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Something you don’t see every day.  From Atlantic’s photos of the week:A horse is lifted into the air, hanging from a sling beneath a helicopter.

A picture taken in Saignelegier, Switzerland, shows a horse being airlifted by a helicopter during a test by Swiss army forces on April 9, 2021. The exercise was part of a project carried out by the Vetsuisse faculty of veterinary medicine and the Swiss army veterinary service, examining the rapid evacuation and transport of injured horses to a medical veterinary facility. 

Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty

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I love Massimo’s twitter account.  Just full of really cool photos, videos, and science.  He recently led me to the super-cool wave photos of David Orias.  So many great photos at his page.  I really love this one, though:

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by David Orias

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This is so cool.  Not a doctored photo at all, but, a very cool atmospheric phenomenon!

 The cruise ship Anthem of the Seas appears to hover in mid-air on Wednesday evening close to Bournemouth Pier. Photograph: Triangle News/Ryan Rushforth

If the sight of a ship apparently hovering above the sea is a very rare event in the UK, then two in a fortnight must be an even more unlikely occurrence.

But 13 days after a giant tanker was pictured floating above the water off Cornwall, the effect of an optical illusion known as a superior mirage, similar images emerged of the cruise ship, the Jewel of the Seas, off the Dorset coast.

When the Cornwall illusion occurred, the BBC meteorologist David Braine said it was common in the Arctic but can appear “very rarely” in the UK during winter.

It is caused by a meteorological phenomenon called a temperature inversion. Normally, the air temperature drops with increasing altitude, making mountaintops colder than the foothills. But in a temperature inversion, warm air sits on top of a band of colder air, playing havoc with our visual perception. Both the Cornwall and Bournemouth instances were caused by chilly air lying over the relatively cold sea, with warmer air above.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to cruise ships that would usually be in far-flung locations being anchored off the English coast.

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Haven’t done one of these in a while.  From Atlantic’s photos of the week a few weeks ago.  I love horses and I love a good silhouette, and this photo was taken on my birthday, so…

A horse's breath is visible in the sunlight on a cold day.

A racehorse gallops in North Yorkshire in Middleham, England, on February 11, 2021. #

Ian Forsyth / Getty

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And another great photo from the recent Atlantic gallery.  Love a good silhouette.


An Israeli youth rides a stand-up paddleboard at sunset on the shore of the coastal city of Netanya, north of Tel Aviv, on January 21, 2021. 

Jack Guez / AFP / Getty


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Haven’t done a photo of the day in a while.  From Atlantic’s photos of the week: (This one’s for you, Mika!)


The aurora borealis, seen in the sky over Muonio in Lapland, Finland, on January 18, 2021 

Alexander Kuznetsov / Reuters

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Great NYT retrospective of the year in photos. So many depressing photos. This one was not.

Washington, June 6

Demonstrators during a rally at the Lincoln Memorial, on a day when half a million people turned out to protest systemic racism in nearly 550 places across the United States. Michael A. McCoy for The New York Times

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NYT with a great year in photos feature.  You know I can’t resist a great wave/surfing photo:

Nazaré, Portugal, Feb. 11


Maya Gabeira of Brazil on the biggest wave ever ridden by a woman, and the biggest wave surfed by anyone during the 2019-20 winter season, a first for women in professional surfing.

 Armando Franca/Associated Press

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I love Alan Taylor’s annual review of great photos. Here’s his selection from the first part of this year. Oh, for simpler times when we just worried about burned Koalas.

Simon Adamczyk, a wildlife rescuer, carries a rescued koala at a burning forest near Cape Borda, on Kangaroo Island, southwest of Adelaide, Australia, on January 7, 2020. During the disastrous 2019-2020 fire season in Australia, more than 46 million acres were scorched, and as many as 3 billion animals were affected. #David Mariuz / AAP Image / Reuters

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These wildfires out West– damn!  Atlantic’s gallery.  Seen this one a lot, but I’m going to share it myself anyway:

A boat motors by as the Bidwell Bar Bridge is surrounded by fire in Lake Oroville during the Bear Fire in Oroville, California, on September 9, 2020. 

Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty

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Back to the great Atlantic gallery of NC photos.  I’ve got a soft spot for this one.

A view of the Duke University Chapel following a winter storm on the campus of Duke University in Durham, on February 26, 2015 

Lance King / Getty


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How cool is this, an Atlantic photo gallery of North Carolina!  This lead image is pretty amazing:

Fog burns off in the valley below Linn Cove Viaduct in western North Carolina during an autumn morning. 

Kellyvandellen / iStockphoto / Getty
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