African Souls

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Manuela Kulpa is a German photographer who photographs animals in captivity across zoos . Through her photographs she wants to show the beauty, richness and importance of our environment and how it is vital to preserve it. In her latest series entitled “African Souls”  Kulpa attempts to capture the soul and beauty of African wildlife.

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The Dragon Skull Seed Pod

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The Antirrhinum , commonly known as the snapdragon, is a popular garden plant. The common name “snapdragon”, originates from the flowers’ reaction to having their throats squeezed, which causes the “mouth” of the flower to snap open like a dragon’s mouth. However there is more to this plant than that. Once the flowers have died, leaving behind the seed pods,  the dried seed pods clearly resemble tiny skulls. Each seed pod looks like a miniature skull, complete with hollow eye sockets and mouth agape.

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Treehoppers – the masters of mimicry

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Treehoppers are incredible insects that have evolved to adapt in even the harshest of environments. On their backs they sport outgrowths called helmets, which resemble seeds, thorns, leaves, and even ants.

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Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

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Jökulsárlón (literally “glacial river lagoon”) is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland. It is a pure natural art and a spectacular sight where blue, white, turquoise and black icebergs shift and creak about in an icy dance. The icebergs are 1,000-year-old chunks of the retreating Oraefajokull glacier that have broken off and are floating out to sea. The lagoon is enormous and has provided the backdrop for many major  films and programs including ‘Batman Begins’ and most recently ‘Game of Thrones.’

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