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This Infrared Timelapse Reveals the Invisible Landscapes of Oregon

Photographer Sam Forencich recently created something really special. It’s a timelapse of Oregon’s beautiful landscapes that stands out from the hundreds (if not thousands) of other Oregon nature timelapses out there, because he shot it entirely with infrared converted cameras.

Forencich says the final timelapse, titled Invisible Oregon, is at least in part an exploration of the nature of reality. “It’s no secret that many creatures exceed our abilities to interpret the world around us,” he writes in the video’s description. “The idea that we have to process the sensory data coming into our brains makes it seem like we are already a step removed from the real world.”

Invisible Oregon seeks to close that gap, at least in part, by revealing “the subleties of new growth” and the “dramatic intersection of sky and Earth” that only the infrared spectrum can truly capture.

Through the use of both timelapse and infrared photography, Forencich is expanding our sensory abilities to traverse time at an incredible rate and view parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that humans aren’t usually privy to. Using an infrared converted Nikon D750 and Canon 5D Mark II, he reveals Oregon’s landscapes in a way we’ve never seen them before.

Click play up top and enjoy.


Image credits: Video stills provided by Sam Forencich and used with permission.

This Photographer Travelled Across New Zealand with a Gandalf Costume

What better way to explore the far reaches of New Zealand … uhh, I mean Middle Earth… than with Tolkien’s Gandalf as your guide? That’s what photographer Akhil Suhas was thinking when, while planning his 6-month trip across the country after university, he packed a Gandalf costume… just for fun.

“I wanted a recurring subject in my photos and with so many photographers visiting the country, I figured that I needed to do something to set me apart!” Akhil tells PetaPixel. “I was watching the LOTR for the 5th time when I figured New Zealand is famous for 2 things: its landscapes and the LOTR + Hobbit Trilogies. So why not combine the two by having Gandalf in the landscapes?”

It took him 2 months to hunt down an appropriately accurate costume, but before long, he was on his way—15,000km with both camera and a Gandalf costume at the ready.

At first, the idea was to create self-portraits, but it didn’t take long for Akhil to realize that this was a lot harder than it sounded.

“I tried the camera on a tripod with a timer shot, didn’t work for me,” he said over email. “So, I started asking the people I met along the way if they wanted to put on the outfit.”

Surprisingly, man “gladly said yes” because, in Akhil’s words, “who doesn’t want to dress up as Gandalf!?” That’s how a “silly” idea turned into a beautiful small-person-big-landscape tour of New Zealand… Darn It! I mean Middle Earth.

Have a look for yourself:

If you enjoy the series and want to see more, check out Akhil’s Instagram account or Facebook Page. And the next time you’re planning a trip across some beautiful landscape… don’t forget the wizard robes.


Image credits: All photographs by Akhil Suhas and used with permission.

Gorgeous 8K Timelapse Captures All Four Seasons in Norway

One year of planning, one year of shooting, and four months of post-production is a lot of time to spend on a single timelapse, but photographer Morten Rustad‘s creation SEASONS of NORWAY makes a good case for the old saying: good things come to those who wait.

Well, maybe “wait” isn’t quite right: more like “hike.” Good things come to those who hike. To capture his 8K masterpiece, Rustand travelled a total of 20,000 Km (not all on foot, but still…) and filled up 20TB worth of hard drive space with 200,000 photos from his Sony A7r II, Sony A7s, Panasonic GH4, and Canon 5D Mark III.

It was, in short, a mammoth undertaking that set Rustand in front of some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth—all of them, as it happens, in Norway.

“With its imposing mountains, endless plateaus and echoing valleys, Norway is a country where nature takes the lead,” writes Rustad in the video’s description. “Using time-lapse, this film attempts to capture the ebb and flow of the seasons.”

The result is one of the most beautiful nature timelapses we’ve seen, and a great way to spend 6 minutes and 51 seconds this Friday evening. Watch the 8K timelapse for yourself up top (assuming your monitor and graphics card can even handle that kind of resolution) and then check out more of Rustad’s work on his website, Facebook, and Instagram.


Image credits: All photos by Morten Rustad and used with permission.

