Wikipedia:Picture of the day/March 2012

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search


Featured content:

Featured picture tools:

A monthly archive of Wikipedia's featured pictures


These featured pictures previously appeared (or shall appear) as Picture of the day as scheduled below. You can add the automatically updating Picture of the day to your userpage or talk page using {{pic of the day}} (text version) or {{POTD}} (short version). For instructions on how to make custom POTD layouts, see Wikipedia:Picture of the day.


Purge server cache



March 1 - Thu

Picture of the day
Eastern Barred Bandicoot

The Eastern Barred Bandicoot (Perameles gunni) is a small, rabbit-sized marsupial native to Australia and Tasmania. It weighs less than 1 kg (2.2 lb) and has a short tail and three to four whitish bars across the rump. It is classified as Near Threatened, with one subspecies listed as Critically Endangered.

Photo: JJ Harrison
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 2 - Fri

Picture of the day
Diatomaceous earth

Diatomaceous earth – a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock made up of the cell walls/shells of single cell diatoms – as viewed under bright field illumination on a light microscope. The primary uses of diatomaceous earth are for cleaning (scouring), filtration, heat-resistive insulation and as an inert absorbent substrate.

Photo: Richard Wheeler
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 3 - Sat

Picture of the day
Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, United States. Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, it features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents (in order from left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Photo: Dean Franklin
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 4 - Sun

Picture of the day
Chicago skyline

The skyline of Chicago, the third most populous city in the United States. Chicago was incorporated on March 4, 1837, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed. This panorama of the Near South Side, Loop and Near North Side community areas, taken from the Museum Campus, includes some of the tallest buildings in the city and the world.

Photo: Daniel Schwen
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 5 - Mon

Picture of the day
Tungsten

Tungsten rods with evaporated crystals, partially oxidized with colorful tarnish, as well as a 1 cm3 tungsten cube for comparison. Tungsten is a hard, rare metal under standard conditions when uncombined and is found naturally on Earth only in chemical compounds. Its chemical symbol is W, which represents its alternative name, "wolfram".

Photo: Alchemist-hp
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 6 - Tue

Picture of the day
The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo is a Roman Catholic mission located in San Antonio, Texas, United States. It was the site of the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution, in which almost all the Texian Army defenders were killed. Today, it is one of the most popular historic sites in the US.

Photo: Daniel Schwen
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 7 - Wed

Picture of the day
Laughing Kookaburra

The Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) is a carnivorous bird in the kingfisher family. Native to eastern Australia, it has also been introduced to parts of New Zealand, Tasmania and Western Australia. Male and female adults are similar in plumage, which is predominantly brown and white. A common and familiar bird, this species of kookaburra is well known for its laughing call.

Photo: JJ Harrison
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 8 - Thu

Picture of the day
Heterochromia iridum

A human eye displaying partial heterochromia iridum, where part of one iris is a different color from its remainder. Eye color, specifically the color of the irises, is determined primarily by the concentration and distribution of melanin. Shown here is an example of central heterochromia, where there are two colors in the same iris.

Photo: Adam Cuerden
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 9 - Fri

Picture of the day
Ferry Collaroy

The Collaroy, one of the ships that comprise the fleet of the Manly ferry services, connecting Manly, New South Wales, Australia, to Circular Quay in Sydney. The services are provided by Sydney Ferries, an agency of the Government of New South Wales. Ferry services began in Manly in 1855 and have been instrumental in promoting the development of Manly.

Photo: David Iliff
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 10 - Sat

Picture of the day
Peacock butterfly

The Peacock butterfly (Inachis io) is a widespread butterfly species, found in Europe and temperate Asia, as far east as Japan. It has a wingspan of 50–55 mm (2.0–2.2 in). The base-colour of the wings is a rusty red, and at each wingtip it bears a distinctive eyespot, which has been much studied for its role as an anti-predator mechanism.

Photo: Korall
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 11 - Sun

Picture of the day
Mycena inclinata mushrooms

Mycena inclinata, commonly known as the clustered bonnet, is a widespread species of mushroom in the Mycenaceae family. It is found in Europe, North Africa, Asia, Australasia, and North America, where it grows in small groups or tufts on fallen logs and stumps, especially of oak.

