The Magpie's Nest

Query   geology/wanderlust     my writing     Geological Engineering student. Pretty much just reblogging whatever catches my eye
andythelemon:

Anxiety & unwanted thoughts are absolutely horrible to deal with, but I’m determined to beat them eventually. This is how I envision them - I suppose venting through drawing is one of my ways of coping with it.

andythelemon:

Anxiety & unwanted thoughts are absolutely horrible to deal with, but I’m determined to beat them eventually. This is how I envision them - I suppose venting through drawing is one of my ways of coping with it.

— 1 day ago with 3960 notes
#I love this way of seeing it  #anxiety 

lambhoof:

i have a special folder for photos of small dogs snoozing on large sleeping places

(via zoeuhura)

— 1 day ago with 81894 notes
#4dl 

oneboredjeu:

image

The Radioactive Fox

Radioactive by Imagine Dragons vs. The Fox by Ylvis.

Based on the above post.

— 1 day ago with 40907 notes
sex-bom-omb:

I BATHE IN THE BLOOD OF MY ENEMIES.

sex-bom-omb:

I BATHE IN THE BLOOD OF MY ENEMIES.

(Source: reformisttae, via tiny-creatures)

— 5 days ago with 153783 notes
earthstory:

Canopy Forests of Coast RedwoodsThe redwood forests are among the most magical on the planet. The coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) occurs naturally along the pacific coast of North America from Oregon to northern Califoria. These coastal forests are situated among the “fog belt”, where cool precipitation and fog move from the ocean towards the coast at night. The fog supplies the trees with a constant water source, and blocks out some of the evaporative rays of the sun, reducing water lost via transpiration. These coastal redwood forests are often referred to as the Temperate Rainforest. What makes these trees so special? Well, aside from being one of the tallest organisms on the planet (380ft, or ~115m tall), their crowns acts as fractal forests. The canopies of redwoods were once thought to be ecological deserts, nothing more than redwood leaves and branches. But Marie Antoine, Steve Sillett, and Marwood Harris, old growth botanists, and expert tree climbers took the task of climbing one of these skyscrapers to explore the redwood canopy. And what they found was quite different from an ecological desert, but rather a fractal forest, full of epiphytes, trees, and numerous animals. Redwoods have a unique habit known as reiteration: where horizontal branches hundreds of feet off the ground will sprout vertical branches that act as new trees. Some of these reiterated tree sprouts are taller than the largest trees on the east coast. When leaves fall from the redwood canopy, they build up on the lower branches and ultimately form a “canopy soil” that supports other trees and bushes such as, tanbark oak, douglas fir, elderberry, and huckleberry. These sky forests are surprisingly diverse, supporting not only reiterated redwoods, but other dominant species like firs and oaks. This diversity attracts a litany of rodents, birds (songbirds and raptors), amphibians, and insects. These trees, thought to be 2500 years old (some possibly as old as 3-5,000 years), operate at a scale different from humans, almost a geologic timescale, where gardens grown in their canopy take 700-1000 years to form. Between 1970 and 1990 about 96% of the redwood forests were cut down in the United States, but the remaining 4% is now under government protection. As an ecologist I would revel in the opportunity to meet and study these special trees while so few remain. -Greg AegisFurther Reading- http://www.ecology.info/redwood.htm- http://tracker777.tripod.com/ecology.htmlBeautifully described by Richard Preston-www.ted.com/talks/richard_preston_on_the_giant_trees.htmlPhoto Credit-programmingthenation.com

earthstory:

Canopy Forests of Coast Redwoods

The redwood forests are among the most magical on the planet. The coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) occurs naturally along the pacific coast of North America from Oregon to northern Califoria. These coastal forests are situated among the “fog belt”, where cool precipitation and fog move from the ocean towards the coast at night. The fog supplies the trees with a constant water source, and blocks out some of the evaporative rays of the sun, reducing water lost via transpiration. These coastal redwood forests are often referred to as the Temperate Rainforest. 

What makes these trees so special? Well, aside from being one of the tallest organisms on the planet (380ft, or ~115m tall), their crowns acts as fractal forests. The canopies of redwoods were once thought to be ecological deserts, nothing more than redwood leaves and branches. But Marie Antoine, Steve Sillett, and Marwood Harris, old growth botanists, and expert tree climbers took the task of climbing one of these skyscrapers to explore the redwood canopy. And what they found was quite different from an ecological desert, but rather a fractal forest, full of epiphytes, trees, and numerous animals. Redwoods have a unique habit known as reiteration: where horizontal branches hundreds of feet off the ground will sprout vertical branches that act as new trees. Some of these reiterated tree sprouts are taller than the largest trees on the east coast. When leaves fall from the redwood canopy, they build up on the lower branches and ultimately form a “canopy soil” that supports other trees and bushes such as, tanbark oak, douglas fir, elderberry, and huckleberry. These sky forests are surprisingly diverse, supporting not only reiterated redwoods, but other dominant species like firs and oaks. This diversity attracts a litany of rodents, birds (songbirds and raptors), amphibians, and insects. 

