Thanks to Shetal, Susan B, Claire Elizabeth
A whole world opened up once I started exploring images of abandoned places. As in so many wonder posts, it’s hard to pick and choose–and to stop because there seem to be endless amazing photographs. Some of the pictures that follow are the remains of man-made beauty, some are of nature reclaiming what humans have abandoned. And of course, as always, there are the artists who capture the perfect light, have an eye for the best angle, the exact right setting to give us the best of what they see.
If you recognize anything unlabeled, please let us know.
to French photographers, Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre for Detroit images and to Lauren Riley for correcting labeling of Angkor Wat and Holland Island on the Chesapeake Bay.
More birds. Who knew birds could exhibit endless colors, shapes, attitudes, situations or perfect, precise moments caught by gifted and patient photographers. Don’t miss the video at the end. It’s worth the time, I promise. And please don’t forget to share your favorites.
Thanks to Mary I, Patricia S, Claire E., Kathleen, Micky,
Each year for the past 24, National Georgraphic Traveler hosts a photographic contest. The 12,000 entries in 2012 come from 152 countries. I confess, I did not look at all 12,000, but these are some of my favorites. Just as you would expect from National Geographic , the quality of the images is extraordinary. Here’s a link if you want wander through them yourself.
Many thanks to Karen W. for getting me started on this contest.
A video full of it. Titled, “I don’t have any idea for a title.” Thanks to Jen H.
Even if you’re not a particular animal lover, please be sure to check out the first video about sloths for the narrator’s dry wit. I”m sure you won’t regret it. The other videos also made me laugh: the bear, the kitten and the hiccupping baby bat. Favorite image or video?
If you want to browse through other animal posts go here.
Thanks to Louise, Susan B, Kathleen, Karen
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This stunning collection is the result of aerial photographer Yann Artus-Bertran‘s five-year airborne odyssey across six continents.
Many thanks to Mary I. for alerting me to these images.
The fun of the following post is in the multiplicity of approaches exhibited by the artists. Links are provided when I have the information and be sure you don’t miss the videos at the end. Do you have a favorite?
Artist Franc Grom drilled approximately 20,000 tiny holes to create the pattern on this egg.
Caleb Charland, below, harnesses the power within fruits, vegetables, and other foods for his photographs. His latest project was powered by a single orange, which used iron nails to conduct the electricity. The photo required a 14 hour exposure.
From the website of the artist below, Anastassia Elias: I cut the small paper shapes that I stick inside the toilet paper rolls. I use tweezers to manipulate the paper shapes. I select the paper of the same color as the roll. It gives the illusion that the paper figures make part of the roll.
Designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu, the “tree” below is comprised of a series of pipes, cut and stacked in a spiral fashion. When the wind is blowing a mesmerizing tone echoes through the hillsides of Lancashire, England.
The creator of the following video, Pes, was recently nominated for an Academy Award in the animation category. Below is my favorite one from him. Click here to see more, including the nominated animation.
Thanks to Ginny for forwarding the following from the Bowen Beer Bottle Band. Click here if you’d like to see more.
Thanks to Jennifer H. for the following video by Beryl Baker.
Even if you’ve seen other Where the Hell is Matt videos, try the 2012 version, my favorite. Thanks to Louise for forwarding it.
Even though you know they are gorgeous, and even though you’re already aware of the vast variety of these magical creatures, I bet at least one or two of these butterflies and moths surprise you with a moment of awe–or move you by their cumulative effect. There are many of them because I couldn’t stop myself or choose. Also, I couldn’t resist including a dragonfly and wasp. They seemed to fit right in. Anyway, enjoy.
Thanks to: Candace Bingham at pinterest,
A cute caterpillar? Check out the first one. Until I started running across them on my website journeys, I had no idea of the diversity of these creatures. It may seem unconnected, but they remind me of the first time I ran across sea slugs and was awed by the multiplicity of colors, the whimsical shapes and sizes. Same with the caterpillars.
Stay tuned. If you think about it, you will know what the next post will be–and I promise to show you some you’ve never seen before.
