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National Geographic: “Visions of Earth” August 2006

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Water Wrangler
Photograph by Olivier Grunewald

Quote: A tenebrionid beetle faces downhill to help fog droplets roll toward its mouth. The insect may have evolved the behavior because rain is rare but fog abundant in coastal Namib Desert.

Rock Steady
Photograph by Paul Nicklen

Quote: Nineteen arms of suction power anchor a two-foot-wide (one meter) sunflower star beneath Quadra Island. Overhead a greenling swims against current that tangles whips of bull kelp. One of the world’s largest and fastest stars, with speed approaching a lively five feet (two meters) a minute, the voracious sunflower easily overpowers urchins, clams, and other invertebrates.

Land of the Blue Smoke
Photograph by Michael Melford

Quote: The Cherokee called these ancient mountains shaconage, "blue," like smoke. Millions of trees and plants exude so much moisture that the haze over the ridges is nearly ever present. Straddling the North Carolina-Tennessee border, the 814-square-mile (2,100 square kilometers) Great Smoky Mountains National Park attracts more than nine million visitors a year—more than any other U.S. national park.

Here’s Looking At You!
Photograph by Carlo Delli

Quote: A speckled emperor moth in South Africa’s Mkuze Game Reserve diverts predators with an illusion. Patterns on its hind wings resemble a mammal’s face, complete with glinting "pupils."


9 responses to “National Geographic: “Visions of Earth” August 2006

  1. KKai October 2, 2006 at 07:48

    Well …
    I did not know there were still people reading it … lol
    Anyways, upon your request, it was done. ;)

  2. Joyce October 2, 2006 at 03:09


  3. Chelin September 30, 2006 at 07:15


  4. Michelle September 28, 2006 at 23:41

    hehe… ya well i’m in it more in the movie… which comes out on DVD Jan. ;) u’ll have to get it :D hint hint ;) ;) hehe…..  wow u two for ur first ticket? crazy.. ya. i just payed it… i could have gotten new clothes…X( oh well..An it sucks cuz i don’t have a exciteing story about it… not like Speeding at 100 down the street or nothin’ hehe So whats goin on with u? What have u been up to?

  5. Michelle September 22, 2006 at 18:03

    Hey hey! Have u seen my cousin movie trailer on my blog yet? I helped out when they were filming … And I’m in it!.. my 1/2 sec of fame lol. But when u have time u should go check…Anyway just a little excited!

  6. 紫色小茉莉 September 12, 2006 at 22:28


  7. 紫色小茉莉 September 12, 2006 at 07:17


  8. Michelle September 11, 2006 at 07:37

    hehe well i have a little secret…(looks around…sees no one around) I’ll let u in on it though…..*whispers* "If i’m desperate for sleep i take Benydril…. " *chuckles* hehe…. Ugggg. well i’m pulling a half n nighter to get the first draft of my Memorir done for my Writing class…. I just ate a icecream bar… so good.. Yea with diets i lat about 5 mins.. i have a very short attention span. i prob have ADD.. yeah i realy want to write more in my blog but i get distracted so easly.. and i have more classes this sumester then ever b4. so  yeah.. rather stressed out.. ick. But one good thing about this sumester so far is i just got involved in a christian college group. So thats been encourageing.. and i’ve enjoyed being with ppl my age.. i think i’m gonna makes some good friends :)

  9. Michelle September 4, 2006 at 05:43

    Hey! wow,  ur sure blogling alot again :) lol well i was just gonna stay for one night…. but………….. i decided to put off homework another few days lol… also i’m just getting over being sick so my mom didn’t want me to over do it… lol.. i’m sure swiming in the freazing cold water and the freazing cold air didn’t help but i felt fine :) hehe… So what have u been up to?

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