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These Circle Gardens In Denmark Look Almost Too Perfect To Be Real

There’s no better feeling than escaping to nature after a hard week of working. And what better place to escape to than your own personal tiny garden home. The Brøndby Haveby or Brøndby Garden City is a small community located just a short drive from Copenhagen, Denmark. What sets it apart from any other garden community out there is its unique shape. The houses are arranged in a circular pattern and look absolutely surreal when viewed from above.

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Photographer Henry Do has recently captured these amazing drone photos of the community and the look absolutely stunning.

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The Brøndby Haveby houses are the perfect place to run away from the bustling city – the large yards mean plenty of room for activities and the tall hedges ensure your privacy.

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The municipality of Brøndby approved the idea of this “garden city” over 50 years ago, back in 1964, and the circles began popping up one by one.

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This specific arrangement wasn’t chosen by accident. The architect that designed the “garden city” said that the idea behind the circles was to increase social interaction among the renters.

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When viewed from above, the circle gardens look even more surreal. They kind of look like grapes on a vine, don’t they?

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Every Cat Owner’s Life Perfectly Illustrated In 40 Funny Comics

Landysh and Asia are a couple of English teachers and artists who create the Lingvistov comic series. Believe it or not, Lingvistov actually started as an online English school (that is still active). The duo says they love comics, memes and brilliant English humor, so they started creating the adorable Lingvistov doodles that people quickly fell in love with.

“[The doodles] usually contain a funny joke or a well-known saying but it’s not always the case. One of my students said they are mostly about cats, food and sleep,” writes Landysh. “I’d say they are about the most important things in our lives!” And honestly, we couldn’t agree more.

Check out the Lingvistov doodles in the gallery below!

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20 Problems Women Often Overthink Illustrated By French Artist Rachel Lev

Rachel Lev is a French artist and illustrator who creates funny and relatable illustrations about her life that deal with self-esteem and body image issues many other girls face. “Inspired by the life of young women, these illustrations depict the self-destructive side of our mind, but with humor, colors, softness and irony,” says the artist. “The more twisted our mind is, the more funny the illustrations are!”

Rachel says that to her, body positivity is a mantra and her work encourages self-love and and women empowerment.”We should all laugh at our small problems, whether they’re big or small, because we all have the same ones,” says the artist.

“Girls! Let’s laugh together at our terrible body image issues, fears, and overthinking problems. “Too fat, too thin, too round, too flat, too much pizza, not enough yoga,” we are all perfect and beautiful, and let’s try to leave it at that!” says Rachel. Check out her illustrations in the gallery below!

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Aušrys Uptas

One day, this guy just kind of figured – “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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35 Winning Shots From This Year’s Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Contest

Nature can be fascinating while at the same time being scary as hell. Each year photographers from all over the world bravely venture into the wild to capture that amazing shot that just might win them the title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year. And now, after a whole year has passed since last year’s competition, the photographers are back with even more incredible pictures of wildlife that might take your breath away.

The competition, organized by London’s Natural History Museum received over 48,000 submissions this year the title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year went to Chinese photographer Yongqing Bao for his photograph titled “The Moment”. The photo shows a marmot being attacked by a Tibetian fox and the emotion on the marmot’s terrified expression is absolutely priceless. Bao took the shot in the Tibetian Plateau, China, nicknamed “The Roof of the World” due to it being 14,800 ft ( 4.5 km) above sea level. In a press release, Roz Kidman Cox, the chair of the judging panel, said that photos taken in the Tibetian Plateau are “rare enough” but Bao’s photo was just “extraordinary”.

Check out the winner and the runner-ups in the gallery below!

#1 “The Moment” By Yongqing Bao, China, Behaviour: Mammals, Grand Title Winner

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This Himalayan marmot was not long out of hibernation when it was surprised by a mother Tibetan fox with three hungry cubs to feed. With lightning-fast reactions, Yongqing captured the attack – the power of the predator baring her teeth, the terror of her prey, the intensity of life and death written on their faces.

As one of the highest-altitude-dwelling mammals, the Himalayan marmot relies on its thick fur for survival through the extreme cold. In the heart of winter it spends more than six months in an exceptionally deep burrow with the rest of its colony. Marmots usually do not resurface until spring, an opportunity not to be missed by hungry predators.

#2 “Bee Line” By Frank Deschandol, France, Behaviour: Invertebrates, Highly Commended 2019

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Bees buzzed in the long grass around the lake as evening fell. To Frank’s delight, they were settling down in little rows along the stems. These were solitary bees, probably males, gathering for the night in suitable resting places, while the females occupied nests they had built nearby.

Being cold-blooded, bees gain energy from the sun’s heat and rest at night and during cool weather. Holding tight to the stems with their strong, jaw-like mandibles, they gradually relax – their bodies lower, their wings rest and their antennae droop – until they fall asleep, waiting for the morning to come.

