Tiny heroes, by Marcio Takara (web site, deviantART)

Tiny heroes, by Marcio Takara (web site, deviantART)

Sawyer Hartman (YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, facebook); photographer unknown
I like keys.

Sawyer Hartman (YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, facebook); photographer unknown

I like keys.

A New View of the Helix Nebula

This composite image is a view of the colorful Helix Nebula taken with two cameras:
The Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard NASA/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope
The Mosaic II Camera on the 4-meter telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile
The object is so large that both telescopes were needed to capture a complete view.
The Helix is a planetary nebula, the glowing gaseous envelope expelled by a dying, sun-like star.
As seen from Earth, the Helix resembles a simple doughnut, but looks can be deceiving. New evidence suggests that the Helix consists of two gaseous disks nearly perpendicular to each other.

Credits:NASA; ESA; C.R. O’Dell (Vanderbilt University); and M. Meixner, P. McCullough & G. Bacon (Space Telescope Science Institute)

A New View of the Helix Nebula

This composite image is a view of the colorful Helix Nebula taken with two cameras:

The object is so large that both telescopes were needed to capture a complete view.

The Helix is a planetary nebula, the glowing gaseous envelope expelled by a dying, sun-like star.

As seen from Earth, the Helix resembles a simple doughnut, but looks can be deceiving. New evidence suggests that the Helix consists of two gaseous disks nearly perpendicular to each other.

Credits:
NASA; ESA; C.R. O’Dell (Vanderbilt University); and M. Meixner, P. McCullough & G. Bacon (Space Telescope Science Institute)

Untitled 17, by Ryan Salge
The incomparable Mr. Salge can be found on Tumblr (ryansalge, ryansalge1), Behance, and søciety6.
His illustrations are stunning (obviously: see above). His photos are pretty incredible, too; among other things, he’s found a way to make northern California look like central New York.

Untitled 17, by Ryan Salge

The incomparable Mr. Salge can be found on Tumblr (ryansalge, ryansalge1), Behance, and søciety6.

His illustrations are stunning (obviously: see above). His photos are pretty incredible, too; among other things, he’s found a way to make northern California look like central New York.

From Captain Murray (aka bostoncaptainamerica):

Top:

A new painting that I did. You can see that I screwed up so this was just a cover up so I didn’t waste all the comic cut outs.

Middle:

My painting again

Bottom:

Close up of spidey to see the comics under the paint.

Captain Murray is one hell of an artist. Also, he does one of the best Captain America cosplays I’ve ever seen. Also also, he’s ridiculously good looking.

You may now be jealous. Or inspired.

Possibly both.

Vintage photo: details unknown.
Most of the social media posts of this photo give the dateline as “1890, California”; some give “ca.1890”; one gave “1894.” No idea what’s accurate, as I can’t find an original or official source for this pic, anywhere.
Regardless, I think it’s kind of awesome.

Vintage photo: details unknown.

Most of the social media posts of this photo give the dateline as “1890, California”; some give “ca.1890”; one gave “1894.” No idea what’s accurate, as I can’t find an original or official source for this pic, anywhere.

Regardless, I think it’s kind of awesome.

The late, lamented Lonesome George, last survivor of his species, the Pinta Island giant tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdoni).

George’s preserved and mounted remains are now on display at The American Museum of Natural History (web site, Tumblr).

The two photos are from Turtle Conservancy (web site, Tumblr); photographer/s unknown.

Info on the sketch:

Wildlife Preservations President George Dante drew this sketch of the pose for Lonesome George. Click for full-size image.

© AMNH/C. Chesek

So … this is a thing, then?
___________

a. DW Chase IV, by David Wagner
    DW Chase: Blogger, Tumblr, Instagram, Model Mayhem
    David Wagner: web site, Tumblr, Twitter, Model Mayhem

b. Details unknown; photo by Ken Brown.

c&d. Two shots of one of The Men of Bourbon, outside Bourbon St. Pub (web site, facebook); photographer unknown.

e. Details unknown.

Mount Whitney by Morning Light, by Robert ColeLone Pine, California, USA

Morning light illuminates the 14,505-foot peak of Mount Whitney in the eastern Sierra Nevada.

Smithsonian Magazine / Photo of the Day / September 18th, 2014

Mount Whitney by Morning Light, by Robert Cole
Lone Pine, California, USA

Morning light illuminates the 14,505-foot peak of Mount Whitney in the eastern Sierra Nevada.

