Tag: Nature

Inspiration

Rare disc of ice forms and spins in small river outside of Seattle

Naturally-occurring ice formations? 'Tis the season. Right outside of Seattle, word began to spread on Facebook about a massive circular sheet of ice in a small river. Photographer Kaylyn Messer was on scene to capture it. The disc of ice looks majestic spinning at the mercy of the current in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River. Messer comments, "You can hear the sound of the river flowing continuously. Sounds from the ice periodically interjected with very small sharp cracks and groans. Overall, it was a quiet experience to stand along the river watching the ice circle rotate." Check it out below and find more photos and videos on her blog. ...
Architecture

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is back, and 2017’s sculptures are bigger than ever

We have previously covered a story about the very same festival, back in 2013. The annual festival is coming soon this year, and the sculptures are crazier and bigger than ever. Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is a tourist attraction for both local and foreign vacationers because it provides something completely new. Sure, we've all seen snow and ice one way or another, but what about ice sculptures that are bigger than life? Probably not. As you can see in the photos below, the festival takes a LOT of manpower, planning, and preparation to execute properly. And topping the previous years' already successful runs can be a humongous challenge to take. This festival isn't just about sculptures and lights towering among us, however. The very first ice lantern and sculpture dates back to ancient China, so this event is somehow giving us a glimpse of what life was back then. Today, people from all over the world come together to bask in the culture, art, and festivities...
Art

Artist gives tutorial on how to make landscape paintings using watercolor

Jem Bowden teaches us how to create landscape watercolor paintings by showing one of her own pieces. We see the actual photo of the artist's subject. In this case, it's a scenic image of a beach shore with boats and other elements. If you look closely, the watercolor painting looks more artistic and creative than the reference photo. Bowden advises that even with reference photos, it's nice to get "creative" and feel free to paint with some freedom. Bowden also says that in impressionistic painting, detail is not as important as a good composition. A nice atmosphere with verve and directness will go a long way. The artist aims to captivate the entire sense of a specific setting or scene while allowing the chosen subject to stand out. In this particular project, the painting was done outdoors. They may be subtle, but working around the actual weather, smells, and sounds of nature can create important influences on the painting itself. ...
Creativity

Photographer captures various bird species around her Michigan home in stunning photos

Birds in Michigan are way different from Lisa M. Ca's homeland of Germany. This noticeable difference gave birth to an entire photography series. The amateur photographer began capturing the various species of birds with her DSLR. Soon after, she invested in a Bird Photo Booth 2.0, a device that uses motion detection technology and an attached camera to snap photos of birds at a rapid speed of 10 images per second. Lisa then touched up her favorite snaps in Photoshop before uploading them to her backyard photography series on Tumblr. Check it out! ...
Art

Ocean artist takes breathtaking photographs of waves that resemble towering mountains

Lloyd Meudell is an Australian photographer who is fascinated by nature. And it really shows, even through his works of art. He is able to immerse himself - literally and connotatively - into the oceans, allowing him to capture mesmerizing pictures of giants masses of water as they form into waves and seem to almost touch the sky. Meudell hails from NSW and is in love with the rawness of the ocean's beauty. Before becoming a professional photographer, he spent a lot of time surfing the seas. One day he realized this passion can be transformed into a different kind of art, and he decided to capture what he loved most about it. Now, his photos are available as prints on his website. If you simply want to be updated with his scenic photos on social media, you can also follow him on Instagram. ...
Art

American artist creates delicate flower and geometric sketches, the result is truly inventive

Flory Huang is an American artist who relocated to Vancouver recently, carrying some of her best art along. Her works include awe-inspiring sketches of flowers mixed up with various geometric shapes, where the canvas are different bodies. You can definitely see a flair of inventiveness right away. Huang admits that she thrives the most when she is looking for new, strong ways of expressing her ideas. In this process, she is able to inspire other people and help them with their needs. In fact, she is not just an artist. She is also a coach and consultant, and does work for corporate firms and companies requiring visual design. She works with visual art, branding, strategy, design, content creation, coaching, leadership, user experience, project management, and even sales! Talk about a one-woman machine! See more of her on social media (Tumblr and Instagram). ...
Nature

