Captured Black and White Moments

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Picture Perfect Animals

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Color Me Wild

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It’s always nice to have a little color in your life. Our love for colorful insects, sea life, and birds had us in the mood to create this unique spread of colorful pictures. We hope these pictures brighten up your day!

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Animals In The Womb

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National Geographic recently released a collection of amazing photos of animals inside the womb. These breathtaking photos capture intimate moments of dogs, cats, sea life and other wild animals like never before. Can you guess the animals below??

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Emotional Animals in Black and White

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These black and white photos capture the emotions of these animals. Take a look into the eyes of a gorilla, or a dolphin swimming in the clear ocean. Take a moment, and step into the world of beautiful animals, and black and white photography.

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Animals In Love

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Wheither its protecting your cubs, or giving eskimo kisses to your lioness, animals feel, and show love. Enjoy the pictures below of animals showing their love for each other.

 

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All The Angry Animals

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Sometimes Animals just need some space…

Other times ,  they may be looking to play rough.

Whether it is a nudge, or a full on attack, animals can’t always talk it out like us humans. The dominance of the animal takes over, and the winner stands tall as a reminder to other animals that they are the stronger one.

 

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Fly To Me Little Bird

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The bird; a warm blooded species, that has feathers and lays eggs. Did you know that the modern bird has no teeth? While some birds are hunted, others are kept as pets, like the common parrot. We see birds everyday,in our backyard, when we are out for a walk, or when we are trying to eat a snack at a park, but we never stop and look at how beautiful these animals really are. Go bird watching one day, the beauty of the bird may just happen to suprise you.

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Snow Animals

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Animals love the snow just as much as us humans do. From playing in the snow, to eating it as a treat, check out these photos below of beautiful animals that cannot get enough of beautiful white snow.

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The Beauty Of The Big Cat

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We love our house cats just as much as we love our wild, big cats. From lions, to tigers, to cubs, these cats enjoy laying under the sun rays, napping, and catching prey. Would you like to get close to one of these big cats?

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Black Swan

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Black swans were first seen by Europeans in 1697, when Willem de Vlamingh’s expedition explored the Swan River, Western Australia.The black swan was described scientifically by English naturalist John Latham in1790. It was formerly placed into a monotypic genus, Chenopis. The common name ‘Swan’ is a gender neutral term, but ‘cob’ for a male and ‘pen’ for a female are also used, as is ‘cygnet’ for the young.Collective nouns include a ‘bank’ (on the ground) and a ‘wedge’ (in flight). Black Swans can be found singly, or in loose companies numbering into the hundreds or even thousands.

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Swans are primarily black feathered birds, with white flight feathers. The bill is bright red, with a pale bar and tip; and legs and feet are greyish-black. Cobs (males) are slightly larger than pens (females), with a longer and straighter bill. Cygnets (immature birds) are a greyish-brown with pale-edged feathers. A mature Black Swan measures between 110 and 142 cm (43-56 in) in length and weighs 3.7–9 kg (8.1-20 lbs). Its wing span is between 1.6 and 2 metres (5.3-6.5 ft).The neck is long (relatively the longest neck among the swans) and curved in an “S”. The Black Swan utters a musical and far reaching bugle-like sound, called either on the water or in flight, as well as a range of softer crooning notes. It can also whistle, especially when disturbed while breeding and nesting. The Black Swan is unlike any other Australian bird, although in poor light and at long range it may be confused with a Magpie Goose in flight. However, the black swan can be distinguished by its much longer neck and slower wing beat.

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Hedgehog is a little bundles of joy

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A hedgehog is any of the spiny mammals of the subfamily Erinaceinae and the order Erinaceomorpha. They are easily recognized by their spines, which are hollow hairs made stiff with keratin. Their spines are not poisonous or barbed and, unlike the quills of a porcupine, cannot easily be removed from the hedgehog. However, spines normally come out when a hedgehog sheds baby spines and replaces them with adult spines. This is called “quilling.” When under extreme stress or during sickness, a hedgehog can also lose spines. Anyway … here are awesome photos of baby hedgehogs:

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Playful Buddu

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Is there anything better on a weekend than adorable photos of a sloth bear acting like a dog? We don’t think so! Check out these pictures of the playful Buddu.

