The Lady Chapel Ambulatory, church of St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London.
Copyright: John Salmon.

The Lady Chapel Ambulatory, church of St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London.

Copyright: John Salmon.

Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon. Another from the National Geographic Photo Contest.
Copyright: Kenji Yamamura.

Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon. Another from the National Geographic Photo Contest.

Copyright: Kenji Yamamura.

NGC 6523, called the Lagoon Nebula for the band of dust to the left of center of the open cluster of bright stars, which has its own number, NGC 6530. The bright knot of gas and dust in the center is called the Hourglass Nebula. Three for the price of one! And so bright that it can be seen without a telescope—look toward Sagittarius.
Image credit and copyright: Remus Chua (Celestial Portraits).

NGC 6523, called the Lagoon Nebula for the band of dust to the left of center of the open cluster of bright stars, which has its own number, NGC 6530. The bright knot of gas and dust in the center is called the Hourglass Nebula. Three for the price of one! And so bright that it can be seen without a telescope—look toward Sagittarius.

Image credit and copyright: Remus Chua (Celestial Portraits).

Another alien! Actually, no; it’s a Mediterranean mantis opening its wings. But it is another photo from the National Geographic Photo Contest.
Copyright: Hasan Baglar.

Another alien! Actually, no; it’s a Mediterranean mantis opening its wings. But it is another photo from the National Geographic Photo Contest.

Copyright: Hasan Baglar.

Autumn foliage in Tsuta Swamp, Aomori, Japan. Another from the National Geographic Photo Contest.
Copyright: Sho Shibata.

Autumn foliage in Tsuta Swamp, Aomori, Japan. Another from the National Geographic Photo Contest.

Copyright: Sho Shibata.

Fall Foliage Map & Peak Leaf Forecast


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An alien from Alpha Centauri. Actually a conehead mantis, Empusa pennata. Taken in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, this is one of the winning photos from the National Geographic Photo Contest.
Copyright: Mehmet Karaca.

An alien from Alpha Centauri. Actually a conehead mantis, Empusa pennata. Taken in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, this is one of the winning photos from the National Geographic Photo Contest.

Copyright: Mehmet Karaca.

I Stand Corrected


Of course the fern is unfurling. Thank you, lisacog.

A fern, in the process of unfolding.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/seelenpfluecker/15006082591/
Cloister of Saint Bertrand de Comminges, Pyrenees, France.
http://www.francethisway.com/places/stbertranddecomminges.php

Cloister of Saint Bertrand de Comminges, Pyrenees, France.

http://www.francethisway.com/places/stbertranddecomminges.php

The beginning of yesterday’s lunar eclipse, showing Earth’s shadow on the moon just before dawn. Those are clouds, not water; underneath them is the coast of Chile and the Pacific Ocean.
Image credit and copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Las Campanas Observatory, Carnegie Institution).

The beginning of yesterday’s lunar eclipse, showing Earth’s shadow on the moon just before dawn. Those are clouds, not water; underneath them is the coast of Chile and the Pacific Ocean.

Image credit and copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Las Campanas Observatory, Carnegie Institution).

Cloister in Oxford’s largest college, Christ Church College; also seen in the Harry Potter movies.
http://zacandanna.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/oxford-2-0/

Cloister in Oxford’s largest college, Christ Church College; also seen in the Harry Potter movies.

http://zacandanna.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/oxford-2-0/

Just after sunset over Lake Balaton, Hungary. Mars, Antares, and Saturn are the brightest objects visible, after the Moon and the mast light on the sailboat.
Image credit and copyright: Tamas Ladanyi (TWAN).

Just after sunset over Lake Balaton, Hungary. Mars, Antares, and Saturn are the brightest objects visible, after the Moon and the mast light on the sailboat.

Image credit and copyright: Tamas Ladanyi (TWAN).

The Bubble Nebula, NGC 7635.
Image credit and copyright: Bernard Michaud.

The Bubble Nebula, NGC 7635.

Image credit and copyright: Bernard Michaud.

With thanks to the photographer.

With thanks to the photographer.

(Source: tehuri)