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Reflection Perfection: 60 Photos That Show You How It’s Done

Capturing beautiful reflections is not as easy as it looks. It takes planning, patience, creativity and sometimes luck to be able to capture that perfect shot off any natural or artificial reflective surface. From the surface of a lake, to a window pane, a broken mirror to a recently polished and waxed car, the world of reflected surfaces will astound you, if you know where to look, and shoot.

A well-executed shot can show perfect symmetry or a slightly distorted one and sometimes the shot is a one-in-a-million opportunity, that may not come again. Take a look at 60 of our most favorite photographs that will take you into the world of reflective photography.

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Vesturhorn Mountain by Eddie 11uisma. This is a stunning example of a perfectly symmetrical shot. It’s so clear, the mountain looks like it is floating on a mirror. (Image source: Eddie 11uisma)

Vesturhorn Mountain

Invisible by Laura Williams. Here’s an incredible yet surreal self-portrait by Laura Williams. She said this photo was never edited, which makes this photo trick more brilliant. (Image source: Laura Williams)

Invisible

Crocodile by Pyreaus. Look at that big yellow eye pop out of the water! Getting the reflection of just the crocodile’s eye makes this photograph even more compelling. (Image source: Pyreaus)

Crocodile

Ghost Rider by Ravikanth Kurma. Fire dancing is a pretty intense display of art and skill, as this brilliant image tries to show. (Image source: Ravikanth Kurma)

Ghost Rider

Nature by Jasper James. One of the best shots from Jasper James’ City Silhouettes collection. The series reveals the city of Beijing through the silhouettes of its Chinese residents. (Image source: Jasper James)

Nature

Wedding by David Hayes. At first, I thought there’s a glass surface near the camera. There isn’t. The reflection comes from an infinity pool, a pool with no edges. (Image source: David Hayes)

Wedding

Stripes by JMeyer. Here’s a very cool photo abstraction. JMeyer uses the refractive effect of water and glass to bend and twist these black and white stripes. (Image source: JMeyer)

Spoon

Ferrari by Mark Berriman. While there’s a place and time for mirror-like replication, distortion of the reflected subject can sometimes be just as fascinating. (Image source: Mark Berriman)

Ferrari

Taj Mahal. The magnificent Taj Mahal with a nice silhouetted camel in Yamuna River at sunset. (Image source: Your Arvind Kumar)

Taj Mahal

Bubble by Richard Heeks. I think the world needs more bubbles. (Image source: Richard Heeks)

Bubble

Street Art by SOKE. This graffiti is dope. Is that an alien in the middle of a gorilla fight? (Image source: SOKE)

Street Art

Fluorescent by C. Anderson. It looks as if the fluorescent lights are dripping down to that well-waxed floor. This was taken using a fisheye lense at the Dan Flavin exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. (Image source: C. Anderson)

Fluorescent

Lifelines by Alper Doruk. Alper Doruk turns a usual sight to an artistic photo. The people, the colors, the noise, the rush — you can feel them all on this image. (Image source: Alper Doruk)

Lifelines

Dog Rises by Simon van Cleeff. The reflection on the water looks more like a bear! (Image source: Simon van Cleeff)

Dog Rises

Hanover City Hall by Spreng Ben. The vibrant color and symmetry of the City Hall makes this picture pop. (Image source: Spreng Ben)

Hanover City Hall

Black Skimmer by William Dalton. William Dalton snaps a picture of a Black Skimmer perfectly copied on the surface of the lake. (Image source: William Dalton)

Black Skimmer

Skydiving by Suz Graham. Suz Graham captures this amazing moment as she jumped out of the helicopter. You can actually see the chopper from the reflection on her helmet, thanks to her GoPro. (Image source: Suz Graham)

Skydiving

Notre Dame by Loic Lagarde. Excellent composition! The mirror-like symetry draws your eyes to the middle. (Image source: Loic Lagarde)

Notre Dame

Tanker by Andy Gocher. Lucky photographic opportunity here. Andy Gocher’s shot turned out pretty well. (Image source: Andy Gocher)

