Life Around the Globe

Electric Blue Lava Flows From Indonesia’s Deadly Kawah Ijen Volcano

There is a group of volcanoes in Indonesia that spew lava that burns with  brilliant blue flames. Located in East Java, the Ijen volcano complex is a group of stratovolcanoes that are highly composed of sulfur, which when ignited produces a distinct blue-colored flame. At night when one of the active volcanoes of Ijen erupts, red lava flows run down the sulfuric slopes clothed in bright blue flames, resulting to an eerie, otherworldly spectacle. (via When On Earth)

Plane Becomes Entangled with Skydiver’s Parachute

A photographer captured the moment a plane became entangled in the strings of a skydiver’s parachute in the air, sending both of them crashing into the ground (via Telegraph)

Hindu Cows, by Toni Meneguzzo

As pet projects go, photographing highly decorated sacred cows across rural India would appear to be far removed from the fast-moving world of commercial fashion photography in Milan, Toni Meneguzzo’s milieu for the past 30 years. But the animals’ slender legs, wide eyes and elegant postures aren’t entirely unrelated to fashion’s obsession with beauty. “In a way,” says Meneguzzo, “it’s like shooting models. I’m still looking for a good composition: four legs on show, a good profile, perhaps one hoof slightly forward, the head turned. Cows, like fashion models, have such serene elegance.” (via Guardian)

San Mateo Ozolco, Mexico
A painted youth stops to pose for a photo during the Los Pintados (The Painted Ones) carnival, in San Mateo Ozolco community. Los Pintados is a 62-year-old tradition during which young people paint their bodies and ‘threaten’ locals and tourists with paint unless they give them money. (via Telegraph)

San Mateo Ozolco, Mexico

A painted youth stops to pose for a photo during the Los Pintados (The Painted Ones) carnival, in San Mateo Ozolco community. Los Pintados is a 62-year-old tradition during which young people paint their bodies and ‘threaten’ locals and tourists with paint unless they give them money. (via Telegraph)

La Paz, Bolivia
Lucia Mayta, 43, and her daughter Luz Cecilia, 12, pose inside their bodega (via Guardian)

La Paz, Bolivia

Lucia Mayta, 43, and her daughter Luz Cecilia, 12, pose inside their bodega (via Guardian)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Revellers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school perform during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome (via BBC)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Revellers of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school perform during the second night of carnival parade at the Sambadrome (via BBC)

Geelong, Australia
Newly elected Geelong Mayor, Darryn Lyons poses for a photograph in his mayoral robes in the living room of his home (via Reuters)

Geelong, Australia

Newly elected Geelong Mayor, Darryn Lyons poses for a photograph in his mayoral robes in the living room of his home (via Reuters)

Perth, Australia
The installation Wave 1 by Annette Thas at the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. (via Telegraph)

Perth, Australia

The installation Wave 1 by Annette Thas at the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. (via Telegraph)

Shanghai, China
Members of the Chinese People’s Armed Police mend shoes for free during the annual Learn from Lei Feng Day, at a public square in Shanghai. Lei Feng, a soldier in the People's Liberation Army, became a Communist propaganda icon in the 1960s who was said to have devoted almost all of his spare time and money to selflessly helping the needy (via BBC)

Shanghai, China

Members of the Chinese People’s Armed Police mend shoes for free during the annual Learn from Lei Feng Day, at a public square in Shanghai. Lei Feng, a soldier in the People's Liberation Army, became a Communist propaganda icon in the 1960s who was said to have devoted almost all of his spare time and money to selflessly helping the needy (via BBC)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Members of the Mocidade samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome (via BBC)

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Members of the Mocidade samba school perform during the second night of the carnival parade at the Sambadrome (via BBC)