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BoredPanda has a collection of some really amazing trees from around the world. Here are just a few.

Dragonblood Trees, Yemen

“The dragonblood tree earned its fearsome name due to its crimson red sap, which is used as a dye and was used as a violin varnish, an alchemical ignredient, and a folk remedy for various ailments.” (Image credits: Csilla Zelko)

“This huge 125-year-oldold rhododendron is technically not a tree – most are considered to be shrubs. You can find out more about it here.” (Image credits: reddit)

144-Year-Old Wisteria In Japan

Image credits: tungnam.com.hk

“At 1,990 square meters (about half an acre), this huge wisteria is the largest of its kind in Japan. Read more about it here.” (Image credits: y-fu)

Rainbow Eucalyptus In Kauai, Hawaii

Image credits: jwilsonnorton

Wind-Swept Trees In New Zealand

“These trees on Slope Point, the southern tip of New Zealand, grow at an angle because they’re constantly buffeted by extreme antarctic winds. Find out more here.” (Image credits: Seabird Nz)

Beautiful Japanese Maple In Portland, Oregon

The President, Third-Largest Giant Sequoia Tree In The World, California

“President, located in Sequoia National Park in California, stands 241 ft (73m) tall and has a ground circumference of 93 ft (28m). It is the third largest giant sequoia in the world (second if you count its branches in addition to its trunk).” (Image credits: Michael Nichols)

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Surrealist art always makes us smile. It’s meant to conjure the impossible, and it instantly takes us out of our day-to-day and lets us be imaginative, playful and creative. Artist Logan Zillmer does an excellent job of creating fun, idealistic, and whimsical images through skilled digital photography and post production. Here are some fun images from his recent collection. Via DesignBoom:

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Russian photographer Dina Belenko has a wonderful series of photos that embody the spirit and still-life perfection of Wes Anderson films. These images are artfully arranged, and bring a sense of adventure to the viewer.

Dina Belenko // Moss and Fog

Dina Belenko // Moss and Fog

Dina Belenko // Moss and Fog
 Dina Belenko // Moss and Fog

Dina Belenko // Moss and Fog

Dina Belenko // Moss and Fog

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Iceland always tops the list of most scenic countries, most jaw-dropping scenery. Here is some impressive footage taken by drone of the colors and sights that Iceland has to offer. Locations include Skógafoss, Reynisfjara Beach, Skaftafell National Park, Askja, Skaftafellsjökull, Dettifoss, Gulfoss, and Eskifjordur.

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Designer Charles Pétillon installed over 100,000 balloons inside London’s famed Covent Garden market. Titled Heartbeat, the whole balloons live on a structure that pulses with light.  The result is playful, magical, delightful. Via BoredPanda:

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The dry, hot summers of the west coast has made for the largest, most intense wildfires in memory. It’s easy to overlook the actual places that were burned, but The Big Picture has a powerful gallery of photos from some of the fires burning in California and Oregon.
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japanese artist brings ukiyo-e woodblock prints to life through animated gifs

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‘Azai Hall – 500 Rakan Temples’

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‘Tea house at Koishikawa.’

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‘The Mitsui shop in Suruga street in Edo’

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‘Ejiri in the Suruga province’

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Look up! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a woman doing the backstroke! This remarkable apartment complex being built in London is a world’s first, with a ‘pool bridge’ suspended ten stories above ground, allowing people to swim from one building to another. The glass-bottomed pool is sure to be strong, but you might want to think twice before doing that giant cannonball. Via DesignBoom:

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The history of the Statue of Liberty is a fascinating one, and these remarkable and rare photographs show the early phases of the construction and travel of the 200,000 pound copper monument. Mashable’s Retronaut has a fascinating write up, check it out. 

1878 World Fair in Paris, Park of the Champ-de-Mars, On the left: Bull sculpted by Isidore-Jules Bonheur (1827-1901), On the right: planished copper bust of the Statue of Liberty (original by Auguste Bartholdi, 1834-1904), by Monduit, Gaget and Gauthier, Detail of a stereoscopic view. (Photo by Léon et Lévy/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

1878 World Fair in Paris, Park of the Champ-de-Mars, On the left: Bull sculpted by Isidore-Jules Bonheur (1827-1901), On the right: planished copper bust of the Statue of Liberty (original by Auguste Bartholdi, 1834-1904), by Monduit, Gaget and Gauthier, Detail of a stereoscopic view. (Photo by Léon et Lévy/Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

 

The surfaces should be broad and simple, defined by a bold and clear design, accentuated in the important places. The enlargement of the details or their multiplicity is to be feared.

 

The head of the Statue of Liberty on display in the garden at the Champ de Mars at the World's Fair in Paris to drum up support and contributions for the completion of the great project, 1878. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images)

The head of the Statue of Liberty on display in the garden at the Champ de Mars at the World’s Fair in Paris to drum up support and contributions for the completion of the great project, 1878. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images)

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UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1890: The Statue of Liberty on the Bedloe island in the bay of New York (Photo by Unidentified Author/Alinari Archives, Florence/Alinari via Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1890: The Statue of Liberty on the Bedloe island in the bay of New York (Photo by Unidentified Author/Alinari Archives, Florence/Alinari via Getty Images)

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1883, Paris, France --- A crowd of people looking at the head of the Statue of Liberty outside Frederic Auguste Bartholdi's Paris warehouse in 1883. --- Image by © CORBIS

1883, Paris, France — A crowd of people looking at the head of the Statue of Liberty outside Frederic Auguste Bartholdi’s Paris warehouse in 1883. — Image by © CORBIS

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Slovenian artist Črtomir Just has some decadent work that show objects exuding rich gold. The richness of the renderings make for an eye-candy experience. Via ILoboYou:
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