#3 “Lucky Break” By Jason Bantle, Canada, Urban Wildlife, Highly Commended 2019

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A raccoon poked her head out of an abandoned car and paused to assess her surroundings, allowing Jason just enough time to use a long exposure in the twilight. The back seat was an ideal den for the raccoon and her five cubs as the only entrance – through a blunt-edged hole in the glass – was large enough for her but too small for predators such as coyotes.

Raccoons tend to make their dens in hollow trees or rock crevices but they are extremely adaptable. Emerging at dusk, this mother will spend the night foraging for food for herself and her young. Raccoons are opportunistic and will eat anything from fruit and nuts to the contents of rubbish bins.

#4 “Land Of The Eagle” By Audun Rikardsen, Norway, Behaviour: Birds, Winner 2019

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Audun carefully positioned this tree branch, hoping it would make a perfect lookout for a golden eagle. He set up a camera trap and occasionally left road-kill carrion nearby. Very gradually, over the next three years, this eagle started to use the branch to survey its coastal realm. Audun captured its power as it came in to land, talons outstretched.

Golden eagles typically fly at around 50 kilometres per hour but can reach speeds of up to 320 kilometres per hour when diving for prey. This, along with their sharp talons, makes them formidable hunters. Normally they kill small mammals, birds, reptiles or fish, but they also eat carrion and have been known to target larger animals too.

#5 “Cool Drink” By Diana Rebman, USA, Behaviour: Birds, Highly Commended 2019

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Despite the bitterly cold temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius, Diana spent hours mesmerised by what she described as the ‘well-choreographed dance’ of a group of long-tailed tits taking turns to peck at an icicle. With the fast movement of the birds and her fingers feeling like blocks of ice, capturing their behaviour was no easy task.

Long-tailed tits live across Europe and Asia. Those living in Hokkaido, Japan, are referred to locally as Shima-Enaga. Winters there are cold and snowy and the birds must nibble on snow and ice for water. They spend their days foraging for insects and spiders and their nights huddled together in small groups for warmth.

#6 “Portrait Of A Mother” By Ingo Arndt, Germany, Animal Portraits, Highly Commended 2019

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When you are eye to eye with a wild puma,’ says Ingo, ‘excitement is guaranteed.’ Tracking these elusive cats on foot meant lugging heavy gear long distances, often in freezing temperatures and unrelenting winds. Mutual respect gradually earned him the trust of a female and her cubs, allowing him to capture this intimate family portrait.

Pumas remain playful throughout their lives. Play-fighting teaches cubs vital survival skills including how to hunt, fight and escape. The cubs will stay with their mother for up to two years before gaining independence. They will live a solitary existence as adults until it is their turn to breed.

#7 “Cradle Of Life” By Stefan Christmann, Germany, Wildlife Photographer Portfolio Award, Winner 2019

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It was easy to spot an emperor penguin with a hatching egg, says Stefan, because the father would frequently lift up his brood pouch to check on the chick’s progress. The problem was finding a bird facing the right direction at the crucial moment in the few minutes of good light available each day.

While his partner is away hunting at sea, the male endures the bitter Antarctic winter, without feeding, as he incubates their single egg. After a gruelling 65 to 75 days, the egg begins to hatch. Stefan watched the tiny chick struggle to crack the shell. ‘It kept closing its eyes and looked exhausted,’ he says.

#8 “Snow Exposure” By Max Waugh, USA, Black And White, Winner 2019

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In a winter whiteout a lone American bison briefly lifts its head from its endless foraging. Max purposefully slowed his shutter speed to blur the snow and ‘paint lines across the silhouette of the bison’. Slightly overexposing the shot and converting it to black and white accentuated the simplicity of the wintry scene.

Swinging their huge heads from side to side, American bison sweep away snow with their muzzles to eat the grasses and sedges buried beneath. Originally a common sight, their largescale slaughter for meat and hides brought them close to extinction in the nineteenth century. But populations are recovering and wild American bison now thrive in national parks.

#9 “If Penguins Could Fly” By Eduardo Del Álamo, Spain, Behaviour: Mammals, Highly Commended 2019

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A gentoo penguin flees for its life as a leopard seal bursts out of the water. Eduardo was expecting it. He had noticed the penguin resting on a fragment of broken ice and watched the seal swim back and forth. ‘Moments later, the seal flew out of the water, mouth open,’ he says.

Leopard seals are formidable predators. Their slender bodies are built for speed and their wide jaws bear long canine teeth. They hunt almost anything, changing their diet in response to availability and the time of year. Penguins are a regular meal but they also enjoy krill, fish, squid and the pups of other seal species.

#10 “Snow Landing” By Jérémie Villet, France, Rising Star Portfolio Award, Winner 2019

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With outstretched wings and intense eyes fixed on its prey, a bald eagle lands in fresh snow on a riverbank. Jérémie spent a week observing the behaviour of these birds from his hide. Spotting this one swooping down to catch salmon from the icy water below, he was well-positioned to capture this portrait.

