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A surreal synchronised wave of light

Although there are about 2,000 species of fireflies in the world, synchronous fireflies – ones that can coordinate their flash patterns – exist in just a handful of places on Earth.<p>Although there are about 2,000 species of fireflies in the world, synchronous fireflies ­– ones that can coordinate …

Nature

9 Gorgeous Must-See Sights You Have To Experience In Hawaii

Known around the world for its tropical beauty, dramatic volcanoes, and chilled island life, Hawaii is a Pacific paradise that just can’t be ignored. …

Snorkeling

10 Ways to Become a Better Landscape Photographer in the Next Year

As each new year approaches, people usually start thinking about what they can do better or improve in the new year. As a professional landscape …

3 Ways to Use Design Principles to Create a Better Company Culture | Inc.com

Business is all about people. This is what I learned from Alan Mulally, former Ford CEO, who not only saved Ford Motor Company from bankruptcy but saw employee satisfaction double during his tenure in Dearborn. So--how do you make it all about the people?<p>Designers understand this, because they have …

Ford Motor Company

Woman Goes To Alaska To Photograph Polar Bears In Snow – But There’s No Snow

Photographer Patty Waymire wanted to capture polar bears in the picturesque snow, so she traveled to Barter Island, Alaska – and shockingly, there …

15+ Stunning Winter Fox Photos That’ll Make You Fall In Love With Foxes

Cold weather is upon us and these winter days can be a drag sometimes... To brighten up your day, <b>Bored Panda</b> has put together a list of adorable …

Texas Mansion With Three-Floor Closet Is Up For Auction

Bidding on the home with notable ‘she cave’ start at $5 million<p><i>Update: The auction of this property was postponed at the last minute to a</i> …

Real Estate

Here's Why You Must Make a Happiness List Right Now | Inc.com

What do you do when your career is moving along nicely, your relationships are going smoothly and your health is good--but you just aren't as happy as you'd like to be? That was the question facing me about two months ago.<p>A while back, I wrote a column from an interview with executive coach and …

Happiness

Team Negative One: the Star Wars George Lucas doesn’t want you to see

Earlier this year, one of the most ambitious film restoration projects ever attempted was finally unveiled to the public. After acquiring a well-preserved 35mm print of Star Wars in 2008, a fan known only as Mr Black recruited a number of collaborators and began the painstaking process of digitally …

Star Wars

A Photographer Shares What It’s Like to Swim with Humpback Whales

Here’s a beautiful 2-minute video by Great Big Story in which photographer Anuar Patjane talks about what it’s like to swim with and photograph …

Bizarre Self-Portraits By Ben Zank

A 24-year-old from New York City, Ben Zank first picked up the camera by coincidence while rummaging through his grandmother’s attic at the age of 18.<p>…

8 Places That Are Best to Visit by Cruise Ship

Cruise Ships

Enchanting Photos of Autumnal Forests by a Wandering Photographer

There is nothing quite like a long walk through the woods to clear the mind, particularly in the crisp autumn air when the leaves have transformed into vibrant variations of red and orange. Thankfully, photographer Janek Sedlr captures the profound beauty of the forest in its most stunning state. …

Photography

4 Tips For Shooting Low to the Ground

Choosing a low vantage point can create a very immersive viewing experience. It can provide a sense of what is underfoot at a location in addition to …

The 5 Most Romantic Road Trips

When my now-husband and I were 16, our favorite date was to hop in his GTO and hit the road, setting out to see what there was to see. While …

Hiking

Why This Shot Works Commercially and Has Sold Many Times

Some time ago I wrote an article about why a shot works. In it, I reverse engineered a unique image of a cruise ship sheltering behind a giant …

Landscape Photography

Get the Look from TOMs Founder’s Cozy Country Home

If you’re a fan of TOMs (and who isn’t?), you might just fall in love with the founder’s chic yet comfortable country home. Blake Mycoskie and his wife Heather’s love of nature and the California outdoors is present throughout the entire house. The home is layered with neutrals and natural surfaces …

20 best places to go apple picking in the northeastern U.S.

Feel that chill in the air? Apple picking season has arrived.<p>With every season comes the quintessential seasonal getaway, and with our fall sweaters, …

New Hampshire

The Mason Jar, Reborn

How a container once integral to farming culture came to be the hipster vessel of choice: an Object Lesson<p>In the mid-1970s, my parents fled the New Jersey suburbs to build a house in rural New Hampshire, where my mother tended a large vegetable and herb garden. The growing season in New Hampshire …

A Cultural History of the Fever

The fever phobia that parents experience is ancient and useful.<p>For most of human history, an unusually high body temperature was a sign of the supernatural. Fevers were sinister but common, unnatural but real. And without a theoretical underpinning by which to understand them, fevers long seemed to …

This seal is surfing on a humpback whale like it's NBD

The hottest new form of seal transportation in Australia is humpback whales.<p>This enterprising seal was caught hitching a ride on the back of a …

What Your Front Door Color Says About You

It's a portal to your personality — not just your house.<p>It's a portal to your personality — not just your house.

10 ways to live a more fulfilling life

As a new survey attempts to list the ultimate life-fulfilling experiences, Shane Watson says 'pah' to all that. A full life can be lived through simple pleasures, too<p>Just one in five of us thinks we are living life to the full, (sounds about right) and the people who bring us this unsurprising fact …

Shane Watson

Places where nature has won

13 Foods That Improve Your Mood

Lake Louise, It’s a Hamlet

SharesAfter a couple days in Banff followed by driving highway 1 (and part of the scenic 1A) we knew we wouldn’t be disappointed by...The post Lake …

Hamlet

The 5 Most Dangerous Vacation Activities Around the World

<i>By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller</i><p>When it comes to cutting loose on vacation, there are two kinds of crazy: there's "Whoa, we raged <i>waaaay</i> too hard last night and now have sweet Ace of Base tattoos", and then there's the, "Yea, I can totally dive off that cliff, why wouldn't I want to swim with sharks" kinda …

The 16 Most Bizarre And Beautiful Homes We've Ever Seen

A look at one-of-a-kind homes.<p>As homeowners shift toward more sustainable, off-the-grid, DIY habitats, unique homes are inevitable. Here we look at 16 innovative, bizarre, and one-of-a-kind homes and what makes them stand out.

Europe's 8 Most Picturesque Towns

From the islands of the Mediterranean to the peaks of the Alps, Europe's postcard-perfect towns continue to inspire travelers with distinct architecture preserved from 1,000 years ago. Filled with plenty of charm, many of these treasured areas contain historic ruins, cobblestone streets, and …

European Travel

10 Space-Saving Tricks for Small Kitchens

You can do a lot with just a little space.<p>A well-designed kitchen has minimal clutter and maximum efficiency. Whether you're redecorating or totally remodeling, here are the best ideas for small spaces.