One look at any of these surreal photos and you might be quick to think that you’re taking a sneak peek at stills from the set of an upcoming Michel Gondry film. It’s easy to imagine areas in these photos Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey skipped about in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Part Two; the difficult bit is realizing that such a spellbinding place doesn’t exist solely in the mind of a French director. No, this place is not made of dreams–it’s made of salt. And on top of that, it’s located in Bolivia.
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There’s a tired adage which states that all art imitates life, but Italian artist Guido Daniele has turned the saying on its head–or rather, its hands. Utilizing the human hand as his canvas, Daniele transforms the most vulnerable and expressive parts of the body into priceless works of art. The result is an incredible living painting wherein the most obvious symbol for humanity–the hand–is almost indiscernible from the wildlife painted atop it. Check out Twisted Sifter to see a more extensive list.
While the African leopard is one of the most widely recognized creatures in Africa, its days may be numbered. Thanks to habitat loss, fragmentation and conflicts with nomadic farmers, the exotic feline may soon qualify for Vulnerable status.
A man of such physical and moral stature couldn’t be bade a final farewell without an equally monumental procession. Commencing on the afternoon of May 1, 1865, Lincoln’s body was transported from Washington DC to his home of Springfield, Illinois by a funeral train that made a point to retrace the route Lincoln took when making his way to his seminal inauguration some years prior. Not present in the funeral train was his wife, Mary Todd, who was too distraught to leave the nation’s capital.
While the South Dakotan national park provides mile after mile of jagged buttes, pinnacles and spires sure to astonish any visitor, it grants even more to its flora and fauna. Presently, Badlands National Park preserves the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States and the wellbeing of the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land animal in North America.
In spite of the warm colors the nebula exudes, the Boomerang Nebula is the naturally coolest place in the known universe.