To complete their life cycle, salmon return to their river of origin to spawn, dying shortly afterwards. An overabundance of dying salmon makes for easy meals for opportunistic eagles. Every year around 3,000 bald eagles gather at the Chilkat River in Alaska to feast on salmon.

#11 “Sky Hole” By Sven Začek, Estonia, Earth’s Environments, Highly Commended 2019

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Positioning his drone directly above the small lake, Sven waited for the sun to emerge from behind the clouds to capture the reflection of the sky in the lake’s mirrored surface. Contending with technical issues and battery-power shortage, his patience was rewarded by this image of ‘an aerial view that looks like an eye’.

Karula National Park in Estonia is home to goshawks, lynx, wolves and bears. The ghostly outline of dead trees surrounding this lake is a telltale sign of the thriving population of beavers inhabiting Karula. Their naturally prolific dam-building causes higher-than-usual water levels that flood the forest floor, rotting the roots of any trees growing close to the shoreline.

#12 “Frozen Moment” By Jérémie Villet, France, Rising Star Portfolio Award, Winner 2019

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Entwined in each other’s thick spiral horns, two male Dall sheep pause during a fierce clash. For years, Jérémie had dreamed of photographing pure-white Dall sheep against a snow-clad alpine backdrop. Lying in the snow nearby, he battled with strong winds, heavy snow and bitterly cold temperatures, determined to capture this moment of both ‘purity and power’.

Dall sheep thrive in arctic and subarctic regions of the world. They depend on steep, rugged cliffs and outcrops to provide them with places to escape from predators, while using nearby open grass and meadows to feed. In winter they favour areas with strong winds that remove snow and expose forage.

#13 “The Rat Pack” By Charlie Hamilton James, UK, Urban Wildlife, Winner 2019

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On Pearl Street in Lower Manhattan, brown rats scamper between their home under a tree grille and a pile of rubbish bags full of food waste. Lighting his shot to blend with the glow of the street lights and operating his kit remotely, Charlie captured this intimate, street-level view.

Urban rat populations are rising fast worldwide and their association with spreading disease in humans inspires fear and disgust. Rats are smart and capable of navigating complex networks such as subway systems. Being powerful swimmers, burrowers and jumpers makes these rodents particularly well suited to city living.

#14 “Big Cat And Dog Spat” By Peter Haygarth, UK, Behaviour: Mammals, Highly Commended 2019

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In a rare encounter, a lone male cheetah is set upon by a pack of African wild dogs. At first the dogs were wary, but as the rest of their 12-strong pack arrived their confidence grew. They began to encircle and probe the big cat, chirping with excitement. It was all over a few minutes later, when the cheetah fled.

Both cheetahs and African wild dogs have disappeared from large parts of their former territories, with fewer than 7,000 individuals left of each. Threatened by habitat loss, they exist at very low population densities. Pack sizes of African wild dogs have sharply declined from being as many as a hundred members strong to as few as seven to 15 individuals.

#15 “The Garden Of Eels” By David Doubilet, USA, Under Water, Winner 2019

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A swaying colony of garden eels vanished into their burrows as soon as David arrived at this underwater scene. So as not to disturb them again, he set up his camera and hid behind a shipwreck where he could trigger the system remotely. It was several hours before the eels re-emerged and several days before David got his perfect shot.

The eels were feeding on plankton drifting in the current and were undisturbed by a wrasse and a cornetfish swimming by. If threatened, garden eels retreat into their burrows. Like many other fish, they detect movement through their lateral line, a sensory organ that runs the length of their bodies.

#16 “The Huddle” By Stefan Christmann, Germany, Wildlife Photographer Portfolio Award, Winner 2019

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More than 5,000 male emperor penguins huddle on the sea ice, backs to the wind, heads down, sharing body heat. ‘It was a calm day,’ says Stefan, ‘but when I took off my gloves to focus the lens, the cold felt like needles piercing my fingertips.’ Antarctic winters are fierce, with temperatures below minus 40 degrees Celsius.

While the females spend two months at sea feeding, their mates care for the eggs. The male balances his precious cargo on his feet, tucked beneath a fold of skin called the brood pouch. Penguins on the windward edge of the huddle regularly peel off and join the more sheltered side, creating a constant rotation through the warm centre. Survival depends on cooperation.

#17 “The Challenge” By Françoise Gervais, Canada, Animals In Their Environment, Highly Commended 2019

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This polar bear appears tiny as it scales a steep scree slope. Steadying herself in a boat a few hundred metres from the shore, Françoise captured this image which she says shows how ‘even one of the most impressive predators can look insignificant and vulnerable in the immensity and inhospitality of this landscape’.

Climate change has reduced the expanse of sea ice from which polar bears usually hunt seals. Baffin Island polar bears now spend an extra 20 to 30 days a year on land compared to in the 1990s. Adapting to spending more time on land means expanding their diet. Some bears have been spotted scrambling on cliffs to reach birds and their eggs.

