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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.

Switzerland Switzerland In June 2011, we spent a week in Switzerland, flying into Geneva, with an initial stop in Montreux, followed by a picturesque stay in Wengen, located above the Lauterbrunnen valley. The alps provided a stunning backdrop to explore the area. During our stay in Wengen, a small village that is accessible by train or foot, the main sound heard was cow bells.

National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic - StumbleUpon National Geographic is currently holding its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30. For the past nine weeks, the society has been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries from 2011 for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 45 images from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, with captions written by the individual photographers. [45 photos]

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.

11 Pencil Vs. Camera Images 986 653Share10.7K Born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and now living in Belgium, Ben Heine is an amazing artist who overlaps hand-drawn works of art with photos to create stunning images. I selected eleven of his Pencil Vs. Camera images from his site, but you should check out all his awesome work if you have time. BACK TO THE FUTURE 2 (2011) : Irina Werning - Photographer Now its time for KOREA, TAIWAN AND TOKYO. If you live here and want to participate in my project, email me amazing old pictures to : backtothefuturepics@gmail.com Riff Raff 1976 & 2011 London Andy 1967 & 2011 Los Angeles

National Geographic Adventures Wind your way from lodge to lodge through the luxuriant forests and snow-capped peaks of Peru’s stunning Cordillera Vilcabamba. Trek among glaciers and alpine lakes, as well as to local villages and lesser known Inca sites tucked into the slopes. Take in views of dazzling 20,000-footers such as Salkantay, the highest summit in the range and one of the most sacred peaks in Inca mythology. Experience the diverse ecosystems of the Andes, from ice-clad, high-alpine slopes to lush cloud forests and tropical orchards. Leaf-like sea slug feeds on light - Technology & Science A green sea slug found off North America's east coast not only looks like a leaf, but can also make food out of sunlight, just like a plant. The solar-powered sea slug Elysia chlorotica can live entirely from energy from the sun. It's about three centimetres long.

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