Photographing Frozen Baikal: The Deepest and Oldest Lake On Earth

Baikal is… impressive. It’s the deepest and the cleanest lake on Earth. When we were planning our trip, we had no idea how wonderful, majestic, and fairy it would be. We were enraptured by its beauty, so much so that we almost didn’t sleep all 3 days we were there.

Lake Baikal is about 600km (373 miles) in length. The thickness of the ice on top reaches 1.5-2 meters (5-6.5 feet)—at its thickest, it can tolerate vehicles of about 15 tonnes, but sometimes we saw cars that had been fallen down.

But the ice isn’t just strong, it’s also gorgeous: displaying different patterns in different parts of the lake because the water freezes layer-by-layer. Baikal’s ice is also the most transparent in the world! You can see everything all the way to the bottom: fish, green stones, plants, and bluish gulf. The water in the lake is so clear that you can see various objects even as deep as 40 meters (130 feet).

The bubbles in the ice are the result of methane gas that is produced by algae.

Baikal is the world’s deepest lake. Its origin and age still provoke scientific arguments, so let’s just say that Baikal is the biggest reservoir of fresh water on Earth, measuring in at a depth of 1,642 meters (5,387 feet). Only two other lakes in the world are deeper than 1000 meters: lake Tanganyika (1470 m) and the Caspian Sea (1025 m).

In some parts the ice is slippery, like a mirror—you can shoot ideal reflections. A lot of travelers are moving about on skates, bicycles, or sledges. Some of them are walking for several hundreds of kilometers, sleeping in tents on the ice. It’s impossible to describe, but it’s a marvelous place—very atmospheric.

The ice is cracking all the time. When the frost is heavy, cracks divide the ice into different areas. The length of these cracks ranges from 10-30 km (6 to 18.5 miles), and the width is 2-3 m (6.5-10 feet). Cracks happen every year, approximately at the same areas of the lake. When it happens, they are followed by a loud CRACK that reminds one of thunder or a gun shot.

The ice on Baikal is there till May, but by April no one drives on it.

The only river in the world that flows from the lake is Angara, all other rivers flow into the lake. There is a legend that the Father Baikal had 336 rivers—335 sons and one daughter, Angara. All of the sons flowed into Baikal to restock the water, but the daughter fell in love with Yenisei (another river in Russia) and started to take her father’s water to her lover.

In response, father Baikal threw a huge rock into his daughter and cursed her. This rock is called Shaman-Stone; it is situated in the spring head of Angara, and is considered to be the river’s beginning.


About the author: Kristina Makeeva is a photographer and engineer based in Moscow, Russia. You can see more of her work on her website, Instagram, and 500px. This article was also published here, and has been edited for clarity.

Portraits of Foxes and Their Unique Personalities Explained

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When, during the sixties, Jane Goodall gave wild chimpanzees a name instead of a number, she put the science world upside down. Anonymous animals were no longer nothing more than a number. Using something as apparently simple as a name, she validated their individuality and uniqueness.

When you face a fox, you face personality.

Many years from then, we still tend to grossly underestimate our fellow earthlings and regard them like interchangeable particles of a uniform set. Did you ever realize that “the fox,” as our beloved pet dog or the cat, consists of countless individuals, each with their own specific characteristics?

Some are a little dumb, others quite intelligent. Some creative and entrepreneurial, other boring and passive. Some are even downright funny. So many foxes, so many faces. Literally! And each “face” hides a unique character.

Since all those faces speak volumes, I’d like to introduce you to 12 prominent fox personalities:

Smiling Fox

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The mother of all foxes. Almost literally. Relaxed must have been her middle name and enjoying her second nature. Being the personification of satisfaction itself, she could just calmly sit in the sun for hours and hours, watching her grandchildren play and relish this sight. Moreover, she was living proof that animals can smile.

Motto: It’s All Right. Always Has Been and Always Will Be.

Miss Fox

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Quite a character, this is a fox with attitude. No one ever mocked this lady, not even her little fox kits. Challenge Mom’s authority; bite guaranteed. And with the looks. With her bright red, full coat, her slender muscular body, long straight nose, proud ears and irresistible smokey eyes, she would win any beauty contest with ease. She was less talented with regard to her choice of men, since most of her offspring weren’t blessed with her beauty, but were born with a jaw abnormality instead.

