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Look Twice: One scene, two very different views

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    Seen from high above, masses of people fishing for trout in a frozen river in Hwacheon, South Korea, look like small daubs of paint on an artist's canvas.

    As you click through this "Look Twice" slideshow, you'll see two very different perspectives on a particular scene. See if you can guess what each image might be before going to the next slide to reveal the answer.

    Hint: Lots of happy feet

    Penguin Chicks, South Georgia Island

    The closer you get, the cuter they look. Seen from the air, these clusters of king penguin chicks account for the darker part of the pattern, with the lighter part of the pattern created by the colony's adults. Officially known as Aptenodytes patagonicus, the chicks were hatched on South Georgia Island, in the remote South Atlantic Ocean. When grown, they'll sport the familiar penguin tuxedo, made distinctive by their species' bright orange ear patches.

    Hint: One colorful bird

    Ocellated Turkey

    It looks like a nifty mosaic, but it's really a turkey breast--just not the kind you're used to seeing on your plate. Unlike the North American wild turkey that we know and love to eat, the iridescent ocellated turkey resides primarily in the Yucatán Peninsula and is thankful to live far, far away from your grocery supplier.

    Hint: Field of blooms

    Field of Marigolds, Sinaloa, Mexico

    The cheerful, unassuming marigold, a member of the sunflower family, has been cultivated since Aztec times. It's still placed on ceremonial altars during holiday celebrations, including the Day of the Dead in early November. Here, a battalion of workers pick flowers in an enormous field in Los Mochis, a city in Sinaloa, Mexico.

    Hint: British ingenuity

    British pavilion, Expo 2010 Shanghai China

    This porcupine of a building was in fact the British pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai China. Known as the Seed Cathedral, the structure consisted of more than 60,000 transparent rods, each encasing one or more seeds from China's Kunming Institute of Botany.

    Famed British designer Thomas Heatherwick conceived the walk-in castle as a fiber-optic celebration of nature, illuminated by sunlight and aglow at night while the rods swayed with the breeze.

    After the expo closed last fall, the castle was dismantled, but its legacy lives on. The rods, each showing life's potential, were distributed to schools across China and the United Kingdom.

    Hint: Nature as artist

    Boat in dry dock, Lake Superior

    What appears to be a colorful painting made up of fine brushstrokes is actually the work of Lake Superior on the bottom of a boat. All summer long, the cold, clear waters swirl unseen designs on sailboats' hulls and keels. It's only when the vessels are put up on blocks at the season's end that the painterly touch of waves and sand is in evidence (as here, in Bayfield, Wisconsin).

    Hint: Creatures of the deep

    Stingrays at Stingray City, Grand Cayman

    They look otherworldly at first, but the aquatic inhabitants of what is now known as Stingray City, Grand Cayman, get along swimmingly with humans. People speculate that the stingrays arrived decades ago, when fishermen used the calm, shallow waters and sandbars as a place to clean their catch, then threw the guts overboard. For stingrays, the sound of fishing boats signaled a feast on its way.

    Hint: Not as healthy as it looks

    Chocolate cake

    When her sister-in-law Mary Alyea won a local fitness competition, Ontario-based cake maker Rosie Alyea kindly offered to make her a multilayered chocolate cake with Swiss-meringue butter cream filling for the victory party. Rosie, however, couldn't help but bring her signature whimsy to the confection, with green fondant molded to mimic the one food in Mary's training diet that she had grown to hate. One hundred fifty faux asparagus spears and 400 faux asparagus tips later, the cake was a humorous and delicious — if not exactly nutritious — hit at the celebration.

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    • Macapagal_sonny

      look closer