Thursday, February 14, 2013

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the love hearts of nature


VALENTINE'S DAY

 

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the love hearts of nature


  • Charming pictures capture Mother Nature's romantic side
  • Ever seen a fluffy penguin with a white heart on its chest? Look no further...


 

PUBLISHED: 17:40 GMT, 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:44 GMT, 12 February 2013

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With Valentine's Day just around the corner it's the time of year when love is in the air but as these pictures prove - it's all over the earth too.

These extraordinary images, taken by photographers across the globe, show Mother Nature is also gearing up to celebrate the big day with iconic heart shapes appearing all over the natural world.

The charming pictures capture Mother Nature's romantic side and feature several signs of love including an adorable fluffy penguin with a white heart emblazoned on its chest.

Other natural displays include a flamingo creating a heart shape with its white and pink plumage and two swans which appear to kiss as they form a heart shape with their necks.

Elsewhere a swarm of bees form an iconic heart as they hang from a tree and two mating dragonflies also form the universal sign for love.

It's not just the animal kingdom getting romantic though, a yellow tulip flower is pictured with red hearts on its petals and a bright red heart-shaped Red Anthurium flower can also be seen.

Meanwhile mysterious heart-shaped holes have also been spotted in tree trunks and rock formations around the world.

 

 

 

penguin with heart

waterbuck

The most adorable penguin in the world? This chick's white heart is markings are unmissable while a waterbuck's distinctive nose smudge is more subtle

 

 

 Mating
 Damselflies

Honey Bees hanging from a tree branch creating a heart

Unconventional: Not immediately associated with romance, these damselflies (left) are seen mating while a huge number of honey bees create a heart as they hagn suspended from a tree branch

 

Green and pleasant land: Makepeace Island off Australia's Sunshine Coast is the perfect retreat for any romantic couple

Green and pleasant land: Makepeace Island off Australia's Sunshine Coast is the perfect retreat for any romantic couple

Ticked pink: This rock formation in Nevada is both the shape and colour generally associated with love

Ticked pink: This rock formation in Nevada is both the shape and colour generally associated with love

I'm forever blowing bubbles: A white Beluga whale produces a heart-shaped pocket of air for visitors at Harbin Polarland in Harbin, China

I'm forever blowing bubbles: A white Beluga whale produces a heart-shaped pocket of air for visitors at Harbin Polarland in Harbin, China

Flamingo

A flamingo with its beautiful pink and red feathers making a heart shape as it bends forward

Damselflies make the shape of a heart while balancing on a blade of grass

Damselflies make the shape of a heart while balancing on a blade of grass

A pair of Merops during nesting period in Israel

A pair of bee-eating Merops during nesting period in Israel

Fordy the Cat looking to the skies and hoping for a rub under the chin

Cat

Fordy the cat looking for a rub under his chin and a similar-looking cat (right) with a bright pink nose and a heart marking on his fur at chest level

Swans

Two swans form a heart shape surrounded by early morning mist in Cleveland

Swans getting intimate and forming heart shapes with their beaks and necks as they come together

A horse with a heart shaped marking in its fur

A cat with heart shaped fur on its chest

The horse on the left boasts an almost perfect heart shape between its eyes. The sleepy-looking cat on the right bears a heart on its chest

A bug with a heart shape on its back

A Tulip flower with heart shapes on its petals

A bug with a heart shape on its back (left) and a tulip opens up to reveal heart shapes on its petalsA heart shaped hole in a treeA heart shaped hole in a tree

Swan Heart at Rutland Waters in OctobeSwan heart at Rutland Waters in October