The weird, wild, and amazing natural world

Re: The weird, wild, and amazing natural world

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:44 pm

Tyyr wrote:That's... wow. You could have told me it was lava and I'd have completely believed it.


Same here. *Whistles slowly*
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Re: The weird, wild, and amazing natural world

Postby mwhittington » Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:51 am

When I originally saw the pics, that's what I thought at first, "Oh, great, first Yellowstone, now Yosemite!", but yeah, it's a waterfall, and the conditions for those shots have to be piss perfect.
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Re: The weird, wild, and amazing natural world

Postby Mikey » Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:26 pm

I think when Yellowstone goes again, it's going to be a hell of a lot bigger than that. ;)
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Re: The weird, wild, and amazing natural world

Postby mwhittington » Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:27 am

Oh, just a tad... :worried: :takecover: :pope: :hot
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Re: The weird, wild, and amazing natural world

Postby Lighthawk » Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:01 pm

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Re: The weird, wild, and amazing natural world

Postby Tsukiyumi » Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:29 pm

Lighthawk wrote:Natural nuclear reactor


Wow. I had no idea that was possible, but after I think about it, it was bound to happen in certain unique places.
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Re: The weird, wild, and amazing natural world

Postby Graham Kennedy » Fri Sep 10, 2010 5:58 pm

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Brittlecone pines, some of the oldest organisms on Earth, against starlight which is vastly older still.

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The Aurora Borealis.
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Re: The weird, wild, and amazing natural world

Postby SolkaTruesilver » Fri Sep 10, 2010 6:47 pm

Is that from Canada, Scandinavia, or Russia?
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Re: The weird, wild, and amazing natural world

Postby Graham Kennedy » Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:48 pm

Haven't a clue.
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Re: The weird, wild, and amazing natural world

Postby Graham Kennedy » Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:53 am

F22... taste the rainbow

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Re: The weird, wild, and amazing natural world

Postby stitch626 » Sun Sep 12, 2010 4:58 pm

:shock: Its Turn-A Gundam, transformed!!!


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Re: The weird, wild, and amazing natural world

Postby Mikey » Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:25 pm

Well, this is nothing so grandiose as a bristlecone pine, aurora, or contrail; but I was walking along the tide flat at the beach last weekend and noticed these funky dendritic patterns that the ebb tide had left in the sand. Eminently predictable, but pretty cool nonetheless. I apologize for the quality of the pictures, I just had my phone and no camera handy.

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Re: The weird, wild, and amazing natural world

Postby Mikey » Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:27 pm

PS - also saw some arctic terns on their way to Argentina for the winter, but they were too fast for me.
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Re: The weird, wild, and amazing natural world

Postby Graham Kennedy » Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:52 pm

Those are cool. Fascinating that they look so much like the branching of a tree... makes me wonder if there is some deep mathematical law that somehow governs both how trees grow and how water flows. Something to do with chaos, or fractals, or something? It's a pretty amazing idea that such mundane things can hint at such deep mysteries, don't you think?
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Re: The weird, wild, and amazing natural world

Postby Mikey » Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:17 pm

GrahamKennedy wrote:fractals


Sort of what I was thinking at the time... then my daughter had a question about oyster shells, and ghost crabs, and sandpipers, and Uillean pipes (I don't know where she got that from, either... they're not common over here.)
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