Andamooka Rough Opal
Raw Fire Opal
Tree Fossil with Opal Rings
Did you know that we’ve been in the middle of a Loch Ness Monster sighting drought? Last year marked the first time in almost 90 years that Nessie hadn’t been spotted for an entire year. In fact, there hadn’t been any ‘confirmed sightings’ of the elusive cryptid for 18 months, leading some veteran spotters to voice concern that perhaps the famous monster had finally given up the ghost.
But wait! Something awesome just happened: Two different people, both using Apple Maps, captured screenshots of something measuring approximately 100ft long, with what appear to be two large flippers, powering along just under the surface of the loch. Experts from the Official Loch Ness Monster Fan Club have been studying the images and Gary Campbell, club president, reports that they’ve been steadily ruling out alternative explanations, leaving it increasingly likely that these images are brand new ‘confirmed sightings’:
‘We’ve been looking at it for a long time trying to work out exactly what it is. It looks like a boat wake, but the boat is missing. You can see some boats moored at the shore, but there isn’t one here. We’ve shown it to boat experts and they don’t know what it is. Whatever this is, it is under the water and heading south, so unless there have been secret submarine trials going on in the loch, the size of the object would make it likely to be Nessie.’
‘Now that we have spies in the skies above Loch Ness, maybe we will get more sightings which will whet the appetite of more down to earth Nessie hunters to come north. Furthermore, the use of satellite technology means that if Nessie is just swimming below the surface like in this case, we can still pick her up.’
Visit Dailymail.co.uk for additional information about this exiting development and the history of Nessie hunting.
And now, The Huntington’s tumblr is proud to present…
TIMELAPSE GIFS OF THE BLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Photos every 20 min.
Left: Yesterday (8/23), 9:10 a.m. through 4:50 p.m.
Center: Yesterday, 5:10 p.m. through 12:50 a.m. today (8/24).
Right: Today, 1:10 a.m. through 8:50 a.m.
The Corpse Flower, though in the process of closing, is still GORGEOUS and people are flocking in to see it. SO COOL.
Ok so let me tell you a thing about this gorgeous plant.
First of you have to know that the little stick with a few leafs on it, is the actual plant. The rest is just the flower.
Now this flower may look really cool and beautiful but, true to it’s name, smells like corpse. This is because the flower doesn’t want any bees, butterflies or other nectar-sucking hippie insects.No, it wants the scrap eating flies and beetles that lay their eggs in dead, rotting bodies.
The only problem with this is that the plant grows in a thick rainforest. And this forest creates a sort of air layer in the canopy. Things like smell doesn’t get through that layer.
So the plant got a problem: It can’t get the smell into the open, and this means no copse eating flies.
But evolution took a visit and gives the plant a solution.
A big-ass heater.
No really, that thing in the middle of the plant, that looks like a giant candle? That is a giant heater. It generates a heat pillar that smashes through the air layer and lets the copse smell escape.
Giving the corpse smell the sweet freedom it deserves.