The Newberry National Volcanic Monument is a fascinating place in the Deschutes National Forest. The Big Obsidian Flow was created more than a thousand years ago, covering the landscape with shiny, surreal-looking obsidian rocks.
OSMIA AVOSETTA is a solitary species of BEE, and is unique in its use of flower petals to construct nests for its larvae. The female digs shallow tunnels in the ground consisting of one or two chambers, each of which it then covers with flower petals spackled together with mud. It then places larval food in each chamber. To close up the nest, the bee bends the inner layers of petals toward each other and spackles the petals together with mud. Each one is a petal masterpiece.
a forest of crooked pine trees in Poland ~ June 28, 2011 -- In a tiny corner of western Poland a forest of about 400 pine trees grow with a 90 degree bend at the base of their trunks - all bent northward. Surrounded by a larger forest of straight growing pine trees this collection of curved trees, or "Crooked Forest," is a mystery.