Photographers CJ Kale and Nick Selway spend a great amount of their time camped on the edge of active volcanoes to capture incredible images. Using a simple protective casing around their cameras, and wearing just swimming shorts and flippers, capture the explosive moment fiery lava crashes into the sea off the shores of Hawaii.
This incredible series of photographs showcases nature at its deadliest and most beautiful.
The collection was put together by the Bureau of Meteorology and Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, who invited photographers to send in their best weather pictures. And they responded with a staggering selection of natural history shots including lightning bolts, fire tornadoes and even that rarest phenomenon in Australia – snow.
Both a pilot and a photographer, Kacper Kowalski has managed to capture two lakes in northern Poland – one in Pomerania and the other in Kashubia – throughout the four seasons. As a result previously unseen natural environments, almost graphic pictures come into being. They show patterns, symmetries and asymmetries created by nature.
The Grand Canyon’s Pumpkin Spring, a limestone formation off the Colorado River, is a geological oddity. Although it might looks tempting, it isn’t quite as secure as it might seem. Some water spills over the top, but that which remains in the pumpkin-pool, turns into a caustic murky green, a deadly mixture of arsenic, copper, zinc and lead. Limited exposure is not fatal, but better look but don’t touch!
Max Rive, landscape and adventure photographer from Europe, has traveled in the mountains of French Alps, the Dolomites and Norway among other places to capture stunning landscape photographs.
Far north on the coast of Iceland, by the glaciers in Greenland and next to the freezing North Sea Erik Waider has discovered landscapes which come to life through their contradictions: when water forms mountains, when it is as bright as day at night, when in the freezing cold things come to life – that is when Jan Erik Waider takes a photograph.
In his series Ice on Black, Waider applies post-processing black and white conversions to deepen the already strong natural contrast between the ice and dark water.
Location: Greenland’s Disko Bay.
Beautiful Black and White London and Venice photography by Nobuyuki Taguchi – Japanese photographer based in London.
Lake Natron takes its name from natron, a naturally occurring compound made mainly of sodium carbonate, with a bit of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) thrown in. Here, this has come from volcanic ash, accumulated from the Great Rift valley. Animals that become immersed in the water die and are calcified.
Photographer Nick Brandt, while in Tanzania, discovered perfectly preserved birds and bats on the shoreline. “I could not help but photograph them,” he says. “No one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake.”
Son Doong cave (“Mountain River cave” in Vietnamese) is the biggest known cave in the world. The cave was found by a local man in 1991 and was discovered in 2009 by British cavers, led by Howard Limbert. It was created 2-5 million years ago by river water eroding away the limestone underneath the mountain Where the limestone was weak, the ceiling collapsed creating huge skylights.
In August 2013, the first tourist group explored the cave on a guided tour at a cost of US$3,000 each and spent 7 days and 6 nights for the tour.
Kanarra Creek flows through a beautiful narrow red rock canyon that starts on the slopes of Kanarra Mountain in Utah, USA. The slot section extends for over a mile and offers a dramatic scenery for those in quest of a perfect multi-hued, twisting slot canyon to photograph.
There’s a swing on the edge of a cliff in Ecuador. It has no safety measures and is called the ‘Swing at the End of the World’. It’s a tourist attraction and in order to get there, you have to hike up the path to Bellavista from Banos, until you reach a viewpoint and a seismic monitoring station named La Casa del Árbol (The Tree-house).
The island of Ghoramara is located on a delta region in West Bengal, India. A rise in sea levels has washed away more than 50% of Ghoramara island since the 1980s, prompting two-thirds of its population to leave. The continually receding shore and vanishing vegetation leave behind a coast of sediment holding an ironic beauty of its own amid the increasingly barren shores. Daesung Lee, an international photojournalist, situated villagers on the shore and took portraits of them in juxtaposition with the beauty of the vanishing island.
Phugtal Monastery is situated on a sheer cliff face in the Ladakh Himalaya, northern India. Founded by Gangsem Sherap Sampo in the early 12th century, the monastery is a unique construction built into the cliffside like a honeycomb under a gigantic grotto. Now it is a tourist attraction, 3800 feet up the cliff, and still houses around 70 monks.
Photographer: Mitja Kobal
…Cerknisko jezero, Slovenia….
Lake Cerknica is intermittent lake in the Southwestern part of Slovenia. When full is the largest lake in Slovenia, when not it’s eerie features come to the light. Legends of witches are alive here and so is the saying “where witches bewitched the nature”
An island off the coast of Yemen in the Indian Ocean, Socotra is home to hundreds of plants found nowhere else on earth like the Dragon’s Blood Tree and Desert Rose looking like a blooming elephant leg. There are almost no roads on the island, which is also home to a collection of caves and a number of shipwrecks.
Impressive Black and White photo series of Paris by Belgian photographer Damien Vassart.
The rare phenomenon occurs each winter in the man-made lake, Abraham Lake, located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Bubbles are created as the plants on the lake bed release methane gas, which freezes as it comes closer to the cold lake surface. That is, until spring comes and the ice starts to thaw.
Photos by Chip Phillips/Rex Features.
Photo: Bruce Hood
The SS Ayrfield (originally launched as SS Corrimal) was built in 1911. During World War II was used to transport supplies to American troops in the Pacific. It was sold in 1950 and operated as a collier on the sixty-miler run between Newcastle and Sydney, until 1972 that the ship was brought to the Homebush Bay, its final resting place.
More than 100 years since its launch nature has taken over, turning the ship into a beautiful little floating forest.
A series of Photography on oil pollution in the Ecuadorian jungle by Argentinian photographer Gustavo Jononovich.
Richland is his long-term documentary project about the over-exploitation of the natural resources in Latin America and the resulting long-term negative effects, both human and environmental.
Crooked Forest, Poland
This grove of approximately 400 pines was planted around 1930, when its location was still within the German province of Pomerania. It is generally believed that some form of human tool or technique was used to make the trees grow this way, but the method and motive are not currently known.
Landscape Photography by San Francisco Bay area based photographer Dmitri Fomin. Dmitri likes to shoot landscapes and capture the sacred moments of beautiful light. He uses his canon gear and a variety of filters from B+W, Hitech, Hoya with Lee’s 100mm square filter holder with a Manfrotto CF tripod and Gitzo ball head.
Beautiful Landscape Photography by Pete Piriya, born in Bangkok, but now living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The photos in the selection below were taken in various parts of North America and Thailand.
Marc Latham is a Leeds, U.K. based writer specializing in fiction and non-fiction books, journalistic articles and structured poetry.
His photos below highlight greenygrey Barcelona – the greenygrey concept highlights how often green and grey colors occur together, something we don’t usually notice as we go around our daily lives – and nature photos from Barcelona and Montserrat Monastery using the direct sun to create artistic effects.