#18 “The Albatross Cave” By Thomas P Peschak, Germany/South Africa, Animals In Their Environment, Highly Commended 2019

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The large cave on the side of Te Tara Koi Koia shelters the eggs and chicks of Chatham albatrosses until the young are ready to fly. The island is the only place in the world where they breed naturally, making Thomas one of the privileged few to have witnessed and captured this moment.

Having a single breeding ground means that the future of Chatham albatrosses is insecure. Since the 1980s extreme storms have eroded the soil on Te Tara Koi Koia and destroyed vegetation crucial to nest-building. Conservationists recently translocated a new breeding colony onto the largest of the Chatham Islands to improve their chance of survival.

#19 “The Equal Match” By Ingo Arndt, Germany, Behaviour: Mammals, Joint Winner 2019

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The guanaco turns, terrified, his last mouthful of grass flying in the wind as a female puma attacks. For Ingo, this is the culmination of months of work tracking wild pumas on foot, enduring extreme cold and biting winds. After an intense four-second struggle, the guanaco escaped with his life, leaving the puma to go hungry.

Because they are so abundant in Patagonia, guanacos are common prey of pumas. These big cats are solitary and hunt by patiently stalking before they pounce. Their robust hind legs allow them to take on animals bigger than themselves but they can also feed on smaller animals, such as rodents and birds.

#20 “Snow-Plateau Nomads” By Shangzhen Fan, China, Animals In Their Environment, Winner 2019

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A small herd of male chirus makes its way to the relative warmth of the Kumukuli Desert. These nimble antelopes are high-altitude specialists found only on the Qinghai–Tibet Plateau. For years, Shangzhen made the long, arduous journey to observe them there. Here he drew the contrasting elements of snow and sand together.

Underneath their long hair, chirus have a light, warm underfur called shahtoosh. It grows tightly against their skin and can only be harvested by killing and skinning the chirus. Protection since the 1990s has seen their once-decimated numbers increase, but there is still demand – primarily from Westerners – for shahtoosh shawls.

#21 “Night Glow” By Cruz Erdmann, New Zealand, 11-14 Years Old, Grand Title Winner

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Cruz was on a night dive with his dad when he saw a pair of bigfin reef squid in the shallow water. One swam off but Cruz quickly adjusted his camera and strobe settings, knowing that the opportunity was too good to miss. He shot four frames of the remaining squid before it too disappeared into the inky blackness.

Bigfin reef squid are masters of camouflage, changing their body colour and pattern using their reflective and pigmented skin cells. They also alter their appearance to help them communicate. During courtship, males and females display complex patterns to indicate their willingness to mate.

#22 “The Architectural Army” By Daniel Kronauer, Germany/USA, Behaviour: Invertebrates, Winner 2019

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By day this colony of army ants raided their surrounds, mostly hunting other ant species. At dusk they moved on, travelling up to 400 metres before building a nest for the night. Positioning his camera on the forest floor, Daniel was wary of upsetting thousands of venomous army ants. ‘You mustn’t breathe in their direction,’ he says.

Army ants alternate between nomadic and stationary phases. These ants are in a nomadic phase, building a new nest each night using their own bodies. The soldier ants interlock their claws to form a scaffold while the queen stays inside in a network of chambers and tunnels. During the stationary phase they will stay in the same nest while the queen lays new eggs.

#23 “Pondworld” By Manuel Plaickner, Italy, Behaviour: Amphibians And Reptiles, Winner 2019

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Every spring for more than a decade, Manuel followed the mass migration of common frogs. He took this image by immersing himself and his camera in a large pond where hundreds of frogs had gathered. There he waited until the moment arrived for the picture he had in mind – lingering frogs, harmonious colours, soft, natural light and dreamy reflections.

Rising spring temperatures bring common frogs out of their winter shelters. They head straight to water to breed, often returning to where they were spawned. Though widespread across Europe, their numbers are thought to be declining due to habitat degradation from pollution and drainage of breeding sites.

#24 “Humming Surprise” By Thomas Easterbrook, UK, 10 Years And Under, Winner 2019

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A curious sound drew Thomas to this hummingbird hawkmoth. He watched as it hovered in front of each salvia flower and drank the nectar using its long, straw-like proboscis. Framing the fast-moving insect was challenging, but Thomas was pleased with how he captured the stillness of the moth’s body and the blur of its wings.

Hummingbird hawkmoths are unusual in that they fly by day, so their eyesight is better than most other moths’. In flight they look so similar to hummingbirds that they can be easily confused. This similarity inspired their name, as did the hum created by their wings beating around 85 times each second.

#25 “Migrant Megamoths” By Lorenzo Shoubridge, Italy, Behaviour: Invertebrates, Highly Commended 2019

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Lorenzo was intrigued to see convolvulus hawkmoths flying back and forth, looking for food. He tracked the moths over several evenings, dulling his torch with a cloth in order not to disturb them and keeping to the road to avoid trampling the vegetation. After many attempts, he finally captured the feeding forays of these two individuals.

