“The bower is a cone-shaped hut-like structure some 100 cm high and 160 cm in diameter, with an entrance usually propped up by two column-like sticks. A front “lawn” of some square meters area is cleaned of debris and laid out with moss. On this, and in the entrance of the bower, decorations such as colourful flowers or fruit, shining beetle elytra, dead leaves and other conspicuous objects are collected and artistically arranged. Males go to great lengths to ensure that their displays are in prime condition, replacing old items as needed, as well as trying to outdo their neighbours by finding more spectacular decorations, and arranging them appropriately…more on wikipedia”
Nature can, at times, be terrible and unforgiving but it is also the source of such intriguing, complex and beautiful mysteries like the Vogelkop bowerbird. As I was watching the attached video, lulled into peaceful contentedness by the reassuring narration of Sir David Attenborough, I kept thinking to myself, “how, little bird, did you come to be?”
This particular clip is from the BBC produced series ‘Life’ which I highly recommend watching in it’s entirety. See/watch/learn more about the Vogelkop bowerbird on the BBC’s Nature website and on wikipedia.
Another stunner from french school of awesome, Gobélins. This tale about growing up, love and loss of innocence was lovingly crafted, completely without dialogue in a beautiful watercolor aesthetic, by De Nicolas Athane, Brice Chevillard, Alexis Liddell, Françoise Losito and Mai Nguyen with sound design by Vincent Hazard and music from Pablo Pico. It’s gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS stuff – CHEERS!
At first I though Samuel Pressman & Isaac Bauman‘s decision to make this video so flicker-y was a mistake (seriously, if you have epilepsy you might not want to watch this one) but the haunting, emotional sounds of Blackbird Blackbird kept me enthralled and, by the end, I was really digging the execution. So much so, in fact, that I immediately watched it two more times. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
posted by respondcreate on Jan. 25, 2011 in Videos | tags: beautiful, birds, blackbird blackbird, colorful, electronic music, flicker, hd, isaac bauman, kaleidoscope, music video, samuel pressman, trippy
Yo dawg, I heard you like hills…
Mellow. Chill. Gorgeous. Aaaaaand it ends with a hot-air ballon ride, can it get any better? New Zealand sure is gorgeous…
These images are from two very talented Norwegian photographers: Ole C. Salomonsen and Øystein Lunde Ingvaldsen. If you’d like to see (lots) more be sure to check out their respective aurora-specific galleries here and here. If you want to see the northern lights in motion be sure to check out this video.
I’ve got to make a point to visit Norway to see these in person at some point before I die.
Time lapse tilt-shift of the Coachella music festival? Yes, please! My favorite moment is at 3:10.
”...eating, bathing and fighting- all in a day’s work for a Starling!”
Soundtrack: Corazon de Melon by Perez Prado and Rosemary Clooney
”[A peacock’s] large train is used in mating rituals and courtship displays. It can be arched into a magnificent fan that reaches across the bird’s back and touches the ground on either side. Females are believed to choose their mates according to the size, color, and quality of these outrageous feather trains. Learn more about peacocks/peahens/peafowl on wikipedia.
Cristóbal Vila is a very, very talented guy. Watch this and you’ll never look a seashells, sunflowers or dragonflies the same way again.
Dim the lights and set aside a few minutes to really enjoy this one.
This short film by Patryk Kizny is a beautiful, unforgettable time lapse of the Dale of Jelenia Gora in Poland. It’s gorgeous stuff.
That’s not to imply that you had ever ‘forgot Poland’ in the first place, of course.
The Eurasian Eagle Owl is the second largest owl (only slightly smaller than Blakiston’s Fish Owl) but is easily the most powerful: in addition to it’s normal diet of small mammals it can even take down foxes and deer if it can catch them by surprise. Whoa. Read more about the Eurasian Eagle-owl on it’s wikipedia page.
That bench looks like a perfect place to read, reflect and think. Needless to say: I want to go to there.