Living Fish Swimming Inside a Jellyfish


Ocean photographer Tim Samuel was freediving in Byron Bay, off the east coast of Australia, when he spotted a rarely seen scene. He captured pictures of a yellow fish stuck inside a translucent jellyfish and it’s totally mesmerizing.

via: Natgeo
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Green Sand Beaches


The green sand on the beach is composed primarily of olivine crystals which erode out of lava flows. The crystals are heavier than most sand types on the beach and remain behind when lighter sand grains are washed away by strong wave activity.

Green Sand in Kourou, French Guiana

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Dead man’s fingers – Xylaria Polymorpha Mushrooms


Xylaria polymorpha, commonly known as dead man’s fingers, is a saprobic fungus. It is a common inhabitant of forest and woodland areas, usually growing from the bases of rotting or injured tree stumps and decaying wood. It has also been known to colonize substrates like woody legume pods, petioles, and herbaceous stems. It is characterized by its elongated upright, clavate, or strap-like stromata poking up through the ground, much like fingers.

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Kudzu – One of the World’s Most Invasive Plants


Swedish photographer Helene Schmitz spent the summer of 2012 traveling through the southern U.S with her assistant Felix Bridell to capture the strange phenomenon of Kudzu. The plant climbs over trees or shrubs and grows so rapidly that it kills them by heavy shading. Kudzu was introduced from Japan into the United States at the Japanese pavilion in the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. It is seen along roadsides and other disturbed areas throughout most of the south. In 1950, there were efforts to try to exterminate the Kudzu plant that was killing all other plants in its way, but the attempts were fruitless.
Schmitz was interested in the idea that a plant could be ‘invasive’ which is usually a term used to described an act of war. In order to get the eerie effect, Schmitz used an 8” x 10” large format camera, ‘a heavy, man-made construction of steel, leather and ebony.’

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