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John & Wolf’s adventures

February 25, 2015

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Illustrator John Stortz travels with his adopted dog Wolfgang and photographs their adventures in some of the most recognisable spots in US, like the ghost towns of Nevada or Angeles National Forest in California. The pure emotions of the dog and the great friendship between John and Wolf is clearly visible on every one of those pictures.

See more photos on John&Wolf’s Tumblr or their Instagram.

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Culture  • 

Celebrating Halloween around the world – Mexico’s Dia de Los Muertos

October 28, 2014

Remembering the dead in Mexico is more cheerful than in Europe. Friends and families gather to pray for the deceased and visit the cemeteries, but also hold parades and festivals. A distinctive Mexican tradition is building ofrendas – altars with food, flowers, sugar skulls and gifts for the spirits of the dead. Ofrendas often even include a small water basin and a mirror so the spirit can refresh itself when it arrives at the altar.

Mexican traditions can be traces to pre-Columbian past, when a festival dedicated to the goddess called Lady of the Dead was held. Today La Catrina – an elegantly dressed woman with a face of a skull corresponds to the Aztec goddess and is one of the main symbols of Mexican celebrations. People often paint their faces with skulls and decorate their hair with flowers when they go to the Day of the Dead parades.

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Offrenda in San Miguel, Mexico
Photo: David

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A parade in Mexico. Photo: Sangroncito

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Photo: Juls_22

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A Dia de los Muertos parade in Los Angeles.
Photo: Rob Sheridan

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World’s natural wonders photographed by Roberto Ivan Cano

October 16, 2014
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Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland

During his awesome travels around the world, Spanish photographer Roberto Ivan Cano captures Earth’s natural wonders. Roberto’s work has been featured in lots of magazines, like Traveller or National Geographic, and he keeps exploring different corners of the world in search of a perfect shot.

See more of his work on Roberto Ivan Cano‘s website or 500px account.

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Northern lights in Lofoten, Norway

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Iceberg in Greenland

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Lava cascade on Big Island, Hawaii

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Right: crater of the Kilauea volcano, Hawaii

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Waterfall in Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

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Blue Lagoon in Iceland

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Blue holes in Hveravellir, Iceland

Geography, Travel Inspiration  • 

The mystery of sailing rocks finally solved

August 31, 2014

“Sailing stones” on Racetrack Playa in Death Valley have long been a mystery. Everyone who visited this place had their own theory why the rocks move on this flat and dry land.

Some thought they moved on rainy days, when the ground was slippery enough for strong winds to transport them. Others suggested that they sailed when the valley was covered in ice.

Almost all the theories suspected that strong winds were the cause of “sailing stones”, but as it came out, wind had little to do with it. A team led by Richard Norris of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography carried out a long and actually quite boring experiment involving rocks with motion-activated GPS units and some long camera lens. They sum up their discovery in this short film:

Here’s what they observed: on some winter days the playa fills with shallow water which doesn’t cover the rocks, but is deep enough to form very thin ice. When the sun comes up, the ice starts melting and breaking, at the same time pushing the stones slowly. This usually happens on sunny days with light breeze, but the movement is so slow that it’s very hard to observe.

Anyways, another scientific success! And though the sailing stones aren’t so mysterious anymore, they will continue to amaze and attract lots of visitors. Take a look at some of the most amazing shots of Racetrack Playa I’ve found.

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Photo: Dan Carr

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Photo: Max Vuong