Unearthly Images from the Skies above.

gerst-aurora-twitterAstrophotographer Gavin Heffernan sent Space.com some spectacular photos and time-lapse videos captured over three days
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via Best Space Photos of the Week – Sept. 6, 2014.

And the Winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog Competition, 2017 is?

Martha, winner of the 2017 World’s Ugliest Dog contest in Petaluma, California.
Image Credit: Photograph by Monica M. Davey/EPAS.
A Neapolitan mastiff named Martha has been crowned the winner of the 29th annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest.
The gassy 57 kilo (125lb) beast was a favourite of the northern California crowd from the start, often plopping down on her side on stage with her droopy face spread across the ground when she was supposed to be showing off.

She was rescued when she was nearly blind, but after several surgeries can see again, according to her handler Shirley Zindler.
She lumbered away with $1,500, a flashy trophy and a trip to New York for media appearances, all things she could hardly care less about.

She beat out 13 other dogs, most of them the kind of older, smaller dogs who dominate the competition.
Source: Ruff justice: Neapolitan mastiff crowned World’s Ugliest Dog 2017 | Life and style | The Guardian

The Majestic Tasmanian Masked Owl.

Author and Photo by Sandra – Tasmania.
Our beautiful Tasmanian Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae castenops) was once described by John Gould (biologist) as ‘…a species distinguished from all other members of its genus by its great size and powerful form.
Probably, few of the Raptorial birds, with the exception of the Eagles, are more formidable or more sanguinary (causing much bloodshed) in disposition.’
After this beauty flew up to the tree tops, I packed up and walked back down to the house to close windows, feed the dog and cat, stoke the woodheater…and go collect more wood in a barrow. It was dark. I had a torch.
Whilst at the  woodpile I heard our chooks cry out. I had not yet closed their door for the night. Rushing in…there she was…looking perplexed…on the floor of the chook house…what’s all the noise about…I’m just after my chicken dinner!
I walked in between the terrified chickens and the owl…shining my torch on the ground so she could still see.
Slowly we turned around and together we left the chook house…both walking in a nonchalant manner.
She then flew up to the fence. I stood next to her…about a rulers length away. We had a quiet moment. I told her it’s not OK to eat the chooks. She let me pat her briefly.
We parted company. I had tears of wonderment.
Source: ABC OPEN: The fragility of life. || From Project: Pic of the Week

The Arcadia Spider illuminates Glastonbury Festival, England.

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The dazzling Arcadia spider illuminates the huge gathered crowd at the Glastonbury music festival, England.
Image Credit: Photograph by Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Source: The 20 photographs of the week | Art and design | The Guardian

Grey Matter(s) by Tom Jacobi, Germany.

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Image Credit: Photographs by Tom Jacobi.
German photographer Tom Jacobi captures mystical, archaic landscapes in the grey world from dusk to dawn.
The photos look otherworldly—free from any color distractions in order to convey the calm, contemplative, and meditative qualities of these timeless locations.
For Grey Matter(s), Jacobi traveled over two years to six continents searching for archaic landscapes—North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica—capturing indelible images of their distinct natural beauty and shaped over thousands of years by nature.
In art, there is a technique known as grisaille and Jacobi’s work could be described as photographic grisailles: tranquil scenes composed entirely of landscapes that are devoid of color.

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To capture this desaturated world, Jacobi photographed the landscapes as light shifted between day and night.
As twilight fell, he writes that the landscapes seemed “like mystical enactments from some other world.” Colors simply are reflected light, individually put together in our brain, a place also called “Grey Matter.” No light, no colors.

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By photographing our colorful world at times and places, where there is no color, the illusion of a colorful reality is being unmasked.
A coffee table book of this series is available through Amazon.

See more of Tom’s work via Grey Matter(s): Photos by Tom Jacobi

The Endangered Last Tribe of the Caribbean.

51e29044-e63a-49f9-9b86-c33a0ce1d03b-2060x1457There are roughly 50,000 Kuna, who are one of the largest remaining indigenous South American tribes
Photographer Eric Lafforgue documents the island tribe, whose existence is threatened by rising sea levels. 18f5f438-72ec-4bfd-b549-164a3ec307d5-2060x2060
The Kuna live on the San Blas islands off the coast of Panama – which have one of the world’s highest populations of albinos
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via The Kuna: the endangered last tribe of the Caribbean – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.