Panoramic view of the WR 22 and Eta Carinae regions of the Carina Nebula
This spectacular panoramic view combines a new image of the field around the Wolf–Rayet star WR 22 in the Carina Nebula with an earlier picture of the region around the unique star Eta Carinae in the heart of the nebula. The picture was created from images taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.
these images of flowers by cecilia webber are made entirely of nude models. to get the perfect angle she may reshoot her initial photo over 100 times. “i have to imagine the angles involved and position myself in front of the camera without actually seeing how i look through the lens, which is quite challenging,” she says.
"usually, i get my inspiration from observing nature," cecilia notes, adding that "by highlighting our connection to nature, i hope to get people to recognize humanity’s responsibility and our deep connection to the natural world."
OH MY GOSH. THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL. I gasped out loud when I looked closer.
artist jason decaires taylor has created four hundred unique life human sculptures and placed them four to eight metres bellow sea level over 420 square metres of mexican sea bed surrounding cancun, isla mujeres and punta nizuc.
made with environmentally friendly and ph neutral materials, the sculptures are designed to act as long term artificial reefs, attracting corals, increasing marine biomass and aggregating fish species, and work to divert tourists away from fragile natural reefs, thus providing space for their rejuvenation.
as time passes, the sculptures change with their evolving environment, creating a living aspect to the work. eventually to be totally assimilated by marine life, the sculptures make a statement about the imperceptible changes of nature on human artifice and act as a challenging metaphor for the future of our own species.
although constituting only 8% of our oceans, shallow seas contain most of the marine life on planet earth. over the past few decades, we have lost over 40% of our natural coral reefs, and scientists predict a permanent demise of 80% by 2050.
"the dealer and prospective buyer were casually introduced to one another, and two small cheetah cubs were brought into the room. visibly underweight and with dirty yellow fur, they limped and meowed meekly. the animals were weak and slow, and their skin hung loosely from their bones. two other cubs had perished and their emaciated carcasses lay nearby.”
beit al faqih has become a hub in the lucrative trade of wild animals, with buyers from the gulf sates coming to the yemini city looking for exotic pets. smuggled across the red sea, traders will typically pay 200 dollars for a leopard or cheetah cub in somalia and kenya, and then charge upwards of 7,000 dollars in beit al faqih.
though exact statistics are difficult to measure in the volatile region, what is known is that demand for big cats is decimating these aleady threatened populations in africa. the cheetah conservation fund, for example, estimates that 70 percent of cubs taken from the wild die before reaching their final destination.
Beautiful Translucent Eyes