Photo of the day

From a very cool Wired gallery.  These are not living birds, but paper:

One of Diana Beltran Herrera’s exquisite paper birds. Yes, that’s paper. This one’s an Eastern Meadowlark. DIANA BELTRAN HERRERA

Photo of the day

From the Telegraph’s photos of the week:.  Now that’s what I call juxtaposition:

Czech photographer Radek Kalhous' photo of the Dukovany nuclear power station in the Czech Republic. The 40-year-old uses nothing more than clever lighting and a tilt-shift lens to capture the ugly power station.

Czech photographer Radek Kalhous’ photo of the Dukovany nuclear power station in the Czech Republic. The 40-year-old uses nothing more than clever lighting and a tilt-shift lens to capture the ugly power station.Picture: Radek Kalhous/Caters

(And by the way, photos lovers, lots of great shots in this gallery– well worth checking out all of it).

 

Photo of the day

Via Wired.  So this is a crazy animal:

The incredible satanic leaf-tailed gecko does a spot-on impression of a leaf. “Thank you, thank you,” the gecko says. “I’ll be here for the three to five years of my expected lifespan.”  PIOTR NASKRECKI / CORBIS

Photo of the day

Today’s National Geographic photo of the day:

Picture of a surfer seen from above at Palm Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Surf and Turf

Photograph by Joe Hsu

A surfer rides a wave as it crashes onto the shore at Palm Beach in New South Wales, Australia, giving the ocean an otherworldly appearance. Palm Beach, a northern suburb of Sydney, is home to two Surf Life Saving clubs—one dating back to 1921.

Photo of the day

I came across this gallery of images from Apalachia via a FB post and I loved this one of this super-tall bridge in West Virginia.  I followed through to the flickr account of the photographer– so many amazing photos.  But I do love the bridge:

Linda Tanner

Tallest Single Span Bridge – West Virginia

This is supposed to be the world’s tallest ‘single-span’ bridge (if I correctly remember the details on the sign at this view point).

It’s in West Virginia somewhere south of West Virginia’s capital of Charleston.

The gray day did not do justice to the lush surrounding green forest.

 

 

Photo of the day

Apparently they have raised the wreck of the Costa Concordia.  Fascinating In Focus gallery:

The upright — but still partially submerged — Costa Concordia, near the harbor of Giglio Porto, on September 17, 2013. The ship’s horn sounded for the first time since the January 13, 2012 tragedy, its sound mixing with applause and cheers in the port in a dramatic climax to the massive salvage operation. (Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images)

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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

Photo of the day

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):

 

Photo of the day

These shots of waves are awesome!

Clark Little

http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2014/07/17/332211283/ocean-waves-as-you-have-never-seen-them-before

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