Awe-Inspiring Photos of Swirling Superstorms Belie Their Destructive Power Supercell thunderstorms are characterized by a cycling, cylindrical vortex of air that moves upward off the ground, which is also known as a mesocyclone. Not only does it sound badass, but it produces some of the most visually striking weather on Earth. Each summer since 2009, photographer Mitch Dobrowner and guide Roger Hill have driven through the Great Plains and high deserts of the United States in search of these jaw-dropping forces of nature.
Crystal River - The most beautiful river on earth [Pics] Cano Cristales - Crystal River. River of five colors, as the locals call it, originates in the south of the mountain chain Macarena, Colombia, and flows eastward to its confluence with the Guayabero river. In the Cano Cristales found five colors: yellow, blue, green, black and red. All of them are waste product of many algae and, depending on time of year, color saturation, or weakened or strengthened.
Amazing Macro Shots of Animal Eyes by Suren Manvelyan You may recall Your Beautiful Eyes, a series by Armenian photographer Suren Manvelyan that took a closer look at the human eye. He carries on with this theme in his latest set of photos, this time his subject range includes fish cats, horses, and crocodiles. Have a look at this amazing macro shots of animal eyes after the jump. Horse Bled Island - Slovenia's Fairy Tale Isle Lake Bled in Slovenia has had visitors for thousands of years. Little wonder when you consider its mild climate and beautiful surroundings. The lake has an island, tear-shaped and the only real island in the virtually land-locked country. When people say that a place is like something from a fairy tale often they are exaggerating. Not with so Bled Island. Experiment with Nature - StumbleUpon Definition: Refraction : re·frac·tion – [ri-frak-shuhn] The change of direction of a ray of light in passing obliquely from one medium into another in which its wave velocity is different Markus Reugels of Deutschland uses the properties of refraction to create beautiful miniature worlds inside drops of water. Check out more of his work at: flickr.com/photos/maianer All images courtesy of Markus Reugels
Stunning Rural Landscapes Blur Reality with Abstraction In these dramatic landscapes, photographer Lisa Wood perfectly blurs the line between reality and abstraction. The series, entitled Art of Farmland, documents the gorgeous countryside of the artist's hometown in Sun Valley, Idaho. However, as viewers gaze upon the visually stunning images, it becomes evident that these aren't your typical farmland scenes. By blending multiple exposures and utilizing timelapse techniques, Wood transforms an everyday moment into a playfully surreal adventure. The artist merges geometric lines and patterns with bold, vibrant colors to create the painterly compositions. She says, "My hope for the viewer is to look at rural landscapes in a different way and to hopefully appreciate both the imagination behind the images and the moods they evoke."
Incredible Video Of Giant Sea Icicle Freezing Everything In Its Path Frozen sea brine is freezing everything in its path. The BBC filmed brinicles, solidified salt water, as they descended into Antarctic water and iced over everything sitting at the ocean bottom. Brinicles are underwater icicles that form around salt water sinking from sea ice. The film crew found a brinicle beneath the ice off the foothills of the volcano Mount Erebus. Once the phenomenon was spotted, the news organization set up time lapse cameras to capture the freezing salt overtaking starfish and sea urchins as it coated the sea floor in ice. The video is the first-ever footage of a brinicle forming, according to the BBC.
Earthbag Construction - StumbleUpon EarthBag Homes - you're standing on the building materials... earthbag home Long sandbags are filled on-site and arranged in layers or as compressed coils. Stabilizers such as cement, lime, or sodium carbonate may be added to an ideal mix of 70% sand, 30% clay. Straw may also be added. The earthbags are then plastered over with adobe. Arquitectura en Equilibrio (Architecture in Balance) flickr.com Artist Carves Vintage Books Into Astoundingly Intricate 3D Sculptures (Photos) : TreeHugger - StumbleUpon Photos: Guy Laramee With the increasing popularity of electronic readers and e-books, the future use of hard-bound books also comes under question. While designers have responded with the likes of lighting, accessories and even fashion made entirely out of old books, French Canadian artist Guy Laramée tackles it from a decidedly philosophical — and creative — perspective, carving intricate, three-dimensional landscapes that look amazingly real up close. Based out of Montréal, Laramée is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, director, composer and anthropologist. "Biblio" and "The Great Wall" are his series of sculpted vintage books, which range from ridged landscapes and Zen gardens to actual archaeological landmarks like the Temple of Petra. While on one level Laramée is finding a good use for obsolete books, there's also a deeper commentary underlying his practice.
The Top 50 Pictures of the Day for 2011 - StumbleUpon Every day at 5pm the Sifter posts the Picture of the Day. Below you will find a collection of the Sifter’s Top 50 from 2011. It’s hard to imagine the year is almost over, time seems to fly faster each successive year so it’s fun to take a moment and look back at the year that was.