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Exotic Animals In Beautiful Indian Palaces

Wednesday 03.13.2013 , Posted by

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From the time of her life changing journey to Rajasthan, India in 2008 until now, photographer Karen Knorr’s work has shifted from playful themes of power towards the upper caste systems in Northern India. She explores “Rajput and Mughal cultural heritage and its relationship to questions of feminine subjectivity and animality.” The series, called India Song, features gorgeous animals in some of the most elegant rooms of palaces, mausoleums , temples and holy sites throughout Rajasthan. The architecture itself is strikingly detailed and often vibrant, but the with the contrast of live exotic animals, the scenes become breathtaking. [Read more...]

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Birds of a Feather… Literally!

Wednesday 12.05.2012 , Posted by

A truly awe-inspiring wonder of nature, feathers are like a bird fingerprint that can be used to identify a species. Adapted for flying, temperature regulation, protection from the elements, among many other functions, feathers are uniquely avian. Captivated by the beauty and wonder of each plume, artist Chris Maynard uses them as the sole medium and inspiration for his stunning creations. The pieces featured here are from Maynard’s latest collection of feather cutouts. The way each piece is arranged creates gorgeous depth and shadows that represent the lives of the birds who shed them. [Read more...]

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Lego Birds in Real Life

Tuesday 11.27.2012 , Posted by

Among other things, Tom Poulsom is Lego crazy. Those other things? Those would be cars and birds. He’s combining his three passions lately to create some really incredible Lego based cars and now has expanded into making collections of birds which – when placed in the non-building block world outside – look surprisingly real. [Read more...]

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Singing, Dancing, and Transforming in a Flash

Thursday 10.11.2012 , Posted by

From the title, you might think that this post is about Lady Gaga, Madonna, or Britney Spears, but it’s actually something more phenomenal than all three combined: Birds-of-paradise. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Geographic have released an awe-striking trailer as a preview of some incredible upcoming bird-of-paradise projects: a coffee table book, a major exhibit at the Nat Geo Museum, a documentary on the Nat Geo channel, magazine articles, and Nat Geo live lectures across the country. To understand all of the hype about New Guinea’s fantastic feathered friends that resemble creatures from Pandora in Avatar, check out the video below. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #276> Birds Of A Feather

Friday 09.21.2012 , Posted by

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3D Printing to the Rescue: Bald Eagle Gets A New Beak

Tuesday 09.18.2012 , Posted by

3D printing is being used for some seriously innovative and unusual purposes these days, testing the abilities of the technology in the real world. Here we bring you the tragic but ultimately uplifting story of Beauty, a Bald Eagle who was found in an Alaskan dump with her beak shot almost completely off. Eagles use their beak for many purposes, not the least of which is preening their feathers to stay clean, feeding themselves and drinking. Without the vital point to her beak, Beauty would quickly starve, and that is what appeared would happen until Jane Fink Cantwell of Birds of Prey Northwest entered the picture. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #224> An Eclectic Nature

Friday 06.29.2012 , Posted by



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Geometric Order Amidst Starling Chaos

Wednesday 05.09.2012 , Posted by


A murmuration of starlings may seem random, but one artist has found the geometric order to this phenomenon of nature in her work. About six months ago a video flooded the internet of two women out on a canoe while a murmuration of starlings danced above their heads. After the video went viral, murmurations have been a hot topic online and even in art. Catherine Ulitsky, an artist living in western Massachusetts, captured the unique flock patterns of the starling murmurations on camera and gave order to the seemingly random group by painting connections between the birds. In each photograph, Ulitsky uses vibrant colors and straight lines to create beautiful geometric patterns in one of natures great phenomena. “Carefully observing natural phenomena reminds me constantly of the limitless complexity and wonder of the world we inhabit,” said Ulitsky of her work. [Read more...]

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Birds May Identify Their Relatives By Smell

Friday 09.23.2011 , Posted by

Penguins appear to use smell to determine if they are related to a potential mate, which suggests birds may have a more highly developed sense of smell than researchers previously thought. [Read more...]

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Graceful 3D Trees Cut into Discarded Books

Monday 06.20.2011 , Posted by

Cleverly returning a hint of their paper based origins, artist Kylie Stillman takes old discarded books and carefully carves inverted bonzai tree reliefs in their pages. Her works come at a time when book art and carving are gaining in popularity, yet her works stand out as unique examples in the young trend. The Australian artist got her start at carving books in 2006 when she trimmed a bird into a discarded tome; she later gave her birds a place to sit, progressing to potted plants and now her current tree carvings. For her latest work featuring trees carved in stacks of boldly colored paper, see her website kyliestillman.com. [Read more...]

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