“Mouserflies.”

ffb6cb27096048e6bc1304bfbfea22e6e2177983_800Enchanting the woodlands with her ‘Mouserflies’ series, artist Lisa Ericson transforms common mice into tiny fairy-like creatures with butterfly wings.
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The surreal paintings make the mice appear even more adorable, as they fly through the woodlands on their plight for food and shelter. ‘
Mouserflies’ causes a fairytale kingdom and the animal world to go hand in hand, offering a magical potential.
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Via Arrested Motion
via Adorable mice fly through the woodlands with butterfly wings | Creative Boom.

Bird and Bees stop for a Drink.

Hummingbird and Bees.
Commended, Open, Wildlife (Photo: 2017 Sony World Photography Awards)
Image Credit: Photograph by Toshiyasu Morita of the United States.
I photographed an Anna’s hummingbird and bees as they drank from a water fountain on a hot California day.
Source: 12 breathtaking images from the Sony World Photography Awards | MNN – Mother Nature Network

“The Amazing Bladderwort.”

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An image taken with a microscope shows a cross section of the trap of a humped bladderwort (Utricularia gibba). Those spiky discs are friendly algae that hitch a ride inside. Photo: Igor Siwanowicz
We get a lot of press releases about photo contests, but this winning image from the Olympus BioScapes Imaging Competition (which I didn’t even know existed) stood out for a few reasons:
1. The image itself is really neat.
2. What’s actually happening in the image is also neat:
Apparently this is like a microscopic aquatic version of a Venus’ flytrap — it sucks little microinvertebrates into its trap a millisecond after they trigger its hairs.
3. It’s called a humped bladderwort, or Utricularia gibba if you wanna get technical. It’s a flowering plant that grows in ponds and lakes all over the world. (Earnest bladderwort explainer video.)
4. Speaking of technical, the process is interesting. According to press-release jargon, “Igor Siwanowicz, a neurobiologist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus … magnified the plant 100 times using a laser scanning confocal microscope and used cellulose-binding fluorescent dye Calcofluor White to visualize the cell walls of the plant.”
Siwanowicz began photographing about 10 years ago, and has a much larger collection of similar images — which you won’t regret checking out.
See and read more via And The Winner Is: The Humped Bladderwort : The Picture Show : NPR.

“Kangaroo Island Creatures.”

australian_seal_lionWhen British explorers happened upon Kangaroo Island—south of what today is the city of Adelaide—the animals took them by surprise.
Unlike the wild ‘roos of the mainland, who knew to keep their distance, these creatures were utterly tame and approachable (so much so that the arriving crew reportedly slaughtered 31 for a giant kangaroo stew).
The reason the animals were unaccustomed to humans (and tragically unfamiliar with their bad habits) was because no humans lived there. Aboriginals had once inhabited the island, but they’d abandoned it at least 2000 years prior, for reasons unknown.
pelicans_0After a couple of centuries of life alongside human settlers, the animals here are understandably a little more wary—but the humans, for their part, have gotten a lot more respectful. Which means that today, this one of the most incredible places to get up close and personal with some very interesting creatures out in the wild.
The best way to meet them is to tour with a local company like Exceptional Kangaroo Island.
Experienced guides are familiar with the animals and their habitats—so they can probably find you a tricky-to-spot echidna and point out where a koala is likely to be hiding in the crook of a tree—but they also ensure that you won’t bother the animals in the process.
(And in lieu of kangaroo stew, they serve fantastic lunches that highlight the local produce.)
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via Animals to Visit on Kangaroo Island | Mental Floss.

“Feather Sea Star”.

“Flowers of the Coral Seas” (Crinoids and Sponges) are 650-Million-Year-Old and May Be the World’s Oldest Animals
Lamprometra sp. shown here is the beautiful and very alien-looking creature called “Feather Star”, belonging to echinoderm family, or Crinoids (related to starfish, sea urchins and sea cucumbers).
There are more than 600 species of feather star, all flamboyantly dressed.
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(image credit: Nhobgood, Wikipedia Commons)
Some of the crinoids grow pretty big (more than three feet in diameter), and some live as deep as NINE kilometers below the sea surface!
Read more about Crinoids here
http://goo.gl/7vRLmX
via Dark Roasted Blend: Pic-of-the-Day: Feather Sea Star.

“Steampunk Creatures” by Verniy.

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From heaps of scrap metal, old bike chains, and silverware, sculptor Igor Verniy creates birds, butterflies, and other unusual creations.

Many of his steampunk and cyberpunk sculptures are made to be fully articulated, with dozens of moving or adjustable parts enabling each piece to be posed in several lifelike positions.

These are some of my favorite pieces but you can see more over on his VK and Facebook pages.

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See more wonderful sculptures via Steampunk Animal and Insect Sculptures by Igor Verniy | Colossal.