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

Source: Paranoias

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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May’s Top 5 Most Adorable Animal Videos

May 30, 2014
Adorable Animal Video Baby Owl

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YouTube would be nothing without its endless supply of adorable animal videos. With an array of sleepy puppies, fuzzy cats and unlikely friendships, there are enough videos to keep any animal enthusiast occupied for hours. To save you the trouble, we’ve rounded up May’s most adorable animal videos.

Mother Elephant Keeps Baby From Floating Away

Adorable Animal Video Baby Elephant

Source: David Lazar

While most adult elephants are superb swimmers, this elephant calf was almost swept away when crossing Kenya’s Ewaso Nyiro. Being the community-driven animals that they are, members of the herd quickly stepped in to rescue the calf from floating downstream. Despite weighing more than the average human being, treacherous waters can be a dangerous obstacle for young elephants. Check out the incredibly adorable animal video below:

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25 Amazing Rainforest Facts You’ve Never Heard

May 29, 2014

Despite numerous rainforest facts that fill science textbooks and warn about the dangers of deforestation, these sacred spaces continue to disappear at an alarming rate. Learn more about how these forests are protecting Earth and sustaining thousands of year old ecosystems by reading the 25 rainforest facts featured below.

1. Rainforests keep the world’s weather in check—they regulate both temperatures and weather patterns.

2. Forest loss can contribute as much to greenhouse gas emissions (12-15 percent) as all of the world’s planes, trains and automobiles (13.5 percent).

3. Many bird species migrate to rainforests each winter, some travelling more than 3,000 miles to get there.

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Technicolor Alaska

May 22, 2014

When we think of Alaska, “technicolor” isn’t likely to be one of the first words to come to mind. But every so often, the chilly state’s night skies become a canvas to one of the world’s most brilliant natural phenomena, the northern lights. If you can’t manage to make it to Fairbanks to see them for yourself, this video is a good substitute.

To learn more about the Northern Lights, check out our post on them!

The Animal Kingdom’s Most Fascinatingly Bizarre Color Mutations

May 22, 2014
Color Mutations Chimera Cat

Source: Top Biologia

Nature is full of beauty, especially in its “imperfections”. Case in point? Color mutations in animals. Over time, evolution can transform an entire species, even creating new ones. Alternatively, a specific mutation can affect only a few individuals within a given animal population.

Several kinds of color mutations can affect the animal world, ranging from well-known albinism all the way to chimera. Some of these are much more common than others. But it seems that the rarer the mutation is, the more intrigued by it we become.

Color Mutations Blue Lobster

Source: Web Ecoist

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