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And You Thought GIFs Were Outdated

Graphics Interchange Format, or more commonly known as GIFs, was presented to web users in 1987. They were created by Steve Wilhite, an employee for a company called CompuServe which happened to be the first major online service provider in the U.S.

This was an upgrade from the black and white standard format that was available, and back in the day it was an instant hit.

Wilhite has been honored with a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions.

This video summarizes the history of animated GIFs.

Progressing to the animated GIFs that have been spread around by online users everywhere, there are still some out there who like to dabble with them.

One site that I stumbled across offers stunning environmental animated GIFs. Called Head Like An Orange, it is the work of Marinus and his compilation on Tumblr is certainly eye catching.

These GIFs are not at all childish like some may have perceived their initial introduction into the webshpere, though kids would enjoy this entertaining assortment as well as adults. Many animated images of wildlife in their natural habitats and outdoor magnificence are available in this collection.

 Watery Worlds

And You Thought GIFs Were Outdated

Image source: Matthew Bayard

And You Thought GIFs Were Outdated

Image source: BBC – Nature’s Great Events

And You Thought GIFs Were Outdated

Image source: onepalmMEDIA

Wildlife and Aquatic Marvels

And You Thought GIFs Were Outdated

Image source: Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero – BBC

And You Thought GIFs Were Outdated

Image source: Earth Unplugged – BBC Earth

And You Thought GIFs Were Outdated

Image source: Wonders of Life – BBC

Natural Wonders

 Supercell near Booker, Texas (Mike Olbinski)

And You Thought GIFs Were Outdated

Image source: QT Luong

And You Thought GIFs Were Outdated

Image source: BBC – Natural World

Black and White Images

And You Thought GIFs Were Outdated

Image source: PBS – Great Zebra Exodus

And You Thought GIFs Were Outdated

Image source: Martin Heck

And You Thought GIFs Were Outdated

Image source: Disney Nature

Happy looking.

Thanks, Marinus!

All animated GIFs are from Head Like An Orange.

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