The following are some interesting pictures I have seen on-line this week.

1) The ridiculous:

Peggy the Guinea

This is from the Christian Science Monitor’s “Photos of the Week” slide show:

Peggy, a guinea pig, poses for photos after having its hair brushed and styled at PetZoo, a beauty parlor for pets in Cuenca, Ecuador

Pets are being a lot more pampered then when I was growing up, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  However some pet owners are going overboard in the pet grooming department.  Of course as long as Peggy is being feed, and properly look after, I don’t think she really cares if someone puts a bow in her hair.

Question – Do you think people over pamper their pets compared to the past, or take better care of them?

2) The sublime:

Middlemist Red Camellia

The BBC posted the following picture of the Middlemist Red Camellia, one of only two left in the world.

“The Middlemist’s Red camellia has been flowering for more than two centuries within a couple of miles of its first home outside China. There are believed to be only two left in the world – the one lighting up the Duke of Devonshire’s conservatory at Chiswick, west London, and another in Waitangi, New Zealand.

The plant was collected in China in 1804 by John Middlemist, from Shepherd’s Bush, west London, who gave it to Kew Gardens. It has vanished from there, but by 1823 a descendant was nearby, in the camellia collection which the sixth Duke of Devonshire housed in the 300ft-long (91-metre) conservatory he added to his great-grandfather’s Palladian villa, Chiswick House.”

Question – If you were planting a flower garden which would be the first flower you would pick?

3) The spactular, from Nasa:

Heart Nebula - Constellation of Cassiopeia

“This mosaic of images from the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explore, or WISE, in the constellation of Cassiopeia contains a large star-forming nebula within the Milky Way Galaxy, called IC 1805 or the Heart Nebula, a portion of which is seen at the right of the image. IC 1805 is more than 6,000 light-years from Earth. Also visible in this image are two nearby galaxies, Maffei 1 and Maffei 2. In visible light these galaxies are hidden by dust in IC 1805 and were unknown until 1968 when Paolo Maffei found them using infrared observations. Both galaxies contain billions of stars and are located some 10 million light-years away. Maffei 1 is a lenticular galaxy, which has a disk-like structure and a central bulge but no spiral structure or appreciable dust content. Maffei 2 is a spiral galaxy that also has a disk shape, but with a bar-like central bulge and two prominent dusty spiral arms.”

Question – If someone offered you a free vacation in outer space, or one to anywhere on earth, which would you choice?