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Supernatural Graphics Challenge | jaredcortese vs. deanncastiel
↳ Prompt: Dean Winchester + Orchids

“All I’m saying is that you’re my weak spot. You are. And I’m yours.”

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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]

Achallader Castle, Argyll, Scotland

The castle was built near the north end of Loch Tulla sometime in the 16th century and was added to over the decades by various clans. Sir Duncan Campbell (“Black” Duncan Campbell) of Glen Orchy acquired the castle and surrounding lands through his treachery and betrayal of the Chief of the Mcinleisters in 1587.

In 1691, John Campbell, Earl of Breadalbane, summoned the leaders of the Jacobite clans here to the remains of the castle to sign the Treaty of Achallader, an armistice in their fight to restore James VII.

The castle formerly rose to three stories with a garret, well defended by shot-holes. Now only two walls, one with a trace of corbelling, remain, sheltering the farm buildings of Achallader Farm. The ruins are located under the shadow of Beinn Achaladair about 3.5 miles north of Bridge of Orchy in Argyll, Scotland.

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