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Peppermint, Monday May 31.
Peppermint and Corsican mint plant.
Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is a sterile
mint with a high
menthol content, often used in
Villain, Sunday May 30.
Snidely Whiplash, an example of a stereotypical villain. A
villain is a
bad person, especially in
fiction. Villains are the
fictional characters, or perhaps fictionalized characters, in
melodrama who work to thwart the plans of the
hero. There are many villain
stereotypes. In the era before sound in
motion pictures villains had to appear very "visually" sinister, and thus many villain stereotypes were born. Photo credit:
Geyser, Saturday May 29.
Strokkur geyser exploding. A
geyser is a special type of
hot spring that erupts periodically, ejecting a column of hot
steam into the air. Strokkur geyser is found in
Geysir in the
Iceland. Photo credit:
Sainte Jeanne d'Arc Church, Friday May 28 .
Sainte Jeanne d'Arc Church at night.
Sainte Jeanne d'Arc Church is a Catholic church in
France which is noticeable for its original architecture. The church was built between 1926 and 1933 by the architect
Jacques Dror in
reinforced concrete. The style was influenced by
Art nouveau. Photo credit:
Lift Engineering chairlift, Wednesday/Thursday May 26/27.
Towers and chairs on a Yan triple lift.
Lift Engineering, was formerly a major
ski lift manufacturer. Founder Jan Kunczynski was credited with being the first manufacturer of ski lifts to incorporate aesthetics into the design of his equipment. Photo credit:
Sand castle, Tuesday May 25.
sand castle is a type of sand sculpture which resembles a miniature
building, often a
castle. Sand castles are typically made on
beaches with wet fine
sand and, optionally, tools such as
shovels and buckets and reinforcers such as
wood, usually by children, but also by adults who engage in sand sculpture contests, in which the goal is to create large and complex structures which do not appear to be constructed purely from sand. Photo credit:
Io moon, Monday May 24.
Io moon taken by
Galileo probe. This image shows two volcanic eruptions. The one on the horizon is 140km high, the other is 75km high. Io is the innermost of the four
Jupiter. It is named after
Io, one of
Zeus's many love interests in
Puma in Belize, Friday May 21.
puma (Puma concolor, or Felis concolor) is a type of large hunting cat found in
South America. It is also known by the regional names of cougar, mountain lion, panther, catamount and painted cat. Pumas have the largest distribution range of any New World land animal, spanning 110 degrees of latitude. Photo credit:
Zabriskie Point, Wednesday May 19.
Zabriskie Point is an area in
Death Valley National Park noted for its beautiful
erosional landscape. It is called a
badlands due to its difficult to traverse topography. Photo credit:
Gallium, Tuesday May 18.
Crystals of 99.999%
chemical element gallium is a rare, soft silvery metallic
poor metal. It occurs in trace amounts in
zinc ores. Gallium is notable for its stunning silvery color and its solid metal fractures
glass. Photo credit:
Sydney Opera House, Monday May 17.
Sydney Opera House in
New South Wales ,
Australia. Situated on Bennelong Point at
Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House is one of the most distinctive and famous
20th-century buildings, and one of the most famous
performing arts venues in the world. Photo credit:
Abbey of Senanque, Sunday May 16.
Abbey of Senanque, located in
Gordes village. An abbey is a
convent, under the government of an
Abbot or an
Abbess, who serve as the spiritual father or mother of the community. Photo credit:
Cat in Greece, Saturday May 15.
cat is a small
mammal that has been
domesticated for several millennia. A male cat is usually called a tom cat, a female cat is called a queen. A young cat is called a kitten (as are baby rats, rabbits, hedgehogs and squirrels). Photo credit:
Virgin River Narrows, Friday May 14.
Virgin River Narrows in
Zion National Park, located near
Utah, is a 16-mile long
slot canyon along the
Virgin River. Recently rated as number five out of National Geographic's Top 100 American Adventures, it is one of the most rewarding hikes in the world. Photo credit: Jon Sullivan, pdphoto.org
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