Motto: I’m Too Sexy For This Site.

Hunter Fox

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This lady in red was standing front row when red coats were distributed. Never before had I seen a fox with such a perfect red cloak.

The same goes for the distribution of self-confidence and courage. As a young fox she proved to be a mistress in making perfect mouse jumps. While her siblings lied lazily in the sun, she fanatically worked on her pouncing skills. And this discipline paid off: nowadays she bets higher and may call herself the mistress of chasing rabbits.

Motto: You Say Jump, I Say ‘How High?

Funny Fox

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Should fox humor exist, she’s definitely got it! As well as a huge fox heart. When her big sister left the parental territory, she decided, against all fox mores, to come along. As a reward for room and board she treated her sister with a daily cleanup.

When the Queen Mum died, she became alpha fox willy-nilly. Someone’s got to do the job, right? From airy joker, she turned into a lady who knows the ropes. By resolutely wiping mothers lovers from the territory, she claimed direct order. She may be one of the smallest foxes, but size does not matter in fox country. Owning the biggest mouth does.

Motto: It’s a Woman’s World.

One-Of-A-Fox

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Being the smallest and weakest of the litter, she worked her way up to crowd pleaser. Rightly so. She had tough competition to her beauty queen mum, but won the race on character points.

With her uniqueness, she became the uncrowned princess of the dunes. And despite her slightly misshapen jaw and unfoxy coat, she was a beauty as well. She proved that an animal has a free will and is able to make her own personal choices.

Motto: I Did it my Way.

Old Dog Fox

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When I first met him he was already very old. As one happy grandpa on a bench at the jeu de boules, he was sitting in the sun. With a face only a mother could love and his unabashed attitude, he made me laugh.

Had he been a human I’m convinced he would, like an old expired hippy, go on and on about his childhood mischiefs.

Motto: Happy happy joy joy.

Serious Fox

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The most respectable fox of the class. Unlike almost all other foxes, she actually has no bad habits at all. Therefore, she’s the only one who actually behaves by the book and does exactly what you would expect from a red fox: she hunts mice, she sleeps, she eats, she cares for posterity, brings them up and chases her boys away as soon as they reach adolescence.

You won’t find them neater fox… or a more boring one either. (sorry, Serious Fox!)

Motto: Why NOT So Serious?

Don Fox

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The Don Juan of foxes. Before reaching the age of one year, during mating season, he ran through the dunes like a madman. No female fox could resist this sad, intense gaze. All female foxes, from minor to elderly, he wrapped around his paw effortlessly.

There’s a good chance that in the the future the dunes will be flooded with little fox kits with this intriguing sad glance…

Motto: Who’s Your Daddy?!

Eager Fox

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As a young fox her favorite thing in the world was to steal just dug-up lizards from her brother. This hunting technique was successful until puberty, when little brother suddenly became big bro and revised ratios.

Since that time she has improved her hunting techniques, specializing in the looting of nests. Once a thief, always a thief, but a very sweet thief indeed!

Motto: Better well stolen than bad invented.

Hyper Fox

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Small enthusiastic madcap with grand ambitions to succeed her mother as alpha fox; the sooner the better. She bent the fox rules by becoming teenage mom. She dominates the biggest and strongest men with her own secret weapon: terrible hysterical squeaking that makes the biggest fox shrimp. And all this is totally compensated by her wonderful sweet character and a gorgeous smile, which she inherited from her grandmother.

Motto: It’s Mine, Even Though It’s Not.

Modest Fox

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Lacking a mirror, he will never know how irresistibly handsome he is, and is doomed to remain modesty itself. By not acting like the beau he is (or just being afraid of another shouting match) he let go of all the females. No matter how agitated it gets, he will keep his composure. Always. And wait quietly.

Motto: My Time Will Come. Maybe. One Day.

Beaten Fox

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Aight. This guy may look like the Mike Tyson among foxes, with his imposing shaggy stature and scarred face. But looks can be deceiving and you couldn’t be further from the truth.

