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.
Wildlife and Aquatic Marvels
All animated GIFs are from Head Like An Orange.
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