Sea Dragon, Galapagos Islands.

Sea Dragon: Aquatic Life Winner.
The bottom of the ocean seems an unlikely place for a lizard to find itself.
In fact, marine iguanas of the Galápagos Islands are the only lizards to venture beneath the waves—and they make a habit of it.
With food options scarce along the islands’ volcanic coastlines, marine iguanas have evolved to forage at sea.
Diving to depths of up to 25 meters on a single breath, they graze on algae that grow in the cold, nutrient-rich waters here.
A carpet of healthy green and red algae like that seen in this image by Pier Mané makes the dive itself and the time spent sunbathing on the shore to regain body heat worthwhile.
Image Credit: Photograph by Pier Mané / BigPicture Photography Competition
Source: Winners of the 2019 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition – The Atlantic

The Fiery Kilauea Volcano.

hvo0085When humans breathe, they release carbon dioxide gas that has built up inside them.
The Kilauea volcano on the Island of Hawaii is no different.
It is the world’s most active volcano. At its base, giant curtains of fire spew forth from fissure vents, creating a shifting wall of magma.
Interestingly, the curtain of fire requires no explosive activity from the volcano itself. The cause of the fiery curtain is the expansion of gas within the vents and oddly enough, the weight of the lava.

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Contrary to the commonly imagined steep-sloped science fair volcano, Kilauea is a shield volcano, meaning it has very shallow slopes.
The shallow slopes that form Kilauea and the other volcanoes of Hawaii Island are constructed as the heavy fluid lava flows away from the volcano, with the help of gravity.
In Hawaiian, Kilauea literally translates to “much spreading.” As the lava constantly stretches under the pressure of its own weight, fractures form. It is from these fractures or fissure vents that, squeezed by the massive pressures of the lava itself, fiery curtains of magma erupt.
Read more via Curtain of Fire | Atlas Obscura.

Army Ant Bridge, Panama.

Living-architecture-copyUnlike most ants, army ants do not build permanent mound-like nests for their colonies.
Rather, the worker ants build a living nest with their bodies to protect the queen, young ants, and food.
In this picture, taken on Barro Colordo Island, Panama, workers of the army ant species Eciton hamatum form a bridge with their bodies.
This bridge could become the start of a complicated structure with many chambers, all formed from living ants.
Read on via The Art of Science | DiscoverMagazine.com.

Swing at the End of the World.

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Deep in the Ecuadorian wilderness is a seismic monitoring station known as Casa del Arbol or “The Treehouse” because it is simply a small house built in a tree used for observing Mt. Tungurahua, the active volcano in the near distance.
While the simple wooden room is a sight to behold, the real attraction is the crude swing hanging from one of the tree’s skinny branches.
With no harness, net, or any other safety feature the swing (itself nothing more than a thick stick suspended by two ropes) arcs riders out into the void over the canyon.
Adventurous visitors are welcome to take a ride on the swinging seat, which may have been updated recently, adding a small, fabric belt to hold you in a bit.
You’re not actually swinging out over a void, but over a steepish hill, about 100 feet up.
via Swing at the End of the World | Atlas Obscura.

Birds in the Street by L7M.

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Brazil-based street artist Luis Seven Martins aka L7M, paints in the middle of the concrete jungle bright images of tropical birds that make these gloomy environments look more animated and positive.
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via Birds in Street Art by L7M » Design You Trust. Design and Beyond.