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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 500px.com
Masai Mara Lion by Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas

Lioness Roar by Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas (wildlife) on 500px.com
Lioness Roar by Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas

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

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/34772300 w=500&h=281]

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!

-Jodi

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A whole new way to look at guacomole

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

Part of what makes travel so interesting for me is its ability to take the familiar and make it totally unfamiliar once again. Be it a simple bus ride turning into a huge adventure to a newfound appreciation for sunsets around the world, there’s no shortage of ways to be surprised as you move.

The video below is an embodiment of the same principle, taking a familiar concept to a whole other level. Created by stop-motion animator Adam Pesapane (aka PES) the animated short below will change the way you look at guacamole forever.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQMO6vjmkyI?rel=0]

(If this looks familiar, you’ve probably seen his popular short, “Western Spaghetti.”)

-Jodi

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The Many Colors of Holi

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads

This week marks the celebration of Holi, a Hindu festival of colours celebrated around the world, from Singapore

(Photo credit: Gary Arndt)

to Jaipur:

(Photo credit: Shannon O’Donnell)

and further afield.

Holi is celebrated in commemoration of Spring’s arrival, on the first full moon of March. It’s certainly on my bucket list for travel, and the following photo, from Reuters Adnan Abidi, is a small glimpse of why:

Beautiful and chaotic all at once!

For more photos (including the one above), please click on over to the 31 colour-drenched Holi photos that Alan Taylor has curated on In Focus.

-Jodi

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