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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The Red Beach in China

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Red Beach, located in Dawa County, Panjin, China, is famous for its landscape featuring the red plant of Suaeda salsa. It is based in the biggest wetland and reed marsh in the world. The landscape is composed of shallow seas and tide-lands. The sea weed growth cycle starts in April when it is coloured light red, but in Autumn it turns to flaming red, and the beach looks as if it was covered by an infinite red carpet.

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“Sky Ladder” Made of Fireworks


Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, utilized fireworks and a giant balloon filled with helium to create the effect of a fiery ladder.  The pyrotechnic art piece lit up the sky above Quanzhou, south-eastern China in June. The ladder was  500-meter long coated completely with quick burning fuses and gold fireworks. The impressive display entitled ‘Sky Ladder’ burned for approximately 2 minutes and 30 seconds after ignited by Cai Guo­-Qiang  who has become known for his ambitious pyrotechnic artworks.
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Underwater Waterfall in MauritiusStunning illusion of an underwater waterfall. The reason for the island’s famous waterfall illusion has to do with local sand and silt deposits that flow through the area and fluctuate the color of the water so that it appears like a waterfall.

Underwater Waterfall MauritiusPhoto source: mgags1

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