ericeugenius Horseshoe crabs predate dinosaurs by 200 million years. One quart of their light blue blood can be sold for $15,000. They are actually not true crabs, being more closely related to Arachnids than Crustaceans. The reason their blood is blue is because they transport oxygen using copper rather than iron. (I did not harvest it's blood, I retuned it to the sea ) 23h
  •   ericeugenius @patopatitocuakcuak they used to scare me when I was little, they are a bit intimidating! Still hold much respect for them 16h
  •   ericeugenius @eatyerveggies that's the way to be 16h
  •   ericeugenius @jessica609x this one looked like it wasn't doing so good.. There were thousands of crab shells all over the beach and a ton of hermit crabs and little conches. Some current must be washing them up? 16h
  •   ericeugenius @sailors_dlight it is pretty neat! The rusty colour that oxidised iron acquires reminds me of our blood. Copper oxidises and turns light green/blue -like the Statue of Liberty. 16h
  •   thetexturologist I like that they can harvest the blood and then return them alive. Cool shot. 15h
  •   thetexturologist Love the contrast between the modern day in the back and the millions of years old in front. 15h
  •   happymrsp That's really interesting and a really good reason for collection of their blood. I had imagined it was for weird people who thought it had strange powers! It's so amazing how the medical profession found that out! I had never thought of crabs being blood donors! 9h
  •   sailors_dlight Yeah, they breed and die, the beaches in Florida this time of year are littered with them. 7h

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ericeugenius I'm ready for summer thunderstorms and rainbows and green 3d

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ericeugenius Lizard-catching is a vacation tradition; I can go home knowing this past week was a success now 2w

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ericeugenius Got a few Tillandsia at the market today ️ these plants don't grow in soil; in nature they grow on the boughs of trees in tropical regions. I spray mine with rain water daily and set them on my larger palms at home, which keeps them both happy :) 2w
  •   hyperion724 Gorgeous :-] 2w
  •   brit_labonte incredible, I love nature! so beautiful :) 2w
  •   traveldrive I loooove those. In the cloud forest in costa rica they grow so dense on the trees that branches fall off 2w
  •   mizorri They look so beautiful 2w
  •   chenderhan When I was in Puerto Rico huge tillandsia were growing on the power lines. Very awesome! 2w
  •   lovngmindfulnss I had one of these @ericeugenius but I think it didn't get enough light 5d
  •   ericeugenius @lovngmindfulnss If I don't spray them with water daily they don't do so well, attempting to bring one back from the brink, it's hanging in there! Definitely important to provide lots of bright light and moisture 4d

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ericeugenius Beach day 3w

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ericeugenius Completely infatuated with this garden I've been coming to the Florida Keys for twenty years and have just discovered this place. Be sure to check out West Martello Garden Club in Key West if you're ever here!! The sweet lady who cares for the garden let me take some cuttings 3w

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ericeugenius Getting through January the proper way 😎 3w

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ericeugenius 😎 3w

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ericeugenius late-summer kayaking 3w

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ericeugenius I need to get away 4w
  •   ericeugenius @itsjess619 Florida next week! But I'd like to get away for a longer trip. Need to find a plant sitter and hit the road! 4w
  •   itsjess619 That's where I'm from! But I live in ga now! I know what you mean about a longer trip. I have had an itch to take a trip somewhere just to get away from reality..... Here's to hoping it can happen haha enjoy florida!!!! 4w
  •   ericeugenius Where in Florida? We have a small place in the keys, looking forward to being there already check out Alaska in the summer maybe? If you 3w
  •   ericeugenius .. like mountains and are into hiking, fishing and exploring you would absolutely love it. @itsjess619 hope you can work a trip into your schedule soon! 3w
  •   itsjess619 Thanks!!!! Jacksonville! And I have been to the keys soooo many times! My parents have a favorite staycation place down there haha. White sands inn. @ericeugenius Alaska is at the top of my list!!! Parents went and now it's my turn! Depending on my job right now I might be taking some time to myself to travel and that will be my destination! 3w
  •   ericeugenius Nice! I spent nearly the whole trip exploring the Kenai Peninsula. Be sure to go when the salmon are running! @itsjess619 3w
  •   itsjess619 That sounds heavenly! And right up my alley thanks so much @ericeugenius 3w
  •   gardenplantgirl Cool pic 3w

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ericeugenius Thank you all for reminding me how blessed I am! Wishing you all a fantastic new year! Get out there and explore our beautiful world🌎 4w

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  •   thetexturologist Nice, deep purple. 1mon
  •   pepperland64 Yours is doing so much better than mine! I don't think it can handle the cold out here :( 1mon
  •   ericeugenius :) this is one of my favourite plants for that reason. I think it's so cool that chlorophyll exists in more than just green pigment! 4w
  •   ericeugenius @pepperland64 I keep mine as close to a bright window as I can, on the windowsill if possible. Yours should do alright! You know, they do go dormant naturally. So it might just need a break :P miss you! Hope you're doing well out west @pepperland64 4w

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ericeugenius I got socks, a camping lantern, and a hoodie But spending time with family is what I enjoy the most. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! 1mon

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ericeugenius Let's go camping. 1mon

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ericeugenius Copper oxidises in the same manner that iron rusts, except it creates these beautiful blue and green colours (azurite and malachite) I took this picture of the stones at the top of the Bonanza Mine Trail, just short of 7,000 feet elevation, outside of McCarthy, Alaska. I wish that everyone I knew and loved were up there with me to look over the green/blue mountain top at the glacier and towering ridges in the distance. I like this texture because of the incredible memories it brings up and because of it's seemingly alien quality –it is in fact just as connected to this planet as myself. @thetexturologist this photo came to mind immediately when I saw your contest post, thanks for giving me a good reason to post one of my favourite pictures! Your feed is inspiring. #texturology #texturologycontest 🌎🌍We live in a pretty awesome world, get out there and Explore. 1mon

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ericeugenius I found this agate in Kenai, Alaska on my birthday. It has a honey like colour (when not held in the prism-light) If you look closely you can see the rings in the mineral that resemble the growth rings on a tree. 1mon

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ericeugenius Crazy that 34 weeks ago this is what my shamrocks looked like. Had no clue if they would even sprout. See previous post for a comparison! So neat seeing the little seeds grow up 2mon
  •   danstek22 They look like butterfly eggs 2mon
  •   ericeugenius You're right, I was trying to figure out what they reminded me of. Funny, the plant is also known as "butterfly plant" because it's leaves resemble butterfly wings and open in the morning and close at night. @danstek22 2mon
  •   danstek22 Wow! How funny 2mon

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