Sleep in an owl-shaped cabin for FREE in rural France

“Les Guetteurs” (The Watchers) was designed and built by Zebra3. The three enchanting owls are huddled together as a single mass, creating a large cabin with two floors. Giant circular windows are installed for the owl’s “eyes.” The shelter is built atop a boardwalk elevated over a wetlands area.
You can stay in the cabin for free but only for one night. Since the project was made to be off-the-grid, the place doesn’t have electricity, running water, or heat.
It consists part of the Refuges Périurbains (Peri-urban shelters) in the Bordeaux region. The Watchers is the sixth unique cabin of the series designed to encourage urban hiking and exploration of lesser-known sites.
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Impure Photography – Photographer uses chemical pollutants to manipulate his images

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Photographer  Brandon Seidler takes photos of contaminated sites in and around New Jersey and the Hudson River, and then takes his photographic negatives and soaks them in the very same chemicals found to be polluting  the bodies of water and land he’s documenting. 

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The Smog Free Tower : world’s largest air-purifier

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Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde worked with scientist Bob Ursem and European Nano Solutions to create the Smog Free Tower. After launching a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund what he describes as “the largest air-purifier in the world”, the Smog Free Tower has been installed in Rotterdam.

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Flower Turns Transparent in the Rain

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Diphylleia grayi also known as the skeleton flower. native to moist wooded mountainsides in colder regions of China and Japan, has petals that turn transparent with the rain. Blooming from mid-spring to early-summer, these little pretties prefer shady conditions and should only receive partial sunlight. While these characteristics and preferences may seem on the level, it’s when it rains that this pretty flower displays its uniqueness.

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The Monkey Orchid

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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 Floating Forest

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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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