Disturbing Composite Photos Reimagine Ocean Pollution

11 08 2018

Hundreds of thousands of marine animals — fish, reptiles, birds and mammals — die every year after ingesting or being entangled in garbage carried by ocean currents.

Portuguese artist Paulo de Oliveira’s shocking composite images of animals being strangled by discarded nets and gorging on plastic rubbish serve as a stark warning of the damage caused by human waste.

In his series, a baby seal lion swims with a fishing net around its neck, a turtle munches on a coffee cup, a whale shark consumes plastic bags and a fish eats the remnants of a plastic lid while swimming through a sea of garbage.

De Oliveira, a 64-year-old former advertising executive turned professional diver and photographer, said: “I created these composite images to illustrate the amount of plastic garbage polluting our oceans. I wanted to make people understand the enormity of this environmental attack and how it affects the entire marine food chain. It is a theme that needs strong images that one often cannot capture directly in nature with the necessary quality.

“Nothing that can be seen in these images is unrealistic fantasies, though. All this happens every day in some parts of the oceans. It has already been witnessed by me and by many people but, except for honorable exceptions, it has not been directly portrayed in nature with force that I have tried to present in these compositions. In general, people respond well to images even when they know they have not been captured directly in nature. As I worked in advertising, I see this technique as just another tool that allows me to express my creativity.” (Caters News)

A Paddy Plant In Our Garden?

23 07 2018

A lone paddy plant in our garden, July 23, 2018.

Yesterday evening, as my eldest sister, Aiman was gardening, she was shocked to discover that there was a plant that looks like a paddy plant in the middle of our brick pot.

Taking a closer look, my sister saw some ripening rice on the lone paddy plant which grew beside another large pot, surprisingly in a condition where it is not suitable for paddy plant to grow.

It seems as if the paddy plant had miraculously appeared out of nowhere, as we did not plant any rice and neither the dry soil nor the condition of the garden is suitable for a paddy plant to grow.

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Awan ‘ombak besar’ di Sabah

10 07 2018

[Berita Harian}- BEAUFORT: Formasi awan luar biasa kelihatan seperti ‘ombak besar’ dan ‘puting beliung’ di beberapa daerah di pantai barat Sabah, pagi tadi, menggemparkan penduduk.

Keadaan gumpalan awan berkenaan disedari antara jam 7 pagi dan 7.30 pagi iaitu ketika cuaca mendung sebelum disusuli hujan lebat.

Penduduk setempat, Jamal Djupri, 37, berkata beliau melihat awan berkenaan sewaktu berada di padang Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Beaufort ketika mahu memulakan sesi pembelajaran Pendidikan Jasmani dan Kesihatan bersama 25 pelajar sekitar jam 7.10 pagi.

“Fenomena ini bukanlah kali pertama dilihat kerana keadaan sama pernah berlaku pada tahun lalu dan 2016.

“Cuaca ketika itu mendung serta sedikit berangin. Bagaimanapun, selepas berlaku gumpalan ini kira-kira lima minit, hujan turun dengan lebat seperti tadi,” katanya kepada BH.

Gambar formasi gumpalan awan luar biasa itu dikongsi secara meluas di laman sosial khususnya Facebook, Twitter dan aplikasi WhatsApp.

Pengarah Jabatan Meteorologi Sabah, Azmi Daud, berkata fenomena awan kelihatan seperti ombak pagi tadi dikenali sebagai garis badai Borneo atau kumpulan ribut petir dan tidak membahayakan.

Katanya, keadaan itu terbentuk di perairan dan persisiran pantai sekitar barat Sabah pada awal pagi akibat tiupan angin dari arah laut yang menyebabkan awan kelihatan bergulung-gulung seperti ombak.

“Ia boleh berlaku akibat tiupan angin Barat Daya sewaktu ke daratan menjelang pagi.

“Kita menjangkakan cuaca mulai akan kembali normal menjelang petang,” katanya sambil berkata fenomena ini memang berlaku di negeri ini sebelum ini.

Photos from the Super Blue Blood Moon

9 07 2018

[Yahoo! News}- Earlier this year, a blue moon, super moon and blood moon all coincided for the first time since 1866.

The rare celestial event – dubbed the ‘super blue blood moon’ was visible from many parts of the world, but the most jaw-dropping views were in western North America, Asia, the Middle East, Russia and Australia.

However, due to the way the eclipse happens, those in Western Europe, most of Africa and Central and Southern America missed out on the event.

This was the third in a series of ‘supermoons’ which saw the moon appear 14 percent brighter and 30 per cent larger than usual.

Skygazers in the Eastern Hemisphere last saw a blue moon total lunar eclipse in 1982, but those in the West haven’t witnessed one for more than 150 years.

Unlike a solar eclipse, this lunar eclipse can be safely viewed without protective eyewear. (Getty)


Photos: Amazing Close-up Photos of Snowflakes

11 02 2018

[Caters News}- These incredible images capture the intricate details of minuscule snowflakes, moments before they melt. The brilliant shots were taken by Don Komarechka, 31, who has had a lifelong fascination with all things macro — especially snowflakes.

The professional photographer says people often don’t believe that his pictures are real because they’re so perfect. The Canadian said, “These photos were all taken 2 feet from my back door over the past two winters.”

We’re looking at the intricate details of ice crystals that form in the atmosphere and fall to earth. Snowflakes can possess unending beauty and detail even in a single crystal measuring only a few millimeters in diameter.

Amazing Photos from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award Shortlist

23 01 2018

[Yahoo! News}- Majestic birds and colourful sea creatures are only some of the breathtaking animals to make the shortlist for the People’s Choice award in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year annual competition.

This year, almost 50,000 submissions from 92 countries were entered for the prestigious award.

The shortlisted images are currently on display at the highly-acclaimed exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, until the vote closes on 5 February 2018.

The winner of the vote will then be showcased until the exhibition closes on 28 May 2018.

The ‘People’s Choice’ annual award recognises exceptional competition entries as chosen by the public.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the longest-running competition of its kind.

The competition is a vital part of the Natural History Museum’s mission to inspire a love for the natural world and unlock answers to the big issues facing humanity and the planet.

Extraordinary Images of Some of the World’s Most Endangered Animals

14 01 2018

[Yahoo! News}- Featuring animals from all around the world, Tim Flach’s latest book ‘endangered’ explores habitats on nearly every continent.

Often, Flach explores the close relationship between animals and humans, and in particular how humanity imposes and reveals its ideals when trying to understand and work with animals.

‘I feel this is the most complete book I have done and I feel very privileged to have done it,’ he said. ‘I do recall a photographer colleague of mine saying one never finishes a book one is only separated from it.

‘I wanted to draw out the character of my subjects. Clearly to do that with a bee or a tree frog eggs demanded an intimacy that can only be arrived at by a magnification, in this particular case times five, thereby showing detail that would not normally be visible with the naked eye.

‘Probably the most dramatic area [when putting together the book] was diving off the Galapagos islands while photographing Hammerhead sharks from 30m down. As a not highly experienced diver, the challenges of high currents and camera with underwater housing was a little bit stressful.

‘My next project is birds,’ he continued. ‘I want to photograph some of the most glamorous, beautiful birds – Birds of prey, Golden Pheasants, Bantoms and Macaws to celebrate the wonderment of birds.’

His other books include Equus, Dogs, Gods and More Than Human. Endangered is his fourth, and most ambitious, book.

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