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Lapland is a gorgeous and fairly untouched part of the globe, near the top of the world, in Finland. These photos of early morning in Lapland are beautifully serene and full of poise. Photographer Tiina Törmänen Via Behance: 

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Artist Matthias Jung has a brilliant sense of imagination, as seen in these collages. Ethereal and surreal. Via MyModernMet:
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NASA announced today that they have evidence that the strange formations on Mars are caused by present day water movement. This is thrilling because it brings the red planet into greater focus, and is a precursor for finding life on this planet, or any other. Make sure to click the images to see this beautiful planet in it’s glory.

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The Estonian forests near Tallinn have a new ear and mouth, in the form of large wooden megaphones, built by the Estonian Academy of the Arts. The idea is to have a place to relax, but also amplify the natural sounds of the forest. Bird, critters, wind, and the occasional fall of a tree will all be magnified with these handsome wooden forms. They double as shelters, giving a wonderful framed view of the woods they look onto. Great creativity on display. Via MyModernMet:
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Most of us have a flat screen tv in our homes these days, and they are no longer newfangled or impressive. Indeed, they are often an eyesore, taking the attention of the whole room they’re in, and acting as a distraction. Samsung has a new TV called the Serif, which is an attempt to make a TV more of a work of art than an appliance. Framed with a shape that makes it a seriffed “I” from the side view, this screen should look great in most rooms, which is more than most TVs can claim. Available in three colors, TBD whether it will arrive in the US.
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Artist Jonathan Calugi uses a single line to portray his figures, adding a splash of color to bring the images alive. Via It’s Nice That:
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Nice day for a flight // moss and fog

Photographer Emmanuel Canaan has a love for aviation, and it shows in his beautiful pictures. In this excursion, Canaan captures an absolutely gorgeous Stearman Biplane on a lovely autumn day in Minnesota. Via 500px:

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Thai illustrator Tanawat Sakdawisarak creates an aesthetic that is both modern and throwback in style, his colors are somewhat muted, and his characters are inviting and a little curious all at once. Charming comes to mind. Via It’s Nice That:
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Perched dramatically on the top of Mount Kronplatz in Italy, the Messner Mountain Museum Corones (MMM) pays tribute to mountaineering and mountain climbing culture, in a most dramatically designed way. Via Architizer:

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The decision to bury a large proportion of the exhibition spaces underground brings a degree of subtlety to the juxtaposition between natural and manmade elements; ZHA’s characteristically futuristic forms peak out from the side of the mountain like the proverbial tips of a curvaceous concrete iceberg.

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Photographer Ben Zank has a darkly humorous series of images that tell a fascinating story. Via MyModernMet:

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