9. Flora and Fauna

Dec-20-2012 | Comments Off

Bird’s Eye: Some are educational, some are beautiful, and some are very funny.

* The Plants that Fruits Come From  TwistedSifter

We all know what an apple tree looks like, I suspect, but how about avocados, pomegranates or olives?

* Animals and Their People  The Big Picture 

Sample images include Gabriel Guallo of Ecuador’s Quichua tribe stands with a tarantula on his face to demonstrate how he is planning to break a world record, in El Tena October 2, 2012. Guallo hopes to carry 250 tarantulas on his body for 60 seconds. (Guillermo Granja/Reuters) 

Kids gather around the pen of competitor Boy Serrere, during the national final of the televised sheep reality competition, Khar Bii, in Dakar, Senegal on October 20, 2012. 

* Towering Sculptures Made of Flowers  Colossal

Aside from being consistently ranked as one of the best countries to live in on Earth, file this as reason #4,123 to stop by the Netherlands: Bloemencorso, the annual parade of flowers in Zundert. That’s right, every float here is made from natural flowers, specifically dahlias. From twisting architectural structures the size of houses to bizarre animatronic birds and puppets, and even animals made from swooping gestures reminiscent of graffiti, Bloemencorso seems to have a little bit of everything.

* The Sleeping Goddess  TwistedSifter

* Snowy Owl Stooping

From the gov’t of Québec website.The snowy owl is the official bird of Québec, so I infer the mouse in these images symbolizes English Canada….



10. Places

Dec-20-2012 | Comments Off

Bird’s Eye: An eyeful of beautiful places

* Mali   The Big Picture

* 10 Incredible Rock Pillar Landscapes The World Geography

* A Model Train Travels Across Canada  TwistedSifter

Jeff takes photos of the beautiful Canadian landscape as he makes his way across the world’s second largest country.

The wrinkle is that he also places a vintage 1955 streamliner train (aptly named ‘The Canadian) into his shots. The result is a tiny model train that appears to be traversing the beautiful range of landscapes across Canada.

* The Famous Chand Baori Stepwell in India  TwistedSifter

 Stepwells are wells or ponds in which the water may be reached by descending a set of steps. Chand Baori consist of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 storeys reaching 100 ft into the ground, one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India.

* Zoom in on Mount Everest (Thanks Spidey!)

It’s a famous view, but few have ever seen Everest as up close and personal before. Filmmaker and climate-change campaigner David Breashears spent this spring taking around 400 images of Everest and its near neighbours from a vantage point above base camp through a 300mm lens. Now he’s released them digitally stitched together to form one image – click here to see the full image.

The result is a stunning panoramic photograph of the Everest region – with a twist. You can zoom in on specific areas and see the roof of the world in extraordinary detail. From a distance small colourful dots mark the location of base camp. Zooming in, you can pick out each tent clearly – and a man bending down as he washes his face



11. Third Eye Candy: Looking Back from 12/21/2012

Dec-20-2012 | Comments Off

Bird’s Eye: A quick look back at the year(s) behind us seems in order.

* The Top 100 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012  TwistedSifter

* 2012: The Year in Volcanic Activity  In Focus

Whatever your year, it would probably have been worse if you lived in any of these places.

* Let it Snow   The Big Picture

* 100 Greatest Dance Scenes

If you enjoy dance scenes in movies, then you will simply love this video. It features the 100 greatest dance scenes in movie history….




10. Natural World

Nov-30-2012 | Comments (1)

Bird’s Eye: The first includes some unnatural pictures too, but that’s how collections go. And the video at the end has such a fine punch line!

* The Top 75 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012 Twisted Sifter  

* A Photo Tour of the Tallest Mountains in Poland Twisted Sifter

* Hippo Under Water EyeWitness

* Russian Bear Stalks Gulls EyeWitness

* Bear Video (Thanks Diana)

Watch this one all the way thru!



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