Nature

June 21, 2022

This Photo of Clouds in Minnesota Looks Like Crashing Ocean Waves

We've seen some incredible storm clouds, but nothing quite like this. Theresa Lucas was driving toward the town of Bemidji in Minnesota when she snapped a photo to show her daughter how far away she was. Little could she have known that her quick picture would cause a sensation. That's because she didn't just record her location, but also some incredible storm clouds that create a mind-bending illusion.

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May 12, 2022

Colorful South African Succulents Have Evolved To Look Like Real Stones

If you love unusual plants and are looking to add to your garden, you may want to consider a lithops. This genus of succulents is native to southern Africa and the plants are quite a sight to behold. Nicknamed living stones, they do actually look like smooth pebbles. Really, these succulents look so much like stones, that you may be tempted to pick one up and skip it across a body of water.

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April 20, 2022

See How Wisteria Trees Make Spring the Most Magical Time to Be in Japan

The time between the middle of April and the middle of May is a magical time to be in Japan. It’s when the wisteria trees are in full bloom, and their beautiful vine flowers—some more than 30 feet long—transform otherwise ordinary places into fairytale locales. It’s impossible to mention wisteria trees without celebrating the country’s most famous—and breathtaking—of the bunch.

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April 5, 2022

Macro Photos Reveal the Often Unseen Beauty and Diversity of Slime Molds

Over 900 species can be identified as slime mold. Formerly thought of as fungi, these small organisms help break down dead vegetation. With so many species, there is a rich diversity to slime mold and this is what first captured the attention of photographer Barry Webb. He'd already been taking photographs of fungi for many years when slime mold caught his attention two years ago. Since then, he hasn't turned back.

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