Reasons to Give a Hoot About Owls
A quick glance at Urban Outfitters’ or Hot Topic’s websites shows that clothing and accessories with owls on them are all the rage right now. Maybe with school back in session, people are wearing wise owls to feel smarter? You’ll actually be smarter after reading some intriguing facts about Harry Potter’s favorite feathered friend.
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Reasons to Give a Hoot About Owls
Friends forever Bulka and Platon
Meet Russian cat Platon and dog Bulka, who have become ideal friends for each other. First, they became friends when Bulka was a little puppy. Meanwhile, Bulka grew up and became bigger than Platon, but nothing changed in their relations. Fortunately, they are still best friends, and always together. Thanks to photographer Elena Chaplinskaya, we can enjoy the images of great friendship between a cat and a dog. Born 17 August 1974 in Ryazan, Elena Chaplinskaya is a talented nature photographer and the owner of these amazing animals.
Tulip Fields all over the world
So called “Tulip mania” in Holland appeared a long time ago. And despite the fact that the birthplace of tulips considered Caucasus, these flowers have long won the hearts of the people of this small country. Though tulips are national flowers of the Netherlands, the largest fields of tulips in the world are located on the territory of Crimea, Russia. Did you know that the Crimea — the birthplace of tulips? Birthplace of decorative tulips are neither Holland nor Turkey, as many believe. Tulips began its march across the world from the Crimea. Wild tulips have been always valued among breeders. They were incredibly expensive at the time, first the Turks and then the Dutch came here, to the Crimean steppes, for samples of popular in our time flowers.
Stunning photographs of Iceland from the air
The river tree: Iceland’s natural beauty pictured from the air looks like a work of art. With their strange colored surfaces and unusual landscapes, these stunning photographs look like they were taken on an alien planet. But the incredible shots were actually captured aboard a Cessna light aircraft flying over Iceland. In particular, the beautiful images reveal some of the country’s most incredible scenery, ranging from explosive volcanoes to colossal mountains.
The Earth Observatory Photographs
Launched by NASA’s Earth Observing System Project Science Office (EOSPSO) website “The Earth Observatory” has published a wide collection of stunning photographs. In fact, they bring together imagery from many different satellites and astronaut missions. In addition, the website publishes fantastic images with highly detailed descriptions, feature articles and more. Meanwhile, gathered here – are some standout photographs from the collections in the Earth Observatory over the past several years.
Japanese garden of flowers beautiful Kawachi Fuji Garden
Located in Kitakyushu town, that is 4 hour drive from Tokyo, Fuji Kawachi – the beautiful Japanese garden of popular ornamental plants. A striking landmark is the colorful garden Wisteria Tunnel, which takes its name from a plant whose branches create the design of tunnel. Meanwhile, Kawachi Fuji Garden became famous for its tunnel of glycine, or Wisteria Tunnel, known in many countries, far beyond the borders of Japan.
Besides, Wisteria Maiden, oe Fuji Musume is an Otsu-e (Japanese folk painting in Otsu, Shiga) subject inspired by popular dances. And locals and tourists usually buy these paintins as good-luck charms for marriages.
In addition, Fuji Musume is a famous classical Kabuki dance.
Clown fish and their ability to change sex
First of all, Clown fish is extremely popular with hobbyists because of its attractive appearance and unpretentious. Females are usually larger than males, but their color is approximately the same. In particular, thick black stripes throughout the body, separated by orange and white lines. On the fins – a black border, and the eyes with a bright orange iris, which visually reduces them. Body color can range from bright purple to fiery orange, yellow and even red. In length, these fish reach 11 cm and live in the open ocean for 6-10 years. However, eaten by sharks, rays, snapper, lionfish, rock perch or any other large predators, their life shortens dramaticaly.
Noteworthy, almost all the young specimens of clown fish are males, but in the process of life the sex can change! For example, if the female in the pack dies, the most dominant fish in a group becomes female, and begins selecting another male.