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Tiny Humans Lost In The Majesty Of Nature

Tiny Humans Lost In The Majesty Of Nature

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No matter how caught up we get in our stressful day-to-day lives, nature always gives us the perfect place to escape to. The great outdoors have a way of making you seem small and insignificant, and of putting all of your problems into perspective. With that in mind, here are some stunning photographs showing just how small we can seem when eclipsed by the powerful wonder of nature. Here’s a quote from a poem by William Wordsworth that goes well with these photos; “To her fair works did Nature link//The human soul that through me ran;//And much it grieved my heart to think//What man has made of man.“ If you’ve ever seen (or taken) a photo that makes you feel this way, share it with us at the bottom of this post! (h/t: 500px) Location: British Columbia, Canada ...
Macro Photos Of Cute And Cuddly Jumping Spiders by Thomas Shahan

Macro Photos Of Cute And Cuddly Jumping Spiders by Thomas Shahan

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When you hear the word “cute,” “spider” is probably not the first word that pops into your head. But photographer Thomas Shahan is out to change all that with his incredible macro photographs of doe-eyed jumping spiders. Jumping spiders are unusual in that the majority of them do not hunt with webs. They have powerful hind legs and the best eyesight among spiders, allowing them to hunt actively with powerful jumps. They can still produce silk, however, often using it to tether themselves before jumping or to create shelters. [Read more...] With the exception of Australia, where just about every living thing out there can kill or maim you, I don’t get why people hate spiders. A world without spiders would be a world with far more mosquitoes and flies, which car...
A Magical Miniature World Of Snails By Vyacheslav Mishchenko

A Magical Miniature World Of Snails By Vyacheslav Mishchenko

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Talented Ukrainian nature photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko has an eye for taking photos that bring small natural worlds up to our level, showing us how the world might look if we could see it through the eyes of an ant, snail or lizard. Mishchenko’s interest with the miniature natural world around us began early on in his youth. “As a child, my father taught me to hunt mushrooms near my home and we would always come across all manner of bugs and creatures,” he told dailymail. “As I got older and my interest in photography grew, I decided I wanted to catch these magical scenes on camera.“ [Read more...] Mishchenko shoots his unwitting models in their natural habitats, but whether or not they even realize that they’re being made to model f...
Couples Switch Outfits In Playful, Gender-Bending Photo Series By Hana Pesut (31 pics)

Couples Switch Outfits In Playful, Gender-Bending Photo Series By Hana Pesut (31 pics)

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Have you ever wondered how you might look if you switched clothes with someone of the opposite gender? Canadian photographer Hana Pesut has set out to deal with that question in “Switcharoo,” which features couples photographed in their outfits and then again after they swap clothing. The idea was born on a camping trip, when Pesut decided to photograph two of her friends who were dressed very differently: “One was wearing tie-dye, sequins, leopard print, lots of silk scarves. Everything was very bright and colorful. The other was wearing black jeans and a black T-shirt. I thought it would be fun if they switched outfits and I decided to take before and after photos”,- said Hana. [Read more...] The result is a playful series that invites discussion and reflection on...
22 Best Wildlife Photos From National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

22 Best Wildlife Photos From National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

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National Geographic Traveler Photo contest is coming to an end, so it’s high time we took a look at some of the best entries. The submissions will be accepted till June 30th, so those who want to participate, hurry up and submit your photos in one of the categories of Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. The first prize winner will go on an expedition to the Galápagos with the National Geographics team, while runner-ups will receive the publicity and honor of having his or her photo published in the National Geographic Traveler magazine or website. That should make the competition pretty intense! [Read more...] In order to pick the winner, the judging panel will convene for two judging rounds: 10 candidates will be selected in Round 1, with...
33 Amazing Ideas That Will Make Your House Awesome

33 Amazing Ideas That Will Make Your House Awesome

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We’ve all got some sort of idea of how our dream home might look. Some of us have just got to have a pool, while others want clever modern design, sustainability, or integration with natural elements. No matter what it is that makes your dream home unique, here are a few examples of homes where people have been able to realize some of their greatest home design fantasies. [Read more...] These ingenious home improvements run from pools and aquariums to cleverly-hidden storage spaces, multi-purpose furniture and… cat transit walkways. Maybe you’ll recognize something that you’ve always wanted to see, or maybe the pictures will get your juices flowing and inspire you to come up with or even build something new. Warning – viewing some of these images may make you...
40 Breathtaking Bird Photos By John & Fish

