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Picture of the Day: Growth Amid Rubber

Nature is trying to speak out to us everywhere every day. In the image above, a stubborn tree was noticed on April 16, 2013 among piles of used tires in a ten-hectare installation for recycling in Lachapelle-Auzac, France.  The recycling company operating through this location was closed in 2004, yet the tires were never removed. More Pictures of the Day [Via WSJ/ Eric Cabanis/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images]

Picture of the Day: NASA Freshly Released Image of the Sun

This breathtaking image is a result of composing 25 separate images of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory from April 16, 2012, to April 15, 2013 made by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly where the sun is captured every 12 seconds in 10 different wavelengths. The work presented here is based on a wavelength of 171 angstroms, which is in the extreme ultraviolet range and shows solar material at around 600,000 kelvins (about 1.08 million F). The result image is extremely stable despite the fact that SDO orbits Earth at 6,876 mph and Earth orbits the sun at 67,062 mph. The images have… Read more »

Picture of the Day: Mesa Arch, Canyonlands

Photographed by Chris Carvalho, The Mesa Arch in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park is one of the finest places for a photographer to start the day. This 4×5 negative was exposed with an old lens, a 121mm Schneider Super Angulon. It was a favorite of Ansel Adams. While an excellent optic for its time, it only had single-layer coating and was subject to more flare than modern lenses. In this instance, it created a starburst pattern with rainbow streaks that add greatly to the character of the image. [NatGeo] More Pictures of the Day

Picture of the Day: We Will Finish the Race

Today’s Picture of the Day goes to the Boston Magazine brilliant cover with this touching photographed composition of Boston Marathon’s shoes, shaping a negative-space heart in the middle. Inside the heart, a powerful headline reads, “We Will Finish the Race.” photographer Mitchell Feinberg took this aiming to create an iconic photo of the events. As Boston Magazine editor John Wolfson states, “To me the cover is about two things: perseverance and unity. By itself, each shoe in the photograph is tiny, battered, and ordinary. Together, though, they create something beautiful, powerful, and inspirational. Remove just one shoe and you begin to diminish, in some small… Read more »

Picture of the Day: First Flight

Karin Thorell, a Swedish wildlife photographer, that has dedicated her life to photographing birds insects and the amazing species of our nature. In a photo-shoot of a Golden-eye Duck colony, Thorell captured this momentous photograph of  2 baby common golden-eye ducks leaving the nest and taking to the air for their first ever flight. The expressions on their face are priceless! The Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) is a medium-sized sea duck. Adult males ranges from 45–52 cm (18–21 inches) and from 888 to 1400 grams (1.9 to 3.1 lbs), while females range from 40–50 cm (16–20 inches) and from 500 to 1182 grams (1.1 to… Read more »

Picture of the Day: Moonrise Photo-Collage Over Los Angeles

In this breathtaking image the brilliance of a moon-rise is caught on camera over Los Angeles, California. The footage was captured by Dan Marker-Moore, a motion designer and artist from LA. The time sliced image above is a collage of 11 photos taken over 27 minutes and 59 seconds.

Picture of the Day: Sweeping Intersection

November 1980: Aerial photo of the intersection of the Harbor (110) and Santa Monica (10) freeways just southwest of downtown Los Angeles with the skyline in the background. Sweeping Intersection When this photo was published in the 2000 Los Angeles Times book “Imagining Los Angeles: Photographs of a 20th Century City,” the accompanying text reported: Essential to the city’s sprawling character and its attachment to the automobile was the development of a system of toll-free roadways that would deliver commuters briskly to their destinations – at least in theory. The first freeway, between downtown L.A. and Pasadena, opened in 1939. Today… Read more »

Picture of the Day: Guardian of Karnak Temple

Guardian of Karnak Temple – Luxor, Egypt For today’s Picture of the Day, we have this magical snap by Australian photographer Jarrod Castaing taken on his visit to Luxor, Egypt on March 01, 2010 of the Karnak Temple. The Karnak Temple complex is a vast open-air museum and the largest ancient religious site in the world. It is believed to be the second most visited historical site in Egypt; second only to the Giza Pyramids near Cairo. It consists of four main parts of which only the largest is currently open to the general public. The photograph was an Editors’ Pick from the Smithsonian magazine 2012… Read more »

Picture of the Day: A Bug on A Red Background

A Damselfly Resting on a Slender Stem of a Grass photographed by Singapore-based photographer Joel Forte of Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines)

Picture of the Day: A Man Feeding Swans in the Snow

A beautiful black and white photograph of Krakow, Poland in winter, snapped by polish photographer Marcin Ryczek. An image that can be considered a once-in-a-lifetime shot that is full of contrast between black/white, water/snow, and person/animals – all split by one clear vertical line. Simply amazing! [Via Colossal]

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