That’s a heck of a ride!

Hawaiian surfer Koa Smith was in just the right place at exactly the right time to ride the wave of his life – and the whole thing was caught on video from two unique angles. Perched precariously on his surfboard, the 23-year-old from Hawaii rode a wave off the coast of Namibia, on the western shore of Africa, for 120 straight seconds. He stayed upright for nearly a mile (1.6 kilometers) as he traveled through an unheard-of eight barrels – the hollow formed by the curve of the wave as it breaks over the rider’s head. Almost as amazing, Smith and videographer

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That’s one way to do it

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of farm animals being used to further a romance.  No, it’s not what you think. Chris Gospel of Strichen, Aberdeenshire, got down on one knee in a field to ask for Eilidh Fraser’s hand in marriage. But the 30-year-old did not need to pop the question, as he enlisted the help of Curlytop the cow by writing “will you marry me?” on the animal’s body. Mr Gospel said: “She was a star. The writing was on the side and as were were walking up she was facing us. “Eilidh could see something written on

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A challenging rescue

Reader Ed C. e-mailed me the link to this video clip after reading my previous post.  Thanks, Ed!  It depicts a hazardous helicopter rescue in Washington state in 2010. From an article about the rescue: At about 1830 HRS, after a quick 20-minute flight from Whidbey Island, the helo crew began looking for the rescue site. They had the scene coordinates, but this was a very rugged and forested area. They had been told that the patient was “near the bridge.” However, they were quite surprised to learn that she was actually under the bridge. Flying under any bridge can be a dodgy

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What a great photograph!

I came across this photograph on Gab.  It shows a stream of molten lava landing on a black sand beach, presumably in Hawaii, where volcanic eruptions continue.  Click the image for a larger view. I’d love to know whether that was taken by a human photographer, or a drone.  I presume the latter, because any human getting that close to a stream of molten lava is asking for trouble!  However it was taken, though, that’s a fascinating image.  Kudos to whoever took it. Peter

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The T-X competition has a winner, and it’s a good one

It seems the Boeing/Saab T-X has won the competition to provide the USAF with its next-generation advanced training aircraft. Here’s a brief video showing one of the T-X prototypes taking off, and performing a roll. I think it’s a great choice, for three reasons. It was the only “clean-sheet” design submitted for the T-X program.  Lockheed Martin teamed with Korea Aircraft Industries to offer a derivative of the latter’s KAI T-50 Golden Eagle, which first flew in 2002 (and was itself derived from the earlier F-16 fighter).  Italian firm Leonardo went through several potential US partners before settling on the T-100, a derivative of its M-346 Master trainer,

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Some amazing wildlife photographs

Britain’s world-famous Natural History Museum has just released the results of its 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.  There are some spectacular images.  Here are just two, to whet your appetite.  Click each one for a much larger view. The winner in the category “Animals in their Environment”, from Spain, is Cristobal Serrano with a drone-captured overhead picture of crabeater seals on an ice floe.  (Oddly enough, despite their name, they don’t eat crabs!) Highly commended in the category “Animal Portraits”, here’s a lioness captured by Isak Pretorius of South Africa. There are many more photographs at the link.  Highly recommended viewing.

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