December 29, 2012

Invisible Animals

Photographer Art Wolfe has spent over 35 years roaming the deserts of Africa, the rainforests of South America, the mountains of the United States and snow plains of Canada to capture wildlife at its most camouflaged.

It's white in front of you! A willow ptarmigan in winter plumage, hidden on a brushy slope near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. The animals are trying their utmost to fool predators but that's not enough to deceive international photographer Art Wolfe
It's white in front of you! A willow ptarmigan in winter plumage, hidden on a brushy slope near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. 

Having a giraffe: A Giraffe in Transvaal, South Africa. Wolfe's 35-year career has spanned every continent as he has followed his passion for the environment
Having a giraffe: A Giraffe in Transvaal, South Africa. Wolfe's 35-year career has spanned every continent as he has followed his passion for the environment.

Can't see the wolf from the trees: A wolf peering out from behind a tree trunk in an autumn Montana forest
Can't see the wolf from the trees: A wolf peering out from behind a tree trunk in an autumn Montana forest.

Eye spy: A spectacled caiman in Llanos, Venezuela. Wolfe worked to make it visually challenging to the viewer by using depth of field, scale and placement and confusing the subject
Eye spy: A spectacled caiman in Llanos, Venezuela. Wolfe works to make it visually challenging to the viewer by using depth of field, scale and placement and confusing the subject.

A Great Horned Owl uses colour and disruptive patterns in its plumage to disappear in a temperate forest in Oregons Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
An American Pika performing a vanishing act in the Cascade Range of Washington
Cunning tricks: A Great Horned Owl uses colour in its plumage to disappear in a temperate forest in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, left, while an American Pika performs a vanishing act in the Cascade Range of Washington.

Leaf me alone: A Mealy or Blue-crowned parrot disappears like just another leaf in the lush Central American rainforest, Chan Chich, Belize
Leaf me alone: A Mealy or Blue-crowned parrot disappears like just another leaf in the lush Central American rainforest, Chan Chich, Belize.

'Photographers always want to show off their subject. And yet, is this really the way an animal is viewed by the human eye? Not quite.
'We don't have the isolating abilities that a telephoto lens provides. On most occasions an animal remains somewhat concealed by the clutter of its natural habitat-a necessity of survival for both predator and prey.
'I have basically employed three different photographic approaches and purposely worked to enhance the difficulty to find the camouflaged subject-as difficult as it is in the wild to see animals that do not want to be seen.


Snake eyes: A horned adder matches the colour of the sand in the Namib Desert, Namibia, where they bury themselves using a swimming motion to disappear beneath the hot surface
Snake eyes: A horned adder matches the colour of the sand in the Namib Desert, Namibia, where they bury themselves using a swimming motion to disappear beneath the hot surface.

Can you spot me? A Leopard conceals herself in vegetation at the base of a tree in Kruger National Park, Transvaal, South Africa
Can you spot me? A Leopard conceals herself in vegetation at the base of a tree in Kruger National Park, Transvaal, South Africa.

Gyrfalcon at their nest built on a cliff
A California Ground Squirrel blending in with its rocky environment
Rock and hole: A gyrfalcon at their nest built on a cliff, left, and a California Ground Squirrel blends in with its rocky environment,.

Bark and hide: A Great Gray Owl positions itself in front of a similar pattern to take advantage of his camouflage in Oregon, United States
Bark and hide: A Great Gray Owl positions itself in front of a similar pattern to take advantage of his camouflage in Oregon, United States.

'Since it is impossible to capture all the distractions to the senses of an entire landscape in a photo, I worked to make it visually challenging by using depth of field, scale and placement and confusing the subject.'
Art is also a successful book publisher and television producer. He has published at least one book a year since 1989.
The 61-year-old from Seattle said: 'It is in the wild places, where the edge of the earth meets the corners of the sky, the human spirit is fed.'


Invisible: A male Spotted Deer disappears among sun-dappled vegetation in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India
Invisible: A male Spotted Deer disappears among sun-dappled vegetation in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

Stop monkeying around: A family of Japanese Macaques disappear amid their rocky habitat on Honshu Island, Japan
Stop monkeying around: A family of Japanese Macaques disappear amid their rocky habitat on Honshu Island, Japan.

White-tailed Ptarmigan in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
I'm white over here! White-tailed Ptarmigan in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.

The long grass: An Impala hiding in vegetation in Botswana's Chobe National Park, Africa
The long grass: An Impala hiding in vegetation in Botswana's Chobe National Park, Africa.

A sandy place to hide: A cheetah cub disguised against the Kalahari Desert, South Africa
A sandy place to hide: A cheetah cub disguised against the Kalahari Desert, South Africa.

Water good place to hide: A Common Snipe, well hidden in the shoreline vegetation of a Minnesota stream
Water good place to hide: A Common Snipe, well hidden in the shoreline vegetation of a Minnesota stream.

A Wandering Tattler chick Wrangell-St, Ellias National Park

Out of sight hawk: A nighthawk resting on rocks where it blends into its surroundings in eastern Washington
Out of sight hawk: A nighthawk resting on rocks where it blends into its surroundings in eastern Washington.

Snow way I'll be spotted here: A coyote camouflaged in the surrounding brush at the edge of a snow dusted field, Washington State, USA
Snow way I'll be spotted here: A coyote camouflaged in the surrounding brush at the edge of a snow dusted field, Washington State, USA.

Precarious perch: Two Klipspringers camouflaged against a rocky outcrop in Chobe, Botswana
Precarious perch: Two Klipspringers camouflaged against a rocky outcrop in Chobe, Botswana.

Branching out: A well-concealed blue dacnis takes a rest in foliage in Panama
Branching out: A well-concealed blue dacnis takes a rest in foliage in Panama.

Source: DailyMail

Conan's Holiday Slo-mo Camera

December 28, 2012

Glove and Boots Guide to Doomsday

December 21st:


December 22nd:

The World of Jim Henson

This documentary TV special from November 1994 includes a lookback over his career featuring the best bits from his films 'Sesame Street,' 'Fraggle Rock,' 'The Storyteller' and, of course, the very successful 'The Muppet Show'. Also people ranging from Harry Belafonte to Francis Ford Coppola talk about his life also. This is a great documentary for the lovers of the late Jim Henson and his work!

















December 27, 2012

Two more Holiday Shorts from Graham Annable



Making Muppets (1969)

The Art of Choi Xoo Ang

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Choi Xoo Ang is an emerging mixed media artist based out of Seoul, South Korea who creates figurative sculptures out of clay and resin that examines human rights, society’s pathological state, and sex and gender politics among other themes.


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