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Ants Turn Funky

I know this is an old story posted on many sites back in 2012. But whenever I see this it makes me smile. I hope you’ll smile too after reading this.

Not long ago, Dr. Mohamed Babu, of Mysore, South India, noticed something strange about the ants after drinking some spilled milk on the floor of his kitchen, the ants’ bodies turned white. From this event he got an idea for a stunning set of photographs.

Mixing different varieties of food coloring along with sugar, water and a waxy base, he set out small droplets of liquid on a white plastic sheet outside in his garden and let the ants do the rest. “As the ant’s abdomen is semi-transparent, the ants gain the colors as they sip the liquid,” he said. 

 

Sniffing and changing colors.
Sniffing and changing colors.

Striving to get the best possible photos, Babu ran into an unexpected problem: too many ants. “I really toiled to get a photo,” he said. “The crowd always used to become unmanageable within a few minutes and while I managed my camera with my right hand, my left hand was busy removing the extra ants.” After a number of repeated attempts, he finally got the photos he was looking for.

 

Clear and evident color changes.
Clear and evident color changes.

The impromptu experiment also allowed Babu to learn about the ants’ color preferences. “Curiously, the ants preferred light colors—yellow and green,” he said. “The darker green and blue drops had no takers, until there was no space around the preferred yellow and green drops.” Some of the ants even wandered between the colors, creating unique mixtures of different hues inside their own stomachs. This can clearly be seen in this photo.

More fuss towards the green and yellow.
More fuss towards the green and yellow.

 

Scientific Approach:

Clear transparent abdomens.
Clear transparent abdomens.

 

When I searched for the scientific reason what I found was that there is a certain specie of ants which exhibit this behavior, Ghost ants specially known as tapinoma melanocephalum feed on sweets.They are specifically known as “ghosts” because when they run around on light surfaces their transparent abdomens and legs seem to vanish; leaving just the dark head and thorax visible. On darker surfaces, all you see are pale patches moving about.

Their abdomens are transparent, therefore you can see the the food they eat in full color.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

 

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The Threshold to Dream …

A week ago few of my friends planned a hangout together and on our way back the sun was slowly moving down towards its set. I can’t keep my eyes off the sky every time it happens. I can sit and stare at the sky, the sun for hours and hours until it’s all dark. A friend of mine noticed my eyes and said;

“Sunsets always seem very depressing to me, I dunno why but they drag away every pinch of energy that I am left with. When I was a kid and I was told to draw something in  my drawing classes I always use to draw sunrise, many of my classmates preferred drawing sunsets but they were depressing”

Apart from the fact that there is always a difference in opinions, I still exclaimed: “Sunsets …. And depressing???? …. I can never think like that”. I was among those students who would sacrifice my lunch breaks just to make a sunset on a piece of paper, who would spend hours and hours just rubbing the yellow and orange color on paper to make a color sequence like the ones during sunset.

I live near a beach so I frequently get a chance to see the sunsets and sunrise (Okay! Lets just say once in a week for sunset because I am mostly sleeping at that time … And then lets just say once in a month for sunrise as I am sleeping at that time as well 😛 ). I am not at all an outgoing person so despite my immense love for sunsets I still don’t prefer visiting the beach to enjoy the entire view, I rather prefer being fascinated by watching it through a window or the terrace.

Finally one day my mom forced me to go for a walk with her along the beach side. Although I hate going for a walk or exercising still the reason why I went was only the SUNSET. I mean i am just 39kgs at an age of 21.. So I don’t actually quality for the exercise thing OR do I?? ..I don’t think so …. I decided to go but only if my mom walks alone and allow me to roam around the beach all by myself.

As I thought and as expected .. I stood near the shore watching the sun till it seemed to touch the earth with all its glory and all its might. Initially it seemed somewhat like this

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The Nature painted it Right.

 

They say introverts are nature loving but is there anybody on earth who doesn’t Love nature?? … I don’t think so.

I didn’t had much time except just an hour to enjoy what i thrived for. And yes the most fascinating part of sunset just lasts for hardly 15-20 minutes. A few things in life are not meant to stay for long, and this uniqueness enhances their preciousness. You know they’ll be gone but you are still willing to stay, you still long, you still have a deep desire for them, you still can’t stay away and you just can’t pretend to walk away.

The sky grew darker and darker with time spreading the beautiful shades of oranges and yellows as it descended downwards. It seemed more like a painting but it wasn’t. The smoky white shades of clouds on the sky seemed more like paint strokes and I so wished that some day I will be able to make a Perfect Fascinating Sunset like this. But no matter how much a human struggles he/she can never ever create what nature has already created. Humans can only mimic. Humans can only discover … It’s the nature , It’s the Lord which invents .. Humans only discover what’s already been created.

Beauty as I see.
Beauty as I see.

I see a whole new world … a rush of thoughts … an urge to learn, to discover while observing sunsets. It’s not just a game of colors and the sun moving up and down, It has it’s own roots it’s own hidden meaning.

I have a hundred thoughts.
I have a hundred thoughts.

Now it’s up to the other person to interpret it the way they want, the way they think.

I have a hundred things going on in my mind while watching sunsets. They remind me of hope .. a hope to find the way to leap, to leap,to creep, to crawl round a doubtful way.

It gives me a sense of commitment. A silence commitment that says “Although I am leaving but I’ll be back right away”, It fulfills its words every morn and there is not even a single day when it betrays.

A few things are not merely seen they are FELT. The thing that appeals and attracts you the most to beauty is the fact that it penetrates your soul.

There is nothing more musical than a sunset. He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development in all that book which, Alas, musicians read but too little – The Book of Nature.

– Claude Debussy.

The sunsets give me a sheer determination … The courage of resilience, the ability to stand and follow whatever is meant for you.

It gives a last indication to find your way before darkness prevails and blocks your vision.

They remind you that no matter how lost you feel today .. There’s always a tomorrow, for hoping has no end.

They give you a chance to commit, for nights are meant for promises. (Mmm … I can probably write a poem on this line … But somewhat later)

There’s a reason sunsets are timeless and constant standbys of poets, writers and romantics — they’re inspiring. Mahatma Gandhi observed this power when he said, “When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.”

They make you feel that the time has slowed down. It’s not that the clock stops, its just that your perception of time slows down.

They give us a Threshold to Dream , a Threshold to hide .. For darkness is where we all hide.

They force all life forms to go back to where they belong, For it’s never too late to go home.

It's never too late to go Home.
It’s never too late to go Home.

 Weekly Writing Challenge: Threshold

 

He who feels what he sees will find no more beautiful example of development in all that book which, alas, musicians read but too little – the book of Nature.
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Amazing Plantations

 

A few minutes ago I was just surfing round the internet with nothing new to be found and no new post idea. Actually I had a few ideas in mind but they require huge descriptions and honestly speaking, after a long hectic day I seriously don’t feel like writing a long long post. While moving between different sites I saw an image of Japanese growing Pentagon shaped oranges. That might not sound new to a lot of people but for me it is new, strange and impressive on the same hand.pentagonThe Japanese farmers also grow square or pyramid shaped Watermelons. Being square, they provide them with ease of transport and storage. I must say this is very smart indeed.square-watermelonsHand shaped daikons and Carrots were not a result of planned cultivation. Instead they emerged when normal yield was unearthed. The Japanese and Korean women feared these types of monsterous hand plantations.

Look mom --- no hands
Look mom — no hands

korea_hand_shaped_vegetable_ccNow the feet shaped Feasts

Does this match mine?
Does this match mine?

foot__shaped_potato_china_ccAnd the cutest of all … tomatoes of any shape desired for your loved one on valentine (I don’t say that; the description said so)

Wish I could have one
Wish I could have one

To my amusement when I actually finished seeing all the forms of these strange garden tales I found a site where they clearly show how easy it is to make one heart shaped tomato (or any other vegi) for yourself.

Just simply wrap a covering around the unripe fruit/vegetable. Different shaped molds are available for it. The final fruit/vegetable will have the same shape as the mold.wrap
When the vegetable/fruit is ripe simply pull off the covering. Different shapes will be obtained.hhSource of Last part of the post:Daily Mail

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Amazing Trees from all over the World

A collection of Amazing Trees throughout the whole world.

00 0130013I just can’t keep wondering how can this be??tree1This can be probably the result of a storm or anything I guess. 3 Everybody can relate to this one 😛5This has probably been cut manually to give it this shape. 6This can be nothing except the wonders of nature.000012I wonder how can a tree grow with a bicycle entrapped within it’s trunk??8 It’s not a tree actually it is an adorable wooden sculpture.2