Corso Zundert — Stunning Floats Made Entirely from Flowers
It’s the biggest time of year for the small town of Zundert in the Netherlands. Twenty huge floats were displayed through the city as part of Corso Zundert, an annual flower parade where teams of designers and artists compete to build the most original sculpture covered almost completely with dahlia flowers.
Several floats appearing this year contained movable parts including the winner, Crazy Gold (picture 4), which had 53 moving components. You can see many more of these amazing photos from this parade courtesy of Omroep Brabant.
Amazing Long Term Exposure Photos of Ferris Wheels
The original Ferris Wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. as a landmark for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The term Ferris wheel later came to be used generically for all such structures, and Ferris wheels are now the most common type of carnival ride at state fairs in the United States.
Since the original 1893 Chicago Ferris Wheel, there have been eight subsequent world’s tallest-ever Ferris wheels. The current record holder is the 165-metre (541 ft) Singapore Flyer, which opened to the public in March 2008.
In the gallery below (most taken at local fairs and carnivals), we see what Ferris wheels look like when captured using a longer exposure (i.e., shutter left open, typically 2 seconds or more). The lights that adorn the Ferris Wheels blend and blur, creating brilliant patterns and beautiful photos.
An Image of a New-Born Star Brought to Earth by ALMA
What you are seeing a new-born star. Think of it as a baby in a galactic nursery of unlimited babies. The ALMA observations (orange and green, lower right) of the newborn star reveal a large energetic jet moving away from us, though it’s mostly covered by dust and gas. To the left (in pink and purple) is the visible part of the jet, streaming partly towards us. This beautiful imagery is brought to you by ALMA, an important new facility in our ever-expanding exploration of space.
The Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) is a collection of carefully arranged telescopes or mirror segments acting together to probe structures with higher resolution in space. ALMA is located at the Llano de Chajnantor Observatory in the Atacama desert of northern Chile. The antennas can be moved across the desert plateau over great distances which give ALMA a powerful variable “zoom.” The high sensitivity is mainly achieved through the large numbers of telescopes that make up the array. Because of this, we can now see amazing images of space in greater detail. ALMA is very important to space research and allows for pictures like the one above.
Colorful Mind-Expanding Geometric Art
Rochester-based artist Andy Gilmore turns math into art, creating hypnotizing and kaleidoscopic patterns that are heavily influenced by patterns he encounters in nature as well as music. Both simple and complex, the designs of his work have a classic 1960s and 70s look to them, with their vibrant colors and winding shapes, like the black-light posters of my youth. I have to say it - groovy.
The Span of 30 Doradus - A Nearby Galaxy
Also known as the Tarantula nebula, 30 Doradus is a region of the Large Magellanic Cloud (a nearby irregular galaxy and a satellite of the Milky Way) and is one of the most active areas of star formation in the night sky.
Image: UT/CTIO Magellanic Cloud Emission Line Survey [high-resolution]
Southern Red Bishop
Another bird with an incredibly stylish hairdo: The Southern Red Bishop. This colorful little guy features a perfectly quaffed, vivid red afro. Red isn’t the new black for this bird; nature decided to bless him with both.
The Southern Red Bishop is common in the wetlands and grassland in Africa, south of the Equator.
Caterpillar of Feathers
Here’s a fantastic optical illusion courtesy of mother nature. What looks like a vibrantly colored caterpillar perched on a tree limb is actually photographer José Luis Rodríguez’s chance encounter with nine European Bee-eaters, a species of beautiful, brightly colored birds. The photographer named the image Oruga de Plumas, which translates roughly to “Caterpillar of Feathers”.