The Ruins of the City of Shi Cheng.

underwater-ruins-shicheng-ancient-city-china(Images: Chinese National Geography via
In its article Underwater Wonders of the World, WebUrbanist wrote that “China’s submerged Lion City may be the most spectacular underwater ruins of the world, at least until more of Alexandria is explored.”
Known locally as Shi Cheng, the ancient city lies in 85-131 feet of water beneath Qiandao Lake (aka Thousand Island Lake).
But these images don’t represent some chance find by divers. The valley in which Shi Cheng is located was actually flooded in 1959 for the massive Xin’an River Dam construction.
Only in China, you might think!
But on the positive side, the sunken city, which covers an area roughly equivalent to 62 football fields, has become a serious tourist attraction.
Tour operators offer boat trips and weekend diving packages, and various concepts such as suspended floating tunnels have been submitted to allow more casual tourists to explore the ruins of Lion City.
Built in the shadow of Wu Shi (Five Lion) Mountain during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-200 AD), Shi Sheng boasts 265 arches and spectacular relief sculptures preserved within the submerged ruins.
Eerily complete, divers and international archaeologists have termed the ruins a ‘time capsule’ – a term often used in relation to abandoned places and ancient ruins, but in this case well worthy of the title.
via Urban GhostsThe Magnificent Underwater Ruins of Shi Cheng City | Urban Ghosts.

Pics of Elizabeth Taylor from ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ in 1958.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a 1958 American drama film directed by Richard Brooks.
It is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Tennessee Williams and adapted by Richard Brooks and James Poe.
One of the top-ten box office hits of 1958 with the film stars Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and Burl Ives, the film was a hit with audiences.
According to MGM records the film earned $7,660,000 in the US and Canada and $3,625,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $2,428,000.
Here below are glamorous photos that captured Elizabeth Taylor while filming Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 1958.

More great Photos via Source: 42 Glamorous Pictures That Capture Elizabeth Taylor While Filming ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ in 1958 ~ vintage everyday

‘Red Pandas’ aren’t pandas but more like Skunks.

Red pandas aren’t pandas. Despite their name, red pandas aren’t actually closely related to giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), but it wasn’t until the last ten or fifteen years that scientists settled upon just where red pandas fit on the evolutionary tree of life.
It was clear that red pandas were members of the taxonomic “infraorder” Arctoidea, placing them in a group with bears, pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walrus), raccoons, and mustelids (weasels, skunks, otters, and badgers).
Research published in 2000 in the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution determined that they were not most closely related to bears or to raccoons as had been previously suggested.
Instead, red pandas form their own phylogenetic family, alongside skunks, raccoons, and mustelids.
From a genetic perspective, they’re more like the skunks and raccoons you might find in your own backyard than the giant pandas with whom they share habitats.
Herbivorous carnivoran. As a member of the Order Carnivora, the red panda is a carnivoran.
But unlike most carnivorans, it’s not actually a carnivore.
That is, the red panda is a mostly an herbivore.
It’s actually one way in which the red panda is more like the giant panda than its genetic relatives: its diet consists almost entirely of bamboo leaves, plus bamboo shoots when in season, and the occasional fruit, flower, and (rarely) an odd egg or bird.
via Red Pandas | The Thoughtful Animal, Scientific American Blog Network.

Approaching Storm Front spooks Tiny Owl.

Image Credit: Photograph by Christopher Brinkman
Franklin County, Dublin, Ireland.
Last fall I was able to spend a few days photographing this Eastern Screech Owl.
On one of the days there storm front moving in, and it was putting the tiny Owl on edge.
I captured this image just as a gust of wind was blowing and grabbed it’s attention.
Source: So much wind – Outdoor Photographer

Coral forests found around Sicily’s deep sea volcanoes.

In the shallowest waters surveyed, scientists found areas dominated by red algae, such as coralligenous and maërl beds, which supported dense gardens of sea fans and large schools of fishes such as horse mackerel.
Pictured is a golden anemone. Photograph by Juan Cuetos/Courtesy of Oceana Europe.
At intermediate depths, black corals full of shark eggs were filmed, as well as red coral and yellow tree corals, both of which are threatened in the Mediterranean.
Pictured here is red gorgonian ( Paramuricea clavata) Photograph: Juan Cuetos/Courtesy of Oceana Europe
Source: Stunning coral forests discovered around Sicily’s deep sea volcanoes – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

Steve ‘King of Cool’ Mcqueen in 1963.

In the spring of 1963, already popular from his big-screen breakout as one of The Magnificent Seven and just a couple months away from entering the Badass Hall of Fame with the release of The Great Escape, Steve McQueen was on the brink of superstardom.
Intrigued by his dramatic backstory and his off-screen exploits — McQueen was a reformed delinquent who got his thrills racing cars and motorcycles — LIFE sent photographer John Dominis to California to hang out with the 33-year-old actor and, in effect, see what he could get.

Three weeks and more than 40 rolls of film later, Dominis had captured some astonishing images — photos impossible to imagine in today’s utterly restricted-access celebrity universe.
Here, a series of pictures from what Dominis would look back on as one of his favorite assignments, along with insights about the time he spent with the man who would soon don the mantle, “the King of Cool.”
via A Day in the Life With “The King of Cool” Steve McQueen in 1963 ~ vintage everyday