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Fox in Snow and Heather

Via LaughingSquid, a collection of gorgeous images of the northern red fox.

Ivan Kislov is a Russian photographer who captured the red fox in the remote Chukotka Peninsula in the northeastern area of Russia.

 “Foxes are curious and can come very close, and I shoot with wide angle and telephoto lenses.”

Close Up Fox

2 Foxes

Adolescent Foxes

Baby Fox

Do Not Wake

Lisa Climbing Up

Profile in Snow

Yawning Fox

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FastCo Design has a write up of Jonathan Lawrence’s personal redesign of the 50 state’s license plates. They rightly call out the many ugly and garish plate designs in circulation today. So Lawrence’s effort goes back to basics, and his results are clean, readable, and modern.
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Owls of any kind have pretty amazing eyes. They have better vision than humans, and are able to track their prey at night. But Zeus, a blind screech owl, takes the cake for his incredible, galaxy-like eyes. Though blind, this owl has managed to make it to adulthood before being rescued by a wildlife learning center. Treated like the star he is, Zeus is now the centerpiece of the facility, bringing visitors from near and far to see him. Via Bored Panda:

His mesmerizing starry eyes earned him the name Zeus, the God of the Sky

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MyModernMet has a collection of some stunning and unusual places around the globe that look like they might exist on a different planet. Here are a few.

Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia

 

Lake Hillier, The Pink Lake in Australia

 

The Wave, Arizona

 

Fly Geyser, Nevada

 

Three Sisters Volcano, Oregon

 

Rainbow Mountains, China

 

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Comet 67P has been flying solo through space for millennia, and didn’t know it was in for a visitor. Yet a visitor touched down this week, for the first time in human history. The European Space Station launched Philae to the surface of the comet, which is whizzing at a brisk 84,000 miles per hour. It was even able to take a number of photos of the comet surface. Pretty incredible. Via NYTimes:
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It’s hard to visualize the size of 67P when its in the vastness of space. Here’s a handy mockup that someone in the UK did, it shows how big the comet would appear if it landed in Cork.

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And here’s a brand new image from the surface of the comet itself.

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Both movie nerds and architecture nerds should like this one. In a series beautifully executed and called Archilife, Federico Bambina’s illustrations are both clever and iconic. Hepburn & Eames? Hitchcock & Le Corbusier? Maybe we’ll have to wait to see Gere & Gehry. Via MyModernMet:

 

 

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888,246 ceramic poppies infill the tower of london for remembrance day

Nearly 900,000 handmade ceramic poppies placed for the Tower of London Remembrance Day. Marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, this striking and visually fantastic tribute is something Londoners can be proud of. Via DesignBoom:
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888,246 ceramic poppies spill out from a window onto the vast grassy expanse
image © richard lea-hair and historic royal palaces

888,246 ceramic poppies tower of london for remembrance day
the evolving installation has seen the transformation of the tower of london’s moat
image © richard lea-hair and historic royal palaces

888,246 ceramic poppies tower of london for remembrance day
image © richard lea-hair and historic royal palaces

888,246 ceramic poppies infill the tower of london for remembrance day
the ceramic installation has grown massively throughout the past months
image © designboom

888,246 ceramic poppies tower of london for remembrance day
poppies sweet throughout the vast expanse
image © designboom

888,246 ceramic poppies tower of london for remembrance day
the installation weaves through the grounds at the tower of london
image © designboom

888,246 ceramic poppies tower of london for remembrance day
hundreds of thousands of flowers have been placed by volunteers
image © designboom

888,246 ceramic poppies infill the tower of london for remembrance day
the sweeping sea of red poppies
image © designboom

 

 

making the poppies – the tower of london remembers
video courtesy of historic royal palaces

888,246 ceramic poppies tower of london for remembrance day
image © richard lea-hair and historic royal palaces

888,246 ceramic poppies infill the tower of london for remembrance day
image © historic royal palaces

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