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.
UK-based photographer Andy Lee on his first visit to Iceland returned home with a photo series titled “Blue Iceland”. Shot in the infrared spectrum these photos bring out even more of the beauty in the country’s scenic landscapes. As Lee puts it on his website, infrared and Iceland are “a match made in heaven.”
Fiona Tang draws amazing large-scale animal murals that seem to have a life of their own. Tang uses a technique called trompe l’oeil, to create the optical illusion of depth. This technique, combined with Tang’s realistic imagery skills, make for impressive, eye-popping artworks.
Sivash, also known as the Rotten Sea for its pungent smell, is a large system of shallow salty lagoons on the northeastern coast of the Crimean Peninsula. The marshy area includes an abandoned Soviet-era salt mine while continued evaporation of the area produces stunning views as the water leaves behind tons of salt. The scenery is stunning especially the sharp contrast between the blood-red sea, created by algae, and the blue sky.
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Colourant is a series of floating paintings by the New York art duo Floto+Warner. Artists threw up cocktails of colour until their camera caught just the splashy, fluid, stilled moments they wanted to record. Creating shapes of nature not experienced by the human eye, these short-lived anomalies are frozen for us to view at 3500th of a second. (more…)
The historical town of Bear Creek is situated approximately 12 km outside of Dawson City and was the former company town for Yukon Consolidated Gold Corporation (YCGC). It has been abandoned since the mid-1960s and is now maintained by Parks Canada as a National Historic Site. Many of the YCGC residential buildings have been transported from their original site to Dawson City.
In her outdoor installation The Forest of No Return / The Homecoming, Sarah Fuller , integrated five YCGC buildings into sites related to their former place of residence via large-scale photographic prints on linen. The prints were manipulated using theatre techniques once used by Daguerre in the Paris Diorama in the mid 1850s, and saw the houses shift from dusk to night. This created a sense of home in the structures, as well as a visual play on memory, ghosts and history.
Based in Tehran, the Sharifi-ha House by architectural firm Nextoffice is a beautiful space-saving home that comes with a set of assembly instructions. In summertime, Sharifi-ha House offers an open /transparent /perforated volume with wide, large terraces. In contrast, during Tehran’s cold, snowy winters the volume closes down, offering minimal openings and a total absence of those wide summer terraces. The three-storey house is based on a fixed main volume of the structure with movable areas present on each floor that can be rotated by a simple push of a button and lifting a stair to secure the room in place.
Noel Badges Pugh creates scientific illustrations as well as artwork with a more psychedelic perspective. Inspired by nature and dreams, all’s created with an utmost appreciation for the details and structure of each subject. One of his more recent series is a field guide on different kinds of bees and wild flowers.
“Un Regard“, a photographic series by Kiripi Katembo Siku, set in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The quick, vast and subtle eye of the photographer grasps with sharpness the daily life of the people of Kinshasa and offers us a strikingly singular point of view, both rooted and off-beat.
Black Light Bodyscapes is a body art series by artist John Poppleton. Bodyscapes combines the beauty of the female form with gorgeous nature scenes and phenomena. Using temporary fluorescent materials the scenes are painted directly on the skin and photographed under UV light in modest poses to create pieces of art.