Archaeologists generally accept that wet-field cultivation originated in China. The earliest rice field found, dates to 6280 BP, based on carbon dating of grains of rice and soil organic matter found at the Chaodun site in Kushan County. At Caoxieshan, a site of the Neolithic Majiabang culture, archaeologists excavated paddy fields. Some archaeologists claim that Caoxieshan may date to 4000-3000 BC. These photographers show what something as simple as a flooded parcel of arable land can also be works of art. Continue reading to see more.
If you're at the right place and time with the proper camera equipment, you too, will be able to capture these surreal ice formations. Weather photographer extraordinaire Marko Korosec happened to be atop Mount Javornik, part of a mountain range in eastern Slovenia, which is also the location of a popular ski center, after a big storm rolled out. These images were the result. Continue reading to see more.
Any kind of book / magazine / etc. can provide hours of entertainment, but sometimes, what you read in public might come back to haunt you later online. For example, this person is reading How to Meet Women on the Subway (it's a real book), and ironically enough, he just so happens to be riding on one. Now the question to ask would probably be if he put any of the techniques he learned into action immediately after setting the book down. That is just one of the many people who were photographed reading strange things at the unintentionally perfect time. Continue reading to see more.
A crocodile's physical traits allow it to be a successful predator. Its external morphology is a sign of its aquatic and predatory lifestyle. Its streamlined body enables it to swim swiftly, it also tucks its feet to the side while swimming, which makes it faster by decreasing water resistance. While the words "cute" and "adorable" usually don't come to mind when describing these reptiles, but the image above begs to differ. Continue reading for more cool reptiles captured at the perfect place and time.
Ever wonder what a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport looks like when you cut it in half? The images above should give you an idea. This targa top model was limited to just 150 units, with the first 50 of these going exclusively to registered Bugatti customers. It has extensive reinforcements to compensate for the lack of standard roof, and small changes to the windshield and running lights. There are two removable tops, the second a temporary roof fashioned after an umbrella. The standard version costs €1.4 million, while the Qatar Motor Show 2012 car costs €1.58 million. Continue reading to see more images of everyday things cut in half.
While some may look computer-generated, all of these majestic images of wild red foxes were captured by Dutch photographer Roeselien Raimond. She says: "While the whole world is being absorbed in blankness and the sound of my shutter is muffled by the steadily falling snow, a red fox suddenly appears on stage. She embellishes my white canvas so perfectly. Never had I been happier with a little touch of red in my colour palette." Continue reading to see more photographs that look to be straight from a fantasy movie.
Ron Miller, an illustrator and author, specializes in visualizations of other worlds. He recently rendered a series of images that show what our skies would look like with Saturn's beautiful rings. To keep things scientifically accurate, he added orange-pink shadows, which may result from sunlight passing through the Earth's atmosphere, and also shows the rings from a variety of latitudes and landscapes. Continue reading for more interesting images (and a bonus video) of our galaxy that might surprise you.
The stingray migration you see above has not been digitally-altered, but shows just how surreal the scene can be if you're at the right place and time with a camera. The bluntnose stingray is native to the coastal waters of the western Atlantic Ocean from the U.S. state of Massachusetts to Venezuela, has a whip-like tail with both an upper keel and a lower fin fold, and a line of small tubercles along the middle of its back. Continue reading for more.
This is not a nuclear disaster nor the work of Photoshop, but rather the effect caused by throwing industrial-grade glow sticks into the waterfalls of California. Photographer Sean Lenz and Kristoffer Abildgaard used long exposure techniques that would keep the camera's shutter open anywhere from 30-seconds to 7-minutes to create the surreal waterfalls. Kristoffer says, "This project came from months of refining a simple idea that finally turned into a concept worthy of using for an entire series. We were both fascinated by artificial light such as glow sticks, lasers, flares, and being big on landscape photography we tied them together in hopes of creating something that we had never seen before." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Yves Rossey, the real-life rocket man who took to the skies in Dubai.
John Stortz not only loves nature, but photography as well. So, he decided to embark on a nationwide adventure, bringing his beautiful Siberian Husky named "Wolfgang" whom he adopted from a rescue shelter two-years-ago, along with him. They've traveled to such iconic places as the Bonneville Salt Flats, a densely packed salt pan in Tooele County in northwestern Utah. Access is free and visitors can even drive on the flats. Continue reading for more images.