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Alex MacLean’s Mesmerizing Aerial Photography

April 18, 2014

Alex MacLean’s photography is unique to say the least. Unlike most of his peers, as both a photographer and pilot, MacLean takes most of his pictures by sticking a camera out of the cockpit window of his Cessna 182 plane. With such an incredible vantage point, MacLean captures aerial images that uncover perspectives unseen by most of the world. Check out some of the best of his aerial photography in the images below.

Incredible Sand Plumes by Alex MacLean

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Aerial Photography of Docked Boats

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Alex MacLean Aerial Photography

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Alex Maclean intimately explores the relationship between natural and constructed environments by uncovering structures, patterns and changes to the landscape that are caused by human intervention. MacLean is the author of eleven books, and has won numerous photography awards. His aerial photography has been exhibited all over the world. Basically, he’s a pretty talented guy.

Snowy Orchard From Above

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Shipping Yard Bird's Eye View

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Housing Development From Space

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Swimmers in Aerial Photography

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Alex MacLean Captures Overhead Pool Shot

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Farmer in Goodyear, Arizona

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Aerial Photo of Tennis Court

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Aerial Images of Colorful Flower Fields

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Gurung Honey Hunters: Preserving The World’s Greatest Traditions

March 24, 2014

Few have witnessed—let alone captured—the centuries-old traditions of the Gurung honey hunters. Located in the Himalayan foothills of central Nepal, these tribe members utilize centuries of generational wisdom to extract wild honey from hives located hundreds of feet in the air. World-renowned photographer Andrew Newey documents the extraordinary ceremony, which takes place twice a year, with his incredible photographs.

The Gurung Honey Hunters Carry Out An Ancient Tradition

Before collecting the wild honey, the Gurung honey hunters perform a ceremony that consists of sacrificing both food and animals to appease the region’s gods. Then, tribe members make the 3-hour trek to the hives, which are precariously located on steep cliffs. While the Gurung honey hunters use smoke to extract the bees, this process doesn’t prevent them from getting stung. Painful stings, rope burns and blisters are all part of the wild honey hunting experience.

Once the bees have been smoked, a Gurung honey hunter will poke at the honeycomb using a sharpened stick known as a”tango,” all while hanging onto a flimsy-looking, 200-foot ladder. This honey harvester is known as the “cutter.” Once the Gurung tribe members collect enough wild honey (one hive can hold over 50 quarts!), they head home.

Once back at their village, the Gurung honey hunters divvy up the wild honey to be enjoyed by the honeycomb or stirred into sweet honey tea. Leftover honey can be traded for work, food and necessities. While the Gurung honey hunt has taken place for hundreds of years, in recent times, dwindling wild bee populations have negatively impacted the tradition. The fall hunt that photographer Andrew Newey captured was delayed by six weeks.

About Andrew Newey

Andrew Newey caught the photography bug after traveling the world in his early twenties. Newey began by shooting landscapes and travel imagery, though he now tours various parts of the world, documenting traditional cultures for the world’s perusal. Andrew Newey has won various awards for his work, both in the United States and Europe. While Newey has shot New Guinea tribes, the Kazakh eagle hunters and the Mentawai people, his photos of the Gurung honey hunters are some of him most incredible photos to date. Check out some of his other work in the images below:

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Jellyfish Lake And The Daily Dance of 10 Million Golden Jellyfish

March 15, 2014
Millions of Jellyfish

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Each day, more than 10 million golden jellyfish perform a habitual migration within Jellyfish Lake, a remote marine lake on the island of Palau. While jellyfish are often know for drifting aimlessly at sea, these golden jellies propel themselves forward by pumping water through their golden bells. This daily dance draws numerous visitors to the Pacific Island’s Jellyfish Lake each year.

Jellyfish Lake

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Jellyfish Propelling Itself

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Each morning, the jellyfish congregate on the lake’s western shore, waiting for the sun’s arrival. As the day continues, the jellyfish mirror the sun’s movement, propelling themselves from the western shore to the middle of the lake, and, as the sun sets, back to the western bank.

Jellyfish Lake Selfie

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Jellyfish Lake From Below Water

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By following the sun’s familiar movements, the jellyfish avoid a major predator, anemones, which reside in the lake’s shaded places. In the centuries since the 12,000-year-old saltwater lake was formed, these jellyfish have evolved to cope with the lack of natural predators and have therefore lost their sting. For this reason, Jellyfish Lake is a popular diving hot spot. Recently, diver Nadia Aly visited the lake, taking thousands of incredible pictures of the phenomenon, including a selfie.

Aerial View of Jellyfish Lake

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The unique migration that takes place in Jellyfish Lake is all caused by a need for direct sunlight. Golden jellyfish need sunlight to survive, as the sun’s rays provide important nutrients to the algae-like organisms that inhabit the jellyfish’s tissues. Formally called zooxanthellae, these endosymbiotic dinoflagellates create energy through photosynthesis, and provide that to the jellyfish in exchange for inorganic molecules. Without the sun, these organisms would die, robbing their hosts of important, life-giving energy.

Golden Jellyfish Seawater Lake

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While the daily jellyfish migration is incredible in its own right, the migration pattern also plays an important role in the lake’s ecosystem. Jellyfish Lake was once directly connected to the ocean, but now only fissures and deep tunnels connect the lake to the sea. As a now-isolated seawater lake, the daily movement of the jellyfish stirs the lake water and distributes essential nutrients to various organisms, ensuring that the entire ecosystem survives.

Sunlight Peeks Through Jellyfish Lake

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