Tanker

Hot Air Balloons by Dave Biddle. The fall colors are very vibrant in this shot! It looks wonderful. I wish I was there to witness this. (Image source: Dave Biddle)

Hot Air Balloons

Small Island by Shane Kalyn. It is a simple composition with awesome symmetry due to the reflection of the small island. The slight off-center placement gives a bit of dynamism to this photograph. (Image source: Shane Kalyn)

Small Island

Fireworks display around Petronas Tower by Lim Su Seng. Soaring into the air, these fireworks explode around Malaysia’s landmark, the Petronas Twin Towers during the 2014 New Year celebrations. (Image source: Lim Su Seng)

Fireworks

The Finish Line by Lee Sie. There’s something pure and mystical about this image. I love it. (Image source: Lee Sie)

The Finish Line

Field of Love by Radloff. This wedding photoshoot got a wonderful reflection of a polished car, and tones that convey the most romantic of atmospheres. (Image source: Radloff)

Field of Love

Leopard Stare by Chad Cocking. Chad Cocking deliberately flipped this image upside down which is actually clever. Turn your head upside down, and look again. Chad must have been pretty close to take this shot. (Image source: Chad Cocking)

Leopard Stare

Rhododendron Park in Kromlau. Popularly known as the Devil’s Bridge, this bridge is located between the borders of Germany and Poland. See this on Google maps (Image source: Kromlau)

Rhododendron Park in Kromlau

Multiple Personalities by Eva Pech Marie. The subtle reflections from the broken mirror depicts the title so perfectly. (Image source: Eva Pech Marie)

Multiple Personalities

Rainbow by Seffis. It’s very rare to spot a rainbow reflected on off a watery surface. Great catch by Seffis. (Image source: Seffis)

Rainbow

Doppelganger by CasheeFoo. Lovely focus and softness of the light. Love the colors and contrast clothing. (Image source: CasheeFoo)

Doppelganger

Lightning by Lise Sundberg. Waiting patiently for a lightning bolt to strike, Lise Sundberg managed to take 4 bolts illuminating its surroundings for just a split second. (Image source: News Australia)

Lightning

Broken Mirror by Bing Wright. Bing Wright placed a set of shattered Mirrors againts the bright sunset. The result is suprisingly appealing. They look like stained glass windows. (Image source: Bing Wright)

Broken Mirror

Drive above the Clouds by Tomohiro Nakatate. This is the world’s largest salt flat and it is located in Bolivia. The rain collects on top of the salt causing this mirror effect. (Image source: Tomohiro Nakatate)

Drive above the Clouds

Waterway to Orbit by James Vernacotola. This is a spectacular photograph of a shuttle launched into orbit from the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge, in Ponte Vedra, Florida. (Image source: James Vernacotola)

Waterway to Orbit

Luray Cave. You’ll find this more fascinating when you realize that the bottom half is actually water reflection. (Image source: WUnderground)

Luray Cave

Miniature Liquid Worlds by Markus Reugels. The perfectly timed shots by German photographer Markus Reugels resulted in this beautiful spherical representation of Earth. (Image source: Markus Reugels)

Miniature Liquid Worlds

Watercolor by Patrizia Sapia. Here’s another flipped image of a reflection from a puddle on the streets of Rome. It does feel like the watercolored version of old buildings, doesn’t it? (Image source: Patrizia Sapia)

Watercolor

Sin City by Sina Poursohi. I name this one Sin City because its looks like a scene from that movie. (Image source: Sina Poursohi)

Sin City

The Golden Gate by Nathan Spotts. One of the most famous and most photographed bridge in the world. The reflection off the water is just fantastic. (Image source: Nathan Spotts)

The Golden Gate

Levitation by naytttt. A guy jumping in a puddle in Pittsburgh. The image here is upside down. (Image source: naytttt)

Levitation

Houses by Jan Siebring. I love the serene feel of this shot. These lovely houses are from the City of Monnickendam in the Netherlands. (Image source: Jan Siebring)

