Whether you believe it’s plausible or not, French artist Francois Ronsiaux wants us to imagine a world in which the ice caps have melted, drowning our urban spaces–and to internalize the ramifications. This is the goal of his solemn, haunting and humbling series, United Land.
Although Kasper Kowalski is a trained architect, it is his unexpected aerial photography that will thrill you most. Born in 1977, the Polish photographer captures the intersections, patterns and shapes that arise…
Nothing beats the simple beauty of a cherry blossom in full bloom. While most varieties of the tree do not produce fruit, their pinkish-white flowers are admired by people all across the world.
In Japan, cherry blossoms represent the beauty and fragility of life, a symbolic notion that has existed for centuries, as seen in ancient Japanese paintings and mythology. When the flowers bloom—creating a dreamy scene of white and pink petals—people gather together to celebrate and remind themselves that while life is a blessing, it is also tragically short. Called “Sakura,” the cherry blossom is Japan’s national flower, playing a role in both political and cultural traditions. During World War II, the blooms were used to promote nationalism.
Check out these incredible images of cherry blossoms before spring’s blooms submit to the summer heat.
The cherry blossom’s transformation from bud to bloom is short and sweet. Check it out in this time-lapse video:
Feel like your part of scenery in this clip of Sakura blooming throughout Japan:
Few institutions measure up to the centuries-old National Geographic Society, which is respected worldwide for its promotion of environmental conservation and observation, often in the form of rich imagery and intriguing articles. So it’s no surprise that National Geographic’s Traveler Photo Contest 2015 elicited incredible photographs from (literally) every corner of the world.
The four contest categories are vague and simple: travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place, and spontaneous moments. Photographers can interpret these designations as they will, making for a monumental variety in each image’s composition, style and feel. While there’s still time to submit a picture (the contest runs through the end of June), Nat Geo editors have released galleries of their favorite submissions. While these are our favorite photos in the running, you can check back in July for the full list of winners.
After 20 days of traveling to what might be considered the world’s final frontier, Kalle Ljung offers the less daring–or perhaps less-monied–of us a surreal taste of Antarctica. Ljung and his traveling companions kicked off their excursion from Ushuaia, Argentina, then rounded Cape Horn to cross the Drake Passage and venture into Antarctica’s Melchior Islands, where Ljung stayed for 16 days. What he saw was absolutely breathtaking.