Category Archives: Nature

No, not digitally retouched photos but, rather, the all-natural phenomenon of Crown Shyness where the uppermost branches of certain tree species avoid each other in the forest canopy.

First discovered in the 1920s, the exact cause is unclear: whether the result of trees rubbing against one another or an active process by which the available light needed for photosynthesis is ‘shared’.

Either way, isn’t nature wonderful?

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Photographer Franco Banfi‘s shot of a pod of sperm whales at rest, hanging together motionless and vertical in the water.

The whales do this for about 6-24 minutes at a time, exhibiting signs of REM (dream) sleep, an activity that accounts for 7% of their life.

The phenomenon was accidentally discovered by a team of UK and Japanese researchers in 2008.

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