Millions of native orchids flourish at former mining waste site — ScienceDaily

If you’ve lost your way to this blog, you know I tend to the unusual and try to peak into the places between. To the extent I keep to that tack, this could billow those sails.
It also speaks to life’s never-ending march to settle into most unlikely places. Something for which all of us can be grateful for. In part because the struggle to make a home in whatever nook or cranny will serve, seems to produce some of the most beautiful forms in that long slow march forward.

Hubble Art

A laid back day, listening to Bach, waiting to finish up the garden. I ended up here at Hubble Heritage site , a wonderful expression of the beauty and immensity of the Universe. One wonders if spending dollars on this sort of pure research is worth it. I was a believer from my first cereal box rocket when what we see and do now was barely a dream. The web has certainly opened up our space program so we now have access to far more of the missions and reasoning behind them.
If you’re a space geek it’s great to have “numbers” as one perspective on it all. But it’s the incredible, beautiful images that reach out to most people.
I’m not a person who believes exploration is fundamental to our species, to being human. But I’m grateful to the people who are explorers, for exploration’s sake as I firmly believe knowledge for knowledge sake is never a waste of resources.

In beauty I walk
Beauty before me
Beauty behind me
Beauty all around
In beauty I walk

Not only humans

This is something I never thought about. The numbers are astonishing esp. when compared to the numbers of people and epidemics that make us take notice. I’m not trying to make any judgements here about people and animals. This was, for me, an aspect of our world that opened my eyes. Just the kind of window I love opening, or have opened for me.

SOLVED: Why 200,000 Endangered Antelope Mysteriously Died

These Butterfly Wings Are Beautiful for a Reason | PROOF

The Victorian age was arguably the first time people, upper class, were steeped in the wonders of nature.
Anybody who could filled their homes with displays of the new and previously unknown wonders of the New World. Wallace, co-discoverer with Darwin of the Theory of Evolution, spent years of his life traipsing thru the Amazonian jungle collecting specimens to sell and thus support his work. The indiscriminate collecting of specimens for collections back in England, reduced, and in some cases wiped out whole species of insects. Butterflies were especially prized for beauty and ease of display in the parlors of well to do Victorians.