Desert Wildflowers Breathe Life Into The Desolate

July 10, 2014
First Blooms

Source: Guy Tal

The cracked Colorado Desert doesn’t usually provide conditions favorable for blooming flowers, but every now and again, deserts do see rainfall. When that happens, certain wildflowers (such as the bee plant and scorpionweed) creep up through the cracks and decorate the landscape for a mere few days before wilting and dying in a process that can last for several years. Capturing these simultaneously fleeting yet enduring spectacles of nature is photographer Guy Tal.

Desert Wildflowers Rare Beauty

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Desert Wildflowers Vortex

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These Awesome Sun Facts Will Blow Your Mind

July 9, 2014

The sunrise and sunset occur so regularly that we often take their consistency for granted. Though ordinary and expected in mind, in reality the Sun is essentially the sole reason for our survival as a race. To remind you just how cool our Sun is, we’ve rounded up the 20 most incredible sun facts:

Facts About Sun Speed

Ring of Fire Facts

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Stunning Time Lapse Shows The Beauty In The [Natural] Breakdown

July 5, 2014

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.

Poplar Trees Light Up Northern Oregon

June 26, 2014
Poplar Trees Northern Oregon

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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.

The Gorgeous Contours Of Antelope Canyon

June 24, 2014

Antelope Canyon Arizona

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.

Mount Nyiragongo And Its Bubbling Hot Lava Lake

June 22, 2014
Crater of Mount Nyiragongo

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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.

Lava Up Close

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