Smithsonian Magazine / Photo of the Day / September 18th, 2014

untitled, photographer unknown (Getty Images)
From this article, on BBC News Magazine.

untitled, photographer unknown (Getty Images)

From this article, on BBC News Magazine.

If it were up to me, I’d caption this Elephant Wielding a Quarterstaff.
Which is, y’know, terrifying._____________
Lots of social media sites claim that this photo is:
 Elephant, by Ishara S. Kodikara (AFP Photo)
Kodikara does take photos for AFP, and also does take a lot of photos in Sri Lanka, and also does take a lot of photos of elephants … so that could be the correct attribution.
On the other hand, I’ve searched the ‘net high and low - including the actual AFP site - and can’t find this photo officially attributed anywhere … so, I’m doubtful.
Regardless, it’s a cool shot, and I like it a lot.

If it were up to me, I’d caption this Elephant Wielding a Quarterstaff.

Which is, y’know, terrifying.
_____________

Lots of social media sites claim that this photo is:

Elephant, by Ishara S. Kodikara (AFP Photo)

Kodikara does take photos for AFP, and also does take a lot of photos in Sri Lanka, and also does take a lot of photos of elephants … so that could be the correct attribution.

On the other hand, I’ve searched the ‘net high and low - including the actual AFP site - and can’t find this photo officially attributed anywhere … so, I’m doubtful.

Regardless, it’s a cool shot, and I like it a lot.

Bartenders at Atlas Social Club (web site, Twitter)Hell’s Kitchen, NYCOctober 3rd, 2013___________________
untitled, by Andrew WernerFrom this article, in Get Out! magazine

Bartenders at Atlas Social Club (web site, Twitter)
Hell’s Kitchen, NYC
October 3rd, 2013
___________________

untitled, by Andrew Werner
From this article, in Get Out! magazine

From ZooBorns:



When Zoo Sauvage’s twelve year old mama Black Bear emerged from the den after hibernation this spring, she brought a surprise… or four. Bear cub quadruplets are rare and usually reflect a healthy mother who is larger than your average bear - this she-bear fits the bill. Zoo Sauvage de St-Félicien [Wild Zoo of Saint-Félicien]’s Black Bears live in an open 824 acre habitat called Nature Trail Park.

From ZooBorns:

When Zoo Sauvage’s twelve year old mama Black Bear emerged from the den after hibernation this spring, she brought a surprise… or four. Bear cub quadruplets are rare and usually reflect a healthy mother who is larger than your average bear - this she-bear fits the bill. Zoo Sauvage de St-Félicien [Wild Zoo of Saint-Félicien]’s Black Bears live in an open 824 acre habitat called Nature Trail Park.

Jordon Robson (Tumblr, Twitter, facebook) spent August tooling around Greece.

08/19/14, Sivota

sailed from Corfu to mainland Greece, moored in Sivota. got gin and tonic. sorteddddddddddd.

08/20/14, Lakka (Paxos)

TRUSTY SPEEDOS BUTT SHOT day 2, anchored off in Lakka

08/23/14, Vónitsa

sailed from Levkas and now anchored off in Vónitsa. the water is like a bath, it’s toooooo beautiful here

08/26/14, Gaios (Paxos)

sailing away from Mongonissi but back in Gaios tonight. only 6 days left wahhhhhh

08/29/14 Kontokálion

last day at sea. my mum took this picture.

unknown

on my way to work but wishing I was back here

unknown

Greek Dreammmzzzzz

Colorado Rockies at Miami MarlinsAugust 24th, 2013
Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez displays some amazing reflexes, snagging Colorado short stop Troy Tulowitzki’s line drive out to end the 1st inning.
Miami won the game, 0-3.
GIF from GAMEREAX.Game info from ESPN.
[Edit to add: For some reason, Tumblr keeps converting the gif to a jpg. Click the link above, to see the play in all its glory.]

Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins
August 24th, 2013

Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez displays some amazing reflexes, snagging Colorado short stop Troy Tulowitzki’s line drive out to end the 1st inning.

Miami won the game, 0-3.

GIF from GAMEREAX.
Game info from ESPN.

[Edit to add: For some reason, Tumblr keeps converting the gif to a jpg. Click the link above, to see the play in all its glory.]