Category Archives: Nature

The annual migration of Siberian seagulls toward their winter home on the sacred Indian rivers of Ganga and Yamuna, photographed in the early morning light at Delhi by Navin Vatsa.

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The spectacular result of a sprinkler malfunction on the top floor of a 21 storey Chicago hotel and storage facility during last week’s vicious cold snap.

Photographs by Andrew Hickey.

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Epic black and white time-lapse footage of storms over central and southwest US in 2017 shot in 8K (4320p, though it’s only viewable in 4K on YouTube) by storm chaser Mike Oblinski.

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Uli Westphal’s Elephas Anthropogenus project – a collection of images depicting how Europeans imagined elephants from the Fall of Rome to the end of the Rennaissance. to wit:

After the fall of the Roman Empire, elephants virtually disappeared from Western Europe. Since there was no real knowledge of how this animal actually looked, illustrators had to rely on oral and written transmissions to morphologically reconstruct the elephant, thus reinventing an actual existing creature.

MORE: Elephas Anthropogenus

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Waves off the Nantucket Coast of Massachusetts, which experienced a  -11°C cold snap this week, rendered into a slush of rolling ice (and a sluggish break for surfer Jamie Briard) snapped by Jonathan Nimerfroh.

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Incredible footage of a Halitrephes maasi jellyfish captured by researchers aboard the E/V Nautilus 4,000 feet underwater at the Revillagigedo Archipelago off Baja California, Mexico. To wit:

Radial canals that move nutrients through the jelly’s bell form a starburst pattern that reflects the lights of ROV Hercules with bright splashes of yellow and pink,” the Nautilus crew shares. “But without our lights this gelatinous beauty drifts unseen in the dark.

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A frankly whopping Archachatina Marginata Ovum (giant West African ‘banana rasp’ snail) proudly displayed by German insect enthusiast and breeder Adrian Kozakiewicz.

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1000 frame per second films of lightning strikes at various parts of the US (but mainly Arizona) captured in 4k by filmmaker Dustin Farrell using a Phantom Flex4K high-speed camera. The three minute film contains a total of three terabytes (3,000GB) of data. Farrell sez of it:

Lightning is like a snowflake. Every bolt is different. I learned that lightning varies greatly in speed. There are some incredible looking bolts that I captured that didn’t make the cut because even at 1000fps they only lasted for one frame during playback. I also captured some lightning that appear computer generated it lasted so long on the screen.

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An excerpt from The Art Of Flying (a longer, on demand version of this film) featuring a glorious murmuration of starlings captured by Dutch filmmaker Jan Van Ijken in the winter of 2014/2015.

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