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    Comet Lovejoy seen from the ISS [8 pics]

    Comet Lovejoy and Chile at night

    Comet Lovejoy and Chile at Night (ISS 12/26/11)
    This busy night time panorama was photographed by one of the Expedition 30 crew members from the International Space Station on Dec. 26, 2011. Comet Lovejoy streaks through the star-filled sky just to the right of center. The land mass is the coast of Chile, looking southeast, with several coastal cities in the capital city region near Santiago. A 28-mm focal length was used to record the image.
    Photo Credit: NASA


    As Comet Lovejoy was visible from Earth during the Christmas holiday it became known as “The Great Christmas Comet of 2011”, and because its appearance was announced on the 16th anniversary of the SOHO satellite’s launch it was also nicknamed “The Great Birthday Comet of 2011”.

    Comet Lovejoy is a periodic comet, classified as a Kreutz Sungrazer. It was discovered in November 2011 by amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy. The comet’s perihelion took it through the Sun’s corona on 16 December 2011, after which it emerged intact and continued on its orbit to the outer solar system.[8 pictures]

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  • dover-cliffs

    The breathtaking white cliffs of Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters [40 Pics]

    White Cliffs of Beachy Head and Seven Sisters

    White Cliffs of Beachy Head and Seven Sisters

    Chalk cliffs just East of Birling Gap looking towards the Seven Sisters.

    Photo Credit: Howzey


    Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters are famous for their bright white chalk cliffs. The chalk was formed during the Late Cretaceous period (up to 100 million years ago), a time when the area was submerged by the sea.

    The chalk was gradually pushed up, and rising sea levels cut into the chalk, forming the English Channel and creating a stunning range of undulating cliffs.

    The cliffs continue to be eroded by the waves below. While large movements of the cliff are rare, slabs of chalk frequently fracture and fall away. As the lower cliff material is worn by the waves, the cliffs above are undermined until they eventually collapse.[40 pictures]

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    When Lightning Strikes! Extreme Instability [19 Pics]

    Lightning: Northern South Dakota

    Lightning: Northern South Dakota

    Storm produces frequently lightning in northern South Dakota, June 16, 2010. Several longer exposures stacked. Image Credit (and all rights reserved by): extremeinstability.com


    When mother nature is mad this is what it looks like. I can totally relate to how the old Vikings had a God (Thor) for this incredible phenomenon. Yet again, the photographer Mike Hollingshead (who runs the extremeinstability.com website) provides us with insane photographs.

    From the discharge of atmospheric electricity (lightning), a leader of a bolt of lightning can travel at speeds of 220,000 km/h (140,000 mph), and can reach temperatures approaching 30,000 °C (54,000 °F).

    How lightning initially forms is still a matter of debate. Scientists have studied root causes ranging from atmospheric perturbations (wind, humidity, friction, and atmospheric pressure) to the impact of solar wind and accumulation of charged solar particles.

    The irrational fear of lightning (and thunder) is astraphobia. [19 pictures]

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  • arabian-horses

    Majestic Beauty – Arabian and Andalusian Horses [36 pics]

    Spanish Horses (Andalusians), Lusitanos, Shagyas - Fantasia

    Spanish Horses (Andalusians), Lusitanos, Shagyas – Fantasia

    Andalusian’s  most common coat color is gray, although they can be found in many other colors. They are known for their intelligence, sensitivity and docility. Image Credit: Wojtek Kwiatkowski


    Wojtek Kwiatkowski’s majestic photography of Arabian and Andalusian horses take our breath away. He is an author and a publisher of books about Arabians breeding all over the world.  he is also a WAHO (World Arabian Horse Organization) consultant for Arabians pedigrees (Poland, Hungary, Wail/Germany). He have many years of experience in the field. For about 25 years he has gathered a wide photographic record library of  the breeding in Poland. He states: “I passionately love Arabian horses and try to capture their beauty and soul in my pictures”

    The Arabian or Arab horse, is a breed of horse that originated on the Arabian Peninsula. With a distinctive head shape and high tail carriage, the Arabian is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world. It is also one of the oldest breeds, with archaeological evidence of horses that resemble modern Arabians dating back 4,500 years.

    The Andalusian, also known as the Pure Spanish Horse, is a horse breed developed in the Iberian Peninsula. Its ancestors have been present on the Iberian Peninsula for thousands of years. The Andalusian has been recognized as an individual breed since the 15th century, and its conformation has changed very little over the centuries. [36 pictures]

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    The Weird and Wonderful Burning Man 2010 [24 Pics]

    Burning Man is a week-long annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States. The event starts on the Monday before the American Labor Day holiday, and ends on the holiday itself. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening.

  • bikes

    Bikes, MCs and Sunshine – 2010 American Heat [50 pics]

    American Heat - 2010 Palm Springs - Bikes

    American Heat – 2010 Palm Springs – Bikes

    Credit: MH


    ‘American Heat Palm Springs Motorcycle Weekend is an event so hot it sizzles. You’ll find stunt shows, kickin’ live entertainment and retail vendors galore. Palm Springs is a great place to play. It’s bounded by lush mountain ranges for the perfect ride and tours of the desert cities. Live music rocks throughout the weekend along with plenty of activities. Open to all motorcycles.’  – This is how they sell this event at the American Heat

    Ever since Discovery Channel started airing the American Chopper series I’ve had a fascination for bikes, their builds, designs and art work. With the new Sons of Anarchy FX series, that fascination has only grown. So last year I took myself out to Palm Springs for it’s annual “American Heat Palm Springs Motorcycle Weekend”. This year, in case you want to go, the American Heat returns to Palm Springs next weekend – Oct 14 -16, 2011. If you can make it, I can strongly recommend the experience. The bikes will blow your mind. [50 pictures]

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  • extreme-weather

    Extreme Instability, Scary weather and incredible shots [37 pics]

    Extreme Instability: Nebraska Sand Hills Monster Supercell Storm

    Extreme Instability: Nebraska Sand Hills Monster Supercell Storm

    Very intense high precipitation supercell storm moves south in the Nebraska Sand Hills south of Valentine, July 13, 2009. Very low, long and fat inflow cloud stretches east of the storm. Winds gusted upwards of 60+ mph into this storm. Tornado warning with the storm mentioned baseball size hail and winds in excess of 100 mph, a rare warning text indeed. As intense of a storm as it was, it only produced one short-lived small tornado. Traffic heading north up highway 83 would be driving right into the storm’s forward flank downdraft, which contained large hail and intense rain.  Image Credit (and all rights reserved by): extremeinstability.com


    These images simply blew us away (pun intended). These photos a incredible and simply breathtaking. The Photographer, Mike Hollingshead who runs the extremeinstability.com website is a storm chaser that got into photography because video captures weren’t doing things justice. He started chasing in 1999, but has always watched storms around town. He usually drives around 20,000 miles a year just chasing storms, from Texas to North Dakota, Colorado to Indiana. Though more and more he’s satisfied with South Dakota to Oklahoma, Colorado to Iowa.

    He always shoots with a Canon Digital Rebel SLRs. He has a 10-22 EF-s, a 50mm 1.8, and a 100-400L and that is it for lenses. He shoots strictly in RAW.

    He states that “Second to a love of storms, is a love of all other things weather. I love witnessing rare weather and sky scenes, such as atmospheric optics, fog displays from above, ice-storms and blizzards.”

    We are very grateful he has allowed us to present some of his favorite pictures.
    [37 pictures]

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