These trees, thought to be 2500 years old (some possibly as old as 3-5,000 years), operate at a scale different from humans, almost a geologic timescale, where gardens grown in their canopy take 700-1000 years to form. Between 1970 and 1990 about 96% of the redwood forests were cut down in the United States, but the remaining 4% is now under government protection. As an ecologist I would revel in the opportunity to meet and study these special trees while so few remain. 

-Greg Aegis

Further Reading

http://www.ecology.info/redwood.htm
http://tracker777.tripod.com/ecology.html

Beautifully described by Richard Preston
-www.ted.com/talks/richard_preston_on_the_giant_trees.html

Photo Credit
-programmingthenation.com

— 5 days ago with 48 notes
#science 

archiemcphee:

Today we join the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders in astonishment at the golden mesh marvel that is the cocoon of the Urodidae moth. Also known as “false burnet moths,” these small to medium sized moths spend their pupal stage in unusual and incredibly beautiful open-mesh cocoons, which are sometimes suspended on a very long thread below a leaf.

"This type of cocoon is known as a "open-network cocoon" and is unlike other cocoons in that it doesn’t completely enclose the pupa in silk. Instead, it only partially surrounds it, likely enabling better airflow to control for humidity and may help prevent fungi from growing on, and eventually killing, the pupa. This cocoon very likely belongs to a moth in the family Urodidae, which is known for making this type of lattice-structured cocoon surrounding its pupa."

Click here to watch a video about these amazing structures.

Photos by Jeff Cremer, click here to view more.

[via Reddit, formakers and Smarter Every Day]

(via fyeahcutebugs)

— 6 days ago with 1611 notes
#science  #bugs  #moths  #pretty 
earthstory:

NASA astronaut Reid Weisman snapped some shots of the captivating Northern Lights from the International Space Station this week.The northern lights, more appropriately the the aurora borealis, are caused by geomagnetic storms that occur when charged particles from the sun interact with the Earth’s magnetic field, exciting oxygen and nitrogen in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The colour of the aurora depends on which atom is first struck and at what altitude. For example, the green colour in this image is the result of electrons interacting with oxygen molecules at an altitude up to 241Km (150 miles).JeanSee more awesome images on Reid’s personal twitter here: http://bit.ly/1naWxaXImage courtesy of Reid Weisman

earthstory:

NASA astronaut Reid Weisman snapped some shots of the captivating Northern Lights from the International Space Station this week.

The northern lights, more appropriately the the aurora borealis, are caused by geomagnetic storms that occur when charged particles from the sun interact with the Earth’s magnetic field, exciting oxygen and nitrogen in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The colour of the aurora depends on which atom is first struck and at what altitude. For example, the green colour in this image is the result of electrons interacting with oxygen molecules at an altitude up to 241Km (150 miles).

Jean

See more awesome images on Reid’s personal twitter here: http://bit.ly/1naWxaX

Image courtesy of Reid Weisman

— 6 days ago with 23 notes
#science 
itssedimentary:

END-ORDOVICIAN (440 Ma)
Severity: 2nd worst
Cause: Some type of C cycle disturbance, not well constrained
Climate: Abrupt ice age followed by rapid warming
Aftermath: Cambrian organisms (e.g. trilobites) decimated
During the End-Ordovician mass extinction, 25% of known marine families and 60% of marine genera were wiped out. Warm-water invertebrates were the hardest hit, as the event was likely caused by a severe cooling event in the world’s oceans triggered by Gondwanan glaciation.However, as with just about all of the mass extinctions, other causes have been offered, such as a gamma ray burst and volcanism and weathering. 
Click HERE to see all Mass Extinction Monday posts

itssedimentary:

END-ORDOVICIAN (440 Ma)

Severity: 2nd worst

Cause: Some type of C cycle disturbance, not well constrained

Climate: Abrupt ice age followed by rapid warming

Aftermath: Cambrian organisms (e.g. trilobites) decimated

During the End-Ordovician mass extinction, 25% of known marine families and 60% of marine genera were wiped out. Warm-water invertebrates were the hardest hit, as the event was likely caused by a severe cooling event in the world’s oceans triggered by Gondwanan glaciation.However, as with just about all of the mass extinctions, other causes have been offered, such as a gamma ray burst and volcanism and weathering

