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20-Year-Old Indian Guy Takes Incredible Macro Pics Using His Smartphone, Shows How You Could Do It Too (30 Pics)

“Photography is about depth of feeling not depth of field,” Kumar shared his philosophy with Bored Panda. He explained just how important patience and passion are for a photographer to have, especially when it comes to macro photography. Scroll down for our full interview with Kumar! #2 #3 Bored Panda was very interested to hear what first drew Kumar to macro photography and what the biggest challenges that he faced along the way were. Here’s what he had to say: “At first, I was going with common photographs, but after…

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Woman Keeps Photographing Her Toad Doing Human-Like Things In Her Dollhouse And People Are Loving The Pics And The Captions

Toby got his big break in the Facebook group Scroll down to see ya boi Toby the toad’s antics. This post may include affiliate links. #1 Werkin On Howoleen Costume #2 La Da Dee La Da Doo La Da Dum #3 Great News – I Am Chonky When we first contacted Savannah about Toby, she explained that he’s only a pet in the loosest sense, as he comes and goes as he pleases. It sounds like the relationship is mutually beneficial⁠—he gets to use her porch as a safe home…

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This is Probably the Closest Most of Us Will Get to Swimming with Great Whites

On Jan. 15th 2019, Ocean Ramsey and her team encountered what is possibly the largest great white shark ever recorded. Read below for Ocean’s statement about the event. Location: “Offshore Oahuâ€-We are not disclosing the location for public safety Size: Approximately 20ft Long X 8ft Wide Myself (Ocean Ramsey) and my team @OneOceanDiving /@OneOceanResearch: ** @JuanSharks (Juan Oliphant) @Mermaid_Kayleigh (Kayeligh Burns) and @Forrest_in_focus (Forrest Thomas) and @camgrantphotography (Cam Grant) headed out before sunrise to survey shark populations offshore Oahu. Shark populations around Hawaii are unfortunately declining and there are currently…

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Diver Demonstrates the Amazing Pumping Ability of Sponges With an Awesome Visual

Emmy award-winning naturalist Jonathan Bird of Blue World, demonstrates the incredible pumping/filtering ability of sponges using a non-toxic dye called fluorescein. Sponges are highly effective filter feeders since they are able to capture and eat particles as small as bacteria as well as larger particles. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/diver-demonstrates-amazing-pumping-ability-of-sponges-with-dye/

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Amazing Coordinated Dive Bombing by a Flock of Blue-Footed Boobies

To catch their prey, blue-footed boobies can dive deeper than 20m and for longer than 30 seconds, but their dives usually are rather shallow and short. They plunge into the water from as high as 100m. Filmed by Debbie Vidler Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/coordinated-dive-bombing-by-flock-of-blue-footed-boobies/

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Nirmal Purja Summits All 14 Eight-Thousanders in Record 6 Months

In just 6 months and 6 days, Nirmal “Nims†Purja MBE has completed his challenge to summit Earth’s 14 tallest mountains, smashing the previous record of almost eight years and taking his place in mountaineering history. “I am overwhelmed and incredibly proud to have completed this final summit and achieved my goal of climbing the world’s 14 tallest mountains in record time. It has been a gruelling but humbling six months, and I hope to have proven that anything is possible with some determination, self-belief and positivity. I could not…

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Divers Stumble Upon Giant Squid Egg and Capture Surreal Moment on Film

A team of divers filmed a rare glimpse of a huge transparent egg sac containing hundreds of thousands of baby squid. The stunning underwater video was filmed by Ronald Raasch, 48, as he was diving with two other team-members from the research vessel REV Ocean in the cold waters outside Ørsta, Norway. On October 5, the team of divers was swimming back to shore after visiting a WWII shipwreck about 200 metres from the coast, when they had a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a mysterious object. Floating 17 metres below the…

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At the Right Place and Time You Can See the Magical Yosemite Rainbowfall

In spring and fall, as the sun lowers its position on the horizon, a dazzling natural phenomenon can be seen from Yosemite National Park’s iconic ‘Tunnel View’. Late afternoon sunlight turns Bridalveil Fall into a glistening waterfall of colours. This display of nature’s watercolors varies depending on time of year, weather conditions, and how much water is in Bridalveil Fall. Photographer Greg Harlow recently captured the breathtaking phenomenon from Glacier Point. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/yosemite-rainbow-waterfall-video/

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Guy Fills Jar with Seawater, Seals it For a Year, and Documents the Results

YouTube channel Life in Jars made this large natural native saltwater ecosphere in a jar and fastidiously documented the results. The ecosphere has housed crabs, starfish and a lot more and is currently still housing a lot of crustaceans, paramecium, worms, other invertebrates and even spionid worms. He also answered some of the most frequently asked questions which I have copied and pasted below: Q: How can you ‘accidentally’ catch those animals? A: As you’ve noticed I collected a lot of seaweed and algae. The animals were probably hidden somewhere…

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Check Out the Incredible Head Stabilization of this Male Kestrel

Wildlife enthusiast Anthony Roberts (@ZedAnthony) recently shared this fascinating clip of a Male kestrel hunting at South Stack Island in Angelesey, Wales. Despite the strong winds, the bird can be observed using its remarkable head stabilization and maintaining his focus on his prey. You can see the original tweet embedded below. Just look at that head stabilisation! Male kestrel hunting at South Stack, Anglesey yesterday. pic.twitter.com/z1KKrvPR8S — Anthony Roberts (@ZedAnthony) June 6, 2019 Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/incredible-head-stabilization-of-male-kestrel-bird/

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A Chilling Compilation of the Fires Currently Raging Across the Amazon

The following excerpt is from Brian Kahn’s article on Earther: What began as a “day of fire†a week and a half ago has now turned daytime skies in São Paulo an inky black. The Amazon has been in deep, deep trouble ever since far-right president Jair Bolsnaro took over running Brazil. Advocates feared his regime would commit ecological “genocide†in the Amazon and with each passing month, those fears are becoming reality.   Deforestation rates have spiked in recent months, and now large swaths of the world’s largest rainforest…

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Woman Sees Smoke, Starts Recording, and Captures an Eruption as It Happens

Boaters in the Mediterranean have captured the exact moment a volcano erupted on the Italian holiday island of Stromboli. The eruption occurred last Wednesday and tragically, flying debris from the blast killed a 35-year-old hiker from Sicily. Around 1,000 tourists fled as the island was evacuated. Stromboli, which is approx. 13 sq. km, has a population of around 500 people and its economy is based almost entirely on tourism – much related to the volcano. Known as “The Lighthouse Of The Mediterranean”, it stands 3,000 ft above sea level, and…

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Amateur Photographers Perfect Bald Eagle Reflection Photo Goes Viral

© Steve Biro When Canadian amateur photographer, Steve Biro, set out that morning to shoot his favourite subject, he already had the shot he wanted in mind. In an interview with CBC, he said he tried a year prior to get a similar shot with no success. After hundreds of photos taken that day at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy in Vittoria, Ontario, Biro stumbled across the perfect frame when going through the shots at home. Staring directly at his camera, the bald eagle squared up perfectly with both wings touching…

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