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You’ll Never Guess How Matt Molloy Creates These Smeared Skies

Bouquet Of Clouds

Source: Installation

Like many people, Matt Molloy likes to photograph his surroundings, but there’s just something different about his pieces, which he calls Smeared Skies. Though the images are created from time-lapse photos, each sunset looks as if it were painted with a series of colorful brush strokes. That brush-like effect of course doesn’t come from paint, but composes part of the photographer’s special photographic processing technique dubbed “time stacking.”

Matt Molloy Cosmic Umbilical Cord

Source: Matt Molloy

Photographic Pointillism

Source: Matt Molloy


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Greenland’s (Disappearing) Coast Looks Out Of This World

Coast Of Greenland

While beautiful, Greenland’s majestic natural features have the potential to cause a lot of grief if we’re not careful. In February 2006, researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported that glaciers in Greenland are melting twice as fast as they were in the previous five years – and losing more ice volume than anyone expected.

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Coral Castle: Everlasting Love And Mystery In Southern Florida

In general, stony coral’s razor sharp edges don’t make for prime construction material. And yet in southern Florida thousands of tons of it were used exactly for that purpose – building a castle – leaving people scratching their heads as to just how that could happen.

The construction of Coral Castle remains one of Florida’s greatest unsolved mysteries. While theories abound regarding its creation, many find it hard to explain how a 100-pound man who stood just a hair over five feet tall was able to move, carve and manipulate more than 1,100 tons of coral. Had he mastered the skills of the pyramid builders like he claimed? Or was there black magic involved, as others wondered?

In the early 1900s, Latvia native Ed Leedskalnin was set to marry the love of his life, Agnes Skuvst, who was just 16 at the time — ten years younger than her husband-to-be. But Skuvst called off the wedding the day before the festivities, forcing Leedskalnin to move to the United States alone. Skuvst remained in Latvia, and Leedskalnin spent the rest of his life building a monument to their love.


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Retro Disneyland: When Disney “Magic” Only Cost $2

Disney Lead

Source: LIFE/Getty Images

Soon after Disneyland opened it gates in July 1955, a LIFE magazine article declared the park “the stuff children’s dreams are made on.” Then, same as now, parents’ single biggest complaint centered on cost. Then, unlike now, children’s admission would set parents back $2. (Today, parents must part with $93 if they want their 3-9 year old child to meet Mickey.)

“Disney had expected that $2 would see a child through enough of his $17 million wonderland, but mothers said twice that was needed to keep any enterprising small boy pacified,” LIFE wrote. Add to admission the cost of food and the inevitable souvenir, and it is easy to see the origins of such complaints – and its present-day parallels.

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