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A Maldives Beach Awash With Bioluminescent Phytoplankton

Sunday 02.02.2014 , Posted by
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Nature produces some of the most beautiful sights in the world. A dark summer night lit up by fireflies, the majestic beauty of a Redwood Tree forrest, ocean waves crashing on a sunny beach. Even more breathtaking than an ocean on a sunny day, is the night time phenomenon of bioluminescent phytoplankton, also known as sea sparkle. [Read more…]

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Beautiful Animal Kingdom Series Pairs Unlikely Animals in Symbiotic Illustrations

Monday 01.20.2014 , Posted by
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If there’s one word to gauge a good natured working relationship, it’s symbiosis. From understanding the needs of both parties and acting when we observe them, to giving back in unexpected and surprising ways, it’s all a beautiful dance we must follow each day. In that spirit, visual agency Column Five gives a gift to their partners and publishers every holiday season. This year they’ve created a stunning series of fine art limited-edition letterpress prints and a gift set inspired by one of the Five Columns of their mission statement: “Be Good to Each Other.” The result is 3 nature inspired images to ponder and enlighten. [Read more…]

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Driftwood Horses Leap into Life. Flowing Sculptures From James Doran Webb

Tuesday 01.14.2014 , Posted by
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Taking driftwood he finds on the beach near his home in the Philippines, British artist James Doran Webb creates lifelike animal sculptures that seem to leap into motion. Each is the result of a careful study based on the animal’s behavior, environment and motion – and the natural beauty in each piece makes this evident. [Read more…]

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Aerial Photographs or Abstract Paintings? Andre Ermolaev Captures Stunning Icelandic Rivers from Above

Sunday 12.29.2013 , Posted by
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It’s hard to believe now, but at the beginning of the photographic era there was a heated debate about whether photographs should be considered ‘fine art’. Russian photographer Andre Ermolaev’s work would have settled that argument conclusively. His images capture the volcanic rivers of Iceland from far above, revealing nature created washes of color that could easily be found on an abstract painters canvas. [Read more…]

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Stunning Time-Lapse of the Natural Beauty of the Western U.S.A.

Thursday 12.05.2013 , Posted by

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For the past year and a half, Andrew Walker has been shooting stunning motion controlled footage of some of the most serene, beautiful places in the Western U.S.A. From Montana to Arizona, he used over 15,000 captured stills to create this majestic video, which he calls Journey Part 1. Using motion control equipment from Dynamic Perception and Kessler Crane, he traveled high and low (12,000 feet high and 225 feet below sea level to be exact) to capture these breathtaking views. You will see clouds rolling over mountain tops, sweeping through cities, and hovering over valleys. Walker captured some of the most gorgeous views of our galaxy and shooting stars dancing through the sky. Words can not do justice for the beauty you are about to witness in the video below- after the jump. Enjoy! [Read more…]

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Meet Sniffer & Tinni: A Real Life Fox & Dog Duo Who Will Star in Fairytale Storybooks for Kids

Thursday 12.05.2013 , Posted by

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Although Ylvis may pretend, nobody knows what the fox says better than Tinni, a Norwegian dog who has become best friends with one. The unlikely pair met while Tinni was on a walk in the forests of Norway with his owner Torgeir Berge, who happens to be a photographer. Berge named the fox Sniffer and has been capturing precious moments of the duo’s camaraderie. The pair shows how closely related dogs and foxes are as they walk side by side, play together, romp around, take naps, and cheese it up for the camera. Their friendship has inspired Berge to work towards banning the fox-fur trade in Norway and to do this he has teamed up with writer Berit Helberg to turn his photographs into a storybook for children. Proceeds from the published book will go toward funding the fight against fur-trade. [Read more…]

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A Ballet Performed by Birds: Starling Murmurations Created by Photographer Alain Delorme

Wednesday 11.06.2013 , Posted by

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Just by their natural habits, some animals make art. From the famous webs of spiders, to the amazing arrangements of the sand bubbler crab, many animals leave us with beautiful patterns in the wake of their everyday life. If spiders and crabs leave us sculptural works of art, then the starling is a performance artist. These small european birds flock together, forming moving clouds of flapping wings that shimmer with life in motion. These flocks are called a murmuration. [Read more…]

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Dirty Little Secrets: Sarah Rosado Creates 3D Illustrations Sculpted From Dirt

Thursday 10.03.2013 , Posted by

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Collecting dirt from local parks, NYC-based artist Sarah Rosado transforms what many people find ugly into lovely illustrations, capturing their ephemeral beauty at the perfect moment before they disappear. We’ve seen this sculpting technique done with food all over the internet, but food in itself is appealing to our senses; Rosado instead uses the soil that gives the nutrients to all we deem edible. Calling her project Dirty Little Secrets, she hopes to have 100 images when the set is complete and has finished 43 so far. Arranging the brown dirt to contrast on a white background to shape it into everyday objects like a camera or steaming cup of tea, she uses her camera to preserve the short-term sculptures forever. [Read more…]

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This is An Orchid Mantis: 5 Praying Mantis Species That Will Blow Your Mind (or Give You Nightmares)

Thursday 09.26.2013 , Posted by

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What do you think about when your hear ‘mantis‘? Do you think of the standard green insect in praying pose we are all familiar with? Do you think of females eating their mates after sex? Those are both real-life examples of the mantis, but far from the most surprising. Enter 5 mantis species that are masters of camouflage and the stealthy attack. [Read more…]

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Make Like a Tree and Leaf! The Tree People by Marko Prelic

Thursday 09.19.2013 , Posted by

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I couldn’t help the cheap joke in the title, but these Photoshopped images from serbian photographer Marko Prelic are truly tasteful… if not a bit whimsical too. In each, we see a normal human figure, photographed in black and white, complete with a tree for their head. This unusual vision could have a number of symbolically tree-based meanings. [Read more…]

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