30 Fantastic Examples of Lightning Photography

Lightning is a very destructive force but the impossibly beautiful patterns which emerge when lightning strikes are some of the most beautiful phenomenons nature has to offer. Here are some great examples of lightning photography to inspire you. Someone has to teach me how to use my camera to make these cool photos. A lot of patience and a nice thunderstorm are the basic ingredients, that’s for sure.

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Stunning Images and Legends of the Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis

July 25, 2010 by  
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Aurora Borealis, also known as northern and southern (polar) lights or aurorae (singular: aurora), are natural light displays in the sky, usually observed at night, particularly in the polar regions. They typically occur in the ionosphere. They are also referred to as polar auroras. This is a misnomer however, because they are commonly visible between 65 to 72 degrees north and south latitudes, which would place it in a ring just within the Arctic and Antarctic circles. Aurorae occur deeper inside the polar regions, but these are infrequent occurrences, and these are often invisible to the naked eye. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_%28astronomy%29)

Pretty stunning stuff. Must be incredible to see it live. We have never seen it live but we found amazing picture of the Northern Lights from space and  exciting information on legends built around it.

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In Bulfinch’s Mythology, Thomas Bulfinch claimed in 1855 that in Norse mythology: “The Valkyrior are warlike virgins, mounted upon horses and armed with helmets and spears. /…/ When they ride forth on their errand, their armour sheds a strange flickering light, which flashes up over the northern skies, making what men call the “aurora borealis”, or “Northern Lights”. “

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aurora borealis 02 in Stunning Images and Legends of the Northern Lights   Aurora BorealisAn old Scandinavian name translates as “herring flash”. The northerners believed the aurora was a reflection cast by large swarms of herring into the sky. Yet a different Scandinavian source calls them ”the fires that surround the North and South edges of the world.”

The Finns named the northern lights revolution, or fox fires. According to their legend, foxes made of fire lived in Lapland. And, the fox fires were the sparks they took up into the atmosphere on their tails.

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In Estonian the northern lights are called virmalised, which is a spirit being of higher realms. Some are bad guys and some are good.

The Sami people believed that a person should be careful and quiet when in the presence of the northern lights (called guovssahasat  in Northern Sami). To mock the northern lights or singing about them was considered dangerous and could be reason for the lights to come down on a person and kill him/her.

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The Algonquin think the lights are their ancestors dancing around a fire.

In Latvian folklore the aurora borealis, especially if red and observed in winter, are fighting souls of dead warriors especially if it is red and seen in the winter. It is an omen foretelling disaster.

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Russian folklore associates the northern lights with the fire dragon (“Ognenniy Zmey”). The dragon came to women to seduce them when their husbands were gone.

The northern lights in Scotland were known as “the mirrie dancers” or na fir-chlis. The dance often ended in a fight – “the mirrie dancers bled each other last night”. The appearance of the lights also predicted bad weather.

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Prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush believed that the aurora borealis was the reflection of the mother lode of all gold.

And, the Inuit people of Alaska say that the “shadows” within the display are relatives and friends who have gone to the sky. They march and dance to remind the living people of their presence. When dogs bark and howl at the sounds of the aurora borealis, it is because the dogs recognize their companions.

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Enormous Sky hunters: Birds of Prey

July 25, 2010 by  
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Birds of prey are birds  that hunt for food primarily on the wing, using their keen senses, especially vision. They are defined as birds that primarily hunt vertebrates, including other birds. Their talons and beaks  tend to be relatively large, powerful and adapted for tearing and/or pi****ing flesh. In most cases, the females are considerably larger than the males. The term “raptor” is derived from the Latin word “rapere” (meaning to seize or take by force) and may refer informally to all birds of prey, or specifically to the diurnal group. Because of their overall large size and predatory lifestyle, they face distinct conservation concerns.

Golden Eagle

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Trained Golden Eagle

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King Vulture

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Cooper’s Hawk

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Young Eagle

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Horned Owl

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Griffon Vulture

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Great Horned Owl

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Horned Owls

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Bald Eagle

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Osprey Chicks

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Cloud Formations 1: Horses in The Clouds

July 21, 2010 by  
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Have you ever looked up into the sky of clouds and seen something?

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Clouds come in many shapes, sizes, colors and forms—all unique and beautiful in their own way. We found some unbelievably stunning photos that capture fascinating cloud formations from around the globe and divided them in several parts. Have a look at the pictures below—and you never know, they may inspire you to look up to the sky every once in a while. In this part are clouds shaped like horses.

It’s no secret horse lovers have a tendency to be imaginative and to see horses everywhere they look. These horse-loving photographers managed to capture their daydreaming on film and show us that nature loves horses too. Take a minute, put your feet up, and gaze into the sky, how many horses do you see in the clouds?

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