18 Stunning Green Auroras for St Paddy’s Day

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, here are 18 stunning green auroras as seen from Earth and outer space (aboard the International Space Station). For those unfamiliar, Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on the 17th of March each year. It signifies the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

An aurora (astralis in the south and borealis in the north) is a natural light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere (thermosphere). The charged particles originate in the magnetosphere and solar wind and, on Earth, are directed by the Earth’s magnetic field into the atmosphere.

1. Tromsø, Norway - January 9, 2014
1. Tromsø, Norway - January 9, 2014 - 18 Stunning Green Auroras for St Paddy’s Day
Photo: Harald Albrigtsen Nasa.gov

An Avalanche Could Have Been Tragic, But Instead, These Skiers Experienced A Miracle

An Avalanche Could Have Been Tragic, But Instead, These Skiers Experienced A MiracleOne moment, James Mort was having fun skiing in the Swiss Alps with his friends. In an instant, he was gone, completely covered by a large blanket of snow from a terrifying avalanche.

The moment the avalanche struck James and his three friends (as well as the harrowing rescue that followed) was all captured on a GoPro camera that one of his friends, Daniel O'Sullivan, had mounted on his helmet. Twenty seconds into the video is when the group encounters the avalanche, and James can be seen getting buried by the snow. James's friends soon come to the realization he is nowhere to be found, ultimately spotting his ski pole sticking out of the snow.


In the hopes that others will learn from his mistakes and know the dangers of avalanches, James wrote a detailed article about how lucky he is to be alive and what people should know before skiing in dangerous areas. "I looked up just in time to watch the avalanche envelop me," James writes on his blog. "The last thing I managed to do before I was completely buried was to reach as high as I could above the snow with my left arm and ski pole. This may have ultimately saved my life."

Source: TheJayMort Via Viral Nova
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Monday, March 30, 2015
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A Hyperlapse Tour of Austria Made from 5 TB of Footage Shot Over 2 Years

A Hyperlapse Tour of Austria Made from 5 TB of Footage Shot Over 2 YearsA Taste of Austria” is the culmination of 2 years of extensive filming (2013-2015) of the Austrian cities and landscapes. Thomas Pöcksteiner and Peter Jablonowski of Film Spektakel shot over 600 time-lapses from over 5 TB of footage to create the mesmerizing hyperlapse above.


Equipment used:
+ Dynamic Perception Stage One
+ Emotimo TB3
+ Pocketslider
+ Canon 5D Mark III
+ 2x Canon 6D
+ Canon 600D
+ several Samyang/Walimex 14mm F2,8
+ Canon 24-105mm F4
+ Tamron 150-600mm
+ Tamron 24-70mm F2,8
+ Tamron 28-300mm F3,5-6,3

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Source: Twisted Sifter
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Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Panoramic Views, Transparent Paths and Hanging Cliffs on Tianmen Mountain, China

The site, also known as Heaven Gate Mountain due to its unique cave – a natural arch, is found in Tianmen Mountain National Park – the most popular attraction in Hunan Province. The 1519 m (4983 ft) tall mountain provides a real adventure for the visitors: from the highest cable car ride, transparent Walk of Faith, to the famous road of 99 Bends.

Visitors can have a really breathtaking walk on the hanging cliffs – trails stretched along the vertical walls of the mountain. There is also a hanging bridge that connects two peaks and looks magical in winter. However it is easy to navigate the mountain, since there are great roads and cable rides that will take you from the ground to the summit quickly.

Why to go there?: Wonderful views open from above – it is a real national treasure. The park features numerous rocky pillars, while Tianmen provides great trails and the highest cable ride in the world.
When to go there?: Each season is different and distinctive. The site attracts most tourists from April to October. Meanwhile in winter the scenery dazzles with a thick layer of snow and is incredibly beautiful.
How to get there?: Get there by bus from Zhangjiajie. Since it is a popular tourist attraction, the access is really easy.

Panoramic Views, Transparent Paths and Hanging Cliffs on Tianmen Mountain, China
Photo: Reuters
Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Hikers Discover A Bizarre Crystal Lake In Slovakia

Hikers Discover A Bizarre Crystal Lake In SlovakiaIt almost looks unreal when you walk on the completely frozen lake in the High Tatras Mountains in Slovakia. It creates a bizarre effect as you can see on the video below..

According to one Reddit user, the formation of such strikingly clear ice has to do with the rate of freezing:

“If the water is cooled too quickly it doesn’t have enough time to reject any impurities as it crystallizes—those impurities are then held within the crystal lattice and distort the crystal lattice. Thus, if there are impurities such as trapped gases, organic material and other minerals or dissolved salts (an inhomogeneous mixture) the ice will appear optically translucent, or even opaque. However, if the water cools and freezes over a longer duration of time, it has time to reject these impurities as it crystallizes. This eventually gives rise to a more homogenous mixture and less defects in the crystal lattice which creates clear, transparent water ice.”

Hikers Discover A Bizarre Crystal Lake In Slovakia
Friday, March 27, 2015
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Snowboarder’s Unbelievable Tiny House On Top Of Mountain

Pro-snowboarder, Mike Basich, wanted a home close to nature and in the mountains of California he calls home. In this video by Seeker Stories, he takes Laura Ling on a tour of his self-built 225-square-foot home in the middle of his 40-acre snow covered property near Truckee, CA. He explains how the home took 5 years to build and is his childhood dream come true. He even built his own chair lift on the property!



