September 22nd
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archiemcphee:

From the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders come these mysterious patterns on the ocean floor off the southern coast of Japan. Japanese scuba diver and photographer Yoji Ookata, who has spent the last 50 years exploring and documenting his underwater discoveries off the coast of Japan, spotted these beautiful and puzzling patterns in the sand, nearly six feet in diameter and 80 feet below sea level, during a dive near Amami Oshima at the southern tip of the country.

So what happened next? Are these rippling geometric patterns the equivalent of crop circles on the seafloor? Not quite, but the answer is still a good one. Colossal explains:

“He soon returned with colleagues and a television crew from the nature program NHK to document the origins what he dubbed the “mystery circle.”

Using underwater cameras the team discovered the artist is a small puffer fish only a few inches in length that swims tirelessly through the day and night to create these vast organic sculptures using the gesture of a single fin. Through careful observation the team found the circles serve a variety of crucial ecological functions, the most important of which is to attract mates. Apparently the female fish are attracted to the hills and valleys within the sand and traverse them carefully to discover the male fish where the pair eventually lay eggs at the circle’s center, the grooves later acting as a natural buffer to ocean currents that protect the delicate offspring. Scientists also learned that the more ridges contained within the sculpture resulted in a much greater likelihood of the fish pairing. To learn more about the circles check out the full scoop over on Spoon and Tamago, and you can see two high resolution desktop photos courtesy of NHK here.”

Busy little pufferfish boys wooing potential mates by sculpting the sand with their bodies. As far as we’re concerned, that’s pretty awesome!

[via Colossal]

May 11th
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May 1st
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devidsketchbook:

Bernhard Edmaier - BARREN

This chapter looks at the barren regions between the forested bands of the moderate climatic zones and the icy wastes of the poles. Barren land like this, where the cold weather rules, is also found in the high mountain regions of the earth in all zones, even the tropics. In Canada and Alaska, these bare landscapes are called ‘Barren Grounds’. In Greenland, Iceland, Finland and further eastwards along the northern shores of Siberia, they are known as ‘Tundra’.

April 17th
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devidsketchbook:

Gregory Colbert - Ashes and Snow [Video] 

On Tumblr:  gregorycolbert.tumblr.com

ashesandsnow.org  via )

April 17th
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darksilenceinsuburbia:

Andrea Galluzzo. From Know Myself In All My Parts Series.

All Images 11” X 16”
Printed on:
Museum Etching Paper
Archival Pigment Print

http://www.andreagalluzzo.com/

April 16th
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lionz-alighieri:

Homeless Black & White Portraits 

By: Lee Jeffries

Part I

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April 14th
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http://bstumpf.artistswanted.org/exposure2011

Underwater Series - Joan of Arc.

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March 26th
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A picture in 365 slices. Each slice is one day of the year.

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March 18th
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earth-song:

Waiting on the sky” by M Reza Faisal

filed as: photographywater
March 9th
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March 8th
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December 30th
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December 30th
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December 27th
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December 4th
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visualamor:

 Olsen Zander is a wrapper. A tree wrapper.

filed as: artphotography