Houses

Anniversary by Ismael. Ismael and his wife were toasting their first year anniversary when he noticed the reflection in his glass and decided to take a picture of it. This was taken at Glacier Bay, Alaska on their cruise. (Image source: Ismael)

Anniversary

Bullet by Alexander Augusteijn, With the help of a high-speed camera, Alexander Augusteijn captured the moment a bullet slices through a drop of water. The refection of the bullet is equally stunning. (Image source: Alexander Augusteijn)

Bullet

Aurora Borealis by Johnathan Esper. Johnathan Esper manages to capture the lights reflecting on the surface water of Silfra crack in Thingvellir National Park, Iceland. (Image source: Johnathan Esper)

Aurora Borealis

Eye of the beholder by Mitchell Phelps. Really good composed shot, with delightful colors and reflections. (Image source: Mitchell Phelps)

Eye of the beholder

Dragon’s Mirror by Nancy Falso. Its’ almost night time as the illuminations of this chinese dragon sculpture is reflected in the tranquil river. (Image source: Nancy Falso)

Dragon's Mirror

Pyramid by Felix Bonfils. Here’s a vintage photo of the great Pyramid of Giza. This photo was taken by Felix Bonfils during The Ottoman Empire, between 1860-1880. (Image source: Felix Bonfils)

Pyramid

Polar Bear by Paul Nicklen. A polar bear with an unbelievable reflection from crystal clear Arctic ice, gives a confused look towards the camera of Paul Nicklen while he was shooting this in Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Canada. (Image source: Paul Nicklen)

Polar Bear

Windmill by Jeff Morgan. Great capture of vivid green with a great composition and reflections off the lake. The angle makes this even better. (Image source: Jeff Morgan)

Windmill

Anamorphosis by Jonty Hurwitz. Anamorphosis is the distorition of objects or images to create an image ona reflective surface. In short, something like this. (Image source: Jonty Hurwitz)

Anamorphosis

Dubai Panorama by Beno Saradzic. Here’s a beautiful panoramic view of Dubai’s massive skyline. Taken by Beno Saradzic, the glowing buildings are nicely reflected on the desert lake. (Image source: Beno Saradzic)

Dubai Panorama

Silhouette by Piriskoskis. The dark silhouettes of people against the bright yellow background reflected with clear symetry is beyond amazing. (Image source: Piriskoskis)

Silhouette

Space Selfie by Mike Hopkins. Astronaut Mike Hopkins takes an out-of-this-world selfie. (Image source: NASA)

Space Selfie

City Park. A colorful evening at a quiet river near a theme park. What a great sharp photo! (Image source: WallPapersCraft)

City Park

Water Droplet by Teguh Santosa. Just seeing an ant pushing a droplet of water is just fascinating. (Image source: Teguh Santosa)

Water Droplet

Inception: New York by Trey Ratcliff. Modern architecture reflecting the old ones. Check this out on Google maps (Image source: Trey Ratcliff)

Inception New York

Sphere by Carlos Gotay Martinez. What sort of wizardry is this? Very cool idea. (Image source: Carlos Gotay Martinez)

Sphere

Underwater by DobsonFly. This image was rotated 90 degrees clockwise to give the standing illusion. (Image source: DobsonFly)

Underwater

Black and White by Hannes R. Taken at Strandvagen, Ostermalm, Stockholm, this captures a terrific reflection of trees after snowfall. (Image source: Hannes R)

Black and White

Mom and Dad by Luna Bella. The cutest family portrait I have ever seen. Fantastic angle! (Image source: Luna Bella)

Mom and Dad

Smiley by Aoao2. Perfectly timed photo! Aoao2 captured this water drop refracting an image of a smiley. (Image source: Aoao2)

Smiley

Some of them may look like it was created with a nifty photoshop skills, but these collection are nothing but showing the beauty of mixing reality and reflection. Feel free to give your opinions and knowledge about these listing. And don’t forget to let us know your favorite images.



