Barbara Jensen Vorster, a professional wildlife photographer, was snapping a pride of lions in Botswana when a lioness unexpectedly snatched her Canon 7D and Canon 100-400mm lens. How did this happen? Well, she accidentally dropped the kit on the ground, and after hearing the noise, the lioness mother growled and then approached the group, which caused them to leave. “The camera fell with the lens looking up, she gently flipped the camera on its side and picked it up by the barrel of the lens. They dragged it through the dirt, chewed on the lens hood and then fortunately, like most kids, soon grew tired with their new toy,” said Vorster. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
The dolophones conifera, better known as the Wrap-around spider, is a species of spider in the family Araneidae indigenous to Australia. What makes it stand out is its ability to flatten and wrap its body around tree limbs as camouflage. During the evening, it stays in webs, while during the day take up their characteristic camouflaged form on tree branches and trunks. They also travel along the ground. Continue reading for more creepy natural phenomena that you might not have seen before.
Photo credit: Brent Cizek
It may look Photoshopped at first, but wildlife photographer Brent Cizek was at Lake Bemidji when he just so happened to stumble upon a mother duck, nicknamed “Momma Merganser”, leading a brood of 76 ducklings. Apparently, a merganser could only have laid about 15 of the ducklings herself, making the rest orphans that she adopted. Continue reading for more photos and information.
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Believe it or not, photographer and conservationist Phil Torres shot this amazing slow-motion hummingbird video in the Ecuadorian cloud forest using just his iPhone X and Moment’s lens attachments. “I soon realized that the wide angle lens gives the iPhone and incredibly close focus point, allowing me to capture hard-to-pull-off wide-angle macro photos and videos. I set my iPhone to 240fps on 1080p (which my Canon 1DX Mark II can’t even handle), put on the wide angle lens, set it next to a hummingbird feeder in the cloud forests of Sumaco, and pressed record,” Torres told PetaPixel. Continue reading for more fascinating images.
It’s that time again, time for the annual “The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year” contest, and the 2018 entries were definitely no slouch. First up, we have “Man’s Best Friend” by photographer Joana Matos. “I love this photo for many reasons: it was taken at my favourite beach, with my favourite man, with my favourite dog… and in the background there is an umbrella that belonged to my eternal love Nupi, an adventurous cocker spaniel who shared his life with me for almost 19 years,” said Joana. Continue reading to see more.
Most know photobombing as the act of purposely putting oneself into the view of a photograph, often in order to play a practical joke on the photographer or the subjects. Sometimes, this occurs unintentionally, such as this horse, standing behind two police officers, who just so happens to also be ridiculously photogenic. Continue reading for more strange and funny examples of unexpected photobombs.
Instagram user Ksenia from Russia combined her love of both cats and food into one, using Adobe’s ever so popular Photoshop software. Whether it be a croissant, blueberries, sushi, or cookies, you’ll find these bizarre mashups and more. “I always wanted to create something funny and this is what I came up with at the end of January and launched my Instagram account,” said Ksenia. Continue reading for more pictures.
Wildlife photographer Kevin Ebi managed to capture a once-in-a-lifetime photo of a red fox and bald eating fighting over a rabbit in mid-air at the San Juan Island National Historical Park on San Juan Island in Washington state. “To my surprise, the scene was even more dramatic than I expected. I thought the fox would drop the rabbit, giving the eagle an easy dinner,” said Ebi. Continue reading for more photos of the incident and information.
Photographer Lior Kestenberg from Israel specializes in capturing macro shots using a Canon MP-E65 lens, and is always on the hunt for new opportunities. Sometime during October 2017, he took a day off from work, encountered some buzzing noises around his ear while strolling through some vegetation, and the rest was history. “Getting them in focus at this magnification was pretty challenging because of the shallow depth of field, and the fact that they finished their bites in less than a minute didn’t help either. Unsatisfied with the results, I decided to grant them another round. During round two, I discovered that there were actually 3 or even more different species of mosquitoes that were very different from each other when viewed up close,” said Kestenberg. Continue reading for more pictures and an animated image.
Wild animal parks are not really that dangerous, that is unless…you pull a stunt like this French family who decided to approach a group of cheetahs after stepping out of their car to take photos at Beekse Bergen safari park in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands. How did it all begin? Well, after stepping out to take photos, the family got back in and drove to a nearby hill, where the first group of cheetahs approached and began threatening the family. Continue reading to see what happened next.