"During an engineering flight test of the Cloud-Aerosol Multi-Angle Lidar (CAMAL) instrument, a view from NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s ER-2 aircraft shows smoke plumes, from roughly 65,000 feet, produced by the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, California, around 1 p.m. PST on Dec. 5th, 2017."
Photographer George Steinmetz is probably best known for his mind-bending image of camels crossing the desert dunes of Arabia's Empty Quarter "on their way to graze near Wadi Mitan" that was featured by National Geographic in February, 2005—an image so disconcerting (and implausible) that it's got its very own Snopes page. But his Instagram account suggests he could be known for a whole lot more.
"From an octopus beneath the sea, to mayflies in the sky, insects camouflaged against the leaves of a tree, Velella velella stranded on a beach and the microscopic image of a seed pod, we received over 1000 entries across dozens of countries demonstrating biological phenomena in a range of environments."
Today, thanks to a Bored Panda post, I've been exploring the visually-stunning feed of Russian photographer Daniel Kordan. BP was particularly fired up by his recent work on the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia (the world’s largest salt flat) in which he "managed to capture the Milky Way being reflected on the flooded salt flat at night."
That image comes from Michael Blanchette, a "New England photographer specializing in landscapes." And while it features a few of my favorite photographic things -- mountains, and reflections, and reflections of mountains -- it's the incredible vibrancy of the red shack that really sticks out to me.