Saturday, May 30, 2015

Amethyst deceiver

This is one of thirty stunning photographs of mushrooms.  View the rest of the collection here.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Pacu Jawi

Pacu Jawi is an annual event held to celebrate the end of the harvest season in the Minangkabau Highlands of West Sumatra, Indonesia.  It is essentially the racing of cows in muddy rice fields.

Read more about the Minangkabau culture here.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pemba Flying Fox

Pemba is an island 50 miles off of the coast of Tanzania.  On Pemba (and no other place in the world) live fruit bats with a wing span of over 5 feet- the Pemba Flying Fox.  Roosts can contain over 800 bats.

Used as a food source for the local population their existence was threatened when hunters started using shotguns.  By the 1990's the bats' numbers were reduced to a few hundred.  The banning of shotguns and the introduction of ecotourism has resulted in their numbers increasing.  By 2007 they estimated there were 20,000 bats on Pemba.  Additional information available here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Just a simple loading task

Edit (5/29/15)  

Apparently I was deceived by the video and for my protection and yours it was removed from youTube.  It was hard to believe, but was very entertaining.....

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Singin' in the rain

Photographer Max Ellis of Teddington, south west London managed to suspend the small umbrella with monofilament line after coating the handle with peanut butter and sunflower seeds.  Then he simply waited for the right moment to capture the image of a hungry squirrel.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Art keys

Michael is an Australian artist who turns coins and discarded keys in to sculptures.  Additional examples here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Oak Beetle

Momir Bojic is a 71 year old Bosnian pensioner who evidently needed a long term project in his life. He built a Volkswagen Beetle from over 50,000 separate pieces of oak.

He spent two years covering the bodywork of a Beetle with thousands of hand crafted oak tiles. The additional oak pieces needed for the steering wheel, hubcaps, radio, etc. were made in his garden workshop.

The car is roadworthy and garners lots of attention where ever he drives it.  Additional images can be seen here.