Saturday, April 19, 2014

Slow Life: Hypnotizing Macro Timelapse Of Exotic Corals Made With 150,000 Photos

For anyone who’s seen the coral that inhabits the many astounding ocean reefs around the world, it’s hard to deny that this form of marine life can be quite beautiful.

Whether you’re snorkeling above it, peering into its salt-water home from land, or simply having viewed it through pictures or videos, the effect it has on the scenery of underwater landscapes is remarkable.

However, regardless of how exquisite any type of coral may look, most people tend to be more interested in other, more animated and seemingly exciting types of ocean dwellers. Admit it – it’s likely that you’d get more excited about seeing a dolphin, sea-turtle, or large brightly-colored fish next to you in the water instead of what can sometimes just look like a stagnant, oddly shaped plant or rock.

Slow Life from Daniel Stoupin on Vimeo.

However, in this fantastic time-lapsed video, you can really see how amazing coral life is.

Daniel Stoupin, a PHD student from the University of Queensland in Australia, put together his magnificent “Slow Life” video made up of thousands of high-quality, close up photos of coral.

The time lapse displays coral movement at speeds you’ve never seen before, truly demonstrating how amazing the marine life is. Set to very fitting, mysterious, and almost hypnotic sounding music, the video contains numerous incredible displays of coral movement.

The marine life seems to bloom before your eyes, moving, and shifting in amazing and unbelievable ways. The many types of coral grow and change, even displaying a wide range of beautiful colors, from pale pinks and vibrant greens to deep blues and purples. It’s an astounding sight that you have to see to believe!

But this video wasn’t made simply to entertain viewers with pretty displays of underwater life – it has a much deeper purpose. Not only does it bring attention to the beauty and excitement of coral that’s often taken for granted, but it also helps people become more aware of how crucial coral is to the entire ocean.

Stoupin goes into detail and gives fantastic explanations about coral, its contribution to the ocean, and the reasoning behind the video on his blog, if you’re interested in learning more. Known as “slow” marine life, given that it doesn’t move nearly as quickly as other types of life, coral displays many of the same types of actions as us humans.

While we may never notice, coral does things like grow, reproduce, and move from one spot to another, often away from unfavorable conditions. Their actions directly benefit the ocean, such as through their cycling of nutrients that makes coral reef existence possible. Yet, unfortunately, coral reefs are also threatened, and Stoupin’s video makes an important attempt to draw people’s awareness to the importance of this marine life.

Stoupin partially attributes the threat to coral reefs to the fact that humans are programmed to receive fast moving life much better than slow moving types. Forms of life that operate and change much more quickly than coral tends to resonate with us easier, and, as Stoupin explains, for us, sometimes life like coral is “literally indistinguishable from rock”.

But clearly, as you can see in this video, coral is well and alive, and moves just as much as anything else, albeit at a much slower speed. But you can’t deny that the marine life is an outstanding living spectacle that contributes greatly to the ocean and coral reefs throughout the entire planet.

Stoupin really makes a sincere point with his stunning array of time lapsed photographs that are both beautiful and for a positive cause. Go ahead and just try to take a look at this video, watching the coral move and grow magnificently before your eyes, and tell me it’s not outstanding – it’s impossible to see it as anything short of amazing.


Is Bigger Actually Better? Enjoy These 11 Adorable Before And After Pictures Of Animals Growing Up.

Pets and people share a very special bond when they grow up together, which is why we’ve compiled a list of pictures of people and their pets growing up and sometimes growing old together.

Because of their shorter lifespans, dogs, cats and other domestic animals tend to grow out of their juvenile forms relatively quickly. In a few months, that cute and doofy puppy that’s tripping all over himself will be galloping between your legs enthusiastically, and in a few months more he or she will be approaching their adult size. Their growing bodies and maturity help put the changes in our own lives into perspective as well. It also helps us appreciate the fact that they spend their lives by our sides as our faithful companions.

Their shorter lifespans also mean that our beloved pets will invariably become a beautiful lesson in both love and loss. Watching your furry childhood friend grow old and die is a harrowing and sorrowful but also natural and potentially enlightening part of life. Of course, that might not be the case for the guy with the tortoise – although their lives are drastically shorter in captivity, a pet that can live for a century or more certainly has a chance to outlive its owner.

So let’s celebrate our pets’ short but loving and meaningful lives by checking out these cool images of them growing up!

5 Months Apart
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10 Years Apart
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7 Months Apart
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17 Years Apart
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16 Years Apart
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14 Years Apart
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6 Months Apart
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3 Months Apart
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Then and Now
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1 Year Apart
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Friday, April 18, 2014

This Awesome Backyard Will Make You Jealous, But You Can Make Your Own!

Leisha, the creator of popular DIY blog Homemade Toast, recently posted this awesome and handy guide on how to make a completely leak-proof water blob for the whole family to enjoy in the warm summer months.
What you’ll need to make your very own water blob is an iron, painter’s plastic, parchment paper and a tiny bit of duct tape…oh and water of course!
Follow these easy steps and your kids will be having the time of their lives this summer:

This is how you can make your own completely leak-proof water blob.

The secret ingredient to this guide is an iron. You’ll be using it to melt the ends of the painter’s plastic together to form a leak-proof seal.

First start with a long piece of parchment paper.

Fold it in half, length-wise and draw a line about 2-inches out from the fold. This will be your guide of how far into iron.

Begin with the edge of plastic opposite of its fold, starting at the corner. Open up your parchment and place your plastic inside, aligning it to the fold of the parchment.

Then, fold the parchment back over.

Now, use your hot iron to slowly melt the plastic together by running the iron across the line of your parchment. IMPORTANT: Do not let the iron touch the bare plastic – it will melt a hole in it, and will make a huge mess all over your iron!

Let it cool for a few seconds before removing the parchment, then continue to seal all of the edges.

Now, carefully cut a small slit in the folded end of the plastic, near the corner.

Place the hose in a few feet, and prop the corner up so that the water does spill out while you fill your water blob. It will take about 30 minutes to fill about 8-inches deep.

Seal off the hole with a piece of duct tape – or use your iron and parchment to melt the edge! I opted for duct tape because I plan on using it again a few times.

Now let the kids go wild!

Pro tip: You can add food coloring with the water to make it bluer.

Fun for the whole family!

No matter how small. :)

Share this handy guide with your friends below, and make sure their summer will be a blast.,

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Two Polar Bears And 40 Eskimo Sled Dogs Are Best Friends

The location was a kennel outside Churchill, Manitoba owned by dog breeder Brian Ladoon, who kept some 40 Canadian Eskimo sled dogs there when Rosing visited in 1992. A large polar bear showed up one day and took an unexpected interest in one of Ladoon's tethered dogs. The other dogs went crazy as the bear approached, Rosing says, but this one, named Hudson, "calmly stood his ground and began wagging his tail." To Rosing and Ladoon's surprise, the two "put aside their ancestral animus," gently touching noses and apparently trying to make friends.

Just then another large polar bear arrived and advanced toward one of Ladoon's other dogs, Barren. The latter rolled on his back, then the pair commenced playing "like two roughhousing kids,"

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