Stunning photos show dinosaur tail preserved in apricot-sized piece of amber

Time for a DesignFaves Palaeontology lesson. Just recently, the first dinosaur tail was uncovered by paleontologist Lida Xing in Myanmar. Preserved perfectly in amber, the tail, which dates back to the mid-Cretaceous Period (approx. 99 million years ago), measures about 1.4-inch with an appendage of 8. It's also covered in what appear to be feathers and presumably comes from a juvenile coelurosaur. National Geographic says, "While individual dinosaur-era feathers have been found in amber, and evidence for feathered dinosaurs is captured in fossil impressions, this is the first time that scientists are able to clearly associate well-preserved feathers with a dinosaur, and in turn gain a better understanding of the evolution and structure of dinosaur feathers." Check out some images of the amber-infused tail below and read more on National Geographic. ...
Inspiration

Photographer brilliantly captures rolling fog over San Francisco

San Francisco is notorious for rolling, thick fog and Nick Steinberg has been capturing the phenomena in a wonderful fashion. The photographer produces all work in-camera without employing the use of Photoshop throughout his process. The contrasting blue, orange, and gray neon hues look fantastic rolling down hills and through dense woods. Steinberg conducts extensive research before heading out which involves checking cams, satellites, and forecasts. He describes his process, "This is what I call, ‘subtlety of movement’ where there are small windows of opportunity with fog as it evaporates, moves in and undulates. This requires decisive action, tests your photographic skills, and requires one to be ‘present’ in the moment, and ‘ride’ along with [the fog]." Check out some of his photographs below and find more on his Instagram and Facebook.                    ...
Art

Planetarium show becomes art exhibit as it shines light on ‘sun’light

In The Sun Placed in the Abyss, an art exhibit currently underway in the Columbus Museum of Art, the main star (pun intended) is the Sun. Through various films and photographs, the sun is depicted in both direct and indirect ways. But this is more than just an artsy move - the collection aims to go deeper into the social, historical, and even technological implications of the sun in terms of photography conditions and human interest. The museum also partnered with COSI to provide the programming of the exhibition. Over 50 artists participated in the project, all focusing on very powerful images of the sun. The collection explores the "science behind the sun" - how it influences all life on earth, as well as its influence in our art and culture. The exhibit is in the form of a planetarium show, now available to be seen at COSI. It will run until January 2, 2017. ...
Inspiration

These photos of 50ft waves show the beauty and danger of Mother Nature

Photographer Luke Shadbolt believes that the striking pictures he has taken are a solid showcase of the violence of Mother Nature. He stresses that the waves he photographed represent a beautiful duality of creation and destruction. The photos can be read on this philosophical level to easily bring the viewer to the question of how humans treat nature and wonder how long she will be silent about it. Shadbolt’s Maelstrom shows that she may not keep her peace for long. Take a look!   ...
Architecture

Architect designs the best treehouse we have ever seen

24-year-old architect and environmental advocate Aibek Almassov from Kazakhstan has been looking for the optimal solution to create homes without destroying trees and forests. After more than three years of hard work, the young founder of A. Masow Architects and Design Studio has finally come up with his version of saving the future generations: a unique "tree in a home" design. This is not your typical treehouse. The eco-home will involve modern and futuristic elements, but the biggest wow factor is, of course, the large tree found at its very center. The exterior walls are not just regular glass - they are coated with transparent solar cells which power the entire home and provide heat, using nothing less than a Tesla battery. Aside from solar energy, the home will also collect and purify natural rainwater for bathing and other needs. All drinking water will be recycled and purified, too. The roots will collect water naturally, which is made possible by the narrow...
Art

Illustrator combines birds and demonic things to create quirky works

Birds can be funny, right? That much is clear from artist Vorja Sánchez's latest illustrations. The Barcelona-based illustrator creates surreal paintings with all kinds of birds at the center of each piece. What sets his work apart are the subtle hints of hilarity peppered across the canvas.  The fact that the birds aren't normal at all adds to the humor - they're a cross somewhere between dinosaur and demons. Each piece is made using a variety of mediums from pen to watercolor. Check out some of his work below and find more of his artwork on Facebook and Instagram. ...
Creativity

Photographers blend nature and the human form through 19th century photo technique

