Wednesday Reads: Nature Made

Neowise photo by Ian Lopez

Good afternoon, I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to start this post. From last night to this morning, I would get myself in full search mode, looking for links…or in this case, searching for beautiful pictures of flowers, comets, mineral formations basically anything of natural cosmic or earthly creation. (That being created by God, as she has truly placed so many beauties in our world.) My intention being a post of lovely “things” to disappear into…as the news is horrors.

So it started off well:

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A three-mile wide comet named "NEOWISE" has been lighting up skies across the country, including over National Heritage Areas (NHAs) like the Northern Plains National Heritage Area in central North Dakota. Heritage areas (@nationalheritageareas_nps) are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. Through their resources NHAs tell nationally important stories that celebrate our nation's diverse heritage.⁣ ⁣ Image: Comet Neowise and a CCC/WPA Prairie Rustic shelter at Double Ditch State Historic Site (North Dakota), one of the many key resources of the Northern Plains National Heritage Area along the Missouri River. Photograph from July 12, 2020, taken in the very early morning hours by Jonathan Campbell.⁣ ⁣ #nightskies #comet #neowise #northdakota #nationalheritage ⁣@nasa

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Dear Pluto, ⁣ ⁣ We love you. 💙 Happy 5 year anniversary since our New Horizons spacecraft revealed your complex and beautiful world. To celebrate, we’re showing off one of our favorite pictures from our time together. You are literally GLOWING. Don’t stop that shine! Keep being perfect. ⁣ ⁣ Distance has nothing on this relationship,⁣ NASA⁣ ⁣ Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute⁣ ⁣ #HappyAnniversary #Pluto #LongDistanceRelationship #Horizons #NASA

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A summer favorite, tiger lilies make for a striking addition to any garden. This flowering perennial is popular for its adaptability and low maintenance once established. ⠀ ⠀ Pictured: Lilium lancifolium (tiger lily) in the Herb Garden. Photo: Rebecca Bullene. #BrooklynBotanicGarden

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Our Sprout had quite a night! Sprout reached peak stink during the wee hours and the fabulous fumes are still lingering in the Tropical Terrace. Sprout’s velvety maroon spathe is absolutely stunning today. We are sold out for today! But we do expect the bloom to last for about another 24 hours, so get your tickets and reservations for tomorrow, 7/15. We don’t know if its spadix will deflate between now and then, but we do know Sprout will still be an amazing sight to behold! . We’d love to see your Sprout smelfies, stories, haiku, and stinky reflections. Tag us with #SproutStinks. . #LongwoodGardens #OurGardensYourHome #TitanArum #amorphophallus #CorpsePlant #CorpseFlower #BungaBangkai #AmorphophallusTitanum #aroids . Photos by Hank Davis.

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Operation “Pollinate Sprout” was a success. Once Sprout reached peak stink during the wee hours of the morning, Senior Horticulturist Joyce Rondinella cut a small window in Sprout’s spathe to access the flowers at its base. She brushed them with pollen collected from two titan arum friends Spike and Velvet Queen from @ChicagoBotanic. If all goes well, Sprout will sprout bright orange berries in about nine months! Sound familiar? Fingers crossed. . #LogwoodGardens #OurGardensYourHome #TitanArum #amorphophallus #CorpsePlant #CorpseFlower #BungaBangkai #AmorphophallusTitanum #aroids #FeedMeSeymour . Photos by Becca Mathias. . Photo 1: Sprout’s maroon spathe is meant to imitate the smell and color of rotting meat to attract pollinators. Photo 2: Sprout in its full blooming glory after a very funky night. Photo 3: A small window was cut in Sprout’s spathe to access the flowers for pollination. Photo 4: The female flowers are the darker spots below the male flowers that appear as white dots above.

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Photo by @garethtate – More than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths bloom each spring in what’s considered the world’s largest flower garden—Keukenhof Gardens, southwest of Amsterdam. #onassignment #natgeostaff

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Please welcome the newest addition to our orchid collection addition! Aganisia cyanea is a species native to Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. This species is known for its blue hues and stunning shape. What do you think of this new addition? 📷: Justin Kondrat, Horticulturist #SmithsonianGardens #OurGardensYourHome #Orchid

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Finding peace in Georgia nature this weekend. . . . Thanks to @blake_guffin for the tag! . . . #GAphotographer #Georgiaphotographer #GAphotography #Georgiaphotography #Ilovegeorgia #exploregeorgia #visitgeorgia #onlyingeorgia #georgiatravel #travelgeorgia #discovergeorgia #whyIloveGA #GA #georgialife #gapride #Georgiapride #iloveatlanta #atl#whyiloveatl #scenic #landscape #city #Beautiful #sunrise #views #ınstagood

