Ever wonder what Disneyland would look like after the zombie apocalypse (or in the Walking Dead), look no further than Banksy's latest installation: Dismaland. Constructed as a dysotopian interpretation of the happiest place on earth, and located in the English seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, the "bemusement park," is touted as "an art show for the 99 percent." Featuring attractions and sights like Grim Reaper bumper cars, paparazzi snapping shots of a deceased Cinderella after a pumpkin-carriage crash, and even a butcher making lasagna out of carousel horses. Continue reading for another video tour and more pictures.
If the mere thought of spiders frightens you, then this skydiving spider is something you'll probably want to skip. Discovered deep in the jungles of South America, this creepy crawly can not only glide, but it can change direction in mid-air as well, turning themselves right-side-up in milliseconds and pointing their heads downward to glide. "If a predator comes along, it frees the animal to jump if it has a time-tested way of gliding to the nearest tree rather than landing in the understory or in a stream," said Robert Dudley, a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Continue reading for a National Geographic video on "Super Spiders".
It's not everyday that you see a polar bear, even as a wildlife photographer, but Dennis Fast stumbled upon something truly remarkable near the lodges run by Churchill Wild in Northern Canada's Hudson Bay: a group of polar bears playing in a field of fireweed flowers. "[I]t's not just their color that makes them a favorite target of my camera. They have a slow, ambling gait as they drift about looking for anything that moves. It looks like they don't have a care in the world, and that there is nothing they are afraid off. It's not arrogance, exactly, but a quiet confidence that we often respect in humans and that translates well to the polar bear," said Fast. Continue reading for more pictures.
Now you live out your childhood Jungle Book dreams at the Soneva Kiri resort in Thailand, and their incredible Treepod Dining experience. Located on the remote Thai island of Kood, the resort offers 42 resort villa and 21 private residences spanning 150 acres of beach and tropical rainforest. Come meal time, diners are hoisted 26-feet off the ground into a bamboo pod in a eucalyptus tree, with servers ziplining in to bring mouth-watering dishes. Finish your meal early? Sit back and take in the panoramic shoreline and forest views. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.
It's not everyday you see a bear or wolf, but Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen managed to capture these two friends every night for 10-days straight. They were even photographed sharing food with each other. "It's very unusual to see a bear and a wolf getting on like this. No-one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends. I think that perhaps they were both alone and they were young and a bit unsure of how to survive alone...It is nice to share rare events in the wild that you would never expect to see," said Rautiainen. Continue reading for more photos.
Unlike other hotels, the Katikies Hotel on the beautiful island of Santorini sits atop a cliff overlooking the caldera basin, offering panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. While there are still normal pools, the cave pools are what really stand out, as they can be used in rain or shine. There are 27 luxurious rooms and suites to keep you comfortable, complete with private balconies. Continue reading for another video and more information.
We're told not to use electronics near water because in addition to conducting electricity, being wet, like wading in a pool, has lowers your resistance to shock many times over - hence to no electrical appliances near water. However, these guys didn't quite get the memo. Continue reading for more strange, funny and downright dangerous examples of why women live longer than men.
Street artist and photographer Slinkachu has been placing miniature people and objects throughout various cities for his "Little People" series since 2006. "It is both a street art installation project and a photography project. The street-based side of my work plays with the notion of surprise and I aim to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings. The scenes I set up, more evident through the photography and the titles I give these scenes, aim to reflect the loneliness and melancholy of living in a big city, almost being lost and overwhelmed. But underneath this, there is always some humor. I want people to be able to empathize with the tiny people in my works," said Slinkachu. Continue reading for more.
Greg McCown, a Tucson, Arizona-based photography enthusiast, recently captured the shot of a lifetime when a lightning strike appeared directly in front of a rainbow while shooting landscapes near the small town of Marana, Arizona, McCown. "After years of trying I finally got my lightning and rainbow picture. This was the last bolt to strike before the storm dissipated into nothing," said McCown. The equipment used included a Nikon D600 (f/8, ISO 50, 1/125, and 28mm settings), a Nikkor 28-80mm lens, a tripod, and a AEO Micro 4.0 lightning trigger. Continue reading for a video of lightning strikes in super slow motion.
Galena, the natural mineral form of lead(II) sulfide, may look beautiful, but it also has a dangerous side. It crystallizes in the cubic crystal system often showing octahedral forms, and often associated with the minerals sphalerite, calcite as well as fluorite. Though beautiful, it poses a high risk of lead poisoning to those exposed to it for prolonged periods either through simple contact or by inhalation of its dust. Continue reading for more.