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Australian Spotted Jellyfish - Phyllorhiza punctata - A beautiful but annoying invader
Phyllorhiza punctata (Rhizostomae - Mastigiidae) is a large jellyfish with a rounded and somewhat flattened gelatinous bell that is clear or possibly tinted brown with many small white crystalline refractive spots close to the surface. 
P. punctata is a coastal and estuarine jellyfish whose wide native distribution includes Australia and much of the Indo-Pacific including the Philippine archipelago. 
This species was recorded only from Indo-Pacific waters prior to the 1950s.  Since 1995 there are several reports of populations of the Australian Spotted Jellyfish in the Atlantic (Brazil), Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and the East Pacific (California), where the species is considered introduced, invasive and nuisance, impacting fisheries, injuring swimmers, and clogging the intakes of power plants, among other effects. 
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Photo credit: ©Ray Froend | Locality: Swan River, Western Australia (2007)
Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.

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A panorama of Iguacu Falls (top), and the Devils Throat in Iguacu Falls, Natural Wonders, Susan Newcomer 1978

Foz do Iguaçu by Valdemir Cunha on Flickr.  (Paraná, Brazil)

The peculiar collapse in Hebes Chasma on Mars

Devil’s Fingers
The picture above is of a mushroom thats thought to be a specimen of Clathrus archeri right before its fingers open up. It closely resembles a hand coming out of the ground. It even has the remnants of its tattered sleeves attached to the wrist.

4bH6ACl7Tg2vgctrGlq1Za7so1_r1_400 by FRAPPS 4 DA TWEEN▲GE SOUL on Flickr.

Old City’s Snow-Covered Rooftops, Nördlingen, Germany.