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…]

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“Mother, look! What’s all this?”

We have no use for melodramatic Starkian warnings here in Wyoming. Winter isn’t “coming;” it is, or it is not. Yesterday evening, I walked home across a chilly, rainy, snowless landscape. This morning, this: I’ll bet the Public Works folks are less than thrilled, but the boys sure do love it. Well,  most of the boys [Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Finding Serenity with Jobson’s Flickr Finds

I had a long (and if past history is any indicator, a hopelessly over-written) movie post scheduled for this afternoon. But in the wake of Roger Ebert’s passing yesterday (and a quick, in memoriam spin through his great “Great Movies” series as well as several wonderful testimonials), I’m uncomfortably aware of my piece’s deficiencies. Just can’t pull the trigger [Read More…]

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The Smithsonian’s Annual Photo Contest Is A Visual Feast

Speaking of dangerous time sinks, Smithsonian Magazine recently unveiled the finalists for its 10th Annual Photo Contest. The 50 images are broken down into categories — The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, and Altered Images — and as I scanned through them (and through the archived photos that took part in the nine previous contests), [Read More…]

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Mesmerizing Time-Lapse Imagery of Austria’s Lake Hallstatt

This, my friends, is what’s known as “doing time-lapse video right.” (HD imperative.) Lake Hallstatt has been referred to as the “melancholic lake”, the “still fjord” and the “vision of a perfect mountain lake”. It is a classic relic of the Ice Age and it has a total area of 858 square metres lying between the steep [Read More…]

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