Eeek! Giant spiders have taken over the roof of the Seattle Center Armory, terrorizing visitors to the Space Needle!
… Or maybe not. A Mental Floss blog post yesterday includes this photo of the trompe l’oeil painting created by artist Marlin Peterson:
Artist Marlin Peterson’s painted giant daddylonglegs look like they’re going to walk right off the roof of the Seattle Center Armory. (from Marlin Peterson)
The painting is beautiful and well-executed and slightly creepy and awesome. But the blog got one important point wrong: the giant painted critters aren’t spiders at all. They’re daddylonglegs, also known as harvestmen. Read more
Saturday, Sept. 29 marks the 19th annual National Public Lands Day, a celebration of America’s natural and cultural heritage. It’s a great opportunity to get outside—either as a volunteer at one of over 2,000 participating sites nationwide, or as a visitor to one of the many areas that is observing a fee-free day.
As part of last year’s National Public Lands Day, legions of volunteers around the nation combined forces to plant a whopping 100,000 trees and plants and build an impressive 1,500 miles of trail. That’s quite a tally for a single day’s worth of work, and it’s a great reminder of how much we can do for our parks and other public lands when we decide to take responsibility for them. Read more