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Purple Gladiolus. #flower #flowerphotography #macrophotography #kings_flora #flowerstalking #flowerslovers #blooms #flowersofinstgram #flowerporn #petal_perfection #flower_special_ #fineartphotography #flowersoftheday #flowerstagram #flowerpower #flowergram #macro #flower_shotz #flower_super_pics #great_captures_flowers #captures_flowers #ok_myflowers #tv_flowers #9vaga_3flowers9 #flowersinframe_ #ip_for_blossoms #favv_flowers #rainbow_petals #myheartinshots #pittsburghflowers

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This post is for everyone who is moving on from their canceled plans, altered vacations, missed trips, and unfulfilled visits. 👏 Seriously, give yourself a hand for carrying on everyday, showing up for your family and friends emotionally (even at a distance for some), and not giving up hope for the future. I commend you. °∆° This amazing Kunzite is one of the absolute most fabulous pieces I saw in @the_munich_show and God willing I will return this year! °∆° #kunzite #hiddenite #gems #gemcutter #munichshow #crystals #mineralogy #cutgems #naturewitch #greenwitch #wicca #quartzcrystal #pinkcrystal #spiritualbadass #spiritualaf #witchesofig

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Anemone. #flower #flowerphotography #macrophotography #kings_flora #flowerstalking #flowerslovers #blooms #flowersofinstgram #flowerporn #petal_perfection #flower_special_ #fineartphotography #flowersoftheday #flowerstagram #flowerpower #flowergram #macro #flower_shotz #flower_super_pics #great_captures_flowers #captures_flowers #ok_myflowers #tv_flowers #9vaga_3flowers9 #flowersinframe_ #ip_for_blossoms #favv_flowers #rainbow_petals #myheartinshots #pittsburghflowers

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Photo by @renan_ozturk | Not every day in isolation turns into rainbows and unicorns. Honestly yesterday was a hard one for me: feeling locked into an overwhelming cycle of video calls and digital mayhem, doing my best to be productive, until a full mid-afternoon meltdown. Anxiety took over, and I had to bail from a podcast in which I was supposed to give perfect kernels of wisdom to the adventure photography audience. I just didn’t have it in me. Ended up going for a walk in a storm, and was gifted this bit of light at end of a dark day. See @renan_ozturk for more from isolation in the Rocky Mountains. #exploreresponsibly #recreateresponsibly

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Only to be blocked by a recurrence of an orange turd-faced asshole.

I apologize for the remaining post, but some things must be pointed out.

Meanwhile…

Read the thread above, some infuriating comments there. Outrageous…that judge needs to go. Everyone involved in the situation should be fired.

Just a few more:

This is an open thread.


12 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Nature Made”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    I left out the dump on Fauci…it is too disgusting.

  2. Pat Johnson says:

    Wow! Those nature pics are spectacular!

    Great post, jj! You deserve a round of virtual applause!

  3. NW Luna says:

    Beautiful nature pictures! Thank you!

    • Enheduanna says:

      That sprout thing is out of this world!

      • quixote says:

        The smell truly is more like shit and rotting corpses than real shit and corpses! Only lasts a few hours though. The “sprout” part on a plant that’s fullgrown can be six feet tall. Can you imagine being the first human to come across that thing in the jungle?

        • NW Luna says:

          Hah, I was just going to post that it’s also called the “corpse plant.”

          • quixote says:

            There are smaller relatives who smell very similar. A botanist friend, who was renting a room in Hawaii, had one as a houseplant. It got overpowering when it bloomed (that species stinks for days, not hours) so he put it in the garden for the time being, not far from the garbage cans as it happened. Comes home the next day and the landlady is cleaning the cans with bleach and hoses and mops and everything. “Don’t know what it is,” she says, “but the cans sure stink!”

            I don’t know if he ever got up the courage to tell her what the real problem was.

          • NW Luna says:

            That is one uh, enthusiastic botanist to keep that as a houseplant!

          • quixote says:

            They don’t bloom very often, and like the giant one, they have amazing-looking leaves

        • NW Luna says:

          The Univ of Wash Conservatory has a full-sized one, and IIRC when it blooms they have to take off part of the greenhouse roof to give it enough headroom. Probably helps with the smell, too!