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One More Reason To Grow Out Your Beard

Sunday 08.31.2014 , Posted by
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You don’t have to stop to smell the roses when they are right under your nose! Aside from upping a man’s awesomeness level, beards can also be the perfect medium for a floral arrangement. The men below are starting a new fashion trend which would be the perfect accompaniment to the floral crowns that ladies have been wearing lately. Flower Power is not just for women and these manly bearded men are proud to show off their softer sides. Why buy flowers for your lover when you can become a walking bouquet? [Read more…]

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This Artist Launched Plants Into the Stratosphere

Sunday 07.20.2014 , Posted by
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Flowers are one of the most beautiful gifts from nature, but they look even more beautiful contrasted with the deep abyss of space. Japanese artist Azuma Makoto along with John Powell, of JP Aerospace, and a 10-person crew team, launched a white pine bonsai in a light metal frame as well as a bouquet 30 flower species including peace lilies, hydrangeas, and orchids into the stratosphere. These floral installations were sent into space in the dead of night at 2am from the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, which hosts Burning Man. The called their mission Exobiotanica and with 6 Go Pro video cameras and still cameras donated by Fuji Film, the team was able to capture the beautiful sight. [Read more…]

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This 3D Printed Flower Bouquet on Kickstarter Will Blow Your Mind

Tuesday 05.20.2014 , Posted by
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Launched recently on Kickstarter, Joshua Harker has created the most astounding 3D printed flower bouquet. Made up of 12 different re-arrangeable flowers, a lotus lilly pad and a vase that beautifully imitates ripping water, the combined shapes are composed of a massive 1,918,416 different triangles. The wild thing is, these are just his Kickstarter “thank you” gifts. [Read more…]

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Fashion Illustrations Sketched with Real Flower Petals

Wednesday 04.30.2014 , Posted by
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Women’s fashion has often been compared to flowers, but what about using real flowers to create the design itself? Grace Ciao is making beautiful and delicate fashion illustrations using flower petals to “sketch” the pattern and print. Each soft and impermanent petal adds a flowing, scalloped form to her design, giving a result which appears fashionable and (surprise) even wearable. Very creative. [Read more…]

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Suspended Fields of Flowers from Rebecca Louise Law

Tuesday 04.29.2014 , Posted by
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East London floral artist Rebecca Louise Law is elevating the art form with her sublime arrangements of floating flowers. Her site specific works see fields of hundreds or thousands of flowers, wild or cultivated, suspended high above the floor on nearly invisible threads. Her work fills the sky with color, inviting visitors to looks up and interact in a unique experience that combines nature and architecture. [Read more…]

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Repurposed ‘BaskeTREE’ Sculptures by Amy Santoferraro

Tuesday 11.26.2013 , Posted by

Repurposed ‘BaskeTREE’ Sculptures by Amy Santoferraro

Amy Santoferraro looks at a cheaply produced kitsch object and thinks, “Wow, that would make really great art.” After experiencing this sculpture I began to realize that I am being blinded to the true visual beauty of kitsch. Somehow, that same type of cheap plastic makes it’s way into my life and I end up resenting it, first, because its doesn’t look nice next to my iPod, and second, because I am going to have to put it in a landfill and feel bad about it. The color of that old easter basket is actually kind of nice… and the texture of that dish-sponge is incredible… and that fly-swatter! Amy Santoferraro removes the immediate functional connotations from everyday objects and reinvents them as playful landscape compositions in a series she calls ‘BaskeTREE.’ [Read more…]

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Harvard Scientist Grows Microscopic Flowers

Thursday 05.23.2013 , Posted by

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Inside a tiny beaker of water Harvard scientist Wim L. Noorduin has managed to coax chemicals into beautiful and delicate microscopic flowers. On a micron scale he and his colleagues have produced arrangements of crystals that resemble natural forms from roses to broad leaves… and the kicker? They self-assembled! That’s right, these aren’t just pretty pictures from an electron microscope, but a new look at how structures form chemically in nature. [Read more…]

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We Love Friday!- Spring is Sprung!

Friday 04.19.2013 , Posted by

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Robin Williams has said that “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'” It’s a time when flowers are starting to bloom, the days are getting longer, and you actually want to be outside! After trudging through crazy winters my whole life, growing up with lake effect snow in Cleveland, then sloshing through the grey puddles in NYC for 5 years, I was always delighted at every sign of Spring. I didn’t think I would experience that in California, but I was wrong. Though the Winters here are much milder, I am so happy that Spring is finally here and I love seeing the blossoming trees and chirping birds everywhere! [Read more…]

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Hidden Patterns: How a Bee Sees the World of Flowers

Monday 04.08.2013 , Posted by

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Humans are interesting creatures. We look at the world with some of the most advanced eyes and minds, but often fail to realize that others see the world differently than we do. While this idea is often put forward when talking about the way other people experience the world, in this case I’m literally talking about vision, and insects in particular.

In the vast electromagnetic spectrum of wavelengths (extending from below the long wavelengths used for radio, to the short wavelengths of gamma radiation) we humans see only a miniscule fraction that we call visible light. This small sliver, spanning the distance between violet and red is the way we perceive the world around us with our eyes. However bees and other insects have a different view of the world. Their whole range of light is shifted further towards the violet end of the spectrum and further from the red. This means that, while they can’t perceive red, they see colors we simply cannot see – what we call ultra-violet. This also means is that bees see a world literally hidden before our eyes. [Read more…]

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You’ve Never Seen a Flower Parade Like This Before!

Wednesday 11.14.2012 , Posted by

I’ve got to admit that I don’t usually rank flower parades that far up my list of cool things… but this example from the Netherlands completely blew me away. Bloemencorso, the annual parade of flowers, takes place in Zundert and features some of the most creative and modern examples of the floral sculpting form you’re likely to see. Find out more about the parade (which happens again September 1st and 2nd, 2013) at bloemencorsozundert.nl. [Read more…]

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