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These underwater creatures are masters of deception so cleverly adapted to their environment that many would never be found without expert knowledge. Brandon Cole, a photographer from Washington state on the west coast of the US, uses his expertise as a marine biologist to hunt for the almost invisible animals. Brandon explains why these creatures take such trouble to remain hidden. "It has to do with survival," he said. "They adapt to their environment through natural selection. Most of these animals are camouflaged against the background of their natural habitat. This increases their odds of survival so they are less likely to be found by predators. Many are small and defenceless so rely on this trick to survive." Brandon has travelled the world to capture his pictures, and says: "I think a great place to go to see mimicry in action is Lembeh Strait in Sulawesi, Indonesia. It's an especially critter rich habitat where lots of camouflage is present." A bearded scorpionfish hides in a coral garden in Indonesia. A Coleman's shrimp camouflaged among spines of a poisonous fire sea urchin in Indonesia.

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Cecedia, better known as galls, grow on plants infected with bacteria, parasites or insect eggs. Different species' galls are highly distinctive, often providing protection or nourishment for the creature growing within. Though frequently undesirable, they've also been useful to humans, over the years: ink is traditionally made using tannic acid from oak galls. The long-abandoned gall pictured above, photographed by nutmeg66 in Theddlethorpe St. Helen, England, shows the exit routes of whatever creatures it nurtured. Neuroterus numismalis galls on a leaf, shot by Mick E. Talbot of Lincoln, U.K. Galls take many odd shapes and sizes. This gall, spotted by Johann Dréo, hangs from the branch of an oak tree in Chamadelle, France. Silk Button Spangle Galls on English Oak, caused by the gall wasp Neuroterus numismalis. Uploaded to flickr with the understated title "Too many galls", anemoneprojectors's photo was featured here at BB early last year. "Here were so many galls on this tree that I actually felt sick," anemoneprojectors wrote. "But not too sick to take a photo!"

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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have captured stunning views of Earth from space. That is, when they’re not busy making repairs to the station, researching 3-D printing in space, or playing soccer. They take many of those photos when the Earth is draped in the darkness of night. Those nighttime photos often reveal the vast differences in shapes, sizes, and brightness of urban areas on the planet. Can you guess which of the American cities pictured at night is which? Note: all images have been oriented with north to the top.

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Evan Ortiz is not in the habit of overlooking people that are right in front of him. Ortiz, photojournalism student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, started photographing Hannah when they lived in the same dormitory. What began as a posed portrait assignment turned into ongoing documentary project chronicling intimate moments in Hannah’s life. Ortiz took an interest in Hannah when he learned she was struggling with her mental health, an issue he felt akin to and believed was not discussed enough. “I was touched at how open she was,” Ortiz said, “Having someone follow you into your darkest moments is not an easy thing to do.” Ortiz says Hannah’s situation is one grounded in self-doubt: “Sometimes who you want to be and who you are don’t match up, and for Hannah this means a long battle with depression, bulimia, medication abuse, and alcohol.” In a interview with Ortiz, Hannah described herself as “the antithesis of who I thought I would be.” She articulated depression as something that “gives you a way to justify everything that you hate about yourself, about everybody else.”

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The U.K.'s national weather service the Met Office says Saturday's temperature reached 85.8 F (29.9 C) at Gravesend in southeast England. That is the highest October temperature since records began a century ago, beating the previous high of 84.9 F (29.4 C) reached on Oct. 4, 1985. The average maximum temperature for early October is about 59 F (15 C). People boat on the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park, central London, on October 1. A woman eats fish and chips on the beach on October 1 in Brighton, England. Crowds of sun seekers fill the beach on October 1 in Brighton, England.

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Iceland has some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. In fact, it seems everywhere you turn there are stunning falls of varied types such as plunge, horsetail, multi-step, segmented, punchbowl and cascade waterfalls. With frequent rain and snow and large glaciers, Iceland provides an ideal setting for falls. As snow and ice melt in summer, the volcanic and basalt Iceland is alive with magnificent and mighty waterfalls that would stun you. Winter waterfalls are sometimes frozen with an aurora borealis overhead . . . also gorgeous while looking unbelievably cold. Here are 25 different Iceland waterfalls.

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Once a backpacker’s secret, Thailand’s Phi Phi islands exploded onto the tourist map after the release of The Beach, a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio that was filmed on one of the islands. Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Lee are located between the island of Phuket and mainland Thailand off the West coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Ko Phi Phi Don is the larger of the two islands and is home to permanent residents and a myriad of accommodations for tourists. Ko Phi Phi Lee has spectacular white sand beaches and can be visited by boat only, with trips leaving from the larger island throughout the day. Visitors can enjoy diving, snorkeling and kayaking in the waters off both islands.

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A winter storm that hit the southern United States yesterday all but paralyzed the city of Atlanta, stranding people in cars at stores and children at their schools. The storm only brought a few inches across the region but with the ice caused major problems in America's southern region. Traffic is snarled along the I-285 perimeter north of the metro area after a winter snow storm on Jan. 29 in Atlanta. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said early Wednesday that the National Guard was sending military Humvees onto Atlanta's snarled freeway system in an attempt to move stranded school buses and get food and water to people. Georgia State Patrol troopers headed to schools where children were hunkered down early Wednesday after spending the night there, and transportation crews continued to treat roads and bring gas to motorists, Deal said.

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