Yoji Ookata, Japanese underwater photographer discovered these while diving off of Amami Oshima island. Male puffer fish dig the structure in the sand to attract females. The more elaborate the circle the better. Eggs are laid in the center and the ridges help protect the eggs from currents. ("leks" are behaviors in which males of a species gather together in competitive displays to attract females)
Sheep's Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) leaves can be used in soups and salads. Discussion of sheep's sorrel and curly dock. Rumex related to buckwheat, seeds high in the amino acid lysine (anti-viral), reputedly anti-cancer.
Native to the rocky soils of the sunny Mediterranean, thyme offers us powerful and aromatic medicine in a small package. Taken as a tea or tincture, thyme is a valuable ally for addressing poor digestion and easing the symptoms of colds or influenza.
All willow barks have salicylic acid, which is a natural form of aspirin. Willow bark tea treats muscle pain and inflammation, diarrhea, fever, arthritc pain, and headache.Used externally it makes a wash for cuts, ulcers, and poison ivy. Willow bark in teas and capsules is sedative and eases insomina. It reduces the risk of heart disease and may delay cataract formation....