What looks like moss covering rocks is actually a very dense, flowering shrub that happens to be a relative of parsley, living in the extremely high elevations of the Atacama Desert in Chile. (Source)
The Featured Creature: Sea Sapphire: the Most Beautiful Animal You’ve Never Heard Of
This is the Sea Sapphire, an absolutely STUNNING marine copepod. Japanese fishermen would call a gathering of these creatures “tama-mizu”, or jeweled water.
take this dorito and eat it, for it is my body
Ostraciontes (1904). Plate from ‘Kunstformen der Natur’ by Ernst Haeckel (1834–1919).
Unidentified photographer, The Roman Forum, ca. 1845, Daguerreotype, gift of Eastman Kodak Company; ex-collection Gabriel Cromer, George Eastman House Collection
Almost immediately after the announcement of the daguerreotype process in 1839, photographers began to travel far and wide to document popular historical sites. This very early half-plate daguerreotype of the Roman Forum, one of Rome’s oldest and most visited sites, shows the western section of the forum, including the Arch of Septimus Severus and the ruins of Temple of Saturn and the Temple of Castor and Pollux.