Anthropomorphism which is the recognition of human-like characteristics or form in animals, plants or non-living things. This tree, which can be found in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, has roots which have taken a human-like form.
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Leaf bug (Phyllium giganteum)
The constant wobbling as they move is a part of their disguise, making it seem as though the “leaf” is only moving because of a light breeze.
If you blow on one it will also shake around in the hopes of matching any actual surrounding leaves
Orienne Society (Herpetological Conservation):
"Coinciding with, finally, some milder south Georgia temperatures, this small Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) emerged from its mucky cocoon in a dry swamp and moved in search of water. (I do wish my colleagues cleaned up so well.) The kitten basket of small Spiny Softshells (Apalone spinifera), featuring both hatchlings and yearlings, were discovered buried in a sandbar of the Oconee River.”
- text and photos by Dirk Stevenson
Houston Audubon: Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Sanderlings are often seen on peninsula beaches. They are regularly found in small flocks running back and forth on the beach, picking through sargassum or probing for tiny prey in the wet sand left by receding waves. When not feeding they can be sleeping high on the beach in the dry sand.
Sanderlings are extreme long-distance migrants breeding only on High Arctic tundra. They are now returning to our beaches where many spend the winter. What a change for them to leave the chilly Arctic and arrive on the peninsula in August. We usually have some non-breeding Sanderlings on our beaches in the summer also.
Photographs by Greg Lavaty
(via: Houston Audubon)