This Is What Happens When Rain Falls On The Earth's Driest Desert
The Atacama desert in Chile is the driest non-polar desert on Earth, but even this seemingly barren wasteland can burst with life under the right conditions. If the desert experiences heavy rainfall during the Southern Hemisphere's spring (October, November), the flowers 'hibernating' beneath its surface suddenly bloom with an explosion of color, eager to take advantage of the rain.
This year's bloom was brought on by the same weather patterns that spawned Hurricane Patricia, the most powerful hurricane to make landfall on record. "The intensity of blooms this year has no precedent," Daniel Diaz, the National Tourism Service director in Atacama, told the EFE news agency. "And the fact that it has happened twice in a same year has never been recorded in the country's history. We are surprised."
Though Diaz attributes the extraordinary phenomenon to climate change, locals have been thankful for the tourism boost the event has brought to the region. More than 20,000 tourists are expected to visit the desert to see the extraordinary bloom. This isn't the only place in the world that gets desert blooms, however – thesedeserts in Utah experience a similar phenomenon.
More info: EFE
Image credits: Mario Ruiz / EFE
Baby Deer Refuses To Leave The Human Who Saved Her Life
Lithuanian outdoorsman Darius Sasnauskas had a chance to witness a birth of two baby deer in his backyard near the Yellowstone National Park in the US. Unfortunately, one of them was injured and soon left behind by her family because she couldn't keep up with them.
"With so many predators around, she had no chance to survive on her own," Darius writes in his video caption. He decided to bring her home. "I do not support keeping wild animals as pets, but this was [a] special situation," he writes.
After a lot of hard work, the baby deer was healthy again and it was time to set her free. However, the bond between her and Darius was so strong, that she kept coming back to him. Nevertheless, one very special evening she finally reunited with her family.
Darius witnessed a birth of 2 baby deer in his backyard, but unfortunately, one of them had an injured leg
She couldn't keep up with her family and was left behind – her mother never came back
"With so many predators around, she had no chance to survive on her own," said Darius
He brought the baby deer home and made her a leg brace from an oatmeal box
Darius fed her every 4 hours and his dog repeatedly licked the fawn's face
Soon the baby deer learned to walk again
"She's already used to me, and she follows me…but nobody can replace her real mom"
Darius tried to release her back to the wild many times, but she always returned to him
Finally, one evening the mom showed up and the baby deer rejoined her family; a few months later Darius spotted her once again, growing up fast and enjoying her life to the fullest
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Underneath the streets of Moscow, there's a whole other world of opulent architecture for visitors to discover: the Moscow Metro. David Burdeny, an architect-turned-photographer from Canada, believes that he was the first photographer ever to be allowed to shoot the stations after-hours, when they were closed to passengers.
The Moscow Metro, which opened in 1935, was designed to be one big Soviet propaganda project. The opulent architectural designs were intended to forecast a bright future for the empire, as the guiding design principles were "svet" (light) and "sveltloe budushchee" (bright future). Many of the stations feature busts of Soviet leaders like Lenin or murals with standard Soviet propaganda elements like the Homo Sovieticus.
Burdeny's photo series, "Russia: A Bright Future," will be on display at theJennifer Kostuik gallery in Vancouver until Nov. 8th, so if you're in the area, be sure to swing by! If you won't be visiting Vancouver, check out this post about amazing metro stations – Moscow's not the only city that has them!
Taganskaya Metro Station, Moscow
Elektrozavodskaya Metro Station, Moscow
Komsomolskaya Metro Station, Moscow
Mayakovskaya Metro Station, Moscow
Novolobodskaya Metro Station, Moscow
Arbatskaya Metro Station, Moscow
Avoto Metro Station, St. Petersburg
Kiyevsskaya Station, Moscow
Sokol Metro Station, Moscow
Kiyevsskaya Metro Station (east), Moscow
I decided I would become a tourist in my own city- I wanted to see the London that I ignored, to explore the landmarks and the quirky history. I started researching for interesting facts and began thinking about how I could photograph the sites in an original way.
My first idea was using a cut-out to transform Big Ben into a wristwatch. Whilst I was there, a girl and her father took an interest in what I was doing and I showed them the photo on my camera screen. They were full of enthusiasm for the idea, and it spurred me on to do more. I then took photos of St Pauls, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square and whilst I was doing this, I would post them on my Instagram alongside a quirky fact I'd picked up about the landmark.
Then one day Lonely Planet contacted me on Instagram, they liked what I did and wondered if I wanted to create some photos for them. Of course I said yes, and it led me to Stockholm, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Paris- I crammed in so much in the few days I was in each city, running around with a camera, handful of cut-outs and a head full of random facts to accompany each photo.
More info: Instagram