What the heck is this? Last week, we asked you about this curiosity found in the Connecticut River. Today, the jury is back. Eric Schultz, an associate professor of ecology and biology at the University of Connecticut, says it’s a bryozoan.

Likely called pectinatella magnifica, this colonial organism (made up of individual animals called zooids), can either attach itself to other river objects or float freely. Very cool animal and a great photo. Thanks for the submission!


Herman Richir (1866-1942) ~ La Madone Huile Sur Toile

(Source: yayforcows)


So the 9:00 hour on Thursday morning is looking like Handel, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, R. Strauss, Gounod, Saint-Saëns, and Donaudy. Should be fun except for the 9:00 part.

Also, the term collaborative pianist is making me more angry every time I hear it — as frilly non-functional jargon generally does. 

Is that seriously a politically correct way to say “accompanist”? 


Renata Kolarova, Czech Republic



Inside a Changing Autumn Leaf

One of the great wonders of life is watching the leaves change colors in the fall. When temperatures get cool, chlorophyll begins to break down revealing the underlying pigments in the plants’ sap. This depiction of the inner-workings of a maple leaf shows the process in action.

Source: SciAm Blog Network

#Autumn #anthocycanins #chemistry #botany #science

bigbrotherbirdiswatching for nature journal….

"NPR’s Steve Inskeep asked the singer, “What has made you comment on a lot of modern music today that is being put out by women as being over-sexualized?” “Well you’ve said it in the question,” Lennox replied. “The reason why I’ve commented is because I think that this overt sexuality thrust — literally — at particular audiences, when very often performers have a very, very young audience, like 7 years older, I find it disturbing and I think its exploitative. It’s troubling. I’m coming from a perspective of a woman that’s had children.”"



a-lie-like-us:Volcano in Kamchatka, Russia

I knew there was a reason I always wanted Kamchatka in Risk. 

  1. Camera: Nikon D800
  2. Aperture: f/9
  3. Exposure: 1/160th
  4. Focal Length: 36mm