Category Archives: Nature

Four seasons (from top: Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer) on Kotisaari Island – a former lumberjack bolthole on the Kemi river near Rovaniemi in Finland captured by Laplander and photographer Jani Ylimampa.

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Take a high resolution guided tour of the entire moon – North pole, South pole, near side and dark side – courtesy of imagery from  NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.

Full screen for optimal effect.

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A gallery of satellite images taken – not vertically – but at an angle, published by Planet Labs.

To wit:

…the satellite imagery we’re most familiar with — taken straight down — flattens and obscures the visual cues we get from perspective, making the imagery appear like maps, not photos… from an angle, the view becomes altogether different: the mountains rise to their commanding height, valleys regain their depth, and background features recede into the distance. It’s like getting a view out the window of an airplane 450 kilometers high.

From top: Monte Fitz Roy in Patagonia; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Klyuchevskaya volcano in Russia and Bilbao in Spain.

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Infrared photographs of the Dolomites reflected in an idyllic lake scene (where coniferous trees and other vegitation appear watermelon-pink as they reflect infrared light)  by Paolo Pettigiani.

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A fairly internet-breaking 360 degree, 8K time-lapse of the Aurora Borealis over Fairbanks Alaska during the lunar eclipse at the end of January.

You’ll be wanting several viewings at full screen with music up and plenty of mouse dragging to peruse the atmospheric eye candy.

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Remix and video artist John D. ‘Melodysheep’ Boswell offers a compelling and inspirational review of the last 13.8 billion years of history. To wit:

Starting with the big bang and culminating in the appearance of homo sapiens, this experience follows the unfolding of time at 22 million years per second, adhering closely to current scientific understanding.

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, Brian Cox, Carl Sagan, David Attenborough.

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Three images from the 2018 Underwater Photographer of the Year competition.

Above: Mobula rays migrating along the coast of Baja, California by Fillipo Borghi; a BSA M20 motorbike in the WW2 wreck of the SS Thistlegorm in the Red Sea off Egypt (Anders Nyberg); two male tompots face off over mating rights (Henley Spiers); a ‘spy hopping’ humpback whale and a sea otter off Shetland by Greg Lecoeur

MORE: Winners of the 2018 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest (The Atlantic)

The creaking vibration of 45mm of new black ice recorded by Henrik Trygg on the frozen surface of Lissma Kvarnsjö – a lake outside Stockholm last December.

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The ephemeral artworks of British land-artist James Brunt; multiples of natural materials found in forests and beaches near his home in Yorkshire organised into meditative spirals, rings and other geometries which he photographs, then abandons to dissolve, fall apart or blow away.

Mmf.

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