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Murmuration of Starlings Forms Giant Bird

 

After months of chasing starlings around Lough Ennel, County Westmeath, Ireland; James Crombie and Colin Hogg captured a unique display when the murmuration of starlings formed the shape of a giant bird.

Crombie’s shot made front cover of the Irish Times, and the video of the murmuration of that shot (filmed by Hogg) can be found embedded below.

 

 

In an interview with the Irish Times, Crombie says he made about 50 trips to Lough Ennell in the past few months, and the day he got the shot he had already taken between 400-500 shots before this one:

 

“I’m usually a sports photographer, so for a while I’ve had a bit of time to think about other things. I had an image in my head,” he explains. “I could see they were making shapes. I kept going back, to get the image I had in my head.” [source]

 

For anyone interested, prints are available at Inpho Photography.

[The Irish Times vis Kottke]

 

What an amazing few months it has been chasing the murmurations around Lough Ennell looking for the shot with @hogg82, our patience eventually paid off. Thanks so much to the @IrishTimes for the wonderful usage today pic.twitter.com/5ldPF6J6PS

— James Crombie (@INPHOjames) March 4, 2021

 

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An Amazing POV Ride Through the World’s Longest Indoor MTB Trail

 

In the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio you will find the world’s longest indoor mountain bike trail, inside of the world’s first indoor mountain bike park.

Ray’s Indoor MTB park is a legendary place in mountain bike history and this video takes you for a full lap on the worlds longest continuous indoor trail spanning nearly a mile long or 1.6 km.

Video by Kyle & April – Ride MTB

 

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The Heartwarming Story of Two Baby Stoats that Were Rescued and Released Back Into the Wild

 

At less than 4 weeks old, Whisper was abandoned by her mom. Robert Fuller cared for her around the clock, but what she really needed was a friend like her. Then another baby stoat named Stuart came along and the two became inseparable.

This heartwarming story explains how they were cared for and prepared to be released back into the wild.

 

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Art with Everyday Objects (10 Photos)

 

Helga Stentzel is a Russian-born visual artist based in London, UK. She works across a wide range of media including illustration, photography, video and stop motion animation.

On Instagram, she has built a large following for her playful art that often uses everyday objects and household items in creative and unexpected ways.

We’ve included a few of our personal favorites below, but you can find many more on her socials listed in the links!

 

HELGA STENTZEL
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Photographer Waits 6 Months to Capture This Rare Black Leopard at Night

 

It took wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas six months to capture the once-in-a-lifetime shot, but he got it.

In an amazingly detailed blog post, Burrard-Lucas says he has increasingly specialized in photographing wildlife at night—a glimpse into a night-time kingdom where nocturnal creatures such as hyenas, leopards and lions are in their true element.

For those curious, the image was captured with strategically placed remote cameras in Laikipia County, Kenya. Specific photo settings were: f/5.6, ISO 1600, 30 seconds, 23mm. If you want to learn more about how Will got the shot, I highly recommend you check out his blog post.

Some of these images and many other never-before-seen pictures of the leopard appear in his new book, The Black Leopard, out now! Hand-signed copies are available here and additional purchase options listed here.

 

 

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In 2009, Thousands of People Stranded in a Tunnel Burst Out Into ‘Lean On Me’ and It was Great

 

The Purple Tunnel of Doom was the name ascribed to the event that left thousands of ticket holders to the first inauguration of Barack Obama stranded in a tunnel, eventually missing the ceremony entirely.

On January 20th, 2009, ‘purple ticket holders’ were directed into the Third Street tunnel in downtown Washington, D.C., but were not allowed to exit.

Ticket colors corresponded to assigned viewing areas and many were not admitted, despite having stood in line for hours.

One silver lining in the whole debacle was when the stranded crowd spontaneously erupted into a stirring rendition of ‘Lean On Me’. A brief reprieve for a disappointing day where so many were hoping to witness the historic event.

 

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Snowstorm in Saudi Arabia Turns Desert Into Giant Ice Cream Cake

 

A powerful storm brought sub-zero temperatures to the northern region of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia where temperatures dropped to -2°C (28.4°F), covering the surrounding desert in snow.

The rare occurrence was captured by TikTok user @x509o, who’s surreal video of snow underneath the sand made for a surprising sight.

 

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