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Toborochi tree in Santa Cruz (Ceiba speciosa) looks pregnant! - Bolivia
Toborochi樹在聖克魯斯(木棉桐)看起來懷孕了! - 玻利維亞

The toborochi tree In Bolivia, legends say a beautiful goddess hid inside the tree to give birth so the forces of evil wouldn't find her and kill her and her baby. She comes out only in the form of the tree's beautiful pink flowers which attract her mate. It's an actual Bolivian legend, I liked it.

 A common name for the toborochi in Spanish is arbol botella (bottle tree), which is fitting, too. And, the trees are sometimes called palo borracho (drunken stick) because as they age they begin to look disheveled and the upper trunk becomes distorted.I have seen the plant labeled "silk floss tree" at conservatories, where it is usually too small to have the big bulge. 
Young trees have multitudes of thorny spines along the trunk which help protect the juicy juvenile from predators in the wild; at the conservatory they keep children from grabbing hold and climbing up. (Some of us are grateful for these sorts of blessings!)
The name "silk floss" derives from the seed pods which have fluffy, cottony material rather like milkweeds do; it has been used as stuffing, and to make paper and other things. In WWII, it was used to stuff Navy life jackets.
 Toborochis are used in ornamental gardens and as street trees in dry, sunny parts of the world where the temperatures do not fall much below freezing.  A nice bonus if you have the climate for one of these trees is that in addition to hummingbirds, monarch butterflies like to feed on the nectar of the flowers.

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Newborn Twins -- Tough to shoot; fascinating to watch.
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Thanks Ashlyn! They belong to a client and neighbor -- I just did the photography. I've known lots of twins -- they're just cool!
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Santa's house is just over the ridge.
 
"Yosemite Falls with Fresh Snow"
Yosemite National Park, CA

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One of the best times to visit Yosemite can be in the Spring. Why? Because not only will you have pretty good water flow with most of the waterfalls in the park, but if you time it right, you can be greeted with an amazing late spring snow storm. In my mind, there is nothing quite like seeing Yosemite Valley with dusting of snow. This image was taken with a Sony #a7r .

If you want a chance to win a +Sony  a6000 mirrorless camera, a Colby Brown Landscape Photography filter kit, or a +Wacom intuos tablet, be sure to check out my 2014 Holiday Giveaway where I have a variety of prizes ready for you to win.

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"Does it Matter?!" ... sounds like a good snarky response to almost every question you can be asked... similar to the snarky response my HS Band Director used all too often when he asked us to practice more, march more, run laps, etc and we gave him a bit of attitude... "You'll get over it!' It was the theme phrase for well over 24 months.
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It's just one atom thick, but carbyne has twice the strength of its two-dimensional cousin, graphene, and three times the stiffness of a diamond. And researchers have just discovered that it can act like a transistor for new tinier electronics.

Read more: http://bit.ly/1uN0ifE
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Nature Jobs looks at how #STEM qualifications lead to career opportunities in a diverse range of sectors.

http://bit.ly/1o5gggh (Graphic courtesy of US Census Bureau website)
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Functional objects CAN take on artistic form. #solar   #otherworldly  
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An amazing solar flower in Buenos Aires! 
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Plan your next off-Earth vacation with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's brilliant series of exoplanet travel-posters: bit.ly/1xZB9gu
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It may seem like science fiction but everyday labs around the world are mixing genes in new ways.
 
Terrifyingly adorable artist animal mashups you'd see only in your wildest dreams: http://bit.ly/1xvNPMn
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this little birdy is sooo cute!  
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Bright colors of Fall are in the trees year round, but released as the chlorophyll takes a production break. The color is also in the water and sky, awaiting release through the mind of an artist.
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Big moon (Rhea) and little moon (Epimetheus)—just two of Saturn's 62 satellites.

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