This is me and Mort, the giraffe. It was taken a couple of years ago at Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach, FL, a free range sanctuary. Lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, ostriches that come up to your car and peer in, etc. You can't get out of your car except in the giraffe area where you climb up into a high gazebo and the giraffes come over. I had just fed Mort (the ranger allowed me to feed him) and Mort came back for more. lol
I know you have seen Aurora photos, but this was taken earlier tonight >>Mary,have a look at this >>>>>
Aurora, over the skies of Donegal Ireland -EIRE'
Finally caught up in this thread except for the videos. Thanks a million for all the lovely photos and stories. This has been a lovely journey looking at all the wonderful scenes.
In 1938 an American radio show claimed there would be a War of the Worlds. People were thrown into panic, claiming to smell poison gas and see strange bright lights in the sky; some even packed their cars ready to flee. It actually turned out that the whole radio show was the broadcast of ‘The war of the Worlds’ by H.G. Wells.
In the 1950’s the BBC aired a program, which appeared to show people growing spaghetti on trees. Many people of the public believed what was supposed to be an April fool’s day prank and phoned in to ask how to grow the spaghetti.
Whenever a mysterious crop circle would appear in large fields in Great Britain, extra-terrestrial enthusiasts across the country would go wild with curiosity. With claims of them being messages from aliens, which were widely disputed, in 1991 two men came forward and explained that they were in fact a hoax that was set up by them. Using no more than planks, hats, ropes and wires as their tools, it was the perfect prank to get people talking about the unknown.
Love the photos .Lynn and Mary xxxx BEAUTIFUL THANKS, keep em coming %#&!*%>>
This is Scotland, couldn't believe it when I saw it, we actually drove along this road, on the way to the highlands . the road goes over the mountain, it is a good idea to check all is well with your car before driving along this road !!!!
i thought this might cheer us a bit after poor Marius
Thank you ladies.
This is not photoshopped. It won in the National Geographic contest. It's called "Lava Kiss"
Nature vs. Technology
this cat is living the high life
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Thank you Lynn, Wendy, Sue and Angel.
Something I never thought it was possible to see
MOON RISE OVER COLORADO, >>>>>(love that photo June %#&!*%)
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I missed a few when I scrolled through the thread again. Absolutely amazing pics, ladies. There are things and info. I've never seen before and didn't know about... we never stop learning. Thanks, everyone for this outstanding thread. I may start a new one soon as it was a wee bit hard for me to load.
WOW WOW WOW! These pics and videos are spectacular!! I have so much catching up to do!
Wendy - hope eye surgery went well -- it's all over by now! That pic of eye is quite scary.
Enjoyed catching up on the wonderful posts thanks everyone for sharing
Lynn that photo and story is definitly a big WOW, really enjoyed reading it, great find, thank you xxxxx
Ok get a cuppa/coffee, and a bikky, am posting a couple of vid clips for us to enjoy, (I hope) so set yourself up, relax and enjoy x wendy k x & kelly cats xxxxx
The Kiss of Life by Rocco Morabito.
This 1967 award-winning photo entitled "Kiss of Life" shows two power linemen, Randall Champion and J. D. Thompson, at the top of a utility pole. They had been performing routine maintenance when Champion brushed one of the high voltage lines at the very top. These are the lines that can be heard “singing” with electricity. Over 4000 volts entered Champion’s body and instantly stopped his heart (an electric chair uses about 2000 volts).
His safety harness prevented a fall, and Thompson, who had been ascending below him, quickly reached him and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He was unable to perform CPR given the circumstances, but continued breathing into Champion’s lungs until he felt a slight pulse, then unbuckled his harness and descended with him on his shoulder.
Thompson and another worker administered CPR on the ground, and Champion was moderately revived by the time paramedics arrived. Champion survived and lived until 2002, when he died of heart failure at the age of 64. Thompson is still living.
Wendy, that ice sculpture picture is exquisite. Thank you for posting it!
Thank you Wendy and Lynn.
ICE ART IN GUBKINSKY RUSSIA
Wendy, if that cat/kitten picture is the sweetest thing I've ever seen, I don't know what is! Thanks for posting it.
Thanks Lynn, my reaction was/is exactly the same as you own, , it is my other catarac removal, I know what I am facing, but ...... So here is something cuter xx
Wendy, good luck with your eye surgery! I just know that you'll be fine!!
