The Major Oak is a huge English oak tree near the village of Edwinstowe in the heart of Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, England. According to local folklore, it was Robin Hood's shelter where he and his merry men slept. It weighs an estimated 23 tons, has a girth of 33 feet (10 metres), and is about 800–1000 years old. In June 2002, the Tree Council designated the Major Oak one of fifty Great British Trees in recognition of its place in the national heritage.
A bee balances two water droplets on its back as it perches on a flower. The picture was taken by keen photographer Agus Sudarmanto near Doha, Qatar. He said: "There is no rain at all here so we have to spray water periodically on flowers. This is the reason there were drops on the bee, but it was amazing how it was just delicately balanced on his back."
Manihot grahamii / Hardy Tapioca / Graham's Cassava: a native of Eastern South America, from Brazil through to Argentina. I've done a quick web search and this has been successfully grown as far north as North Carolina. (This photo said it was taken in the Pacific NW).
Two goldfinches have a mid-air fight after struggling to get enough space on a bird feeder in a British back garden. Photographer Laurie Campbell snapped away from a hide in his garden for 30 hours to get a picture he was happy with. Laurie, from Berwick-on-Tweed, Northumberland, said: "It can take weeks for the goldfinches to find this bait but once they do, they are hooked."
Comments: Was told to write an essay on why it is wrong to change Ms. Norris green, and turned in a one sentence essay that said “It is wrong to change Ms. Norris to the color green because that’s not Gryffindor house colors.”Minerva McGonagall