Blue - Blue in Nature

Blue in Nature

  • Lactarius indigo, or the blue milk mushroom

  • Cornflower

  • Myosotis, or Forget-me-not

  • Blue seeds of the Ravenala tree from Madagascar

  • The Morpho peleides butterfly. The blue is caused by iridescence, the diffraction of light from millions of tiny scales on the wings. The colour is intended to frighten predators.

  • River kingfisher

  • Linckia Blue starfish

  • Blue sapphire, a gemstone of the mineral corundum. Trace amounts of iron colour it blue; if there are traces of chromium instead, it has a red tint and is called a ruby.

  • Dried crystals of copper sulphate

  • Blueberries

  • Dendrobates azureus, the poison dart frog from Brazil. Its skin contains alkaloids which can paralyze or kill predators.

  • Blue Jay

  • A blue whale, the largest known animal to have ever existed, seen from above. The back is a pale blue grey.

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    There were ghosts that returned to earth to hear his phrases,
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    A happy marriage perhaps represents the ideal of human relationship—a setting in which each partner, while acknowledging the need of the other, feels free to be what he or she by nature is: a relationship in which instinct as well as intellect can find expression; in which giving and taking are equal; in which each accepts the other, and I confronts Thou.
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