Photographers Barbara Ciuer and Lindsay  Lochman created a project in which they used a special photo technique. The images were overlaid with the plants from their garden and exposed to sunlight. The artists were inspired by the cyanotype impressions which was used back in 1840's by pioneering photographer and botanist, Anna Atkins. "Experimentation with the cyanotype photographic process brought the portraits and flowers together and reveals rich alignments of nature with history", says authors. For more about "Nature Project" you will find here. ...
Creativity

Translucent, ocean-inspired ceramic sculptures by Jennifer McCurdy

Artist Jennifer McCurdy blends everyday objects with inspiration derived from the symmetry and asymmetry found in nature to create some amazing ceramic sculptures. The artist's one-tone ceramic sculptures feature intricate and partially-translucent bodies in forms reminiscent of conch shells and burst milkweed pods. McCurdy describes her process in her artist statement, "After throwing my vessel on the potter’s wheel, I alter the form to set up a movement of soft shadow. When the porcelain is leather hard, I carve patterns to add energy and counterpoint." Check out some out some of her sculptures below find more on her website. ...
Creativity

Artist uses reclaimed materials to created oceanic art

Ross McDowell is a surfer and avid lover of nature, especially any and all things relating to the ocean. Most of his work is done on hand-scraped reclaimed Indonesian teak, inspired obviously from oceanic nature.  In all his work you can appreciate the worn out finish that gives you the feeling of an antique treasure that just drifted onto the wave-licked sands of some distant beach. To see more of his work visit his website, or Instagram,    ...
Inspiration

Rare, stunning shot of a fiery-throated hummingbird in Costa Rica

Macro photography doesn't always have to involve insects and other tiny things. You can use it to see the tiniest details in bigger things like birds! Photographer Jess Findlay managed to capture a stunningly detailed photo of a fiery-throated hummingbird in the Talamanca Mountains in Costa Rica. The Vancouver native waited patiently for several hours for just the right angle. He says, "What made this a challenge was how fidgety these birds can be and the fact that the full spectrum of colour is only seen when they pause at a very specific angle." Check out the fantastic image below and find more of his work on Instagram. Jess Findlay...
Funny

PBS camera crews capture hummingbird with the face of an octopus

The internet audience lives for animals that look unexpectedly like other animals or do strange things. Camera crews caught one animal doing both. Hummingbirds are known for their erratic behavior, but this particular specimen most likely wins the award for being putting on one of the most bizarre shows in the animal kingdom. Documented as part of PBS Special's ’Super Hummingbirds,’ this hummingbird creates an iridescent pink facade that looks uncannily like a baby octopus. PBS cites, "He flexes the iridescent feathers of his mantle until they become a glowing mask of violet." Hilariously, the female bird being courted appears unimpressed and aloof. Check it out!    ...
Creativity

Stunning photo depicts cubic iceberg splitting the world into fourths

This post has only one photograph - and that's all it needs. It's truly incredible! Canadian photographer David Burdeny was sailing through the Weddel Sea in 2007 when he managed to capture this astonishing, fantastically-timed image of a perfectly cubic iceberg jutting out of the water. The composition, titled "Mercators Projection" and part of his series, "North/South," is a rare one in that it depicts the iceberg perfectly cutting the world into four, proportioned quadrants without digital aid. Check it out below and find more of Burdeny's work on Instagram. ...
Digital

Microscopic plant spores and insects captured in stunning detail

Macro is the way to go if you want a fresh look at the many mysterious creatures nature has to offer, and Igor Siwanowicz has been doing it for a while! The photographer's work as a neurobiologist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Research Campus has led to a collection of microscopic photos that will leave insect enthusiasts in awe. Excruciatingly detailed, the photos were made with a confocal laser-scanning microscope, an instrument capable of capturing details far beyond the traditional DSLR. The resulting images show minute facets of barnacle legs and the alien shapes of plant spores. Check them out below and find more of his photography here. ...
Creativity

Hilarious photo of butterfly-covered Amazon caiman

This post contains just one photograph. And it's one you can't miss. Photographer Mark Cowan was strolling through the Amazon as part of his study of reptile and amphibian diversity with the Herpetology Division at the University of Michigan. It was during this trip that he stumbled upon a caiman with a head covered in butterflies. It's not as unusual as it may at first seem. Salt is necessary for butterflies to survive and sometimes they resort to drinking the tears of reptiles in regions where salt is rare. It's amazing how three different species were found so close together. Check it out! ...
Art

