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User Image thebokehchaser Posted: Jan 15, 2018 6:45 PM (UTC)

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"Oh my life is changing everyday
In every possible way
And oh my dreams
It's never quite as it seems
Never quite as it seems" #Cranberries #20daysofchidiyatapusunsets #sunset #blackandwhite #dramainthesky #treeinthesea #ocean #Chidiyatapu #Andamans #travel #India #iphone
User Image thebokehchaser Posted: Jan 15, 2018 6:44 PM (UTC)

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Mangroves live in the intersection between land and sea where conditions are always unpredictable. They have developed amazing adaptations in order to survive in this often harsh environment. The first photo is the Avicennia species and this species has developed roots that grow in the ground and shoot up spikes that do the respiration. The leaves which are thick and succulent photosynthesise and take on the work of excreting excess salt. The second species is Rhizophora and here the roots stick up above the ground and the tree also drops aerial roots in order to steady the main truck of the tree to keep it stable from the tide. The seeds of this species float in the water vertically and germinate when it finds suitable conditions. #nowyouknow #mangroves #salinity #geekage #sciencerocks #biology #botany #learningisfun #marine #lowtide #ecosystems #species #salt #Chidiyatapu #Andamans #iphone
User Image thebokehchaser Posted: Jan 14, 2018 5:30 AM (UTC)
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Epiphytes (Greek: epi - upon, phyte - plant) are organisms that grow on the surface of a plant and derives moisture and nutrients from the air or from debris accumulating around it. Epiphytes are an important part of forest nutrient cycles and add both diversity and biomass to their ecosystem. Epiphytes differ from parasites in that they use the plant only for support and do nothing to cause direct harm. They are most commonly found in temperate zones (e.g., mosses, liverworts, lichens, and algae) or in the tropics (e.g., many ferns, cacti, orchids, and bromeliads). #coconuttrees #epiphytes #botany #biology #sciencerocks #nowyouknow #sciencefacts #geekage #ecosystem #biodiversity #naturalhistory #iphone
User Image thebokehchaser Posted: Jan 13, 2018 6:35 PM (UTC)
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Microscopy after a decade! These photographs are pictures of plankton under the microscope. Plankton (Greek: planktos - drifter) comes in two types - phytoplankton and zooplankton and forms the fundamental block of the ocean food chain. Plankton, consists of organisms that, because they are nonmotile or too small or weak to swim against the current, exist in a drifting state. The term plankton is a collective name for all such organisms including algae, and larval stages of many organisms. Plankton live on the surface of the water or the epipelagic zone and provide a crucial source of food for many animals including rays, whales, and certain sharks. The three samples here are all zooplankton (phytoplankton look far less complex). The first slide is a copepod, the second is brittle star larvae and the third is larvae of sea urchin. #microscopy #geekage #biology #marinebiology #plankton #ocean #naturalhistory #nature #epipelagic #marine #sciencerocks #zooplankton #larvae #underthemicroscope #ittybitty #smileyface #copepod #invisibleworld #nowyouknow #sciencefacts #micro #iphone
User Image thebokehchaser Posted: Jan 13, 2018 5:42 PM (UTC)
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Trees uprooted by the 2004 tsunami sticking their roots up on the beach like giant art installations #roots #uprooted #rootsseries #tsunami #Beach #Mudhapahad #Chidiyatapu #Andamans #landscape #blackandwhite #iphone
User Image thebokehchaser Posted: Jan 12, 2018 9:18 AM (UTC)

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Had these for a few days now and absolutely LOVE them. Made with natural rubber, they can fully decompose at the end of use plus they come in funky colours and mix-match features. @methyzindia #Methiyadi #mixmatch #rubber #natural #flipflops #India #traditional #myflipflopsarebetterthanyours #productlove #funky Thank you @pavithrakrishnaswamy for reminding me about them!
User Image thebokehchaser Posted: Jan 11, 2018 11:59 AM (UTC)
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User Image thebokehchaser Posted: Jan 11, 2018 8:43 AM (UTC)
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The touch-me-not grows in undisturbed shady spots and is a weed that belongs to the pea family. When disturbed, the leaves close in on themselves as a defence mechanism. They reopen after being undisturbed for a few minutes. How does it sense stimuli without a nervous system? How does it produce the action of contraction without a muscular system? Water inside the cells applies a certain force on the cell walls of the plant - this is called turgor pressure and it helps the plant to stay upright. When disturbed externally, certain regions of the plant trigger a release of various chemicals, including potassium ions, within the body of the plant. These chemicals make water and electrolytes flow/diffuse out of the cell, resulting in a loss of cell pressure. This causes the cell to collapse, which squeezes the leaves shut. #forgetmenot #botany #biology #sciencerocks #naturalhistory #naturalworld #microcosm #onawalk #weeds #turgorpressure #stimuli #defencemechanisms #plants #geekage #nowyouknow #amazingfacts #naturefacts #plantfacts #video #Andamans #Chidiyatapu #iphone
User Image thebokehchaser Posted: Jan 10, 2018 7:46 AM (UTC)
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Landing Andamans! The part of the Andamans seen below is the North Sentinel island. This is the very first island you fly over before landing in Port Blair. The island is home to the North Sentinelese tribe who are thought to have migrated out of Africa 60,000 years ago. They are one of the few tribes in the world that have completely rejected the modern world. There are only around 400 individuals left now. Any approach by anyone over the years has been fought off by them most ferociously. In 2004, after the tsunami the government of India sent a helicopter to do a reccee to see if they have survived and it was met with an attack of arrows from them. Since then they have been largely left alone. #Andamans #portblair #tribe #outofAfrica #greatmigration #NorthSentinel #upinthesky #30000feet #windowseatperks #travel #IncredibleIndia #iphone
User Image thebokehchaser Posted: Jan 8, 2018 4:08 AM (UTC)
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I'm always afraid when I get a new plant because I'm certain I've instantly killed it. Therefore I always look for evidence of life - new leaves, flowers etc. Nice to have this profusion - it's validation of doing something right! #flowers #validation #earthlaughsinflowers #white #backyard #garden #gardening #iphone
User Image thebokehchaser Posted: Jan 6, 2018 5:16 AM (UTC)
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Saturday morning compost care. The pile on the right is the oldest. Turning the compost and making sure it has enough moisture is an essential part of the composting process. Aeration is necessary to ensure that the pile remains aerobic. Soil bacteria are a super-fascinating aspect of our natural world that we seldom thinking about. Aerobic bacteria are the most important part of a compost heap - they start chomping away at the carbon matter (dry and brown stuff) in the compost heap and this oxidation process heats up the pile. As this is going on nitrogen-fixing bacteria convert the nitrogen in the pile (wet and green stuff) to ammonia so that the plant can eventually use this nutrient. The C:N ratio in the pile has to be around 30:1 for the best conditions. Once the bacteria have done majority of the work, actinomycetes start work on decomposing the tougher stuff like lignin, cellulose and proteins. They are also responsible for that lovely forest-y smell that a compost heap can emit. Soil fungi also contributes towards the decomposition process towards the final stages. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #compost #composting #microbiology #bacteria #acinomycetes #fungi #microorganism #geekage #sciencerocks #thatforestsmell #mycompostrocks #compostcare #mycompostisbetterthanyours #aerobic #carbon #nitrogen #earth #garden #gardening #aeration @dailydumpcompost #dailydump #terracotta #backyard #inmybackyard #iphone