Twenty-Four Incredible Nature GIFs

Despite its ubiquity, nature’s transcendental beauty is often difficult to capture. That is unless you’re Marinus, a 28-year-old from the Netherlands who manages to do just so with relative ease. He creates nature GIFs from wildlife documentaries and immortalizes those moments in picture form. Here’s some of his best work:

Nature GIFs Dragonfly

Gecko GIF

Nature GIF Chimp

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General Patton’s Dog

A man throws a birthday party for his dog. Perhaps a little bit strange, but add a few more key details to the story, and it becomes even stranger: the party thrower in question is General George Patton, known primarily for leading armies in World War II and for his brusque, pugnacious nature. Man and dog take to one another instantly, yet sadly one day prior to Patton’s return to the States (and his dog) in 1945, Patton was involved in a fatal car accident. The photo above was taken three days following Patton’s death and serves as one of the best examples of man’s relationship with his canine compadre.

The Deadly Draw Of The Clearfin Lionfish

Clearfin Lionfish

Despite its Miami Vice coloring, this isn’t much of a “fun-loving” fish. The venomous, carnivorous lionfish can be found cruising through the Indian and western Pacific Oceans, and unlike other lionfish, this species’ spines lack any kind of marking.

What We Love This Week, Volume XII


This Year’s Best National Geographic Photo Contest Entries

The National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest hits its mid twenties this June. For nearly 25 years, wanderlust-riddled individuals have sent their snapshots into the DC-based magazine in hopes of sharing a slice of their experience with the masses. And, OK, getting a little name recognition in the process. Thanks to The Roosevelts, we’re able to share some of 2013’s most promising entries thus far.

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