Less talk, More Year of the Monkey! According to the Chinese lunisolar calendar, February 8, 2016 marks the beginning of the Year of the Monkey (specifically the Year of the Fire Monkey, which sounds even more awesome) and Japan’s aquarium, the Aquamarine Fukushima, is celebrating with an exhibit of stunning Monkey Orchids (Orchis simia).

Not only do these beautiful flowers have monkey faces, some of those faces are furry and even have stems that resemble tails. These exotic blooms grow in the high elevations of south-eastern Ecuadorian and Peruvian cloud forests, so few people ever get to experience them in their native habitat, but right now they can be seen at the Aquamarine Fukushima in Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan through January 12th, 2016.

Photos by/via Cs california, JaromirAzarov, CCTVNews, Steve Beckendorf, and Columbus GV Team respectively.

[via My Modern Metropolis]


The Department of Awesome Natural Wonders loves to garden. Their favorite flowers are ones that have evolved to resemble all sorts of amazing things, including bright red lips, a monkey’s face, a white bird in flight, pirouetting ballerinas, swaddled babies, a tiger’s face, Darth Vader’s mask, flying ducks, and starfish.

Snapdragon seed pods looks like spooky skulls:

Visit My Modern Met to check out even more amazing flowers that look like other awesome things.

Photos by Rachel Scott-Renouf, Sofia Mestre Linda Velasquez, Expats Again, Terry Montero, tudosobreplantas, ScienceForums, laajala, Garden of Eaden, Bill Higham, virole_bridee, and Martin Heigan respectively.

[via My Modern Met]