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.

Filmed on Super 8, This Retro Video Will Make You Want to Go Outside and Tear It Up

“Ski Boys” is one of those celluloid treats which inspires through its sheer exuberance. This video will make you want to run outside, find some nature and do some high kicks… just for the heck of it. Filmed by the crew at Vancouver, British Columbia film production studio Zenga Bros., the retro masterpiece captures the crew’s antics on an 8-foot toboggan fitted with roller skate wheels, catching air in a flying squirrel suit, and riding a fleet of unusual home-made mutant bicycles.

Hammocks in the Air at the International Highline Meeting

Ah, there’s nothing quite like lounging in a hammock, the wind whistling through your hair, hundreds of feet in the air. Hold on… hundreds of feet? That was the scene this year at the International Highline Meeting. An event that brings together high altitude thrill seekers from around the world and took place this time at Monte Piana in north-eastern Italy.

Light Up Paddleboards for Nighttime Adventures

File this under ‘Things You Must Do.’ Miami-based company NightSUP has been putting a bright new twist on stand up paddleboarding, making boards surrounded by a bright strip of LED lights. Originally designed to enhance safety on night paddles, the feature also gives you a fantastic view of the nighttime sea floor and its wildlife.

Pitch Your Tent! An International Camping Festival in China Promotes a Green Ethos

camping-festival-china-3[6]

If you’re curious if people from mainland China do any camping, here is a festival that shows just how the the Chinese engage in the outdoors. In this most populated and vast country, Chinese citizens don’t always find the time for such leisure – as their work ethic and earnings often take priority over other activities. Although, with an increasing youthful, adventurous population, and rising disposable incomes, recreational activities such as snowboarding, camping and hiking are becoming more popular in the mainland.

Geometric Order Amidst Starling Chaos


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.

Levitating Sculptures Gracefully Defy Gravity

In woodlands, public spaces and private gardens around the world, artist Cornelia Konrads creates dreamlike outdoor sculptures that literally lift off the ground. In one case, the rocks making up a stone wall lift into the air as if pulled by an alien tractor beam; in another, woodland sticks converge from the forest floor to form a doorway to nowhere. It is a surreal and dreamlike experience which would certainly be special to encounter on a leisurely stroll.

Sporting Illustrations for the Outdoor Lifestyle

Drawing inspiration from the natural Oregon wilds of his youth, illustrator Adam Haynes creates intricate paintings of the outdoors and its sporting culture. His work has been quickly gaining notoriety far beyond home; here we bring you a selection of his fine design work for Nike, Adidas and Deschutes Brewery. Check out the charming, recently released video about Haynes below, then swing by stickfort.com for more on his work.