Thanks to Bored Panda
Who knew there were luscious rainforests in Marysville, Australia? And that a sculptor named Bruno Torfs has lovingly hand crafted a collection of unforgettable characters from clay and fired them onsite in his kiln–then placed them in his garden, creating a fanciful, magical world and probably forcing you and I to put Australia on our bucket lists–if it wasn’t already there.
On the 7th of February, 2011, bushfires swept through Marysville, including Bruno’s sculpture garden. Through the support of family, friends, acquaintances and strangers from all around the world, Bruno and his family were inspired to rebuild their beloved home and garden. Helped by friends and volunteers, the process of rebuilding the garden took two months.
Here’s a video about the fire, the rebuilding of sculptures and re-emergence of life in the garden, from his website and book.
Thanks to Kathleen for forwarding images from Bruno’s garden.
You have to work to find the people in some of these images of body art by Craig Tracy–but it’s worth the effort. In fact, it’s fun.
More hard-to-find body images, these by Chinese artist Liu Bolin (hint: he always leaves his feet showing.) I could not find a web site for him.
The following three images are by Trina Merry.
On to finger art by deceased Italian artist Mario Mariotti.
Hand and finger art from another Italian, Guido Daniele.
On a very different note, Alexa Meade paints real life still lifes.
Henna is a plant-based dye that stains the skin resulting in wearable art lasting for one to three weeks. The following five images are from Hilary Manning.
Here’s a wedding sample by Kim Brennan from Winnipeg, Canada.
If you don’t live in Northern California or Winnipeg, Canada, here’s a listing of certified henna artists. On the right side of their page you can choose to search for a henna artist by country or by U.S. state.
Thanks to Shetal and Merry for getting me started on body art.
Bill Shattuck on pinterest was another good source.
I figured out what makes an “exquisite image” post. I often don’t know where the image was taken so I can’t label it a spectacular vacation destination. Even when I do know, it’s the quality of the photo that creates the magic more than the location. If you wanted to see these photographs in person you would have to arrive at exactly the right time of day, with perfect light and the same weather and find the precise location and perspective. You might even have to fly a plane or climb a mountain….or you could just sit back and enjoy the wonder that someone else has captured in these exquisite images.
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Fortunately, the unusual pairing of species seems endless. This group has quite a few animal-human connections. Don’t miss the videos at the end, especially the last one, if you haven’t already seen it. Enjoy.
Thanks to Neil via Dean via Lucas, Merry, Tim, Louise
Or am I?
I’ve been collecting these images for months not quite knowing what to do with them. Every time I come across another one, I don’t see beautiful nature or glorious view–all I can think of is “Are these people crazy or am I?” I know I feel if I get within 6 feet of a cliff I will fall over and slip off the edge (falling over is not something I worry about much standing in my living room) I shift between staring at them in amazement and shuddering with dread at the idea of anyone being where these people have decided to go–at huge effort.
My Dad used to say my Mom was so afraid of heights she got dizzy standing on the Sunday newspaper. So what do you think? Are you afraid of heights too? Do you mind looking at people who aren’t?
John Fraissinet at www.StreetObservations.com
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Here’s an assortment of cool things that humans made and a few touching images of generous things humans do. For too many of these I have no attribution to share–just happened on the image somewhere and was inspired by the originality or artistry. I welcome any identification provided and comments about favorites.
Theo Jansen is the Dutch creator of what he calls “Kinetic Sculptures,” where nature and technology meet. The sculptures below are robots powered by the wind only.
The following video is longer than usual for this site. I couldn’t decide which two minutes to pick because there are new moves in the middle and a splendid ending. So just watch as much as you like. I hope you get so transfixed that you stay through the whole thing.
“Romancing The Wind” – Ray Bethell, the world champion multi-kite flyer.
Thanks to Kathleen, Gary, Shetal, GloriousMind
I have to admit, this batch of photos is a little heavier on the aww category.
Don’t miss the stories at the end.
It is not common for a Koala to bear twins, and regrettably in this instance the Mum was struck and killed by a passing car.
Fortunately, the driver stopped, and took the mother to the local vet, not knowing she was dead, where it was discovered she had these twins in her pouch.
A recent earthquake in Japan was right in the area where giant pandas live. They were rescued and returned to the wild.
This post is truly a group affair. Thanks to Kathleen, Tim, Louise, Claire Elizabeth.
Every year during autumn in northern Europe, Asia and N. America, thousands of starlings put on a spectacular show just before dusk in a phenomenon called murmurations.
Scientists aren’t sure how they do it. Even complex algorithmic models haven’t been able to explain the starlings’ acrobatics, which rely on the tiny bird’s reaction time of under 100 milliseconds to avoid aerial collisions—and predators—in the giant flock. The birds tend to flock together for protection and can reach speeds of up to 20 mph.
Be sure to watch at least one of the following videos. I recommend all three. They may well leave you in a peaceful state of awe.
This video is narrated if you want to both learn more and to have a musical accompaniment.
I’d say this is my favorite, set to Pachelbel’s Canon. The swaying dance of the birds seems to magically keep time with the music. Amazing.
Special thanks to amusing planet for many of the images and the first video.
The narrated and pachelbel videos are both by Dylan Winter.
The diversity of design, materials, and locales we humans inhabit is wonder-full. Here’s a good sampling of the humble, sweet, interesting, weird and gorgeous places we live, including some houses in trees that are way beyond tree-houses..
Where I know, I label place and photographer. If anyone recognizes something unlabeled or incorrectly labeled, I invite comments. There are many I would surely visit if only I knew where to go.
Thanks again to Sam Pryor at pinterest
and to Amazing Places on facebook
And to Jen H and Jen C.
Some weather is breathtakingly beautiful; some bizarre; some, like ominous clouds, a little spooky and some just weird. I’ve chosen to leave out more disturbing images of the devastation that can also come from extremes of weather.
Nacreous clouds are located in the stratosphere between 9 and 16 miles high. Their “mother of pearl” colors come from sunlight striking tiny ice crystals inside the clouds. Very low temperatures near -85 degrees C are required to form the crystals, which is why nacreous clouds are seen mainly during winter over places like Alaska, Iceland and Scandinavia.
For more weird weather on this site go here.
Thanks to DarkRoastedBlend’s weird weather section
To Extreme Instability, a site for people who chase tornadoes, clouds and get spectacular images
As you scroll past some of these images, you will wish you could stop your life and get onto that road. Others you will be grateful if you never have to get any closer than your computer. Some you will simply marvel at human engineers. And as always, for some we must thank the artistry of the photographer.
When I know where the image is located, I label it. If you recognize anything unlabeled, please share the location in the comments.
For more weird roads to here.
I know it’s a little late to start vacation plans for this year. So maybe you will have to wait until next year to visit your favorite place on this post.
Or maybe you’ll just have to add one or two of these to your bucket list.
Or maybe you’ll just stare happily in wonder at the natural diversity of our planet and the buildings humans have constructed to help us enjoy them.
Also, in case, like me, you have been to one or more of these places and your vacation photos don’t exactly capture the spectacular images you see here, let’s remember to give thanks to the artistry of the photographers who manage to duplicate with perfect lighting and mood the beauty of what they see. I wish I knew more of their names.
Please leave a comment if you have a favorite place. And if I’ve left out one of your favorite places, send me a link.
Click here for more dream vacation destinations.
Thanks to AmazingThingsInTheWorld for many of these photos.
In case you’re complaining about summer heat, here’s a reminder of another reality.
Thanks to Sam Pryor at Pinterest. I confess, I lost the info of another person who had many wonderful snow and ice images at Pinterest. I think I’ve learned to be more diligent in saving the names of those I’d like to appreciate.
O.K., this is only the second time in two years that I’ve done a post where you really miss the point if you don’t read as well as look at the pictures. In fact, the first READ THIS post is about the parasite that got me started collecting wonders.
