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Animal Architecture Photography

animal architectureThe vogelkop gardener bowerbird builds an impressive home to attract mates

In Animal Architecture, a new book from Abrams, nature photographer Ingo Arndt explores marvels of nature with spectacular imagery, showcasing the complex and elegant structures that animals create both for shelter and for capturing prey. Arndt’s photographs display wonders such as the colourful mating arenas of bowerbirds in West Papua and the fantastic nests created by ants in Africa.


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Not so common pet carriers

Portable Aquarium Fish Bowl by Michal Shabtiali



Macro Photography of insects by Igor Siwanowicz


Igor Siwanowicz believes that small insects are underrated. As a child he spent hours hunting for spiders and beetles with a microscope. Now as a scientist the world of tiny creatures fascinates him even more. After playing around with a micro photography kit as a hobby, Igor has gone on to become an award-winning insect photographer bringing the world of creepy crawlies to life with brilliant use of close-up techniques.


What do animals get up to when we’re not looking?


French photographer Thomas Subtil in his series “hakuna matata” – a Swahili phrase which means “no worries” – takes animals native to Africa and anthropomorphizes them, revealing us the secret lives of wild animals. The unusual snaps were made from photographs Subtil took whilst visiting Kenya. He later edited them to make them a little more unusual and surreal. We’ve never seen animals do this before… perhaps they only do it when nobody is around?


Lake in Tanzania turns animals into statues


Lake Natron takes its name from natron, a naturally occurring compound made mainly of sodium carbonate, with a bit of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) thrown in. Here, this has come from volcanic ash, accumulated from the Great Rift valley. Animals that become immersed in the water die and are calcified.
Photographer Nick Brandt, while in Tanzania, discovered perfectly preserved birds and bats on the shoreline. “I could not help but photograph them,” he says. “No one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake.”


The Masters of Nature Photography book

The Masters of Nature Photography : DAVID DOUBILET PENGUINS, ICE AND LIGHTPenguins, ice and light (Danko Island, Antarctica, 2011)

Wild horses of the Netherlands, red-crowned cranes dancing in the snow, the plight of a tortured chimpanzee and a polar panorama feature in the collection of wildlife images in the book published by the Natural History Museum.


At the Zoo, Dreaming of Home


The captive primates in Anne Berry‘s photographs don’t look too happy, but she’s not advocating against zoos.

“I think zoos are doing a better and better job of keeping animals and replicating habitats that don’t exist in the wild anymore,” Berry said. “It’s not the best that you’d like, but it’s keeping species alive.”


The House In The Woods by Kai Fagerstrom


The stoves in these deserted houses are now cold, but their rooms have attracted new inhabitants from the nearby woods.
An ambiguous atmosphere reigns in the houses. The melancholic spirits of the last residents linger in the structures and abandoned household items even though the living quarters have been taken over by new noises: a rustle in the corner, quiet footsteps under the floorboards. Squeaks, shadows and rapid movement. Mice, squirrels, foxes and badgers as well as numerous species of birds live in nooks and crannies. Nature is reclaiming what it only gave away for a loan.

By recording some of the last visitors to these houses falling into decay, Heikki Willamo and Kai Fagerström have managed to create a magical and fabulous pictorial world.


Vintage Photos of Animals Acting Like People


A funny collection of vintage photos of animals acting like people.
(All photos courtesy of Getty Images)
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Animalistic Body Art by Gesine Marwedel


German artist Gesine Marwedel uses the human body as a canvas for her beautiful body paintings. She is taking body painting to a new level by using the natural shapes of the human form and her art is so detailed that you forget you’re looking at a human body.


Wildlife Photography by Marina Cano


Marina Cano is a landscape and wildlife photographer. She has devoted three years of her life to a  wild life project, which resulted in the book Cabárceno, named after the largest natural park nature reserve in Europe.  Cano made amazing shots of animals in their natural habitat.


Photography: Little Girl and the Cat

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A series of back and white child + cat photography by Russian photographer Andy Prokh.

Scientific Textbook Illustrations by Josh Keyes

Josh Keyes ‘s style is reminiscent of the diagrammatic vocabulary found in scientific textbook illustrations that often express through a detached and clinical viewpoint an empirical representation of the natural world. Keyes’ work is a hybrid of eco-surrealism and dystopian folktales that express a concern for our time and the Earth’s future.

He was born in Tacoma, Washington. He received a BFA in 1992 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from Yale University. Keyes currently lives and works in Portland Oregon.


Photography: Wildlife Crossings

Wildlife crossings are structures that allow animals to cross human-made barriers safely. They may include: underpass tunnels, viaducts, and overpasses (mainly for large or herd-type animals), fish ladders and green roofs (for butterflies and birds). Wildlife crossings are a practice in habitat conservation, allowing connections or re-connections between habitats, combating habitat fragmentation. They also assist in avoiding collisions between vehicles and animals, which in addition to killing or injuring wildlife may cause injury to humans and property damage.

Wildlife Overpass, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. (Image source)


Colorful Wildlife Photography by Sompob Sasismit

Beautiful wildlife photography by Sompob Sasismit from Thailand.


Ashes and Snow by Gregory Colbert

Photographer and filmmaker Gregory Colbert has traveled to a number of different places such as Burma, India, Kenya, and Namibia to film and photograph the interaction between humans and animals. ‘Ashes and Snow‘ is an ongoing project that weaves together photographic works, 35mm films, art installations and a novel in letters.


Bee Hotels for Solitary Bees

Solitary bees do not live within a hive with a queen. There are males and females. A fertilized female makes a nest in wood or stone and bored into the wood in order to construct a nursery.


Perfect Timing Animal Photography


Snow Monkey Photography

Photo by Masashi Mochida

Most monkeys are happy swinging in the trees of tropical jungles but for Japanese macaques there is nothing like relaxing in a hot spring in Yamanouchi, central Japan. So lovely creatures.


The Secret Life of Ants

secret life of ants

The photo series created by Russian photographer Andrey Pavlov is called “Ant Stories”. Pavlov wasn’t particularly interested in macro photography until some years ago, when a spinal injury caused him to remain immobilized. That’s when he fell under the charm of ants. So he made it a hobby to observe and take photos of these incredible insects. He uses all kinds of things to attract the insects, from shiny coins, to his own fingers. It took him about three years to understand and get in touch with the tiny creatures, but now he knows just how to deal with them.


Vintage LOLcats

Lolcats of the Late 19th-Early 20th Century

These were the original cat memes before the internet even existed.


Greta Oto – The Transparent Butterfly

glasswing butterfly

Butterflies in general are fragile, so fragile that the color in them would literally rub off on your hands if you stroked their wings. Butterflies of the species Greta Oto are commonly called clearwings or glasswings and come from Central America. The tissues of their wings look like glass thus giving them the transparent wings. They have dispensed with the growth of colored scales that normally cover the wings of butterflies and moths. Probably a way to hide from predators.


Flamingos Photography


Mating Ritual: James’s Flamingo by szeke


The Biodiversity Project


National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has a mission: to shoot with a camera Earth’s endangered species in a studio setting, so that human viewers are forced to confront exactly who’s going extinct face-to-face. More than 1,800 species have been photographed to date, with more to come.

You can see many more of Joel’s photos at the Biodiversity Project, where you can purchase affordable prints of these photos.



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