Words Fail

By Carl Zimmer | October 6, 2008 1:50 pm

Big PictureThe Boston Globe has set up an insanely beautiful feature called “The Big Picture.” Each week, they pick out a dozen or more stunning pictures on some topic and display them at huge size. The latest theme is “Earth From Above,” and the pictures are all from photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. I don’t know why, but this picture really spoke to me (click through for the full size shot). It’s a fresh expanse of lava in Iceland that has cooled down enough for moss and other organisms to colonize it. Life always finds a way.


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  1. Joy

    Wow. I mean…wow. I am awed speechless by nature’s magnificence. The shots are great and Mr. Arthus-Bertrand is brilliant.

  2. Eric Howe

    Joy, check the Big Picture archives if you want to blow your mind (and have a couple hours to spare).

  3. The Earth from Above is an absolutely incredible series – my travels abroad have coincided serendipitously with traveling exhibits of the photos, so they have a special place in my heart. They manage to highlight both the differences and similarities between far-flung locations, accentuating the vastness and the interconnectedness of the planet at the same time – amazing!


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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