 Buddu wandered into the village following a herd of goats, and ended up staying with the Kisan family. If you’re concerned about Buddu’s fate, worry no more. The cub, seen here getting his hair combed by Juli, was taken from the family by wildlife officials Friday.

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Jimmy the Impossibly Cute Koala

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This tiny baby koala was orphaned when its mother was hit by a car in New South Wales. The little ball of fur was found unconscious and badly bruised near his mother’s body. Weighing just 750grams, hopes for his recovery were slim.

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He was taken to a dedicated ‘koala hospital’ north of Sydney, the only one of its kind in the world. Described as a refugee camp for the koalas injured in car accidents as their natural habitat is invaded by new road networks, it rehabilitates the cute marsupials with the aim of eventually returning them to the wild.

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Under the devoted care of hospital staff, Jimmy made a surprisingly speedy recovery. As soon as he was feeling up to it, carers began to socialise him with other koalas at the hospital – and that was when his mischievous streak emerged.Staff at the centre began to photograph Jimmy in the odd positions they found him in, exploring the seating areas and playing in the sink among other unusual activities.

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Jimmy has since been deemed healthy enough for return to the wild, and staff at the koala hospital are sure that he will be the alpha male of his new territory. “He was a little devil actually,” joked one of the carers.

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Homeless Animals

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Habitat loss is threatening the survival of wildlife worldwide. Natural environments are being destroyed and fragmented by human activity, wiping out species’ food sources, dispersing populations and leaving animals around the world literally homeless or displaced. These images of wild animals placed within an urban setting aim to provide a shocking reminder that wildlife is losing its habitat at an alarming rate.

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Cute Baby Bears: Born to Be Wild!

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Bear, a large, heavily built mammal with shaggy fur and a short tail. Formerly, bears were widely found in the northern forests of Europe, Asia, and North America. Due to intensive clearing of land for farms, they now live only in remote areas, in forests and on mountains. Bears are hunted for their pelts and meat. Unprovoked attacks on humans are rare, but all bears are dangerous when wounded or when their cubs are threatened. Because of their playfulness, bears are popular with visitors at zoos. There are many stories about bears—especially children’s stories, such as the familiar “Three Bears.” Small children often have toy bears, called teddy bears (named after Theodore Roosevelt, who was a noted bear hunter). American Indians regarded bears as supernatural, and some primitive peoples, such as the Ainu of Japan, for example, worshiped bears.

It’s amazing how such a scary and dangerous animal can be soooo cute when it’s small. Here you will see couple of really cute baby bears. I only except from you is one big awwwwww icon smile Cute Baby Bears: Born to Be Wild!

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Mother and Baby Elephants

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Think 9 months sounds long? Female elephants have a 22-month pregnancy! Now that’s one mom deserving of a Mother’s Day! Elephants live in a matriarchal society though so once the baby is born, the other females in the herd all lend a hand, including grandmothers, sisters, aunts and even cousins. Here are 13 of our favorite photos of baby elephants and their mothers…

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Shark Swallows Another Shark Whole

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A shark has been caught on camera making a meal of another shark along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Released earlier this month, the pictures show a tasseled wobbegong halfway through swallowing a brownbanded bamboo shark.

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Arabian Horse

arabian horse 1 300x209 Arabian HorseFrom the ancient deserts of the Middle East evolved the oldest known breed of riding horse, the Arabian. Now one of the most popular breeds in America, the Arabians’ incredible energy, intelligence and gentle disposition allow riders to excel in most equine sports and activities. Today, Arabian horses spend as much time on the trail as they do at horse shows and other competitive events.
For thousands of years, Arabians lived among the desert tribes of the Arabian peninsula, bred by the Bedouins as war mounts for long treks and quick forays into enemy camps. In these harsh desert conditions evolved the Arabian with its large lung capacity and incredible endurance.
Historical figures like Genghis Khan, Napoleon, Alexander The Great and George Washington rode Arabians. Even today, one finds descendants from the earliest Arabian horses of antiquity. Then, a man’s wealth was measured in his holdings of these fine animals. Given that the Arabian was the original source of quality and speed, and remains foremost in the fields of endurance and soundness, he still either directly or indirectly contributed to the formation of virtually all the modern breeds of horses.