Photo: Stu Phillips
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 12 - Mon

Picture of the day
Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor, aged ten or twelve

Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor, is represented in this anonymous portrait as a young archduke in his native Spain. He left Spain in his early twenties, to start his life as future King of the Romans and successor to his grandfather, Maximilian I. His older brother Charles eventually succeeded as Holy Roman Emperor, but Ferdinand was elected after Charles's abdication. Philip, Charles's son, inherited Spain and became King Philip II of Spain. Ferdinand ruled between 1558 and 1564, for nearly six years.

Artist: Unknown
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 13 - Tue

Picture of the day
Alitta succinea

Alitta succinea is a species of marine annelid that has been recorded throughout the North Atlantic and European seas, as well as in the Gulf of Maine and South Africa. It can reach up to 15 cm (6 in) in length, but most specimens are smaller than this. It has an identifiable head with four eyes, two sensory feelers or palps, and many tentacles.

Photo: Hans Hillewaert
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 14 - Wed

Picture of the day
Eastern bettong

The eastern bettong (Bettongia gaimardi) is a marsupial whose natural range includes south-eastern Australia (where it has been extirpated) and the eastern part of Tasmania. Sometimes referred to as a "rat-kangaroo", it is relatively small, rarely exceeding 2 kg (4.4 lb), but will travel up to 1.5 km (0.93 mi) from its nest to find food.

Photo: JJ Harrison
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 15 - Thu

Picture of the day
Sahelanthropus tchadensis skull

A cast of the extinct hominid species Sahelanthropus tchadensis holotype cranium, dubbed "Toumaï", in facio-lateral view. The original cranial fragment is dated to about 7 million years ago and was discovered in Chad. Other than Toumaï, the only Sahelanthropus remains to be discovered are five pieces of jaw and some teeth.

Photo: Didier Descouens
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 16 - Fri

Picture of the day
Atlantic spadefish

The Atlantic spadefish is a species of marine fish endemic to the shallow waters off the coast of the southeastern United States and in the Caribbean Sea. They are similar in appearance to fresh water angelfish, but much larger, reaching up to three feet (0.9 m) in length. Due to their reputation as strong fighters, they are popular game fish, especially during the summer months when they are most active.

Photo: Matthew Hoelscher, Papa Lima Whiskey
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 17 - Sat

Picture of the day
Eastern Great Egret

The Eastern Great Egret (Ardea alba modesta) is a subspecies of the Great Egret found throughout Asia and Oceania. Measuring 83–103 cm (33–41 in) in length and weighing 0.7–1.2 kg (1.5–2.6 lb), the Eastern Great Egret is a large heron with all-white plumage. Its bill is yellow in the breeding season and black at other times, and its long legs are red or black. It can be distinguished from other white egrets and herons in its range by its very long neck, one and a half times as long as its own body.

Photo: JJ Harrison
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 18 - Sun

Picture of the day
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

A 360° panoramic view of Freiburg im Breisgau, a city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. In the extreme south-west of the country, it straddles the Dreisam river, at the foot of the Schlossberg. Historically, the city has acted as the hub of the Breisgau region on the western edge of the Black Forest in the Upper Rhine Plain. One of the famous old German university towns, and an archiepiscopal seat, Freiburg was incorporated in the early 12th century and developed into a major commercial, intellectual, and ecclesiastical centre of the upper Rhine region.

Photo: Armin Hornung
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 19 - Mon

Picture of the day
Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the central business district and the North Shore. There had been plans to build a bridge as early as 1815, but nothing was put into action until after World War I. The bridge officially opened on 19 March 1932.

Photo: JJ Harrison
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 20 - Tue

Picture of the day
Lime Butterfly Papilio demoleus, Bangalore, India

Papilio demoleus, the Common Lime Butterfly, is a common and widespread Swallowtail butterfly. It gets its name from its host plants which are usually citrus species such as the cultivated lime.

Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 21 - Wed

Picture of the day
Yttrium

Three samples of yttrium, a silvery rare earth metal. The left and the middle sample are sublimed dendritic and the cube on the right was created by argon arc remelting. Yttrium is named after the town of Ytterby, Sweden, where it was first discovered, and is used industrially in making phosphors such as those in cathode ray tubes and LEDs.

