rhamphotheca:

Welcome to the neighborhood…

rhamphotheca:

Welcome to the neighborhood…

artofthewild:

Head Of A Fox by John Frederick Lewis

artofthewild:

Head Of A Fox by John Frederick Lewis

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oldbookillustrations:

"What is the cause of your sorrow?" asked the princess gently.
Maria Louise Kirk, from The story of the Canterbury pilgrims, retold from Chaucer by F. J. Harvey Darton, New York, 1914.
(Source: archive.org)

oldbookillustrations:

"What is the cause of your sorrow?" asked the princess gently.

Maria Louise Kirk, from The story of the Canterbury pilgrims, retold from Chaucer by F. J. Harvey Darton, New York, 1914.

(Source: archive.org)

libutron:

Slipper orchid - Paphiopedilum micranthum
This is a Slipper orchid of the species Paphiopedilum micranthum (Asparagales - Orchidaceae), which due to the angle of the photo resembles a strange humanoid face.
This orchid inhabits open, mossy, wet forest on highly eroded limestone mountains in China and Vietnam. Despite its remote habitat, P. micranthum has appeared in large quantities in cultivation since 1984 but is declining in the wild.
References: [1] - [2]
Photo credit: ©Piotr M. | Locality: cultivated (Leasingham Orchid Show, 2009)

libutron:

Slipper orchid - Paphiopedilum micranthum

This is a Slipper orchid of the species Paphiopedilum micranthum (Asparagales - Orchidaceae), which due to the angle of the photo resembles a strange humanoid face.

This orchid inhabits open, mossy, wet forest on highly eroded limestone mountains in China and Vietnam. Despite its remote habitat, P. micranthum has appeared in large quantities in cultivation since 1984 but is declining in the wild.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Piotr M. | Locality: cultivated (Leasingham Orchid Show, 2009)

adamapplesauce:

THANKS BAM.

libutron:

The running style of the Plumed Basilisk - Basiliscus plumifrons 
Also known as Plumed, Emerald and Green Basilisk, Basiliscus plumifrons (Corytophanidae) inhabits the rainforests of Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama at the Caribbean side. This species is found mostly in trees, bushes, rocks, logs and riverbanks. If you approach too closely it run away at their hind legs, across the water or into dense bushes.
Basiliscus plumifrons can cross the water for quite some distance, like they run over land. A narrow seam of skin, which runs around each toe, forms a moveable flap that is expanded when its foot is pressed onto the water, thus creating a larger surface area. The force that the basilisk puts into the downward movement of its foot, produces an upward pressure that keeps him from sinking.
When the basilisk presses its foot down onto the water, an air-filled pocket is formed around the foot. This pocket quickly fills with water, so the basilisk must rapidly withdraw its foot to prevent from having to ‘plough’ through the water. As the foot retracts, the moveable skin-flaps on the toes fold down against the sides of the toes to reduce friction against the air.
This combined pressure allows the basilisk to run on water with a speed of 8 to 10 km an hour. Young basilisks can run larger distances on the water before sinking. This ability gave them the name of Jesus Christ lizards.
Basiliscus plumifrons is also an excellent swimmer, often he simply escapes by swimming away. 
References: [1] - [2] - [3]
Photo credit: ©Dominique Schreckling | Locality: Costa Rica (2006)

libutron:

The running style of the Plumed Basilisk - Basiliscus plumifrons 

Also known as Plumed, Emerald and Green Basilisk, Basiliscus plumifrons (Corytophanidae) inhabits the rainforests of Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama at the Caribbean side. This species is found mostly in trees, bushes, rocks, logs and riverbanks. If you approach too closely it run away at their hind legs, across the water or into dense bushes.

Basiliscus plumifrons can cross the water for quite some distance, like they run over land. A narrow seam of skin, which runs around each toe, forms a moveable flap that is expanded when its foot is pressed onto the water, thus creating a larger surface area. The force that the basilisk puts into the downward movement of its foot, produces an upward pressure that keeps him from sinking.

When the basilisk presses its foot down onto the water, an air-filled pocket is formed around the foot. This pocket quickly fills with water, so the basilisk must rapidly withdraw its foot to prevent from having to ‘plough’ through the water. As the foot retracts, the moveable skin-flaps on the toes fold down against the sides of the toes to reduce friction against the air.

This combined pressure allows the basilisk to run on water with a speed of 8 to 10 km an hour. Young basilisks can run larger distances on the water before sinking. This ability gave them the name of Jesus Christ lizards.

Basiliscus plumifrons is also an excellent swimmer, often he simply escapes by swimming away. 

References: [1] - [2] - [3]

Photo credit: ©Dominique Schreckling | Locality: Costa Rica (2006)

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flowerling:

Barn Owl on gravestone, Northamptonshire, England | naturalengland

flowerling:

Barn Owl on gravestone, Northamptonshire, England | naturalengland

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Tags: birds

creatures-alive:

(via 500px / Born of a couple~天生一對 ~ by FuYi Chen)

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bigcatkingdom:

(via 500px / Puma by Pavel Blažek)

Tags: cats

polople:

Someone help me

polople:

Someone help me

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