Category Archives: Nature

25 Extremely Beautiful Minerals And Stones

”Mineral” is not the first thing to come to mind when you hear the word “beauty,” and that‘s a pity because they look so, so pretty. This selection of some of the most beautiful minerals and stones in the world will be a feast for your eyes.

mineral is a “naturally occurring substance that is solid and inorganic representable by a chemical formula, and has an ordered atomic structure.” Rocks, unlike minerals, don’t have a specific chemical composition, and can be made of both minerals or non-minerals. Although there are over 4,900 known types of minerals, the ones here are just the most beautiful ones that we and our readers could find.

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20+ Mystical Bridges That Will Take You To Another World

An ancient, mossy bridge is the perfect complement to any rural or river scene. These old and mysterious arched bridges are mankind’s way of traversing landscapes that are otherwise decidedly wild.

Interestingly enough, an arch is only kept in position by its own weight – the stones supporting an arch couldn’t possibly stay in their position without the stones above them weighing them down. So, while they were very effective and sturdy, their building process was complicated. This usually involved building an entire wooden framework underneath the bridge on which the arch could be rested until the rest of the bridge was built around it.

If you have any more pictures of beautiful old bridges like these, please add them to our list!

#1 Rakotz Brücke, Germany

Rakotz Brücke, Germany

 

#2 Devil’s Bridge In Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

Devil's Bridge In Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria

 

#3 Huangshan, Anhui, China

Huangshan, Anhui, China

 

#4 Pindos Mountains, Greece

Pindos Mountains, Greece

 

#5 Låtefossen Waterfall, Norway

Låtefossen Waterfall, Norway

 

#6 Moon Bridge – Taipei, Taiwan

Moon Bridge - Taipei, Taiwan

 

#7 Mullerthal, Luxembourg

Mullerthal, Luxembourg

 

#8 Multnomah Falls, Oregon, Usa

Multnomah Falls, Oregon, Usa

 

#9 Gorge De L’areuse, Switzerland

Gorge De L'areuse, Switzerland

 

#10 Ronda, Malaga, Spain

Ronda, Malaga, Spain

 

#11 Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

 

#12 Carrbridge, Scotland

Carrbridge, Scotland

 

#13 Stari Most, Bosnia And Herzegovina

Stari Most, Bosnia And Herzegovina

 

#14 Gaztelugatxe, Spain

Gaztelugatxe, Spain

 

#15 Root Bridge In India

Root Bridge In India

 

#16 Hermitage Bridge, Scotland

Hermitage Bridge, Scotland

 

#17 Ponte Gobbo, Italy

Ponte Gobbo, Italy

 

#18 Tollymore, Uk

Tollymore, Uk

 

#19 Bridge Across The Merced River, Yosemite, Usa

Bridge Across The Merced River, Yosemite, Usa

 

#20 Gapstow Bridge, New York, USA

Gapstow Bridge, New York, USA

 

#21 Basteibrücke, Saxon Switzerland, Germany

Basteibrücke, Saxon Switzerland, Germany

 

#22 Misarela Bridge, Gerês, Portugal

Misarela Bridge, Gerês, Portugal

 

#23 Ponte Della Maddalena, Borgo A Mozzano, Italy

Ponte Della Maddalena, Borgo A Mozzano, Italy

 

#24 Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia

Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia

 

#25 Bastei Bridge, Germany

Bastei Bridge, Germany

 

#26 Kemer Bridge, Rize, Turkey

Kemer Bridge, Rize, Turkey

 

#27 Sligachan, Isle Of Skye, Scotland

Sligachan, Isle Of Skye, Scotland

 

#28 Berlengas, Peniche, Portugal

Berlengas, Peniche, Portugal

 

#29 Bastei Bridge Near Dresden, Germany

Bastei Bridge Near Dresden, Germany

 

#30 Eilean Donan Castle Bridge, Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle Bridge, Scotland

 

#31 Pont De Zaglia, Gorges De Spelunca (corsica)

Pont De Zaglia, Gorges De Spelunca (corsica)

 

#32 The Shahara Bridge Is The Gateway To Shahara Village, Tucked Away In Yemen’s Jabal Shahara Moun

The Shahara Bridge Is The Gateway To Shahara Village, Tucked Away In Yemen's Jabal Shahara Moun

 

#33 Japanese Bridge In Hoi An, Vietnam

Japanese Bridge In Hoi An, Vietnam

 

#34 Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scotland

 

#35 Watford, United Kingdom

Watford, United Kingdom

 

#36 Palaiokaria’s Bridge, Greece

Palaiokaria's Bridge, Greece

 

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15 Stunning Examples Of Owl Camouflage

When owls hunt, they use their silent wings and the cover of night to capture their prey. During the day, however, they have tremendously successful camouflage that helps them stay hidden from daytime predators. Can you find the owls in ALL of these images?

It’s astounding how well these owls’ feathers help them blend in with their surroundings, but that’s not all they do. Owls can puff themselves up or slim themselves down as needed to match various elements of their environment and avoid detection.

