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archiemcphee:

When Marina Scarr first photographed this handsome Great Horned Owl in Fort De Soto Park, Florida, she thought the noble bird was alone. It wasn’t until she looked at her photo again later on that she noticed the owl was a proud parent caring for an owlet tucked into its feathered breast. The baby raptor blends in so perfectly, it’s practically invisible. That’s got to be one of the safest, softest places on earth. It’s a pretty awesome shot.
[via Telegraph.co.uk]

archiemcphee:

When Marina Scarr first photographed this handsome Great Horned Owl in Fort De Soto Park, Florida, she thought the noble bird was alone. It wasn’t until she looked at her photo again later on that she noticed the owl was a proud parent caring for an owlet tucked into its feathered breast. The baby raptor blends in so perfectly, it’s practically invisible. That’s got to be one of the safest, softest places on earth. It’s a pretty awesome shot.

[via Telegraph.co.uk]

— 1 year ago with 333 notes
#florida  #owl  #animals  #fort de soto 
bobbycaputo:

Underwater model Hannah Fraser swims with a whale shark in Oslob, Philippines, for a one-of-a-kind photo-session. The stunt was the brainchild of US photographers Shawn Heinrichs and Kristian Schmidt.
Picture: Kristian Schmidt / Barcroft Media

bobbycaputo:

Underwater model Hannah Fraser swims with a whale shark in Oslob, Philippines, for a one-of-a-kind photo-session. The stunt was the brainchild of US photographers Shawn Heinrichs and Kristian Schmidt.

Picture: Kristian Schmidt / Barcroft Media

— 1 year ago with 33442 notes
#Photography  #Portrait  #Whale Shark  #Animals  #Philippines  #Oslob 

archiemcphee:

So it turns out the hare managed to beat the tortoise in their race by transforming the tortoise into a rocket-propelled vehicle.

Artist Mitchell Grafton creates awesome ceramic sculptures and jugs in his studio in Panama City, Florida. Head over to Mitchell’s blog to view a lot more of his artwork.

[via Neatorama]

— 1 year ago with 751 notes
#Crafts  #Art  #Ceramic  #Sculpture  #Mitchell Grafton  #Jugs  #Animals  #Creatures  #Gorilla  #King Kong  #Rabbit  #Tortoise  #Hare  #Tentacles  #Octopus  #Baby  #Mutants 
allcreatures:


A female southern right whale is spotted with two calves - her own plus an orphan that she has adopted - near Walker Bay in South Africa. It is rare for whales to adopt abandoned calves.

Picture: Mogens Trolle / Barcroft Media (via Pictures of the day: 2 January 2013 - Telegraph)

allcreatures:

A female southern right whale is spotted with two calves - her own plus an orphan that she has adopted - near Walker Bay in South Africa. It is rare for whales to adopt abandoned calves.

Picture: Mogens Trolle / Barcroft Media (via Pictures of the day: 2 January 2013 - Telegraph)

— 1 year ago with 7556 notes
#animals  #marine mammals 
Red & Grey Foxes in Florida →

oldflorida:

Mating season is coming up in the next couple of months so keep your ears and eyes open. These beautiful creatures are spotted in many urban areas in South Florida, but keep your distance because you never know if it’s carrying rabies. Keep that in mind if you really want to get up close because taking a photo isn’t worth being treated for rabies.

— 1 year ago with 39 notes
#Foxes  #South Florida  #Animals 

archiemcphee:

From the Department of Awesome Animal Encounters come these intense photos taken by diver and underwater photographer Daniel Botelho, who has made it his goal to demonstrate that great white sharks are not the man-eaters that everyone assumes them to be. Not only that, he says that it is possible to safely dive around the incredible creatures outside of a safety cage. Amazing? Yes. Misguided? Possibly. Whatever you think of it, the photos, in which divers are hanging out with an 18-foot-long female great white shark, are literally quite awesome. In the top photo one of the divers even appears to be touching the shark’s right pectoral fin. 

Thus far Daniel Botelho has logged 24-hours of diving time outside of a cage in the presence of great white sharks and insists that he has never been bitten:

“The movie Jaws created an over-reaction which led to sharks becoming misunderstood,” said Daniel. “They are predators for sure, mostly attacking by ambush, but they are not man-killers. I’ve been in the water during 24 logged-hours diving out of the cage and no shark came to me thinking I was snack. Through my pictures I wanted to show people that it’s possible to dive safely with great white sharks.”

Daniel acknowledges that great white sharks are indeed top-predators, but says they very rarely regard humans as food:

“He explained the key to safely diving with this notorious shark was to remain relaxed, keep eye-contact with the shark and hold one’s ground no matter how close the shark swims to the diver.”

We don’t know about you, but this story reminds us strongly of ill-fated bear-lover Timothy Treadwell, about whom the documentary Grizzly Man was made by Werner Herzog. Let’s hope Daniel doesn’t suffer a similar fate. We think sharks are truly awesome, but we also prefer to give them plenty of personal space in their watery domain, so then no one has to worry about holding their respective ground. The only time we’re actually prepared to get really close to a shark is while we’re drinking our morning coffee.

[via Dailymail.co.uk]

— 1 year ago with 340 notes
#Animals  #Photography  #Sharks  #Great White Shark  #Daniel Botelho  #Diver  #Scuba diving  #Danger  #Teeth  #Predator  #Smile  #Grin  #Amazing  #News  #Timothy Treadwell  #Herzog  #Grizzly Man  #Good luck 

archiemcphee:

These four paintings are part of an exhibit of new work by California-based artist Roland Tamayo. The solo show at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles, CA, entitled Where The Heart Is, opens on Saturday, October 20th and runs through Saturday, November 10th.