1) Slime molds are single-celled amoebas that can gather by the thousands to form multicelled bodies that can crawl or develop into gigantic pulsating networks.
2) Despite having no brain, the organism is able to “organise” its cells to create the most direct route through a maze in order to reach a source of food.
3) According to Atsushi Tero, from Kyushu University, southern Japan “Computers are not so good at analyzing the best routes that connect many base points because the volume of calculations becomes too large for them, but slime molds, without calculating all the possible options, can gradually find the best routes.”
4) When the individual amoeba cells become hungry, they rush together more like one organism for a common cause, for which some will sacrifice themselves. Inside the organism about 1 percent of the amoebas turn into police. They crawl through the slug-like blob looking for infectious bacteria. When they find one, they devour it and then drop away from the slug, taking the bacteria with it. They then die of the infection while the slug remains healthy.
5) Next some more of the cells (20%) die as they transform their bodies into a stiff stalk of cellulose, so that others can crawl to the top and form a sticky ball of spores that stick to the foot of an animal and travel to another spot to reproduce.
6) Biologists have found slime molds in Antarctica, in barren deserts, high in the canopies of jungles and even on the leaves of household plants.
So now you can enjoy looking at the variety of this life form as reflected in these images thanks mostly to englishrussia a website that translates Russian sites into English.
Thanks to Funny Times column, News of the Weird for getting me started on slime molds.
Again, thanks mostly to englishrussia for a majority of the images.
And here’s one more chance to check out the first READ THIS! post if you’ve missed it.
Thanks to the internet, researching posts for this website and the patience and skill of some incredible photographers, I have become enamored of birds–or at least images of them. I’ve gone from being someone interested in only a few striking breeds that live near me, like the blue herons and egrets, to someone totally charmed by the incredibIe diversity, the colors, the beauty and the sometimes awesome or funny behavior of our flying friends. I hope this leaves you feeling the same . Don’t miss the videos at the end.
If I know what kind of bird it is, I label it. Same with the photographer. I welcome added info as well as comments, as always.
Please see comments below by Eduardo Bernardi to explain this next image. The “Coloruja” does look like a photoshopped version of the Red-breasted toucan. Sorry, but I think he looks better without the huge beak–at least more amusing.
Here’s what some photographers go through to bring us these pictures.
Transformer owl, what a hoot. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth dealing with the music and other distractions.
This extraordinary video capturing the mating ritual of the Japanese Red Crowned Dancing Cranes is thanks to Anna Osetroff Productions. The full video is available here.
and to Amazing things in the World, on facebook. Also thanks to Iva for helping identify several of the birds.
If you are interested in more birds on this site, click Birds 1 or Birds 2. You can also check out posts on specific birds: Cuckoos and honey guides, or Social Weavers, Hippie Birds, or Blue-Footed Booby or Bower Birds or finally Peculiar bird mating rituals.
See? You can spend a whole day absorbed in the wonder of bird variety.
Here are a bunch of creative people playing with setting moons and some suns. Do not miss the gorgeous last photo of the recent annular solar eclipse by Clint Melander. Enjoy.
Clint Melander, describes capturing this extraordinary image of the annular solar eclipse of May 20, 2012:
I wanted to capture this remarkable experience of the Annular Solar Eclipse at Horseshoe Bend in Northern Arizona. This large panoramic composite image is made from about 48 images… shot with two cameras, making a composit of the sun in place over the canyon. What make this a fun image is the hundreds of photographers all capturing this extraordinary event lining the canyon rim with a thousand foot drop to the Colorado River below.
Thanks to Terri and Claire Elizabeth for getting me started on this.
To Merry for turning me onto AmazingThingsInThe World
I know, I know. This post has lots of videos, they take longer and you don’t have time….but are you sure you want to miss the dog and bird in their struggle over the yogurt? or the turtle that lovingly follows the cat? or the cockatoo feeding the dog spaghetti? And more. You can always click on to the next thing if you get bored. And here are a few amusing mixed species stills to check out first.
