By hook or by crook, I hope that you will possess yourselves of money enough to travel and to idle, to contemplate the future or the past of the world, to dream over books and loiter at street corners and let the line of thought dip deep into the stream.
—  Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Owls are well known for being silent predators and one of the most important reasons for that silence is the hooks and bows on the leading edge of their wings. This edge breaks up the air flow around the wing into smaller streams that make mush less noise. The trailing edge of the wing also has a softer fringe that helps to muffle the little noise that’s left. (Source)


Krishna jayanthi at Israel | hare rama hare krishn  

Monstrous Abbess / On Reading

I cannot read any more, and I want to renounce my obligation of reading. I want to write an official letter, roll it, tie it with a green shiny ribbon, and send it somewhere, no matter where (perhaps read on a square): “I have had enough of your letters, world. Take them away from me and never make me look again into their ugly little faces.”

Labradorite is so well known for these spectacular displays of color that the phenomenon is known as “labradorescence.” Labradorescence is not a display of colors reflected from the surface of a specimen. Instead, light enters the stone, strikes a twinning surface within the stone, and reflects from it. The color seen by the observer is the color of light reflected from that twinning surface. (Source) (Image source)


Ukraine Festival 2015 Kirtan by Niranjana Swami  

A fossilised lizard found in south-east Asia preserved in amber dates back 99m years, US scientists have determined, making it the oldest specimen of its kind and a “missing link” for reptile researchers.

Scientists believe the chameleon-like creature was an infant when it was trapped in a gush of sticky resin while darting through a tropical forest in what is now Myanmar.

The creature’s entire body, including its eyes and colorful scales, was unusually well-preserved, Stanley said. The other reptiles trapped in the amber, including a gecko and an arctic lizard, were also largely intact. (Source)