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28

Jul

Why owls have ‘flat’ facesOwls stand out from other raptors in many ways, from their night time hunting habits to their stealthy silent flight. But one of the most distinguishing physical characteristics is that their faces seem to be flatter than those of hawks, eagles and other raptors. This is somewhat of an optical illusion on our part. Here’s why.

Why owls have ‘flat’ faces
Owls stand out from other raptors in many ways, from their night time hunting habits to their stealthy silent flight. But one of the most distinguishing physical characteristics is that their faces seem to be flatter than those of hawks, eagles and other raptors. This is somewhat of an optical illusion on our part. Here’s why.

Fly-fishing for rainbow trout and exceptional views on the Colorado
Arizona photographer Andrew Pielage shares these gorgeous images he captured on a recent fly-fishing trip with his brother (and his brother’s dog, Rusty) to the crystal clear waters of the Colorado River.

26

Jul

Orchids 101: The biology behind these elegant flowers
30 most beautiful places in the world: See them all up close here.

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7 intriguing things you didn’t know about the Dead Sea
The still, dense waters of the Dead Sea have mystified people for thousands of years — yet there are many things we do know about the Dead Sea, and most of them may surprise you.

22

Jul

Great inns open only to those with good hiking shoes
Photo of the day: A red fox enjoys the sunset from a path at Katmai National Park

21

Jul

What species rules Earth? (It’s probably not humans)If humans were wiped out, who would rise up to take our place? Rats? Pigs? Or something else?

What species rules Earth? (It’s probably not humans)
If humans were wiped out, who would rise up to take our place? Rats? Pigs? Or something else?

9 birds that set records for their amazing flights

18

Jul

'Luminous Sea' offers glimpse of colorful marine life
As a professional photographer, avid diver and marine life advocate, Richard Salas has spent the last decade immersing himself in and documenting the underwater habitats of western North America. The product of his journey is the “Sea of Light” trilogy, a fascinating series of photo books that highlights the vibrant colors and textures of these mysterious aquatic worlds.