Technology is truly a beautiful thing. Today, most of us own a computer, a cellphone, or a camera. At any given time, we have the ability to capture and share our lives and stories with the world. With 2014 coming to an end, it’s been an interesting year to say the least. Over the past twelve months we have shared some remarkable stories with you guys. Some were Incredible and heartwarming while others were bizarre and unbelievable. Today we combine all those moments into one single post. We have compiled a list of photos that consist of pretty much everything. From incredible animal moments to nature’s true beauty. From bizarre stories to inspirational moments. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I find that to be quite true! Check out these jaw dropping photos from the year 2014.On November 3rd, the Mount Sinabung volcano in the Karo district of Indonesia erupted and spewed giant ash clouds as villagers watched on. The volcano, active since September 2013, forced thousands to evacuate from their homes.
Storm chaser Mike Olbinksi captured this photo on July 3rd in Phoenix, Arizona. A thick wall of orange dust rolled over the city at sunset.
This huge 1957 Chevy truck goes by the name Shockwave. It has 36,000 horsepower. It is powered by 3 jet engines and can hit speeds close to 400mph.
Jen Brocker poses in front of Santa Monica beach in Los Angeles, California. Jens recently discovered that the gymnast she idolized while growing up was, in reality, her long lost sister. Jen was adopted at birth. Due to a genetic birth defect, Jen was born without legs. Despite her setback, Jen practiced gymnastics regularly and idolized her long lost sister, Dominique Moceanu.
During the October 5th Castells Competition, participants built human towers. Over 30 groups of human towers merged together to create this awesome structure.
While working on the Dubai 360 project, photographer Gerald Donovan captured this amazing selfie of himself on top of the Burj Khalifa. This building holds the record for the tallest man-made structure in the world.
This 8 year old Indian boy is suffering from a terrible medical condition in which his hands grew to abnormal size, weighing over 17 pounds and measuring 13 inches. The kid is unable to do basic tasks, and his parents are very poor. They are currently trying everything they can to get their son the right medical attention.
Well respected preacher Avatar Singh has one of the largest turbans anyone has ever seen. His ‘Pagdi’ weights over 100 pounds, and is 645 meters long when unwrapped. It takes him up to six hours to put it on. His incredible large head gear causes many problems. He can’t fit through a door or get into a car.
This rotating thunderstorm was captured in Climax, Kansas. It is considered to be one of the most powerful weather phenomenons in the world. If you ever see something like this, we recommend you find a safe place to hide!
It is hard to relax on Maho Beach in Saint Martin. The Princess Juliana international Airport is located only a couple yards away. When airplanes are set to land they nearly miss the beach.
Photographer Sam Hobson captured this incredible picture of a group of rose-ringed parakeets flying over a London cemetery.
Atlantic Edge films used plastic seals as decoys to capture these breathtaking images. The great white sharks would jump up from under the water and attack the plastic seal.
A pelican was feasting on anchovies along with a group of eight humpback whales in Monterey Bay, California. The pelican was sitting on top of the water enjoying its lunch when a whale came up from under the water. The humpback tried to take a bite of the anchovy and almost swallowed the poor pelican, by accident.
Doug Seus has his wife Lynne, and four mountain bears. In this photo, Doug freely places his head between the jaws of Bart 2. The bears love human companionship. They recently starred in the HBO series Game Of Thrones.
Carl Bovard has a backyard in Melrose, Florida that is filled with exotic animals. His biggest animal is a 6-year-old Siberian tiger by the name of Sampson. He is almost ten feet tall and weighs over 700 pounds.
On June 8th, Glen Bonin came across a 11-foot alligator in the middle of the road in Sulphur, Louisiana. Glen attempted to move the reptile by blindfolding him with his t-shirt… but almost lost his hand. The alligator grabbed on to it and shook Glen around like a plastic doll. Thankfully he avoided any serious injury.
Blinkbox has collaborated with these three adorable pugs to create the cutest Game Of Thrones remake. The pugs owners have been dressing them up as movie characters ever since they were born.
Proud cat owner Andrew poses with his cat Pickles at their home in Boston, Massachusetts. Pickles is 40 inches long, and weighs close to 21 pounds.
Freddy the Great Dane is Britain’s biggest dog. He was measured at 7’4″ while standing on his back legs.
Michelle Rovinsky is a real life barbie who is trained to kill. The 32-year-old carries a concealed weapon with her at all times. Her goal is to inspire young girls to be more like her and less like Kim Kardashian or Miley Cyrus.
Marilyn Mansfield, a Staten Island resident, poses with her family and her life-like baby dolls. Marilyn has spent thousands of dollars on her enormous doll collection. She owns over 300 handmade dolls.
6’3″ Amazon Amanda is a model who gets paid to dwarf men such as Sergio. She is loved by guys who enjoy being squashed by big women.
31 year old Kyle Jones is attracted to older women. His current girlfriend Marjorie McCool is 91 years old. Kyle says that he enjoys dating older women and prefers them to be 65 or older.
43-year-old Brazilian Arlindo de Souza has abnormally large muscles. He believes that he has the biggest arms in the country. Of course they are not real. He injected a cocktail of mineral oil and alcohol into them. The muscles didn’t make him any stronger, but they sure did turn heads.
