Vulture Showdown.

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It was midday, and Peter had arrived at a waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. Scores of white-backed and lappet-faced vultures covered an eland carcass, squabbling over the meat. ‘Two things hit me simultaneously,’ says Peter. ‘The vile stench of rotting flesh and the intense buzz of flies.’
The white-backed vultures were surprisingly violent as they vied for the best feeding positions. This particular individual had backed off from a fight but was about to re-enter the fray. Covered in dust, wings spread, head lowered, it reminded Peter of a gladiator in his chariot, lining up for a charge.
Its picture is a portrayal of the true character of this feisty bird.
Photo: Peter Delaney (Ireland).

Red Seabeach.

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Red Seabeach: Photo by Jia Mi on Flickr | Copyright.
Contributor: Eric Grundhauser
Looking out across the world’s largest wetland area, the swath of marshy flora growing in the shallow waters of Dawa County, China is an eye-popping crimson, making the whole area look like it has been taken over by the fictional “red weed” popularised in H.G. Wells’ novel War of the Worlds.
Despite its otherworldly appearance, the red grasses of this Chinese marsh have an all too Earthly, if still rare, origin.
The plant is actually a form of Chenopodium (a member of the Amaranthaceae), although this specific species is unique in that it can thrive in alkaline soil.
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The unique landscape also is home to a number of endangered migratory birds and is protected, although tourists can walk among the rare reeds by specially installed wooden walkways that extend out over the delicate ecosystem.
It is unlikely that this location was a direct inspiration for Wells’ weeds, but it makes the site no less unearthly.
The area is also home to the world’s largest reed marsh which is harvested to make papyrus like paper products, perfect for writing science fiction stories on.
Edited by: naturedude
Source: Red Seabeach | Atlas Obscura

Parallel Worlds by Michal Karcz.

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Please join me in my never ending voyage through my world.
This land is constantly expanding. My world is what’s inside me, what really defines who I am. Here’s the key…
I was born in 1977 in Warsaw, Poland and I graduated from High School of Art in Warsaw.
My passion for photography began in early childhood. My father had a camera and when I was just a child I liked to look at the world through the lens, crop it, select the best shots.
I always had ideas of mixing photography with paintings.
My serious journey into my own world of photography and photo manipulation began in 2004 when I opened “the door” with a different key.
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I combined painting and photography into one piece using digital tools.
That digital photography and software gave me the opportunity to generate unique realities that were impossible to be created with an ordinary dark room techniques.
Most of my work is like a journey to the places which don’t exist.
Places from my dreams, desire, imagination and fears. This is my escape from reality which is not enough for me.XOPANCUICATL__880
My inspiration comes from many artists and it doesn’t matter if they get through to me by the sense of vision or hearing.
I can tell that music has the biggest impact on my work.
Music creates sound illustrations to the pictures I carry in my mind.
These two things hit me with the strongest intensity.
Read on via Parallel Worlds By Michal Karcz | Bored Panda.

Ono’s Giant Turtle of Junk.

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Indonesian artist Ono Gaf works primarily with metallic junk reclaimed from a trash heap to create his animalistic sculptures.
His most recent piece is this giant turtle containing hundreds of individual metal components like car parts, tools, bike parts, instruments, springs, and tractor rotors.
You can read a bit more about Gaf over on the Jakarta Post, and see more of this turtle in this set of photos by Gina Sanderson. (via Steampunk Tendencies).
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See more via A Towering Turtle of Discarded Industrial Junk Welded by Ono Gaf | Colossal.