The prophet Mohammed, in the seventh century AD, was instrumental in spreading the Arabian’s influence around the world. He instructed his followers to look after Arabians and treat them with kindness. He instructed that special attentions should be paid to the mares because they insure the continuity of the breed. He also proclaimed that Allah had created the Arabian, and that those who treated the horse well would be rewarded in the afterlife.
The severe climate required the nomads to share food and water, and sometimes even their tents with their horses. As a result, Arabians developed a close affinity to man and a high intelligence.

Over the centuries, the Bedouin tribes zealously maintained the purity of the breed. Because of their limited resources, breeding practices were extremely selective. Such practices, which eventually helped the Arabian become a prized possession throughout the world, have led to the beautiful athletic breed we know today, which is marked by a distinctive dished profile; large, lustrous, wide-set eyes on a broad forehead; small, curved ears; and large, efficient nostrils.

Even today the purebred Arabian is virtually the same as that ridden in ancient Arabia. Arabians now display their athletic talents in a variety of disciplines from English to Western, with the Arabian positioned as the undisputed champion of endurance events.

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Deer

Deer 1 300x300 DeerDeer’s medicine includes gentleness in word, thought and touch. The ability to listen, grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance. Understanding of what’s necessary for survival, power of gratitude and giving, ability to sacrifice for the higher good, connection to the woodland goddess, alternative paths to a goal.

In the Celtic tradition, there are two aspects of deer – female and male. The Hind (the red female deer), called Eilid in the Gaelic language, symbolises femininity, subtlety and gracefulness. The Hind is believed to call to us from the Faery realm, tempting us to release the material trappings of so-called ‘civilization’, to go deep into the forest of magic, to explore our own magical and spiritual nature.
The topic gentleness is part of this tradition. Many stories tell of Hinds changing into women, often goddesses, to protect does from being hunted. The lesson to be gleaned here is that when we explore magic and spirituality, it must be with good intention, to harm no living being, but to enter the realm of the wild things in the spirit of love and communion. The Stag, Damh in the Gaelic tongue, is also linked to the sacredness of the magical forest. The Damh represents independence, purification, and pride. It is known as the King of the Forest, the protector of its creatures. For time immemorial people have sought to identify with the stag by ceremonially wearing antlered headdresses and imitating the deer’s leaping grace.

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Bison

Bison 1 300x240 BisonBison, symbolic animals of the Great Plains, are often mistakenly called buffaloes. By any name, they are formidable beasts and the heaviest land animals in North America.
Bison stand some 5 to 6.5 feet (1.5 to 2 meters) tall at the shoulder, and can tip the scales at over a ton (907 kilograms). Despite their massive size, bison are quick on their feet. When the need arises they can run at speeds up to 40 miles (65 kilometers) an hour. They sport curved, sharp horns that may grow to be two feet (61 centimeters) long.
These large grazers feed on plains grasses, herbs, shrubs, and twigs. They regurgitate their food and chew it as cud before final digestion.

Females (cows) and adult males (bulls) generally live in small, separate bands and come together in very large herds during the summer mating season. Males battle for mating primacy, but such contests rarely turn dangerous. Females give birth to one calf after a nine-month pregnancy.

Bison once covered the Great Plains and much of North America, and were critically important to Plains Indian societies. During the 19th century, settlers killed some 50 million bison for food, sport, and to deprive Native Americans of their most important natural asset. The once enormous herds were reduced to only a few hundred animals. Today, bison numbers have rebounded somewhat, and about 200,000 bison live on preserves and ranches where they are raised for their meat.

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