The closeup of the human eye is both fascinating and gruesome. At first I thought that it was porous mountain terrain until I looked closed and saw the surrounding area of lashes, etc. Kinda cool. Thanks.
close up of a human eye, why did I have to find this, when I have to have eye surgery tomorrow he he he >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>..
How cool is this?
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Baby Pigmy Marmoset from South Korea >>(mini me re-avatar)
Love the ice flowers Sue, they really are amazing, so fragile,
Your Nephew has a wonderful view Lynn, would love to live so close to the sea/ocean.
Those trees look as if they could suddenly start walking , like the ones in "Lord of the rings" >was it the "two towers"? amazing, they must be "blow in's".
Lynn your welcome, I love wonderful photography, and enjoy sharing my finds, as much as I enjoy looking at everyone else's finds.
Found a scarey one, but don't know how people feel about ghostly images, some people hate them, and the last thing I want to do is upset anyone, but if people would like to see it i will post it, if I can find it again, that is, cause silly me I didn't save it, - ok back later with more, >hey Les glad you liked the Ocelot, beautiful big cat so striking as you said , love hugs x wendy k x& kelly cats xxxx
These trees grow this way naturally. I believe they are in a forest in Yugoslavia.
Wow is right, Wendy. The Walters bldg. looks sturdy, yet fragile. This is a wonderful thread with amazing photos posted. I want to thank you Wendy, for starting a fabulous thread that we can all post in and enjoy. Big hugs, my friend.
This is a picture of the view from his balcony that my nephew David took the night before last in Miami Beach, Florida. I thought it was outstanding!
The Walter Towers in Czech Republic -W is for WOW !!
We can now detect their presence due to the shadow of their transit in front of their star, just imagine when we will be able to see them with our own eyes. Among the 730 extrasolar planets discovered in just a few years, lots are hostile and strange worlds : TeES-4 a gas giant almost twice the size of Jupiter abnormally close to its star.
HD 189733 b slowly evaporating due to the flare activity on its star.
PSR B1620-26 b nicknamed “Methuselah” because almost as old as the Universe- The planet is orbiting around a dead star, or pulsar. GJ 1214b nicknamed “The Water World”, covered with an ocean thousands of kilometers deep.
But there are also some Earth-like planets like Kepler 22-b or Gliese 667 Cb.
Love this thread Have caught up with the wonderful posts everyone for sharing
Ever seen a frost flower?
How about an Arctic bloom
Aurora Boralis Finland
What a striking photo--thank you
great Pic Cheryl, yes Lynn and Cheryl I was so moved looking at >well , what soon will be lost -to progress, as I said on Twitter, "Progress races ahead , not looking back at whats left for generations still to come" .
I don't know how to stop it, other than say, if people truely care about preserving something , which can never be replaced, we need to shout about it, but will the money train listen? Have you noticed, how so many Capital Cities are becoming homogenised , looking so alike, it really doesn't matter which Country you are in, ?The uniqueness has been lost, to tall buildings >usually "high Finance building" ,shopping centres/Malls, fast food outlets, designer wear shops, and a scattering of coffee shops? .Well we still have somethings left, heres a pic that made me say wow!
Wendy, the video of Jimmy Nelson's photos is extraordinary. I especially like the quality of the photos which makes them look like paintings. This with a 50 year old camera. I took a screen shot of one photo that particularly caught my eye.
Cheryl, Steve and Alicia took a 3 week trip out west to Wyoming, Arizona, So. Dakota, etc. and saw those sandstone rock formations. Took some fantastic pictures of all the areas.
Well - for sure - my breath gets taken away looking at these pics!! The sunsets, wow -- the moon, the oceans and seas, the Northern Lights, The Gratitude (oh, yes), the dancing, the conception to birth: we're looking at a miracle taking place; the remote tribes: so very sad they are slowly disappearing. It's well known the indians in the Rain Forest have been pushed further and further inward, and I look at these other remote cultures we are losing with profound sadness. The loss of Tibet... and what's left of its beauty will soon have a highway running through it. Something's really wrong here, right?
I think the gentle design of this remote desert land is so interesting. It's like beach art only Mother Nature did it this time around.
moon settling over the yosemite
Thanks ladies. Very beautiful photos.
Beautiful photos by Russian artist and mother Elena Shumilova of her two boys and their assortment of animals on their farm.
Interesting video about an interesting man, Wendy. Thanks.
This video mesmerized me and brought tears to my eyes.
