The sternwheeler “Belle of Calhoun” and sidewheeler “Belle of the Bends” taking on cargo on the Mississippi River, 1906.
Naki’o is a mixed-breed dog with four prosthetic leg devices. Naki’o lost all four feet to frostbite when he was abandoned as a puppy in a foreclosed home.
He now lives in Colorado Springs, happily.
Photos: REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Color signatures of novels’ visual content by Jaz Parkinson. More. Looks like it may be possible to order prints, and even make requests!
(I just finished reading The Road and I can’t believe there is even THAT much color.)
A giant panda rests on a tree in Ya’an, Sichuan province, China. Photograph: Reuters
The ends of an airplane’s wings generate vortices that stretch back in the wake of the plane. Most of the time these vortices are invisible, even if their effects on lift are distinctive. Here an A-340 coming in for a foggy landing demonstrates the size and strength of these vortices. Notice how the fog gets swept up and away by the vortices. Pilots will sometimes use this effect to their advantage in clearing a runway of fog by making repeated low-passes to clear the fog before landing. (Video credit: A. Ruesch; submitted by Jens F.)
“Pirate Gathering”, Saint Augustine, Fl 2012
Communities Work to Hold Back Storm-Swollen Waterways
A tiny, flood-prone community breathed easier after shoring up a makeshift levee holding back the rain-swollen Mississippi River. Other Midwest communities scrambled to fend off waterways that threatened to overflow as more storms marched through the region.
Volunteers hustled earlier this week to shore up weak spots in a levee hastily built last week to stop the Mississippi from overrunning the flood-weary hamlet of Clarksville. At times toiling in heavy rain, crews built a second wall of dirt and sandbags behind the original barrier and now calm has been restored. The Mississippi appeared to be receding, ever so slowly, from the community 70 miles north of St. Louis.
Annual spring floods. Short term approaches.
Brent Christensen constructs massive towers that he has coined Ice Castles. The monuments are made entirely out of ice with no supporting substructure. “Christensen’s series of Ice Castlesare unpredictably constructed towers of ice fortified by more ice. The enchantingly frosty structures start off with a pool of water, naturally frozen atop grass, as their foundation. From there, the artist attaches countless icicles, using water to cement them in place, with the help of about 20 crew members who work tirelessly to deliver Christensen’s self-made icicles from his personal rack, where water drips and forms 3,000 to 5,000 icicles per day. Millions of gallons of water are used for each castle’s assembly, allowing it to reach heights of 20 to 25 feet. Additionally, the interior design of the chilly architectural constructions include tunnels, archways, walls, and stairs. At night, they’re even illuminated from within by multi-colored LED lights, heightening the magical air of the setting.”
I am sick to death of everything frozen, snowy or wintry, but even I can admit this is pretty damn cool.
Childbirth vs Getting Kicked in the Balls
Which hurts more? A scientific breakdown to settle the score!
Jerome, Idaho, seems like an neat, ordinary city—until you approach the parts of town where many of its 10,000 inhabitants live on the edge, in all senses of the word.
Unregulated and unzoned houses teeter on the precipice of the Snake River Canyon, which drops sheerly down below to a sleek, twisting river 1700 km long, formed by volcanic activity of the Yellowstone hotspot. Native Americans lived on its banks for thousands of years before European inhabitants began to cause the landscape to change—creating the stark contrast of this photograph: the idyllically civilised set against the apocalyptically wild.