The Ural Owls of Sven Začek


These images are stunning. Breathtaking, no? They’re the work of Estonian wildlife photographer Sven Začek, whose spectacular images are growing rapidly obligatory/ubiquitary on my computer desktop. That last shot of the Ural Owl staring straight into the camera as it zooms past is my personal favorite, both as an amateur photographer (whose mind is boggled by [Read More...]

The Most Astonishing Picture I Saw Last Year


That’s not a picture of folks leaving the Green Bay Packers game this past weekend, or of my Chicago-area friends traveling to-and-from work over the past few days. That’s the Hillary Step. On Everest. You heard me. Mount Everest. Highest of heights. One of the most prestigious (and simultaneously most infamous) climbing destinations in the world. And [Read More...]

Nature Turns Black Friday on Its Head


November 29th was Black Friday – a day of annual (and increasing) infamy. But it was also a day featuring a rare and breathtaking natural phenomenon: Temperature Inversion at the Grand Canyon. The DailyMail(UK) described it thusly: According to the national park’s Facebook page, the fog was caused by something called a ‘temperature inversion’. This happens when [Read More...]

The Red Beaches of Panjin, China


These look fake. They’re not. That’s Red Beach in Panjin, China. It’s famous for its vibrant and unusual color, caused by Chenopodiaceae, “a unique variety of alkali-tolerant seaweed that changes from green to red in the fall.” (This particular branch might be known as Suaeda salsa. I hope that’s right; it sure would be fitting.) I’m having trouble remembering when and [Read More...]

Amazing Animal Congregations


I love large groups of animals. Mostly (I like to tell myself), it’s because I’m fascinated by the often stark differences between “Crowd” and “Individual” behaviors. But I suspect it’s at least partially because I feel like I’m surrounded by my own little Large Group of Animals each and every day. (And yes, there is a [Read More...]

Capturing New York’s Past and Present


These are fantastic. OK, so maybe that image doesn’t quite express why this NYC Grid page is so fantastic. But it does contain the seeds of said fantasticness. See that yellow slider in the middle? If you go to the site itself, you can actually shift that slider from side to side, and reveal/conceal the “Before and [Read More...]

Stunning Aerial Photographs From A Commercial Airline Pilot


I stumbled across this guy a few hours ago. My mind is still blown. My name is Karim Nafatni. See the world through my eyes… I’m offering only a few mesmerizing samples because I’m never quite sure how much of someone’s work one can share before moving from “Check This Stunning Stuff Out” to “Look [Read More...]

No Commentary Necessary — Renan Ozturk Edition


This, folks, is what a “sizzle reel” should look like; an amazing visual feast. Renan Ozturk was a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2013, and his Vimeo page contains some of the most mesmerizing, visually resplendent things I’ve seen in a long time. Like that plane-and-ice-flow shot from his 2013 reel. Wow! (Also, some of [Read More...]

The Brown Sisters, Year In and Year Out


One of the things I love most about photography is its ability to “freeze” things we humans usually experience fluidly — to capture and crystallize something (or someone) for future viewers and generations who will never be able to experience those moments “in person.” On the other hand, that ability can sometimes be as much [Read More...]

Snow Days, Wyoming Style


So… …we may have gotten a bit more snow during the night than we were anticipating. And it’s still coming down. I’m not sure of the official numbers yet, but my unofficial measuring system puts this one in the “world o’hurt, shoveling-wise” category. Firmly. In fact, we might be lookin’ at the largest single-storm accumulation [Read More...]