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Head Like an Orange. Nature pictures. Amazing Nature Photos. Photos by Justin Lawson. Elementals. Google Street View Hyperlapse. Many Beautiful Things. 18 Remarkable Photos of Nature Reclaiming Civilization. Source: danjur Humanity is often proud of its great feats of engineering, we are dazzled by the structures we can create, by our mastery over our surroundings, and all of this is for good reason.

18 Remarkable Photos of Nature Reclaiming Civilization

The science and mathematics behind the structures of civilization are amazing, but nature shows no particular respect for all the hard work. One way or another, things that are left to decay will be taken back by the unstoppable forces of nature. The mysterious sense of desolation and thriving life at the same time make for striking photographs, as these 18 pictures of nature taking back our “civilized” world will show. The joy of cloudspotting: 10 incredible visions in clouds.

A “cloud on the horizon” means that something bad is about to happen.

The joy of cloudspotting: 10 incredible visions in clouds

Meanwhile, someone with their “head in the clouds” is thoroughly out to lunch. As Gavin Pretor-Pinney points out in today’s talk, clouds get a bad rep when it comes to language. Gavin Pretor-Pinney: Cloudy with a chance of joy “But I think they’re beautiful, don’t you?” He says. “It’s just that their beauty is missed because they’re so omnipresent, so commonplace that people don’t notice them … unless they get in the way of the sun.” Pretor-Pinney is the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society and, in this talk, he asks each of us to do something we excelled at when we were kids — looking up at the clouds and letting our imaginations run wild.

Below, Pretor-Pinney (and a few guests) shares a few cloud images with the TED Blog. A heart-shaped cloud, spotted by Angelo Storari of Ancona, Italy. A fish in the sky, spotted by Gavin Tobin of the Blasket Islands in Ireland. Spotted by Andrew Kirk of Deep Springs, California. 21+ Animals That Want To Be Photographers.

We often see photographs of wildlife or of photographers taking pictures of wildlife.

21+ Animals That Want To Be Photographers

But what about wildlife photographers? That is, animals taking pictures? It's unusual for animals to use tools, although these critters certainly seem to want to. We all know that chimps and other primates sometimes use tools, but did you know that octopuses also use them? And that crows are so smart, that they understand how to displace water? These adorable photos capture the unexpected encounters between photographers and their subjects. Have you ever had an animal want to participate in your photography? Show 23 more Add Image Recent submissions to this list. Aurora australis as seen from the Australian and New Zealand mainlands. Updated The swirls, twists, and curtains of light of the aurora australis were visible from the Australian and New Zealand mainland overnight.

Aurora australis as seen from the Australian and New Zealand mainlands

The natural light display caused a flurry of excitement, captured on social media. As explained by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, the phenomenon is caused when electrically charged electrons and protons accelerate down the Earth's magnetic field lines and collide with neutral atoms in the upper atmosphere — usually about 100 kilometres above the Earth. "These collisions cause the neutral atoms to fluoresce, emitting light at many different wavelengths.

The most common aurora colours are red and green, caused by the fluorescence of oxygen atoms, while nitrogen atoms can throw bluish-purple lights into the mix," it said. These 'Mind-Blowing And Humbling' Instagram Photos Will Remind You Of Earth's Wild Beauty. Sam and Amanda Ciurdar often find themselves retreating into nature, captivated by Earth’s beauty.

These 'Mind-Blowing And Humbling' Instagram Photos Will Remind You Of Earth's Wild Beauty

The Southern California couple, both devout Christians, take every opportunity to travel into the wilderness with their cameras in tow. Whether it's the forests of Oregon or the sand dunes of their home state, nature is the place for them to meditate and be present. “It feels like that’s truly where we belong,” Amanda told HuffPost. “There’s just something that happens in our souls where we’re able to disconnect from the busyness of life.” There’s plenty of vast, wide open spaces in the couple’s photography -- a reminder, Sam says, of how small humans are compared to God’s creation. He remembers standing on an Alaskan mountain top during one of their trips, looking out at startling white ice fields that stretched out as far as his eyes could see. “It’s mind blowing,” Sam told HuffPost. The Ciurdars have been sharing their wild adventures on Instagram.

30 Incredible Views you’d see if you were a bird.