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Rock Climbing Bears

Rock Climbing Bears

We were just as amazed to see these Mexican black bears climbing the face or a sheer cliff as Stephanie Latimer was when she captured this amazing footage at Big Bend National Park in Texas. And they do it without ropes.

Slow Life

Slow Life

Daniel Stoupin shows corals and sponges brimming with life in this artificial time-lapse. Daniel focus stacked 150,000 shots to make the video. Thank Daniel by donating to the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

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Firefly Time-Lapse

Firefly Time-Lapse

Photographer Vincent Brady made these time-lapse clips of fireflies at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri as well as in Grand Ledge, Michigan. One of the more unusual uses of the technique we’ve seen. You can buy stills on Vincent’s site.

Sand Magnified

Sand Magnified

What you’re looking at here are the tiny and amazing bits of nature hidden in sand. The images were captured under the microscope by Dr. Gary Greenberg at magnifications up to 300x. Order prints over at his website.

Flaming Dust Devil

Flaming Dust Devil

In what seemed to be a scene from a superhero movie, a whirling dust devil threw smoldering tumbleweeds around, then sucked and spread the fire from a controlled burn in Denver. It’s this peaceful whirlwind’s evil brother.

Octopus Opens Jar

Octopus Opens Jar

There is nothing common about this octopus, as it shows its smarts and dexterity when presented with a crab inside a glass jar. Later, it manages to enjoy its meal from inside of a beaker, and cram itself into a octopus habitrail.

Volcano Drone POV

Volcano Drone POV

YouTuber Shaun O’Callaghan used a DJI Phantom quadcopter to take a close look at the mouth of Mount Yasur, an active volcano on Tanna Island, Vanuatu. Fortunately the drone and the camera survived the trip.

The Weight of Mountains

The Weight of Mountains

“It is a life that carries the weight of being. An anticipation of sadness – that one day things will change.” Temujin Doran poignantly juxtaposes the life cycle of mountains with the human experience. BRB, off to hug a mountain.

Project Yosemite II

Project Yosemite II

The second installment of Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty’s time-lapse series Project Yosemite. They spent a combined 45 days in the park to shoot the images in this video. The song is M83’s Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun.

Octopus Wants Camera

Octopus Wants Camera

What is it with octopi and their interest in cameras? While filming off the coast of Carmel, California, divers David Malvestuto and Warren Murray encountered one cephalopod who really wanted a camera, and didn’t want to let go.

Sun Dogs over Moscow

Sun Dogs over Moscow

Here’s one of those amazing phenomena that you can’t believe actually occurs on our planet. melkiy582 captured this awe-inspiring footage of these solar parhelia and an accompanying halo while riding the train in Moscow.

Buffalo Launches Lion

Buffalo Launches Lion

Ian Matheson and his son Oliver were in Africa’s Mjejane Reserve when they stumbled onto a buffalo rescuing another from a lion attack by flipping the predator into the air. Apparently, all of the animals walked away unscathed.

Alexey Kljatov: Snowflakes

Alexey Kljatov: Snowflakes

Alexey Kljatov used a Helios 44M-5 lens taped in reverse (the mounting end is exposed, facing the subject) to a Canon A650 and an LED flashlight to take these wonderful images of snowflakes (some of the images are composites).

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Elk vs. Photographer

Elk vs. Photographer

Photographer Vince M. Camiolo was shooting images of elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, when a young elk decided to get up close and personal with another photographer. The guy did an amazing job keeping his cool.

True Facts About the CuttleFish

True Facts About the CuttleFish

“Imagine trying to move by vomiting out of giant straw and flapping your skirt around very fast – that is how a cuttlefish do.” That’s just one of the many weird facts you’ll learn from Zefrank’s flick about this odd little cephalopod.

Jaguar vs. Crocodile

Jaguar vs. Crocodile

If you thought that crocodiles were pretty much at the top of the jungle food chain, think again. Wait until you see this jaguar as it methodically sneaks up on a caiman and makes it his dinner. Guess we know where this cat got his instincts.

Grow Your Own Giant Redwood

Grow Your Own Giant Redwood

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you can skip reading this. But if you live where giant redwoods aren’t plentiful, check out this kit. It gives you everything you need to grow your own giant tree, except soil, a shovel and 200 years.

Wasp vs. Bee

Wasp vs. Bee

While bees are some of nature’s most helpful stinging insects, wasps are just nasty buggers. Here, one does in a poor bee with the ultimate finishing move – the full body slice. We have a saying around here: “Nature… it’s disgusting.”

Underwater Crop Circles

Underwater Crop Circles

This tiny little puffer fish has quite a talent – constructing immaculate underwater crop circles by swimming in the sand. The spirographs measure seven feet in diameter. (Thanks Orion!)

Alligator Death Roll

Alligator Death Roll

Alligators and crocodiles have a special move they do to help rip the flesh from their prey. Now, watch this awesome and brutal feat of strength as captured by the high-speed camera of Earth Unplugged.

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Plant Time-Lapse

Plant Time-Lapse

Daniel Csobot captured various plants growing and blossoming. They look like beautiful alien creatures. Csobot used a Canon 7D to shoot the time-lapse; check out his setup here. The track is Digital Hearbeat by Daniel Gautreau.

DJI Phantom Niagara Falls POV

DJI Phantom Niagara Falls POV

Bask in the majesty of the Niagara Falls from a bird’s eye view. YouTuber questpact used a DJI Phantom quadcopter equipped with a GoPro HD Hero3 camera. The song is The In-Between by A New Normal.

Adrift

Adrift

Amazing things unfold around us every day. Good thing there are people like Simon Christen who are talented enough to preserve these moments and generous enough to share them with us. Original soundtrack by The Album Leaf.

Predator X

Predator X

BBC Earth shows us the ridiculously massive Pliosaurus funkei – also known as “Predator X” using computer simulation. The killer, sea-dwelling creature was said to have had a bite four times more powerful than mighty T. Rex.

Searching for Whale Song

Searching for Whale Song

Undersea pilots Graham Hawkes and Lee Behel deep dive in their DeepFlight Super Falcon submersible in the waters of Hawaii on a quest to hear the song of the whale. Some of the most beautiful GoPro footage we’ve ever seen.

True Facts About the Sea Pig

True Facts About the Sea Pig

(NSFW: Language) ZeFrank educates us on yet another one of Mother Nature’s wonderful creations, the sea pig. Guess we won’t be eating any sea pig bacon any time soon. And sea cucumbers… let’s just say they’ve got issues.

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