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  1. Glasswing Butterfly Excerpt from Wikipedia Greta oto is a species of brush-footed butterfly and member of the subfamily Danainae, tribe Ithomiini, and subtribe Godyridina. It is known by the common name glasswing butterfly for its unique transparent wings that allow it to camouflage without extensive coloration. In Spanish speaking regions, it may also be referred to as espejitos, meaning "little mirrors" because of its transparent wings. The butterfly is mainly found in Central and northern regions of South America with sightings as far north as Texas and as far south as Chile. While its wings appear delicate, the butterfly is able to carry up to 40 times its own weight. In addition to its unique wing physiology, the butterfly is known for behaviors such as long migrations and lekking. The Greta oto closely resembles the Greta andromica
  2. Written by Josh Sampiero and Lukas PilzPublished on 10.11.2015 - 10:28 Careful! © DARRELL STAGGS This shot, taken near Lake Powell, in Utah, is a little deceiving. Take a closer look, then read on to see what the photographer had to say. "This canyon housed a pool of water that was sheltered from any wind, making it a perfect mirror for the canyon walls lit by the late afternoon sun," says Darrell Staggs. "This view creates the illusion of a hiker walking right along the edge of a cliff canyon wall. For additional interest, the image can also be viewed upside down, giving the illusion of a hiker in a large cavern." The Festung Hohensalzburg © KREWENKA.COM Normally the Festung Hohensalzburg (that's the castle) sits above the picturesque Austrian city of Salzburg. But if you catch it on the right day, fog envelops the city, laying just low enough for the 14th-century fortress to stick out above the clouds. If you want an excuse to see one of the largest medieval fortress in Europe and walk in the clouds, this one's easy – you'll only need to climb about 85m of steps to see the sky. A weather phenomenon near Mauritius © [UNKNOWN] If you fly into Mauritius from the right angle, this is what you'll see: a waterfall pouring into the deep. What is it, really? It's sand from the interior of the lagoon, flowing out towards the ocean. The altitude offers a new perspective – one that the mind needs a second to process. ------------------- Wikipedia Fata Morgana mirages Fata Morgana mirages also show alternating compressed and stretched zones. A Fata Morgana seen from the coast of Queensland The optical phenomenon occurs because rays of light are bent when they pass through air layers of different temperatures in a steep thermal inversion where an atmospheric duct has formed. A thermal inversion is an atmospheric condition where warmer air exists in a well-defined layer above a layer of significantly cooler air.
  3. CAN YOU SPOT THEM? Nature's Amazing defenses. There's a trio. Amazing. The little guy Beautiful
  4. Bizarre 'ice volcanoes' erupt on Lake Michigan beach Excerpt from Nicoletta Lanese - Staff Writer / Live Science What are 'ice volcanoes,' and why are they erupting in Michigan? (Image: © National Weather Service of Grand Rapids) Ice volcanoes spewed great plumes of water on the shores of Lake Michigan last weekend, and the National Weather Service (NWS) caught the odd phenomenon in action. During a stroll on Oval Beach on the lake's eastern shore, located in the state of Michigan, an employee of the NWS Grand Rapids snapped a few photos of water bursting from mounds in the frigid ground. "You never know what you'll find at the lake until you go out there," the employee tweeted. "Today it was volcanoes." Ice volcano / Wikipedia An ice volcano is a conical mound of ice formed over a terrestrial lake via the eruption of water and slush through an ice shelf. The process is wave-driven, with wind providing the energy for the waves to cut through the ice and form the volcanoes. After being ejected into the atmosphere, the liquid water and slush freeze and fall back to the surface, growing the formation. Ice may also be erupted. The phenomenon is most often observed along the southern coast of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, when the temperature is below freezing and the wind blows onshore with a velocity of at least 25 mph.
  5. Nature's creative side. Behind every good paranormal story lies a natural origin. The spooky 'Gippsland Lakes' that light up. The light is created by “bioluminescence”, which occurs when tiny organisms in the water are disturbed. SOURCE: Daily Mail The 'Finnish Lapland' where the trees look like snow covered cloaked monsters. This happens due to freezing temperatures and snowfall in Lapland, which is the northern-most region of Finland. SOURCE: Gallstone The 'Lenticular Clouds' that cap off the beauty of nature. These have been mistaken for UFOs at times. The cloud formation in the troposphere occurs perpendicular to the wind direction. Gliders use it to get good lifts and create altitude and distance records. SOURCE: Wildcard Weather
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