Stunning Time-Lapse of the Natural Beauty of the Western U.S.A.

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For the past year and a half, Andrew Walker has been shooting stunning motion controlled footage of some of the most serene, beautiful places in the Western U.S.A. From Montana to Arizona, he used over 15,000 captured stills to create this majestic video, which he calls Journey Part 1. Using motion control equipment from Dynamic Perception and Kessler Crane, he traveled high and low (12,000 feet high and 225 feet below sea level to be exact) to capture these breathtaking views. You will see clouds rolling over mountain tops, sweeping through cities, and hovering over valleys. Walker captured some of the most gorgeous views of our galaxy and shooting stars dancing through the sky. Words can not do justice for the beauty you are about to witness in the video below- after the jump. Enjoy!

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Meet Sniffer & Tinni: A Real Life Fox & Dog Duo Who Will Star in Fairytale Storybooks for Kids

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Although Ylvis may pretend, nobody knows what the fox says better than Tinni, a Norwegian dog who has become best friends with one. The unlikely pair met while Tinni was on a walk in the forests of Norway with his owner Torgeir Berge, who happens to be a photographer. Berge named the fox Sniffer and has been capturing precious moments of the duo’s camaraderie. The pair shows how closely related dogs and foxes are as they walk side by side, play together, romp around, take naps, and cheese it up for the camera. Their friendship has inspired Berge to work towards banning the fox-fur trade in Norway and to do this he has teamed up with writer Berit Helberg to turn his photographs into a storybook for children. Proceeds from the published book will go toward funding the fight against fur-trade.

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A Ballet Performed by Birds: Starling Murmurations Created by Photographer Alain Delorme

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Just by their natural habits, some animals make art. From the famous webs of spiders, to the amazing arrangements of the sand bubbler crab, many animals leave us with beautiful patterns in the wake of their everyday life. If spiders and crabs leave us sculptural works of art, then the starling is a performance artist. These small european birds flock together, forming moving clouds of flapping wings that shimmer with life in motion. These flocks are called a murmuration.

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Dirty Little Secrets: Sarah Rosado Creates 3D Illustrations Sculpted From Dirt

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Collecting dirt from local parks, NYC-based artist Sarah Rosado transforms what many people find ugly into lovely illustrations, capturing their ephemeral beauty at the perfect moment before they disappear. We’ve seen this sculpting technique done with food all over the internet, but food in itself is appealing to our senses; Rosado instead uses the soil that gives the nutrients to all we deem edible. Calling her project Dirty Little Secrets, she hopes to have 100 images when the set is complete and has finished 43 so far. Arranging the brown dirt to contrast on a white background to shape it into everyday objects like a camera or steaming cup of tea, she uses her camera to preserve the short-term sculptures forever.

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This is An Orchid Mantis: 5 Praying Mantis Species That Will Blow Your Mind (or Give You Nightmares)

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What do you think about when your hear ‘mantis‘? Do you think of the standard green insect in praying pose we are all familiar with? Do you think of females eating their mates after sex? Those are both real-life examples of the mantis, but far from the most surprising. Enter 5 mantis species that are masters of camouflage and the stealthy attack.

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Make Like a Tree and Leaf! The Tree People by Marko Prelic

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I couldn’t help the cheap joke in the title, but these Photoshopped images from serbian photographer Marko Prelic are truly tasteful… if not a bit whimsical too. In each, we see a normal human figure, photographed in black and white, complete with a tree for their head. This unusual vision could have a number of symbolically tree-based meanings.

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Fly Like an Eagle: Bird Soars in France with a GoPro on its Back

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Yep, just an eagle with a GoPro strapped to its back… now your flying dreams are complete. We couldn’t help sharing this short video clip which took place in a mountain range near Chamonix, France.

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Captured in Mid-Air: This is What Small Birds Look Like in Flight

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As I’m writing this I’m sitting on the lawn looking up at all kinds of birds in flight. Most are small song birds having a great time finding nuts, seeds and fruit all over the place. One just flew by carrying a large, shiny piece of aluminum foil in its beak… probably headed to make a cozy nest. Their movements are often so quick it’s hard to get a good look at them, but every once in a while they land long enough to get a good view: it’s never while they’re flying. Paul Nelson is creating a series of photos that helps us see birds better, using a portable high speed camera rig he designed himself to capture small birds in fascinating mid-flight.

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Sea Change: High and Low Tide from the Same Location

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It’s one of those things that makes Earth special… but if you live at the equator you might not even notice it happening. The daily rise and fall of the tide can be pretty extreme in the far north or south, drawing sea water far up and down, and leaving large areas flooded and dry in the same day. Michael Marten has been studying the tides since 2003, capturing them with his camera in diptychs showing high and low tide from exactly the same location.

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Art On The Ground: Postmodern Landscapes By Charles Jencks

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Charles Jencks’ sinuous sculptures are no ordinary walk in the park. A celebrated postmodern architect, designer, and theorist, Jencks tows the line between design, science, and nature to create dramatic forms that swoop across the the British landscape he calls home.

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