New Zealand’s Iridescent Caves

June 28, 2013
Iridescent Caves

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Thousands of local and international guests visit New Zealand’s Waitomo Glowworm Caves each year. The iridescent caves, which have been around for centuries, are particularly striking due to the glowworm species that covers the ceilings and lights up the space like stars in the night sky.

In 1887, local Maori Chief Tane Tinorau and English surveyor Fred Mace first explored the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. To navigate the caves, they built a raft of flax stems and floated through, quickly becoming mesmerized by the glowing ceiling. It took many return trips for Tinorau and Mace to discover the cave’s land entrance on the second level.

Waitomo Caves From Inside

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The Most Incredibly Colorful Animals You’ve Never Seen

June 22, 2013

In the age of high-definition and LED, people have grown incredibly accustomed to the neon colors and artificial brightness that infuse our world. That’s why when we see technicolor macaws flying among tree canopies or slugs coated in pepto bismol pink, we’re reminded that nature can offer just as many stop-what-you’re-doing-and-check-this-out sights as your latest mobile app. A beautiful look at the world’s most incredibly colorful animals you’ve (probably) never seen:

Incredibly Colorful Animals: Pink Slugs

Pink Slug

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On the 5,000 foot peak of Mount Kaputar in northern New South Wales, hundreds of bright pink slugs have recently been sighted. Though the eight-inch fluorescent creatures stick out like a sore thumb in their current environment, scientists think at one time, when rain forests dominated the area’s topography, they probably fit in quite well.

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The Jaw-Dropping View Of Jasper National Park

June 19, 2013

Jasper National Park Photograph

The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 for its stunning spread of natural landforms ranging from glaciers to canyons to even fossils.

The World’s Six Most Bizarre Animals

June 19, 2013

Bizarre Animals Aye Aye

The World’s Most Bizarre Animals: Aye Aye, Madagascar

Aye Aye

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Never underestimate the lengths to which a living creature will go for food, especially the Aye-Aye. A rare type of lemur only found on the island of Madagascar, the Aye-Aye can live as far as 700 meters above the ground in tree canopies, tapping on tree bark with their fingers up to eight times per second to listen for insects.

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Gudvangen, Norway

June 17, 2013

Gudvangen Norway

Marking the beginning of a fjord-filled trail in Sogn (the largest fjord in Norway and the third-longest fjord in the world), Gudvangen is host to nature at its most spectacular.

Twenty-Four Incredible Nature GIFs

June 14, 2013

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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