Category Archives: Nature

Portraits of the elegant, balletic flourishes of domesticated Betta splendens (Siamese fighting fish) by Thai photographer Visarute Angkatavanich.

Previously: FIGHT!

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An epic dust storm or haboob headed for the Arizona desert last month, captured by photographer Mike Olbinski after a three and a half hour chase..

inb4u with: Ha. Boob.

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A spectacular photograph of sunset captured from an altitude of 9 kilometres though an altocumulus cloudfield by Redditor couragethechicken..

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Common Meganser mother-duck surrounded by a huge brood of 75 ducklings on a Minnesota lake spotted recently by wildlife photographer Brent Cizek.

Normally, a Merganser will only incubate a maximum of 20 ducklings. In this case, according to field editor Kent Kaufmann of Audubon, the mother had probably adopted several dozen strays that had lost their own mothers.

Mmf.

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A stunning photo by Gabriel Zaparolli of a distant lightning storm overhung with asperitas clouds at Torres, Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil last month. To wit:

Asperitas form in convective storms when the air in downdrafts (cooled by the sublimation of ice crystals) pushes through the cloud base.

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An aquatic sculpture by artist Jason deCaires Taylor semi submerged in a paradisal coral lagoon in the Maldives (yes, another one).

Guests wade across 150m of shallow water from the nearby resort island of Sirru Fen Fushi to the 6m tall stainless steel cube whose figurative human, plant and coral shapes can be explored above and below the water.

And then everyone goes back to the resort and has a good long think about what just happened.

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A spectacular image of the Milky Way and, below it, an ascendent Mars casting its reflection in the waters off Rhode Island beach, captured by astrophotographer Abdul Dremali.

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Soneva Jani – a luxury retreat in the Maldives connecting five islands in a shallow lagoon, accessed by a sinuous wooden walkway.

(photo: @alexpreview)

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