An art installation of green plants growing on the wall of the building next to the CaixaForum Madrid — a modern art gallery — In Madrid, Spain. The living wall was created by french botanist Patrick Blanc
Also known as Labeo bicolor or the redtail shark, the red-tailed black shark is a species of cyprinid endemic to Thailand. Recently thought to be extinct in the wild the biology of the red-tailed black shark is an enigma. Redtail sharks are omnivorous and will feed on plant matter and small invertebrates. Although they are popular in the aquarium trade the red-tailed black shark is critically endangered in the wild, which is thought to be partly due to its popularity in the pet trade and habitat destruction.
The Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) is a rail native to Eurasia and Africa. The species, thought to consist of numerous subspecies, prefers wet climates. They generally nest on a mass of floating debris or amongst matted reeds slightly above water level in swamps.
Can I get an ID on this? It’s a large shrubby tree about 12-15 feet with a rounded umbrella spread. Knobby woody branches and whippy growing tips. As you can see, the leaves are tiny, shiny and curled at the edges. The buds look just like leylandii cones from a distance, but actually are compact bracts of deep purple buds. I’ll go back and see what the look like when they’re out. The back of my cat’s head should give an idea of scale.
“the garden is simply spectacular. The mature, fully-landscaped rooftop spreads over 1,600 square feet on multiple levels with fascinating architectural elements, making for intimate seating areas, sensory dining opportunities and infinite possibilities for entertaining. A rare, sensory retreat in the heart of the city.”
I love plants and I love cities. A garden like this would be paradise for me
I thought they meant London Chelsea for a moment and got excited
… is a rare plant endemic to Marin County, California. Only a single population is known from serpentine soils on Ring Mountain, Tiburon Peninsula on the northwestern side of San Francisco Bay.
While the land on which it grows is protected, the limited distribution of this species puts it at high risk of extinction due to random events like drought or wildfires. It is also threatened by damage from off-leash dogs, hikers, cyclists, wildflower collectors, and other vandals.
Also known as the blue bull, the nilgai is a large species of Asian antelope found throughout India. Like other antelopes the nilgai is a grazer and can often be found in grass and scrublands foraging on grasses, fruits and leaves. Like other ungulates nilgai tend to form small herds of same sex individuals, these herds are not fixed and indiviudals leave and join reguarly. Nigai are sexually dimorphic as females are a cream color and males are a blue-brown color thus the nickname blue bull.
Also known as the Andean frog or Crawford’s water frog, the Titicaca water frog is a large species of frog found only in Lake Titicaca and its rivers in South America. Like other frogs the titicaca water frog feeds mostly on small fish, insects and other small invertebrates. The Titicaca water frog has excessive skin which is an adaptation for high altitude living as the excess skin helps it breathe, as more oxygen can diffuse in. It also possesses reduced lungs, a high red blood cell count and smaller red blood cells to help it breathe in its low oxygen environment.