Every day – at the same time – she waits for him…
He comes… and they go for a walk.
This dog and parrot might be friends or maybe they are just amusing competitors for the yogurt dregs, keep watching after the first few seconds.
Can a turtle really be that crazy about the cat?
Cockatoo feeds a dog spaghetti
This pig and dog sure are acting like fast friends.
Cat and dolphins play
Thanks to Slothster for the turtle following the cat,
to Buzzfeed for the puppy and parrot fighting over the yogurt,
And to Terri, Kathleen, Gary and Louise for forwarding mixed species pics.
If you want to see more mixed species wonders go here:
These two videos couldn’t be more different, except each features some outstanding dancing and each is fun, fascinating and unique in its own way.
First, if you like the classic movie musicals of Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, you’ll surely enjoy this updated tribute to Rita Hayworth. The skill needed by Ellen to edit these clips in time to the music is much appreciated.
This video was edited by Rita Hayworth devotee, Ellen. You can enjoy more videos of Rita at her youtube Rita Hayworth fan channel.
According to a New York Times article, part of the rehabilitation programs at Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines is dancing. The organizer of the rehab program put this video on youtube in the hope of inspiring other prisons to follow suit. Instead it went viral. Over 17.5 million people have seen it–so in case, like me, you’re one of the last remaining people on the planet who haven’t seen it, enjoy.
In 2004, Byron Garcia, a security consultant for the prison was brought in to address problems at the prison after a series of riots. In addition to many other changes, including the building of a new facility, Garcia started an enforced exercise regime that in the past year evolved into dance classes.
Thanks for Kathleen for forwarding the Rita Hayworth video
and to Merry for the Philippine prisoners video.
I do need to thank Sam Pryor at Pinterest for so many of these images. I could spend days at his postings. If you like my site, you will like his.
Finally, thanks to Louise for forwarding several nature images through email.
Can you see the people in these flowers?
It’s ALL people. There is nothing in these images by artist Cecelia Webber except people.
Here’s a close up photo:
The artist says: “I began creating my compositions after noticing that a photo I had taken of my back looked like a petal. From there, I became fascinated by the practice of trying to create organic imagery with greater and greater accuracy.”
The process involves significant sketching and planning to envision the poses required for the final image. The digital images of flowers and plants shown here often require up to 700 layered variations which are then colored to achieve her desired design.
She also does birds:
Thanks to Jill for turning me on to this amazing artist, Cecelia Webber.
I bet there’s one here you wish you had.
Thanks to Bored Panda and to Gary for sharing them with me.
A two-minute vacation: Thanks to the BBC for this video and to Louise for sending it to me.
Fiery eruptions, devastated landscapes sharing their barren beauty, life struggling to persist, grand patterns viewable only from high above–we have to offer heartfelt appreciation to the artists who share their stunning images of the power and wonder of volcanoes.
The Kilauea volcano on the “Big Island” of Hawaii, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, has been erupting since January 3rd, 1983. Photographer Jeffrey Brown has amassed a spectacular portfolio depicting this valcano in all it’s moods and spectacle.
Kilauea currently produces 250,000-650,000 cubic yards of lava per day, enough to resurface a 20-mile-long, two-lane road daily. With lava flowing at an average rate of 800-1,300 gallons per second, more than 500 acres of new land have been added to the island of Hawaii since the volcano’s current eruption began.on January 3, 1983.
Prize-winning german photographer, Bernhard Edmaier, presents aerial glimpses of the patterns left by volcanoes from eons past as well as current eruptions from around the globe.
He studied civil engineering before he switched to geology and aerial photography. Edmaier stresses that his photographic projects are never the outcome of random events, but instead require meticulous planning. “I do a lot of my research on the Internet and I maintain close contact with local scientists wherever I intend to photograph. Taking aerial shots demands perfect light and weather conditions, which can sometimes mean a week-long wait before I get to start work.”
The results speak for themselves. These images are from his book Earth on Fire, available from local bookstores and Amazon.
VOLCANIC REMNANT, MAELIFELLSANDUR, ICELAND
Bright green moss has colonized a hill in the middle of this volcano remnant.
This island country is made of volcano remnants.
Now we look at volcanoes from even further up–SPACE
Many thanks to Wine and Bowties for turning me onto Bernard Edmaier.
Thanks to Amusing Planet for showing me Jeffrey Brown.
Also to National Geographic TV for the volcano video.
First I share one breath-taking image. Then some exquisite photography of animals. Then a slew of cuteness, ending with a series of animals hanging out in a place that’s hard to believe. As always, I’m happy to have you vote for favorites in the comments section. Enjoy.
If you like this pygmy marmoset and want to see whole post about them, here it is
What was this bobcat thinking?
This post was a group affair. Many thanks to people who forwarded me images: Claire Elizabeth, Louise, ABC news via Patty/Patricia, Neil. Thanks also to: Joan Stricker on Pinterest,, Sam Pryor on Pinterest, Roz Grage on Pinterest, and Orange Donkey.
Cara Barer says in her website’s artist statement:
A random encounter on Drew Street with the Houston Yellow Pages was the primary inspiration for this project. After that chance meeting, I began the search for more books, and more methods to change their appearance.
I realized I owned many books that were no longer of use to me, or for that matter, anyone else. Would I ever need “Windows 95?” After soaking it in the bathtub for a few hours, it had a new shape and purpose. Half Price Books became a regular haunt, and an abandoned house gave me a set of outdated reference books, complete with mold and neglect.
Each book tells me how to begin according to its size, type of paper, and sometimes contents. I arrive at some of my images by chance. Others, through experimentation. Without these two elements, my work would not flow easily from one idea to the next.
British artist Su Blackwell painstakingly cuts her delicate 3D paper sculptures from vintage books. Her magical and incredibly intricate sculptures literally free the characters and settings from the printed page, while also reflecting on “the precariousness of the world we inhabit and the fragility of our life, dreams, and ambitions,” as the artist says.
Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.
And to Trine for the video of the bookstore.
Two quirky artists create temples that are monuments to their unique personal visions. To fully appreciate these images you have to read the stories that go with them.
In northern ITALY:
A massive underground temple lies beneath a suburban house, built entirely in secret by a group of non-architects, working around the clock for 15 years. Dug out of the rock without building or excavation plans, it was all overseen by a middle-aged former insurance broker.
The underground temple spreads over 300,000 cubic feet (8,500 cubic meters) on five different levels, connected to one another by hundreds of meters of corridors. According to the founder, Oberto Airaudi, or “Falco” as he is now known, the complex is only ten percent complete.
In August of 1978, 28 year old Falco began work on his underground temple. While he chose to keep the project a secret from the government, he did bring on others whom he felt understood his vision. Begun as a group of about 24, the following now numbers over a thousand. Built over a decade and a half, volunteers worked in four-hour shifts, slowly excavating the earth and rock. They often hid the sounds of construction by pretending to throw parties.
The Italian police showed up in 1992, 14 years after secret construction was first begun. Having heard rumors of its existence, they demanded to see the temples. When three policemen and a public prosecutor were taken down into the massive and intricately decorated complex they were stunned. The structure contains a number of spaces, some with ceilings over 25 feet high. One room is a four-sided pyramid covered in mirrors and topped with a glass dome. The ceiling of the “hall of spheres” is covered entirely in gold leaf.
Now known as “The Damanhur Temples of Humankind.” Falco says the temples are the re-creations of “visions” of elaborate halls, or temples, he experienced as a child.
Some people call the leader and his followers a cult.
The White Temple is the creation of Thai artist Chaloemchai Khositphiphat who started building it back in 1998. He has completed only the first of 9 main buildings planned. In an interview, he said “I will dedicate all my life to this work. Also, I have at least 2 generations to continue it after my death. I estimate that it will take about 60-70 years to complete.”
There seem to be meanings to every detail in the temple. In order to go to the main hall (heaven), you’ll have to cross the pit of hell.
But not the toilet.
No one is allowed to take pictures inside the temple, so these examples seem to be from the booklet about the temple.
Because the temple is financed by the artist and contributions, Khositphiphat is free to update the traditional Buddhist temple as he sees fit. Much of the inside of the temple is adorned with a mural which includes contemporary scenes from Hollywood movies and current events. Among them are superheros like Superman, Spiderman, Neo from the matrix as well as Avatar characters, Jabba the Hut and Darth Vadar from Star Wars, the attack of the twin towers on 9/11, then spaceships, aliens, luxury goods, a gas pump and many things “western.”
Thanks to Jennifer Heller for getting me started on the white temple.
There seems to be no end to appealing, and quirky images of animal friendships across species. Also, don’t miss reading the story of the elk and the marmot at the end of this page.
Keepers at Pocatello Zoo, Idaho, were worried when they noticed Shooter, a four-year-old elk, acting strangely at his water trough. At six feet tall with another four feet of giant antlers, he can be scarey. He’s punctured tires with his antlers and some zoo staff are afraid of him.
Staff noticed him trying to dunk his head in the trough but his antlers kept getting in the way. He was trying to dunk his head in the water, but his antlers kept getting in the way.
“Nobody could figure out why he was trying to get his head in, and then he started dipping his feet in. We were all completely confused, until we saw the marmot in his mouth. I think he had nudged the animal away from the edge of the trough with his antlers and hooves so he could reach it with his mouth without his antlers getting in the way.”
Scooter placed the hapless rodent down and nudged it with his hoof, as if checking it for signs of life, before calmly watching it scamper off into the bushes.
Staff managed to catch the drama on camera.
Thanks to Terri, Gary, and Good News Network.
I’m not sure if the wonder is in the photography or the place itself–probably both. In any case, here’s a tour through some spectacular places around our planet that you might want to add to your list of “someday” vacation destinations.
Thanks to TheCoolHunter for these images. Thanks to Jen H. for turning me onto this site.
The goal of British artist Luke Jerram is “to present the dichotomy between the beauty of pathogens like the HIV virus and the havoc they wreak on humanity.” His works depict viruses and bacteria at approximately one million times their actual size. Jerram consulted with virologists from England’s University of Bristol to ensure his forms were scientifically accurate, then he teamed with highly specialized glassblowers to bring his vision to fruition. Only five editions of each microbe are produced for sale—unfortunately, their potentially lethal counterparts aren’t nearly so rare.
Thanks to buzzfeed, Merry,
Japanese photographer Tsuneaki Hiramatsu uses time-lapse photography to capture these stunning images showing the patterns of light made by fireflies. None of the artist’s photographs were captured with camera flashes or artificial light.
According to firefly.org, fireflies emit light mostly to attract mates, although they also communicate for other reasons as well, such as to defend territory and warn predators away. In some firefly species, only one sex lights up. In most, however, both sexes glow; often the male will fly, while females will wait in trees, shrubs and grasses to spot an attractive male. If she finds one, she’ll signal it with a flash of her own.
They can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
From: Daily Mail online via Gary Whitney. Thanks.
Those are the questions the videos in this post brought up for me. I hope you share my surprise and amusement at the expanse of the human repertoire represented here.
Because I had to satisfy my own curiosity, I’m sharing brief descriptions with links for anyone interested in seeing or learning more about how and what you are seeing.
Beatboxing is the art of producing drum beats, rhythm and musical sounds using one’s mouth, lips, tongue and voice. It can also involve singing and the simulation of horns, strings and other musical instruments.
HIKAKIN is a Japanese beatboxer. Be sure to give it at least 30 seconds.
Here is a 7 year old boy, Nana Kyei, from Ghana, beatboxing via Wine and Bowties
Mountain bike trials are a discipline of mountain biking in which the rider attempts to pass through an obstacle course without putting their foot to the ground.