Amazingly detailed insect sculptures made from recycled paper

Influenced by nature, Kate Kato crafts detailed sculptures of the wonderful critters surrounding her. Using bits of recycled paper, Kato creates likenesses of mushrooms, flowers, and beetles from the Welsh valley she calls home. The sculptures reflect the actual size of each subject and feature natural dyes for color. Kato says, "For me my work can be very nostalgic, taking me back to my childhood and the curiosity that fuelled my creativity. I like to use recycled paper as it reflects that nostalgia, and gives the sculptures a history and narrative." Kato will be featuring her latest works part of the upcoming exhibition “Paper” at Confluence Gallery in Twisp, Washington. Some of her sculptures are available for purchase through Etsy. Check them out! ...
Creativity

Unusual behavior discovered in macro photographs of mirror spiders

The mirror spider is a spider species out that reflects its surroundings. This amazing species was captured in a gorgeous series of macro photographs by photographer Nicky Bay. The Singapore-based photographer has spent the last several years documenting the lives of mirror spiders. Their abdomen are distinct in that they're covered in reflective panels that mirror the surrounding environment. Armed with his macro lens, Bay was able to discover some unusual behaviors in these rare critters. They seem to be capable of manipulating their 'mirrors' depending on the situation. Sometimes their silver panels even disappear completely! Check out some of the fantastic shots below and find more on Flickr. ...
Art

These strange animal clusters by Marco Mazzoni will freak you out!

Marco Mazzoni delivers perfectly bizarre illustrations to his audience. Making them at first believe they're looking at concentrated nests of flora and fauna. Upon closer inspection, the viewer discovers fish and amphibian creatures protruding from within. The Italian artist uses cool pastels of purple, blue and pink throughout his drawings. His most recent collection, titled "Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mental Diseases," recently became part of a group exhibition at at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City. Check out some of drawings below and find more of his weird animal clusters on Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr. ...
Art

New York artist launches ambitious project to paint murals of 50,000 bees

Street art gets the busy-bee treatment at the Burt’s Bees headquarters in Durham, North Carolina. New York-based artist Matt Willey recently founded the Good of the Hive Initiative, a project that involves him painting 50,000 bees as part of murals around the world. The number itself carries meaning as it takes about that many bees to sustain a healthy beehive. So far, Willey has completed seven murals, with the latest one being at the Burt's Bees headquarters in North Carolina. The artists keeps tabs on the number of bees in each piece. Check out his notes on his website, and follow his progress on Instagram. ...
Art

River of blue-glowing shrimp photographed on Japanese coast

The coast of Okayama, Japan has a nice surprise in store for visitors after sunset. This surprise was caught in a brilliant series by Trevor Williams and Jonathan Galione. The duo are part of Tdub Photo and recently caught a glimpse of hundreds of bioluminescent shrimp. The series, cleverly called The Weeping Stones, shows the swarms of shrimp giving off an eerie blue glow while “emitting” from rocks on the coast. The photographers had to strategically position the critters just right after luring them raw bacon. Check out some of the photos below and find more on their website including a future project involving glowing mushrooms. And be sure to keep up with them on Instagram and Facebook. ...
Art

This striking jellyfish portrait won the 2016 UK Wildlife Photography Awards

The British Wildlife Photography Awards has announced winners of the 2016 competition and they entries are nothing short of amazing. Several categories like Animal Behavior, Animal Portraits, Urban Wildlife were up for grabs along with an overall winner. George Stoyle took home the competition winner accolade for his photograph taken at the Island of Hirta in Scotland. Check it out below, and make sure you view the rest on their website, Facebook, and Twitter. ...
Art

These mandalas made of bark and stones are so satisfying to look at

Mandalas come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and arrangements. The possibilities are endless. That is what inspired Matt W. Moore to create these strikingly-arranged mandalas. The graphic designer, during an artist residency in Eden, Utah, decided to gather objects found in the physical environment scattered on mountains and nearby valleys and use them to create mandalas featuring concentric elements of bark, cattails, shale, and river stones. Moore writes, “By the end of the series it no longer felt like assemblage art, instead it was more of a painterly process, with the palette to my left and my paintbrush replaced with elemental expressions and flourishes, kind of like painting with mother nature’s paintbrush.” Check out some of his brilliant mandalas below and head on over to his website and Instagram for more. ...
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