Curiosity Cabinet

Three Things I’m Curious About This Week #19

The incredible colours and patterns of San Francisco’s South Bay. Currently being restored, the colour of these wetlands comes from their high salt content.

An aerial photograph of a wetland. The water is a rusty red color and it makes pathways through the whitish grey soil.
Photo by joSon, via Biographic

This incredible beetle (yes, it’s real). A type of scarab beetle, Chrysina limbata is found in the tropical rainforest of Central America.

A man holds a silver beetle in his hand. The beetle is shiny and looks like a chrome-plated model (but it's real).
Photo by Michael Farmer, via the Dodo

These recordings of extinct birds, including the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. A time capsule reminder of some of the species we’ve lost.

A vintage photograph of a large black and white woodpecker with a white bill.
Ivory-billed woodpecker. Original photo by Arthur A. Allen, watercolored by Jerry A. Payne, USDA-ARS, CC BY 3.0 US, via Wikimedia Commons