Jumping for joy! Humpback whales breach off the coast of Alaska for the sheer fun of it Nature can often leave us marvelling with its expressive and colourful displays of beauty. But a show of pure happiness put on by wildlife is probably a little more unusual. That's exactly what these Alaskan humpback whales were photographed doing, however, as they leapt for joy in the Pacific Ocean. The huge whales even reached heights of 45 feet in the air during the mighty displays. And although scientists remain unsure why humpback whales put on the impressive shows, a theory is that they do it out of simple and unadulterated joy. One nature photographer, Jon Cornforth, from Seattle in the U.S., has found what he believes to be the 'capital' of humpback whale breaching. Away from the presence of humans, he says a quiet corner of the north east Pacific, named Frederick Sound, is a place like no other to witness the breaching in action. Mr Cornforth said: 'Once a whale breaches, others will follow suit as if to say, 'I am happy, too'. 'Leaping out of the water and into the air has got to be one of the most powerful ways to communicate happiness to each other. 'Playful juveniles are frequently the ones to start the adults off.' The humpback whales photographed in the incredible pictures were part of a population of up to 5,000 that experts estimate live in the Pacific at any one time. During summer, they travel to the cold waters off the Alaskan coast to feed. And in the winter, they swim down to the warmer shores that lie close to Mexico. Speaking about the sightings of the mighty creatures in action at Frederick Sound, Mr Cornforth said he believes the area is unrivalled: 'It has to be the best place in the world to have a chance to see humpback whales breaching. 'If there are a couple of hundred humpbacks close by, I would witness a breach at least every 30 minutes, whereas in most places you could wait hours and still not see any activity. 'Sometimes curious whales will come up to my boat to investigate and breach close to me.
'That's one of the most incredible experiences in the world.'
The red, green, blue and yellow sea: Fluorescent lights turn the bottom of the Red Sea into a sponge disco
The depths of the sea are normally a dark, colourless environment - but a new trend in diving has revealed the hidden colours of the unlit depths of the Red Sea, turning sponges and corals into a glowing light show. 'Fluo dives', where divers take near-ultraviolet lights into the depths, show up the hidden colours of the denizens of the deep - with everything from brain corals to algae and bacteria glowing with a natural bioluminescence. The colourful 'glow' of the creatures is created by ultraviolet light reflecting off pigment cells in their skin. Under normal light, the creatures look far less interesting.The technique has been used to discover new species at dive resorts around the world - and divers at the Red Sea used the lights to capture sponges, scorpion fish and algae in a new, disco-coloured light.The technique is particularly spectacular at uncovering the 'hidden' colours of coral reefs - turning the bottom of the Red Sea into a riot of colour. A scorpion fish turns orange, a water lily becomes fluorescent green, and stony coral takes on several shades.The images were captured at night, during a fluo-dive. Ultraviolet torches were used to see the bio-fluorescent properties of the marine life . At times the photographer was at depths of 49ft.
The Curvaceous Chenequa Residence by Robert Harvey Oshatz
Located adjacent to a lake in Chenequa, Wisconsin (west of Milwaukee), this curvaceous residence was beautifully built by architect Robert Harvey Oshatz. Designed in 2009 and completed in 2011, the Chenequa Residence wraps around the face of a hill and pivots around established trees.Featuring expansive windows with incredible views of the surrounding environment; stone, wood and concrete are seamlessly integrated into this stunning residence. The internal spaces extend out from a central atrium which is anchored by a circular stone core that almost looks like a tree trunk from afar.Oshatz established his own firm in 1971 and is well known for his unique and organic style. His buildings are bold and memorable and his design approach is fascinating: