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Diary of an urban falcon | See full gallery

In Chicago, wild peregrine falcons take advantage of tall buildings as pseudo cliffs – inaccessible from humans and perfect for nesting. These rare images chart their entire nesting cycle from brooding to hatching and finally fledging from their tower block home – with the Chicago skyline as a stunning backdrop.

311 frontman Nick Hexum has just picked up a new Los Angeles home, to the tune of $1,970,000! According to public records, Hexum and family closed on the property on August 1, 2012 and are now the proud owners of a 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom, 4,891 square foot home in Topanga Canyon.

The Mediterranean estate equestrian property is set against a stunning backdrop of massive rock formations within it’s own private 10 acre canyon. Built in 2004, the 5-bedroom home offers the best of everything for the casual canyon lifestyle and entertaining, including a living room with vaulted ceilings and fireplace, media room, game room, formal dining room, gourmet Viking kitchen, and outdoor dining patio.

Amber is the color of Nick Hexum’s new master suite, which features its own anteroom with vaulted ceilings and stone fireplace that then flows into the bedroom area with a private balcony overlooking the verdant grounds. There are 3 other large bedrooms, a kids loft, and a 4th maids bedroom with bath. The grounds are covered with sprawling grassy lawns, flowering gardens, an outdoor dining pavilion, and kids playground, all bordered by a seasonal creek. The horse facilities include a 60 x 120 foot riding arena, large turnout, corrals, and tack room.

No stranger to the real estate game, years ago, Hexum bought a private island vacation rental off the coast of Florida, and renamed the island from Money Key to Melody Key. Nick announced he sold the island on March 17, 2011 because he couldn’t spend much time there.

Behind The Swim Special: Journey to La Mina Falls

One of our favorite things about filming the Victoria’s Secret Swim Special was our “set”—the stunning, lush backdrops offered by Puerto Rico! When photographer Jerome Duran heard about the breathtaking natural beauty of La Mina Falls in El Yunque National Forest, he jumped at the chance to stage a photo shoot with his longtime friends, Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel.

Candice, Adriana and Jerome are practically family. They’ve known each other for years and share a passion for photography that goes beyond commercials and editorials—it’s a love of making beautiful photos.  

Trekking through the rainforest was so exciting—it was a thrill for everyone to be around nature, and a refreshing change from working in the studio. Jerome relates, “Nature on an island is very different from a continent—it holds a special place for me.”

And of course, it wasn’t just Candice, Adriana and Jerome making the trek—our whole film crew traveled with them to capture the moment!

“I don’t know what it is, but there’s something very magical about a waterfall,” says Jerome, and we totally agree. But while that waterfall may look warm and tropical, the water was actually extremely cold! Good thing Candice & Adriana handled it like pros.

Candice, Jerome and Adriana are all smiles after a long day’s work!

Don’t forget—you can see this full story come to life on the Victoria’s Secret Swim Special, airing Thursday, February 26 at 10/9c on CBS.

Since I’m out a computer for who knows how long I’m going to try and post some traditional sketches… [sweats]. They’re not as refined as I’d like them, but I hope you enjoy anyhow! And please bare with me - mobile is a pain. OTL

This piece was inspired by @compulsive-cosplay - if you haven’t you should really check out their page! They have AMAZING Cosplays put together, and some stunning backdrops to shoot against. 💯✔️ do recommend!

Image © Brennan “Lovely Bonez” Strong 2016

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En route to the International Space Station, the OA-4 Cygnus spacecraft was photographed by Scott Kelly during this evening’s launch.

At the time Kelly took the photo, Cygnus was still being pushed into orbit by the Atlas V’s Centaur upper stage. The exhaust from the stage’s RL-10A engine created the plume, whereas the vehicle itself is the small white dot.

The International Space Station flew over Kennedy Space Center just a few minutes before the 4:44pm launch of OA-4. Sunset was occurring on the orbiting outpost, adding a stunning backdrop to the launch.

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This Halloween weekend, visit one of the most spectacular ghost towns on your public lands – the Harrisburg Ghost Town in Utah. 

In 1859, Moses Harris founded Harrisburg, Utah – now know as the Red Cliffs Recreation Area within the BLM-managed Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. A few years later, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “called” the Adams family, among others, to settle in Harrisburg. Quail and Leeds Creek, through a system of ditches, delivered enough water to sustain them until Leeds Creek was diverted further up the road. Water became scarce and the population of Harrisburg began to dwindle.

Today, Orson B. Adams House is the most intact structure remaining of this small pioneering community as it was the last inhabited. This beautiful sandstone block house, and other stone remnants, have a stunning red cliff backdrop.  As a bonus, there are on-site interpretive signs that help tell the community’s story.  #SeeBLM

Ghost town photos by Iris Picat; landscape photos by Bob Wick, BLM’s National Conservation Lands

After two and a half years, it’s finally here. Fry Scores: An Unofficial Guide To Video Game Grub has been officially released. Featuring 24 recipes from a wide array of video games, this cookbook offers basic culinary instruction with a dedicated tips section and glossary for the beginner, all set to a stunning backdrop of beautifully shot photos.

Available on iTunes and iBooks now for iPad and Macbook, in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, for $5.99.