Month: July 2013

Volcanic Eruptions as Seen from Space

In the gallery below we look at a selection of Earth’s volcanoes from above. These stunning images were captured from various satellites as well as crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The views from space offer a unique perspective of one of nature’s most awesome and terrifying events.

1. Sarychev Volcano, Russia

sarychev volcano russia from space aerial nasa

Photograph by NASA

2. Kliuchevskoi Volcano, Russia

kliuchevskoi volcano kamchatika russia from space aerial nasa

3. Pavlof Volcano, Alaska

Alaska Pavlof Volcano from space aerial nasa

4. Manam Volcano, Papua New Guinea

Manam Volcano, Papua New Guinea from space aerial nasa

5. Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Volcano, Chile

Puyehue-Cordon Caulle Volcano chile from space aerial nasa

6. Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, Iceland

Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, Iceland from space aerial nasa

7. Nyiragongo Volcano, DR Congo

Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo east africa volcano from space aerial nasa

8. Shinmoe-dake Volcano, Japan

Shinmoe-dake Volcano Erupts on Kyushu from space aerial nasa

9. Merapi Volcano, Indonesia

merapi volcano java from space aerial nasa

10. Api Volcano, Indonesia

api volcano from space aerial nasa

via: Twisted Sifter

Jumping Spiders Wearing Water Drops as Fancy Hats

Even if you have arachnophobia, don’t be too quick to close this page yet! Jumping spiders have got to be the cutest spiders of all. More than that, they were recently photographed wearing tiny water droplets as their hats, and that way completely denying their image of being threatening and scary. Uda Dennie, 33-year-old photographer from Batam Island, Indonesia, photographs these little fellows in his own garden. His almost cartoonish macro photos portray the tiny arachnids among droplets that are almost as big as their heads. Little bits of the surroundings, after being caught by the droplet, take up its round shape and add yet another beautiful touch to Uda’s shots.

The results came as a surprise even for the photographer himself: “I was really surprised to get such amazing pictures – it was really wonderful. I have seen anything like this before, it is such an interesting photograph,” says Uda.

Looking at his great pictures, it may be hard to believe that Uda only started taking photos with a DSLR camera in March 2010. He came across some macro photos on the Internet and realized this was what he would dedicated his time to: “I have a real passion for macro photography and after lots of trial and error I’m now able to produce good images – perseverance really paid off.”



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via: Bored Panda


Manhattan Inside the Grand Canyon

At the end of 2012, Swiss photographer Gus Petro traveled to the United States. On his trip he visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona. 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and over 6,000 ft (1,800 m) deep, it is considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

In a series entitled Empty, Petro captured the vastness of the mighty canyon.

From the emptiness of the Grand Canyon, Petro then journeyed north to the metropolis of New York City. There he captured the density of a major urban center in the aptly titled series, Dense.

The contrast of the two locations struck Petro, and he wondered what it would look like if he combined the opposite forces. In a final series entitled Merge, Petro brought together the feelings of emptiness and density he experienced on his trip.

via: Twisted Sifter

17-Year-Old Daydreamer’s Surreal Escape

Belgium-based photographer Ian Komac captures and creates surreal scenes both in nature and indoors. The 17-year-old photo enthusiast has been honing his craft from a young age, continually growing his skill set in photography and photo manipulation. Following the completion of his final school exams this year, the young photographer has just embarked on a 60 Days of Summer project.

Just shy of 20 days into his creative photo project, Komac has diligently been shooting and uploading images to both his Flickr and Facebook accounts. His most ambitious additions have made great use of props. The photos invite viewers to get lost in his magical land where hot water dances out of a tea kettle and lands perfectly into a cup and a giant rotary phone leisurely sits in a forest.

via: My Modern Met


Satellite Collections, Google Maps Collage Art by Jenny Odell

Satellite Collections by Jenny Odell

195 Yachts, Barges, Cargo Lines, Tankers and Other Ships

Artist Jenny Odell makes digital collages out of satellite imagery from Google Maps in her series “Satellite Collections.” Each collage focuses on a particular theme: stadiums, container ships, parking lots, and so on. Odell has a number of other Internet-themed projects on her site, including a virtual cross-country road trip.

In all of these prints, I collect things that I’ve cut out from Google Satellite View– parking lots, silos, landfills, waste ponds. The view from a satellite is not a human one, nor is it one we were ever really meant to see. But it is precisely from this inhuman point of view that we are able to read our own humanity, in all of its tiny, repetitive marks upon the face of the earth. From this view, the lines that make up basketball courts and the scattered blue rectangles of swimming pools become like hieroglyphs that say: people were here.

Satellite Collections by Jenny Odell

137 Landmarks

Satellite Collections by Jenny Odell

97 Nuclear Cooling Towers

Satellite Collections by Jenny Odell


via: Laughing Squid

Most expensive car, ever The selling price? £19,601,500.

Juan Manuel Fangio, “El Maestro,” held the world record for most Formula 1 championships for nearly 50 years until the rise of Michael Schumacher. Other records to his name include the highest F1-win percentage and most Argentine Grand Prix race wins of all time. Fangio is also the only Argentinian driver to ever win that race.

To say his deeds are legendary would be a disservice to his name and legacy. The world mourned when Fangio passed in 1995, but apparently he doesn’t need to be a member of the living to keep blowing records away. At the recent Bonhams auction, the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 that took him to victory in the Swiss Grand Prix and sealed his second F1 title crossed the block and sold for a mind-blowing £19,601,500, more than any other car. Ever.

That is nearly $30 million for a 60-year-old Mercedes. To put that in perspective, you could buy about 150 Mercedes-Benz SLS coupes for the same amount.

via: Road and Track

Comparing Wearables: Fitbit Flex vs. Jawbone Up and More

“Which is better, the FuelBand or the Up?” “What do you think about the Fitbit Flex?”

I’ve been hearing questions like these a lot lately. Wearable “activity trackers” — not long ago a niche product — are getting more popular, and people are wondering how they work and whether they’re worth it.

I decided to wear a bunch of trackers simultaneously for a period of 10 days to really get a sense of their features and, more importantly, their accuracy.

The four I’ve been wearing — the Jawbone Up, the Nike+ FuelBand, the Fitbit Flex and the Basis Band — all perform the same basic function: They go on your wrist, they use accelerometers to measure your steps and activity levels throughout the day, and they send that data to an app on your mobile phone. Otherwise, their feature sets vary.

So, which band is best for you, and which is the most accurate? Read on.

via: All Things D

Prismatic Layers of Air in Tuscany

Though not much is known about photographer Adnan Bubalo, his stunning nature and landscape photos speak for themselves. His most captivating works feature the hills of Tuscany in central Italy. With its spectacular rolling hills and surrounding scenery, Tuscany is one of Italy’s top vacation destinations and a dream for photographers worldwide.

Bubalo’s photos of Tuscany stand out because of the way he captures layers, colors and light. As the morning fog blankets the hills and the sun peeks through the sky, Bubalo is right on the scene. His beautfully prismatic photos only seem to accentuate the natural colors of the sky.

via: My Modern Met