Here’s a statement from Roland Tamayo about this show:

“It came natural to create a show with my twin boys in mind. Something fun and positive that they could hopefully get something out of. Obviously they have been the biggest influence in my life lately, and the pieces reflect little messages for them, which hopefully many can relate to while using things close to my heart. I’m playing with images from my hometown, sea creatures, and nostalgic thoughts and pop culture for me that my children are starting to enjoy as well. I hope you can make it, and please share this with anyone you think might be interested!”

Who doesn’t love an astronaut manatee or polaroid camera crab? If R2-D2 sleeps, he probably dreams of being a jellyfish, bobbing and floating through turquoise waters. And if giant robots ever come after us, we should remember to try placating them with bowls of goldfish friends. Yep, it’s all pretty awesome.

[via Laughing Squid]

— 1 year ago with 172 notes
#Art  #Painting  #Roland Tamayo  #Gallery 1988  #Los Angeles  #Pop Culture  #Pop Surrealism  #Astronaut  #Manatee  #R2-D2  #Jellyfish  #Polaroid  #Camera  #Crab  #Mecha  #Robot  #Goldfish  #Animals  #Where the Heart Is 

archiemcphee:

If you’re looking for an awesome thrill, head over to Darwin City in northern Australia where Crocosaurus Cove will introduce you to the self-contained experience of a lifetime, the Cage of Death, “Australia’s only crocodile dive experience.” 

The ultimate face to face encounter commences as you are lowered into one of three crocodile enclosures, gradually becoming submerged in the very same waters as some of Australia’s largest crocodiles. Each cage dive will spend approximately 5 minutes in each of the 3 enclosures!

Operated by an over-head monorail and designed for 1 or 2 people per cage, the Cage of Death has you suspended above the crocs before being lowered into the pens to get an up close and personal look at these amazing reptiles.

Sometimes daily life gets a bit dull and it takes a new experience, like a face-to-face encounter with an enormous crocodile, to really shake things up. That should help refresh you and put things back into perspective, right? That is, assuming you don’t suffer from herpetophobia.

[via HiConsumption]

— 1 year ago with 982 notes
#Travel  #Animals  #Adventure  #Darwin City  #Australia  #Crocodile  #Encounter  #Cage of Death  #Crocosaurus Cove  #Underwater  #Photography  #Herpetophobia  #Reptiles 
archiemcphee:

From the Department of Awesome Natural Occurrences come these photos, taken by staff at a crocodile park in Xiamen, southeast China’s Fujian Province, where adorable twin baby crocodiles hatched from the same egg. It must have been awfully cozy in there.
Keeper Xiao Zeng said: “I have witnessed the birth of thousands of baby crocodiles, but it’s first time for me to see two crocodiles in one egg.” We’re not nearly as experienced as Xiao Zeng, but it’s the first time we’ve seen anything like it either. 
[via Telegraph.co.uk]

archiemcphee:

From the Department of Awesome Natural Occurrences come these photos, taken by staff at a crocodile park in Xiamen, southeast China’s Fujian Province, where adorable twin baby crocodiles hatched from the same egg. It must have been awfully cozy in there.

Keeper Xiao Zeng said: “I have witnessed the birth of thousands of baby crocodiles, but it’s first time for me to see two crocodiles in one egg.” We’re not nearly as experienced as Xiao Zeng, but it’s the first time we’ve seen anything like it either. 

[via Telegraph.co.uk]

— 1 year ago with 507 notes
#Animals  #Photography  #News  #Xiao Zeng  #Twin  #Baby  #Crocodiles  #Reptiles  #Cozy  #Egg  #Unusual  #Amazing  #China  #Xiamen  #Fujian Province  #Cute 

archiemcphee:

From the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders come these mysterious patterns on the ocean floor off the southern coast of Japan. Japanese scuba diver and photographer Yoji Ookata, who has spent the last 50 years exploring and documenting his underwater discoveries off the coast of Japan, spotted these beautiful and puzzling patterns in the sand, nearly six feet in diameter and 80 feet below sea level, during a dive near Amami Oshima at the southern tip of the country.

So what happened next? Are these rippling geometric patterns the equivalent of crop circles on the seafloor? Not quite, but the answer is still a good one. Colossal explains:

“He soon returned with colleagues and a television crew from the nature program NHK to document the origins what he dubbed the “mystery circle.”

Using underwater cameras the team discovered the artist is a small puffer fish only a few inches in length that swims tirelessly through the day and night to create these vast organic sculptures using the gesture of a single fin. Through careful observation the team found the circles serve a variety of crucial ecological functions, the most important of which is to attract mates. Apparently the female fish are attracted to the hills and valleys within the sand and traverse them carefully to discover the male fish where the pair eventually lay eggs at the circle’s center, the grooves later acting as a natural buffer to ocean currents that protect the delicate offspring. Scientists also learned that the more ridges contained within the sculpture resulted in a much greater likelihood of the fish pairing. To learn more about the circles check out the full scoop over on Spoon and Tamago, and you can see two high resolution desktop photos courtesy of NHK here.”

Busy little pufferfish boys wooing potential mates by sculpting the sand with their bodies. As far as we’re concerned, that’s pretty awesome!

[via Colossal]

— 2 years ago with 41903 notes
#Underwater  #Mystery  #Animals  #Photography  #Art  #Yoji Ookata  #Japan  #Mystery circles  #Crop circles  #Amami Oshima  #Pufferfish  #Geometric  #Pattern  #Fish  #Nature  #Natural wonder