Moths often travel very long distances in search of food and suitable environments in which to lay their eggs. In the Apuan Alps the landscape is fast-changing. The extraction of marble from the mountains creates significant air and water pollution, threatening the region’s biodiversity and reducing the moths’ natural habitat.

#26 “The Ethereal Drifter” By Angel Fitor, Spain, Under Water, Highly Commended 2019

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Stretching out its sail-like lobes to ride the Mediterranean currents, this delicate comb jelly is trawling for food. This was a rare sight. The species is normally found with its fragile sails folded or damaged. Angel approached his subject extremely carefully. Describing it as a ‘glass butterfly’, Angel saw that ‘it folded its sails at the slightest vibration’.

This comb jelly steers itself through the water using beating rows of hair-like cilia which form combs along its cylindrical body. The combs scatter light, creating colourful iridescence. Unlike jellyfish, comb jellies do not sting. Instead they catch plankton and other small prey using sticky cells in their lobes and tentacles.

#27 “Circle Of Life” By Alex Mustard, UK, Black And White, Highly Commended 2019

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In the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea a school of bigeye trevally formed a circular shoal a few metres from Alexander’s lens. For 20 years Alexander had been coming to photograph the summer spawning of reef fish. ‘A big lure that sees me return each year is that I always see something new,’ he says.

The spawning population of bigeye trevally is boosted by the protected status of Ras Mohammed National Park as a no-fishing marine reserve. Adult bigeye trevallies are vulnerable to attack from larger fish. During the spawning season they school both to protect themselves and to increase the likelihood of contact between eggs and sperm.

#28 “Creation” By Luis Vilariño, Spain, Earth’s Environments, Winner 2019

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Red-hot lava from Kīlauea volcano instantly boils the cool Pacific Ocean where they meet at the Hawaiian coast. As Luis’s helicopter flew along the coastline a sudden change in wind direction parted the plumes of steam to reveal the fiery river. Quickly framing his shot through the helicopter’s open door, he captured the tumultuous creation of new land.

As the lava boils the seawater, it produces acid steam and tiny shards of glass, which combine to create a lava haze or ‘laze’. This eruption was Kīlauea’s largest in 200 years. For three months in 2018, lava spewed from the summit and surrounding fissures, eventually destroying over 700 homes and solidifying to create hundreds of acres of new land.

#29 “The Hair-Net Cocoon” By Minghui Yuan, China, Behaviour: Invertebrates, Highly Commended 2019

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With his face pressed against a wall, Minghui framed this Cyana moth pupa hanging in its remarkable cage-like cocoon. Such delicate structures can be hard to spot but this one stood out against its backdrop in the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden.

Although it is not known exactly how the caterpillar architect of this cocoon would have worked, it is known that it wove this intricate mesh from spat-out silk and from the long, hair-like setae that covered its body. It then spun near-invisible threads to suspend itself inside the cocoon, ready to start its transformation into a moth.

#30 “Face Of Deception” By Ripan Biswas, India, Animal Portraits, Winner 2019

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Ripan was photographing a red weaver ant colony when he spotted this slightly strange individual. It may have the face of an ant but its eight legs give it away – on closer inspection Ripan discovered that it was an ant-mimicking crab spider. By reverse mounting his lens, Ripan converted it to a macro capable of taking extreme close-ups.

Many spider species imitate ants in appearance and behaviour. Infiltrating an ant colony can help them prey on unsuspecting ants or avoid being eaten by predators that dislike ants. This particular spider, says Ripan, seemed to be roaming around the colony, looking for a solitary ant that it could grab for a meal.

#31 “Tapestry Of Life” By Zorica Kovacevic, Serbia/USA, Plants And Fungi, Winner 2019

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Festooned with bulging orange velvet and trimmed with grey lace, the arms of a Monterey cypress tree twist to create an otherworldly canopy. After several days experimenting, Zorica decided on a close-up frame. She focus-stacked 22 images, merging the sharp features in each of the photographs to reveal the colourful maze in depth.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in California is the only place in the world where natural conditions combine to conjure this magical scene. The spongy orange cladding on the Monterey cypress is in fact an alga that gets its colour from beta-carotene, the same pigment that is in carrots. Both the orange alga and the grey lace lichen are harmless to the cypress.

#32 “Couch Crew” By Cyril Ruoso, France, Urban Wildlife, Highly Commended 2019

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In a disused temple in Hua Hin, young long-tailed macaques relax on a sofa tattered from their playtime antics. Cyril framed a group that had positioned themselves ‘like band members posing for an album cover’, while others leapt back and forth between a statue, his rucksack and even the top of his head.

Long-tailed macaques are very adaptable, thriving in a range of habitats including living alongside humans. In Thailand people have a complex relationship with the monkeys. The macaques are tolerated and sometimes even venerated near temples. At the same time, when they damage farms and property they are regarded as pests.

