Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Just a little bit angry yoga

I laugh every time I see this. Laughter therapy may be as effective as yoga: is there a market for this class?

What's your favorite part of this rant?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Home alone: mollusks build their shells from sea water

box turtle on the move.  Any minute now....
photo: Jonathan Zander, Wikimedia Commons
In warm summer months, many people travel across continents in mobile homes (a.k.a. campers or caravans), so they can visit new places and outdoor spaces with the convenience of always having their familiar nightly shelter nearby.

In nature, many critters just grow their own homes and carry them along. Not just turtles, but also snails and myriad species of shellfish carry their supportive structure on the outside.

Shells are actually the exoskeletons of various types of invertebrates (animals with no backbone), including snails, conch, clams, and oysters. Shells protect the soft mushy critter inside and give it structural support.

So where are the animals in all those shells we see on the beach?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Natural beauty in slow motion

It's a holiday here in the U.S.  Your task today?  Enjoy this 1.5 minute slow-motion montage of everyday nature being beautiful.