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Reflected Landscape by Alyson Shotz

American artist Alyson Shotz created a large-scale installation called “Mirror Fence”.   The whole picket fence was constructed from mirrors. Blended  barrier illustrates the changing qualities of the landscape around it and spotlights the beautiful natural reflections of the surrounding environment. The art work was a commission installation for Storm King Art Center in New York.

15 Amazing Photos of Bird Photography

Birds photography is not as easy as it may seem. The object moves rapidly and spontaneously, extra noise can easily scare away. Though successful attrmpts result into mesmerizing images. Here we would like to share some of the most stunning photographs from birds life. Enjoy!

Magic of the Golden Hour Around the World

Golden Hour means the first and the last hour of sunlight during the day, when the photographer is able to achieve that magnificent magic effect of a shot due to the quality of light. National Geographic asked Your Blog community to show their best images of dusk and down around the globe. Here we would like to share some of the most impressive photos from the travel category of the “Golden Hour” album, which were submitted by professional and hobbyist photographers. 1. Monument Valley, Utah. Photograph by Mark Donougher Sunset provides magical light for less than five minutes on the Diné deities.   2. Vietnam Veterans… Read more »

20 Perfectly Timed Photographs

Life is full of unpredictable moments – one second, one blink and you missed it. Sometimes the lucky coincidence of perfect time, perfect place and angle brings up an amazing result impossible to duplicate. One of a kind images, breathtaking and jaw dropping, indescribable – descriptions can go on and on, but better scroll down and enjoy them yourself!

10 Amazing Pictures from the “Masters of Nature Photography” Book

On September 5, 2013  The Natural History Museum will publish ”The Masters of Nature Photography” book. These are 10 shots made by the past winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition which is run by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. Enjoy the breathtaking images of extraordinary nature from around the globe along with the incredible stories of how the photography was made.  1. Jim Brandenburg, North Dakota, USA, 1975 It was windy on that North Dakota prairie, so windy that it was unnerving. It was also midday, and knowing that the light isn’t good at that time, I… Read more »

Behind a Little House – Series of Dramatic Landscape Changes

Manuel Cosentino is a graduate of the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome. He used to work as a visual effects artist in the film industry and was involved in few movies including Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix and Narnia Prince Caspian. At some point Cosentino decided to move back to his home country – Italy and focus more on his love to art and photography. His inspiration came from a little house on a hill. The artist spent two years on coming back to it during different weather conditions in order to capture the power of nature and called this series of photos Behind… Read more »

Hand-Cut Leaf Art by Lorenzo Durán

Spain-based artist Lorenzo Manuel Durán Silva has always dealt with different forms of art since he was a little boy. Later on as he worked in construction industry he realized that he would like to do something he could really enjoy every single minute of his life. The inspiration came from nature – one day Durán saw a caterpillar eating the leaf, so he wanted to copy this technique in his own way. The artist started his carving work in 2008 and keeps mastering it till now; he named it Naturayarte. Durán is using dry leaves as canvas, as he believes that : “their shapes, sizes and… Read more »

21 Spectacular Examples of Animal Camouflage

Camouflage is one of the adaptation skills animals have evolved to carry as a major mean of survival. In nature, every advantage increases an animal’s chances of staying alive, and therefore its chances of reproducing. In this post, we’ll see how animals blend in with their environment and turn into sophisticated hiders who can change their camouflage in accordance with a change in their surroundings, and sometimes throw predators off by disguising themselves as something dangerous or uninteresting.­ Here are 21 interesting examples of animal camouflage, some of these will give you a challenge! 1. Great Grey Owl Image credits: Art Wolfe 2…. Read more »

“Wiki loves the Earth 2013″ Photo Contest in Ukraine

Public organization, Wikimedia Ukraine, wrapped up its latest national photo-contest, Wiki loves the Earth 2013. The contest went on for one month, from April 15 till May 15, and ended with a jury picking the 12 best photographs of natural attractions in Ukraine out of 11,736 images submitted by 365 participants. The contest was primarily aimed at creating a new photo-database of all the natural protected areas of Ukraine, in order to illustrate them on Wikipedia’s articles.   Reserve “Stone Graves”   “White Elephant” an abandoned campus of the former Polish Astronomical and Meteorological Observatory, Carpathian Mountains    Mud hill Obrucheva, Crimea    Regional Landscape Park “Zuevsky”    Vorozheska Lake, Svidovets… Read more »

Aerial Photographs of Dutch Tulip Fields in Springtime

Every spring from March through May the Dutch countryside transforms into a sea of colorful rainbow patterns of tulips. The Netherlands is world-famous for its tulip fields. A dreamy ground cover that attract tourists wanting to witness the beauty with their own eyes every season. French photographer Normann Szkop snapped these beautiful images from a small prop plane flown over the fields of the municipality of Anna Paulowna, in North Holland. See the entire 100+ photograph set over on Flickr SEE ALSO: Netherlands’ Natural Ice Triggers Rare Winter Sports

Picture of the Day: Growth Amid Rubber

Nature is trying to speak out to us everywhere every day. In the image above, a stubborn tree was noticed on April 16, 2013 among piles of used tires in a ten-hectare installation for recycling in Lachapelle-Auzac, France.  The recycling company operating through this location was closed in 2004, yet the tires were never removed. More Pictures of the Day [Via WSJ/ Eric Cabanis/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images]

