Slope Point is the southernmost tip of New Zealand’s South Island. The air stream loops that travel over the Southern Ocean uninterrupted for 3200 km (2000 mi) make landfall at Slope Point, making for consistently extreme winds. And yet, even in this uniquely harsh environment, extraordinary beauty can be found. The extreme winds that batter Slope Point are so strong and consistent that the trees that grow there are molded into strangely and beautifully twisted forms.
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The winners of the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ awards were revealed just a few days ago at the glittering awards ceremony that took place in the Natural History Museum, London. Here’s a mix of the winners and some of our favorite runner-ups.
Given the millions of different shades of color that we see in nature, it’s no wonder that, once in a while, nature might simply run out of paint. Perhaps this is why pure-white animals leave such a strong impression on us. Some of the animals on this list are albinos, while others are simply members of rare white species. Whatever the case, mankind has been fascinated by such animals for ages.
Located in the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, there’s a secret underwater river called Cenote Angelita (Spanish for Little Angel) that can be found after a 10 to 15 minute drive south of Tulum. It is arguably the most unique formation of this kind: a thin layer of hydrogen sulfate separates the saltwater from the fresh water above it, allowing scuba divers to swim along this underwater creation, which looks a lot like a regular river would on the ground. There are even fallen trees and leaves on both sides of the “shores”, making this seascape look all the more surreal!
We are living in times when Photoshop is capable of practically anything, but this time it has nothing to do with this article! Zhangye Danxia Landform in China is just one of those places that are hard to believe really exist. Located in Gansu province, a naturally formed landscape astonishes its visitors with the burst of colors – its streaks of yellow, orange and red to emerald, green and blue make it hard to believe it’s all real.
It took Mike Olbinski 4 years of failed attempts before he actually got his dream: on June 3rd he and Andy Hoeland managed to capture an unworldly time-lapse video of a rotating supercell thunderstorm near Booker, Texas. “There are no words really to describe the moment we saw this storm. Pictures don’t do it justice,” says Mike.
The story behind this photo series is almost as amazing as the jellyfish shots themselves, and comes from the deep waters of the White sea in Russia. The shots were taken by a marine biologist and a professional underwater photographer Alexander Semenov and his team of scientific divers, who are now forced to raise funds to be able to continue their research and work.
They say you are what you eat, and it’s especially true with the translucent ants. Scientist Mohamed Babu from Mysore, India, placed specially colored sugar drops in his garden to attract the weird insects his wife found near the house sipping the spilled milk.
No matter how advanced our society and technology is, we can never forget our origins, and we will always need something green around us. Of course, the best idea is actually spending some time in the countryside, but it’s not always possible, so the only thing left is probably bringing some nature to your house instead.
Why does our bicycle need to be connected to light poles by chains like a criminal in prison? Inspired by nature, the design of this cable wire lock is a mimicry of ivy. Designed by Sono Mocci ‘Ivy’ is one of the shortlisted design entries from more than 3000 participants in the designboom competition. Would you steal a bike or the Ivy lock instead?
If you don’t live in a cave you’ve probably already seen some very powerful WWF advertising campaigns. If you liked it (and I’m 99.7% sure you did) you’ll definitely enjoy this huge collection of the most creative WWF ads , not to mention that they also have a Panda in their logo.