Photo of the day

Love this photo of the Caribbean from the International Space Station.  More here:

From the Earth-orbiting International Space Station, flying some 225 nautical miles above the Caribbean Sea in the early morning hours of July 15, NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman photographed this north-looking panorama that includes parts of Cuba, the Bahamas and Florida, and even runs into several other areas in the southeastern U.S. The long stretch of lights to the left of center frame gives the shape of Miami.

Image Credit: NASA

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From last week’s Telegraph animal photos of the week:

A group of cheetahs sprint after a lone wildebeest in a tense encounter captured by photographer Mark Dumbleton from Johannesburg, South Africa in the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya

A group of cheetahs sprint after a lone wildebeest in a tense encounter captured by photographer Mark Dumbleton from Johannesburg, South Africa in the Masai Mara Game Reserve in KenyaPicture: Mark Dumbleton/Solent News & Photo Agency

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Also from the recent In Focus gallery, those French sure know how to do fireworks:

Fireworks explode around the Eiffel Tower during the annual Bastille Day celebrations on July 14, 2014 in Paris, France. The French National Day, commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille fortress and prison on July 14, 1789.(Frederic T Stevens/Getty Images)

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Wow, if this photo from In Focus’ photos of the week doesn’t really bring home just how bad the drought in western US is:

Boats, including the Desert Princess paddle wheeler, travel in front of mineral-stained rocks on the upstream side of the Hoover Dam on July 17, 2014 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona. Last week, North America’s largest man-made reservoir dropped below 1,082 feet above sea level, the lowest it’s been since the Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s. A 14-year drought in the Southwestern United States and a dwindling supply of water from the Colorado River, in part due to cuts in the reservoir’s annual allocation of water from Lake Powell, has left a white “bathtub ring” of mineral deposits left by higher water levels on the rocks around the lake as high as 130 feet. The National Park Service has been forced to close or extend boat launch ramps, and move entire marinas to try to keep up with the receding water levels. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Video of the day

Great video on how Clark Little gets the awesome shots as seen in today’s photo of the day (via NPR):


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These shots of waves are awesome!

Clark Little

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Love this Wired galleryof alien-looking landscapes that are actually constructed in miniature at the photographer’s kitchen table.  Pretty cool.


Photo of the day

A really cool photo gallery in TNR of all places.  Photos taken at midnight in the Arctic during the summer:

Carolyn Marks Blackwood/Alan Klotz Gallery

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Yahoo Tech presents best drone photos of the year.  This is the winner:

Bali Barat National Park, Indonesia

First prize went to the Dronestragram photographer capungaero, whoposted this shot from Indonesia’s Bali Barat National Park:

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The Telegraph brings us the 60 most iconic World Cup photos (so, guess this will probably be my last World Cup photo for 3 years and 11 months):

I’ll go with this one, since it’s pretty much my favorite goal ever.

World Cup 2014: Thrills, spills and lots of drunken Chileans

Magic moment: Robin van Persie scores the goal of the tournament with his outrageous, gravity-defying leap and headerPicture: GETTY IMAGES


Here’s the moving gif of the goal, if you somehow haven’t seen it:

Van Persie Header Goal GIF

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I think the difference between high and low tide is one of the coolest things in nature.  It’s so wild to be out at the beach and have yard and yards of exposed sand and calm surf and just 6 hours later, it’s all covered up by crashing surf.  Anyway, how appropriate that I came across this awesome photo gallery this week that shows sites in England at high and low tide with some dramatic differences.  At the original site, you can simply click on the image to see high versus low– here I’ve got two images:

low and high tide

low and high tide

St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay, Northumberland.  Michael Marten.

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Great In Focus gallery of World Cup images.  So many good ones, but given my fear of insects– even small ones– I loved this series showing James Rodriguez making a penalty kick even while being molested by a massive flying insect.  That would have made me miss.  Also, I have taken to calling my son, Evan James, Evan Ha-mes.

A combination of pictures shows a giant insect flying toward, and landing on Colombia’s midfielder James Rodriguez, after he scored from the penalty spot — and then later on a photographer’s seat, during the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza on July 4, 2014. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)


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