Alexander Tsiaras - Conception to Birth ~ Visualized
Hope you enjoy the video ^ above , Lynn love your photos the dance wow, nope never in a million years could i do that, but I have a cup for doing the rock & roll, long time ago, think I could manage a rock, on my rocking chair now , thats it, still love to watch beatiful dancing though, he he he xwendy k x & kelly cats xxxx
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I was mesmerized by this dance called "The Milonga".. a form of tango. Enjoy!
Hamilton Pool Nature Preserve in Texas, USA
Phenomenon of North Sea and Baltic Sea meeting in Denmark.
Oh my, Wendy the picture of Bondi Beach is gorgeous. I took one look at it and it took my breath away. How wondrous nature is!
Cheryl, most trees in Japan are awesome. Let's see whatever you have.
Wow Cheryl , that tree loks like a painting, (if you see what I mean, I love coming to this thread too,
Keep them coming Lynn, your son looks quite relaxed looking at the dolphin, you must have took that pic, just before the >"arghhhhhhh" !! he he, great photo.
Here is Bondi Beach , oooo wish I was there, let alone, wish you were here !!!!!!
P.S. Lynn, the pic of Josh with the dolphin is wonderful! What a great shot you got!
I feel as though I just came out of a movie theatre... you know that feeling? Like everything around you doesn't feel quite real or something? After watching Wendy's amazing Gratitude video and Lynn's Northern Lights video, I feel so relaxed, grateful, and star struck! I always think the Northern Lights have secrets we don't know about yet... I find them quite spiritual. And Wendy... your video made me feel the same way. Both videos could be on the Meditation thread because that's what we were doing while watching them. We were...honestly! Thank you both so much.
Lynn, somehow I missed seeing the woman carrying her baby in that China pic. It looks so lonely.
The sand mermaid is a marvel. The artistry that goes into making these sand creations is painstakingly beautiful! The flowers, Lynn, are amazing... that's the first thing I saw... birds! Thanks for all the wonderful pics, everyone. I sure enjoyed my time here tonight.
Wendy, I signed the Dolphin petition. BP is such a pain everywhere they go.
I found a number of gorgeous trees that grow in Japan. I won't post them all at once, though.
Wendy love, I don't mind you sharing any of my pictures. Thanks for the still of the Northern Lights. It's gorgeous. The moon over Iceland doesn't look real. So beautiful !!
SHARED TWO OF YOUR PICS LYNN , HOPE YOU DONT MIND, FEEL FREE TO SHARE ANY OF MINE, ANYONE XXWENDYK X
ICELAND IN MOONLIGHT
GREAT PICTURE LYNN, HERE IS A STILL OF NORTHERN LIGHTS HOPE THIS DOESNT SHRINK TO A LITTLE SQUARE, LYNN SCROLL BACK , THE MISSING PICTURE WAS A DOLPHIN , YOU WILL SEE WHAT I MEAN THEN , X WENDY K X
WOW Lynn!!! Thank you! Amazing!
it looks like somewhere in outer space in a star trek movie Lynn
This doesn't look real but it is. It's the U.S. side of frozen Niagara Falls.
Wendy, I'm not sure what dolphin picture you mean that shrank. Either way, don't worry about it.
I thought this picture was so different and beautiful, that I wanted to share it. No, it's not a picture of pink birds....it's flowers that grow in the shape of birds. The name of the flower is The Parrot Flower, a rare flower from Thailand.
SO sorry the photo of the dolphin shrank to that, delete if you would like to, the picture was for sharing so.... sorry again x wendy k x & kelly cats xxxxxx
Five minute compilation of Northern Lights over Norway. Spectacular!!
Beautiful video, Wendy. Love the sand sculpture. Isn't it amazing how they are able to get such detail with sand? I love dolphins and can't stand to see them hurt in any way.
Speaking of dolphins, I took a once in a lifetime photo of my grandson (then 4 yrs. old) at a sea park that has been closed many years now. I asked Josh to pose at the edge of the dolphin pool and just as I was snapping his picture, one of the dolphins reared up out of the water and looked at him. Scared the life out of the child, but I got a great picture!!
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SAND SCULPTURE PHOTO TAKEN IN INDIA
Fantastic photos Lynn, I love the Lion and the woman , how cool is that, he remembers her with love, she must be so honoured.
The polar bear is kind of scarey, love the old chinese photo, it is a shame to lose the old, but the planet wont be sorry to lose that pollution.
