Tag: phenomena

Jul 14, 2014

Once a Year These Cacti Will Flower for 24 Hours

Once a Year These Cacti Will Flower for 24 Hours

Photograph by Broken Inaglory Did you know there are cacti that only flower once a year and that the rare occurrence can last a mere 24 hours? In fact, certain species like Selenicereus grandiflorus only flower once a year at night and wither shortly thereafter. Two recent posts on reddit by Disguise_ready and SnugNinja…

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Jul 13, 2014

It Looks Like an Oil Spill but It’s Actually a Huge School of Anchovy!

It Looks Like an Oil Spill but It’s Actually a Huge School of Anchovy!

At first glance it may look like an oil spill but it’s actually a massive aggregation of anchovy near Scripps Pier at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego in La Jolla, California. The gathering occurred on 8 July 2014 and the footage was taken by Scripps staff and underwater by Scripps graduate…

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Jul 12, 2014

Picture of the Day: Crimson Skies at the Reds Game

Picture of the Day: Crimson Skies at the Reds Game

Photograph by Jamie Ramsey (@Jamieblog on Twitter) During Monday night’s Cincinnati Reds / Chicago Cubs game on 7 July 2014, a storm passed through that left the skies crimson red. The rain delayed play for about 20 minutes but left a treat for those in attendance. And how fitting for a Reds game! The…

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Jul 10, 2014

This is What a Massive Oncoming Dust Storm Looks Like

This is What a Massive Oncoming Dust Storm Looks Like

Storm chaser and photographer Mike Olbinski captured this unbelievable timelapse of a giant dust storm passing through Phoenix, Arizona on 5 July 2011. A dust storm, which is also known as a haboob, is a type of intense dust storm carried on an atmospheric gravity current. Haboobs occur regularly in arid regions throughout the…

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Jun 29, 2014

This Cat Has the World’s Most Interesting Face

This Cat Has the World’s Most Interesting Face

Meet Venus the fascinating feline with the world’s most interesting face. The five-year old tortoiseshell not only has two different colored eyes (known as heterochromia), but she also has two starkly different fur colors split exactly down the middle of her face. Venus’ rare appearance has earned her the nickname Chimera cat (a single…

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Jun 25, 2014

World’s Only Documented All-White Humpback Spotted Off Sydney Coast

World’s Only Documented All-White Humpback Spotted Off Sydney Coast

Migaloo, the world’s only documented all-white humpback whale, was recently spotted off the coast of Sydney, Australia. It’s only the fourth time in 18 years the ultra rare, all-white whale has been seen in the waters surrounding New South Wales. Migaloo was first sighted in 1991 and its age is unknown. Whale watchers fortunate…

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Jun 8, 2014

Picture of the Day: A Perfect Rainbow Over New York

Picture of the Day: A Perfect Rainbow Over New York

A PERFECT RAINBOW OVER NEW YORK Photograph by cbarney on reddit Seen here is a beautiful rainbow over New York as seen from Midtown West, Manhattan. The photo was taken by reddit user cbarney from her balcony with her iPhone early last month. A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that…

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