40 Breathtaking Bird Photos By John & Fish

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Birds are social animals – they communicate using visual signals, calls and songs, participate in social behaviors including cooperative breeding and hunting, flocking, and mobbing of predators. Unfortunately, we rarely get to see these fascinating moments of their lives, but thanks to photographers we can finally get closer to them (especially with big, heavy 500mm lenses running for between $5,000 and $9,000). [Read more...] Meet Johh&Fish - one of the most popular ornithology photography teams around Flickr. They are brother and sister living and working together for over 20 years, however their photography career started only in 2006. Amazed by the beauty of birds in Taiwan John&Fish just fell in love with the nature. John having extensive training in music and the arts h...
Engineer And Self-Taught Photographer Travels Through The USA Photographing Old Trains

Engineer And Self-Taught Photographer Travels Through The USA Photographing Old Trains

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Giant clouds of steam billowing from the smokestacks of mighty clanking steam engines – these are some of the powerful and historical sights captured in the amazing train photography of Matthew Malkiewicz. The photographer behind the “Lost Tracks of Time” series agreed to talk to Bored Panda about his passion for traveling in the search of old trains and how it has shaped his life. Matthew is a self-taught photographer who works full-time as an engineer. He loves fishing and traveling, and while traveling, he searches for vintage trains throughout the USA and photographs them in action. He explains that his interest in trains started when he was just a child:  “I have a photo of myself watching a toy train run around the Christmas tree as a baby,...
17 Of The Most Beautiful Steps Around The World

17 Of The Most Beautiful Steps Around The World

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Street art is gradually coming to be accepted as a legitimate and wonderful art form by more and more people, but that doesn’t mean that street artists can rest on their laurels – they continue exploring with new ways to exploit public surfaces and cover them in beautiful art. This post is all about street artists and regular people who have decorated something that most of us probably wouldn’t think of decorating – public outdoor steps. [Read more...] Much like the hidden street art of Zebrating, most of these pieces can only truly be appreciated when viewed from a certain vantage point. They may seem like random splashes of paint to someone actually climbing those steps, but someone looking at them from below will see the artist’s full vision. If they’...
25 Of The Cutest Parenting Moments In The Animal Kingdom

25 Of The Cutest Parenting Moments In The Animal Kingdom

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A parent’s love for their child knows no boundaries, and this is true both of us and of our animal friends. In these heartwarming photos of animal parenting, you’ll recognize many of the same tender and stressful childhood moments that you may have also experienced as a parent or a child. Ecologists tend to separate animals into two groups based on their parenting – the r and K categories. The K category includes animals like elephants, cats, and us – animals that have relatively few offspring with longer gestational periods. Their fewer offspring require more focused care, and for a longer time – the sort of parenting we’re used to. Parents from the r category go for quantity over quality, with many offspring that grow quickly and individually have smal...
20 Amazing Examples of Animal Camouflage

20 Amazing Examples of Animal Camouflage

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Survival can become a challenging task in the wild – especially if you’re smaller or slower than your possible predators. This is why many animal species have developed different ways to camouflage themselves throughout the course of evolution. Ways to camouflage differ depending mostly on three factors: the physiology and behavior of the animal, then those of the predator and the environment, in which the animal lives and hunts its food. Blending in with the environment is the most common approach. [Read more...] Natural selection plays its part here as well: as the way in which an animal camouflages itself is determined genetically, every new generation adapts to its surroundings better. What usually happens is than an animal imitates the coloration of its natural habita...
25 Stunning Entries for National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

25 Stunning Entries for National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

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The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is over and the judges are about to announce the winners. Over 12,000 amazing images were submitted from all over the world in these four categories: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments. National Geographic will announce the winners next month and meanwhile we are sharing 25 of our favorite entries. When I look at these spectacular photos I start to think that maybe my photography teacher was wrong after all. He used to say that we should leave our DSLRs at home when traveling. “Take point-and-shoot camera instead – it’s either a holiday or you are working,” he said. [Read more...] If these travelers would have followed this advice, I wouldn’t be sharing  thes...