Nature is stranger than we can imagine

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Nature is stranger than we can imagine

Post by No_Mind » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:21 am

I am starting a new thread and hope all of you contribute from time to time.

Anything about nature .. even cat videos (any except human nature).
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Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

Post by No_Mind » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:22 am

Alligators frozen in ice!

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Post by perkele » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:06 am

Crazy arsonist birds in Australia: http://nationalpost.com/news/world/aust ... nized-fire

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Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

Post by alfa » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:41 pm

What happens if crocs/gators are wiped out?
How will it affect eco balance?

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Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

Post by No_Mind » Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:29 pm

In Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park you may find elephants walking through the lobby. This is because the lodge was unwittingly built on an old elephant trail leading to mango trees.

These wild elephants do not even glance at humans .. very strange because wild elephants are unusually aggressive animals.





The other side .. elephant in Bengal kills a man for no reason last Nov .. very violent animals. This is not a reserve forest but state highway through a forest.



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Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

Post by binocular » Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:23 pm

No_Mind wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:29 pm
The other side .. elephant in Bengal kills a man for no reason last Nov .. very violent animals.
That's not for no reason. The man provoked the elephant.
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Post by No_Mind » Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:25 am

binocular wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:23 pm
No_Mind wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:29 pm
The other side .. elephant in Bengal kills a man for no reason last Nov .. very violent animals.
That's not for no reason. The man provoked the elephant.

Actually no. He was trying to take a photo. He was a local and knew better than to provoke a wild elephant. He seemed to raise his hand and call out to the elephant though (for what reason no one can quite understand).

This is from account of others who were nearby and whose accounts were reported in media.

This one is funnier .. a motorcyclist in hurry tries to ride past a wild elephant at same place (different time) with disastrous results




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Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

Post by binocular » Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:43 pm

No_Mind wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:25 am
binocular wrote:
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:23 pm
That's not for no reason. The man provoked the elephant.

Actually no. He was trying to take a photo. He was a local and knew better than to provoke a wild elephant. He seemed to raise his hand and call out to the elephant though (for what reason no one can quite understand).
= provocation.
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Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

Post by Sam Vara » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:41 pm

No_Mind wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:25 am

Actually no. He was trying to take a photo. He was a local and knew better than to provoke a wild elephant. He seemed to raise his hand and call out to the elephant though (for what reason no one can quite understand).

This is from account of others who were nearby and whose accounts were reported in media.

This one is funnier .. a person in hurry tries to ride past a wild elephant at same place (different time) with disastrous results

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No_Mind, these videos are amazing. What strikes me about them is that nature is indeed stranger than we can imagine - if by "nature" we mean human nature. The fact that these guys are risking certain death just to take a good picture, save their motorbike, or speed up their journey is utterly terrifying. I would take a long-range picture and then get out of there ASAP.

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Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

Post by No_Mind » Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:29 am

Sam Vara wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:41 pm
No_Mind, these videos are amazing. What strikes me about them is that nature is indeed stranger than we can imagine - if by "nature" we mean human nature. The fact that these guys are risking certain death just to take a good picture, save their motorbike, or speed up their journey is utterly terrifying. I would take a long-range picture and then get out of there ASAP.
Why the man who was killed in the first video was waving to the elephant is not clear to anyone. But I can sympathize with those on the motorbike. Waiting an hour in the hot sun while the elephant finishes an afternoon snack can be tedious.

About human nature - in other countries when traffic light changes from green to amber before red it signals to oncoming motorists (upto 100 meters away) to slow down before coming to a stop at the signal .. in India motorists take the amber as an invitation to step on the pedal and tear through those 100 meters in the time it takes the amber to change to red (say 3 seconds).

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Post by JeffR » Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:32 am

Enjoyed the Elephants. Thanks for those postings.

Here's a link to a livestream of an Eagles nest, operated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The Eagles just returned to the nest today (Jan. 23).

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/features/web ... index.html
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Post by Dinsdale » Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:42 am

Being a closet Pagan, I love nature! Wind and waves and hills and trees and animals and skies and stars and such. Lovely! :woohoo:
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Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

Post by Dhammabodhi » Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:20 am

Tragic death, which could have been avoided.

Compare with this though:

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Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

Post by No_Mind » Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:01 pm

Buffalo saves calf from lions at Kruger National Park.



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Re: Nature is stranger than we can imagine

Post by No_Mind » Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:31 am

Amazing phenomenon called sun dogs, when more than one sun seems to appear in the sky.



Spectacular example of one

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