Click HERE to see all Mass Extinction Monday posts

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— 6 days ago with 200 notes
starrify-everything:

Please tell me if any of the links aren’t working
Faces:
Face Tutorial
Quick Face Tutorial
Profile Anatomy
Drawing Heads
Basic Head Layout
How to Draw Ears
Drawing Noses
How To Draw Mouths
Lips
Lips Ref
Semi-Realistic Eye Tutorial
Tips for Drawing Eyes
Manga Eye Tutorial
Pixel Eye
Expressions
Step by Step Expressions
How to Avoid the Same Face
Head Angles
Beards
Hair:
Drawing Hair In Pencil
How To Draw Braids
Another Braid tutorial
Headband Braid Tutorial
How To Draw Hair
Hair Tutorial
Another Hair Tutorial
Also Another Hair Tutorial
Tutorial: Hair
Tutorial for Hair
Simple Hair Tutorial
Hairstyle Tutorial
50 Male Hairstyles Revamped 
Let’s Do Hair!
Curls
Pixel Hair Tutorial
Manga Boys Hair Tutorial
Bodies:
A Guide to Drawing the Human Body
How To Draw Hands
Hand Tutorial
Hand Gestures
More Hand Gestures
Arm Tutorial
Feet Drawing Guide
Foot Tutorial
Drawing Feet
Knees
Sitting Poses
Drawing Torsos
Abs Tutorial
Clothes and Accessories:
Clothing Tutorial (Notes)
How to Draw Flower Crowns
Helmets and Hats
Hoods
Fashion
How to Draw Tights
Jeans
Boot Tutorial
Plaid Tutorial
Lace Tutorial
Armour Tutorial
Creatures:
Wings
Folded Wings
Tutorial on Creature Design
Bat Wings on Humans
Pegasus Wings
Animal Legs on Humans
Dragon Tutorial
Dragon Wing Tutorial
Dragon Hands and Feet Tutorial
Dragon Mouth Tutorial
Dragon Head Tutorial
Dragon Scales
Clawed Hand Tutorial
Basic Horn Tutorial
Sauropod Tutorial
How to Draw Centaurs
Werewolf Anatomy
Animals/insects:
Animal Noses
Basic Animal Anatomy
Paw Tutorial
Fur Tutorial
Pixel Fur Tutorial
Painting Fur
Ponies
Horse Tutorial
Horse Proportions
Horse Hooves
Horse Legs
Dog Anatomy
Simple Dog Tutorial
Wolf Paw Tutorial
Wolf Head Tutorial
Drawing a Wolf
Canine Leg Tutorial
Feline Comparison
Big Cat Paw Tutorial
Lion Head Tutorial
Cat Faces Tutorial
Snow Leopard Tutorial
Tiger Tutorial
Fox Tutorial
Rabbit Drawing Tips
Butterfly Tutorial
Rat Tutorial
Owl Anatomy
Feather Tutorial
Bear Anatomy
Objects:
Glowing Stuff
How to Draw 3D Rooms
Gun Ref
Slime Tutorial
Chain Tutorial
Gemstone Tutorial
Bullet Metal Tutorial
Lightsaber Tutorial
Gold Coin Tutorial
Jewel Tutorial
Nature/Food:
Tree Tutorial
How to Create Stars (With Photoshop)
Stars Tutorial
How to Draw Clouds
How to Draw a Rose
Simple Roses
Grass Tutorial
Another Grass Tutorial
Quick Grass Tutorial
Bush Tutorial
Rain Tutorial
Water Tutorial
Underwater Tutorial
Fire Tutorial
Snow Tutorial
Light Tutorial
Light Sparkle Tutorial
Mountain Tutorial
Another Mountain Tutorial
Moon Tutorial
How to Draw a Apple
Strawberry Tutorial
Colours:
The Psychology of Colour
How To Colour
Colour Blender
Colour Scheme Designer
Colour Meanings For Roses
Color Hex
Colour Harmony
Skin Colour Palette
Pastel Colours
Greyscale Tutorial
Colouring Cloth
Hair Colouring
Photoshop Colouring Tutorial
Other:
Pixel Art Tutorial
Another Pixel Art Tutorial
Photoshop Brushes
Photoshop Layers Tutorial
Glitch Effect (with Photoshop)
Gimp Soft Shading
Blending Tutorial
Free Digital Sculpting Tool
Skeleton Drawing Tool
Repeating Pattern Tutorial
Free Art Programs
Silk - Interactive Generative Art
Creativity Cards
Don’t Know What to Draw?

starrify-everything:

