Wintry Visions From Lake Baikal, Siberia

Lake Baikal Siberia

If you want to take a step outside of space and time, Lake Baikal may be just the place for you. A number of geologists postulate that today’s Baikal shows what North American, African and European seaboards looked like as they started to separate millions of years ago. Below the lake’s surface (which is incredibly deep–Baikal is in fact the deepest freshwater lake in the world) is a wealth of truly bizarre creatures who were incredibly old before humans were even “thought of”. Look up the golomyanka if you don’t believe us.

23 Of 2014’s Most Surprising Photos

What makes a photo surprising? Sometimes it’s the picture’s composition, other times it’s capturing an intriguing subject at just the right moment. Our gallery of the most surprising photos of 2014 features a massive wooden hippo, tiger triplets, a snake slaughterhouse and an odd Obama selfie:

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Snake Slaughterhouse

At this snake slaughterhouse in Indonesia, snakes are rolled, placed into the oven, and then sent to bag factories. Source: TIME

World Cup 2014

A hot air balloon in Australia is shaped to resemble Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue (wearing a World Cup jersey). Source: TIME

Tree Hugger Surprising Photos

Over 2,000 people come together in Nepal to break the world record for the largest mass gathering of tree huggers. Source: NBC

Surprising Photos of 2014 Transsexual Beauty Contest

Yanki Bayramoglu wins Turkey’s first ever transexual beauty contest. Source: TIME

Tiger Triplets Tacoma Zoo

The Tacoma Zoo has its hands full with these tiger triplets. Source: Columbian

Obama Selfie Surprising Photos of 2014

Bill Nye, Barack Obama and Neil DeGrasse Tyson take a selfie. Source: Wikimedia

Supermoon 2014 Surprising Photos

A supermoon rises above a town in Spain. Source: The Dark Room

Bosnian Wedding Tradition Surprising Photos

At the Ethnological Museum in Pristina, Arleta Sahiti’s face is painted according to the wedding traditions of Bosnian women from the Zhupa region. Source: TIME

Surprising Photos of 2014 Sony Photography Awards

"Big Cat, Little Cat" is a photo submission to the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards. Source: Twisted Sifter

2014 Photos Sochi Olympics

The Opening Ceremony at the 2014 Olympics held in Sochi, Russia. Source: Los Angeles Times

Saintly City Cat Championship 2014 Photos

Cats at the 2014 Saintly City Cat Club Championship in Saint Paul. Source: New York Daily News

Surprising Photos of 2014 Space Station Laundry

Laundry day at the Russian Space Training Center. Source: TIME

Purim Festival 2014

Jewish girls dress up for the Purim festival. Source: Daily Mail

Pope Francis Surprising Photos

Pope Francis visits the parish of the Sant'Alfonso Maria de Liguori during Epiphany in Rome. Source: TIME

Surprising Photos of 2014 Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld walks the “runway” at the Chanel show during Paris Fashion Week 2014. Source: Celeb Mafia

Oscar Selfie 2014

Celebrities gather at the 2014 Oscars, creating the world’s most star-studded selfie. Source: Vogue

Pakistan Performing Monkey

A trained monkey in Pakistan. Source: TIME

HippoThames Surprising Photos 2014

HippoThames, a large wooden hippo, floats down the River Thames. Source: Daily Mail

Easter Egg Traditions

Since 1965, German pensioner Volker Kraft and his wife decorate their apple tree with over 10,000 hand painted eggs. Source: TIME

East Coast Blizzard 2014

Deadly, frigid weather conditions strike the East Coast in November 2014. Source: NBC

Surprising Photos of 2014 Dog Nurses Cubs

A dog nurses tiger cubs at a zoo in China. Source: TIME

Jack Black Comic Con 2014

Wearing a Star Wars mask, actor Jack Black walks around outside of Comic Con 2014. Source: The Kansas City Star

Chicago River St. Patricks Day

The Chicago River is dyed green to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. Source: NBC

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We Found The Most Stunning Nature Photography of 2014

Northern Gannets Photography

Source: The Atlantic

Our world is always changing, always moving. Perhaps it is for this reason that nature photography can be so captivating. Whether the photographer captures an incredible sunset or catches a rarely seen creature in its natural setting, the moments that appear in these images are unique and fleeting.

Tap into your creative side with some of the best nature photography of 2014. Touching all parts of the world in every season, this gallery is sure to make you appreciate all that Mother Nature has provided.

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Big Sur Landscape Photography

Big Sur, California. Source: Bored Panda

Red Fox Best Nature Photography of 2014

Source: Bored Panda

Incredible Sunset Pictures 2014

Greater Manchester, England. Source: James Pictures

Adorable Bear Nature Photos

Source: The Atlantic

Best Pictures of the Snow 2014

Viru Bog, Estonia. Source: IB Times

UK Mountain Photographer 2014

Lake District, England. Source: All That Is Interesting

Lemur Nature Photography

Source: Bored Panda

2014 Best Landscape Photography

Derbyshire, England. Source: All That Is Interesting

Nature Photography of 2014 Vermilion Cliffs

Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona. Source: Bored Panda

Snowy Egrets Nature Photography

Source: Smithsonian

Awesome Leopard Photography

Source: The Atlantic

Swimming Iguana Nature Photography

Source: Bored Panda

Nature Photography 2014

Source: The Atlantic

Spider by Krasimir Matarov

Source: Streetloop

Animal Nature Photography of 2014

Source: Grandfather

Beautiful Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park, Montana. Source: Business Insider

Best Nature Photography of 2014 Gecko

Source: IB Times

Top Nature Photography Craig Parry

Broken Head Nature Reserve, Australia. Source: International Landscape Photographer

Awesome Nature Photography 2014

Gold Coast Hinterland, Australia. Source: IB Times

Best Nature Photography of 2015

Source: Independent

Forest Pathway

Olympic National Park, Washington. Source: Bored Panda

Northern Gannets Photography

Source: The Atlantic

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