Wade Davis describes the Sacred Headwaters [via Nina Reznick]

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis describes the Sacred Headwaters -- where three of British Columbia's greatest salmon-bearing rivers are formed. The area is under threat by mining developments. Featuring photos by Paul Colangelo and music by Todd Hannigan. To learn more and help, please visit http://www.sacredheadwatersjourney.com/.

More Beautiful Tree Tunnels [via Nina Reznick]

Tunnel of Love , Ukraine

Bamboo Path , Japan

Wisteria Tunnel , Japan

The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

S.F. Bay Bridge becoming huge art installation [via Nina Reznick]

"The Bay Lights," 25,000 LEDs strung along a network of cables, will be the largest display of its kind anywhere
The Bay Lights #1 from Adrian Graham on Vimeo.

Villareal’s project, “The Bay Lights,” is a public art project that stretches 500 feet high and 1.8 miles long. The lights are controlled by algorithms through a program run on the artist’s laptop, causing different patterns to ripple over the course of the bridge. As seen in the video below, the LEDs sometimes illuminate in shimmering bands like sunlight on top of waves. At other times they are vertical, waterfall cascades or oscillating bands, like a visualization of an online data transfer or an extremely elegant version of hard drive defragmenting. When the piece officially opens on March 5, various sequences will be running at the same time, in combinations randomly generated so the bridge will never look the same twice.

Reid Family [via David Angsten]

No matter what side of the AISLE you're on, THIS is FUNNY! 

 Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California , was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Senator Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory:  On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: 'Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.' So Judy recently e-mailed Senator Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.

Harry Reid:  Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory . His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."


10 Awesome Bookstores Repurposed from Unused Structures

By Emily Temple

Brick-and-mortar bookstores are recycling spaces, cleaning out old factories, theaters and even boats, and filling them up with books. What could be better? 

 Click through to check out photos of brilliant converted bookstores, here

Snow? [via David Adashek}

These pictures were taken in Lead, South Dakota, January 5, 2011.

Just off I-90 close to Rapid City, near the Wyoming border.