Such as Ulva lobata
from Josie Iselin's new book An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed.
Feather boa kelp - Egregia menziesii
Sea grapes - Botryocladia pseudodichotoma [more inside]
In 1971, the newly-created US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hired a bunch of freelance photographers to collectively document environmental issues around the country. They were given free rein to shoot whatever they wanted, and the project, named Documerica
, lasted through 1977. After 40 years, the EPA is now encouraging photographers to take current versions of the original Documerica photos and are showcasing them on flickr at State of the Environment
. There are location challenges
, and a set has been created with some of the submissions, making side-by-side comparisons
. [more inside]
"This is a story, a picture story, of two very lucky people before whom was spread out the greatest of treasures, the planet Earth.
We traveled aboard a magic carpet, the one with the yellow borders, National Geographic magazine. During four decades we wandered over all the continents and left wakes across the seven seas." [more inside]
On April 18, a half-dozen orcas battled a pod of sperm whales off the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The unusual encounter is one of fewer than a dozen such recorded conflicts — and the first observed.
“We saw the water churning on the horizon,” said Heinrichs
, a photographer and filmmaker who was in the area looking for blue whales. He and his colleagues steered their boat toward the patch of white water. As they got closer, they saw an enormous dorsal fin slicing through the water — a killer whale trademark — and then noticed the group of sperm whales, clustered together in a defensive stance.
At that point, Heinrichs did what many of us would not do: He jumped in.
This is Oregon [video]
showcases the natural beauty found within 90 minutes of Portland.
Keeping wildlife, an amphibious rodent, for uh, domestic, you know, within the city — that ain't legal, either. But in the outskirts of Calgary, that's just adorable
is the compilation of six months of timelapse photography across the state of Oregon, punctuated by a 1600 mile road trip in September. Related: how to lose $2400 in 24 seconds.
AFP photographer Juan Mabromata recently visited the ruins of Villa Epecuén
in Argentina, a small touristic village that started slowly re-surfacing after the rising waters of the nearby lake left it completely underwater nearly 26 years ago. [more inside]
The BBC nature series, Human Planet, has been mentioned here
before. Photographer Timothy Allen traveled with the film crew and has created this audio slideshow
. [more inside]
National Geographic's "infinite photograph" series is an endless, fractal mosaic of beautiful images from around the world, each based on a different theme : US National Parks
, the natural world
, or one day's contribution
to the source for all the photographs used, the National Geographic My Shot
site. (requires Flash)
. [more inside]
Katja's Aurora Page.
Katja Gottschewski, German expat somewhere in Norway, posts an immense amount of awesome aurora pictures on her blog-homepage. [more inside]
The Rufous Hummingbird measures only 4-inches, but it can pack a lot of beauty into that small package
. Often described as "feisty," it weighs just a little more than a penny
. With a migratory range of 1500 km, the Rufous has the longest known avian migration proportional to its size
"From the deck of a cruise ship along the coast of Brazil, a retiree named Bob Hulse snapped some high-resolution photographs of something unusual leaping from the sea: what appears to be dozens of squid propelling themselves through the air -- quite possibly the first time the impressive display has been caught on film
In the search to find this year's European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the German Society of Wildlife Photographers has compiled a collection of the most spellbinding moments caught on camera in the natural world.
An image of leafcutter ants at work in the Costa Rican rainforest has scooped top prize in the 2010 Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition
(via The Guardian
). The winners are on display now
at London’s Natural History Museum. Online gallery
. Previously on MeFi
My friend, the dead tree
For five years, Kevin Day has been photographing a single dead tree at Langley Country Park
in Berkshire. He talks a little about the process at theMET
The Stone Forest of Madagascar
: Huge, spectacular pictures of another world by National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez
. A non-Flash version
of the site is also available.
The International Conservation Photography Awards
is the creation of Seattle, Washington-based photographer Art Wolfe
: "We wanted to provide a platform from which photographers both amateur and professional alike could showcase their work in a very prestigious way. We love the idea of championing the cause of preservation and nature through the medium of photography." Winning imagery from the 2010 awards can be viewed in person at the Burke Museum
in Seattle, or online here
, which includes excellent slideshows of wildlife
, underwater life
photographs (requires Flash support).
Mark "Dr. Bugs" Moffett
is a Harvard educated entomologist, author
and ecologist. He's also one hell of a nature photographer
, mainly studying Frogs and Ants (slideshow with audio)
. Galleries from Frank Pictures
, The Smithsonian
, and a slideshow and recent interview
from NPR's Fresh Air.
Want to take better nature photographs? BBC Wildlife Magazine has published a stack of their 'masterclass' features
online. [more inside]
National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen
) relates the harrowing tale of a sweet, insistent, and ferocious lunchmate
(note - clip begins with a dramatic drumbeat, mind your speakers) [more inside]
Great photographers: Clark Little
(surf photography), Nick Brandt
(mostly African wildlife), John Hyde
(mostly wildlife and Alaska), Veronika Pinke
(landscapes), Dale Allman
(miscellaneous; particularly beautiful are his Australian cityscapes and the HDR/DRI photos), Ansel Adams
(the undisputed master of nature photography who died in 1984; famous quotes: "You don't take a photograph, you make it.", "A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words. "), Michel Rajkovic
(mostly marine landscape, exclusively in black and white). And again
, as a tribute to a gifted artist who died far too early, the work of Bobby Model
(adventure photographer). Last but not least: Onexposure
, probably the biggest collection of quality photography on the net.
Bobby Model, brilliant adventure photographer, died
Wednesday, September 16, 2009, at the age of 36. Here
are some examples of his beautiful work.
Microworld by Licht
. More of Paul's macro droplet shots can be seen at his Flickr gallery
and others' macro droplet shots in the Refractions in Liquid Drops
Wild Wonders of Europe
"wants to show that Europe really is not about just highways and cities. But today, many seem to know more about nature in Africa or in America, than in Europe, because that is what’s on TV. The European natural wonders are still very little known to the World. We want to change that." 58 nature photographers
are working on the project, and there are 29 galleries representing 16 countries
thus far, with more to come. [via
. On the 40th anniversary of the NASA's Apollo 8 mission
[caution: weird JFK animation], which answered Stewart Brand's
-inspired question "Why haven't we seen a photograph of the whole Earth yet?"
with an unforgettable image of a seemingly fragile and isolated blue planet
editor Oliver Morton -- author of a new book
on photosynthesis called Eating the Sun
-- disputes the notion that the Earth is fragile and isolated. "The fragility is an illusion," he writes. "The planet Earth is a remarkably robust thing, and this strength flows from its ancient and intimate connection to the cosmos beyond. To see the photo this way does not undermine its environmental relevance -- but it does recast it."
Violent death in the insect world
- grisly yet compelling macro photographs of bug-against-bug carnage.
Kennan Ward Nature-Wildlife Photography
-- “Being a nature-wildlife photographer is a demanding job … but all the hardship is forgotten when I make eye-to-eye contact with a wild animal
, or experience the moment when a window in the clouds opens up, highlighting a landscape
… I feel honored to be able to bring the inspiring beauty of nature to others.” [more inside]
E.J. Peiker, Nature Photgrapher
There are a lot of nature photographers out there -- some better than Peiker and some worse -- but what fascinates me about Peiker's site is the number of photos available. A birdwatcher's dream, it features pages of photos of over 500 different species of birds
, including an index devoted solely to wild waterfowl
. Maybe animals are more your speed? How about nearly 150 pages of photos of wild animals
(including my favorite - a quite handsome, flower-eating porcupine
.) There's also a section for scenic photography
featuring 23 states and 20 countries (or you can search by national park
.) The photos are, unfortunately, not that big but there a ton of them, many of them quite pretty.
The Young Gallery
has an exceptional collection of photographs by both renowned and recently discovered photographers. The feast of visuals includes elegantly haunting images of African wildlife
by Nick Brandt, Night Views
of cities by Floriane de Lassée, salad vegetables
by Viktor Polson, nudes and portraits
by Patrick Demarchelier and images of Tibet, Mongolians and Tibetans
by Richard Gere.
Photographer Kim Keever
takes incredible, otherwordly nature shots using a unique technique: she builds the subject by hand in a 100 gallon fishtank
. Other galleries of her work here
, which was via
. A frequently updated website with high quality photographs of Scilly. Here are some of my favorites
Leopard seals, by Paul Nicklen. Leopard Seals
are the second largest species of seal in the Antarctic, and are near the top of the Antarctic food chain. Paul Nicklen won first prize in the Nature Stories
category of the prestigious World Press Photo contest
for his photographs of Leopard Seals.
The first known human fatality was in 2003 when a Leopard Seal dragged Kirsty Brown, a snorkeling biologist, underwater to her death
The Polar Bears of Spitsbergen
is an amazing and gruesome photo gallery posted by a photographer who stumbled across a bear & its cubs at feeding time & spent the next 45 minutes capturing the event. via