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One of the things I dislike the most about winter is that even a little bit of snow covers everything very quickly. I was pleasantly surprised, then, to see the tinier denizens of the forest (and the ones I’m the most interested in) finally showing their faces again after spending months hidden in the wicked white substance.

Most of the mushrooms I’m able to find this early in the year are tree-parasites. I have no idea what species any of them are, nor do I intend to eat any of them, but I do enjoy finding them. Here’s a small sampling of the mushrooms, lichen, and moss I found on my trip the other day.

I’d be a pain in the ass to walk in the woods with, because I tend to be distracted every ten steps or so by a cool mushroom. This will only get worse as the weather gets warmer.

(via mycology)


Hypholoma fasciculare - Hypholome en touffe by Vincent L° on Flickr.

(by TinaP358)

Artist: Farshad Sanaee The Apple




Ethiopian Welo Opal New gem found looks like the ocean or space in rock.

Love and Unity here



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(via galaxyclusters)


Arp 142
This Hubble image shows the two galaxies interacting. NGC 2936, once a standard spiral galaxy, and NGC 2937, a smaller elliptical, bear a striking resemblance to a penguin guarding its egg.
Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Wide-Field View of the Tarantula Nebula
This ground-based view of the Tarantula Nebula shows the nebula in its entirety. It is the brightest region of star formation in the local Universe. Hubble’s field of view covers just a tiny spot in the upper-right quadrant of this image, though it reveals detail invisible here, including a supernova remnant.
Credit: NASA, ESA, Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin

A Martian Moon
The Martian moon Phobos as seen by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE camera on March 23, 2008.
Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Glowing Stellar Nurseries
Colour composite image of RCW120. It reveals how an expanding bubble of ionised gas about ten light-years across is causing the surrounding material to collapse into dense clumps where new stars are then formed. The 870-micron submillimetre-wavelength data were taken with the LABOCA camera on the 12-m Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope. Here, the submillimetre emission is shown as the blue clouds surrounding the reddish glow of the ionised gas (shown with data from the SuperCosmos H-alpha survey). The image also contains data from the Second Generation Digitized Sky Survey (I-band shown in blue, R-band shown in red).
Credit: ESO/APEX/DSS2/ SuperCosmos/ Deharveng(LAM)/ Zavagno(LAM)

NGC 4410
These four spiral galaxies in NGC 4410 display an extraordinary cosmic spectacle, each generating immense tidal forces that rip each other apart as they pass close to each other. The galactic disks and spiral arms stretch apart while stellar filaments swirl into the intergalactic medium as the galaxies entwine in a dance of staggering proportions.Credit: Tom Chao, space.com

IRAS 20324: Evaporating Protostar 
IRAS 20324+4057, on the inside, is contracting to form a new star. On the outside, however, energetic winds are blowing and energetic light is eroding away much of the gas and dust that might have been used to form the star. Therefore, no one is sure what mass the resulting star will have, and, therefore, no one knows the fate of this star. Were the winds and light to whittle the protostar down near the mass of the Sun, the outer atmosphere of this new star may one day expand into a planetary nebula Image Credit:  NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), and IPHAS

Nearby Cepheid Variable RS Pup   Image Credit:  Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA -  Processing:  Stephen Byrne

Nearby Cepheid Variable RS Pup   Image Credit:  Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA -  Processing:  Stephen Byrne