cool, clear current. However, for a brief period of time every year, the river blossoms in a vibrant explosion of colors. During the short span between the wet and dry seasons, when the water level is just right, a unique species of plant that lines the river floor called Macarenia clavigera turns a brilliant red. It is offset by splotches of yellow and green sand, blue water, and a thousand shades in between.

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Ercolania siottii by BioDivLibrary on Flickr.
Æolididae e famiglie affini del porto di Genova /.Bologna :Tipi Gamberini e Parmeggiani,1877-1881..biodiversitylibrary.org/page/30704665


Ercolania siottii by BioDivLibrary on Flickr.

Æolididae e famiglie affini del porto di Genova /.
Bologna :Tipi Gamberini e Parmeggiani,1877-1881..

— 1 year ago with 65 notes


These illustrations of beautiful leaved plants are from the Huntington Library’s rare copy of the fittingly titled Beautiful Leaved Plants (1861) by E. J. Lowe. These woodblock illustrations are the work of the talented Benjamin Fawcett (1808–93). Working from his business in the village of Driffield in East Yorkshire, England, Fawcett carved the designs (after the work of the naturalist artist A. F. Lydon) in relief on woodblocks. The designs were then printed in black and white, and elements of the design were then meticulously hand-colored. Fawcett was such a perfectionist that he even made his own colored inks! And wowie, LOOK AT THESE COLORS!!

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The Rosy Maple Moth is the prettiest moth ever.

(I do not own the rights to these photos, I just wanted to share this beautiful moth with tumblr.)

I’m actually slightly afraid of moths, but the rosy maple moth is so cute and pretty I make a total exception for these things

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Astronomers have discovered a blue planet beyond our solar system →

In a major breakthrough, researchers using the Hubble Space Telescope have seen the true color of a planet outside our solar system. HD 189733b, as the gas giant is called, is blue. A deep, vibrant, cobalt blue. And just wait til you hear why it’s that color.

— 1 year ago
Decapitated worms regrow their heads with old memories intact →

It’s hard to let go of some memories, even if your head has been chopped off. Well, at least if you’re a flatworm. When these tiny critters are decapitated, their heads and brain eventually grow back. But more remarkable than that, so too do their previous memories.

— 1 year ago