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Microsculpture

Microsculpture

Levon Bliss’ stunning collection of insect macro photography. Each portrait was painstakingly made from 8,000 to 10,000 photos. Prints of the portraits will be shown at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History from 5/27 to 10/30/16, and you can deep zoom them here.

Marine Iguanas

Marine Iguanas

Redditor LoafSlice’s title Tiny Godzilla nomming on things underwater baited us into clicking on this, but we were pleasantly surprised to find footage that actually lived up to its promise, as these amazing reptiles strut their stuff by the Galapagos Islands.

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Above Iliamna

Above Iliamna

Photographer Jason S. Ching went with the crew of the Alaska Salmon Program to check out Lake Iliamna and its neighboring streams and rivers to study the migration of sockeye salmon. The resulting imagery is both soothing and stunning.

How Flies Escape Danger

How Flies Escape Danger

BBC Earth Unplugged turns its macro lens on the house fly to show just how good they are at detecting impending doom, with their omnidirectional vision and fast reaction time. It’s fascinating footage, but we’re pretty sure they could have hit the fly if they tried harder.

Polar Bear Football

Polar Bear Football

John Downer Productions set their spherical Snowball Cam loose in the midst of a group of polar bears. The bears end up kicking around the ball for a sort of impromptu game of soccer. Clearly these bears haven’t heard that club soda can get blood out of white fur.

Huge Eunice

Huge Eunice

Look away if you don’t like creepy crawlies. You’ve been warned. Back in 2012, YouTuber gurutek was breaking down his saltwater fish tank when he discovered that a Eunice worm had been lurking beneath the gravel, where it had grown to a horrifically large size.

What If We Killed All Mosquitoes?

What If We Killed All Mosquitoes?

Aside from being nearly impossible, SciShow explains that eradicating mosquitoes would be overkill, because most species of mosquitoes don’t bite or infect us. Thankfully, scientists have been looking at ways of destroying only those harmful species.

Lake Ice Shattering

Lake Ice Shattering

An immensely satisfying and soothing video captured by Drew LaPointe of Radiant Sprint Gallery showing sheets of ice cracking and stacking along the shore of Lake Superior. The wonderful noise it makes just might have to be our new sleep machine sound effect.

The Eagle Whisperer

The Eagle Whisperer

Jim Campbell-Spickler is a wildlife biologist and forest canopy ecologist. Part of his job involves climbing into the nests of wild birds such as bald eagles and peregrine falcons to take blood samples from chicks and test them for toxins.

Thunderstorm Time-lapse

Thunderstorm Time-lapse

Blue Dog Films used a Canon 5d Mk3 to capture this incredibly ominous and awe-inspiring time-lapse footage of a storm brewing over Maroochydore, Australia, churning away like something from the ark opening scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Tree Branch Furniture

Tree Branch Furniture

Artist Sebastian Errazuriz created a series of beautiful wall shelves and tables that incorporate fallen tree branches from the forests of South America. The only additions are paint, glass shelves, and the occasional bit of steel to provide added support.

Literal Bear Hug

Literal Bear Hug

The man in this clip seems like a big guy, but he’s dwarfed by the size of the huge brown bear that seems to be thrilled to have human companionship. We saw this right after watching Roar, which shows why humans might not want to get so close to wild animals.

Exhale

Exhale

Every summer, Jesse Attanasio gets to take a few weeks off work. Over the last couple of years he spent his vacation time by traveling across North America, capturing landscape time-lapses and “inhaling experiences” along the way. Available in 4K.

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Transparent Frozen Lake

Transparent Frozen Lake

While hiking at the High Tatra Mountains in northern Slovakia, YouTuber Tomas N and his friend found a wonderfully frozen lake. It was so clear it probably has gator belts and patty melts and Monte Carlos and El Dorados.

Stormscapes 3

Stormscapes 3

(Flashing lights) Photographer Nicolaus Wegner graciously shares his latest compilation of time-lapse videos of storms in the US. It has everything: massive clouds, rainbows, lightning and much more. The song is Everything by Everyone Moves Away.

Racing Extinction (Trailer)

Racing Extinction (Trailer)

The Oceanic Preservation Society – the team behind the anti-dolphin hunting film The Cove – infiltrated black markets that sell endangered animals and blasted infographics at the buildings of companies that harm animals. Airs on the Discovery Channel on 12/2/15.

Salomon Freeski TV: Eclipse

Salomon Freeski TV: Eclipse

(PG-13: Language) Salomon Freeski TV, six pro skiers, and photographer Reuben Krabbe traveled to an archipelago near the Arctic to take on an extreme first world problem: do a skiing photoshoot during a solar eclipse. The climax is at 26:19. Behind the scenes here.

Microscopic Backyard Tour

Microscopic Backyard Tour

Photographer Craig Smith lets us get up close and personal of some of the many tiny organisms he found in his backyard, only magnified up to 400x under the lens of his microscope. Check out more microscopic wonders on his YouTube channel.

Seal Punt

Seal Punt

Incredible footage of a giant orca splashing through the water, highlighted by a moment in which its mighty tail tosses a seal some 80 feet into the air. And before you cry “animal cruelty,” we’re guessing the seal was going to be his lunch anyhow.

Handful of Crabs

Handful of Crabs

If these were tiny spiders, we’d be totally creeped out, but there’s something oddly soothing about this video of Jeremias Maluw as he picks up a handful of teensy crustaceans and lets them crawl all over his hand.

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Chasing Light: Switzerland

Chasing Light: Switzerland

Austin Mann shows us just how good smartphone cameras have gotten, with this impressive footage of the play between light and clouds in the Swiss Alps – shot entirely on an iPhone 6s Plus. We had no idea how much better the video stabilization was until now.

Paddle Boarding with Whales

Paddle Boarding with Whales

YouTuber Jaimen Hudson’s drone footage captured a couple of whales swimming beside a lone paddle boarder off the coast of Esperance, Western Australia. The size of these animals never fail to amaze.

Timeless Dreams

Timeless Dreams

Julian Tryba edited the footage that he and his friend Mike Sutton took of the American Southwest into a mesmerizing layer-lapse, where parts of different time-lapse shots are merged into the same frame. The song is Kygo’s remix of M83’s Wait.

Pictures of Southeast Asia

Pictures of Southeast Asia

Photographer Janis Brod shares shots from his recent three-month trip across four neighboring Southeast Asian countries: Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam – giving us a glimpse into the diversities of quiet country life, bustling cities, and awe-inspiring natural surroundings.

Medieval Monsters

Medieval Monsters

If you’re creeped out by bugs, you might think twice, but trust us when we say that Oliver Mueller’s look at the insects of the New Forest of England is fascinating both from a scientific and cinematic perspective, and packed with simply amazing macro photography.

Plankton. A Thank You Would Be Nice.

Plankton. A Thank You Would Be Nice.

The BBC and SpongeBob SquarePants‘ Sheldon J. Plankton defend his namesake animals, reminding us that without them we would have much less air to breathe, food to eat and fuel to use.

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