Please tell me if any of the links aren’t working

Faces:

Face Tutorial

Quick Face Tutorial

Profile Anatomy

Drawing Heads

Basic Head Layout

How to Draw Ears

Drawing Noses

How To Draw Mouths

Lips

Lips Ref

Semi-Realistic Eye Tutorial

Tips for Drawing Eyes

Manga Eye Tutorial

Pixel Eye

Expressions

Step by Step Expressions

How to Avoid the Same Face

Head Angles

Beards

Hair:

Drawing Hair In Pencil

How To Draw Braids

Another Braid tutorial

Headband Braid Tutorial

How To Draw Hair

Hair Tutorial

Another Hair Tutorial

Also Another Hair Tutorial

Tutorial: Hair

Tutorial for Hair

Simple Hair Tutorial

Hairstyle Tutorial

50 Male Hairstyles Revamped 

Let’s Do Hair!

Curls

Pixel Hair Tutorial

Manga Boys Hair Tutorial

Bodies:

A Guide to Drawing the Human Body

How To Draw Hands

Hand Tutorial

Hand Gestures

More Hand Gestures

Arm Tutorial

Feet Drawing Guide

Foot Tutorial

Drawing Feet

Knees

Sitting Poses

Drawing Torsos

Abs Tutorial

Clothes and Accessories:

Clothing Tutorial (Notes)

How to Draw Flower Crowns

Helmets and Hats

Hoods

Fashion

How to Draw Tights

Jeans

Boot Tutorial

Plaid Tutorial

Lace Tutorial

Armour Tutorial

Creatures:

Wings

Folded Wings

Tutorial on Creature Design

Bat Wings on Humans

Pegasus Wings

Animal Legs on Humans

Dragon Tutorial

Dragon Wing Tutorial

Dragon Hands and Feet Tutorial

Dragon Mouth Tutorial

Dragon Head Tutorial

Dragon Scales

Clawed Hand Tutorial

Basic Horn Tutorial

Sauropod Tutorial

How to Draw Centaurs

Werewolf Anatomy

Animals/insects:

Animal Noses

Basic Animal Anatomy

Paw Tutorial

Fur Tutorial

Pixel Fur Tutorial

Painting Fur

Ponies

Horse Tutorial

Horse Proportions

Horse Hooves

Horse Legs

Dog Anatomy

Simple Dog Tutorial

Wolf Paw Tutorial

Wolf Head Tutorial

Drawing a Wolf

Canine Leg Tutorial

Feline Comparison

Big Cat Paw Tutorial

Lion Head Tutorial

Cat Faces Tutorial

Snow Leopard Tutorial

Tiger Tutorial

Fox Tutorial

Rabbit Drawing Tips

Butterfly Tutorial

Rat Tutorial

Owl Anatomy

Feather Tutorial

Bear Anatomy

Objects:

Glowing Stuff

How to Draw 3D Rooms

Gun Ref

Slime Tutorial

Chain Tutorial

Gemstone Tutorial

Bullet Metal Tutorial

Lightsaber Tutorial

Gold Coin Tutorial

Jewel Tutorial

Nature/Food:

Tree Tutorial

How to Create Stars (With Photoshop)

Stars Tutorial

How to Draw Clouds

How to Draw a Rose

Simple Roses

Grass Tutorial

Another Grass Tutorial

Quick Grass Tutorial

Bush Tutorial

Rain Tutorial

Water Tutorial

Underwater Tutorial

Fire Tutorial

Snow Tutorial

Light Tutorial

Light Sparkle Tutorial

Mountain Tutorial

Another Mountain Tutorial

Moon Tutorial

How to Draw a Apple

Strawberry Tutorial

Colours:

The Psychology of Colour

How To Colour

Colour Blender

Colour Scheme Designer

Colour Meanings For Roses

Color Hex

Colour Harmony

Skin Colour Palette

Pastel Colours

Greyscale Tutorial

Colouring Cloth

Hair Colouring

Photoshop Colouring Tutorial

Other:

Pixel Art Tutorial

Another Pixel Art Tutorial

Photoshop Brushes

Photoshop Layers Tutorial

Glitch Effect (with Photoshop)

Gimp Soft Shading

Blending Tutorial

Free Digital Sculpting Tool

Skeleton Drawing Tool

Repeating Pattern Tutorial

Free Art Programs

Silk - Interactive Generative Art

Creativity Cards

Don’t Know What to Draw?

(via thegreenwolf)

— 1 week ago with 31440 notes

tempurafriedhappiness:

Here are some dogs enjoying Popsicles. 

(Source: Flickr / dynamutt, via fool-of-a-took)

— 1 week ago with 145840 notes