Band-e Amir National Park located in Afghanistan is a series of six turquoise lakes separated by natural dams made of travertine, a mineral deposit. The beautiful lakes were created by the carbon dioxide rich water that is drawn from the spring melt-water in the surrounding mountains and came out from faults and cracks in the rocky landscape. The site of Band-e Amir has been described as Afghanistan’s Grand Canyon. The contrast between the deep blue waters and the barren mountains is absolutely stunning.
In Nocturne: Creatures of the Night Traer Scott features 42 intimate portraits of nocturnal animals. Scott sets her subjects against dark backgrounds. The result is a “very controlled” and “minimal” look. “I wanted it to feel like the viewer was seeing an animal that had just emerged from the darkness and someone had shined a flashlight on it,” Scott said in an interview.
Trina Merry body paints people to blend with their surroudings. Her models have been photographed near famous landmarks around New York City, including the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, Central Park, the Guggenheim Museum and the iconic towers of downtown Manhattan.
“Bodypaint creates a special connection to a person that other visual art forms have trouble accomplishing; it’s a distinctly human experience.” Merry says she came up with the idea for the series after moving to New York from the San Francisco area this year.
Sebastião Salgado is a Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist who has been awarded numerous major photographic prizes in recognition of his accomplishments. In 2004, Salgado began a project named “Genesis,” aiming at the presentation of the ‘unblemished’ faces of nature and humanity. It consists of a series of photographs of landscapes and wildlife, as well as of human communities that continue to live in accordance with their ancestral traditions and cultures.
Fun and creative illustrations by Ricardo Solis, a Mexican artist based in Guadalajara. From a young age Solis attracted to art and nature, now as a professional artist tries to express in his work the beauty and perfection of both.
Italian artist Bruno Walpoth creates haunting, lifelike sculptures out of wood. Walpoth uses semi-translucent paint to coat his works, to ensure that the wood grains are visible. Each of his works is an attempt to breathe a living soul into carved wood. Walpoth points to the sculptures’ expressions: “When standing in front of the work, one should have the impression that the characters have a soul. I would like to achieve that.” He certainly achieved that!
Aurland Viewing Bridge above Aurland, a small town in Sogn og Fjordane, one of the larger fjords on the West Coast of Norway, offers fantastic view of the fjord scenery . Designed by Todd Saunders & Tommie Wilhelmsen from Saunders Architecture the construction creates a distinct horizon to make the view even more dramatic. Nature first and architecture second was the guiding principle when architects sat down to design this project.
Trompe l’oeil artist John Pugh creates large scale murals giving the illusion of a three-dimensional scene behind the wall. “I have found that the ‘language’ of life-size illusions allow me to communicate with a very large audience. It seems almost universal that people take delight in being visually tricked.” His particular mural style sparked the term “Narrative Illusionism” and his paintings can be seen all over the world.
The nests of social weaver birds are believed to be the largest birds’ nests in the world. Other than providing a hiding place from predators, the gigantic communal nests are also said to be perfect for protecting the birds from desert’s harsh climate. Living in the plains of Namibia and South Africa, social weavers make use of several different materials, building the nest by weaving in twig after twig. These nests are perhaps the most spectacular structure built by any bird.
Lenticular clouds are stationary lens-shaped clouds, normally aligned at right-angles to the wind direction. They are fairly common near mountains and are formed by so-called “mountain waves” of air created by strong winds forced over high mountains. Due to their unusual shape, they have been offered as an explanation for some Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) sightings.