This is the sissy among foxes. Even the smallest female fox gets him squeaking on the floor effortlessly. He is a softy that’s literally scarred by a heavy fox life. He probably thinks back with nostalgia to the days when the vixen accepted him as a partner in his territory, removed his ticks, and licked his wounds. Fox life can be hard and, regrettably, the heyday of romance and loving care are over for him.

Motto: Life’s a B***h.


Image credits: Roeselien Raimond is a Dutch photographer and former Web designer who was seduced into a career as a nature photographer. To see more of her work, visit her website or give her a follow on Facebook, Instagram, and 500px. This article was also published here.

These Beautiful Photos Highlight the Incredible Diversity of Bees

Metallic Green Bee (Augochloropsis metallica) collecting nectar and pollen from a Black-eyed Susan (Rudbecki fulgia), South Carolina, USA
Metallic Green Bee (Augochloropsis metallica)

It’s safe to say natural history photographer Clay Bolt is obsessed with North American bees. What began with a few photos in his backyard in South Carolina back in 2014 has turned into a full blown project aimed at helping document the staggering diversity of North American bees.

After accidentally photographing two different species of North American bee in his own backyard, Clay began doing some research and learned that there are over 4,000 native bee species in North America. “As I began to do more research, I realized that so little was known about our native species, and so at that moment I realized that I could use my photography to begin to tell some of those stories,” he tells Slate.

And that’s exactly what he’s done, documenting the beauty and diversity of North American bees for his project titled “Beautiful Bees.” Below is just a small selection of the many many (many many) photos Clay has captured out in the field:

Bombus sandersoni, Sanderson's Bumble Bee, visiting Azalea, Highlands, North Carolina
Bombus sandersoni, Sanderson’s Bumble Bee
A mason bee, Chelostoma philadelphi, male, is captured by an ambush bug (Phymata sp) that lies hidden in a mock orange (Philadelphus sp) blossom. Chelostoma philadelphi is a bee that prefers mock orange flowers for foraging.
A mason bee, (Chelostoma philadelphi), male, is captured by an ambush bug (Phymata sp) that lies hidden in a mock orange (Philadelphus sp) blossom.
A Cuckoo Bee (Holcopasites calliopsidis) is dwarfed beside a US dime.
A Cuckoo Bee (Holcopasites calliopsidis).
A Halictus Sweat Bee (Halictus poeyi) prepares to land on an Aster next to a Metallic Green Bee (Agapostemon splendens), South Carolina.
A Halictus Sweat Bee (Halictus poeyi) prepares to land on an Aster next to a Metallic Green Bee (Agapostemon splendens).
Hunts Bumble Bee (Bombus huntii), pollinating a sunflower in a community garden, Bozeman, Montana.
Hunts Bumble Bee (Bombus huntii).
Rusty-patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis), Madison, worker, Wisconsin
Rusty-patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis)
Yelllowheaded bumble bee (Bombus flavifrons), Fairy Lake, Bozeman Montana
Yelllowheaded bumble bee (Bombus flavifrons)
A Black-tailed bumble bee, (Bombus melanopygus) flies in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.
A Black-tailed bumble bee, (Bombus melanopygus)
Metallic Green Bee (Augochlorella sp) on Bee Balm (Monarda didyma).
Metallic Green Bee (Augochlorella sp).

None of these bees were sedated in order to capture their picture; Clay will stand still in front of a flower for as long as it takes to get the shot he’s looking for. He’s able to put that kind of dedication into his work, in part, because he hopes his photos can help save the species of bee that are facing extinction.

“1 in 4 species of North American bumble bees are at risk of extinction,” he told us over email. “One species, Bombus franklini, Frankllin’s bumble bee, is most likely already extinct and almost no one even realizes this, or knows about the species.”

Armed with this knowledge, Clay has set out to try and get the related rusty-patched bumble bee species protected under the Endangered Species Act. Once one of the most common bumble bees in North America, they’ve all but disappeared over the past 15 years.

Together with Day’s Edge Productions, Clay has produced a film due out in June telling of the rusty-patched bee’s plight. You can see the trailer below:

To learn more about Clay’s bee work or see more of his photos, head over to the Beautiful Bees website. And if you want to see more of Clay’s photography, you can find it on his personal website, Facebook, and Instagram.

(via Slate)


Image credits: All photos by Clay Bolt and used with permission.