The old saying “only a mother could love this face”.
This bird grows to four (4) feet or taller.
Unlike many others birds who inhabit similar marsh environments, they are highly effective predators.
I’m a Shoebill aka whalehead, whalehead stork, shoe-billed stork, is a stork-liked bird. It derives it’s name from its enormous shoe-shaped bill.
WOW! This little creature is so colorful.
This little creature is ancient and fierce. They can reach up to 18 cm (7 in). They live in holes sand/gravel close to coral reefs. Their freakishly strong appendages are called “clubs”.
I’m a Peacock Mantis Shrimp aka Odontodactylus scyllarus
Some saltwater aquarists keep peacock mantis shrimp in captivity. The peacock mantis is especially colourful and desired in the trade.
While some aquarists value peacock shrimp, others consider them harmful pests because they are voracious predators which eat other desirable inhabitants of the tank. Some of the largest specimens can break aquarium glass by striking it, and can do further damage by burrowing in live rock. Live rock with mantis shrimp burrows is considered useful by some in the marine aquarium trade and is often collected. It is not uncommon for a piece of live rock to convey a live mantis shrimp in an aquarium. Once inside the tank, they may feed on fish, and other inhabitants. They are notoriously difficult to catch when established in a well-stocked tank, and there are accounts of them breaking glass tanks, damaging coral, when they wish to make a home within it.
I think you might be able to guess the name of this flower.The bright red bits are bracts, not petals. The leaf-like bracts are only in their kissable state for a few days before opening to reveal the little yellow and white flowers within. Plant is native to the tropical regions of Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama, but due to its popularity with collectors and the deforestation of its natural habitat it’s landed on the endangered list. Hope we don’t have to kiss this little beauty goodbye anytime soon!
If you guessed “Hooker’s Lips – Hot Lips – Flower Lips” you are correct.
aka Affectionately, Psychotria elata is called Hooker’s Lips or the Hot Lips Plants. The plant has apparently evolved into its current shape to attract pollinators including hummingbirds and butterflies. According to Oddity Central, the bracts are only kissable for a short while, before they spread open to reveal the plant’s flowers.
This item is also known as morel, despite its unappealing appearance. Morels are characterized by a fruit body that expands into a large, yellowish sponge that contains deep pits. Item is hard to grow which contributes to their high demand (and price) in many parts of the world.
Morel hunting is a common springtime activity. Mushroom collectors may carry a mesh collecting bag, so the spores can scatter as one carries the harvest.
Every spring, hundreds of morel enthusiasts gather in Boyne City, Michigan for the National Morel Mushroom Festival, a century old event. As one observer stated, “if there is a modern, North American reenactment of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales this is it.” Other festivals and hunting competitions in North America include the Illinois State Morel Mushroom Hunting Championship, the Ottawa Midwest Morel Fest and the Mesick Michigan Mushroom Festival.