Blending static images with motion, cinemagraphs are animated GIFs that bring out the serenity in otherwise chaotic scenes. Today, we look at thirty-three of our favorite cinemagraphs that will entrance you with their quiet yet mesmerizing beauty:
Spring has its fair share of holidays and festivities—St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Chinese New Year—yet no event captures the vibrancy and color of the changing seasons like Holi, India’s magical “festival of…
The world’s earliest gardens were planted to reap medicinal benefits and celebrate the gods. Over time, the purpose of gardens has expanded dramatically, with people growing gardens for a number of functional and not-so-functional reasons. Take a trip with us as we explore six mesmerizing gardens around the world, landing on almost every continent but Antarctica. (And keep your bucket list handy—you will be needing it.)
Canada: Butchart Gardens
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia is home to one of world’s most beautiful expanses of plants and trees—the Butchart Gardens. Featuring uninterrupted bloom from more than one million bedding plants, the site has since been designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. Each year, nearly a million visitors gape at the various gardens that contain more than 900 varieties of colorful blooms.
Cell phones have come a long way over the past decade. While we use them to check our email, map the closest route to the grocery store or text a friend, it (almost) goes without saying that the cell phone is absolutely king when it comes to photography. Whether you’re taking selfies or Snapchatting your lunch, many of today’s phone cameras rival professional ones. It is because of these great advances that the iPhone Photography Awards were born. Though not as polished as professional photography contests, these image entries are impeccable in their own right.
A living shrine to the marvels of the Renaissance, if Florence’s cultural relics don’t seduce you, its natural scenery certainly will.