Padang Rumput Paling Indah Di Dunia

Penuh ketenangan dan kedamaian, itulah yang akan Anda rasakan ketika melihat warna-warni padang rumput di sebelah tenggara Washington, AS.

Dinner In The Sky Restaurant

Restoran yang mengagumkan ini terletak di Brussels, Belgia dan akan membawa Anda sekitar 50 meter di atas tanah pada platform khusus dibuat yang dapat menampung sekitar 22 orang tamu

Inilah 5 Stasiun Kereta Paling Keren di Dunia

Kereta seringkali menjadi pilihan traveler ketika liburan di dalam dan luar negeri. Traveler yang pernah ke lima negara ini, terkagum-kagum dengan stasiun-stasiun paling indah di dunia.

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Rabu, 12 Maret 2014

Beautiful 'Impossible' View of Milky Way from Light-Polluted Singapore

An avid night sky photographer proves the naysayers wrong with this "impossible" single-exposure image and video of the Milky Way and bright planet Venus rising over the light-polluted skies of Singapore.
"My dream to capture the beautiful Milky Way galaxy in Singapore has finally come true this morning after the monsoon season is over," night sky photographer Justin Ng told in an email. He captured this single-exposure shot on Feb. 28, 2014 at 6:11 a.m. local time. "Singapore is known for its heavy light pollution and many people believe that it's impossible to shoot stars and Milky Way in Singapore."

Dense light pollution is apparent in the photo near the horizon, just below the Milky Way. Glowing planet Venus is visible toward the center of the shot, above the lone tree.
"This image aims to prove the popular belief wrong and I hope to inspire more astrophotographers residing in heavily light polluted cities to try to capture these 'impossible' images," Ng said.

source : space

Selasa, 21 Januari 2014

Beautiful Spoonbridge and Cherry Garden


Spoonbridge and Cherry was commissioned for the Walker Art Center in 1985. The work was installed in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in 1988. This work is one of two fountain sculptures created by Oldenburg and his wife, Coosje van Bruggen. The other work, Dropped Bowl with Scattered Slices and Peels, is installed in Miami, Florida. For the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the two artists considered a design connecting Minnesota's Native American or Scandinavian heritages by creating a Viking ship prow or canoe pulled up on the shore of the pond.

They finally chose the spoon and cherry design, which was closely connected with Oldenburg's use of common objects for the central theme in his monumental art. Oldenburg has used a spoon as a motif or theme in drawings or studies since the early 1960s. He has commented that the spoon was his idea and the cherry was van Bruggen's idea. Spoonbridge and Cherry has become a landmark for Minneapolis and this whimsical sculpture is a favorite among visitors to the Walker Art Center.

Sabtu, 04 Januari 2014

Amazing Narcisse Snake Pits In Manitoba, Canada

The Narcisse Snake Pits are located 6 km north of the rural settlement of Narcisse in the province of Manitoba in Canada. These pits harbour the largest concentration of Red-sided Garter Snakes in the world. During winter, the snakes hibernate inside subterranean caverns formed by the area's water-worn limestone bedrock. Shortly after the snow melts in late April and early May, tens of thousands of these snakes slip out of their limestone dens and hang out on the surface of the ground performing their mating rituals in great tangled heaps.

The male snakes are usually the first to awaken from the long winter hibernation and reach the surface where they wait patiently for the females to come out. As the females slither out of the caves, the males pounce on the helpless females eager to mate with them. As many as 50 or more males attack a single female forming a writhing, moving “mating ball” of snakes. These massive snake balls are everywhere - on ledges, tree limbs, on plants and on the ground. Some mating balls slowly roll down rocks like tangled balls of twine. Professor Mason, a professor of zoology from Oregon State University estimated that there were 35,000 snakes at one pit alone and more than 250,000 in the general area.

There are four active snake dens at the Narcisse Wildlife Management Area. The dens are connected by a three-kilometer self-guiding interpretive trail. Tourists come from all over the world to view this spectacle from observation platforms built next to the dens, as do many scientists to study these non-venomous creatures.

