Enchanting Photo Shoot In The World’s Largest Salt Flat Requires No Photoshop Magic

The largest salt flat in the world, measuring over 4,000 square miles across, is the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. The evaporated prehistoric lakes have left a sparkly snow-like layer behind and the entire area looks like a scene from a fantasy movie. Dutch photographer Scarlett Hooft Graaflan, with the help of performance artist Gastón Ugalde found the flats to be the perfect setting for an artistic photo shoot. They work every day objects into each scene to give the land an even more enchanting appearance.

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Hiking Russian Captures Spectacular Morning Views from His Tent

Most mornings, people get to stare at a blank ceiling… but for photographer Oleg Grigoryev, the views are looking pretty spectacular. His series, Morning Views from the Tent, was created on repeated trips into the high regions of Tajikistan’s Fann Mountains, documenting the stunning scenes that greeted him each day as he looked out of his tent door.

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Ark-like Whales Carry Worlds on Their Backs

Tiny worlds grow from the back of gigantic whales in Beijing-based artist Ruilin Wang’s imaginative series Dreams-Ark. The large scale ceramic works play with our sense of scale while inspiring questions about their meaning and the nature of dreams.

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These Close-Up Bug Eyes Will Trip You Out

Get close to a bug… then get closer. Indonesian photographer Yudy Sauw is capturing some of the most incredible macro shots we’ve seen, giving us an eye-to-compound-eye view of lots of insects and revealing the often beautiful details of their viewing apparatus. In some images the insects are covered in tiny water droplets, magnifying and mirroring the shape of their eyes, in others the iridescent eyes stare back at us with striking symmetry.

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A Creative Collaboration Between an Artist and Honeybees

Canadian artist Aganetha Dyck is fascinated by the delicate relationship between nature and humans. In a series titled Honeybee Alterations, Dyck took porcelain figurines and with the use of apiary feeder boards and hive blankets, collaborated with the local bee population in creating art.

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Surprised Kayakers Get Lifted From the Sea on the Back of a Whale

“I’m on a Whale!” Well, at least that’s what I’m imagining these two kayakers said when they got an unexpected ride from a whale off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Reported to be a father and daughter out for a scenic paddle, the two spotted a pod of southern right whales. To their surprise one of the whales came closer, swam under their tiny boat and lifted them gently out of the water on its back. They captured the entire playful encounter in a GoPro video that has now gone solidly viral… but not without controversy.

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Get Away From the Office in This Mini Cabin

There are plenty of reasons to get away from it all, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave all the comforts behind. Studio Allergutendinge have developed a modularly assembled wooden shelter that looks to provide a good balance of outdoor living and minimalist amenities. Perfect for finding inspiration surrounded by the quiet of the natural world.

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A Picture Shows How Wasps Develop… You Don’t Want to Look at it Before Bed.

There’s not many things that strike fear into a grown man’s heart like the sight of a wasp. Those little buggers pack a sting and bite so painful it will change you for good. With that in mind, this picture is sure to haunt your dreams.

…then again, if you’re into science, this is fascinating!

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Artist Transforms Foraged Materials From Nature Hikes Into 3D Mosaic Mandalas

In June of this year, Matt W. Moore participated in an artist residency with SUMMIT in Eden, Utah. He was inspired to take “full advantage of the sunshine and wilderness and develop a series that would allow [him] to explore the beauty of Utah, create work with [his] hands, and celebrate the native color palette of the landscape.” On his daily hikes through the mountains and valley, Moore foraged for native elements and allowed his findings to inspire his project. From shale, river pebbles and stones, to dead branches, bark, and dried grasses among other elements of nature, he created geometric mandala grids. Carefully aligning the materials, he described the process as “kinda like painting with mother nature’s paintbrush.”

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Embroidered Leaves Put Geometry in Nature

When Hillary Fayle studied embroidery at the Manchester Metropolitan University, she loved creating intricate patterns in small environmentally friendly materials. It only made sense when she returned to her home in the US to begin working with the many leaves of her local forest. Her miniature creations are immaculately studies in organic/geometric stitchery.

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