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For The Love Of Wood: 55 Amazing Wooden Sculptures [Photos]

A famous French painter and sculptor, Edgar Degas, once said “Art is not what you see, but, what you make others see.” And these 20 talented and creative wood carvers will let us see the beauty embedded in the art of woodcarving through their creations. Many of these artists have also carved their mark into the international art scene.

Animal Sculptures from Wood Chips

Most of these sculptors have years of experience perfecting their craft. Seeing these skilled carvers transform a block of wood into an expressive artwork is really fascinating. From hand-carved to laser-cut wood sculptures made from single or multiple blocks of wood, this collection will bring enjoyment and inspiration to all art designers, not only sculptors, novices and professionals alike.

Caricature Carvings by Phil Bishop

Phil Bishop is a full-time caricature carver from Elk City, Oklahoma. He can design some of the most amusing group carvings of any figure. Here are the some of the many lovely caricatures Phil has created. Find more of his depictions of life from his site here.

Caricature Carving by Phil Bishop

Caricature Carving by Phil Bishop

Caricature Carving by Phil Bishop

Wood Chip Sculptures by Sergei Bobkov

53-year-old Russian sculptor Sergei Bobkov uses discarded wood chips, particularly Siberian cedar, to produce gorgeous and delicate animal figures. He works up to 12 hours a day to carve a new sculpture which can take 3 more weeks to refine and complete. Look at the extreme labor of love he displays on the feathers and furs of his animal sculptures. More here.

Animal Sculptures from Wood Chips

Animal Sculptures from Wood Chips

Animal Sculptures from Wood Chips

Skateboard Art by Haroshi

Haroshi is a self-taught Japanese sculptor and a fan of skateboards. Haroshi makes his artworks by stacking old skateboard decks to create mosaic sculptures, which are on a whole new life as 2D works of arts in the form of figurative characters, fruits, skulls and whatever else Haroshi could think of. Check Haroshi’s site here.

Skateboard Art by Haroshi

Skateboard Art by Haroshi

Skateboard Art by Haroshi

Urban Landscapes by James McNabb

James McNabb creates miniature architectural wonders using an abstract style he calls “Sketching with a bandsaw”. In his City series he creates intricate skyscraper designs from wood with different color tones. Each building is unique, just like an actual urban landscape. See more at James’s site here.

Cityscape by James McNabb

Cityscape by James McNabb

Cityscape by James McNabb

Beauty Lies Within by Maskull Lasserre

Canadian-born sculptor, Maskull Lasserre, has a somewhat creepy way of creating art. Maskull’s artwork is all about revealing the skeletal system of humans and animals through existing wooden sculptures. The amount of detail in his carvings is really impressive. What’s wonderful about this new work is he literally adds new art to the original art piece. Check Maskull’s site here.

Re-carved Sculpture by Maskull Lasserre

Re-carved Sculpture by Maskull Lasserre

Re-carved Sculpture by Maskull Lasserre

Melting Wood by Bonsoir Paris

I’m pretty sure you cannot melt wood, yet French artists Remy Clemente and Morgan Maccari from Bonsoir Paris Studio challenges this with their amazing work. Their DURAMEN series puts the focus on the wooden frames showing them in melted form. Utterly incredible! Check Bonsoir Paris’ site here.

Melting Wood by Bonsoir Paris

Melting Wood by Bonsoir Paris

Melting Wood by Bonsoir Paris

Wooden Technology by Michael Rea

Michael Rea’s sculpture pieces are generally represented with materials like steel and glass. Most of his huge pieces seem to be inspired by American science fiction films. He carves robot suits, space shuttles, artillery guns and time machines from lumber. Check Michael’s site here.

Wooden Technology by Michael Rea

Wooden Technology by Michael Rea

Wooden Technology by Michael Rea

Lifelike Sculptures by Willy Verginer

These ultra realistic masterpieces are at the brink of coming to life. They are made by an Italian artist, Willy Verginer, who carves each sculpture from a single block of wood. After that, he paints vivid colors and patterns that add surrealism to it. His favorite figurative subjects range from children to adults and some animals. Check Willy Verginer’s site here.

