Delicate Leaves Transformed Into Beautiful Bowls

It’s hard to create things more beautiful than the things nature creates on its own. The radiance and uniqueness of gorgeous flowers. The twisting branches of a tree. The intricate veins of a leaf. Every feature helping the organism to survive, yet unbelievably gorgeous to the eye. The veins of a leaf, remarkably similar to the veins that run through our bodies, allowing the life force of oxygen to be delivered to every cell. Japanese American artist Kay Sekimachi uses the natural beauty of tree leaves to create stunning bowls that so delicately remind us of the elegance that surrounds us in nature. With Japannese paper, Krylon coating, and water color, she gives the fragile leaves strength.

Majestic Mountain Chairs Bring Nature Into Your Living Room

People love adorning their walls with natural landscapes to bring the rugged outdoors into their homes, but a picture is only worth a thousand words. The legendary architect and designer Gaetano Pesce brings nature into your living room without the confines of a frame. He has designed a line of furniture with innovative shapes and fabric design. You’ll feel like you’re sinking in to the coziest mountain. His prints feature mountains, trees, lakes, and waterfalls, which look majestic when juxtaposed against one another.

Art Created with Beach Trash Washed Up at Mexico’s Sian Ka’an Reserve

Even the “untouched” areas of the world aren’t free from the effects of human created pollution. Artist Alejandro Duran makes that point clear through his color sorted collections of beach trash that washes up along the coastline of Mexico’s largest federally-protected reserve, Sian Ka’an. Duran’s site-specific installations highlight the situation with aesthetically beautiful organization – the problem of ocean-borne garbage is transformed into surreal forms which both contrast and merge with the natural environment. He calls his series Washed Up.

Intricately Detailed, Hand Made Paper Birds Look Shockingly Realistic

Inspired by the natural world, London-based artist Zack Mclaughlin shows his child like wonder and attention to detail by reproducing the intricately detailed things he spots. His latest series is a collection of hand made birds that are cut from wood and paper and painted with acrylic paints. The birds look so realistic and beautiful that it’s hard to believe that they won’t fly away.

Pressed Ferns Transform into Intricate Animal Illustrations

Artist and illustrator Helen Ahpornsiri uses pieces of nature to illustrate the natural world. Her intricate collages use pressed ferns to create butterflies, sea horses, beetles and other wild creatures. Her home in the East Sussex countryside provides much of the inspiration.

Sean Kenney Builds LEGO Sculptures Inspired by the Natural World

Sean Kenney has been using LEGOs for over a decade to make contemporary sculpture, and in the process he’s worked with millions of the tiny plastic bricks. His most recent work is featuring in his traveling exhibition Nature Connects, which includes 27 sculptures inspired by the web of life – from a small squirrel running along a fence, to a near-life sized bison that used 45,143 LEGO pieces and took 700 hours to complete.

Utopian Sculptures Made from the Natural World

German artist Nils-Udo has been creating art using the natural world for over four decades. As a land artist, he uses objects found on location to create each piece – from bright red berries, to sticks, leaves and stalks of grass. Each piece is created as a response to the landscape around him, often revealing themselves as doors, nests or an outpouring of nature’s abundance.

For The Love of Nature: Fearless Models With Real Animals- NO PHOTOSHOP

With a real life Alice In Wonderland meets Snow White vibe, Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova creates epic scenes that show the bond between humans and animals. While most people would simply use Photoshop to create this contrast, Plotnikova uses fearless models and real, trained animals. The result is a fairy-tale like image which shows the gentle kindness and beauty that all living things exude.

Frozen Sand Sculpted by Strong Winds on Lake Michigan

Last week, photographer Joshua Nowicki was visiting St. Joseph on the shores of Lake Michigan when he spotted something very odd. Spread out on the beach were hundreds of small towers of sand, each about a foot tall. The tiny formations were created by a combination of freezing temperatures and very high winds (sometimes gusting to around 50 mph). Little by little the frozen sand eroded the beach around it, flowing like a river to form the beautiful canyon-like scene Nowicki captured with his camera.

No-Frizz Flora and Fauna: Gorgeous Nature-Inspired Headdresses by Takaya

The models below are most certainly having a good hair day—with a little help from Japanese floral artist Takaya. Using fresh-cut blooms, berries, leaves, and even stuffed birds, Takaya crafts monumental wearable sculptures that are sure to turn heads.