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Nature Looks Beautiful in Blue

Blue is my favorite color. Yet, other than the obvious - the sky and the effect it has on how we see water on Earth - there is a surprising lack of blue in nature. There are very few blue plants or flowers that haven't been modified by humans, no genuinely blue mammals and and no naturally blue foods (blueberries aren't actually blue in anything but name). Even blue eyes are rarer than other colors across the animal kingdom! For that reason, it's particularly special to find examples of brilliant blue on nature's great canvas. Here is a collection of some of the most beautiful...

1. Bluebells decorate forests across the UK with beautiful waves of blue every spring. There are few more romantic sights in the countryside than a hidden bluebell wood.

Nature Looks Brilliant in Blue

Image: Flickr Richard Gillin

 

2. The Mazarine Blue Butterfly (or Polyommatus semiargus) is widely distributed across Europe, Asia and North Africa and have even been found in Antartica. The males have deep blue wings, to attract brown females.

Nature Looks Brilliant in Blue

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3. A sea of 4.5 million baby blue eye (or nemophila) flowers provide one of the many attractions at Japan's stunning Hitachi Seaside Park.

Nature Looks Brilliant in Blue

Image: Flickr user kobaken, via Buzzfeed

 

4. This beautiful bird is the splendid fairywren, native to arid regions of Australia. Male adults display the bright blue plumage, and use pink and purple petals to attract female mates. They are known for being polygamous and sexually promiscuous.

Nature Looks Brilliant in Blue

Image: besgroup

 

5. Vellela ,or by-the-wind-sailors, are a species of jellyfish know for regularly washing up along the coast of California. They glow a bright blue shade, making for a spectacular marine sight.

Nature Looks Brilliant in Blue
Image: Flickr Tambako the Jaguar
 

6. Wintery conditions combined with a helpful angle of light, create incredible blue ice caves in glacial regions, such as this one in Skatafell, Iceland.

Nature Looks Brilliant in Blue
Image: Flickr User Diana Robinson
 

7. The stunning purple and blue hues of these plants provide a visual tonic for any visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Nature Looks Brilliant in Blue
Image: holicoffee
 

8. The blue Malayan coral snake is beautifully blue but highly venomous, and largely feeds on other snakes in the rainforests of south-east Asia. It's not one you would want to encounter, but luckily its color makes it stand out.

Nature Looks Brilliant in Blue
Image: thenaturaltraveller
 

9. The common blue damselfly measures up to lengths of 35mm when fully grown, and can be found in every country in Europe with the exception of Iceland. They usually inhabit areas around ponds, rivers or lakes.

Nature Looks Brilliant in Blue
Image: Flickr user Charlie Jackson
 

10. There are several different examples of blue lobsters, including the European common lobster, which is blue when alive, but red when cooked and a mutated form of the American lobster, where the blue exoskeleton is provided by overly large amounts of protein.

Nature Looks Brilliant in Blue
Image: Flickr User Nila Sivatheesan
 

11. Texas blue bonnets are much loved in the state from which they take their name, and bloom between mid-March and mid-April, depending on the temperature.

Nature Looks Brilliant in Blue
Image: bluebonnetlove.com
 

12. The blue lava that spews out of Kawah Ijen, a volcano in Java, Indonesia is a perfect indicator of nature's great power.

Blue lava
Image: earthporm.com
 

13. Paracanthurus hepatus is a species of surgeonfish with a striking blue body, a yellow tail and a black 'palette' design. Although they are found in small numbers in various spots around the world, they are not common anywhere.

Nature Looks Brilliant in Blue
Image: Flickr user: Eddie Walker
 

14. The Himalayan blue poppy is one of the few genuinely blue flowers in the world. They are found in northern states of the USA including Alaska, where moist, compost-rich soil allows for their special growth. It is extremely difficult to grow them in gardens elsewhere and most gardeners fail if they try.

Nature Looks Brilliant in Blue
Image: mycityisagarden.com
 

15. The Kingfisher is an iconic bird, native to every major continent on the planet. Their distinctive blue and orange plumage has made them a favorite subject for photographers and artists around the world.

Nature Looks Brilliant in Blue
Image: Peter G W Jones
 

16. Winter's frosts bring beautiful blue tones to landscapes across the world, especially when mixed with the evening light as pictured along this forest road.

Nature Looks Brilliant in Blue
Image: 3dfirstaidvisualarchitecture
 

17. There are species of poisonous blue frogs in existence, but others like this common tree frog are mutant versions of their more widely known green brothers, with the unusual but beautiful coloring attributed to missing pigment in their skin.

Image: Daan de Vos, 500px.com
 

18. Speaking of poisonous blue frogs, the most famous of all is the blue poison dart frog. In most cases, it is not beneficial for creatures to be blue, which probably explains why there aren't many blue animals. But if you have poisonous skin and want to warn off predators, then blue is a very handy color to be!

Blue Poison Dart Frog
Image: Flickr User kuhnml
 
19. Baby blue eye flowers look just as fantastic when seen close up...
Blue flower close up
Image: 3dfirstaidvisualarchitecture
 

20. Of course when blue eyes are found in the animal kingdom, they are nothing short of stunning, as proven by this cat.

Blue eyed cat
Image: littlethings.com
 

21. The proudest of all of nature's blue creations is of course the peacock. Like many of the other creatures on this list, they are iconic in their own right and instantly memorable for their predominantly blue plumage and flamboyant feathers.

Nature Looks Brilliant in Blue
Image: Flickr User Madison Berndt
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