Don’t worry; this isn’t a trailer for another Zach Braff film. Rather, it’s footage of nature’s power and beauty in the form of erosion. Using only the elements and time, Mother Nature has sculpted some truly remarkable works.
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Growing quickly and dying relatively young, the poplar tree is the James Dean of trees. What’s with the name? Back in Roman times, the trees were frequently planted around public–or popular–meeting places, giving rise to its scientific genus name of Populus.
Don’t let “127 Hours” scare you; slot canyons can be pure beauty. Case in point: Arizona’s Antelope Canyon. At first blush, its Navajo name, Tsé bighánlílíní or “the place where water runs through rocks” doesn’t make sense given the barren backdrop. But upon looking at its geological history and discovering that the canyon was primarily formed due to flash flooding-induced erosion, the Navajo name makes worlds more sense than its contemporary English one.
Few volcanoes are as spectacular as Mount Nyiragongo. Known for its active lava lake and (relatively) frequent eruptions, this incredible volcano has the potential for widespread disaster. Unfortunately, political unrest prevents the scientific community from studying the dangerous volcano in depth. But as seen in these breathtaking images, scientists and photographers have still been able to capture the bubbling, fiery lava that churns within the mountain’s lava lake.
Set against a forested, earthy backdrop, the luminescent glow in Barry Underwood’s photographs is startlingly beautiful. Yet the colorful, glowing elements are much more than photographic manipulation. Underwood uses a combination of LED lights, luminescent materials and photographic effects to create each of the abstract landscapes in his work. The resulting images are magical, curious and effortlessly intriguing.
Humans share an intimate history with bees, having hunted and gathered their sweet honey as far back as 13,000 BC. It only seems natural, then, that this close association would eventuate into donning their winged friends as…beards.
The practice – aptly named bee bearding – has been a mainstay of the beekeeping world since the nineteenth century, often as a sideshow in carnivals. In doing so, bee bearers have sported hundreds and thousands of honey bees on their faces, though in recent times more have taken to rocking bees all over their bodies.