Mother Nature is a wicked miniature builder
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While innocently pulling weeds this weekend, I stumbled across a couple of tiny colonies. They don't look like much from afar...
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But if you get down by the ground, they are amazing. This is the patch on the right:
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It was only about 3 inches wide.
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And the patch on the left.
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The things above are reflected in the things below. And vice versa, as ours is a fractal universe.
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#3
Wow! Copy it for the competition? Big Grin
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#4
That is a thing of beauty. Anyone know what it is? Or are the olde ones invading again?
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#5
Yep, Nature is awesome!
I love the small, ill-known species. The pictures you posted are mosses and liverwort.

I am not an expert on these species, but I remember a few things about them.
The "palm-trees" that you can see on the pictures are sexual reproductive organs (like flowers) called gametophores of liverwort.
The cup-like things on the liverwort's "leaves" are asexual reproductive organs.

The furry-looking mosses are actual mosses, with brown gametophores sprouting from them.

Unlike mammals like us, their life-cycle consists mostly in haploid individuals, meaning that all the "plants" you can see on the pictures only have one set of genetic material (like a sperm cell or an egg-cell)!

I hope this reply will not sound too boring, I just wanted to share a few facts, and say that we don't need to look on distant planets to find funny, alien-looking species.
Whatever the technical details, Good Ol' Earth is packed with a lot of tiny wonders for your viewing pleasure... and artistic inspiration!

Thanks Melly for sharing these pictures with us!
Similar inspiration can be drawn from some lychens:
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Pollen:
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Fungi (here is a Clathrus):
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or vorticella (microscipic beings -- not algae!):
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(Images from Wikipedia)
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#6
Not boring at all; I love facts! Smile Thanks for sharing. I'll probably only retain a small fraction of them, but it's still fun to hear initially.
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I found this at lab on Monday. Although I recognised it at first glance, I couldn't help picturing it as an interesting terrain piece.
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In case you're wondering, these are bamboo or giant cane rhizomes (i.e. underground crawling stems).
I think they are too big for using them as is, but it would be interesting to try to build smaller version to include in a swamp terrain.
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Aaaaaarrgh, RHIZOMES!!! They are why killing the damn Trumpet Vine that the previous owners foolishly planted has taken me the better part of two years. And it STILL requires vigilance!
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