Painting in a National Park…

Painting in a National Park is fine, just as long as you’re not doing it on a rock or a mountain… A 21-years-old painter from New-York went on a trip to a series of National Parks (Yosemite, Crater Lake…) across 5 states, and she painted portraits in each park. She even took pictures and sent them to her Instagram account.

portrait

She was probably proud of herself. She has deleted her account now, but her pictures were copied and published by unimpressed internet users, who also reported her to authorities.

She is facing charges up to 5000 $ and a year in prison for vandalism.

Source : http://blog.sfgate.com/

Meet the bowerbird

The bowerbird is an Australian bird which is known for its special courting habits. In order to attract a female, the male collects blue items such as feathers, rocks, but also plastic caps, straws, plastic rings… The male brings those back to the same spot, the bower, where he dances for the female. If she likes his dancing and his collection of blue treasures, they mate. Watch the video :

Impressive, isn’t it ?

But all these plastic objects can be very dangerous to those birds. This young male was lucky to be found and rescued, but he could have died a slow and painful death.

Bowerbird-Blue-Ring

 

 

That’s one of the reasons why it’s important to put plastic garbage in the appropriate places, not in nature !

Source : http://www.zoo.org.au

And the winner of the Google Doodle contest is…..

On Monday 9th, Google’s homepage featured a doodle made by the young winner of the contest this year : Audrey Zhang, 11 years old, is in 5th grade in a school in New-York. There were about 100,000 entries on the theme of “draw one thing to make the world a better place.”

Back to Mother Nature, Audrey Zhang

Back to Mother Nature, Audrey Zhang

She decided to address the issue of polluted water and the vital need for clean water. Her drawing, titled “Back to Mother Nature,” represents a machine that can clean water. Once selected, she worked with a team of artists at Google to animate her drawing.

Congratulations to this clever young girl !

Sourcehttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/09/audrey-zhang-google-doodle_n_5471369.html

Two bears climbing… a canyon !

A mother bear and her cub were spotted by rock-climbers in Santa Elena Canyon, Texas, in the USA. They were climbing the moutain ! The “baby” bear had some difficulties at the beginning, but (s)he wanted to follow his (or her !) mother, and (s)he didn’t give up !

What a brave little guy / girl… !!!

Sourcehttp://www.e-adrenaline.fr/terre/actualites/surprenant-un-ours-escalade-une-montagne/4060

What color is a “red tide” at night ?

A “red tide” happens when there is a concentration of plankton. During the day, it looks reddish or brown, but its colors can be very surprising at night. And extremely beautiful too !

Red tides can take place in the Gulf of Mexico but also on the Pacific Coast, and they can be dangerous for humans, as the algae can be swallowed with water.

#GlobalSelfie ?

NASA invites you – and everyone else on the planet – to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day this year with the agency’s #GlobalSelfie event.

NASA - #GlobalSelfie event.

NASA – #GlobalSelfie event.

If you have a Twitter account or a Facebook account, you can share your self-portrait preferably made outdoors, with the hashtag #GlobalSelfie.

Here is an example :

A selfie from the globe...

A selfie from the globe…

Happy Earth Day !

Today is “Earth Day”, a day dedicated to focusing on the protection of the global ecosystem. As a pretty reminder, the Google search homepage will display a nice interactive animation, which is concentrated in the animated GIF below.

Google's reminder

Google’s reminder

Do check the website today, it is particularly inspiring !

Now, the question is : how can we celebrate this special event ?