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These 20+ Beautiful Autumn Photos Will Inspire You To Grab Your Camera

Autumn is a great season for photography. Whether you’re a professional photographer or an amateur taking pictures with your potato-quality smartphone camera, anyone can capture the season’s rich colors.

No matter how good or bad you think you are at photography, we want to see your favorite autumn views! In this list, you can submit your own photos, vote for other people’s photos (to rank them), and share your photos with your friends.

If you don’t yet have any autumn photography yet, this list will probably have some good ideas for you. Once you’ve been inspired, get out there, get snapping, and show us the wonderful colors of autumn!

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Hundreds Of Mountaineers Climb The Alps For Epic Photoshoot

The sheer cliff wall or snowy, wind-blasted peak of an icy mountain is a rough place to create large-scale photographic works of art, but that’s exactly what Swiss photographer Robert Bösch does. His photos can involve hundreds of mountain climbers braving difficult conditions to get the perfect shot.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn ridge in the Alps by Edward Whymper and his team, Mammut, a Swiss mountaineering equipment company, asked Bösch to take a special photo to mark the occasion for the brand’s 2015 ad campaign. A team of mountain climbers ascended the Matterhorn’s Hörnli ridge and lit bright red lights that, at dawn, illuminated the path that Whymper took with his team to make the first successful ascent.

You can see this year’s photo, and many other incredible feats of mountain photography by Bösch, below!

More info: robertboesch.ch (h/t: petapixelmymodernmet)

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The Mystical World Of Mushrooms Captured In Photos

Most people consider mushrooms to be the small, ugly cousins of the plant kingdom, but theirs is a surprisingly beautiful and wonderful world waiting to be explored. These beautiful mushrooms, captured by enthusiastic nature photographers, are a far cry from the ones you find in the woods or your local grocery store.

Most mushrooms, as we know them, are actually just the reproductive structure of the fungus they belong to – their fungal networks expand far further underground, and some fungi don’t even sprout the sort of mushrooms that we’re used to seeing. In fact, depending on your definition of “organism,” the largest living organism in the world is a fungus – there’s a honey mushroom colony in Oregon that occupies about 2,000 acres of land!

#1 Puffballs

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#2 Mycena Chlorophos

Mycena Chlorophos

#3 Marasmius Haematocephalus

Marasmius Haematocephalus

#4 Rhodotus Palmatus

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#5 Amethyst Deceiver

Amethyst Deceiver

#6 Phallus Indusiatus

Phallus Indusiatus

#7 Schizophyllum Commune

Schizophyllum Commune

#8 Clathrus Ruber

Clathrus Ruber

#9 Panus Fasciatus

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#10 Porcelain Fungus

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#11 Cup Fungus

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#12 Lepiota

 

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#13 Leratiomyces

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#14 Hydnellum Peckii

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#15 Favolaschia Calocera

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#16 Cyathus Striatus

Cyathus Striatus

#17 Coprinus Comatus

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#18 Mushrooms With A Snail

Mushrooms With A Snail

#19 Geastrum Minimum

Geastrum Minimum

#20 Aseroe Rubra

Aseroe Rubra

#21 Morchella Esculenta

Morchella Esculenta

#22 Puffball Mushroom

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#24 Tiny Golden Mushrooms

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21 Of The Best Nature Photo Entries To The 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest

National Geographic’s annual Photo Contest is under way, which means it’s once again time to see some of the best travel photos that both amateur and professional photographers around the world have to offer.

The contest, which will wrap up at the end of the month, takes submissions in three simple categories – People, Places and Nature. The first-place winner in each category will win $2,500, and the grand-prize winner, in addition to first-place in their category, will receive $7,500 and a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in National Geographic’s annual photo seminar.

All of the entries (the good and the bad) can currently be viewed on Nat Geo’s website, and they’re still taking submissions, so you can try your luck as well. Take a look!

More info: photography.nationalgeographic.com (h/t: mymodernmethuffpost)

Arctic Hi-Five (Svalbard, Nature Category)

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Two Polar bear cubs full of adrenaline on iceflow in Svalbard. The mother was just trying to have a quiet stroll but the cubs were not having any of that.This was the male cub and he just was so entertaining to watch.” (Photo credits: Colin Mackenzie)

Hello (Point Defiance Zoo, Tacoma, WA, United States, Nature Category)

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Capturing this gentle giant’s inquisitive nature was rather easy as he swam right up to us and just stared for several long seconds. I love all the bubbles and his cute little face.” (Photo credits: Misty Gage)

Catch of the Decade (Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA, Nature Category)

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Can you guess what happened next?” (Photo credits: Aaron Baggenstos)

Above Big Sur (Big Sur, California, Places Category)

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I’d gone to Big Sur to watch the gray whale migration from the cliffs, but it was too foggy to even see the water. I decided to hike up the Baronda Trail to see if I could get above the fog. This view was my reward. Miles of lupine and blue skies. Outstanding!” (Photo credits: Douglas Croft)

Mom’s Love (Jakarta, Nature Category)

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The Mother Bird’s feeding time.” (Photo credits: Cherly Jong)

Sunrise Plaosan Temple (Plaosan Temple, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Places Category)