#33 “Early Riser” By Riccardo Marchegiani, Italy, 15-17 Years Old, Winner 2019

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Riccardo could not believe his luck when this female gelada walked along the cliff edge where he had been waiting since before sunrise. Keeping a respectful distance, Riccardo composed his shot using a low flash to highlight the gelada’s light brown fur against the distant mountains. The beam also caught the eye of the inquisitive infant clinging to her belly.

A baby gelada will spend the first few weeks of its life being carried around on its mother’s front before moving to her back. Geladas live on the ground and drop down onto ledges in cliff faces for safety when they sleep. Farmland is encroaching on their native grasslands and their habitat is shrinking.

#34 “Another Barred Migrant” By Alejandro Prieto, Mexico, Wildlife Photojournalism, Winner 2019

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It took Alejandro two years to take the perfect photo of a male jaguar. Under a luminous, star-studded Arizona sky, he projects it onto a section of the US–Mexico border fence to symbolise ‘the jaguar’s past and its possible future presence in the United States. If the wall is built,’ he says, ‘it will destroy the jaguar population in the United States.’

Jaguars are mainly found in South America but historically also roamed the southwest of the United States. Over the past century, hunting and habitat destruction have resulted in the species disappearing from this area. Any hope of establishing a breeding population in this region rests on the contentious border remaining partially open.

#35 “Last Gasp” By Adrian Hirschi, Switzerland, Behaviour: Mammals, Highly Commended 2019

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A newborn hippo, just days old, was keeping close to its mother when a large bull hippo suddenly made a beeline for them. He chased the mother away and went after the calf, seizing it violently in his huge gape, clearly intent on killing it. ‘All the while, the distraught mother looked on helplessly,’ says Adrian.

Infanticide among hippos is rare but not unknown. It usually occurs when hippos travel beyond their territory and mix with new groups. By killing the young that are not his, it is believed that a male can increase his reproductive success by bringing females into oestrus, ready to mate with him.

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19 Comics Mocking The Stupidity Of Modern Technology By System32Comics

For being so advanced, modern technology can be kind of stupid sometimes. Like, for example, when computers restart while you’re working or printers refusing to print black and white copies because they’re low on blue ink. Artist Andrew Gale likes to make fun of these technological brain farts in his comic series titled System32Comics.

The artist has been obsessed with computers since he was around 15. He always wanted a gaming PC but since his parents couldn’t afford one, he decided to save money and try to build one himself. “The gaming PC has played a massive role in my life. Not only have I used it for gaming, but got into digital editing as well. It has taught me to edit videos, create animations and other digital art,” the artist told Bored Panda. “This got me to a few first places winners in various film and art festivals and eventually lead me to create system32comics.”

Check out Andrew’s hilarious tech-related comics in the gallery below!

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People Are Sharing The Weirdest Things They’ve Found In Thrift Stores (45 Pics)

Thrift shopping is awesome – and if you don’t agree, you probably just never visited a good thrift store. After all, where else could you buy so much awesome, weird, and funny stuff for just a few dollars?

People are continuing to share their greatest thrift store hauls in a Facebook group called Weird Secondhand Finds That Just Need To Be Shared and the stuff they find never ceases to amaze us. Hippo tables, cat vests, pizza headphones, and sassy grandfather clocks – check out the most awesome things people found in thrift stores and flea markets in the gallery below!

And if you want more, see our previous posts here, here and here!

#1 I See All Your Sassy Teapots, But I Think I Found Something Even More Sassy. I Present To You All The Sassy Grandfather Clock!

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#2 My New Thrift Store Find, With This New Sweater Everybody Will Know I’m A Funguy

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#3 Found This Around The Vases At Fabulous Finds In Port Charlotte, Fl. They Didn’t Know It Was A Hat! I Was Delighted To Find It And Take It Home With Me

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#4 My Daughter, She Gets Me. She Found The Pot At A Goodwill ($2.). It Was Originally Made For Baking Soda But This Is Much Better

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#5 After 20 Years Of Loving This Towel, We Found The Exact Same One, Completely New, At Goodwill

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#6 We’re Redoing Our Bathroom And Discovered Some “Secondhand” Wallpaper Under The Mirror And Light Fixture

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I’m in love with the doodles. I took it off the wall and was able to keep most of it in one piece, it’s in great shape! May just have to frame it

#7 75 Cents At An Estate Sale. Definitely Came Home With Me

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#8 Finally Found A Mushroom Lamp Today! I Am In Love

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#9 Saw This In Tasmania Australia At The Salvation Army. I Thought “Argh Cute Chair” Turned It Upside Down And Giggled For 5 Minutes

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#10 This Is Lexus, She Is 20.5 Years Old. This Is Her Bed Which Was Found At A Consignment Store About 8 Years Ago! She Loves It. In Her Old Age I Have Had To Put A Paint Can Underneath It So She Has A Step

