The better to see you with, my dear….
“I made this image at Myakka River State Park in Sarasota, Florida, this past spring. There had been no rain in the river valley for quite a while, and the waters were at drought level. I found this guy in a shallow depression in the riverbed, along with some trapped fish, and knew I had a good chance for an evening shot with flash.”
Photo credit: Larry Lynch
Photo source: National Geographic
An adolescent female bonobo at Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary spent hours playing
with a toad, cradling it and carrying the toad around like an infant.
Photo credit: Emilie Genty, National Geographic
The mudskipper. A fish that has fins which have evolved so that they are able to use them as arms in order to travel across land. Plus some other incredible features unique to themselves. Talk about an masterpiece in evolution – only the strongest survive. And they wanted to survive. I am familiar with the mudskipper – probably saw them originally on Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom”… but I do not recall having seen them up close and personal as shown in this short video from National Geographic. I love how their dorsal fin flares up making them look prehistoric.
Ewwwww…. I am still making a “scrunchy” face and shuddering over watching this three-minute documentary from National Geographic on cockroaches and their mating ritual. However, it was something I did not know and most definitely had not witnessed up close and personal – so I found it actually rather fascinating.
If you can stomach three minutes of watching thousands of these radiation-resistant creatures scurrying around, it is worth watching. Very interesting and educational. But this is still the only creature I will purposely stomp on when I see them.
Yes, that’s right. A temple full of rats, numbers estimated anywhere between 15,000 to 20,000. It may sound like a nightmare from the New York City subway to some, but in India’s small northwestern city of Deshnoke, this is a place of worship: Rajastan’s famous Karni Mata Temple.
This ornate, isolated Hindu temple was constructed by Maharaja Ganga Singh in the early 1900s as a tribute to the rat goddess, Karni Mata. Intricate marble panels line the entrance and the floors, and silver and gold decorations are found throughout.
When I first saw an image of a one-eyed shark circulating around the internet, I thought it was a photoshopped joke. I was wrong. This is an actual life form. Here is a brief description and some photos of this very odd creature. More…
The Manila North Cemetery (or Cementerio del Norte formerly known also as “Paang Bundok”), which measures 54 hectares, is considered the biggest and one of the oldest cemeteries in Metro Manila. There are typically anywhere between 70 to 80 funerals a day here. The cemetery is owned by the Manila city government and has initiated an expansion program to build more “apartment tombs” and a crematorium. More…