Photo: Alchemist-hp
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 22 - Thu

Picture of the day
Noctilucent clouds over Soomaa National Park, Estonia

Noctilucent clouds are the highest clouds in Earth's atmosphere, being bright polar mesospheric clouds illuminated by the Arctic sun from below the horizon, between latitudes of 50° and 70°. They are composed of water ice crystals up to 100 nm across, forming most frequently in the northern summer at altitudes of 76 to 85 km (47 to 53 mi).

Photo: Martin Koitmäe
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 23 - Fri

Picture of the day
Humpty Dumpty by W. W. Denslow

An illustration of Humpty Dumpty by American artist William Wallace Denslow, depicting the title character from the nursery rhyme of the same name. He is typically portrayed as an egg, although the rhyme never explicitly states that he is, possibly because it may have been originally posed as a riddle. The earliest known version is in a manuscript addition to a copy of Mother Goose's Melody published in 1803.

Restoration: Jujutacular
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 24 - Sat

Picture of the day
Squilla mantis for sale

Squilla mantis, a species of mantis shrimp, for sale at the fish auction of l'Ametlla de Mar in Catalonia, Spain. It is native to the Mediterranean Sea and adjacent warm parts of the Atlantic Ocean, where it burrows into muddy and sandy seabeds. It is the only native stomatopod to be fished for on a commercial scale in the Mediterranean.

Photo: Hans Hillewaert/Greg L/PLW
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 25 - Sun

Picture of the day
Ford Focus RS WRC

Jari-Matti Latvala, winner of the 2010 Rally Finland, drives his Ford Focus RS WRC 09 during shakedown in Muurame. The model is built for the Ford World Rally Team by Ford and M-Sport, and is based on the Ford Focus Climate 2-litre production hatchback. It was in competition from 1999 to 2010, winning 44 world rallies and two manufacturers' world titles.

Photo: Kallerna
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 26 - Mon

Picture of the day

A simulation of the Kelvin–Helmholtz instability, a phenomenon that can occur when velocity shear is present within a continuous fluid, or when there is sufficient velocity difference across the interface between two fluids. One example is wind blowing over a water surface, where the wind causes the relative motion between the water and air.

Video: Bdubb12/Raeky
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 27 - Tue

Picture of the day
Southern Red Bishop

The Southern Red Bishop (Euplectes orix) is a small passerine bird in the weaver family native to wetlands and grassland in Africa south of the Equator. It is 10–11 cm (3.9–4.3 in) long and has a thick conical bill. Breeding males are brightly coloured with red or orange and black plumage. The non-breeding male and female have streaky brown plumage, paler below.

Photo: JJ Harrison
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 28 - Wed

Picture of the day

The Space Shuttle Atlantis launches to begin the STS-132 mission in May 2010. STS-132 was initially scheduled to be the final flight of Atlantis, but it later flew on STS-135—the last mission of the Space Shuttle program—in July 2011.

Video: NASA
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 29 - Thu

Picture of the day
Giant spider conch

Several shells of the giant spider conch (Lambis truncata), a species of sea snail in the true conch family found in the Indian Ocean. At up to 16 inches (40 cm), it is the largest and heaviest of spider shells.

Photo: H. Zell
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 30 - Fri

Picture of the day
Messier 81

Messier 81, also known as NGC 3031 or Bode's Galaxy, is a spiral galaxy about 12 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major. Due to its relative proximity, large size and active galactic nucleus, Messier 81 has been studied extensively by professional astronomers. Its relatively high brightness also makes it a popular target for amateur astronomers.

Photo: NASA, ESA, STScI/AURA
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version

March 31 - Sat

Picture of the day
Atelopus certus

Atelopus certus is a species of toad endemic to the Darién Province of eastern Panama. Much of its range falls within the Darién National Park, a protected area and World Heritage Site. It is classified as endangered, primarily due to the advancing wave of chytridiomycosis moving through Central America.

Photo: Brian Gratwicke
ArchiveMore featured pictures...

view - edit - protected version



Picture of the day archive


Today is Saturday, August 30, 2014; it is now 07:17 UTC