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Giant teddy bears enforce social distancing in Paris cafe

While the world remains alert and anxious over the spread of COVID-19, a bookshop owner in Paris has been trying to lighten the mood.

Philippe, owner of the local bookstore, has been buying up giant bears and distributing them to his local neighborhood of Les Gobelins, Paris.

The teddy bears first appeared in cafes, restaurants, and bars but — according to the bears official Facebook page — been seen in front of the Eiffel Tower, riding the metro, and more.

The bears help make social distancing a little more bearable (see what we did there) in Paris.

Photo: Les nounours des gobelins/Facebook
Photo: Les nounours des gobelins/Facebook
Photo: Les nounours des gobelins/Facebook
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Animals Travel

A rare look at a white owl swimming through a canyon

Behold this rare video of a white owl or snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus), swimming through a canyon in Lake Powell.

While snowy owls are native to Arctic regions in North America and Eurasia, they can be seen in Utah and Arizona, where Lake Powell resides.

A mythical animal, the white owl looks even more elegant in this rare scene of it treading water.

Video courtesy Derrick Zuk

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Nature Travel

Abandoned ‘Into the Wild’ Bus Hoisted From Alaskan Wilderness

The Alaska National Guard airlifted the abandoned bus from 2007 classic Into the Wild due to public safety concerns.

Located on the Stampede Trail near Alaska’s Denali National Park in Healy, Alaska, the Fairbanks Bus 142 attracted hikers from around the world trying to reach it.

Some hikers even drowned in the attempt. The state issued 15 search and rescue operations between 2009 and 2017.

The film was an adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book Into the Wild which tells the story of American hiker Christopher McCandless. He traveled across North American before winding up in the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s.

McCandless lived in the bus until starving to death in 1992 after spending 114 days there.

via Alaska National Guard
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Nature Travel

The beauty of Slovenia’s Bled Island

Bred Island is a small tear-shaped island floating in the middle of Lake Bled in northwestern Slovenia.

On the island sits Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary, a Baroque church established in 1534.

The mountains and forests surrounding the lake add to the picturesque view of the church. During the winter, the frost over the island looks like a scene from a Disney movie.

Bred island is the only natural island in Slovenia and is also the country’s most popular destination. Straight out of a fairy-tale, we can all see why.

via twitter
Photo by Julian Herbrig
The beauty of Slovenia’s Bled Island
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The beauty of Slovenia’s Bled Island
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The beauty of Slovenia’s Bled Island
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Nature Travel

Jimmy Chin joins Masterclass to teach adventure photography

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Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jimmy Chin is renowned for his work with National Geographic and other outdoor adventures.

His two most recent films Meru and Free Solo are some of Discvr.blog’s most favorite adventure documentary films.

Even more, the producer has now turned a teacher.

Together with the education platform Masterclass, the action photographer is now offering a once-in-a-lifetime adventure photography course.

So get ready to pack the bag and camera and hit the outdoors.

Push the limits of photography with Jimmy Chin on Masterclass

If you follow the world-renowned photographer Jimmy Chin on Instagram, you’ll know he’s a daredevil climber and mountaineer with a keen eye for landscape shots.

In this course, he’ll teach you all the techniques you need to know for capturing stunning photos.

He also details his approach for more commercial and editorial shoots as well, including the daily gear he uses to work his magic. 

“Things aren’t that interesting to me unless the stakes are very high,” says Chin in the intro class video.

In addition to urging his students to get out there, move, and shoot, Chin shares many of his own creative lessons along the way.

“Sometimes, it’s easy to get trapped into one lens…and I force myself to change the lens, change the perspective, and then to move,” advises Chin. “One scenario can look dramatically different just by moving,” he adds.

If one thing is certain in this course, you’ll learn the entire process of adventure photography from the initial concept of a shoot, to gear selection, to the final edit.

About MasterClass

Jimmy Chin joins other notable creators at MasterClass offering unique online courses. photography, writing, music production, filmmaking, and even cooking.

We would also encourage Discvr.blog readers buy the all-access pass ($180) and take astrophysicist Neil deDrasse Tyson’s five-star course on Scientific Thinking and Communication.

Invest in your future and see where your curiosity takes you.