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I think this is the tallest tree in Victoria, but I’m not sure. There was another, a bit shorter behind me. Amazing.

North Cascades National Park

North Cascades – Washington

Landsat 5 acquired this image on July 20, 2011. Vegetation is green, bare ground is brown, water is blue, roads and buildings are light grey and snow is white. This is a true color image using bands 3, 2, and 1.

Credit: NASA/GSFC/Landsat

[NASA Goddard Photo and Video]

Northern Flicker in Flight by Raymond J Barlow on Flickr.

We saw two young Northern Flickers earlier, probably hybrids, picking ants from between the cracks in the sidewalk.

Super neat. Neat and pretty.

Lightning strikes over the Puyehue volcano, over 500 miles south of Santiago, Chile, Monday June 6. Authorities have evacuated about 3,500 people in the nearby area. The volcano was calm on Monday, two days after raining down ash and forcing thousands to flee, although the cloud of soot it had belched out still darkened skies as far away as Argentina. (Claudio Santana/AFP/Getty Images)

[Volcano erupts in Chile - The Big Picture -]

Ocean Sand, Bahamas

Though the above image may resemble a new age painting straight out of an art gallery in Venice Beach, California, it is in fact a satellite image of the sands and seaweed in the Bahamas. The image was taken by the Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) instrument aboard the Landsat 7 satellite. Tides and ocean currents in the Bahamas sculpted the sand and seaweed beds into these multicolored, fluted patterns in much the same way that winds sculpted the vast sand dunes in the Sahara Desert.

Image courtesy Serge Andrefouet, University of South Florida

Credit: NASA/GSFC/Landsat

[NASA Goddard Photo and Video]

A full moon sets over Hungary (file picture).
Photograph by Tamas Ladanyi, TWAN

"Supermoon": Biggest Full Moon in 18 Years Saturday

The monthly full moon always looks like a big disk, but because its orbit is egg-shaped, there are times when the moon is at perigee—its shortest distance from Earth in the roughly monthlong lunar cycle—or at apogee, its farthest distance from Earth.

Likewise, because the size of the moon’s orbit varies slightly, each perigee is not always the same distance away from Earth. Saturday’s supermoon will be just 221,566 miles (356,577 kilometers) away from Earth. The last time the full moon approached so close to Earth was in 1993, according to NASA.

[More at National Geographic]

Via: The Big Picture

Flames travel along a forest floor as the parched grass and trees burn near a suburb of Voronezh on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

Gigantor slug! He/she/both looks like he/she’s made of fingerprints.

Via: The Big Picture

An aerial photo, released by China’s Xinhua news agency on July 17, 2010, shows an oil slick floating off the coast of Dalian, China. Efforts were under way to contain and clean up a large oil slick after pipeline explosions at the northeastern Chinese port sent greasy black plumes into the ocean, state media reported. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Tian Jingyue)


I recorded an episode of Dangerous Encounters about sixgills, because they’re my favourite shark ever - followed by oceanic whitetips and hammerheads - and I’m barely getting through it. It’s hosted by Brady Barr, a herpetologist, who has the most annoying way of speaking.

He EMPHasizes EVERY Other word, and shouts/screams constantly. Why does this doofus have a show? Why does he get to go in a mini-sub and hand out with sixgills? Ugh.

Via: The Big Picture

This digitally enhanced satellite image captured by DigitalGlobe on June 15, 2010 and released June 17, 2010 shows part of the oil spill clean up effort in the Gulf of Mexico. This image leverages the different sensor bands of DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite to highlight the oil and dispersant. (REUTERS/DigitalGlobe)

Via: NASA Goddard Photo and Video
06/02 at 04 :55 UTC

Fires in northern Australia

Satellite: Aqua

To see the full image go to:

NASA/GSFC/Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team

Via: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

On May 24, 2010, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this false-color, high-resolution view of the very tip of the Mississippi River Delta. Ribbons and patches of oil that have leaked from the Deepwater Horizon well offshore are silver against the light blue color of the adjacent water. Vegetation is red.

Via: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Phytoplankton bloom in the Bay of Biscay.

Via: The Big Picture.