“Super cute. Deer frolicking in a puddle.”
“Super cute. Deer frolicking in a puddle.”
This is James Smart's breathtaking photo of an anti-cyclonic tornado touching down near Simla, Colorado. The image is the grand prize winner of the 2015 National Geographic Photo Contest. Below, two of the other incredible honorees: Tugo Cheng's photo of the Tian Shan mountain ranges in Central Asia; Andrew Suryono portrait of an orangutan in the rain in Bali, Indonesia.
The weather on Sol-d is simply too strange and unpredictable, pretty as it sometimes may be. We recommend colonizing Sol-e instead. Cold but serviceable.
Stormscapes 3 is for those that enjoy the visual aspect of our beautifully unique Blue Marble's fascinating weather, or those wishing to experience elemental nature in some of its most surreal and chaotic forms. Particularly focusing on severe weather located in the northern high plains region (and adjacent ranges) of the USA. This video showcases a variety of supercells and other rotating storms, spooky night based mesoscale convective systems, atmospheric optics such as rainbows and crepuscular rays, various forms of lightning, and even a rare Shirley Basin, Wyoming tornado.
Pick up Lonely Planet’s Wild World, flip through a few pages, and I dare you to put the book back down. It isn’t easy. From the emerald spiraled snake of Cameroon to an ancient breed of semi-wild horses in France to the bejeweled Crystal Cave of the Dead Sea in Jordan (all shown above), every page pops with a breath-taking image of our planet’s natural splendor that makes you want to see more. The index in the back of the book gives us a brief explanation of each photograph. Oversized, textured, and loaded with nearly 200 stunning photographs of nature and wildlife from every corner of the world, Wild World is the quintessential coffee table book.
Wild World by Lonely Planet 2015, 256 pages, 10.4 x 14 x 1.2 inches $29 Buy a copy on Amazon
In China, teens and twentysomethings are wearing little plastic accessories on their heads in the shape of tiny little sprouts, fruit, or flowers. Nobody's exactly sure where or how the trend started, but it's... growing.
More Than Just Parks (MTJP) immerses us in the Redwood National and State Parks to see the tallest trees in the world. What you see in this video is literally in my backyard and I feel so fortunate that I can immerse myself in such beauty just by stepping outside.
Redwood National and State Parks in Northern California are home to the tallest trees in the world, the mighty Redwood, which can reach staggering heights of over 360ft and weigh more than 500 tons. These parks feature magical forests, miles of spectacular beaches, stunning overlooks, and the largest herd of Roosevelt elk on the planet. This film was shot entirely in 4K.
(top photo by Richard Darbonne) Read the rest
Jerboas use their long tails to transfer energy to their legs, allowing them to hop many times their body length. It turns out the hair on the bottoms of their their feet also serves a number of purposes, including insulation, traction, and stealth on the sand.
Welcome to "the quietest square inch in the wilds of America, discovered by Gordon Hempton.
The quietest inch isn’t a sound vacuum. It represents a place with a minimum of human-made noise. The discipline of acoustic ecology, which is dedicated to understanding the natural sounds that come through loud and clear when we're not around, outlines an important distinction between sound and noise. The blip of water droplets from a forest canopy? Sound. The tinny din of Taylor Swift through smartphone speakers? Noise. For example, the inch, as it's often called, is exposed to flute-like bugling from Roosevelt elk, the Morse-code chirp of the American Dipper, and assertive hooting from the endangered Northern Spotted Owl. The steady rush of the Hoh River rounding the shoulder of Mount Olympus whooshes nearby, and summer snowmelt punctuates the setting with staccato droplets. In spite of the natural sound, dense forest engulfs the inch in a hush that is, at times, below 20 decibels—quieter than most recording studios.
The recording is presumably normalized to make it sound much louder. Don't think I could sleep through that boid.
The photo, taken by Hempton, is of a red pebble he left at the quietest spot. Read the rest