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While in Indonesia shooting TV commercial one of our locations was this temple. Sun rose as the people worked in rice paddies.” (Photo credits: Bill Stipp)

Sunward (Nicosia, Cyprus, Nature Category)

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When the Mediterrenean Mantis opened its wings, It seemed very impressive at the sunshine…” (Photo credits: Hasan Baglar)

A Tree Dreaming (Strezlecki Desert Australia, Nature Category)

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In the Strezlecki desert of Australia a flock of galahs replenish on the only small water avaliable at the base of this lonely tree.Its a rare photo opportunity to get such a clear and symetrical shot of these beautiful birds in flight in the middle of the desert.” (Photo credits: Christian Spencer)

From the Sky (Tenerife (Canary Islands), Nature Category)

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“On the coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, we have quite the selection of affectionate green turtles (chelonia mydas). “I find myself devoting much time to these curious creatures. This turtle was coming fron the surface with the sun behind it, and the sunrays surrounding it gave it a special majesty.” (Photo credits: Montse Grillo)

The Wave (Arizona, USA, Places Category)

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I met a man at ‘The Wave’. He was by himself and had a beacon for safety. It’s not easy to go there for sure.” (Photo credits:Takashi Nakagawa)

Bringing Home Breakfast (St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, Nature Category)

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This osprey had just captured this fish and I was lucky enough to capture this dramatic shot as he took off with his wings in the angel position, clutching a fish in one talon, and making direct eye contact with me. And then I shot a whole sequence of him making a left turn from here, landing in his nest and sharing his catch with his mate sitting in the nest. I have photographed this osprey often in that he has made his nest in the same spot for 4 years. His name is Fleck due to a fleck in his right eye at the 7 o’clock position.” (Photo credits: Sandy Scott)

Kings Valley Clouds (Mansfield, Victoria, Australia, Places Category)

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I walked out onto a rock outcrop looking over the Kings Valley near Mansfield, Victoria. As I watched the morning clouds slowly disperse they opened up a beautiful landscape below me allowing the sun’s rays to penetrate through to the natural forest, contrasted with the cultivated straight lines of the vineyard.” (Photo credits: Joel Spooner)

Warming Up (Sambas, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, Nature Category)

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This photo I capture in the early afternoon, the animal species of lemurs fly.” (Photo credits: Hendy Mp)

Physalia Physalis (Shellharbour, NSW, Australia, Nature Category)

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Despite their potentially dangerous sting, the bluebottle cnidaria is an amazingly beautiful creature. I wanted to demonstrate this with careful lighting and composition. After strong NE winds hundreds of these cnidaria are blown into the bays around my home town and trapped overnight, enabling me to get my shots. Post processing is limited to colour temp and small amounts of burning. Also slightly cropped.” (Photo credits: Matthew Smith)

Mezmorized by Grace (Birminghan Zoo, Birmingham Alabama, Nature Category)

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“This Pink and brilliant colored Flamingo was caught taking a mid-day break as she nuzzled herself within her feathers amongst the other birds. The beauty is captivating and there’s a sense of piece and tranquility seen in her eyes.” (Photo credits: Tylee Parvin)

The Iguana’s Cave (Island of Bonaire, Kralendijk, Dutch Caribbean, Nature Category)

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Unexpected underwater encounter with a Green Iguana. I was attempting to take some overunder sunset shots in a semi-submerged cave in Bonaire, when a Green Iguana swam toward my dome with an inquisitive doing. Just in front of my lens, she came up to the surface to take a quick breathe….” (Photo credits: Lorenzo Mittiga)

Destroyed Homs (Homs, Syria, Places Category)

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Birds fly over the destroyed houses in Khalidiya district in Homs, Syria. In the vast stillness of the destroyed city center of Homs, there are large areas where nothing moves. Then, suddenly, wind blows a ripped awning, or birds fly overhead.” (Photo credits:Sergey Ponomarev)

The Lord of The Ocean (Guadalupe Island, Mexico, Nature Category)

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“Off the coast of Guadalupe Island, great white sharks gather to feed on sea lions. It is an ideal place to observe these majestic animals in their natural state. Far ideas through Hollywood movies, the great white shark remains fearful of man and does not leave easily approached.” (Photo credits: Marc Henauer)

Walking on Water (Queensland, Australia, Nature Category)

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I was finishing up a photo shoot when a wild kangaroo appeared out of nowhere and bounded onto the lake, as if walking on water. This, along with the picturesque sunset combined to create an absolute visual treat!” (Photo credits: Dave Kan)

Mexican Long Nosed Bat (Elephant Head in Southern Arizona, Nature Category)

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“Mexican Long Nosed Bat feeding on a nectar flower during the night at Elephant Head in Arizona. The photo was taken during the night with inferred triggers that set off the camera when the bats came to the flower to feed.” (Photo credits: Juan DeLeon)

Searching for Love (Brevard, North Carolina, Nature Category)

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Blue Ghost Fireflies in Brevard, North Carolina. Blue Ghost fireflies are unique because they stay lit and only hover about a foot off the ground.” (Photo credits: Spencer Black)

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