1192 posts tagged Animals
1192 posts tagged Animals
Pancake virtuoso Nathan Shields (previously featured here) just whipped up this awesome batch of pancakes depicting each one of Santa’s legendary flying reindeer, including Rudolph and his luminous red nose.
Creating reindeer with pancake batter is no mean feat. They’re even displayed in the order in which Santa Claus calls out their names in “The Night Before Christmas.” We’re going to guess they were happily eaten in that order as well.
While we can’t say for certain that this frog and beetle are friends, we’re still filing it in the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship because it looks as though they’re in the middle of a great and noble quest. Even Nicolas Reusens Boden, the Swedish photographer who took it, entitled his awesome photo The Knight and His Steed.
Nicolas had this to say about his remarkable photo:
"Although controlled, this shot was not prepared at all, I was performing a workshop with the Agalychnis callidryas treefrog from Costa Rica when the frog managed to jump to the branch where this huge titan was sleeping…I had my gear ready so I only had to change a few settings and shoot…the rest is history.”
This photo is one of over 100,000 photos submitted to the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards, which is open to students, amateur photographers and professionals alike. Visit the World Photography Organisation website to view more.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Sure, no one wants to be attacked and devoured by bloodthirsty lions, tigers, or sharks, but what about giant man-eating penguins? You’re looking at the last thing seen by an Antarctic explorer who had the grave misfortune of crossing paths with one. One gulp and he was a chilly memory. Om nom nom nom!
Okay, not really, but the perspective in this photo is so dramatic, we couldn’t help but get a little carried away. This awesome shot was captured by the folks at G Adventures while exploring Antarctica aboard the M/S Expedition. The penguin is neither giant nor a man-eater. It’s an adorable Gentoo Penguin caught in the act of attacking the team’s GoPro camera.
Udo Schmidt is fascinated by beetles. Now 70-years-old, the retired German researcher has been collecting them since his late 20s. The drawers housing Udo’s awesome collection contain 30,000 specimens representing over 6,000 species.
“Since more than 350,000 species of beetles have been classified, and I have published photos of just 1,600 of them, there is absolutely no danger that I will run out of work,” Schmidt told Wired.
Schmidt’s hobby has taken him to 22 countries around the world. “I prefer to collect in Africa, in the dung of mammals,” he said.
He is inspired by the “overwhelming variety of shapes and colors, beauty and elegance,” of beetles — the largest group of insects in the world. Evolutionary biologists struggle to explain this seemingly excessive diversity.
Thankfully Udo is also a skilled photographer, so we don’t have to knock on his door in order to get a close look at his stunning insect archive. Visit his website and Flickr stream to view many more astonishing images of Udo’s beautiful beetles.
Behold one of the most awesomely tentacular sights ever captured on video. You may think you’re looking at an alien, but this is an extraordinarily rare glimpse of a deep-sea cephalopod known as the Bigfin Squid from the family Magnapinnidae. It was caught on camera in 2007 by a Shell Oil Company ROV at a depth of 2386 meters (roughly 1.5 miles) at the Perdido oil drilling site down in the Gulf of Mexico. This fantastic image is a composite created using the haunting ROV video footage. (Click here to watch the original video.)
Magnapinna squids are one of the deep-sea more ethereal creatures. Little is known of these squid as very few have ever been captured, although over the last decade with the increased usage of remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and submersibles more and more video is emerging of them.
They are unusual in both that the fins are up to 90% of the length of the body, i.e. the mantle, and the ridiculously long length of the arms. The squid often will hold some of the arms at a 90˚ angles from the side of the body.
It was one of 5 cat-themed elements of an art installation that the studio assembled in 2010. The 3.5-meter long cat fills an apartment master bedroom. Visitors to the exhibit could sit on it for what Unfold calls “sweet revenge.”
It may be time to consider replacing the conference table here at Geyser of Awesome headquarters. Although there would be a slight risk of dozing off for anyone who happened to sit in a sunny spot, this awesome lounging kitty looks like an amazing place to hold our creativity meetings.
Scottish sculptor and public artist Andy Scott is in the final stages of constructing this awesome pair of sculptures located in Falkirk, Scotland. These stupendous horse heads are called The Kelpies. They’re made of structural steel with a stainless steel cladding stand 30 meters (99 feet) tall, towering over the Forth & Clyde canal. They’re a stunning monument to Scotland’s horse-powered heritage.
The Kelpies name reflected the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 10 horses; a quality that is analogous with the transformational change and endurance of Scotland’s inland waterways. The Kelpies represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the geographical layout of the Falkirk area.
Once Andy Scott’s Kelpies have been completed, visitors will be able to stand inside of them. Currently they’re scheduled to be open to the public in April 2014.
Visit Colossal to view more.
Staff at the Sunshine Serpents conservation and enducation center in Lakeland, Florida recently received two incredible two. After incubating seven Honduran milk snake eggs, they were stunned when nine baby snake heads emerged on hatching day. One of the eggs contained twins and another contained an awesomely rare two-headed snake that’s also an albino.
Owner Daniel Parker, a University of Central Florida biologist, said: ‘I did a double take. I couldn’t believe what I was looking at.’
Biologist Parker says two-headed snakes have been documented to live as long as 20 years in captivity. With two brains giving commands to a single body, he says the snake, which isn’t venomous, would have a difficult time surviving in the wild.
The odds of a two-headed snake being born are 10,000 to one. We hope that both heads on this bicephalic beauty get along well. At least they’ll never be lonely.
Photos by Daniel Parker.
Japanese embroidery artist Hiroko Kubota stitches the images of cute Internet kitties onto white button-down shirts and sells them via her Etsy shop. It all began because of her son, who really loves cats and requested that she sew the images of some of his favourite found felines onto his shirts. Because she often couldn’t find ready-made clothing that fit him properly, Hiroko was already making clothes for her son, so enhancing them with cute kitties was a fun addition.
After posting her creations online they quickly went viral (like most Internet cats do), prompting Kubota to open an Etsy shop 6 months ago. Despite the hefty price tag for a shirt ($250 – $300) she quickly racked up 15 sales and her current inventory is looking a bit slim.
Act quickly if you want to snag a hand-made kitty shirt while you still can.
[via Spoon & Tamago]
Sadie Campbell is an English sculptor from Dereham, Norfolk who creates awesomely adorable miniature animal sculptures, some of which aren’t much larger than a single grain of rice. That is some seriously wee art.
Using a mixture of clay and Plasticine and tools such as tweezers and a magnifying glass, Sadie has been creating her itty-bitty creatures for the past 19 years. It takes her up to two weeks (And lots of patience) to carefully mould each figure. Each piece is so small and detailed that she has to hold her breath to keep her hands steady during crucial moulding and decorating stages.
Ms Campbell said: ‘One of the hardest parts of my job is trying not to sneeze because if you sneeze everything is just gone. The material you are working with is so delicate. I did some tiny spiders once and I had a stray thread on my jumper which managed to brush them all over the floor.
Visit Dailymail.co.uk to view more examples of Sadie Campbell’s cute creatures.