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Beautiful Monarch butterfly

The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), a milkweed butterfly, best known of all North American butterflies

Known as Danaus plexippus, a milkweed butterfly, North American beautiful Monarch butterfly

Beautiful Monarch butterfly
Considered the most beautiful butterfly in the world, its wings on top have a chestnut-brown color, and below – white color. Traditionally, a fantastic action in the mountains of Mexico take place. Every year more than 150,000 tourists from all over the world come to Mexico to see this amazing phenomenon. Each year about 300 million of these beautiful multi-colored butterflies spread their wings go on a long – more than 4,000 km! Travel from Canada and the northeastern U.S. states for the winter in fir forests of the mountains of central Mexico. Until recently, the place where generations of butterflies have sought to produce offspring, remained a mystery. Today, small groups of nature lovers, accompanied by the best naturalists in Mexico can watch this exciting natural phenomenon.
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Nature is The Best Artist. Mike Brandt photography

Nature is The Best Artist landscapes by amateur photographer Mike Brandt

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises. Pedro Calderon de la Barca. Nature is The Best Artist, according to amateur photographer Mike Brandt

Nature is The Best Artist
With their stunning rolling hills and sharply contrasting colors these photographs are so beautiful, that someone could easily take for paintings by Van Gogh or Claude Monet. In fact, these amazing landscape photos actually show the natural scene at Palouse Valley in Washington. The valley bathing in golden sunlight with the colors of a rainbow overhead shining down. The author – amateur photographer Mike Brandt, who manages to catch on camera the breathtaking scenery, just on his doorstep.
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Facts About Pigeons

Facts About Pigeons

«NPA Grand Nationals» winners. Facts About Pigeons

Facts About Pigeons
Not so long ago in the U.S. Salt Lake City, Utah, there was an exhibition of pigeons «NPA Grand Nationals», organized by the National Association of pigeons. In the exhibition participated 26 breeds. And here is a gallery of photographs of the winners. So, you will see some pigeons for the first time, and you will learn facts you probably never knew.
In fact, pigeons have lived alongside man for thousands of years. Interestingly, archaeologists found the first images of pigeons in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq), that date back to 3000 BC. Meanwhile, it was the Sumerians in Mesopotamia that first started to breed white doves from the wild pigeon that we see in our towns and cities today. Many of us noticed the amazing variety of colors in the average flock of urban pigeons. However, the ancient people looked at a white pigeon as a miracule and this explains why they widely worshiped it and considered sacred.
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Forget-me-not inspiration

Forget-me-not inspiration. Original oil painting by Russian artist Oleg Zhivetin

Original oil painting by Russian artist Oleg Zhivetin. Forget-me-not inspiration

Forget-me-not inspiration
According to a German legend, God was giving names to all the plants when a tiny unnamed one cried out, “Forget-me-not, O Lord!” And God replied, “That shall be your name.” Legend has it that in medieval times, a knight and his lady were walking along the side of a river. He picked a posy of flowers, but because of the weight of his armor he fell into the river. As he was drowning he threw the posy to his loved one and shouted “Forget-me-not.” It was often worn by ladies as a sign of faithfulness and enduring love.
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Flower carpet at Grand-Place Brussels

Beautiful Flower carpet in front of Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium

A large scale art installation. Beautiful Flower carpet in front of Grand-Place, Brussels, Belgium

Flower carpet at Grand-Place Brussels
Amazing in its beauty action takes place every two years at the area of Grand-Place, Brussels. A giant colorful flower carpet appears in front of the palace, impressing tourists and locals. In fact, the idea of this unusual festival belongs to the landscape designer E. Stautemans and since 1971 the tradition is going on. Meanwhile, for creating such a masterpiece landscape designers and craftsmen used about 700,000 flowers, and most of them are begonias.
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Phenomenon of Dancing wood

Phenomenon of Dancing wood

The national park Curonian in Kaliningrad region, Russia – Phenomenon of Dancing wood

Phenomenon of Dancing wood
Called “Dancing woods”, a truly unique place is in Kaliningrad region, Russia, in the national park Curonian. To understand the phenomenon of twisted trees anomaly, many scientists have tried different hypothesis. In particular, environmental factors, genetic factors, exposure to viruses or pests, and even a special cosmic energy of the place. Undoubtedly, the place is far from being normal. For example, if you come in to a few meters, you feel something is wrong, as if it’s the world of spirits, the place has a strong energy. However, the staff of the national park do not believe in supernatural. Instead, they see the answer in the geomagnetic field. Also, a similar place called “Troll Forest” is in Denmark, and it is also on the Baltic coast. In fact, no one has fully explained the nature of this phenomenon.
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Bence Mate invisible photographer

Bence Mate invisible photographer

Two storks from the series Bird in action. Bence Mate invisible photographer

Bence Mate invisible photographer
Hungarian photographer Bence Mate attended secondary school in Szeged and spent all his leisure time in nature. According to him, his favorites were birds living in the wild, and most often he worried about how to take better and better photographs of them. First, he constructed his equipment on his own. Bence polished his skills in a determined manner. In particular, he developed the ‘Bence Mate style’, and reformed the practice of “bird in action” photography. As a result, his work received an award “The Young Nature Photographer of the Year” in the global contest of the BBC in 2002. Then followed other awards the Eric Hosking prize (2005), and Bird Photographer of the Year in Europe in 2005. Bence Mate is the most distinguished, flagship figure of Hungarian nature photography, which is becoming more and more recognized.
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