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Canary – cute little bird

Canary – cute little bird

Canary – cute little bird

The canary is a small bird. Canaries are known for their singing. These birds are found wild in the Canary, Azores, and Madeira islands off the coast of northwestern Africa. They live in the forests, located mainly in mountainous areas. However, canaries can be found in places where people live – in the gardens and parks, small towns or villages. Many years ago people began breeding these wild birds. Today the canary is one of the most popular pet songbirds in the world.
The canary is closely related to goldfinches, siskins, redpolls, finches, cardinals, and sparrows.
In the wild, canaries are about 14 centimeters in length. Pet canaries differ in size, form, feather color, and song.
These birds have short, cone-shaped bills. They eat seeds and fruits.
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Hedgehog – prickly mammal

Hedgehog – prickly mammal

Hedgehog – prickly mammal

Hedgehogs are small mammals. They live in the wild in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Some people keep them as pets. Hedgehogs are found in deserts, forests, grasslands, marshes, and gardens. They are nocturnal animals. During the day they sleep in holes and come out at night to eat insects, especially earthworms, slugs, spiders, small reptiles. Their strong claws are useful for digging insects out of the ground. They are popular in gardens, where they eat insect pests.
There are 15 species of hedgehog.
The hedgehogs have thousands of sharp spines that cover everything except the belly, legs, face, and ears. They curl into a ball to protect themselves from predators. If attacked, a hedgehog will fight quite noisily, screaming in fury. Spines are updated every three years.
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Sponge – Plant or Animal?

Sponge - Plant or Animal?

Sponge – Plant or Animal?

Sponges are animals, but very strange. They don’t have the body parts and don’t even move around. They stay attached to an underwater rock or coral reef and look like plants. That’s why for a long time people thought sponges were plants.
There are nearly 5,000 different kinds of sponges. Most of them live in the ocean, but a few live in freshwater.
They are different in shapes: may be flat like spreading moss or like trees with branching arms.
A sponge’s body is a soft mass of cells supported by a skeleton. Holes in a sponge’s skin let water flow inside.
A sponge gets oxygen to breathe from water through its body. They eat by straining the water around them. All sponges feed on tiny plankton. On average, they eat about 2/3 of their own weight. The water enters the body through a large number of openings, but it always leaves through a single opening.
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Cute little hamsters

Cute little hamsters

Cute little hamsters

Hamsters are small mammals that belong to the rodent family. They have dense fur, a short tail, and large cheek pouches to carry food. Like other rodents, they have large front teeth. Hamsters are among the few animals born with developed teeth. They have good senses of smell and hearing but poor eyesight. There are about 16 species of hamsters.
In the wild, hamsters live in dry areas in central Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. They dig burrows, or underground tunnel systems.
The common or black-bellied hamster is an aggressive, solitary, burrowing animal. They live in grassy steppes and cultivated areas in Europe and western Asia south to Iraq. Its body length is about 30 cm. The winter burrows of the common hamster contain separate storage chambers for each type of food. In winter the common hamster blocks up the entrances to its burrow, and sleeps in a bed of straw.
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Gorgeous mountains by Marcin Kesek

Gorgeous mountains by Marcin Kesek

Gorgeous mountains by Marcin Kesek

Many poems and songs dedicated to the mountains. They are attracted to not only writers but also artists, filmmakers and photographers.
Here are wonderful photos of mountains by Marcin Kesek, a young photographer from small village Gronkovo, in southern Poland. He lives in a very beautiful place, located near the mountains: the Tatras, Pieniny and Gorce. A few years ago he decided to take photos of these amazing landscapes. So, his passion for photography was born. He often returns to the same place for several times, because it is quite difficult to make a great photo at suitable conditions (with a special light, gentle mist, interesting sky, and so on). But when the photo is perfect he knows that his hard work is not in vain. The greatest pleasure in landscape photography is the opportunity to be closer to nature.
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Northern Tale by Valentin Zhiganov

Northern Tale by Valentin Zhiganov

Northern Tale by Valentin Zhiganov

Valentin Zhiganov is called one of the most interesting photographers in Russia. He sometimes takes photos of landscapes and people, but northern lights or auroras are his passion. Stunning photos become very popular on the Internet. But there is very little information about their author, who lives in Apatity.
Valentin works in the publishing department of the Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He publishes scientific literature and photography is his hobby. Valentin became interested in photography at school. It was in the 1990s. He photographed nature, friends, classmates. At that time there were no digital cameras, so he had to print photos. Later modern equipment and workshops for printing color pictures appeared and it became much more interesting and easier to take photographs. At that time he was seriously interested in landscape photography and even today he likes taking photos of northern nature to show people its beauty.
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Teresa Lim – Creative traveler

Teresa Lim - Creative traveler

Tokyo (left). Perth, Serpentine Falls (right)


Do you like travelling? I think you do. And I’m sure every time you are going to travel you take your camera to take unforgettable photos. You know, Teresa Lim is an unusual tourist. Instead of the camera she takes a needle and threads with her. Teresa embroiders pictures of interesting places. She didn’t want to be like the average tourist and therefore chose a very non-standard and unique way to preserve her travel memories. She makes embroidered miniature depicting landscapes and landmarks of the places she’s visited. To date, she has her own handmade souvenirs from Vietnam, Germany, Tokyo and Prague.
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