The Mystical World Of Mushrooms Captured In Photos

Most people consider mushrooms to be the small, ugly cousins of the plant kingdom, but theirs is  surprisingly beautiful and wonderful world waiting to be explored. These beautiful mushrooms, captured by enthusiastic nature photographers, are a far cry from the ones you find in the woods or your local grocery store.

Most mushrooms, as we know them, are actually just the reproductive structure of the fungus they belong to – their fungal networks expand far further underground, and some fungi don’t even sprout the sort of mushrooms that we’re used to seeing. In fact, depending on your definition of “organism,” the largest living organism in the world is a fungus – there’s a honey mushroom colony in Oregon that occupies about 2,000 acres of land! ( Bored Panda )


Nature is amazing.


5-Year-Old With Autism Paints Stunning Masterpieces 

Autism is a poorly-understood neurological disorder that can impair an individual’s ability to engage in various social interactions. But little 5-year-old Iris Grace in the UK is an excellent example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant – her exceptional focus and attention to detail have helped her create incredibly beautiful paintings that many of her fans (and buyers) have likened to Monet’s works.

Little Iris is slowly learning to speak, whereas most children have already begun to speak at least a few words by age 2. Along with speech therapy, her parents gradually introduced her to painting, which is when they discovered her amazing talent.

“We have been encouraging Iris to paint to help with speech therapy, joint attention and turn taking,” her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, explains on her website. “Then we realised that she is actually really talented and has an incredible concentration span of around 2 hours each time she paints. Her autism has created a style of painting which I have never seen in a child of her age, she has an understanding of colours and how they interact with each other.”

Much better version of the same subject matter I posted earlier.

radvegetariana asked
Sorry if this sounds offensive I'm genuinely curious, but how do you embrace Christianity despite its historical ties with colonialism and oppression?


it’s not offensive.

my faith is about my relationship with God, not my relationship with man. humans have perverted and corrupted my religion and used it as a way to oppress and demean. but Christianity is about uplift and promise and doing good works for a good God.  Christianity is about salvation and treating others well and being inspired to be a beacon of light in a messed up world.

essentially, a more secular explanation is, you can believe in the ideology while acknowledging how people are flawed and can corrupt that ideology. you can believe democracy is a good way to run a country, while still acknowledging how hypocritical and corrupt the United States is.

so there is no conflict for me.


You would think Bowser would have learned to stop filling his houses with lava after like forty years of dying because of it


I hit words at random on iOS 8’s new predictive text feature so I could see what type of sentence my phone thinks I’m likely to say, and