Peace and Serenity.

Peace and Serenity
This is a shot from Iao Valley State Monument in Maui, Hawaii. It was now my second year living in Maui and I still find it amusing to see how nature works. It is here where I find peace and serenity.
I used my iphone to capture this moment.
Image Credit: Nature photographer Maria Lubelyn Mangay Ayam, Wailuku, Hawaii.

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Esmeralda, the World’s Heaviest Giant Tortoise

Bird Island, Seychelles
Esmeralda the World’s heaviest free roaming Giant Tortoise.
The Royal Zoological Society say he broke the scales at 298kg (800lb) back in the 1980’s.
He lives with 19 other smaller tortoises on the island.
Image Credit: Photograph by Geoff Moore/REX/Shutterstock
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Stunning Aerial 3D Panoramas.

Mindblowing Aerial 3D Panoramas by AirPano.
AirPano is a not-for-profit project created by a team of Russian photo enthusiasts focused on taking high-resolution aerial panoramic photographs.
Being the largest resource for 360° aerial panoramas in the world – by geographical coverage, number of aerial photographs, and artistic and technical quality of the images,
AirPano has already photographed over two hundred most interesting locations on our planet, including North Pole, Antarctica, Mariana Trench, and even the Earth’s view from the stratosphere.
The team consists of 12 members, nine photographers and three tech specialists, who use planes, helicopters and drones to shoot from high above.
More info: AirPano
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Parallel Worlds of Puddles.

image644__880With my Instagram account @guigurui I try to demonstrate you don’t need a professional camera to take a good picture.
With the use of a smartphone, one can take a beautiful picture that tells its own story.
The-parallel-worlds-of-puddles2__880Many people don’t like rain, but the puddles left behind can be more than magical.
Every time I see a puddle I take out my smartphone and put my camera lens as close as I can get to the puddle and capture its parallel world.
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Kallur Lighthouse, Faroe Islands.

Photograph by Grégoire Sieuw, National Geographic Your Shot
From a northern promontory on the Faroe island of Kalsoy, the Kallur lighthouse boasts a panoramic view of the sea and neighboring islands.
About a hundred people inhabit four villages on remote Kalsoy, one of 18 islands making up the North Atlantic archipelago.
Sieuw’s picture recently appeared in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.
via Kallur Lighthouse Image, Faroe Islands.

‘Strange Creatures’ of this World.

Some creatures demand more respect than others. It’s hard to fear a bunny, but it’s impossible not to bow before the incredible abilities of the mantis shrimp, which uses club-like limbs to hit its prey so hard it briefly heats the water around it to the temperature of the sun.
There’s also another variety, shown here, that impales its prey in a flash and drags it into a burrow. Respect, mantis shrimp. Respect.
Image Credit: Roy Caldwell
Well, here we are. Absurd Creatures of the Week made it one year without getting canceled. So to celebrate, I present some more critters.
 When it comes to animal attitudes, it doesn’t get more badass than the aye-aye of Madagascar.
It’s evolved a highly elongated middle finger, which it uses to fish grubs out of trees. It therefore spends its whole life giving the world the bird.
Maybe that’s why the local people fear it, and why it isn’t allowed over for dinner at other animals’ houses.
Image Credit: Ed Louis 
I like this one not because of that beautiful smile, but because I got to track down the very first person confirmed to have been attacked by a cookiecutter shark.
Mike Spalding was marathon-swimming between two Hawaiian islands in the middle of the night when the shark took a sizable chunk, or “bigass hole,” as Mike explained it to me, out of his leg.
Oh, and Mike went back a year later and finished the swim. You know, like ya do.
Image Credit: George Burgess
Fantastic Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus) mimicking leaves, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar
 The satanic leaf-tailed gecko is one of my favorites not because of its epic name, but because it so elegantly reveals the wonders of evolution.
Over millions of years, geckos with mutations that helped them blend into their environment survived to pass along those genes.
And voila, a gecko that today looks exactly like a leaf.
Oh, also, it can scream to ward off predators.
Image Credit: Piotr Naskrecki / Corbis 
via The Most Absurd Creatures on Earth, From Satanic Geckos to Fairy Armadillos | Science | WIRED.