I am both horrified and awed by photographer Nick Brandt's images of birds calcified by the overwhelmingly alkaline waters of Lake Natron in Tanzania.
Brandt writes in his new photo/essay book, Across The Ravaged Land.
"I unexpectedly found the creatures — all manner of birds and bats — washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania. No one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake.
"The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds. The soda and salt causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry."
To add to the effect, he posed the animals as if they were frozen in life.
After nearly 40 years of being dormant, Calbuco in Chile erupted last spring. Here is jaw-dropping 4k footage.
This murmuration happened just yesterday in the skies above Israel.
Sometimes icebergs flip over. It's apparently a fairly rare occurrence, but when it happens it exposes something alien and mesmerizing. As he sailed through the Drake Passage to Antarctica, Interface designer Alex Cornell caught the appearance on his Canon 5D Mark II camera.
“We were lucky to see a massive iceberg flip; when this happens, the color is a surreal, alien blue. They don’t flip often, so it was a pretty rare sight to see. It’s hard to tell scale, but this was an epic iceberg. It was amazing to see the interior. There were air bubbles and flowing water throughout. It looked like an alien artifact.”
In February 2014, Jakub Polomski was in Argentina at the Perito Moreno glacier on a day that it ruptured in a spectacular display that happens every couple years.
With an average depth of 1.6 to 3.2 feet, Syvash Lake is hyper saliented and super prone to vast smelly and red algae blooms.
Photographer Sergey Anashkevych captured these stunning images of the shallow and brilliantly red salt flats just off the Sea of Azoz in the Crimea.
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In a forest near his home city of Berdychiv, Ukraine, amateur photographer Vyacheslav Mischenko has captured these surprisingly dynamic photos of snails.
"I spent a lot of my childhood out and about in forests as my family are big wildlife lovers so I'm always on the lookout for unusual animal shots which I can capture. I don't like taking just simple macro shots as you can find them everywhere so I always try to create pictures which I hope people will love."
This is a murmuration. A flock of starlings in this case that fly in tight, dance-like formations. These amazing photos from murmurations around the world and these two amazing videos aren't even close to the real experience.
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Kawah Ijen, East Java, Indonesia, is a part of a group of stratovolcanoes, connected to a rich vein of sulfur (a vein mined by painstaking hand) that expresses itself both in a startlingly blue lake and in these bright blue liquid sulfur flames.
Photographer Olivier Grunewald took these amazing photos in 2008. He lost two lenses and a camera in the process. He had to wear a gasmask and had to get rid of all the clothes we wore during the shoot.
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Hawaii-based photographer Joshua Lambus has created this collection entitled Blackwater.
"Now being underwater I'm inundated with stories, struggles, triumphs. Seeing our fragile ecosystem inch ever closer to the verge of destruction pushes me to continue my work, not only for artistic value, but for a far greater purpose. I hope to tell a story and ask for help for those without a voice."
Andrew and Luda, Kyrgyzstan-based photographers, post outstanding nature photography, including of active volcanoes on their joint Live Journal account.
They recently headed to the volcano complex known as Tolbachik, which was in active eruption on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia. The video and the photos are really phenomenal.
Who doesn't love a good pendulum wave video?
Watching ice form and water flow in timelapse is fascinating, and in HD it's gorgeous.
"The Manpupuner rock formations (Man-Pupu-Nyer; Мань-Пупу-нёр) or the Seven Strong Men Rock Formations or Poles of the Komi Republic are a set of 7 gigantic abnormally shaped stone pillars located north of the Ural mountains in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District of the Komi Republic. These monoliths are around 30 to 42 m high and jut out of a hilly plateau formed through the weathering effects of ice and winds."
"According to a local legend, the stone pillars were once an entourage of Samoyeds giants walking through the mountains to Siberia in order to destroy the Vogulsky people. However, upon seeing the holy Vogulsky mountains, the shaman of the giants dropped his drum and the entire team froze into the stone pillars."
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