What We Love This Week, Volume LXXIII

July 11, 2014

Photographer Visits Mountain Peaks Around The World And Delivers These Fantastic Photos

Caught the travel bug but not the budget? Fear not; photographer Max Rive is here to help. Rive’s mission as a photographer is to take us to the world’s highest mountain peaks and document the rich topography below. Through his perspective, Rive leaves us in awe and feeling humbled at the same time. See more at My Modern Met.

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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

Source: Guy Tal

Desert Wildflowers Vortex

Source: Guy Tal

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The Ship Breakers Of Bangladesh

July 6, 2014

Shipbreakers Bangladesh

Taking on beached oil tankers and ships, ship breakers expose themselves to asbestos, lead and other toxic materials as they attempt to break down the supposedly unsinkable. In the developed world, the process of scrapping ships is more regulated — and therefore more expensive. That’s why most of the breaking is done in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India.

Once the vessels have been gutted, laborers use torches to slice the remaining bits into pieces. Unsurprisingly, many of these people are crushed by falling pieces of metal or suffocate in the ship. But due to ship breaking’s highly profitable nature and the destitution of those working on them, little has been done to ameliorate the situation. You can learn more about these men and their plight at National Geographic.

What We Love This Week, Volume LXXII

July 4, 2014
Iceland Winter Nautilus

Source: Bored Panda

Stunning Photos Of Iceland In Winter

Iceland Winter Dinosaur Rock

Source: Bored Panda

Summer swelter starting to get to you? Cool off with Erez Marom’s mesmerizing photos of Iceland. Marom spent an incredible three months in this frozen paradise (in winter, no less!) and came back with photos so breathtaking that you’ll forget just how much money you’re going to spend on your AC this month. Or, at least for a couple minutes. Head over to Bored Panda for more.

Iceland Winter Aurora Borealis

Source: Bored Panda

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When The New York City Subway Was The Most Dangerous Place On Earth

July 2, 2014

The New York City subway of today is what one might lightly call “starkly different” from its predecessors. In the 1980s, over 250 felonies were committed every week in the system, making the New York subway the most dangerous mass transit system in the world. Over the course of a decade, New York public transportation would lose over 300 million riders, largely due to its reputation as a hotbed of crime and drug use. In the gallery below, we take a look at what the New York City subways were like in the 1980s:

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Torino Dazzles At Dusk

June 30, 2014

Turin Italy

The northern city of Turin–or Torino in Italian–has a rich, regal heritage. The nation’s first capital city in 1861, it was also home to the House of Savoy, or Italy’s royal family. By World War II, its influence had begun to fade. Today, the city still has a significant economic impact, and is home to some of the country’s most prestigious universities.