The Gorgeous Contours Of Antelope Canyon

June 24, 2014

Antelope Canyon Arizona

Don’t let “127 Hours” scare you; slot canyons can be pure beauty. Case in point: Arizona’s Antelope Canyon. At first blush, its Navajo name, Tsé bighánlílíní or “the place where water runs through rocks” doesn’t make sense given the barren backdrop. But upon looking at its geological history and discovering that the canyon was primarily formed due to flash flooding-induced erosion, the Navajo name makes worlds more sense than its contemporary English one.

Mount Nyiragongo And Its Bubbling Hot Lava Lake

June 22, 2014
Crater of Mount Nyiragongo

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Few volcanoes are as spectacular as Mount Nyiragongo. Known for its active lava lake and (relatively) frequent eruptions, this incredible volcano has the potential for widespread disaster. Unfortunately, political unrest prevents the scientific community from studying the dangerous volcano in depth. But as seen in these breathtaking images, scientists and photographers have still been able to capture the bubbling, fiery lava that churns within the mountain’s lava lake.

Lava Up Close

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Barry Underwood’s Magically Surreal Photography

June 21, 2014
Abstract Light Installations

Rodeo Beach, Source: Barry Underwood

Set against a forested, earthy backdrop, the luminescent glow in Barry Underwood’s photographs is startlingly beautiful. Yet the colorful, glowing elements are much more than photographic manipulation. Underwood uses a combination of LED lights, luminescent materials and photographic effects to create each of the abstract landscapes in his work. The resulting images are magical, curious and effortlessly intriguing.

Barry Underwood Wendover II

Wendover II (For John), Source: Barry Underwood

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Bee Bearding, Your New Favorite Hobby

June 6, 2014

Humans share an intimate history with bees, having hunted and gathered their sweet honey as far back as 13,000 BC. It only seems natural, then, that this close association would eventuate into donning their winged friends as…beards.

The practice – aptly named bee bearding – has been a mainstay of the beekeeping world since the nineteenth century, often as a sideshow in carnivals. In doing so, bee bearers have sported hundreds and thousands of honey bees on their faces, though in recent times more have taken to rocking bees all over their bodies.

A Brief History Of Bee Bearding

Bee Bearding Old Photo

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Charles Jencks’ Intricate Landscape Art

June 2, 2014
Charles Jencks Magnificent View

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To understand the world view of Charles Jencks, a landscape architect and sculptor whose grand body of work has to be seen to be believed, refer to Jenck’s own remarks: “To see the world in a Grain of Sand, the poetic insight of William Blake, is to find relationships between the big and small, science and spirituality, the universe and the landscape. This cosmic setting provides the narrative for my content-driven work, the writing and design. I explore metaphors that underlie both growing nature and the laws of nature, parallels that root us personally in the cosmos as firmly as a plant, even while our mind escapes this home.”

Charles Jencks Spiral Pond

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With names like “The Garden of Cosmic Speculation” and “Northumberlandia”, the Lady of the North, Charles Jencks’ creations are as grandiose as they are mesmerizing. Celebrating nature in conjunction with scientific and architectural design, Jencks’ gardens and parks carry a signature style unique to his own experiences and expertise.

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The Batu Caves Add A Rich Tradition Of Hinduism in Malaysia

May 30, 2014
Caves in Malaysia

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Tiptoe up 272 well-marked steps and you’ll reach the Batu Caves of Malaysia. Located north of Kuala in the Gombak district, the Batu Caves attract thousands of Hindu worshipers and visitors each year. While each of the three main caves is astonishing in terms of sheer size and age (the limestone is estimated to be 400 million years old), the religious shrines and statues sprinkled throughout the caves have rendered Batu Caves an important religious site for Hindu followers.

Statue of Lord Murugan Cave Entrance

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