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Category Archive: Photography

Hedgehog – prickly mammal

Hedgehog – prickly mammal

Hedgehog – prickly mammal

Hedgehogs are small mammals. They live in the wild in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Some people keep them as pets. Hedgehogs are found in deserts, forests, grasslands, marshes, and gardens. They are nocturnal animals. During the day they sleep in holes and come out at night to eat insects, especially earthworms, slugs, spiders, small reptiles. Their strong claws are useful for digging insects out of the ground. They are popular in gardens, where they eat insect pests.
There are 15 species of hedgehog.
The hedgehogs have thousands of sharp spines that cover everything except the belly, legs, face, and ears. They curl into a ball to protect themselves from predators. If attacked, a hedgehog will fight quite noisily, screaming in fury. Spines are updated every three years.
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Sponge – Plant or Animal?

Sponge - Plant or Animal?

Sponge – Plant or Animal?

Sponges are animals, but very strange. They don’t have the body parts and don’t even move around. They stay attached to an underwater rock or coral reef and look like plants. That’s why for a long time people thought sponges were plants.
There are nearly 5,000 different kinds of sponges. Most of them live in the ocean, but a few live in freshwater.
They are different in shapes: may be flat like spreading moss or like trees with branching arms.
A sponge’s body is a soft mass of cells supported by a skeleton. Holes in a sponge’s skin let water flow inside.
A sponge gets oxygen to breathe from water through its body. They eat by straining the water around them. All sponges feed on tiny plankton. On average, they eat about 2/3 of their own weight. The water enters the body through a large number of openings, but it always leaves through a single opening.
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Cute little hamsters

Cute little hamsters

Cute little hamsters

Hamsters are small mammals that belong to the rodent family. They have dense fur, a short tail, and large cheek pouches to carry food. Like other rodents, they have large front teeth. Hamsters are among the few animals born with developed teeth. They have good senses of smell and hearing but poor eyesight. There are about 16 species of hamsters.
In the wild, hamsters live in dry areas in central Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. They dig burrows, or underground tunnel systems.
The common or black-bellied hamster is an aggressive, solitary, burrowing animal. They live in grassy steppes and cultivated areas in Europe and western Asia south to Iraq. Its body length is about 30 cm. The winter burrows of the common hamster contain separate storage chambers for each type of food. In winter the common hamster blocks up the entrances to its burrow, and sleeps in a bed of straw.
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Gorgeous mountains by Marcin Kesek

Gorgeous mountains by Marcin Kesek

Gorgeous mountains by Marcin Kesek

Many poems and songs dedicated to the mountains. They are attracted to not only writers but also artists, filmmakers and photographers.
Here are wonderful photos of mountains by Marcin Kesek, a young photographer from small village Gronkovo, in southern Poland. He lives in a very beautiful place, located near the mountains: the Tatras, Pieniny and Gorce. A few years ago he decided to take photos of these amazing landscapes. So, his passion for photography was born. He often returns to the same place for several times, because it is quite difficult to make a great photo at suitable conditions (with a special light, gentle mist, interesting sky, and so on). But when the photo is perfect he knows that his hard work is not in vain. The greatest pleasure in landscape photography is the opportunity to be closer to nature.
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Northern Tale by Valentin Zhiganov

Northern Tale by Valentin Zhiganov

Northern Tale by Valentin Zhiganov

Valentin Zhiganov is called one of the most interesting photographers in Russia. He sometimes takes photos of landscapes and people, but northern lights or auroras are his passion. Stunning photos become very popular on the Internet. But there is very little information about their author, who lives in Apatity.
Valentin works in the publishing department of the Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He publishes scientific literature and photography is his hobby. Valentin became interested in photography at school. It was in the 1990s. He photographed nature, friends, classmates. At that time there were no digital cameras, so he had to print photos. Later modern equipment and workshops for printing color pictures appeared and it became much more interesting and easier to take photographs. At that time he was seriously interested in landscape photography and even today he likes taking photos of northern nature to show people its beauty.
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Most expensive photos

Most expensive photos

Most expensive photos


Nowadays, most of us take a lot of pictures. But some photographers sell their images at a price comparable to the cost of the masterpieces of Renaissance masters.
Look at the most expensive photos in the history of photography.
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Find the animal

Owl

Owl

Art Wolfe, the famous wildlife photographer, has been traveling through the mountains, forests and deserts for more than 35 years.
Like no one else he can show the beauty of the wildlife, wild animals and all the colors of our environment.
In these photos there are animals that are able to become invisible. The project is called Vanishing Act. How did the author manage to see them? Some animals are masters of camouflage. This ability is called mimicry (similarity of one species to another which protects one or both).
How many seconds or minutes do you need to find the animal?
It’s a real idyllic world of plants and animals! By the way, the author began work on his masterpiece in 1989, and showed a series of photos in 2005. Only 16 years later!
Art says that the main purpose of his work is to support and develop the idea of perfect beauty of the Earth.
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