Nature

October 16, 2017

Historic Panorama Archive of Pacific Northwest Used to Suppress Forest Fires

With almost half of both Oregon and Washington State's landmass covered with forests, careful management of this resourceful landscape has always been of paramount importance. And, of course, fire management has long been a duty of the Forest Service in both states. Between 1933 and 1935, the Oregon and Washington Forest Services carried out a landmark project, collecting panoramic photographs from every fire lookout in the region.

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September 29, 2017

Japanese Artist Plants Colorful Flower Landscapes to Explore Nature’s Cycle of Life and Death

Japanese artist Azuma Makoto explores the lifecycle of flowers with two incredible botanical sculptures exhibited at the Oi Futuro museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The symbolic work evokes the Buddhist value of contemplating life and death. Viewers are encouraged to reflect on the transience of all living things, as the colorful flowers slowly decay over time.

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September 9, 2017

Photographer Travels by Boat to Capture Ghostly Photos of Greenland’s Arctic Landscape

Drawn to arctic scenery, photographer Jan Erik Waider skillfully captures the “rugged charm and pristine beauty” of Nordic nature. In his striking series, Arctic Silence, the Hamburg-based creative offers an intimate glimpse into the haunting stillness and ghostly tranquility found in Greenland's glacial landscapes. Skillfully shot from a small boat, the series is set in West Greenland's historic Disko Bay. The evocative photographs feature isolated icebergs as they float above mysterious waters and against a monochromatic sky.

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August 15, 2017

Trees with “Crown Shyness” Mysteriously Avoid Touching Each Other

If you look up toward certain types of towering trees—including eucalyptus, Sitka spruce, and Japanese larch—you may notice a unique phenomenon: the uppermost branches don't touch. Known as “crown shyness,” this natural occurrence results in rupture-like patterns in the forest canopy that seem to perfectly outline the trees' striking silhouettes. Since scientists first started studying the topic in the 1920s, crown shyness has been observed between trees of the same and different species in locations across the globe.

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