Macrofying recently shared this fascinating gallery on Instagram of beach sand under a microscope. In the post he adds:
I recently took a bit of sand from the beach with me to view under my microscope. In contrast to industrial sand, which is quite boring as it consists mainly out of quartz, this ocean sand is extremely colorful and diverse as it mainly consists of coral debris and shells. Although to the naked eye this looks like very clean natural sand, pieces of microplastic, as seen in the last image, can be found when viewed under the microscope.
Macrofying put out great content on YouTube and Instagram. Their deep zoom videos are always a pleasure to watch. Check them out!
On a clear day at sunset, visitors to the Indiana Dunes National Park are treated to a stunning view of the Chicago Skyline, illuminated by the setting sun behind. What a beautiful way to enjoy a sunset!
Indiana Dunes National Park hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan. The national park comprises 15,000 acres and hikers can enjoy 50 miles of trails over dunes, wetlands, prairies, rivers, and forests.
Veritasium explains the science of what’s happening when you drop a stretched out slinky. The slow motion video helps too! From his YouTube description:
This is not just true of slinkies – if you release a steel rod from the top, the top really starts falling before the bottom. If you hit a tennis ball with a racket, a wave has to travel from the strings to your hand before you feel it – and the ball is well on its way to the net by this time. If you hit a golf ball, the ball is well on its way to the hole before you can feel it. Rigid bodies aren’t truly rigid and understanding this is essential to understanding the way the world works
On a training flight, student pilot Brian Parsley loses his engine but remains calm; making a flawless emergency landing in a nearby field. This is a fascinating view from the cockpit of the entire ordeal as Brian communicates with air traffic control.
Check out this fascinating clip of a red-tailed hawk hovering in the wind as it looks for prey below. The video was taken by Bill Bryant in Golden, Colorado, and was selected as a video award winner at the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards. Bill adds:
Over several days I watched a pair of Red-tails taking advantage of the strong early summer winds streaming down from the Rockies, hovering in midair while scanning the foothills for mice and ground squirrels. This one floated almost level with my lens. His head stayed still while his body moved, his wings and tail steadying him and his dangling feet acting as ballast. [source]
Red-tailed Hawks most often hunt from a raised perch, as flying low enough to scan for prey usually requires more flapping and more energy. At times, however, wind conditions are such that they can hang motionless, hardly moving their wings, resting in the air as they study the ground below.
How cool does this corner window installation look?! Sure it’s impractical and was probably a structural nightmare for the engineer, but look! It’s a cubic window!
Now when a bird poops on it or there’s a freak hailstorm maybe they’ll regret the decision but for now, in this totally Instagramable form, it looks pretty awesome. Fingers crossed the seams are sealed and leak proof!
Corner window cube!
We love our pets. We love taking photos of our pets. Sometimes, a pet owner stumbles upon a funny way to capture their pet and shares the results. The rest is Internet history. And now we are here. Enjoying this gallery of other people’s pets because we all love our pets.
Now that the blurb has reached the minimum character count, lets enjoy these excellent photos of pets behind various glasses. Enjoy!
Joe Porter is an award winning Canadian Percussionist, teacher and composer. In this quick demonstration, Joe makes cool sound effects on a variety of specialized instruments.