Snowflakes in Macro Form

In the Northern hemisphere, Winter is approaching. Snow has come to the colder parts of the planet and people are bundling up and staying inside more often. In Russia, snow is commonplace throughout most of the vast nation and with it come snowflakes.

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Visual Bits #299 > In The Hands Of Muralists

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From The Air, The Earth Looks Like A Painting

Taking a different, unusual view of an object gives us the oportunity to see it all over for the first time. The aerial photographs of Stephan Zirwes do just that with a very large object: the earth. His images come alive with pattern and color, so much so that it’s almost difficult to recognize them as images of our own beautiful home.

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Welcome To Pyongyang: the DPRK’s Game Face

These clean, crisp images of Pyongyang, North Korea are in stark contrast to the realities of the controversial and strife ridden country. British photographer Charlie Crane has made it his quest to answer a simple, yet very complex question, “How do you photograph one of the most secretive countries in the world?”

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Stunning Perfection: Illustrations Seared in Wood

We think Jason Thielke’s laser cut illustrations are captivating in both their organic fluidity and their mathematical precision. Etching his carefully designed lines into painted wood panel, he uses overlapping loops, geometric patterns and negative space to merge his textured subjects with their abstract surroundings. See more of his work at jasonthielke.com or at his blog jasonthielke.tumblr.com.

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Tiny Floating Origami That Moves

Looking like tiny floating snowflakes, French artist Etienne Cliquet’s new work Flottille is a beautiful thing to behold. Using tissue thin pieces of paper, Cliquet cuts patterns into pieces only 2 or 3 centimeters across. He then carefully folds his creations and places then in a shallow dish of water. Technically the pieces react to the capillary action of the water, drawing the folded pieces down… but to the eyes, it’s pure magic.

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A Taste of Central Spain

Central Spain is a stark and desolate landscape of wheat farms and wind. It was in this land that the mythical Don Quixote and his trusty sidekick Sancho Pans fought windmills and here that the Romans, the Moors and the Goths each left their mark.

Over a 5 day stay, Vimeo user Ben created this excellent time lapse film of the landscape and the remains of it’s multicultural history. He used a home built dolly to create pan shots and added an HDR effect in post production. The results are beautiful.

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The Beauty of Maps: A Documentary

Here we bring you the 4 part BBC series, The Beauty of Maps. Released almost a year ago the documentary takes us through the staggering four million map collection of the British Library in London.

Through the ages the story of the worlds landscape and population has been told through the creative and colorful use of maps. Often that tale has been destorted or idealized by the map maker, adding layers of history and revealing the society behind the maps making. Some examples are simply informational, the layout of streets and their names… others are highly beautiful, displaying a careful hand and creative mind. This is a story that will take you through time and around the world.

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Double Exposure Portraits: Retro Beautiful

Dan Mountford shoots double exposure photographs, adds a few dabs of Photoshop and comes up with some really outstanding results. His work, which has a distinctly retro feel, often mixes strong architectural features with portraiture and nature in crisp black and white. See more of his work at flickr, on Behance or buy prints at danmountford.bigcartel.com.

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The Up Close World of Pollen

Who knew that pollen, that perpetrator of the allergy season, could be so beautiful when looked at close up. Some of these recolored scanning microscope images look like tiny hedgehogs, others alike pieces of delicious fruit and still others could be pieces of coral. Next time you sneeze, remember something beautiful did it…

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