Lifelike Sculptures by Willy Verginer

Lifelike Sculptures by Willy Verginer

Lifelike Sculptures by Willy Verginer

Moveable Sculpture by Werner Arnold

If you create a sculpture version of Picasso’s paintings, this is what it would look like. Werner Arnold’s sculptures can also move, which adds another layer to the already beautiful sculptures. His work is a great showpiece as it not only looks fantastic with its colorful painting and puzzle-like designs but is also a fun change to its appearance. Check Werner Arnold’s work here.

Moveable Sculpture by Werner Arnold

Moveable Sculpture by Werner Arnold

Moveable Sculpture by Werner Arnold

Carved Guitars by Doug Rowell

When Doug Rowell isn’t playing a guitar, he’s carving one. Doug turns electric guitars into different commemorative art pieces. The engraving is a truly remarkable work of art so much so that most of his customers choose to hang them on their walls rather than play them. Below are just samples from his huge portfolio of more than 100 carved electric guitars since 1969. Check Doug Rowell’s site here.

Carved Guitar by Doug Rowell

Doug Rowell

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Driftwood Sculptures by Jeff Uitto

Jeff Uitto live near the coast of Washington State. He has sculpted horses, eagles and giraffes out of driftwood that are washed ashore from a forest up northwest. Jeff also makes all sorts of furniture and was commissioned to make driftwood installations in Alaska and Hawaii. Check Jeff Uitto’s site here.

Driftwood Sculptures by Jeff Uitto

Driftwood Sculptures by Jeff Uitto

Driftwood Sculptures by Jeff Uitto

Coral Reefs by Joshua Abarbanel

Joshua Abarbanel’s 3D sculptures are comprised of a variety of cut wood that are carefully arranged and layered to create a composition similar to a coral reef. With the help of modern tools and machinery, he creates these beautiful sculptures to remind us of the need to take care of the natural beauty of our oceans. Check Joshua Abarbanel’s site here.

Coral Reef by Joshua Abarbanel

Coral Reef by Joshua Abarbanel

Coral Reef by Joshua Abarbanel

Bough Houses by Rob Heard

Getting ideas from the beautiful surroundings of Exmoor, talented craftman Rob Heard has produced a captivating set of ‘Bough Houses’ made of Leylandii tree, which has no more use once it has been felled. His houses are around 6 feet tall, each with detailed walkways, turrets, staircases and a huge variety of delicately designed components. Check Rob Heard’s site here.

Bough Houses by Rob Heard

Bough Houses by Rob Heard

Bough Houses by Rob Heard

Chainsaw Carving by Bob King

Chainsaw carving is a very dangerous craft, and yet, Bob King could make fascinating carvings through that method. He competes in many chainsaw sculpting competitions locally in Washington state, and overseas. See what else this professional carver can do at his site here.

Chainsaw Carving by Bob King

Chainsaw Carving by Bob King

Chainsaw Carving by Bob King

Anthropomorphism by AJ Fosik

AJ Fosik makes intricate, brightly colored three-dimensional pieces that are inspired by folk art and cultural rituals. Fosik’s taxidermy-like wall pieces are anthropomorphized animals made from a pile of cut wood which he manually paints one by one. Check AJ Fosik’s work here.

Anthropomorphism by AJ Fosik

Anthropomorphism by AJ Fosik

Anthropomorphism by AJ Fosik

Intarsia Mural by Kathy Wise

Intarsia is basically a 3D wooden mosaic sculpture on which you cut, carve and shape individual pieces of a wooden parts, then put them together with glue. Using different types of wood and selecting the right color, thickness and grain composition you can, like Kathy Wise, create beautiful patterns, although unlike her, you might not win awards like she can. Check Kathy Wise’s work here.

Intarsia Mural by Kathy Wise

Tiger Trail by Kathy Wise

Leopard's Lair by Kathy Wise

Building Blocks by Efraim Rodriguez Cobos

Built from cubes, these life-sized sculptures by Barcelona-based sculptor Efraim Rodriguez Cobos are one of the most intriguing pieces of art I’ve seen. His artworks evoke sadness depicting unconnected remnants of a fading memory with unique artistic representation. Check Efraim Rodriguez’s site here.

