Mangroves at Walakiri Beach, Sumba Island, Indonesia. At sunset, the waters recede to reveal the roots of the dwarf mangrove trees. Each tree curves and “dances” in its own unique way, and the silhouettes look like dancers jiving at the horizon.Continue reading “Beautiful dancing mangrove trees in Sumba island, Indonesia”
For his latest project Levon Biss has turned his attention to botany. His project The Hidden Beauty of Seeds & Fruits is on display with 59 beautiful prints showcasing specimens from the carpology collection of the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. Using his bespoke camera system and photo-stacking techniques, Levon set up a studio in the herbarium where the seeds and fruits are stored and produced the photographs over a period of six months. Each picture reveals minute features and textures that are normally invisible to the naked eye, providing the audience with an insight into strange and often bizarre adaptations that have evolved over thousands of years.Continue reading “The Hidden Beauty of Seeds & Fruits”
Dead Sea is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water – 9.6 times as salty as the ocean. This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which plants and animals cannot flourish, hence its name. A tree growing out of a white salt island in the heart of the Dead Sea isn’t something you’d expect to see The tree on this unique island off the shores of the Dead Sea was planted there by a local artist. The artist every day puts mud around its base to ensure that it gets all the nutrients needed to survive.Continue reading “A tree growing out of a white salt island in the heart of the Dead Sea”
Located on Iriomote Island in southwestern Japan, Hoshizuna-no-hama beach is famous for its star-shaped grains of sand..These unique grains are actually the pointy husks of millions of tiny protists known as Foraminifera.
Punkaharju is a harju and belongs to Finland’s national landscapes. The narrow ridge section is about seven kilometers long and was created during the Ice age when a glacier basically acted like a giant, uneven scraper on the landscape. Punkaharju became a popular tourist destination at the beginning of the 19th century by Sakari Topelius in his book Maamme and J.L. Runeberg in his poems.Continue reading “Nature’s bridge in Finland”
Self-taught painter and sculptor Vincent (“Vin”) Salvo expresses his creative vision in various media. Among his most recognizable works are metal sculptures of butterflies and flowers escaping frames and canvases. His 3D sculptures “capture the subtleties and interplay of light and shadow” and create a complex visual dialogue for the viewer to engage with.Continue reading “Metal Butterflies and Flowers Emerging From Golden Frames”
The Haoshang bridge is part of the Mount Emei Scenic Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the world’s largest Buddha. The elegant bridge links the Giant Buddha of Leshan to temples on a nearby island. Sichuan, China. The pedestrian bridge is a type of moon bridge.Continue reading “Leshan Giant Buddha bridge – One of China’s most beautiful bridges”
In West Lancashire, UK, there is a hidden cave only known to a few urban explorers and the locals. The cave is thought to be formed from an old mine shaft and at its center there is the spectacular‘dragon’s eye’. The mythical looking pattern is believed to have developed ‘as a result of a collapsed mine roof that exposed different colour sediments’, according to discvr.blog.
Meghalaya meaning “abode of clouds” is a state in northeastern India. The state with the wettest areas in the southern Khasi Hills recording an average of 12,000 mm (470 in) of rain a year is the wettest place on earth. Meghalaya is mountainous, with stretches of valley, highland plateaus and many rivers. About 70 percent of the state is forested. The outdoor workers often wear water-proof suits made from bamboo and banana leaf.
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Window tax was a property tax based on the number of windows in a house. It was a significant social, cultural, and architectural force in England, France, and Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. To avoid the tax, some houses from the period can be seen to have bricked-up window-spaces
In 1696 in England, William III introduced the infamous Window tax, taxing houses based on the number of windows they had. Houses with more than ten windows had to pay a steep ten shillings. Many houses bricked up their windows to reduce the number which caused health problems. After 156 years, it was repealed in 1851 following campaigners branded it a “tax on health” and “tax on light and air”.Continue reading “Window tax – One of the weirdest taxes in history”