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#11 We Moved Into A Vintage 1962 House With Everything Original. This Dollhouse Was Built Into The Cabinets In One Of The Rooms And I Was Gifted It To Keep Safe And Enjoy. Mary Built This Over A Ten Year Period While She Was Sick

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#12 Girlfriend Found This The Other Day And Wants To Reupholster It In Purple Velvet. From What I Was Able To Find Out Its Called A Victorian Balloon* Chair And Rike’s (From The Tag) Was A Department Store In Dayton Ohio

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#13 I Found The Thrift Store Holy Grail. Am I Ready For Pride Or What? $7.99 For The Rainbow-Sequined Bodysuit And Worth Every Cent

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#14 My 10 Year Old Son And I Found This Tiny Cast Iron Stove Last Week At An Antique Store And I Let Him Cook A Tiny Grilled Cheese Sandwich And Tomato Soup On It! It Worked!

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#15 Fun Little Salt And Pepper Shakers

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#16 Behold. Chewbacca, Riding A Giant Squirrel, Fighting Nazis. It’s About 11×14 And Resides In Our Dining Room

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#17 The Fur Babes Got A Tiny Couch. $30.. What A Steal

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#18 I Went To An Estate Sale Which I Knew Was A Distant Relative. Things Were Pretty Much Picked Over…but Then I Looked In The Back Of A Cupboard And Saw This Teacup. I Turned It Over To See Who Made It…

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“To my surprise this piece of tape was on the bottom. It reads ‘From Aunt Mandy on our 25th wedding anniversary Dec 1961’, ‘Cup given to Grandma Lange’s mother on her 25th ann.’Soooo….I have a Great Aunt Mandy and my Grandma was a Lange. With a bit of research we determined that this cup was given to MY great great grandmother approx in 1868!!!”

#19 I Found A Gift I Made For Someone In A Thrift Store

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It’s a big, squishy, crocheted blanket made with bernat blanket yarn. I made it in 2017 for a dear older friend that I knew from our coordinated 3x a week outpatient hospital infusions. I visited her when she was inpatient in hospital and gave her the blanket. She was so touched! She wasn’t getting a lot of visitors and I really felt for her. She passed christmas day, 2017. I’m not mad, just a bit sad thinking about it sitting there. It was stained and looked pretty well-loved… I’d like to think it was a comfort in her last days

#20 The Top Is A Random Painting I Bought, The Bottom Is My Dog, Applesauce. I Had To Buy The Painting, The Resemblance Is Uncanny!

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#21 My Halloween Costume From Last Year

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It started with the homemade dress at a thrift store in Dallas, Oregon. I told my wife “hey, I bet I could fit into this” and there was no turning back. I made a point to gather all other elements from thrift stores (I already owned the shoes)

#22 My Husband Saw This In Front Of An Antique Shop While On A Business Trip In Pennsylvania. It Totally Came Home!

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It gets moved around a lot, because it‘s huge! Since so many people have asked *adding* he paid $700 for it…. A lot for us but we are both thrilled with the new addition to our family

#23 My Husband Patrick Is A Massive Cat Lover, To The Point He’s Now Called Catrick. Today We Found Him The Most Purrrfect Vest

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#24 Does This Qualify As A House Hippo?

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About 25 years ago I saw this for sale at a furniture shop, there was no way I could afford it so it stayed there. Fast forward to a couple of years ago on a local buy swap sell, lo and behold there’s my hippo – there was no way it was getting away this time!

#25 I Have So Many Questions. Like Who Is This Brave Kitty? And What Did He Do To Earn His Metal? And How Did They Get Him To Wear That Uniform? Does He Put His Little Helmet On Himself?

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#26 Found This Gem While Browsing The Thrift Shop Last Night For $6.99

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I asked the husband how i looked, and he said it was “hideous.” I told him it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Paired it with a suit jacket, think i should wear it to my 16 year old’s meet the teacher night tonight?

#27 I See The Occasional Post Where Someone Finds Their Own Art Etc, So I Guess This Is Mine. The First Photo Is Me At A Vintage/Thrift Sale On Sat, Holding A Dress. The Second Is Me, Age 16, Wearing The Exact Same Dress!

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I personally hand sewed all the sequins and appliqués, for competitions in beauty pageants. When I saw it I nearly fell over. No one in my family knows how it got an hour’s drive away, after 24 years. Pretty proud though, my yee haw creation was marked at $80.

#28 What 1980’s Teenager Donated This? Found It In A Bin Of Donations. I Work At Goodwill

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#29 Who Wouldnt Want A Chameleon Tape Dispenser?! Wasnt For Sale Unfortunately But It Was Found The On The Desk Of A Thrift Store Cashier Such A Cute Little Weirdo

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#30 The Miracle Of Life

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#31 Hand Painted Find At Goodwill… This Cat Has Seen Some Things

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#32 I Don’t Even Know A Rick, I Just Thought For A Quarter It Was Too Cute To Pass Up. Provided Several Size References

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#33 You Could Say My New Hair Dryer Is Packin’ Some Heat

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#34 This Is Her Napping Chair

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#35 Dinosaur Chopsticks! I Have Found My Soulmate

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#36 Found This Granny At An Estate Sale In Ft Worth. Yes, She Came Home With Me! Worth The Money For The Laughs We’ve Had. She Will Be Dressed For Every Holiday!

