15 Most Devastating Photos of the UK Floods

February 20, 2014

For the past year, Mother Nature has let loose a torrent of unpredictable, devastating weather conditions. From bitter cold spells to mind-bending earthquakes, the UK floods are the most recent weather-related problem in a string of worldwide natural disasters. Over the past couple of months, the UK floods have claimed lives, forced thousands from their homes and annihilated local ecosystems.

Check out these devastating images of the damage caused by the UK floods.

Royals Aid Flood Relief

Even royals Prince William and Prince Harry joined flood-relief efforts. Source: Global Post

UK Flood Waters are Dangerously High

Dangerously high flood waters lap at a residence. Source: Mirror

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Lake Kaindy: Kazakhstan’s Submerged Forest

February 11, 2014

In Lake Kaindy, trees poke from the water’s surface like misplaced toothpicks, presenting an intriguing portrait for visitors and tourists. This incredible sunken forest was created in 1911 as a byproduct of the 7.7 magnitude Kebin earthquake. The earthquake, which destroyed more than 700 buildings, triggered a massive limestone landslide that formed a natural dam. Over time, rainfall and water flowed into the area, covering the trees that grew there.

Aerial View of the Lake

Source: Panoramio

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Pakistan’s Incredible Cocooned Trees

February 10, 2014

In 2010, ten years’ worth of rainfall poured onto Pakistani cities and villages in less than a week, completely ravaging the affected areas. While this flood was like others in many unfortunate ways–people were displaced, homes were ruined, rivers surged—one surprising consequence was entirely unique to the area. Once the rain stopped, people began noticing cocooned trees covered by sticky webs.

Flood Victims in Pakistan

Source: Bise World

Severe Flooding Causes Cocooned Trees

Source: Daily Mail

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17 Top Images from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

February 7, 2014
Aerial Series in Sony World Photography Awards

Aerial Series by Emmanuel Coupe-Kalomiris, Source: Daily Mail

There are few photography achievements more prestigious than the Sony World Photography awards. While the Photographer of the Year title will not be announced until April 30th in London, the World Photography Organisation (WPO) released its shortlist for this year’s awards in early February. The shortlist—which represents international amateur, professional and youth photography—contains some of the most incredible, breathtaking contemporary photos from 2013.

Campaign Category in Sony World Photography Awards

Big Cat, Little Cat by George Logan, Source: BuzzFeed

Sony World Photography Awards from India

Yellow Fellow by Anurag Kumar, Source: South China Morning Post

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Wyoming’s Visually Striking Devils Tower

February 6, 2014

Devils Tower Wyoming

Extending a whopping 5,114 feet above sea level, Wyoming’s ever-popular “Devils Tower” actually receives its name from a misinterpretation. Many Native American tribes had geographical ties to the igneous intrusion, calling it everything from “Aloft on a rock” to the “Bear’s Lair”. It wasn’t until 1875 that Colonel Richard Irving Dodge’s interpreter incorrectly perceived one name as “Bad God’s Tower”, which he inevitably translated to “Devils Tower”.

The 2013 Winners Of The Nature Conservancy’s Annual Photo Contest

February 4, 2014

Over the past seven years, the Nature Conservancy has received over 100,000 incredible photos of the world’s natural marvels in its annual digital photo contest. This year’s entries were no less remarkable, as subjects and compositions were as diverse as they were beautiful. Featured below are the contest’s honorable mentions and finalists. This year’s winner comes courtesy of Tulus Simatupang, who captured a Great Blue Heron flying in tandem with a Red-winged Blackbird.

Nature Conservancy Contest Chameleon

A Parson’s chameleon catching a snack in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Alaotra-Mangoro Region, Madagascar. Photo credit: © Giovanni Mari

Nature Conservancy Contest Bear Water

Grizzly bathing in Crescent Lake, Alaska. Photo credit: © Burgess Lewis

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