Posts made in July, 2013

The State of Modern Nature Photography – stunning

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 | Comments Off on The State of Modern Nature Photography – stunning

Penguins, ice and light… the beauty of nature captured on camera by the world’s greatest wildlife photographers

By MARK DUELL

PUBLISHED: 01:18 GMT, 16 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:39 GMT, 17 July 2013

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2364780/Penguins-ice-light–The-beauty-nature-captured-camera-worlds-greatest-wildlife-photographers.html

 

Stare at the beautiful sight of African elephants at twilight, and witness the split second before a grizzly bear shuts his jaws on a sockeye salmon.

Or study a western lowland gorilla walk through a cloud of butterflies she has disturbed, and see a greater bulldog bat’s reflection as it catches a fish.

These extraordinary images feature in a new book bringing together the work of ten of the world’s greatest wildlife photographers for the first time.

Underwater: Penguins, Ice and Light by David Doubile is one of the most extraordinary images featuring in a book called The Masters of Nature PhotographyUnderwater: Penguins, Ice and Light by David Doubile is one of the most extraordinary images featuring in a book called The Masters of Nature Photography

 

Red on white: Ice Formation is by Pal Hermansen, a photographer who is a specialist in the use of light and dark, and featured in the new Natural History Museum bookRed on white: Ice Formation is by Pal Hermansen, a photographer who is a specialist in the use of light and dark, and featured in the new Natural History Museum book

 

To the surface: Featured in the book is Antarctica Expedition - Climate Reality by Paul Nicklen, who has become known for his pioneering underwater photographyTo the surface: Featured in the book is Antarctica Expedition – Climate Reality by Paul Nicklen, who has become known for his pioneering underwater photography

Mane image: Horse Spirit by Jim Brandenburgh is in a new book book bringing together the work of ten of the world's greatest wildlife photographers for the first timeMane image: Horse Spirit by Jim Brandenburgh is in a new book book bringing together the work of ten of the world’s greatest wildlife photographers for the first time

 

Birds at play: Dancing Cranes by Vincent Munier. The photographers are all past winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitionBirds at play: Dancing Cranes by Vincent Munier. The photographers are all past winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

The Masters of Nature Photography features the artistry of Jim Brandenburg to the underwater images by David Doubilet and Paul Nicklen.

The book also includes Pål Hermansen’s use of light and dark, the viewpoints of Frans Lanting and Anup Shah’s intimate portraits.

In addition there are the visual statements of Michael Nichols, Thomas Mangelsen’s landscapes and Christian Ziegler’s images of wild behaviour.

Each photographer has a biography along with a portfolio of the ten images that they consider is most representative of their work.

It's lunchtime: Catch of the Day by Thomas Mangelsen shows the split second before a grizzly bear shuts his jaws on a sockeye salmonIt’s lunchtime: Catch of the Day by Thomas Mangelsen shows the split second before a grizzly bear shuts his jaws on a sockeye salmon

 

Pretty pink: African Elephants at Twilight by Frans Lanting is an astonishing photograph taken at Chobe National Park in northern BotswanaPretty pink: African Elephants at Twilight by Frans Lanting is an astonishing photograph taken at Chobe National Park in northern Botswana

 

Splash: Perfect Trawl is a beautiful photograph by Chris Ziegler, showing a greater bulldog bat - also known as noctilio leporinus - catching a fishSplash: Perfect Trawl is a beautiful photograph by Chris Ziegler, showing a greater bulldog bat – also known as noctilio leporinus – catching a fish

 

Flying around: Anup Shah's photograph shows a western lowland gorilla walking through a cloud of butterflies she has disturbed in the Central African RepublicFlying around: Anup Shah’s photograph shows a western lowland gorilla walking through a cloud of butterflies she has disturbed in the Central African Republic

 

Visual statement: Whiskey by Michael Nichols is one of many photographs featured in The Masters of Nature Photography, which will be published on September 19Visual statement: Whiskey by Michael Nichols is one of many photographs featured in The Masters of Nature Photography, which will be published on September 19

For every photographer there is a brief biography defining the essence of their art and what drives and inspires them.

The photographers are all past winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which is now in its 49th year.

The Masters of Nature Photography will be published by the Natural History Museum of South Kensington, central London, on September 19.

A collection of some of the best pictures from past years of the competition is featured in Wild Planet, also published by the museum.

 

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Las Vegas flights canceled due to extreme heat

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 | Comments Off on Las Vegas flights canceled due to extreme heat

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Jun 30, 2013

US Airways cancelled 18 flights on Saturday in Las Vegas because of the extreme heat. An airline spokesperson said planes are certified to take off in temperatures up to 118 degrees. The temperature in Las Vegas on Saturday was recorded at 127 degrees, making it the hottest spot on Earth that day.

In a report to CNN, Sgt. Troy Stirling, police spokesman in Lake Havasu, Arizona, near the California state line, said: ” I’m not worried as much about the people who have lived here a while. It’s more the tourists coming into the area, even from Southern California, who aren’t used to this kind of heat.”

The heat wave comes just before the 100th anniversary of what the National Weather Service calls the “highest reliably recorded air temperature on Earth” when the thermometer read 134 degrees on July 10, 1913 in Death Valley’s Greenland Ranch in eastern California.

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for large parts of California, Nevada, and Arizona, and a heat advisory for other parts of Nevada. Many of the excessive heat warnings extend through Tuesday night. Starting Wednesday, temperatures will drop by a couple of degrees, moving closer to normal temperatures.

The extreme heat may have caused the death of an elderly man in Las Vegas. Paramedics found the man dead in his home, which did not have air conditioning, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said he died of cardiac arrest and the heat may have contributed to his death.

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