Gagan Staish set the Guinness Book of World Records for limbo-skating after he passed underneath 39 cars.
29-year-old Australian Zac Mihajlovic has turned down massive amounts of money offers for his home-made batmobile. He refuses to sell his creation in order so he can continue helping sick kids. Zac partnered up with Make-A-Wish foundation. He dresses up as Batman and visits terminally-ill children.
Israelian Newlyweds Aaron and Rivkeh were part of an arranged marriage. Prior to getting married they only met each other once.
The Green Lake is located in Tragoss, Austria. Every year, during the spring, the snowmelt raises the lake about 10 meters. This annual phenomenon only last a few weeks. The beautiful diving scenery is beyond breathtaking.
“This photo, taken at the ‘end of the world’ swing in Banos, Ecuador, captures a man on the swing overlooking an erupting Mt Tungurahua. The eruption took place on 1 February, 2014. Minutes after the photo was taken, we had to evacuate the area because of an incoming ash cloud.”
“This photo, of Moussa Macher, our Touareg guide, was taken at the summit of Tin-Merzouga, the largest dune (or erg) in the Tadrat region of the Sahara desert in southern Algeria. Moussa rested while waiting for us to finish our 45-minute struggle to the top. It only took 10 minutes of rolling, running, and jumping to get to get back down. The Tadrat is part of the Tassili N’Ajjer National Park World Heritage Area, famous for its red sand and engravings and rock paintings of cattle, elephants, giraffes and rhinos that lived there when the climate was milder.”
“Taken during the Mayana Soora Thiruvizha festival, which takes place every March in the small village of Kaveripattinam, the day after Mahashivarathiri (the great night of Shiva). The festival is devoted to Angalamman, a fierce guardian deity worshipped widely in southern India.”
“A vivid green overhead aurora pictured in Iceland’s Vatnajokull National Park reflected almost symmetrically in Jokulsrlon Glacier lagoon. A complete lack of wind and current combine in this sheltered lagoon scene to create an arresting mirror effect giving the image a sensation of utter stillness. Despite this, there is motion on a surprising scale, as the loops and arcs of the aurora are shaped by the shifting forces of the Earth’s magnetic field.”
“The Horsehead Nebula is approximately 1500 lightyears from Earth in the constellation Orion. The Horsehead it self, is a dark nebula surrounded by emission nebula. The reddish glow surrounding the dark dust clouds of the horsehead is hydrogen gas ionized by the bright star Sigma Orionis. Bright spots in the Horsehead Nebula’s base are young stars just in the process of forming.”
“Street photography has been a passion of mine for many years and I knew my ‘Mask of Society’ image was the perfect shot for the competition’s ‘cities at work’ brief. I’m constantly looking for new and interesting angles of urban life and its constantly changing landscape never fails to challenge me.”
A group of workers mending nets in a factory in Bac Lieu, Vietnam.
A Christmas tram on the riverside of Danube in Budapest.
A group of men give morning massages to their customers.
An exibition being displayed in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
A sewerage worker in India doing his job.
“As the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanic complex began erupting, Francisco travelled to Puyehue National Park in southern Chile, anticipating a spectacular light show. But what he witnessed was more like an apocalypse. He watched, awestruck, from a hill quite a distance to the west of the volcano. Flashes of lightning lacerated the sky.”
The focus of Jan’s trip to Ecuador was the astonishing sword-billed hummingbird, the only bird with a bill longer than its body (excluding its tail). Its 11cm bill is designed to reach nectar at the base of equally long tube-shaped flowers.
Michael Knudsen captured four fascinating railway cars as they give off an interesting vibe at night.
A bear is quietly observing his lunch.
“Raise your arms if you see an aurora. With those instructions, two nights went by with, well, clouds — mostly. On the third night of returning to same peaks, though, the sky not only cleared up but lit up with a spectacular auroral display. Arms went high in the air, patience and experience paid off, and the amazing featured image was captured. The setting is a summit of the Austnesfjorden fjord close to the town of Svolvear on the Lofoten islands in northern Norway. The time was early March. Our Sun has been producing an abundance of picturesque aurora of late as it is near the time of its maximum surface activity in its 11-year magnetic cycle.”
British photographer Max Ellis carved pumpkins in his back yard in order to attract squirrels . It worked! He was able to capture this amazing image.
Mikhael Nicols captured this amazing photograph of two prominent lions sitting in the rain in in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.
Heri Budianto took this magnificent picture of 2 village boys and their father having a little bit of fun in the summer heat.
“While watching her mother dive for salmon in the frigid glacier water of the Crescent River this young brown bear cub couldn’t contain her excitement and stood up on her rear legs and politely made a waving direction towards me. In a matter of one hour this young cub ate several salmon that were provided by her intelligent and fearless mother. Deep in the Alaskan wilderness this brown bear family provided my favorite image of the year.”
The Hercules A galaxy reveals its super-powered core in an image captured by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Space Telescope.
The bright lights of Hollywood are seen on the Pacific coast in this October scene shot from the International Space Station.
The Whirlpool galaxy glints with x-ray lights from the neutron stars and black holes blanketing its far-flung arms.
The famed northern lights shine across the shores of Pontoon Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories.