READ THIS! 2, Slime Molds

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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.

By Alain Michaud

Slime mold finds its way to an oat through a maze

Thanks to Funny Times column, News of the Weird for getting me started on slime molds.

Thanks to The New York Times and London’s Telegraph newspapers for the info.

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.


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Birds, 3

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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.


Red-breasted Toucan (Ramphastos dicolorus)


Green-backed twin spot



Fairy wrens

By Katya Horner

American Kestrel

European kingfisher


Saffron Toucanet

By Katya Horner

Egret by Greg Magee

Cockatoo baby

Flameback by Ric Seet

Spider bird, or Piping Plover with babes

Mandarin ducks

Crested Satinbird

Kentish Plover, by Armando Caldas

Baby flamingo

Lilac-breasted Roller

Kori Bustard by Paolo Maffioletti

Southern Red Bishop

Swan with babes

Great Indian Hornbill

Baby egrets

Crested owl

Painted bunting

Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise

Pileated Woodpecker and her babes

Doves, maybe inca doves

Rainbow lorikeets

Snowy owl


Female Saddled Bill Stork

Vulturine Guinea Fowl, aka the model for Dracula

Here’s what some photographers go through to bring us these pictures.

This Tragopan Satyra really knows how to strut his stuff to entice a mate.  Stay past the first few seconds and you’ll be rewarded.

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.

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Also many thanks once again to Sam Pryor  and Maryann Rizzo  both at Pinterest

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.

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Moon Fun and Some Sun

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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.

I believe this is from an solar eclipse

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.

Ring of Fire, Horseshoe Bend, by Clint Melander

Thanks to Terri and Claire Elizabeth for getting me started on this.

To Merry for turning me onto AmazingThingsInThe World


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Mixed Species, 4

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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.

Now videos

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:

Mixed species 1, or More mixed species or Mixed species 3


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New Dancing from Dead Stars and Philippine Prisoners

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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.




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Exquisite nature images

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Random images from nature that fill me with wonder.  I invite you to mention your favorite in comments below.



Cleveland harbor lighthouse after ice storm


The sagano bamboo forest. Photo by Donna and Steve at flickr

Uluru, Australia, Ayers Rock

After laboriously noting where I got many of these images in order to send my gratitude, I neglected to click on “save” and have lost attribution for some people and sites.  I apologize.,

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.

Also thanks to  Roz Grage,  and   Cheryl 1109 also both from Pinterest.

Finally, thanks to Louise for forwarding several nature images through email.



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Flower People

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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:

of this:

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 seems to have a band aid on her second toe in the above right pic.

She also does  birds:

And butterflies:

Thanks to Jill for turning me on to this amazing artist, Cecelia Webber.

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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.

By Jeffrey Brown

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.

Do you worry about where he was standing when he took some of these?

Awe-inspiring destruction of rain forest


A volcanic bubble burst (see video at end of post.)

By Justin Rexnick


By Bill Adler


By Justin Reznick

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.

Costa Rica

New Zealand

Java, Indonesia




Bright green moss has colonized a hill in the middle of this volcano remnant.

New Zealand





Etna, Sicily, Italy

Costa Rica


This island country is made of volcano remnants.


Mt. Etna, Sicily, Italy




John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Painted Hills, Oregon


Now we look at volcanoes from even further up–SPACE

The Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Taken from the International Space Station

Hawaiian volcanoes, USA from space

Russia’s Pacific coast, from space

Santorini, Greece, world-renowned vacation spot, is built on a volcano remnant.

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.

And of course to the artists, especially Jeffrey Brown and Bernard Edmaier.

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Animal Images: Amazing, Exquisite and Aww

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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.

You knew whales were huge, but this image still astonishing.

Albino dolphin

If you like this pygmy marmoset and want to see whole post about them, here it is

What was this moose thinking?

A giant grape?

Is this guy too cute to be real?


Photo by Curt Fonger

What was this bobcat thinking?

Curt Fonger

A champion pigeon

Another champ.

Family Hug

What’s that on the dam wall? Look closely!

This is the Diga del Cingino dam in Italy  and the animals are European Ibex.  They like to eat the moss and lichen growing on the wall. They also are licking the salt off the stone. 

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.





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Books as Art–NOT Artbooks

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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.

Thanks to Mel from Scotland for getting me started on book-art with Brian Dettmer via Karan Arora at posterous

And to Amusing Planet for info on Cara Barer

And to MoreWaystoWasteTime for info on Su Blackwell.

And to Trine for the video of the bookstore.

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Eccentric Artists Create Exotic Architecture

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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.

View into a hallway

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.

Hall of Spheres


One of the tunnels

Layout of the various rooms

The house it started under.

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.

Thanks to: Atlasobscura for much of the information, Cosmic machine at blogspot for many of the images, and Merry for turning me onto the story.


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.”

The main building is painted white to symbolize the Buddha’s purity, and is covered in mosaics of mirrors to sparkle in the sun.

Photo by kurt van aert on flickr

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.

                               Even the fish are white.

But not the toilet.

World's fanciest toilet in gold

World's fanciest no-smoking sign

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.”

Twin towers

Keanu Reeves as Neo from the Matrix is on the left, creature from Avatar flies in the center.

Thanks to Jennifer Heller for getting me started on the white temple.


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Mixed Species, 3

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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.










Here’s a stirring example of cross-species connection from The Daily Mail via Good News Network.

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.

If you like these and want to see more mixed species, click here for mixed species, number one,  and here for mixed species number two.

Thanks to Terri, Gary, and Good News Network.


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Dream Vacation Destinations

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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.

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

Awa’awapuhi Trail, Kauai, Hawaii

Benteng, Chittorgarh, India

Baatara Gorage Waterfall, Tannourine, Lebanon

Bern, Switzerland

Ben Bulben, County Sligo, Ireland

Aiguill e du midi, Chamonix, France

Devetashkata Cave, Bulgaria

Etretat, Normandy, France

Four Seasons Hotel, Bora Bora

Ice Canyon, Greenland

Gardens of Prague Castle, Czech Republic

Lower Lewis River Falls, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington State

Marble Caves, Chile Chico, Chile

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Neist Point Isle of Skye, Scotland

Alesund, Norway

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Preachers Rock, Preikestolen, Norway

Rice Field Terraces in Yunnan, China

Vernazza, Cinque Terra, Italy

Fjords, Norway

Canal of Leiden, Netherlands frozen over


Shark Island,  Sydney, Australia

Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Spirit Island, Magligne Lake, Alberta, Canada

The Gardens at Marqueyssac,Vézac, France

The Pearl Waterfall, Jiuzhaigou Valley, China

Keukenhof Gardens,  Netherlands

Thanks to TheCoolHunter for these images.  Thanks to Jen H. for turning me onto this site.

Click here to explore more at Cool Hunter.

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Virus and Bacteria as Art

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HIV virus

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.

Malaria, just after it entered red blood cell


Ecoli bacteria


Avian or bird flu




Swine flu


T4 Phage

SARS pneumonia


Human Papilloma virus


H1N1 virus

The art of  Fernan Federici  Jim Haseloffand on WellcomeImages on flickr utilizes stains and a powerful microscope to highlight the patterns in bacteria.  None of these are photoshopped.


Thanks to buzzfeed, Merry,

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Time Lapse Fireflies

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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.

Lightning bugs are able to light up come using bioluminescence, which is created when a pigment and chemical react and is most often seen in sea creatures.

Hiramatsu spent nearly four years between 2008 and 2011 photographing these tiny creatures in Okayama Prefecture, Japan.

Fireflies over a meandering stream as dusk falls

Fireflies can be found on every continent except Antarctica.

According to, 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.

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Quirky and Ingenius Talents

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Is that for real?  How do they do that?  There must be a trick.

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.



Thanks to Patricia Selk
This is the story of Exodus from the Bible.


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.

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High Speed Photography

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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.)



play dough

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:

Martin Waugh kindly shares his techniques on his blog, and he also sells prints of his work.

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.

by Wayne Fulton

By Muhammad Ahmed

by Corrie White

by Corrie White

Corrie White

Corrie White

Flower by fotoopa



by Fotoopa

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.


The world on a string


The Moon


Evil clown


Big World in a Little Drop

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 for post about Jim Kramer.

Thanks to for images from Heinz Maier and weburbanist for images and quotes.

Thanks to Hadro at for images and info about Alan Sailer.

Thanks to  artsintherightplace  for images by Marcus Reugels.

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Albino Animals

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Fifteen-year-old photographer Marlin Shank was fortunate enough to capture

several images of a rare albino ruby-throated hummingbird while in a park in

Staunton, Va







By R D Watson










Poor skunk with no stripes



Even ladybugs





 Not all albinos are pure white.








Thanks Tim Little for getting me started on albinos, and


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Imagination for Hire

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Don’t miss the punny titles.  These creative images were created by Shannon Calvert on his website  hireimagination.

Emotional Outlet




Bored of education


Light rock and lead balloon







Athletes foot






Under the weather




Food coloring


Light reading


Off the wall




Shannon Calvert also shares his artistic sensibilities with nature photos.




Here’s another chance to wander through the images on hireimagination.

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More of the best Street Art

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The image below is by Banksy, probably the most well-known street artist/graffiti criminal.




























The following are by Julian Beever, 3-D artist.

For more 3-D street art by Julian Beever go to mind-bending 3-d art on my site ,  or the artist’s site.

For more Banksy go to:  graffiti with a chuckle or the artist’s site.

Many thanks to Gary Whitney.

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People and Animals

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I hope some of this girl’s joy rubs off on you like it did me.

Below, revenge for above?

By Gotinha

Below, more joy to rub off.

O.K.  So here are a couple images with no people, but humans are a crucial ingredient.  Then there are a couple shots of kids too cute to leave out.

Many thanks to DayFunny and to OrangeDonkey.

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How different can a life be?

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I can’t stop thinking about what life would feel like if I used  paints, parts of various plants, nuts, feathers, fur, whatever I could find from  nature to make spectacular headpieces and body accessories for myself, family and friends, and I did this  2 -3 times a day!

Thanks to German photographer Hans Silvester we can witness the dazzling artistry of the Surma and Mursi people of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia as they perform their ancient tradition of temporary body decoration on themselves and each other a few times each day.















Here’s a link to Hans Silvester’s book about people of the Omo Valley at Amazon.

Thanks to Claire Elizabeth.


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Birds: the fast, intrepid, distinctive, gorgeous and cute

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The Fastest Animal

The peregrine falcon can fly at 90 mp, and reach 200 mph (322kmh) while diving to catch prey.


The longest migration

Every year the Arctic tern flies  around 50,000 miles (80,500km) from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back again, further than any other bird during its migration .  It performs almost all its tasks in the air.

The Arctic Tern flies as well as glides through the air. It nests once every one to three years (depending on its mating cycle); once it has finished nesting it takes to the sky for another long migration.


 A poisonous bird?

The Pitohui bird of New Guinea is the only known poisonous bird.   Its toxic skin and feathers protect it from predators.

A bird with no wings

 The kiwi is the only bird with no wings.  He looks like he has fur rather than feathers, doesn’t he?

The Champion, both fast and intrepid

The great snipe can fly non-stop over a distance of around 4200 miles (6760km) at a phenomenal 60mph (97kmh). Swedish scientists put tiny data chips into 3 snipes and found that one bird flew 4225 miles (6800km) from Sweden to central Africa in just 3.5 days. The other two birds flew 3833 miles (6169km) in three days, and 2870 miles (4619km) in two days.

The peregrine falcon is fast.  The arctic tern goes far but not particularly fast.  Scientists have long known that snipes are incredibly fast birds. The word ‘sniper’ originated in the 1770s among soldiers in British India: if a hunter was skilled enough to kill an elusive snipe, he was called a sniper.

For more on the Great Snipe you can go here.

Now on to the gorgeous and cute.

Next is a Silver-Laced Sebright Bantam.

By Mark Robinson, UK.

by Mark V.Muller

Thanks Gary, and


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Whimsical Art

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Hanoch Piven and  Mark Jenkins are two artists that seem to share a sense of  whimsy and humor.


While on vacation this summer I happened upon an exhibit of  these colorful and witty works  by Israeli artist Hanoch Piven.  He uses common everyday objects to create amusing portraits of notable people.  A closer look at the particulars of the objects  only makes it more fun.

If you’re not sure who is represented, hold the cursor over the image.

















Mark Jenkins has been busy since my first post of his Scotch Tape Sculptures.  Here are some of the new ones, still deserving of chuckles.  In some of the images you might have to search to find the sculpture–the baby.

In Dublin






Bordeau, France


Baltimore, MD

Canary Islands


Canary Islands

Fairfax, VA


Washington, D.C.


Washington, D.C.

Martinsberg, W. VA

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More Mixed Species

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Vote for your favorite combo in the comments.

And don’t miss the videos at the end.


Oops, not sure these next ones are friends.









Yes, it’s a kimodo dragon.




Make sure you notice what this bear is hugging–that is a hug, right?



Thanks, Ginny for the video and Jean for the cactus cat.


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