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Hyperion: The world’s tallest living tree

The Hyperion located in the Redwood Park of Northern California is the world’s tallest living tree, standing at a height of 380.3 feet.

To put that in perspective, the tree is nearly 70 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty.

Forestry researchers discovered the redwood tree in 2006 — astonishing to think it took that long given its gigantic nature.

However, the Paradox tree located in Redwood Humbolts Park is due to pass the Hyperion tree in height by the year 2031.

Hyperion: The world's tallest living tree
Hyperion: The world's tallest living tree
Hyperion: The world's tallest living tree
Hyperion: The world's tallest living tree

Images above via the Famous Redwoods website which also contains a must-see a virtual tour of the tree.

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The Octopus in my house

BBC Earth is back with another excellent special, this time focusing on the intriguing creature of the octopus.

Octopuses are intelligent, with nine brains, half a billion neurons in their arms, and three hearts. They can also adapt to different colors and textures in camouflaging with their surroundings. Check out the rainbow octopus!

Alien-like, it is also believed that octopuses have a consciousness.

From the BBC’s show notes:

A professor develops an extraordinary relationship with an octopus when he invites it to live in his home. The octopus, called Heidi, unravels puzzles, recognises individual humans and even watches TV with the family.

The episode also shows remarkable behaviour from around the world – from the day octopus, which can change colour and texture in a split second, to the coconut octopus, which carries around its own coconut shell to hide in. But most fascinating of all is seeing how Professor David Scheel and his daughter Laurel bond with an animal that has nine brains, three hearts and blue blood running through its veins.

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The forest is a temple

“The forest is for me a temple, a cathedral of tree canopies and dancing light.” Dr. Jane Goodall #quotes #nature
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“The forest is for me a temple, a cathedral of tree canopies and dancing light.”

Dr. Jane Goodall 

Was it about the forest that can put us in awe?

A prescription to nature is sometimes all we need to elevate the mood. Yet the magnitude of the trees is equally confounding — as they say, one “can’t see the forest for the trees.”

One must walk through the forest but keep in mind the big-picture view.

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Rare ‘rainbow’ blanket octopus

Take a look at this video of these ultra-rare trippy rainbow blanket octopuses caught on camera off the coast of Romblon, Philippines.

Coincidentally, they arrive just in time for Pride month.

It’s no wonder these intelligent alien-looking creatures have “half a billion neurons, about as many as a dog.” And most of those neurons are in their arms. They may even have a consciousness.

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Nature’s flying jewels

If you liked the video of the dead leaf butterfly, then you’ll want to check out this video of the beautiful Archduke (Lexias pardalis dirteana) butterfly in its baby caterpillar state.

Full of spines, its next stage will be chrysalis before shedding and breaking into a restless butterfly. 

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The dead leaf butterfly

Known as the Kallima inachus, or dead leaf butterfly, the insect resembles the veins of a dry leaf when it’s in the closed position. This type of butterfly is prevalent from Southeast Asia to Japan.

The upper side of the dead leaf butterfly is beautifully colored, with yellow and dark blue and blue patterns. Check out the two videos after the jump including the video of the dragontail butterfly.