Posts Tagged ‘ Nature ’

Amazing Mushrooms


Rhodotus Palmatus

Rhodotus Palmatus

Most of my friends are well aware of the fact that I am allergic to mushrooms and that I am therefore somewhat bias towards them. However, there is a surprisingly beautiful and wonderful world waiting to be explored. Most people consider mushrooms to be the small, ugly cousins of the plant kingdom, but these beautiful mushrooms, captured by enthusiastic nature photographers, are a far cry from the ones you find in the woods or your local grocery store.

Most mushrooms, as we know them, are actually just the reproductive structure of the fungus they belong to – their fungal networks expand far further underground, and some fungi don’t even sprout the sort of mushrooms that we’re used to seeing. In fact, depending on your definition of “organism,” the largest living organism in the world is a fungus – there’s a honey mushroom colony in Oregon that occupies about 2,000 acres of land!

Amethyst Deceiver

Amethyst Deceiver

Phallus Indusiatus

Phallus Indusiatus

Clathrus Ruber

Clathrus Ruber

Hydnellum Peckii

Hydnellum Peckii

Coprinus Comatus

Coprinus Comatus

Favolaschia Calocera

Favolaschia Calocera

Geastrum Minimum

Geastrum Minimum

Tiny Golden Mushrooms

Tiny Golden Mushrooms

Marasmius Haematocephalus

Marasmius Haematocephalus

Puffballs

Puffballs

Panus Fasciatus

Panus Fasciatus

Porcelain Fungus

Porcelain Fungus

 

Son Doong, The World’s Largest Cave.


 

The Son Doong Cave in Vietnam is the biggest cave in the world. It’s over 5.5 miles long, has a jungle and river, and could fit a 40-story skyscraper within its walls.  But nobody knew any of that until about six years ago.  The recently discovered cave has been touted as the largest in the world, although other caves vie for the title of longest (Mammoth Cave in Brownsville, Kentucky nabs that title with about 400 miles of passageways) and deepest (Krubera Cave in the nation of Georgia).  A local man discovered the cave entrance in 1991, but British cavers were the first to explore it in 2009. Tour company Oxalis has been running trial tours of the cave since two summers ago.  The lucky people who have entered Son Doong so far, like photographer John Spies, have emerged with some amazing photos.


 

VIETNAM - FEBRUARY 16: The Hand of Dog stalagmite in Hang Son Doong Cave. (Photo by Carsten Peter/National Geographic/Getty Images)

Fields of algae from ancient pools blanket parts of the cave’s interior.

VIETNAM - MAY 02: Hang Son Doong explorers navigate an algae-covered cavescape. Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam. (Photo by Carsten Peter/National Geographic/Getty Images)Son Doong is a jackpot of rare cave pearls. The pearls form over hundreds of years as water drips down, dries up and leaves layers of calcite crystals on grains of sand.

Scientists have discovered never-before-seen plant species around Son Doong’s waterfalls. Oh, and there’s a whole river in there, too.

VIETNAM - MAY 02: Cascading water in Hang Son Doong. Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam. (Photo by Carsten Peter/National Geographic/Getty Images)

The Quest for the Absolute – Lonely Superheroes


A personal work about loneliness, introspection, beauty, Nature and Force by Benoit Lapray

Sustainable Floating House Concept


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Designed by Singapore-based architect Dymitr Malcew, the sustainable floating house is the perfect way to get away from all the daily stresses one experiences living in an urban environment. This house literally floats on the water, and thanks to the floor to ceiling windows adorning the dwelling, residents get to fully enjoy these 360-degree ocean views from sun up to sunset. The home was created for French firm H2ORIZON, and was constructed from sustainable materials. The residence is quite spacious with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room kitchen, and terrace. The home also features luxury finishes throughout, and with the ability to gently float through the water, you’ll be able to enjoy everything nature has to offer without causing any disruption.

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Paradise Parking by Peter Lippman


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American artists Peter Lippman spent two years to find out places in forests where old cars rusts. In the series Paradise Parking photographer shows how nature takes over abandoned creations of human hands, how lying for decades old cars, overgrown with moss and ivy entangled, become a harmonious part of the surrounding space.

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Love Letter To The Fog of San Francisco


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California-based photographer Simon Christen spent two years capturing footage for this four-and-a-half minute video, which he describes as a “love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area.” Click on the picture below to watch the video.

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Peace Pavilion London – Museum Gardens, Bethnal Green


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The Museum Gardens and nature in general are perfect settings to promote peace, to encourage the sharing of joyful stories and to provoke discussions about architecture and design. The proposition was to have a Pavilion which is visually and aesthetically engaging. It is capable of providing an ideal contemporary space offering a sense of tranquility, beauty and an exceptional aesthetic value at the very heart of the Museum Gardens.

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Peace is one of the highest human ideals. It is a state of equilibrium; It means no war, but also harmony, silence, pureness, kindness, happiness, appeasement, calm, reconciliation, serendipity, tranquillity… To express these ideas, they have created a perfect and symmetrical sculpture, obtained by a precise geometrical manipulation. The beauty of the shape lies in its perfect symmetry and fluidity  of the pavilion.

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Magic Mountain Lodge – Huilo Huilo


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Montaña Mágica Lodge or Magic Mountain Lodge is located in Huilo Huilo, Chile. Surrounded by rainforest moss and huge trees this hotel is one of most different hotels in the world. This manmade pyramid-like hotel is only accessible by a monkey bridge. The Montana Magica Lodge is very near to nature and even its interior is using most of wooden furniture and decorations. The hotel offers beautiful single/double bedrooms, all with windows opening towards beautiful forest. An artificial waterfall coming from top of the hotel adds more beauty to hotel. Other features include mini golf, a bar, library and many other attractions.

