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Ancient Ginkgo Rains Gold at a Buddhist Temple in China

A 1,400 year old Gingko biloba at the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in China’s Zhongnan Mountains bathes the temple garden in a sea of gold.

Source: Ancient Ginkgo Rains Gold at a Buddhist Temple in China

I would like to express my immense gratitude to the amazing TwistedSifter for sharing these beautifully peaceful images with us 🙂

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Picture of the Day: Shelf Cloud Over Timisoara

Thank you to the incredible Twisted Sifter for posting this awe-inspiring photo of a Shelf Cloud, over the Romanian city of Timisoara. Absolutely amazing in every single way 🙂

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SHELF CLOUD OVER TIMISOARA

 

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Photograph by ERVIN BOER

 

In this amazing capture by Ervin Boer, we see an intimidating shelf cloud over Timisoara, Romania. The photo was posted to Timisoara’s official Facebook page (via my friend Mihai).

A shelf cloud is a low, horizontal, wedge-shaped arcus cloud. They are attached to the base of a parent cloud, which is typically a thunderstorm, but could form on any type of convective cloud. Rising cloud motion often can be seen in the leading (outer) part of the shelf cloud, while the underside often appears turbulent and wind-torn. [Source]

Timișoara is the capital city of Timiș County, in western Romania. It is one of the largest Romanian cities, with a population of 303,708 inhabitants (the third most populous city in the country, as of 2011), and the main social, economic and cultural center in the western…

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Picture of the Day: Thousand Year Old Baobab

I always enjoy browsing through the stunning photographs on the quite delectable, always inspirational blog of Twisted Sifter. This photograph, taken by Dan Doucette of Project Noah, simply takes my breath away. The Madagascan Majesty that is the proud Baobab… a thousand years old. Simply beautiful 🙂

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THOUSAND YEAR OLD BAOBAB

 

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Spotted in the Ifaty reserve, north of Tulear in southwestern Madagascar (Lat: -23.15, Long: 43.62), is this incredible Baobab tree that is purportedly a thousand years old. Adansonia za, common name Baobab, is a species of flowering plant in the genus Adansonia belonging to the Bombacaceae family.

It’s a large thick-stemmed deciduous tree, about 10–40 meters (33–130 ft) high and about 6 meters (20 ft) in diameter. The trunk and branches have a brownish-rose colored hue. The tree is wide at the base and grows to a narrow point towards the top of the tree. [Source: Wikipedia]

Adansonia is a genus of eight species of tree, six native to Madagascar, one native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula and one to Australia. Some baobabs are reputed to be many thousands of years…

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Picture of the Day: Atop Earth’s Atmosphere

Thank you to the TwistedSifter Blog for sharing this amazing photograph with us. So very much appreciated and shared with gratitude 🙂

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ATOP EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE

 

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In this breathtaking photograph we see the crescent moon through the top of Earth’s atmosphere. The image was taken above 21.5°N, 113.3°E by International Space Station crew Expedition 13 on July 20, 2006 over the South China Sea, just south of Macau.

The atmosphere of Earth is a layer of gases surrounding the planet Earth that is retained by Earth’s gravity. The atmosphere protects life on Earth by absorbing ultraviolet solar radiation, warming the surface through heat retention (greenhouse effect), and reducing temperature extremes between day and night (the diurnal temperature variation).

The atmosphere becomes thinner and thinner with increasing altitude, with no definite boundary between the atmosphere and outer space. The Kármán line, at 100 km (62 mi), or 1.57% of the Earth’s radius, is often used as the border between the atmosphere and outer space. [

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