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#37 This Is One Of My More Recent And Favorite Finds, Bought It As Soon As I Saw It! Best Knife Set Ever

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I’m lucky enough to manage a non profit thrift store in my town (matthews, nc), and have wonderful volunteers that usually leave the weirdest donations on my desk because they know I love the unusual items

#38 Found This Happy Little Guy And Had To Bring Him Home

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#39 Found This Little Gem Today In A Antique Store, Definitely Came Home With Me

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#40 Ohhh The Looks I Got Walking Around With This After I Purchased It Today

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#41 Only $1 And Completely Unused! At The Place Of Forsyth Thrift Store In Cumming, Georgia

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#42 100+ Year Old Magicians Suit

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#45 I Believe, It’s A Funeral Fan, I Have Two Of Them. Way Back When… Fans Like This Were Placed On Each End Of A Casket And Were Used To Help Keep The Body Cool

 

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I unearthed this one from the garage this morning… I consider selling them every time I have to move them because they are so heavy and awkward… and then I look at them and imagine all the weird stories they could tell if only fans could tell stories… and decide to keep them.

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This Artist’s Sculptures Look Like Moldy Fruit But Are Actually Made Of Gemstones

Usually, when fruit goes bad, we simply throw it out without giving it too much though. New York-based artist Kathleen Ryan, however, decided to use moldy fruit as inspiration and created an incredible series of gemstone sculptures titled Bad Fruit.

At first glance, Kathleen’s sculptures look nothing more than rotten lemons and oranges waiting to go in the trash. However, as you look closer, you begin to realize they are made up of thousands of little gemstones placed onto a polystyrene base. At first, the artist paints the pattern onto the base and then begins placing the gemstones one by one. To create the sculptures, Kathleen uses opal, smoky quartz, malachite and all sorts of other precious and semi-precious gemstones.

Check out Kathleen’s amazing sculptures in the gallery below!

More info: Instagram | joshlilleygallery.com | Kathleen Ryan

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This Artist Perfectly Sums Up The Problems Of A 21st-Century Woman In Hilarious Comics (30 Pics)

Don’t you just hate it when you spend an hour straightening your hair only for it to start raining the second you walk out the door? Or trying to pull off a cool outfit and realizing you look goofy as hell? Sounds kind of funny but these are just some problems many girls know way too well. But don’t worry – you’re not alone.

Cassandra Calin is a Romanian-Canadian author and illustrator who creates adorable comics that perfectly illustrate the problems 21st-century women face every day. Her great sense of humor combined with a quirky drawing style is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Periods, pit stains and bad hair days – some of Cassandra’s comics are almost painfully relatable. Check them out in the gallery below!

More info: CassandraCalin.com | Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr | Society6

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This Artist Reimagines Disney Characters In Different Scenarios And Suddenly They No Longer Look So Innocent (25 Pics)

If you’re tired of artists giving Disney princesses modern makeovers, we have something fresh for you. Instead of giving the princesses different clothes, Japanese graphic designer Shusaku Takaoka tried reimagining Disney characters in various different scenarios that put a whole different twist on the original stories.

Princesses flipping off princes, drinking Starbucks and even DJ’ing – Shusaku’s edits are as unexpected as they are hilarious. Check them out in the gallery below!

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Official Portraits Of The Little Mermaid Live! Cast Have Just Been Released

Like many others, you probably saw The Little Mermaid, one of Disney’s modern classics, as a kid. Well, we’ve got some good news for you – after a two-year wait, ABC’s The Little Mermaid Live!, a live adaptation of the 1989 animated film, will finally be aired on the 5th of November!

To celebrate the announcement, ABC released official portraits of the cast and the actors’ resemblance to the original characters is uncanny. Check out the posters in the gallery below!

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The Little Mermaid Live! will feature many well-known actors and singers, including Auliʻi Cravalho as Ariel, Graham Phillips as Prince Eric, Queen Latifah as Ursula, and Shaggy as Sebastian.

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The live adaptation comes out just in time for The Little Mermaid‘s 30th anniversary. It will include music and animated scenes from the original film and feature live musical performances.

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The music will be produced by the production company Done and Dusted. The team will include many talented directors, including Hamish Hamilton, Katy Mullan, David Jammy, Raj Kapoor, Ian Stewart, and Richard Kraft.

See the trailer for The Little Mermaid Live! below!

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The costumes and sets in The Little Mermaid Live! are created by award-winning designer Zaldy and the choreography is done by Nick Florez and RJ Durell, famous for directing P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma world tour and Katy Perry’s Superbowl performance.

Check out some behind the scenes photos of the recording session from September

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