Video Proof That New Zealand Is The Most Gorgeous Country In The World

May 18, 2014

Shot over four months and even more visually stunning landscapes like Mount Cook, Fjordland and Arthur’s Pass, the New Zealand Department of Tourism should pay the creators of this video for the amount of publicity it will bring them.

The World’s Most Beautiful Spring Blooms

May 17, 2014

There are few times of the year more beautiful than spring. As the weather warms up, green fields and budding trees transform into bright, colorful expanses of daisies, wildflowers and roses. Scientists even estimate that there are between 250,000 and 400,000 flowers plant species covering the globe, many of which have yet to be discovered. From the blushing cherry blossoms that dot Japan’s landscape to the vibrant tulip fields that bring vivid color to Holland’s lush landscapes, spring blooms are one of the world’s greatest marvels.

As the countdown to summer begins, be sure to check out this gallery of some of the world’s most incredible spring blooms.

What We Love This Week, Volume LXV

May 16, 2014

Photographer Captures Mushrooms’ Stunning Diversity

You don’t need to step into the Looking Glass to be transported to another world; you can just take a quick trip to New South Wales. It is here where photographer Steve Axford reveled in–and luckily for us, captured–the astonishing degree of diversity of the forests’ fungi population. For more sublime samples, be sure to visit the full spread at the Awkward Situationist.

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7 Petrifying Insects That Will Give You Nightmares

May 15, 2014
Collection of Insects

Source: UC Riverside

From venomous caterpillars to a bizarre scorpion-inspired creature, we’ve compiled the freakiest insects nature has to offer. Be warned—these seven creepy insects are sure to make your skin crawl:

Petrifying Insects: The Botfly

Read this description of the human botfly’s growth cycle, and you’ll know why it made our list of the creepiest insects. The human botfly (Dermatobia hominis) lays its eggs on a mosquito. When the mosquito eventually feeds on a host (ie. you), those botfly eggs hatch. Then, the larva must grow and mature, a process that takes about six to eight weeks, all of which happens beneath the skin. Yes, these creepy insects actually hatch and grow within the body, then pop out through the skin to survive.

While it’s not hard to kill the larvae (one must only cut off their air supply by covering the skin with nail polish or petroleum jelly), after death the larvae must then be extracted from the person’s body. Check out this creepy compilation of people pulling the botfly larvae from the body. Warning: It’s not for the faint of heart.

Anthill Art Creations And The Complexity of Ant Colonies

May 10, 2014
Bottom View of Anthill Art

Source: Anthill Art

What do you get when you mix molten aluminum and ant colonies? Seriously cool anthill art. Each of the following silver molds represents the actual tunnels, spires and passages of a real-life ant colony. And we discovered two mind-bending videos that uncover the bizarre yet intriguing process.

Up Close Aluminum Anthill Art

Source: Anthill Art

Molten Aluminum Ant Art

Source: YouTube

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The World’s Best Storm Chaser Photography

May 8, 2014

The line between idiocy and passion is often blurred, and storm photography is perhaps most emblematic of that. These fearless photographers have gone above and beyond in their pursuit of the picture-perfect shot of thunderstorms. They travel miles, risking their lives, scouring sites and waiting patiently for the storm to swell. Here is some of the best storm chaser photography out there, along with a bit of background on the photographers behind them.

Craig Eccles

Australian Craig Eccles is a 42-year-old photography teacher in Perth, Western Australia who has recently come under the storm chaser photography spotlight for his timely and tantalizing thunder shots. He shared his stunning images with the Daily Mail, which showcase him traveling up to 300 miles across remote towns and abandoned landscapes for the picture-perfect moments.

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