Amazing close-up photos capture war planes and birds' majesty in motion

I've seen many photos of airplanes and nature in my life, but very few photographers get close to Tom Dean's ability to capture any kind of flying bird. The action, the right mix of motion blur and crispy detail, and the sheer awesomeness of them all are simply stunning. Feast your eyes, my friends. » 6/13/14 3:50pm 6/13/14 3:50pm

First-person point of view video recorded by a wild polar bear

US Geological Survey's biologists attached cameras and radio collars to four free-ranging female Alaskan polar bears last April. One of the resulting videos shows one of the bears in action in the Beaufort Sea, checking out a potential mate, swimming below ice, and trying to eat a frozen seal (which is kind of gross.) » 6/08/14 5:04pm 6/08/14 5:04pm

Mystery solved: This is the monster that ate that great white shark

It wasn't the Kraken. It wasn't Godzilla. And it wasn't even a rabid killer whale. The mysterious animal that had killed and eaten the 9-foot great white shark and had stumped scientists turned out to be a super predator feared by even apex predators like the great white shark. So what was it? » 6/07/14 7:40am 6/07/14 7:40am

Scientists: A mysterious animal ate an entire 9-foot great white shark

Scientists in Australia tagged a healthy 9-foot great white shark as part of program to track these animals. Four months later they found the tracking device washed up on a beach. Something—something really big—had eaten this apex predator. But what creature could dine on such ferocious prey? » 6/06/14 8:41pm 6/06/14 8:41pm

Supercell timelapse looks like a portal to Heaven—or Hell

Nice one, nature. Could there have been a better spot for this whirling, swirling supercell to form into a wild in-air vortex than over Climax, Kansas? Photographer Stephen Locke captured the explosive event in a timelapse that shows just how impressive the great outdoors is, in all its grand, au naturel glory. » 6/02/14 9:31pm 6/02/14 9:31pm

Watch this guy jump over an entire island while kitesurfing

I'm fairly certain that the idea of jumping over an island has never crossed my mind in all my years of thinking. But if you're a champion kitesurfer like Youri Zoon and you stumble across a small enough island, well, that's just another day on the beach for you. Jumping the damn thing and nailing it is just how you… » 5/23/14 11:23pm 5/23/14 11:23pm

Watch a massive thunderstorm form in this timelapse

Man, this looks like some end of the world type weather. It's the type of thunderstorm I'd see in a movie and think the CGI was too fake. It's the type of supercell I'd see in real life and think it's all over for everybody. It remind us how small we are, how incredible (and scary!) nature can be and how damn cool it… » 5/19/14 8:01pm 5/19/14 8:01pm

Animals Are Eating Other Animals to Get High

What, you think that man alone actively seeks the sweet release of chemical intoxication? Child, please, the need to get tanked is ubiquitous throughout nature, and has been since we first crawled out of the primordial ooze and realized life on land wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. From frog-licking horses to… » 5/06/14 4:20pm 5/06/14 4:20pm

L.A.'s Oldest Parks Began as Swamps and Other "Worthless" Lands

Park-poor Los Angeles: perhaps it's no surprise that many of the city's earliest parks were born of refuse lands. Flush with public land inherited from California's land grant days, Los Angeles was practically giving away real estate in the latter half of the nineteenth century, donating lots to private individuals or… » 4/29/14 2:59pm 4/29/14 2:59pm

10 Amazing Photos From the Museum of Natural History's Online Archive

Today, the American Museum of Natural History put online their entire catalog of archival images. The Digital Special Collection consists of over 7,000 photos, slides, and illustration spanning the world over. We sifted through the pile and picked out a few favorites. » 4/28/14 3:41pm 4/28/14 3:41pm