The natural world is so beautiful!

(...kinda hard to argue against Intelligent Design)

Gotta love retrievers!
Niagara Falls
Tianzi Mountains, China
Ebor Falls are located on the Guy Fawkes River near Ebor and about 37 kilometres (23 mi) north-east of Wollomombi on Waterfall Way in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia.
Galium has a melting point of 85.57 degrees F, which is slightly above room temperature. If you hold it in your hand long enough it will start to melt. COOL!
The Kerry Way walking path between Sneem and Kenmare in Ireland
Storm front approaches Nantucket Island 2-16-13
Tree frog (not some new fangled nail polish design)

This is a picture of a "fire rainbow."  Technically, it is known as a circumhorizontal arc which is an optical phenomenon caused by clouds containing water and ice droplets of nearly uniform size.  The clouds defract sun light which separates the light into different wavelengths which we perceive as different colors.  This is quite different from rainbows which are a result of refraction - bent by passing through mediums of differing density.

Watkins Glen State Park, NY
Fallstreak hole/hole punch cloud over Moscow.
Viruses are tiny, smaller even than bacteria, but far more numerous than all other life-forms combined. This illustration shows a flu virus particle.
Bird vs. Praying Mantis
Sundog Halos are brightly colored spots on either side of the Sun and most easily seen when the Sun is low and sunlight passes through the ice crystals at the same horizontal plane as the observer.
Rain drops on an ant
Arguably the most magnificent natural display on Earth, the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis occur when solar activity in the form of highly charged electrons are blown towards earth in what is called “solar wind”.
Autumnal colors
The sun's path in the southern sky
A red ant explores a bubble with its hind legs
This is the caterpillar form of the moth Calcarifera ordinata, aka the wattle cup caterpillar.
Frost Flowers - formed when water changes directly from a solid to a gas and then back to a solid.
You are being mooned by a peacock.
Mother and baby bat

This is a harp sponge, only recently described for the first time. Most sponges filter ocean water for bacteria, but this one has Velcro-like barbs on branch looking appendages which grab tiny crustaceans as they swim past. As sponges don't have a digestive cavity, the prey is then surrounded by digestive cells which slowly digest it.

The pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus is the largest flying creature ever discovered. It had a 34 foot wingspan - about the same as an F-16 fighter jet.


Researchers have long been puzzled by how such a huge creature could ever have gotten off of the ground. A new computer model suggests that it only would have been possible if the pterosaur made use of cliffs and downward facing natural 'runways'.