The population of red-sided garter snakes around Narcisse was roughly 70,000 until terrible weather in 1999 killed tens of thousands of them before they could reach their winter dens. This tragedy triggered concern about the snakes' biannual migratory path, which cuts right across Highway 17. Every year, ten thousand snakes trying to get to or from their winter dens had been crushed under the wheels of vehicles. This had not been a problem before, because the vast population compensated for the losses. After the winter of 1999, however, the population of garter snakes was dangerously low, causing Manitoba Hydro and volunteers to intervene.

source : Amusing Planet

Sabtu, 21 Desember 2013

Gateshead Millennium Bridge: World’s Only Tilting Bridge

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist bridge spanning River Tyne in England between Gateshead's Quays arts quarter on the south bank, and the Quayside of Newcastle on the north bank. The bridge is essentially two graceful curves, one forming the deck and the other supporting it, spanning between the two islands running parallel to the quaysides. To allow ships to pass underneath, this whole assembly rotates as a single, rigid structure. As the arch tilts lower, the pathway rises, each counterbalancing the other, and a pathway over the river is formed. The parabolic curves of the deck extend the 105m crossing distance to around 120m, giving enough extra length to provide the required clearance above the water. The appearance of the bridge when in motion leads to it sometimes being called the 'Blinking Eye Bridge' or the 'Winking Eye Bridge’ since its shape is akin to the blinking of an eye if seen from along the river. Visually elegant when static and in motion, the bridge offers a great spectacle during its operation.

The bridge is operated by six 45 cm diameter Hydraulic rams, three on each side, and each powered by a 55 kW electric motor. Small ships and boats up to 25 meters tall can pass underneath. The bridge takes as little as 4.5 minutes to rotate through the full 40° from closed to open, depending on wind speed.
The construction of the bridge won the architects Wilkinson Eyre the 2002 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize, the 2003 Gifford IStructE Supreme Award, and in 2005, the Outstanding Structure Award from International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE).
Watch the video of the bridge in operation at the end of this picture gallery.

Source : Amusing Planet

Minggu, 24 November 2013

Pygmy Marmoset, Monyet Terkecil Di Dunia

Pygmy Marmoset adalah permata kecil asli dari hutan hujan Amazon Basin barat di Amerika Selatan. Beratnya hanya 100 gram, monyet kecil kerdil ini dikenal sebagai spesies yang terkecil dari monyet di dunia. Tinggi rata-rata sekitar 15cm  dengan ekor panjangnya 20cm belakangnya.
Monyet kecil ini memiliki cakar yang tajam yang dapat memanjat pohon dengan sangat baik dan ekor panjang monyet kecil kerdil ini memberikan  keseimbangan fantastis ketika melompat antara cabang-cabang pohon. Berat rendah dari monyet kecil kerdil memungkinkan monyet kecil kerdil untuk mencapai puncak pohon kanopi, tempat di mana banyak spesies yang lebih besar dari monyet tidak bisa mencapai. Mereka juga mampu memutar kepala mereka 180 derajat, sebuah adaptasi yang memungkinkan mereka untuk memindai lingkungan bagi predator sementara vertikal menempel di pohon.
The pygmy bertahan hidup dengan makanan khusus yakni menggerogoti lubang di kulit pohon dan tanaman merambat yang sesuai dengan gigi yang khusus untuk memperoleh produksi karet. Ketika getah genangan air di lubang  dia bersihkan  dengan lidahnya. Hal ini juga makanan untuk serangga, terutama kupu-kupu, yang tertarik ke lubang getah. Ini suplemen diet dengan buah, nektar dan buah .
The pygmy monyet kecil telah semakin populer sebagai hewan peliharaan eksotis , tetapi mereka sangat sulit untuk menjaga . Ketika bayi monyet kecil kerdil yang diambil dari keluarga sering dapat cepat mati karena depresi . Bayi pygmy marmoset juga perlu makan

setiap dua jam untuk dua minggu pertama mereka di dunia sehingga mereka dapat memakan waktu yang sangat peliharaan .
Pet pygmy marmoset dapat mengambil ketidaksukaan terhadap kuburan pemiliknya dan beberapa telah dikenal untuk menggigit pemiliknya dan melemparkan kotoran pada mereka , sebagai bentuk serangan .