Nature inspires Basich and that’s why he chose to live off the grid.
Nature inspires Basich and that’s why he chose to live off the grid. - Snowboarder’s Unbelievable Tiny House On Top Of Mountain

17 Beautiful Places I Photographed During My 8-Month Trip To Latin America

#1 Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina - 17 Beautiful Places I Photographed During My 8-Month Trip To Latin AmericaLast year, I spent 8 months traveling around 12 countries in South and Central America, photographing people, cities and landscapes. The huge continents are home to giant glaciers and waterfalls, beautiful ruins, unreal geological features and the biggest mirror in the world, among some other surreal places that you thought would only exist in RPG games.

Here’s my handpick of 17 places and photos among the 10,000+ pics I have taken.

#1 Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
#1 Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina - 17 Beautiful Places I Photographed During My 8-Month Trip To Latin America
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Magical Photos Of Siberian Huskies Playing On A Mirror-Like Frozen Lake In Russia’s Arctic Region

Magical Photos Of Siberian Huskies Playing On A Mirror-Like Frozen Lake In Russia’s Arctic RegionA photographer in Russia who goes by Fox Grom has captured some stunning images of his Siberian Huskies playing on a thawing frozen lake, which makes them seem like they’re walking on a giant mirror or on the sky itself.

Grom lives in Kirovsk in Murmansk Oblast, which is one of Russia’s northernmost regions. Almost the entire area is north of the Arctic circle, meaning that his hardy dogs are no strangers to the cold. The lake is frozen solid but not completely so, and the thin film of water on the ice’s surface helps create the magical mirror-like illusion in these photos.

For some more stunning photos of life in the harsh Arctic lands of Lapland, be sure to check out his Vkontakte profile, where he has more amazing photos of his dogs and the beautiful natural landscapes!

Magical Photos Of Siberian Huskies Playing On A Mirror-Like Frozen Lake In Russia’s Arctic Region
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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Vivid and Remote Azure Lake in Canada

Vivid and Remote Azure Lake in CanadaFound in the Ogilvie Mountains, that are part of the Yukon Ranges, the lake was named Azure due to its vivid blue color. It is not a typical lake, but rather an outflow of the Azure River. The natural wonder is embedded between high mountains, that create wonderful panoramic views.

Since the lake is surrounded by the mountains and dense greenery, there is no road in except by boat from Clearwater Lake through Azure River. From the lake there is only one trail to Huntley Col. However the route stretches across the mountains and makes a journey quite a difficult one. Some adventurers take up a challenge, which takes a few days, though.

Why to go there?: The lake is found in Wells Gray Provincial Park, which is a popular tourist attraction, providing great panoramic views, hiking trails and other outdoor activities. Meanwhile Azure Lake can be a challenging as well as appealing destination for those, who set a goal to see the most exquisite lake.
When to go there?: Anytime except winter, which is cold and brings a lot of snow as well as ice, making the access by water impossible.
How to get there?: By Clearwater Lake Tours water taxi from Clearwater Lake. To reach the former use Clearwater Valley Road.

Vivid and Remote Azure Lake in Canada
Photo: Paul Nicklen
Saturday, March 21, 2015
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White Winter Holiday in Bern, Switzerland

White Winter Holiday in Bern, SwitzerlandBeing one of the most populous cities in the country, Bern has a very rich cultural life. Moreover, its historic center is preserved by UNESCO, meanwhile the mountains surrounding Bern also add up to a stunning panorama. It becomes especially beautiful in Christmas: streets and roofs get covered in snow, buildings shimmer from the lights and delicacies tempt to visit the markets.

Christmas markets are open since late November and offer Swiss specialties, candles, souvenirs and of course mulled wine. A nice skating rink in Parliament Square is another popular attraction, as well as skiing in the parks or mountains. Later in February Bern Carnival takes over the streets: the Medieval tradition, which grew out of a peasant revolt. Today masked Bernese march the streets in colorful attire, playing music and entertaining the spectators. Don’t miss it once there!

Why to go there?: Switzerland – a beautiful mountainous country – becomes especially romantic in winter. Snow covers the country and streets get decorated with Christmas lights. Bern is one of the most popular cities, since it has amazing historic architecture, various cultural events and thrilling mountains, that will please adventurous spirits.
When to go there?: Christmas markets are open from late November till January. The three day Carnival will be held from February 19 to 21, 2015.
How to get there?: Bern is easily accessed by plane, train or car from any European city.

White Winter Holiday in Bern, Switzerland
Photo: Nicolas Heinzelmann
Friday, March 20, 2015
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Free Rope Climbing Half Dome in Yosemite, USA

Yosemite Valley is a popular attraction, which mesmerizes with unique unspoiled nature. Climbers, hikers and backpackers visit the site all year round. Meanwhile Half Dome is an unusual rock formation, which challenges the adventurers and adrenaline lovers.

While there is rather easy and safe Mist Trail Route, that leads to the top, Alex Honnold doesn’t find it interesting at all. He climbs Half Dome and the Phoenix with no rope! He is already famous for free soloing and has climbed various difficult peaks as well as walls. In May 2012 Honnold reached the summit of Half Dome in just 1 hour, 22 minutes. Check out these breathtaking pictures!

Why to go there?: Visit the park and admire its wonderful nature. There are various activities you can choose from: hiking, climbing, camping or base jumping (which isn’t legal though).
When to go there?: Anytime. Although the cables to Half Dome are up from May to October.
How to get there?: Drive Highways 41, 140, and 120. Or go by bus using Amtrak and Greyhound service.

Free Rope Climbing Half Dome in Yosemite, USA
Thursday, March 19, 2015
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