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Tree House

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Treehouse in Hokuto, Japan, surrounded by cherry blossom trees.

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Nature close-ups

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Beautiful nature macro photography shots by various photographers.

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Nail Houses

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“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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Traffic Lights

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Photographer Lucas Zimmermann on a foggy night near Weimar, Germany, set up his camera, and took incredible long exposure traffic light photos. You can see more from the series over on Behance.

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Anamorphic Illusion Drawings by Ben Heine

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The illusion paintings below are part of Ben heine‘s “Pencil Vs Camera” series, full of magic, illusion, poetry and surrealism. Heine draws his sketches freehand using a mixture of charcoal sticks and graphite pencils before they being retouched in post-production.
(Photos by Ben Heine/Barcroft Media)

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Epecuen: Eerie photos of the town that was underwater for 25 years

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In 1985 after a long period of heavy rains a dam burst and Epecuen, a tourist small town on the banks of a salt lake in Argentina, was submerged beneath 10 metres (30 feet) of water and 1,500 residents fled their homes.
Since 2009, the level of the water has been decreasing and therefore exposing the ruins of this once popular lakeside resort. Only one man Pablo Novak returned to the town, spending his days cycling around the ruins.

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Macro Photography of insects by Igor Siwanowicz

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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.

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Black and white dreams

Surreal photo-manipulations by Tomasz Zaczeniuk in black and white.

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Fine Art Photography by Idrus Arsyad

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Talented amateur photographer Idrus Arsyad from Indonesia, is interested in landscape, nature and wildlife photography. His incredibly saturated and vivid photos give us a glimpse of Indonesian countryside.

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Surrealistic Ballet Photography by Sparrek

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Fine art photographer Kylli Sparre, (aka Sparrek), spent years training to become a professional ballet dancer. When her studies were over, she realized it wasn’t the path for her. Since then she has been searching for an outlet for her creativity and finally found it in photography. Her passion now is creating images using photography and photo manipulation. Her shots depict surreal or dreamlike scenes with elegant female figures in choreographed poses.

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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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Street Art in the Abandoned Village of Doel

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Doel, a small village in Belgium, is scheduled to be completely demolished to make room for the expanding harbor of Antwerp. Most of its inhabitants were forced to leave, but artists from across Europe have made their way in to use it as a canvas for their work.
Photographs by Romany WG.

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Rainbow Ants

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Scientist Mohamed Babu from India mixed sugar drops with edible colours red, green, blue and yellow and placed them in his garden to attract these translucent ants after his wife, Shameem, showed him some ants had turned white after drinking spilt milk. Their transparent abdomens reflected what they’ve ingested. “Some of the ants even wandered from one colour to another, creating new combinations in their bodies,” Babu said. Check out the amazing images below.
Photos set up by Mohamed Babu / Solent News & Photo Agency

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Stop:watch – reinventing everyday objects

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Dutch illustrator Tineke Meirink with her series Stop:Watch hopes to make people realize that “everything has its beauty and that it is just more fun to take a closer look.”
Stop:watch is about taking a closer look. To stop and watch. Tineke takes photos of apparently uninteresting items  and adds a minimal illustration digitally. That way these photos get a whole different meaning, they come to life.

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Surreal Digital Art by Ben Goossens

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Ben Goossens worked for 35 years in his native Belgium as an ad agency art director. After retiring, Goossen’s turned to creating photo montages with a distinctive Surrealism style reminiscent of his fellow countryman, René Magritte.
Goossens’ images have received awards in a number of prestigious international photography competitions including Gold and Silver medals at the Trierenberg Super Circuit, the world’s largest annual photography salon. His composite photos are remarkable for their seamless yet painterly renderings of Surrealism dreamscapes.

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Representations: Everyday Objects as Drawings

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Visual artist Cynthia Greig collects everyday objects and whitewashes them with ordinary house paint to devoid them of color or label. Then draws directly onto their surfaces with charcoal to create visual hybrids that appear to vacillate between drawing and photography, black-and-white and color. No digital manipulation is involved, but the camera’s monocular point of view is imperative.

My series of photographs, Representations, explores the concept of photographic truth and its correspondence to perceived reality. As a kind of playful homage to William Henry Fox Talbot’s treatise, The Pencil of Nature, the images combine color photography and drawing to create what I like to call photographic documents of three-dimensional drawings.

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Unkai Terrace – Above the clouds

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Unkai Terrace is located atop a mountain peak on the island of Hokkaido in Japan, offering tourists breathtaking views of clouds floating below. Unkai (meaning sea of clouds) is a very rare natural phenomenon, usually only seen under certain weather conditions. On clear days, you have to take a gondola ride up to the terrace early in the morning to catch the clouds in action.

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That’s how crows build their nests in Tokyo

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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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Fadiouth: Island Made of Shells

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Joal-Fadiouth is a village at the end of the Petite Côte of Senegal. Joal lies on the mainland, while Fadiouth, linked by a bridge, lies on an  island of clam shells, which are also used in local architecture and crafts. The streets are covered by the small white seashells that have accumulated on the island from centuries of deposit. Due to its position in an estuary, the greater part of the island is seasonally flooded.

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Photo manipulations by Yves Lecoq

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Amazing photo-manipulations from conceptual photographer Yves Lecoq combining  antique style, noir humor and surrealism.

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Madagascar: Photography by Scarlett Hooft Graafland

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Inhabiting the border between photography, performance and sculpture, Scarlett Hooft Graafland’s photographs are records of her choreographed live performances. Anthropologically curious, her ideas emerge directly from the local mythology. Fascinated by the surreal beauty of the harsh natural landscape she utilises this as her canvas.
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Looking with X-ray eyes to nature

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Radiation physicist Arie van`t Riet discovered his artistic drive through the use of his x-ray machine, helping him reveal the beauty inside of nature. It all began when his colleague asked him to take an x-ray of one of his art paintings. Riet calls his works “bioramas” and prefers to X-ray objects of ordinary scenes like a butterfly nearby a flower, a fish in the ocean, a mouse in the field, or a bird in a tree.

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Black & White Photography by Massimo Margagnoni

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In this collection Italian photographer Massimo Margagnoni guides the spectator in far and hidden places in Norway and Iceland. His photography expresses the evolution of Nature and climate change in the relationship with the human being and the different aspects. Margagnoni has won numerous awards in major international competitions and has been published in National Geographic.

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Weird Inventions from the Past

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