Creation, Magnificence & The Human Mind

Part 2 of Soul Age

“Capture Your Thoughts & Bring Your Presence Forth To Be Known & Begin To Be Drawn From Its Very Own Formation Of Existence”

Part 2 of 2: #21 Photos

The Beginning: 8th Annual Photo Contest Winners (Honorable Mentions Below)

To view: 8th Annual Photo Contest Winners (Finalist Photographs) & Experience #21 Magical Moments of Part 1 of 2 of this series collection, Visit the link below here.

Click here for February publication post of Part 1.

Part 2 of Soul ages:

A New Beginnings

Photo #1: Titled; The amazing ice palaces of Montreal will make you wistful for winters

Photo #1: Description;  Back 1883, for the first Winter Carnival in Montreal, they did it the hard way. “At the frozen St. Lawrence River they cut blocks of ice, which measured 42 inches by 24 inches by 15 inches and weighed 500 pounds each.”

Photo #2: Description; Hoary marmots wrestle

Photo #2 Description: Hoary marmots (Marmota caligata) are the largest North American ground squirrels. Josefine Stenudd photographed this adorable pair at Larch Valley in Banff National Park, Alberta.

Photo #3: Titled; ALL the rivers in the United States on a single beautiful interactive map!

Photo #3: Description: A recent report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that 55 percent of U.S. rivers and streams are in poor condition. Most of us don’t go to that many different rivers in our lives, so when we see a number like that we might not realize just how many rivers and streams there are in the United States. Well,the map above gives you an idea of how many there are.

Photo #4: Titled; Crocodiles able to climb trees

Photo #4: Description: As far as discoveries go, this is a somewhat terrifying one, assuming one has a healthy respect for crocodiles on the ground: They can climb and perch in trees. And they can really climb, with researchers spotting them more than a dozen feet from the ground. While anecdotal reports have placed the reptiles in trees in Mississippi, Colombia, and along the Nile, only three references to such behavior appear in scientific literature. And so researchers set out to determine whether it was a regular practice, observing crocodilians (which includes crocs and alligators) on three continents: Australia, Africa, and North America. What they found, as reported in Herpetology Notes: Four species were identified as able to climb trees, and were spotted, in once case, as high as 13 feet above the ground—and as far as 16 feet down a branch.

Photo #5: Titled; Crikey! A photographer’s close call with a crocodile, and pics to prove it

Photo #5: Description: Octavio Aburto is a Mexican photographer and marine biologist, based at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, and is a fellow with The International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). During a recent expedition, he had an up-close and personal interaction with an unexpected model.

Photo #6: Titled; Winter waterfall

Photo #7: Description; The waterfall at Mulberry Creek Dam looking chilly but lovely. Kathy writes that the dam is a few miles away from her house.

Photo #8: Titled; Itty bitty sea turtle heads for the water

Photo #8: Description: This newborn Loggerhead turtle heads to the ocean after being released by sea turtle conservationists. Seeing that tiny turtle make it to the waves gives us such excitement and hope for the future of the species and the future of the oceans. Let’s say goodbye to 2013 and start the new year off right with a whole lot of hope for our beautiful planet! Do you have any New Year’s resolutions that revolve around conservation? From plans to be more sustainability-minded in daily life, to environmental projects you’re participating in, to even just getting outside more often, let us know what they are!

Photo #9: Titled; An aurora brings a burst of color over glassy water

Photo #9: Description: The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights is one of the most spectacular natural phenomenons one can have the pleasure of witnessing. The dance of color across the sky has to do with electrons from solar wind interacting with the atmosphere, but it will always maintain an air of magic to those who see it.

 Photo #10: Titled; What it looks like to fly with gulls

Photo #10: Description: This amazing photo brings you eye-level with gliding gulls, and gives an unusual look at what it’s like to fly over ocean waves with these ubiquitous birds.

Photo #11: Titled; A scenic autumn waterfall

Photo #11: Description: Simple and serene beauty can be found in the tumbling of water over rocks.

Photo #12: Titled; Magical morning light on a frosty deer

Photo #12: Description: One of the most beautiful aspects of winter is the way morning sunlight filters through the cold air, bounces off snow, and softens the edges of everything. That’s what makes winter morning walks so special, even more so when you spot wildlife like this deer with her frost-covered fur.

Photo #13: Titled; Playful grey wolf pups begging for a caption

Photo #13: Description: These two grey wolf pups explore their enclosure at a wildlife park in Eekholt, Germany. The pose and expressions of the pair is just begging for a caption!

Photo #14: Titled: Vervet monkey hangs out for a little picnic

Photo #14: Description: This vervet monkey at Kruger National Park knows how to spend the day, hanging out picnicking and enjoying the view.

Photo #15: Titled; How would you like to be this guy?

Photo #15: Description; Um, that’s just a little intimidating. Thankfully, giraffes are pretty peaceful creatures, even at meal time. This caretaker at the Calault Island wildlife sanctuary in the western Philippines thinks being surrounded by towering giraffes while carrying fist-fulls of leaves is just no big deal.

Photo #16: Titled; Morning frost on a wooden bridge

Photo #16: Description: A bit of frost on a chilly morning marks the changing of the seasons as autumn moves closer to winter. Have you experienced frost yet where you are?

Photo #17: Titled; Photographers work with charities to depict the world’s problems in Pictet commissions

Photo #17: Description: The Prix Pictet is the ultimate environmental photography prize: rich in reward for the winner and viewer. Along with the annual prize, they also commission a photographer to undertake a field trip to a region where Pictet is supporting a sustainability project.

Photo #18: Titled; No water, no life

Photo #18: Description: The blurred motion of the water in this stream adds to the impression of its speeding flow. The image is captured by a photographer who puts the importance of water at the center of her work. Alison M. Jones is the project director of No Water No Life, which ” combines the powers of photography, scientific research and stakeholder knowledge to raise awareness of the vital importance of freshwater resources, perils of watershed degradation and opportunities for sustainable resource management.”

Photo #19: Titled; A fan worm’s plumes wave in the current

Photo #19: Description: This beautiful creature is a fan worm, a filter-feeding invertebrate. The photographer writes, “The southern fan worm is native to Australia and has a fan that is white, brown and purple. This photo may also be the European fan worm, which is an introduced species that is being monitored by DPI. The introduced species has a spiraled fan; what do you think – is the fan spiraled or not?”

Photo #20: Titled; Landscape photograph of the year is an autumn mist

Photo #20: Description: Tony Bennett, Mists and Reflections, Crummock Water, Cumbria All images copyright protected

Photo #21: Titled; A coral reef blossoms like blue flowers

Photo #21: Description: A healthy coral reef is something to be treasured. This core coral surrounded by colorful fish looks like a garden of blue flowers with butterflies hovering above the blooms. USFWS writes, “Sworls of Montipora aequituberculata, a core coral, attract fish at Jarvis Island National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific, about 1,300 miles southwest of Honolulu.”

New Endings & New Beginnings 

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