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Floral magic

Posted: February 12th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Arcadia, CA artist Craig P. Burroughs uses ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence photography to capture what the human eye fails to see: the longer wavelengths of light certain plants reflect.

The result?

Supernatural beauty!

Behold the Bee Balm blossom, in all its fluorescent glory.

The Blanket Flower, baring its true colors.

Hawthorne flowers, plainly prismatic.

Ice Plant realness.

And the Kangaroo’s Paw, bold and beautiful.

Take a look at more of Craig P. Burrows’ incredible photography. You’ll never see the world the same!

All photos © Craig P. Burrows

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Plane crazy

Posted: January 11th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

American artist Harry Everett Smith is mostly known for his experimental film making in the 1940s. But he also composed music and painted. From 1961 to 1983, he picked up every paper airplane he found on the streets of Manhattan. The survivors of his dedicated collection have been photographed by Jason Fulford and published in Paper Airplanes: The Collections of Harry Smith, Catalogue Raisonné, Volume I.

Harry found this colorful plane on October 29, 1980 at Broadway and East 23rd Street.

He found this slim flyer March 17, 1979 at West 28th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Broadway.

This newspaper plane was picked up on January 20, 1968 at Fifth Avenue between West 34th Street and West 35th Street.

And where did Harry find this polka-dotted beauty? You’ll have to buy the book to find out!

I think I’ll make an eye-catching paper plane and leave it on the street for some present-day soulmate of Harry to find and pick up. Maybe you should, too!

For more on Harry Everett Smith and his paper planes, visit hyperallergic.com and junk-culture.com.

(All photos © Jason Fulford)

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Glory of the season

Posted: December 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

By now, most trees have dropped their colorful autumn foliage, but few have done it as beautifully as this 1,400-year-old Gingko tree in China’s Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple. Believed to have been planted during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), this tree is now big enough to rule the fall with a deluge of brilliant gold.

Show-offs can be a drag, but this magnificent tree is a shining exception. Let’s hope it tries to top itself next year!

Photos found at My Modern Met

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Cat confessions

Posted: July 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Hello, kitty! What have you been up to? Oh. I see.

Photo found at imgur.com

 

Photo: imgur.com

 

Photo: imgur.com

 

Well, let’s hope making a full confession will ease your conscience, cats!

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Say cheese, quokka!

Posted: March 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Quokkas are marsupials about the size of a house cat. Quokkas are natural smilers. Quokkas are not camera shy. Australians are cozying up to quokkas in record numbers lately for selfies. Turn that frown upside down down under and snap a quokka today!

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Tiny majesty

Posted: February 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

When we think of beach sand, most of us think of this.

Photo found at the Banzai Surf School.

Nice! But nothing special.

But microscope photographer Dr. Gary Greenberg knows what beach sand REALLY looks like. This!

Pictured below, a collection of magnified beach sand from Maui, Hawaii resembles booty from a pirate’s treasure chest.

Sand grains from Okinawa, Japan include starry skeletons of single-celled foraminifera.

And these microscopic shells once housed microscopic snails.

So the next time you see a sand castle, remember, it’s a trove of microscopic riches!

 

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Tree spirits

Posted: November 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Italian artist Elido Turco loves to walk the mountain paths of northeastern Italy and photograph the trees along the way. Later, using computer mirroring effects, he discovers wonderfully expressive faces in the barky gnarls and knots.

 

Signore Turco calls these woody beings Dream Creatures, and it’s clear to see why!

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Sloth selfie

Posted: November 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Enough said!

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Stellar self-portrait

Posted: October 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

NASA rover  Curiosity has taken the first selfie on Mars. Moments later, it posted the pic on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. Universal reaction? Looking good, robot!

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Close up and personal

Posted: August 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Hummingbirds are some of my favorite creatures. No bigger than a ping-pong ball and no heavier than a nickel, they are fearless at confronting beings hundreds of times greater in size. I’ve put up a feeder by my window in order to watch their aerial antics, but the tiny fliers always seem too quick and too far away to get a really good look.

Photographer Chris Morgan has captured the iridescent plumage of this teensy terror in all its glory. Each intricate feather is smaller than a caraway seed but packs a colorful punch!

 

Photo by Chris Morgan

Photo by Chris Morgan

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