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Tree Roots Ceiling Installation By Giuseppe Licari


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Rotterdam-based sicilian artist giuseppe licari presents a network of tree roots hanging from the ceiling like foreign, organic chandeliers. His site-specific installation titled ‘humus’ –  which refers to the soil layer that is essential for the growth of trees and plants – features the extended prickly roots of trees affixed to the top of a constructed ceiling, transforming the room into a sort of underground lair. The work articulates a world where visitors are able to get an exclusive peek at a hidden world beneath a park or forest. The dead trees are presenting with their roots, the condition of the soil in which they have grown in their urban environment. The relationship between humankind and nature, growth and decay are central themes in licari’s work, which resonates with an echo of arte povera.
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Bzzz Honey Packaging Design


Take a look at creative packaging design made by Backbone Studio from Armenia. The most tasty honey is in the beehive. But it is impossible to buy it in a market – it was impossible. Designers of Backbone Studio have made it out of wood and hid the can with honey into the improvised beehive. Simple but simultaneously original wooden wrapper is the message to the nature, ecology and pure taste.

Bionic Tower by LAVA


The intention of the Bionic Tower is to explore the array of ways in which natural and architectural can merge, creating the ultimate inhabitable structure. It starts at the basic level. Using references to the biological organization of the ecosystem, the design works its way from the smallest unit to the intelligence of the overall system. By use of parametric modeling of a behavioral logic the system gets constantly optimized. Designed by LAVA, this biomorphic project is inspired by nature, and attempts to conceive a structure of great lightness, efficiency and elegance, using advanced design techniques.

Pictures Which Prove That We Live On A Gorgeous Planet


Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the densest and fifth-largest of the eight planets in the Solar System. It is also the largest of the Solar System’s four terrestrial planets. Home to millions of species including humans, Earth is currently the only astronomical body where life is known to exist. Too bad that some of us don’t appreciate and don’t respect our little place in space.

‘Penis-head’ fish discovered in Vietnam


A new species of fish with a penis on its head has been identified in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, researchers said on Wednesday. Phallostethus cuulong is the newest member of the Phallostethidae family — small fish found in Southeast Asian waters that are distinguished primarily by the positioning of the male sexual organ. Male phallostethids have a copulatory organ, termed the priapium, under the throat for holding or clasping onto females and fertilising their eggs internally, according to conservationists.  “We have scientifically identified a new penis-head fish in Vietnam,” researcher Tran Dac Dinh from Can Tho University told AFP. The fish was known to Vietnamese people in the Mekong Delta but had not been described scientifically before a team identified the species last year, he said.

Quarry Garden in Shanghai Botanical Garden


Through a massive six-year restoration, replanting and re-imagining process, the Quarry Garden in Shanghai Botanical Garden, in the Songjiang District, in Shanghai, China, has become not just a thing of beauty and wonder but a successful travel attraction. An abandoned quarry has indeed been turned into something beautiful. The Quarry Garden has also earned the American Society of Landscape Architecture 2012 Honor Award.

 

The Chenequa Residence.


This curvaceous Wisconsin home was custom built by architect Robert Harvey Oshatz. The inside features a gorgeous spiraling hem-lock roof that “sweeps over the entry and lifts the upper floor before disappearing from plain view”. The Chenequa Residence is almost completely constructed from natural materials that Mr Oshatz sourced himself and with it’s beautiful outdoor landscape, each area of this home celebrates the resounding beauty of nature.

The Aura Lamp.


The latest in a trend of garden & light combinations, the Aura lamp is an experiment in interactive objects that combines nature, water & light in a unique design that strengthens the bond between object & user by changing color with a simple touch of the plant’s leaves. The system uses an aluminum base with LED RGB modules that shine through the glass container. By touching the plant the user grounds the system & activates color changes, power & light intensity.

Getting Back To Nature.


We will never tire of the positive effects of nature. Its calming, soothing and inspiring influence will never go out of style. The more we rush, the more time we spend indoors staring at our screens and devices, the more urban our lifestyles become, the more we crave and need time away from it all.  Nothing represents that point better than this photo collection.

The Museum Of Nature.


The Finnish photographer Ilkka Halso made images of the nature in a possible future for his photo series ‘Museum of Nature’. To protect the remains of nature it is protected by human made constructions. By combining nature photography and 3D manipulation he sketches a distopian future of our planet’s natural beauty.

20 Miraculous Photos.


Ever since I posted the spot about National Geographic and some of their most amazing photos, I’ve had people emailing me asking for more photos from that collection.  unfortunately a top 10 doesn’t really go past 10.  So what I did was search the net to find 21 more photos from all around the world that truly astounded me.  The photo above may just seem like 2 simple turtles, but a distinct depiction a pseudo-inspirational underwater scene is something most photographers have never shot before, which is why it stuck out to me.  So check the method below to see what other photos I thought stood out over the web, and let me know what you think.

10 Of The Best Photos From Around The World.


As a National Geographic photographer since 1995, Stephen Alvarez has explored our world in ways most of us can only imagine. His global stories have won him numerous awards and taken him to amazing places, much like our all-time favorite photographer, Steve McCurry.  Over the past fifteen years, Alvarez chronicled the world’s unseen landscapes and then called the series Earth from Below. His journeys took him to the world’s deepest cave in Abkhazia on the border with Russia and made him curious enough to explore the treasures right underneath his feet. Alvarez recently spoke about these incredible experiences at The Annnenberg Space for Photography. What I enjoy most about Alvarez’s photos is that, just like Steve McCurry, he can transport us into another time and place. Unlike McCurry, however, Alvarez gives us a different type of connection. Whereas McCurry’s photos make us appreciate our shared human experiences, Alvarez’s awe-inspiring photos give us a whole new appreciation for this earth – its natural beauty and, most importantly, its hidden gems.