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The Blue Forest

Bluebells completely cover the ground cover in this lovely forest in Belgium. The Hallerbos Forest, to be precise. Photographer Kilian Schönberger has a beautiful collection of images from this peaceful, lovely place. Great lighting and framing give these photos a fantasy-like feel.  A definition of purity and calm via Behance:

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Iceland From the Air

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In these remarkable and mesmerizing photos by Andre Ermolaev, we see raw nature flowing and ebbing and drifting and snaking its way across the landscape. Iceland is the world’s science experiment, in terms of geological behavior and fluidity. Captured in a beautiful sense of purity, the aerial images paint a scene of movement but also of calm, of everything existing organically, the way it wants to.  The forms and shapes that nature creates are amazing.Via FastCo Design:

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Drones Allowing For Volcano Eruption Close-ups

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Drones are becoming commonplace, and often they’re being used on less-than-scientific applications. However, when used by top-notch universities studying highly dangerous volcanic eruptions, things get very interesting. The University of Cambridge is using unmanned UAVs to study one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala. Equipped with lightweight sensors, the drone is able to fly far closer to the eruption epicenter than humans would be able to go. Consequently, new scientific data is being gathered, and no lives are put in danger. Awesome. Via Sploid:
 

Inside Out Packaging Proves Jeans’ Toughness

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Packaging can make or break a brand. Do it right, and it’s memorable. Mustang Jeans takes this very seriously, with their daring campaign to ship their jeans to customers using the jeans themselves as the package wrap. Turning the whole idea of packaging inside out, the box holds the receipt, with the denim outside, proving how durable and long-lasting they are. Let’s hope the mailman doesn’t drop the package in a puddle! Via The Dieline: 

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Bridgestone’s Air Free Bicycle Tire

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If you’ve ever ridden over nails or glass, or taken a particularly harsh curb with your bike, you know what a hassle it is to have a flat tire. Either get yourself covered in bike grease replacing it, or lug your bike to the nearest repair shop. Bridgestone, better known for car tires, has a new option that may skip the need for inflation, and avoid punctures altogether. Their Air Free Bicycle Tire concept utilizes a system of inner flexible spokes that doesn’t inflate at all. They claim the tire uses much less rubber to make, as well.  The tire looks pretty cool, too. Added bonus. Via Uncrate:

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Earth Day 2017

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Mother Earth is our one and only habitable planet. It’s a precious, living gem in a cold and airless solar system. Those hoping to live on Mars might reconsider, when they realize they’d have to be in a bubble the entire time. Regardless, we’re treating our planet like it’s our own personal plaything, a carefree toy we can chew up and spit out. Just when the USA was on the brink of a positive turning point on climate, we took a giant step backwards, electing an orange-faced child with money for a brain, and a smoldering lump of coal for a heart. We mean it, he’s a terrible, terrible person to put in charge of anything, let alone the richest country on earth.

Earth Day 2017 marks a time when we should reflect on our natural world, and the vast riches it provides us with, for free. Economists put an estimate of $55 trillion dollars a year in value that the natural world bestows on us every single year.  So this Earth Day, give a little reflection and appreciation towards our brilliant earth, and all it provides for us. This beautiful illustration is by Brian Miller for REI.

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Illusions Star in this Pet Adoption Campaign

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Visual illusions are always fun, especially when they are for a good cause. The World For All Animal Care And Adoptions in Mumbai have a very clever set of posters that encourage people to adopt pets, using very carefully positioned photos of people. Look closely….. See the silhouettes? Artists Amol Jadhav and Pranav Bhide did a great job pulling off this classy and eye opening campaign. Via Petapixel:

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Incredible Underwater Waterfall in Mauritius

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The idea of an underwater waterfall is a bit mind bending, we know. And technically, what you’re seeing is sand and silt drifting down a huge underwater canyon, giving the illusion of water flowing freely under the ocean. The site is so gorgeous, the technicalities won’t be your on your mind. Mauritius is a tiny island nation 1,200 miles of Africa’s southeast coast.

Frederick C Millett  and Trip Advisor have some great photos of this beautiful island nation with it’s turquoise waters and that incredible chasm in the earth, which causes the waterfall illusion.  Time to book some flights… Via Places To See in Your Lifetime:

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Coachella’s Colorful Creatures

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Coachella has become a major destination, a music festival that is eclipsing all others. This year the festival has teamed up with artists Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan to create giant, colorful beasts that roam the grounds. The brightly painted monsters are gentle in demeanor, and have already been backdrop to countless selfies and concertgoer photos. In addition to the giant boxy beasts, Coachella’s art includes crazy house-like structures that involve psychedelic projection-mapping. Lots more to see on DesignBoom:

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Waves in the Sky

Asperitas clouds, where have you been all our lives? We certainly aren’t used to your rolling beauty, giving the illusion of waves in the sky. Take a look at this video shot in Lincoln, Nebraska, where the clouds undulate and roll in, in a true water mimic. Pretty beautiful. For more about clouds, we recommend this handy and well designed book, called The Cloud Collector’s Handbook.

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