Paris-based designer Maud Vantours is a master at constructing incredible 3D sculptures and mesmerizing patterns out of paper. After carefully cutting out assorted shapes, she meticulously builds up layer upon layer, superimposing the papers to create intricate and colorful works of art.
Bird’s Nest Fungi have an amazing way of dispersing their spores using nothing more than a raindrop.
The nests are trumpet-shaped so that when a raindrop hits the inner wall, it careers into the bottom of the nest and splashes right back up along the wall, carrying some eggs with them.
The eggs fly up at speeds of several feet per second and stick onto plants well above the forest floor.
The eggs can now shrivel up, releasing the spores within them into the breeze. On the other hand a herbivore munching on some plants might eat the eggs. Their hard, outer casing protects the spores from the ravages of digestion so they can be released once they come out the other side.
Quite impressive for something that looks like little more than rustic decoration!
Fungo ninho de passarinho.
Hobo Nickels from the 1930s
Hobo Nickels are a form of sculptural art. The nickel was favored due to its size, thickness and softness. Even though the medium was popular amongst hobos due to its cheapness, it is a generic term as it was used by many different kinds of people.
What did they carve them with? That kind of sounds fun…
Except for the fact that I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to deface money
They carved them with rebellion
Cardinal Tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi)
Cardinal tetras are a species of freshwater fish native to the upper Orinoco and Negro Rivers of South America. Similarly to the popular neon tetra, they have an iridescent blue line running across the length of its body.
Cardinal tetras are shoaling fish. This serves as a protective measure, as it is harder for predators to single out an individual. The flashing neon blues may act to further confuse predators.