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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