Green dictatorship in Bhutan
Bhutan has become the first country in the world, that passed the legislation on organic agriculture. Also, 60% of country’s territory is under the national parks, and the foundation of life in the country is a “tradition.” Bhutan with the ecological dictatorship is quite possible the future of the Earth. Bhutan has become the first country, where the official metrics of society declared a “Gross National Happiness” (GNH). Gross domestic product (GDP) which inspires Western intellectuals and their supervisors. By the way, the GDP of Bhutan is about 2.5 thousand dollars per person per year, and on this indicator the country is one of the poorest in the world. But, according to the infamous GNH – Bhutan placed itself on the 8th place in the world, ahead of all the Western countries.
Category Archive: Nature
Green dictatorship in Bhutan
What a beautiful world!
Here is the collection of colorful landscapes of different photographers. The image above – Rolling hills. Fine art landscape photographer Zack Schnepf is inspired with incredible variety of colors in nature. The award winning photographer’s images look like a paradise on Earth. He admits that visiting these wild areas is a form of meditations, where Zack Schnepf gets to completely relax and appreciate the incredible beauty of nature. Zack Schnepf is concerned with the current state of the environment and global warming. He hopes his art works will raise awareness about conserving these amazing wilderness areas. The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. (Joseph B. Wirthlin)
Neon portraits of exotic marine life
American Los Angeles based photographer Mark Laita makes beautiful images of marine life in an incredibly vibrant colors. After his project “Serpentine”, which focused on multi-colored snakes from around the world, Mark Laita has created this amazing collection of bright and colorful underwater creatures. This project is simply called – “The Sea” of surprisingly “photogenic” representatives of the different seas and oceans. His upcoming book, Serpentine was released in 2013. His work has been exhibited at galleries in the U.S. and Europe. Mark Laita’s clean, colorful graphic photography has earned him a reputation for award winning work for clients such as Adidas, BMW, Van Cleef and Arpels, and MINI.
Underwater mausoleum of cremated remains Neptune Memorial Reef
Called also Atlantis Memorial Reef, it is 5 miles east of Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida. Meanwhile, Neptune Memorial Reef has begun to resemble Atlantis, with its bronze statues of lions, majestic columns and sculptures of shells and starfish. In addition, it is the largest artificial reef in the world, occupying 65,000 square meters on the ocean floor at a depth of 12 meters.
So, instead of waving the ashes of their loved ones over the ocean, now the Americans “finally give” it to the Neptune Memorial Reef. Here the ashes – mixed with cement, built for underwater use, and then added to the reef. Then, next to the structure, made of dust, placed a bronze or copper tiles, and friends of the deceased take photos of the installation process, for the memory. Initially, the project had to be a copy of the “Lost City of Atlantis”. However, they found a better goal to become the world’s first underwater cemetery and memorial park.
Mysterious circles of Namibian desert
In the meadows and pastures of South Africa there are thousands of sites round the bare earth, which are called “witches’ rings.” They range from 2 to 15 m in diameter and appear right in the middle of the grassy areas, mainly in Namibia. Although the same circles and are present in Angola and South Africa. Circles are about 160 km from the coast and stretching from Angola to 2,400 km. They can be found in remote areas of the earth, far away from human settlements. These circles have been studied since 1971, but so far scientists can not explain the reason for their occurrence. According to the beliefs of the people of the Himba, these circles – the work of a dragon that lives underground and releases fire bubbles to the surface, burning all vegetation and form a circle of bare earth.
Mysterious Lenticular clouds
Lenticular clouds look fantastic, no wonder they have been mistaken for UFOs, or even a visual cover for UFOs, because of their mysterious saucer-like shape. The process of Lenticular clouds formation is very complex, but they have a number of interesting features. For example, lenticular clouds remain in the same place no matter what force the wind blows. They are often formed in the mountains and do not dissipate for hours and sometimes days. Bright colors (called irisation) are sometimes seen along the edge of lenticular clouds, multiple mixed iridescent colors caused by diffracted in clouds sunlight. Pilots tend to avoid flying near lenticular clouds because of the turbulence of the rotor systems that accompany them. Like any rare phenomenon of nature, to take pictures of beautiful lenticular clouds is a godsend for the photographer.
Patagonian Mara babies born in Amsterdam zoo
Born last month in the Amsterdam “Artis Royal Zoo” three adorable babies of Patagonian maras have become a sensation. The new born maras are already adapted to a full life in the wild, the same as adults. According to a medical examination, small maras – born healthy, So, they can be in the open-air cage with the rest of the group. Patagonian Mara (Latin Dolichotis patagona) – refers to the rodents, herbivorous, rabbit-like animal, also known as the Patagonian hare or Patagonian pig. Traditionally, the Patagonian maras inhabit dry, grassy areas of South America, mainly in the vast Argentine pampas. They are herbivores, adapted to the arid climate. Mara can go without water for a long time, getting it together with food.