Picture of the Day: Mesa Arch, Canyonlands

Photographed by Chris Carvalho, The Mesa Arch in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park is one of the finest places for a photographer to start the day. This 4×5 negative was exposed with an old lens, a 121mm Schneider Super Angulon. It was a favorite of Ansel Adams. While an excellent optic for its time, it only had single-layer coating and was subject to more flare than modern lenses. In this instance, it created a starburst pattern with rainbow streaks that add greatly to the character of the image. [NatGeo] More Pictures of the Day

10 Breathtaking Timelapses to Celebrate Earth Day

Monday, April 22nd, is Earth Day — the only day of the year dedicated to celebrate our home planet responsible for giving us life and beauty in all of its forms and pictures. Here’s to celebrating our home planet’s biggest day: 10 timelapse videos that perfectly capture Earth’s breathtaking landscapes. They’ll make you want to rush outside and hug a tree (or, better yet, plant one). A Forest Year Alchemy Aurora Borealis Landscapes Fall in Central Park Natural Phenomena The Northern Lights Dance Solar Eclipse Around the World in a Time-Lapse Earth Happy Earth Day everyone! [mashable]

Michael Grab – Meditation, Balance, Art

Michael Grab, the land artist from Canada,  found his great joy and peace of mind in using the power of gravity. The process of creating his art of balance is not that easy as it might seam. It involves not only Grab’s physical but psychological abilities along with learning his inner self and nature around him. It’s very hard to believe that his work is done with his bare hands, no tools, no wire, no magic, only gravity. That is how his project got its name – Gravity glue, the only secret of his creations. Most of his installations were done in Boulder, Colorado… Read more »

A Forest Year (timelapse video)

Samuel Orr is the photographer behind this nature-insightful time-lapse video. A Forest Year is Orr’s first foray into time-lapses, demonstrating great patience. It was made from 40,000 still images taken from his front window over a period of 15 months, and were blended into this film. The video was released about a month ago and has since gone viral. A very well done job Mr. Orr! we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on his upcoming work.

Japan’s Phenomenal Volcanic Lightning Photographed by Martin Rietze

German photographer Martin Rietze had a unique opportunity to be in Japan as the Sakurajima Volcano in southern Kyushu erupted with forth smoke, fire, and lava. The images present a phenomenal juxtaposition of a rain of fire and flashes of lightning sparking through a billowing cloud of black smoke. The Japanese volcano was caught in its magnificent burst of activity between February 21st and 26th by the photographer. His grit and fearlessness landed one of his photos a feature on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day earlier this week. According to NASA, it is not fully understood what causes volcanic lightning. Although lightning in general occurs somewhere on Earth… Read more »

Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th Annual Photo Contest Finalists

Albuquerque, New Mexico – An onlooker Witnesses the Annular Solar Eclipse as the Sun Sets on May 20, 2012. Colleen Pinski – The Natural World. Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th Annual Photo Contest has just announced the 50 finalists for this year’s competition. The contest received over 37,600 photo submissions from photographers in 112 countries around the world. The five contest categories this year include: The American Experience — Events, objects or activities connecting the American people to their history or their cultural heritage; photographs that tell us what it means to be an American and provide a sense of what it is like to live in… Read more »

The Top 10 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012

After the tremendous success our “Picture of the Day” section received upon its introduction in 2012, we’ve decided to put together a short gallery of our most “liked” images posted throughout the year, in efforts to honor the gifted photographers that have managed to snap incredible imagery that inspires us all. Below are the top 10 Pictures of the day for 2012. I can’t thank you enough for taking the time out of your day to check out the site. May you continue to be inspired, educated and entertained by our beautiful planet and all that inhabit it. Enjoy the peek!… Read more »

A Perfect Snap of A Norwegian Fjord

Today’s picture of the day comes from the narrow inlet with steep cliffs of the Norwegian Fjord region. Snapped by Hadi Soewoyo while on cruise, the photographer manages to capture the magical scenery of the glacier carved valley. The green topography reflecting on the water surface is just breathtaking, grabbing an advanced spot on my personal travel list. The fjord is one of Norway’s most visited tourist sites and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005.

10 Winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest for 2012

Decisions have been made for the 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest and the winners have just been announced, with a group of ten photos coming out on top, plus one Viewer’s Choice winner. A total of eleven images were chosen from more than 12,000 entries submitted by 6,615 photographers from 152 countries covering four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments. Also, be sure to see the earlier entry featuring 40 finalists images from the submissions to this year’s contest. 1- A Japanese maple, by Fred An, one of seven Merit winners. “This is the great Japanese maple tree in the Portland… Read more »

40 Images from the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Judges will soon be selecting the winners for the 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest for 2012, but voting doesn’t end until Friday, July 20, at 9 a.m. The Atlantic shared these photographs with permission from National Geographic, gathered from four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments.

The Blue Dragon by Steve Richards, Rendered or Real?

This stunning photograph that looks more like a computer generated render was shot by Steven Richards on a flight from Cardiff, UK to Faro, Portugal. The photo generated plenty of debate about its authenticity, Richards assures it’s real, he explains the bright blue color of the water is because of the reflection of the sky and the cast shadows on the terrain are of the clouds; that’s what gives this image it’s allure housing a mix of nature’s best colors.

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