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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To Quill, or not to Quill
You may have heard about porcupines. They are dim-witted, forest-destroying pests who throw their quills and serve no useful purpose. But is this truth or fiction?
Bug-Eyed Beauty An old proverb says, “The eyes are windows to the soul.” But what if the eyes belong to a bug? Bugs may or may not have souls – whatever a soul actually is – but their amazing eyes are an endless source of fascination and beauty and endow insects and their allies with surprising