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What did you do with your first Saturday in November?
This is our daily open thread — You know what to do.
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Okay folks, this is your late, late, super late, open thread. :)
I took this photo on a trip to the Oregon coast in 2008, and I’m standing above the top of Devil’s Churn. It’s pretty damn awesome!
This is our daily open thread — let the abuse flow.
Yesterday, it was such a beautiful day that Cats and I decided to take a spur of the moment day trip. We made a loop from Eugene, down past Cottage Grove, over to Reedsport, then up to Florence, and back to Eugene.
The scenery was AMAZING, and here are just a few of the things we saw:
It was a perfectly lovely day, and, as you might imagine, we discussed all the issues of the day, and solved every single one of them — if only people would listen to us. ;)
This is our daily open thread — Get on with it!
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From the Wikipedia:
Lichens occur in some of the most extreme environments on Earth—arctic tundra, hot deserts, rocky coasts, and toxic slag heaps. However, they are also abundant as epiphytes on leaves and branches in rain forests and temperate woodland, on bare rock, including walls and gravestones, and on exposed soil surfaces (e.g., Collema) in otherwise mesic habitats. The roofs of many buildings have lichens growing on them. Lichens are widespread and may be long-lived; however, many are also vulnerable to environmental disturbance, and may be useful to scientists in assessing the effects of air pollution, ozone depletion, and metal contamination. Lichens have also been used in making dyes and perfumes, as well as in traditional medicines. It has been estimated that 6% of Earth’s land surface is covered by lichen.
This is our very, very, very, very late daily open thread — I blame DST!!
“…I am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.”
I think this would be useful in life, outside of your rock balancing efforts.
This is our daily open thread — Breathe.
This is our daily open thread — Need a tissue?
First, a look at some strange underwater life, including such oddities as the “Christmas Tree Worm”, which comes in a wide array of colors.
Next, although the title of the article is “What the Heck Is That? Animals You Didn’t Know Existed”, I believe that most of us nature-lovers will recognize at least some of these unusual animals, such as the Aye-Aye from Madagascar or the Proboscis Monkey.
Once you finish checking out the “What the Heck Is That?” article, directly below it (under the heading “More on Weather.com: Meerkats and other Baby Animals) is a photo gallery of baby animals, from meerkats (loads of them) to baby rhinos, various primates, tapirs, capybaras, coatis, and tons more.
Last, here’s a happy-ending story about an unusual trio of formerly-abused animal friends.
This is our Open Thread. Enjoy Nature’s wonders at The Zoo!