Favorite sound. —MN
To hold you over until spring. —MN
I can feel my brain cycling through every slow motion flower and fungi growth video I’ve ever seen. —MN
Spore dispersal via raindrop. Aren’t you glad rain doesn’t fall with enough velocity to do anything like this to the human body? To me, that’s the amazing part of this GIF. Think about how soft raindrops feel when they hit you (most of the time), and then watch this again. ~AR
I am always delighted by how high-speed video of flowers opening makes it look like the plant is flinging wide its petals. ~AR
Monday morning dance party brought to you by William & his flower friends in the Shakespeare Garden.
Our buddies at Huntington deserve some reblog love for being upbeat on a Monday. And because dancing daylilies, obviously.
Corn and passionfruit.
MRI images from Andy Ellison’s Inside Insides blog.
You know, we’ve had some of the GIFs from this series up here before, but none so mesmerizing as moving through husk, kernel, and cob like that. Summer’s favorite grill decoration hides more complexity than its place on the picnic table suggests. —MN
I need to walk into the office on Monday morning and see one of these on my desk or it’s going to put a dent in my entire week. —MN
Some male Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus) showcasing their ‘impressive’ mating displays.
Guys. Guys. It’s not working. Just … just stop, go home.
We’ve often got plenty of these hooded fellas hanging around Twin Lakes, but we also get the punk rock Red-breasted variety on the scene. Not sure if their pickup artist goofcapades are as, er, forward. —MN
This suggests that there are venus flytraps in the world that catch flies on their own, rather than relying on excitable six-year-olds force-feeding them sugar ants and earwigs. —MN
A ‘birdseye’ view of a Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) maneuvering through a forest.
watch the rest here!
I doubt our Red-tailed Hawks would take a Go-Pro harness willingly, nor do I really need to witness an unwitting squirrel’s imminent end via “action cam.” Then again, sailing over the Conservatory by bird wouldn’t be so bad, would it? —MN
This is what our grounds looked like a year ago (minus one day). Let’s just say things are moving a wee bit more slowly this year. But never fear! Blossom time is near!
Mar 27, 1912: The First Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees Are Planted in the U.S.
On this day in 1912, the first two Japanese cherry blossom trees were successfully planted by First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda on the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Japanese Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gave the U.S. over 3000 trees to demonstrate the growing relationship between the U.S. and Japan.
Every spring, Washington D.C. commemorates the initial planting through the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
As we wait for this year’s blooming period, treat yourself to this delicious spring recipe!
Image: Cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. 2013 (Diana Alvarenga)