1. Garden Jewels | ©Kirsten Chursinoff 

    Art Quilt - Sewing and Embroidery (8” x 10” - 17” x 21” framed).

  2. Collared Parachute - Marasmius rotula

    Despite its diminutive size, Marasmius rotula (Marasmiaceae) is one of the most attractive of the many parachute mushrooms and quite the most distinctive. Its preferred habitat is dead deciduous hardwood roots and fallen trunks, branches and twigs, in hedgerows as well as in woodlands. Only occasionally it is found on conifer wood.

    The caps of this tiny mushrooms are white or pale cream, and reach up to 1.5 cm across, while the stem is darker brown towards the base, shiny, and up to 7 cm long. 

    The Collared Parachute is widespread and common in Britain and Ireland, mainland Europe, and in North America.

    Reference: [1]

    Photo credit: ©Juan Carlos Poveda Molero | Locality: Irati Forest, Basque Country (2010)

  3. Tornier’s Cat Snake - Crotaphopeltis tornieri

    The Tornier’s Cat Snake, sometimes commonly referred to as Werner’s Water Snake, is scientifically named Crotaphopeltis tornieri (Colubridae). It is endemic to East African mountain forests (Usambara, Uluguru and Rungwe Mountains in Tanzania, and northern Malawi).

    References: [1]

    Photo credit: ©Stephen Zozaya | Locality: Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania (2014)

  4. Nishi Shiiya Waterfall | ©Tanaka Juuyoh  (Kusu-machi, Kusu-gun County, Ooita-ken Prefecture, Japan)

  5. Agate after Shell | ©Marin Mineral Company

    Eocene age shell that has been replaced by translucent golden Agate.

    Locality: Dakhla, Morocco.

  6. Living Stones - Conophytum ricardianum

    Conophytum ricardianum (Caryophyllales - Aizoaceae) is a species of succulent native to Namibia, commonly referred to as Living Stones (or Pebbles) because of its rounded shape. It grows in cliff-faces in rock crevices forming large clumps.

    Reference: [1]

    Photo credit: ©Mike Keeling | Locality: cultivated (2008)

  7. Elegant Firefish Nemateleotris decora

    This is a popular ornamental fish commonly referred to as Elegant Firefish, Decorated Darfish, Purple Fire Goby and Fire Goby. Its scientific name is Nemateleotris decora (Perciformes - Microdesmidae). This colorful fish is monogamous and grows up to 12 cm.

    The species is native to the Indo-Pacific waters, from Mauritius to Samoa, north to Ryukyu Islands, south to New Caledonia.

    References: [1] - [2]

    Photo credit: ©Tanaka Juuyoh | Locality: Mactan Cebu, Central Visayas, Philippines - 42m deep (2006)

  8. Lago Pirihueico | ©Tane Lubascher Weber  (Pirihueico Lake, Chile)

  9. The Kodkod - Leopardus guigna -The smallest felid in the Americas

    Commonly known as Kodkod, Guiña, Chilean Cat, Guigna and Guina, Leopardus guigna (Felidae) is reputed to be the smallest species of wild cat in the Western Hemisphere, averaging up to 52 cm in length, no larger than a typical house cat. 

    They are similar in appearance to Geoffroy’s cats (Leopardus geoffroyi) except kodkods have less distinct stripes on their head and shoulder regions and they have thicker tails.

    Besides being the smallest felid in the Americas, kodkods also has the smallest distribution. This species is only found in central and southern Chile, Chiloé Island of Chile, Guaitecas Island of Chile, the Andes Mountains, and western Argentina. Having a patchy area of occupancy, currently Leopardus guigna is listed as Vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List.

    References: [1] - [2]

    Photo credit: ©Christopher Momberg | Locality: Termas de Chillán, Chile (2014)

  10. Moltrecht’s Treefrog - Rhacophorus moltrechti

    Rhacophorus moltrechti (Rhacophoridae) is a medium sized green treefrog (males are up to 5 cm and females 6 cm). This frog is endemic to Taiwan, where it is widely distributed in hilly areas.

    References: [1] - [2]

    Photo credit: ©Jeff Lin | Locality: Taiwan (2014)

  11. Burmese Lynx Spider - Oxyopes birmanicus

    The Burmese Lynx Spiders, belonging to the species Oxyopes birmanicus (Araneae - Oxyopidae), are agile hunters and have the advantage of their long legs armed with nearly erect spines. They can be seen running and jumping after prey, and although measuring less than one centimeter,  it is not uncommon that their preys exceed the size of the spider.

    Oxyopes birmanicus is known to occur in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar.

    References: [1] - [2]

    Photo credit: [Top: ©Terrence Kiernan | Locality: unknown, 2012] - [Bottom: ©Yan Leong Lee | Locality: unknown, 2007]

  13. Flower Chafer - Dicronocephalus wallichii bourgoini

    The genus Dicronocephalus (Coleoptera - Scarabaeidae) involves seven currently recognized species distributed in Asia. This one in the photo is a male of Dicronocephalus wallichii bourgoini, endemic to Taiwan.

    These beetles are medium to large sized (20-32 mm); they have a relatively broad flattened body and distinct sexual dimorphism. Males are larger than females, posses antler-like clypeal horns, and distinctly prolonged tarsomers.

    References: [1] - [2] - [3]

    Photo credit: ©Jeff Lin | Locality: unknown (2011)

  14. Cinereous Harrier - Circus cinereus

    Deriving from the Latin for ashy, the common name of Circus cinereus (Accipitriformes - Accipitridae) is a reference to the adult male’s grey plumage. 

    This medium-sized bird of prey (up to 50 cm) is native to South America, where it is found from the southern border of Colombia, south along the Andes, through Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and western-central Argentina. 

    References: [1] - [2]

    Photo credit: ©Alex Toledo F. | Locality: Ancud (Mar Brava), Chile (2011)