An African Snail a day keeps the doctor away

A woman selling African land snails for Escargot in Abidjan, wallpaper

Making Babies, a photo by goingslo on Flickr. The author of this photo says, “Snails take about 30 minutes to position themselves for mating, then the act itself takes about 6.5 hours to complete… there is no such thing as a Snail Quickie”. It is further stated, “I was interested to learn about what the […]

Katsushika Hokusai: The Great Wave off Kanagawa

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, from 36 Views of Mount Fuji, Color woodcut by Katsushika Hokusai

The Great Wave off Kanagawa (‘The Great Wave’, or ‘Behind the Great Wave at Kanagawa’), is a color woodblock print by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). It is a great example of ukiyo-e art published in the period between 1830 and 1833 as a part of the artist’s famous series ‘Thirty-six Views of Mount […]

Aurora Borealis glow above Bear Lake, Alaska

Aurora Borealis above Bear Lake, free widescreen wallpaper 1920 x 1200

The natural phenomenon known as aurora is a natural light display in the sky that occurs mainly in the ionosphere of the Polar Regions. Aurorae are caused by the collision of charged particles under the influence of the Earth’s magnetic field. An aurora (auroras or aurorae in plural) is normally visible at night, mostly around […]

Clitoria ternatea: medicinal garden plant

Flower of Clitoria ternatea (butterfly pea) in Burkina Faso, free wallpaper 1024 x 768

Clitoria ternatea, also known as butterfly pea, is a leguminous vine plant belonging to the Fabaceae family. Clitoria ternatea is native to several countries in Southeast Asia and Australasia where tropical or equatorial type of climate is predominant. The plant can be found in Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Burma (Myanmar), Indonesia, Maldives, etc. Later, […]

Macaws: colorful New World parrots

Three Ara macaws on the Wildwood Boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey, USA: (from left to right) Scarlet Macaw, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, and Military Macaw, photo by LancerEvolution ; [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Macaws, often called New World parrots or Neotropical parrots, belong to 18 species of in six genera (Anodorhynchus, Ara, Cyanopsitta, Diopsittaca, Orthopsittaca and Primolius) […]