Nature Unveiled Blog

Beauty exists in nature but also in the scientific understanding of nature, yet the science is often mistakenly perceived to be dry, nerdy, boring, the antithesis of beauty. The blog Nature Unveiled revels in the beauty of both as it explores natural phenomena from bioluminescence to carnivorous plants to seal whiskers.

Nature Unveiled is a collaboration of father and son, Edwin Barkdoll and Forest Barkdoll-Weil.

Mouse in woods
Nature Unveiled
Edwin Barkdoll

Mice-capades

Mice-capades Mice1 live in a gray zone between the heroic and charismatic mini-fauna that star in Disney movies, children’s stories, and cartoons2 and the reviled, disease-infested rodents that a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry is dedicated to eliminating. It’s no wonder that mice seem nervous all the time. As we shall see, however, despite their tiny physical stature,

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Snowflake crystal Acadia National Park
Nature Unveiled
Edwin Barkdoll

Crystalline Entities – Snow, Hoarfrost and Rime Ice

Crystalline Entities – Snow, Hoarfrost, and Rime Ice Hoarfrost under a snow covered mountain Waking up after the first heavy snowfall has always been a magical experience for me – a white cloak transforms familiar objects into alien shapes that look like lumbering snow-creatures. Snowfalls present us with macroscapes (a scene we can view with

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Lepidoderma tigrinum on moss
Nature Unveiled
Edwin Barkdoll

Jewels from Slime

Slime molds are diamonds in the rough, and the closer you look, the more they shine. You may have encountered them as amorphous blobs on a lawn or a walk in the woods. They are on leaves, in the soil of Antarctica, and in deserts, to name a few habitats.

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Nature Unveiled
Edwin Barkdoll

Fantastic Feathers

Birds have perfected the fine-tuned ability to fly over millions of years. In fact, some geese have been observed flying over Mount Everest. Their enviable ability to fly relies upon several factors, the first and foremost being the engineering marvels called feathers.

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Wolf spider eye eyeshine
Nature Unveiled
Edwin Barkdoll

Night Eyes

Picture ancestral humans huddled around a fire, peering beyond the edge of the firelight into a nighttime world dotted with the golden eyes of other animals. Welcome to the gleaming world of eyeshine, where wildlife, or perhaps your dog caught in the beam of a flashlight on the last walk before bed, stares at you with glowing eyes.

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Green islands in aspen leaves
Nature Unveiled
Edwin Barkdoll

Mining for Gold – in a Leaf

Leaf miners are often overlooked and don’t get no respect. Yet they are everywhere and
offer a fascinating look at life inside a leaf and the subtle communication between the miner and the host plant.

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