See what you think of this one and the next photo x wendy k x& kelly cats p.s glad you all like the idea of this thread, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Photo by Sara Lopez. National Wildlife® Photo Contest donated entry.
Wow, Lynn, he really deserved to win! That's a once in a trillion shot, I think. I wonder what the bear was thinking when he saw the fellow? I know what I'm thinking just looking at the bear - he's ENORMOUS!
Photographer Adam Tan, Selangor, Malaysia
Long Road to Daybreak
Realizing this old town (Laocheng, means old town in Chinese) would soon be transformed into a new town through the speedy economic growth in China and perhaps lose its raw beauty in no time, I was pleased to capture this working mother carrying her child in her basket walking through the thick mist in a very early foggy morning, 2012.
Cheryl, the photographer Paul Souders was being interviewed about the shot by Monica Corcoran. Here is the part of the interview explaining the shot:
"MONICA: A near frame of yours won the Animals in their Environment category of the 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year photo contest. Tell us the story behind these photos.
PAUL: I had two sharp frames of the underwater bear, and the framing was only very slightly different. I entered the BBC contest right at their deadline, and never compared the two side by side. Once it won its category in BBC (but failed to win the grand prize), I kept staring at the lower right hand corner, where the ice edge is cropped, and it started to bug me. I do prefer this frame, since it has the entire ice edge. It’s one of those little details that can make a picture work just a bit better, but not something I even noticed or cared about initially.
The bear swam up to the iceberg, ducked under and stayed underwater for several seconds as I moved my zodiac into position and then held out the camera on a six-foot boom near the entrance. I didn’t fire until she came up to breathe and take a look at me, and I kept firing the shutter as she submerged again. She hung there, just below the surface, watching me, then came up for another breath before swimming away. I couldn’t see her from where I sat in my small zodiac boat; I was shooting blind with the wide angle. I sensed it was a unique situation, but the first thought in my mind was that I really didn’t want to screw up. I’d already dunked the remote radio trigger and camera into the salt water, and had to jury rig a replacement cable by chewing off the copper wires and hand-splicing it together. I don’t know how, but somehow it worked."
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Lynn, I see the same thing when I look at that lion's face in pictures, and there's a video too. The gentle way he moved his head and paws....
That Nat.Geo. pic is incredible. What a shot! That big fella is close to the surface so I hope the photographer wasn't standing too near! The sun in the background adds something unique.... beautiful!
Grand Prize and Nature Winner
Paul Souders, Seattle, Washington
The Ice Bear
A polar bear peers up from beneath the melting sea ice on Hudson Bay as the setting midnight sun glows red from the smoke of distant fires during a record-breaking spell of hot weather. The Manitoba population of polar bears, the southernmost in the world, is particularly threatened by a warming climate and reduced sea ice.
Cheryl, I posted the picture with no explanation, but yes, she is the woman who raised him. I tear up every time I look at it in my folder. The lion has a look of ecstasy on his face as if he's filled with emotion. It's one of my favorite pictures.
Lynn, I love that pic of the lion and the woman who raised him. He recognized her after being so long apart! Sure made me tear up. Beautiful pic!
I sure agree, Wendy... awesome idea and what an awesome picture! It's rather overwhelming when you think of what these firefighters go up against. I still think of those 19 firefighters in the States who were overwhelmed by a fire that 'turned' on them and they died. I watched something on TV that had their last communication sent.... very very tragic. I believe one of the 20 who were there got away alive but I haven't heard much about him. He must have survivor's guilt to the utmost along with tremendous grieving. They were a group of men who'd been together for some time. God bless them and their families.
I will keep my eyes open for those 'unusual' pics that come across our attention from time to time.
great thread Wendy love he lion snog Lynn
Wow, Wendy! I'm so glad you opened this thread. I wish I had thought of it. That picture is awesome. I hope we all follow up in this thread and post some pictures that are out of the ordinary. It will be hard to duplicate the feelings that your picture evoked, though.
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Hope you dont mind me opening this thread , but I saw this photo, and had to share it, .I looked where i could place it, but there was no thread, and sometimes you see a photo and think my gosh that is amazing, then the photo doesn't fit into a thread?, so if everyone is ok with this thread, thats what it is for, a picture that makes you gasp !!!! anything any subject, especially if it doesn't "fit" elsewhere anyway see what you think x wendy k x& kelly cats xxxxxxxxxxx
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