This video features Danny MacAskill the best known practioner of street trials which are a freestyle and non-competitive version of mountain-bike trials. Thanks to his breathtaking skill and subsequent interest on youtube, MacAskill has become a professional street trial rider. You’ll soon know why. MacAskill was born and raised in Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
Thanks again to Wine and Bowties.
By ATTRACTION BLACK LIGHT THEATER
Thanks to Patricia Selk
This is the story of Exodus from the Bible.
HALLELUJAH CHORUS, ALASKA STYLE
Fifth graders at Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat School in Quinhagak,Alaska, a Yupik village of 550 people located on the Bering Sea coast in Southwest Alaska, decided to make a class project to present at a Christmas program for the entire village. It’s well past the holiday, but if you haven’t seen it, it’sl fun.
Thanks to Kathleen.
Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing stunning imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials. He has a channel on youtube, Moving Art.
If you don’t have time to see the whole thing, at least stay through the hummingbird twirling as it chases a bug….or the fish leaping up the water fall….or
Thanks to Jane and Merry.
This extraordinary example of facade mapping was projected in Berlin, Germany as an ad for LG Optimus One cell phones on September 29, 2011. The sounds you hear in the background are people watching from the street.
Facade mapping is a kind of 3-D animation projected against the side of a building, and initially, at least, “mapped” to perfectly match the buildings surface, allowing the animators to play with the building, both as a subject and as a surface for projecting other images.
Thanks to Kathleen.
You can click on the image or name for any of the following photos and travel to the website of the artist.
High speed photography involves both artistry and technological wizardry.
A standard photographic flash lasts around a thousandth of a second (a millisecond). But high speed photography creates a flash of light around a microsecond (a millionth of a second). This allows the photographer to freeze time at a precise moment. Check out the delicate beauty these ingenious artists have created.
High speed photographer Jim Kramer uses food coloring, water, and dishwater soap to help thicken the water, and captures the moment a drop of liquid explodes into a multicolored splash in these incredible images.
Using a timer to track the path of falling drops, a flash is set off at the exact split second of impact and captures the shot.
Alan Sailer likes to shoot bullets through inanimate objects, then capture the resulting carnage at the moment of impact.
Using an air rifle, he has set up a system that lets him take a photograph at the exact moment the bullet pierces the object. Knowing that the pellets shot by these rifles can reach speeds of up to 656 feet (200 meters) per second, an elaborate triggering system was needed. When the pellet is shot, it goes through a laser beam which itself triggers a 17,000 volts flash and the photography is taken during a microsecond (or 1 millionth of a second.)
The liquid sculpture of Martin Waugh is amazingly intricate.
“Sometimes I have a very specific goal, like, “create a splash in the shape of a
martini glass,” and I design a method for doing that. Other times, I might think, “I
wonder what happens if I increase the viscosity of the drop’s liquid?” Then I set out
experimenting. In both cases, serendipity is a rich source of new ideas and effects.
I can spend several days getting things ready to take a shot. I may have to build
equipment or electronics, and work to get the lighting the way I want it. Then the
liquids will get uppity and require taming. This process can burn a few thousand
shots. Then, I have everything cornered right where I want it, and I can get
dozens of shots that are keepers. Those I choose from.”
From an interview posted on: liquid-imagination.com
Here’s a video where he discusses how he works.
Heinz Maier started photography only about a year ago, but his high-speed water drop photos are stunning.
Here are more photos using high speed techniques.
Now feast your eyes on these images by Marcus Reugels.
As if the above aren’t unique enough, Reugels devised a different approach, using the vibration from a speaker to jostle liquids. To create this work he stretches a black balloon over a bass reflex tube which sits over a speaker. He adds a spoonful of water to the middle of the balloon, drops in some coloring, cranks some techno basslines through the speakers.
Finally, here is a sampling from his refractions series. Single droplets of water with images refracted within them – apparently focus and lighting are the tricky parts.
Finally, if you want to sit back and enjoy a slideshow with music and high speed images posted by Corrie White, here you go:
Thanks to Merry for getting me started on this.
Thanks to artsintherightplace for images by Marcus Reugels.