The CN Tower in shadow, with Toronto below

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

I’m from Canada so perhaps I’m slightly biased here, but I saw this photo of Toronto from the CN Tower’s Facebook page today and it just took my breath away.

Taken on Saturday from Horizons restaurant, it shows the tower itself (all 1815.4 ft of it) reflected in shadow on the clouds below, with Toronto partially visible beneath it:

What a view. I had to share it here.


p.s. For those of you heading to Toronto, don’t miss the CN Tower EdgeWalk, where you can wander around outside the tower, 116 stories above the city. 

Up close & personal with lions, thanks to the BeetleCam

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

In 2009, U.K. wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas embarked on a project to take close-up, wide-angle photographs of African animals. To do so, he built BeetleCam, a small remote control buggy with a DSLR camera mounted on top. He took it to Tanzania with his brother Matt… where it took a slew of up-close photos, and was soon dismantled by lions

The brothers decided to give the BeetleCam another go in 2011, this time in Kenya. Here are some of their photos:

Masai Mara Lion by Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas (wildlife) on
Masai Mara Lion by Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas

Lioness Roar by Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas (wildlife) on
Lioness Roar by Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas

The lions of the Masai Mara are even more wondrous when seen in video form, below:

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If you’d like to follow the BeetleCam, you can connect with Will on Twitter, his website or on Facebook. Lions like you’ve never seen them before!



Getting up close and personal with snowflakes

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

With winter in full swing (and some of the coldest temperatures on record in Eastern Europe) I wanted to highlight these stunning macro photos of snowflakes, taken by photographer Matthias Lenke:

Says photographer Matthias Lenke:

I must confess that I never cared about snowflakes too much … until I read an article about the uniqueness of each crystal. So I took my gear to the balcony and made some “field stacks“. And yes … if you are able to have a closer look, these fractal shapes are pretty fascinating. Each snowflake is a small geometric miracle.

To see the rest of Matthias’ gorgeous photos, see his full Flickr gallery. For more macro photography of snowflakes – this time in color – check out Brian Valentine’s work. (h/t to This is Colossal).



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