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Photographer Dr Trix Jonker took this shot of an unlucky warthog becoming lunch for a hungry lion at the Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa
Picture: DR TRIX JONKER/ CATERS NEWS

Photographer Dr Trix Jonker took this shot of an unlucky warthog becoming lunch for a hungry lion at the Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa

Picture: DR TRIX JONKER/ CATERS NEWS

The Matterhorn: Night Clouds #2 — The Matterhorn, 4478 m, at full moon. (© Nenad Saljic/National Geographic Photo Contest)

The Matterhorn: Night Clouds #2 — The Matterhorn, 4478 m, at full moon. (© Nenad Saljic/National Geographic Photo Contest)

A monster in the Milky Way
This image, not unlike a pointillist painting, shows the star-studded centre of the Milky Way towards the constellation of Sagittarius. The crowded centre of our galaxy contains numerous complex and mysterious objects that are usually hidden at optical wavelengths by clouds of dust — but many are visible here in these infrared observations from Hubble.
However, the most famous cosmic object in this image still remains invisible: the monster at our galaxy’s heart called Sagittarius A*. Astronomers have observed stars spinning around this supermassive black hole (located right in the centre of the image), and the black hole consuming clouds of dust as it affects its environment with its enormous gravitational pull.
Source:  spacetelescope.org

A monster in the Milky Way

This image, not unlike a pointillist painting, shows the star-studded centre of the Milky Way towards the constellation of Sagittarius. The crowded centre of our galaxy contains numerous complex and mysterious objects that are usually hidden at optical wavelengths by clouds of dust — but many are visible here in these infrared observations from Hubble.

However, the most famous cosmic object in this image still remains invisible: the monster at our galaxy’s heart called Sagittarius A*. Astronomers have observed stars spinning around this supermassive black hole (located right in the centre of the image), and the black hole consuming clouds of dust as it affects its environment with its enormous gravitational pull.

Source:  spacetelescope.org

juicepirate:

When we went snorkeling with the manatees the water was really murky so they would just sneak up on you. I was just floating along and one would just bump into me. They are like 3,600 pound ninjas.

HH:  Gentle giants of the coast.  

juicepirate:

When we went snorkeling with the manatees the water was really murky so they would just sneak up on you. I was just floating along and one would just bump into me. They are like 3,600 pound ninjas.

HH:  Gentle giants of the coast.  

The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is today.
Chinese Proverb.
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.

John Muir

The more we exploit nature, The more our options are reduced, until we have only one: to fight for survival. ~~ Mo Udall
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo_Udall
The Wolves of Yellowstone - Photo by Doug Smith

The Wolves of Yellowstone - Photo by Doug Smith

Canyon Monastery, Blue Mountains, Australia

Canyon Monastery, Blue Mountains, Australia

A male polar bear, gently climbing up a cliff above the ocean, hoping to eat bird eggs. Off Orange Island, north of Novaya Zemlya, Russia. This bear was trapped on land and could not eat seals - which usually eats - because the sea ice melted around and retreated to the north due to climate change.
(Photo - Jenny Ross)

A male polar bear, gently climbing up a cliff above the ocean, hoping to eat bird eggs. Off Orange Island, north of Novaya Zemlya, Russia. This bear was trapped on land and could not eat seals - which usually eats - because the sea ice melted around and retreated to the north due to climate change.

(Photo - Jenny Ross)

I’ Vejin, Vogna Valley, Italy by Artur Dudka

I’ Vejin, Vogna Valley, Italy by Artur Dudka

"Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."

~ John Muir

ALASKA GLACIERS - Source: Flickr user NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

ALASKA GLACIERS - Source: Flickr user NASA Goddard Space Flight Center