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Bottled Smoke Drawings by Jim Dingilian

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Artist Jim Dingilian has an unconventional way of creating art. Instead of crafting images with paint or graphite, he uses smoke as his medium. His drawings are created with candle smoke inside empty glass bottles and are reminiscent of some forgotten 19th-century imaging technique. The artist begins by coating the bottles’ inner surfaces with smoke, and then uses brushes and small implements mounted on the ends of dowels to reach inside and slowly, selectively erase certain areas. The smoke, which remains on the glass, forms the images.

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World’s biggest bird nests

largest-nests-3Photo: Jofie Lamprecht

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.

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Waterfall-like Rock Formations in Mexico

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Located in the central valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico, Hierve el Agua, looks very much like a waterfall stuck in time, but the cliff is a mineral formation that was created over thousands of years. These formations are created by fresh water springs, as the water scurries over the cliffs, the excess minerals are deposited, much in the same manner that stalactites are formed in caves.  Atop the cliffs are turquoise bathing pools that offer incredible views of the surrounding landscape.

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Not so common pet carriers

Portable Aquarium Fish Bowl by Michal Shabtiali

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ROOFTOP HOUSES

“Fallen Star” by South Korean artist Do Ho Suh on top of a seven-story building of University of California in San Diego.

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Surreal Red Beach in China

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Red Beach, located in Liaohe River Delta, is famous for its landscape featuring a red sea weed that can live in highly alkaline soil. Its growth cycle starts in April when it is coloured light red, while the colour of the mature species is deep red. Most of the Red Beach is a nature reserve and closed to the public. Only a small, remote, section is open for tourists.

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The Volcanos that spew Blue Lava

Dallol volcano – In Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression, the sulfur dust in the soil of a hydrothermal vent ignites to form blue flames.

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Nail Houses

nail-houseBuilding in the middle of a  highway, Wenling, China (2012) before it was demolished

“Nail houses” are homes that their owners refuse to leave them to make way for new constructions. Contractors must build around them in order to continue the construction. So  the buildings are left solitary like stubborn nails. But in most cases home owners  are forced out of their properties  as  authorities  pressure them  with  extreme measures, such as cutting off utilities, or just offer higher compensations.

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Light pillars over Ontario

Light pillars form when a bright light (from the sun, the moon or man-made light sources) reflects off the surfaces of millions of falling ice crystals associated with thin, high-level clouds. The pillars, which are often mistaken for UFO sightings, are typically seen in polar regions and they might lengthen or brighten as you gaze at them.
Photographer Jay Callaghan shot the beautiful photo below, on his back deck in 25 February at 1:45 am , as he was looking northeast toward Chemong Road in Peterborough, Ontario.

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That’s how crows build their nests in Tokyo

crow-nest-tokyo-hangers-kashiwakuraPhoto by Yosuke Kashiwakura

The crows that live in Tokyo build their nests out of metal clothes-hangers. In such a large city, there are few trees, so the natural materials that crows need to make their nests are scarce. As a result, the crows steal hangers from the people who live in apartments nearby, and carefully assemble them into nests. The completed nests almost look like works of art based on the theme of recycling.
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