Absolutely stunning images from Norwegian landscape photographer Terje Sørgjerd. He went to El Teide, Spain’s highest point and one of the best places in the world to capture images of the Milky Way galaxy.
The goal was to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy along with one of the most amazing mountains I know El Teide. I have to say this was one of the most exhausting trips I have done. There was a lot of hiking at high altitudes and probably less than 10 hours of sleep in total for the whole week. Having been here 10-11 times before I had a long list of must-see locations I wanted to capture for this movie, but I am still not 100% used to carrying around so much gear required for time-lapse movies.
A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.
Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way.
John William’s theme from Jurassic Park as performed by Shiba High School’s guitar club – one of the oldest guitar orchestras in Japan.
Amazing shots of a last-minute ejection by Royal Canadian Air Force pilot Capt. Brian Bews just moments before his CF-18 jet hit the ground during a practice at the Lethbridge County Airport. He was practicing for the weekend airshow held there last weekend. Capt. Bews survived with non-life-threatening injuries.
Posted in Flaming Ball of Death, Technology
Tagged Adrenaline, Airplane, Airshow, Brian Bews, Canada, CF-18, Crash, Explosion, Jet, Photography, RCAF, Stunning
Maira Kalman wonders about the patterns of food consumption in the United States. Stop what you’re doing and read this. (Please.)
Back to the Land [And the Pursuit of Happiness Blog]
Posted in Five Kinds of Awesome, People, Places, Thought-Provoking
Tagged Brilliant, Democracy, Eat, Essay, Farm, Fat, Food, Growth, Land, Organic, Photo, Stunning, Thoughtful, US
A fantastic ad for Guinness showing a group of guys bringing a world to life. This is absolutely visually stunning! Wow.
Posted in Five Kinds of Awesome, Nature
Tagged Ad, Beautiful, Beer, Bring, Commercial, Create, Creative, Guinness, Life, Mountains, Nature, Stout, Stunning, Trees
Wired Science has an absolutely fantastic photo set combining two of my favourite things: glaciers and views from space! From the article:
To a geologist, glaciers are among the most exciting features on Earth. Though they seem to creep along at impossibly slow speeds, in geologic time glaciers are relatively fast, powerful landscape artists that can carve out valleys and fjords in just a few thousand years.
Glaciers also provide an environmental record by trapping air bubbles in ice that reveal atmospheric conditions in the past. And because they are very sensitive to climate, growing and advancing when it’s cold and shrinking and retreating when its warm, they can be used as proxies for regional temperatures.
Over geologic time, they have ebbed and flowed with natural climate cycles. Today, the world’s glaciers are in retreat, sped up by relatively rapid warming of the globe. In our own Glacier National Park in Montana, only 26 named glaciers remain out of the 150 known in 1850. They are predicted to be completely gone by 2030 if current warming continues at the same rate.
Hit the jump for a bunch more of my favourites and, of course, the link.
Posted in Five Kinds of Awesome, Nature, Science, Space
Tagged Awe-Inspiring, Beautiful, Geology, Glacier, Ice, Magnificent, Picture, Snow, Stunning
A simply brilliant shot of the world’s tallest rocket on its way out of here.
You’re looking at the 253.2-foot Delta 4-Heavy lifting off from launch complex 37B at Cape Canaveral, and yes, that’s actually a photograph. Good thing the camera was remotely triggered by photographer Ben Cooper, who used sound activation to snap this shot while he was safely ensconced 3 miles away.We feel sorry for that camera, though, whose lens was destroyed. The good news is, the camera itself somehow survived this hellish inferno as the world’s tallest unmanned rocket roared away from its launchpad.
Posted in Art, Space
Tagged Amazing, Blast Off, Brilliant, Delta-4, Engines, Photo, Photography, Picture, Rocket, Stunning