Category Archives: Nature

Stills and footage from an ongoing project by photographer Søren Solkær in the marshlands of southern Denmark where every spring and autumn, an estimated million migrating starlings converge in vast murmurations. Sez he:

At times the flock seems to possess the cohesive power of super fluids, changing shape in an endless flux: From geometric to organic, from solid to fluid, from matter to ethereal, from reality to dream—an exchange in which real-time ceases to exist and mythical time pervades. This is the moment I have attempted to capture—a fragment of eternity.

A book of the project is released this week.

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Behold: the stars at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy imaged by the Dark Energy Camera at the Cerro Tololo observatory in Chile.

The first image, while vast, shows a mere 10 million of the estimated 100-400 billion stars of the Milky Way, which is only one one of an estimated 2 trillion galaxies in the Universe.

Have your melon properly twisted by the full sized zoomable version here.

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A selection of winners from the 2020 Close Up Photographer Of The Year. 

Above: a multi-hued glass worm by Andrei Savitsky; fruiting bodies of the slime mold Metatrichia floriformis growing on a decaying beech trunk by Bary Webb; a bioluminescent Lamprigera beetle in the Borneo rainforest by Chien Lee; a spider at Turjanos nature conservation area, Kisőrös, Hungary by Csaba Daroczi; an eel larva off the island of Lembeh (Indonesia) during a blackwater dive by Galice Hoarau (the overall winner);  a great crested tit in a wood in Switzerland by Giacomo Redaelli; a butterfly on the wall of an abandoned building site in Yorkshire by Mike Curry and a springtail on an icy lake at Csongrád-Bokros, Hungary by Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz (young photographer of the year).

More here.

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A stacked composite of over 60 images capturing the flow of lightning-producing storm clouds in July over Colorado Springs. Thunder and lightning, eh? What’s it all about? 

…updrafts carry light ice crystals into collisions with larger and softer ice balls, causing the smaller crystals to become positively charged. After enough charge becomes separated, the rapid electrical discharge that is lightning occurs. Lightning usually takes a jagged course, rapidly heating a thin column of air to about three times the surface temperature of the Sun. The resulting shock wave starts supersonically and decays into the loud sound known as thunder. Lightning bolts are common in clouds during rainstorms, and on average 44 lightning bolts occur on the Earth every second. 

(Image: Joe Randall)

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