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Peppermint and Corsican mint plant Peppermint, Monday May 31.
Peppermint and Corsican mint plant. Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) is a sterile hybrid mint with a high menthol content, often used in tea and confectionery. Peppermint is the oldest and most popular flavour. Photo credit: Michael Thompson

Villain character Villain, Sunday May 30.
Snidely Whiplash, an example of a stereotypical villain. A villain is a bad person, especially in fiction. Villains are the fictional characters, or perhaps fictionalized characters, in drama and melodrama who work to thwart the plans of the hero. There are many villain stereotypes. In the era before sound in motion pictures villains had to appear very "visually" sinister, and thus many villain stereotypes were born. Photo credit: J.J. McCullough

Geysur exploding Geyser, Saturday May 29.
Strokkur geyser exploding. A geyser is a special type of hot spring that erupts periodically, ejecting a column of hot water and steam into the air. Strokkur geyser is found in Geysir in the Haukadalur valley, Iceland. Photo credit: User:Pcb21

Sainte Jeanne d'Arc Church Sainte Jeanne d'Arc Church, Friday May 28.
Sainte Jeanne d'Arc Church at night. Sainte Jeanne d'Arc Church is a Catholic church in Nice, France which is noticeable for its original architecture. The church was built between 1926 and 1933 by the architect Jacques Dror in reinforced concrete. The style was influenced by Art nouveau. Photo credit: Ericd

Yann Chairlift Lift Engineering chairlift, Wednesday/Thursday May 26/27.
Towers and chairs on a Yan triple lift. Lift Engineering, was formerly a major ski lift manufacturer. Founder Jan Kunczynski was credited with being the first manufacturer of ski lifts to incorporate aesthetics into the design of his equipment. Photo credit: Vancouverguy

An elaborate sand sculpture Sand castle, Tuesday May 25.
A sand castle is a type of sand sculpture which resembles a miniature building, often a castle. Sand castles are typically made on beaches with wet fine sand and, optionally, tools such as shovels and buckets and reinforcers such as wood, usually by children, but also by adults who engage in sand sculpture contests, in which the goal is to create large and complex structures which do not appear to be constructed purely from sand. Photo credit: Guy King

Io moon Io moon, Monday May 24.
Io moon taken by NASA's Galileo probe. This image shows two volcanic eruptions. The one on the horizon is 140km high, the other is 75km high. Io is the innermost of the four Galilean moons of Jupiter. It is named after Io, one of Zeus's many love interests in Greek mythology. Photo credit: NASA

Black Puma in Belize Black Puma in Belize, Friday May 21.
The puma (Puma concolor, or Felis concolor) is a type of large hunting cat found in North and South America. It is also known by the regional names of cougar, mountain lion, panther, catamount and painted cat. Pumas have the largest distribution range of any New World land animal, spanning 110 degrees of latitude. Photo credit: Belizian

Death Valley Zabriskie Point, Wednesday May 19.
Zabriskie Point is an area in Death Valley National Park noted for its beautiful erosional landscape. It is called a badlands due to its difficult to traverse topography. Photo credit: Daniel Mayer

Gallium Gallium, Tuesday May 18.
Crystals of 99.999% gallium. The chemical element gallium is a rare, soft silvery metallic poor metal. It occurs in trace amounts in bauxite and zinc ores. Gallium is notable for its stunning silvery color and its solid metal fractures conchoidally like glass. Photo credit: Foobar

Sydney Opera House Sydney Opera House, Monday May 17.
The Sydney Opera House in Sydney, New South Wales , Australia. Situated on Bennelong Point at Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House is one of the most distinctive and famous 20th-century buildings, and one of the most famous performing arts venues in the world. Photo credit: Chmouel

Abbey of Senanque Abbey of Senanque, Sunday May 16.
Abbey of Senanque, located in France, Provence, Vaucluse, Gordes village. An abbey is a Christian monastery or convent, under the government of an Abbot or an Abbess, who serve as the spiritual father or mother of the community. Photo credit: Greudin

Cat in Greece Cat in Greece, Saturday May 15.
The cat is a small feline carnivorous mammal that has been domesticated for several millennia. A male cat is usually called a tom cat, a female cat is called a queen. A young cat is called a kitten (as are baby rats, rabbits, hedgehogs and squirrels). Photo credit: Chmouel Boudjnah

Zion Narrows Virgin River Narrows, Friday May 14.
The Virgin River Narrows in Zion National Park, located near Springdale, Utah, is a 16-mile long slot canyon along the Virgin River. Recently rated as number five out of National Geographic's Top 100 American Adventures, it is one of the most rewarding hikes in the world. Photo credit: Jon Sullivan, pdphoto.org

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