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Ghoramara – On The Shore of a Vanishing Island

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The island of Ghoramara is located on a delta region in West Bengal, India. A rise in sea levels has washed away more than 50% of Ghoramara island since the 1980s, prompting two-thirds of its population to leave. The continually receding shore and vanishing vegetation leave behind a coast of sediment holding an ironic beauty of its own amid the increasingly barren shores. Daesung Lee, an international photojournalist, situated villagers on the shore and took portraits of them in juxtaposition with the beauty of the vanishing island.

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The Monkey Orchid

monkey orchid 1Image: Columbus GV Team

These rare primate-esque flowers are formally known as Dracula simia. They  only grow in the cloud forests of southeastern Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1,000-2,000 meters on the side of mountains. In the scientific name, “simia” refers to the monkey face and “Dracula” refers to the two long spurs that hang down, almost like fangs.

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The Bizzare Landscape of Socotra Island

socotra-desert-rosePhoto: Mark W. Moffett

An island off the coast of Yemen in the Indian Ocean, Socotra is home to hundreds of plants found nowhere else on earth like the Dragon’s Blood Tree and Desert Rose looking like a blooming elephant leg. There are almost no roads on the island, which is also home to a collection of caves and a number of shipwrecks.

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The Floating Forest

abandoned-ship-ss-ayrfield-floating-forestPhoto: Bruce Hood

The SS Ayrfield (originally launched as SS Corrimal) was built in 1911. During World War II was used to transport supplies to American troops in the Pacific. It was sold in 1950 and operated as a collier on the sixty-miler run between Newcastle and Sydney, until 1972 that the ship was brought to the Homebush Bay, its final resting place.
More than 100 years since its launch nature has taken over, turning the ship into a beautiful little floating forest.

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B & W Documentary Photography by Gustavo Jononovich

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A series of Photography on oil pollution in the Ecuadorian jungle by Argentinian photographer Gustavo Jononovich.
Richland is his long-term documentary project  about the over-exploitation of the natural resources in Latin America and the resulting long-term negative effects, both human and environmental.

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Photography – Unique Forests

Crooked Forest, Poland

This grove of approximately 400 pines was planted around 1930, when its location was still within the German province of Pomerania. It is generally believed that some form of human tool or technique was used to make the trees grow this way, but the method and motive are not currently known.

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Human Nests by Jayson Fann

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Artist Jayson Fann is a California resident who creates spirit nests for humans and helps to run the amazing Big Sur Spirit Garden along the Pacific Coast. Each nest is an interactive and functional art sculpture made from tree branches that are harvested from local forests and is large enough to accommodate up to eight people.

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Lifes of Grass | Mathilde Roussel

Made of a compacted growing medium, these suspended sculptures by Mathilde Roussel are planted with grass seeds and allowed to transform over time, the grass sprouting and growing.

“Through these anthropomorphic and organic sculptures made of soil and wheat grass seeds, I strive to show that food, it’s origin, it’s transport, has an impact on us beyond it’s taste. The power inside it affects every organ of our body. Observing nature and being aware of what and how we eat makes us more sensitive to food cycles in the world – of abundance, of famine – and allows us to be physically, intellectually and spiritually connected to a global reality.”

In this series of photos, notice how she shows the slow transformation of the suspended sculptures.

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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.

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Recycled Bicycle Chain Chandeliers

Carolina Fontoura Alzaga, a Mexican multidisciplinary artist, takes old bike parts and turns them into shimmering chandeliers. Her series of Victorian-era chandelier sculptures is called “Connect”.  These Subversive objects challenge the aesthetics of wealth by visually contrasting the classic elegance of the candelabrum with the new-found elegance of discarded, mechanical bicycle parts.

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