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Attack of the Tumbleweeds!
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Attack of the Tumbleweeds!
Crazy tumbleweeds flying all over the place, south of Midland, Texas. Here is another video of tumbleweed storm, this time in Pueblo West, Colorado.
Today's pictures & links:
This is actually just a beautiful cover for the Vintage Lionel Train Catalogue (1997 Edition). We wish we could see more of this style gracing print and online publications today:
Owl... Wind... Dunes...
This wonderful bird was seen at Jones Beach, New York. "Each winter hundreds of birders and photographers travel in search of the snowy owl". Photographer David Dillhoff took this gorgeous photo and it was published in National Geographic's "Your Shot" Gallery:
(image credit: David Dillhoff)
"Fat Bottomed Icicles", spotted at Lake Superior, Michigan
It seems like the water level was at some point higher (you can see the darker area where the water has been), the ice formed there and then started slowly melting which led to these unusual ice formation:
Mixed fresh links for today:
Mind-Boggling Gigapixel Panorama of Dubai - [explore!]
"Walking Cities" Mega Structure - [wow, futurism]
The Biggest Patent Troll of Them All - [great article]
Spot the Hidden LEGO - [in these gorgeous photos]
Screwed-up Menu Items, Counterfeits! - [funny, weird]
Still Entertaining: Classic "I'm a Mac" Ads - [all in one video]
The Hidden Chair, info - [great illusion!]
Incredible Possibilities for Continuous Spying - [wow video]
Lotus 1-2-3 Rocks! - [fun video ad, 1983]
Very Talented "Cabbit" Animation - [cool video]
What is Inside This Egg??! - [wow video]
Meanwhile, Driving in Russia... - [wow video]
Accidental Animals on Google Streetview - [in your face]
Photoshops Disasters Galore! - [funny]
Dolls or Busts of your family and friends - [great gift!]
Incredible Listings of Free Books - [useful]
The Majestic "Gyrostrator" Steampunk Motorcycle
Here is one of the new designs by Kevin Mowrer, just completed in the ongoing Frahnknsthyne development. A "Gyrostator" is described as a steam driven motorcycle with a locomotive drive... possessing a truly commanding presence (see more here):
(image credit: Kevin Mowrer)
The Worm Ouroboros
This is Cordylus cataphractus - an armadillo lizard - photographed at Matieland, South Africa:
(right image credit: Steven Trotter)
Currently Under Construction in Moscow-City: The Evolution Tower
Together with the completion of Moscow's "Mercury City" Tower (which at 332 meters is already the tallest European skyscraper at the moment), the Evolution Tower (designed by Scottish architectural firm from Edinburgh) promises to become a truly fantastic addition to the Moscow skyline.
Here is how Moscow-City skyline might look in the near future (the Mercury Tower is on the right, it is already topped out at 332 meters):
Check out this interesting detail view - photo by Dmitry Chistoprudov (see more here):
(image credit: Dmitry Chistoprudov)
Boneless Chicken... but of course!
Winter in Hobbiton?
Well, this is actually a self-made cellar structure, built and photographed by Andrey Chabrov - near Tula, Russia:
(image credit: Andrey Chabrov)
Hot Wheels as Real Cars
This is a dream come true: life-sized sleak Hot Wheels cars at the Grand national Roadster Show in 2008:
Here is the "Twin Mill" model, sporting 16 cylinders and... 1400 hp:
Snowflake Right Before Melting
This bittersweet image was made by the Russian photographer Andrew Osokin... these snowflakes are truly a fleeting beauty, captured with a macro lens only moments from disappearing - see more here
(image credit: Andrey Osokin)
A Glowing Fire Opal
This is a rare "Fire Opal", or Girasol (more info), found in Mexico: almost a world in itself, emanating mysterious light -
"Fire opals are either faceted – that is, as far as their transparency allows – or cut as a cabochon, since this is the shape which best brings out the rich glow of this orange jewel. It is the oval which is regarded as the classical shape for valuable fire opals" - see other instances of found fire opals here
Pulp Art by Courtney Skinner
Illustrations of pulp heroes and villains, and "film noir" style situations - see more here.
(image credit: Courtney Skinner)
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