Building Blocks by Efraim Rodriguez Cobos

Building Blocks by Efraim Rodriguez Cobos

Building Blocks by Efraim Rodriguez Cobos

Wooden Shroud by Dan Webb

Seattle-based artist Dan Webb is proud to show his series of unbelievable wooden carvings that creates the illusion of fabric. He can carve a pillow, blanket or a balloon out of a block of wood. Dan prefers to use reclaimed wood, some of it aging over 200 years old. Check more of Dan Webb’s work here.

Wooden Shroud by Dan Webb

Wooden Shroud by Dan Webb

Wooden Balloon by Dan Webb

Mother Nature by Paul Baliker

Paul Baliker is known to construct large sculptures that often depict wildlife. His most amazing piece, called “A Matter of Time”, is a 13 feet tall wooden sculpture of our wildlife and the state of our natural world. Crafted from cedar driftwood, the thought-provoking masterpiece won the hearts of a lot of people. Check out more of Paul Baliker’s work here.

Ocean Exodus by Paul Baliker

Dancing With Mother Nature by Paul Baliker

A Matter of Time by Paul Baliker

World’s Longest Wooden Carving by Zheng Chunhui

This gigantic 12-meter long sculpture, based on the popular scroll painting of "Along the River During the Qingming Festival", which depicts the everyday life of the Chinese people in the 11th century is an amazing work of art by Zheng Chunhui. A record-holder, this is the world’s longest wooden carving, which features old buildings, bridges, boats and over 500 miniature people. It also took 4 years to finish. Get a closer look here.

Wood Carving by Zheng Chunhui

Wood Sculpture by Zheng Chunhui

Wood Carving by Zheng Chunhui

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These Photos Are Why Being An Astronaut Is Cool

When the word ‘selfie’ exploded in cyberspace back in 2013, astronaut Mike Hopkin’s outerspace selfie took off in its on way on Earth, even though it wasn’t technically the first space selfie.

space selfie
(Image source: Mashable)

What makes it such a hit (and one of the most epic selfies, ever) is that it offers us a glimpse of the Earth from space as well as what astronauts risk their lives for. But space selfies aren’t the only photos astronauts take. They shoot plenty of stunning pictures from the window of the space center. You might even have come across a few astronauts on social media like Reid Wiseman and Chris Hadfield on Twitter.

To that end, we went about scouring for these 20 photos taken by astronauts and the stories that came with them for your viewing pleasure.

The Sun is not the only thing that sets and rises on our horizon. The Moon does too as this photo shows. What you see here is the moon setting and the phenomenon is called Moonset.

moonset
(Image source: André Kuipers)

Anyone managed to catch a glimpse of the Supermoon on August 13, 2014? If you didn’t, American astronaut Reid Wiseman managed to take a photo of it. From space.

supermoon
(Image source: Reid Wiseman)

The Sun setting over the Indian Ocean as seen from the International Space Station (ISS).

sunset from the ISS
(Image source: Earth Observatory)

The New Moon as captured over the southeast of the Pacific Ocean. You can see a thin crescent at the bottom of the Moon where it reflects the Sun.

new moon southeast pacific ocean
(Image source: Nasa Johnson Space Center)

This is photographic evidence of how different the two Koreas are from one another. South Korea is brightly litted up with city lights on the right and the dark area in the middle is North Korea. If you look closely, there’s a spot of light that’s slightly brighter than the rest which indicates where the city of Pyongyang is.

north and south korea
(Image source: Nasa Earth Observatory)

To us, the Aurora Borealis is already a spectacular sight to behold. Just imagine how much more wondrous it looks like from space. The Aurora Borealis captured here was taken when the ISS was flying over the eastern North Atlantic with city lights from the UK and Ireland.

aurora borealis eastern north atlantic
(Image source: NASA)

At first glance, this might seem to be just a night view of a country until you notice what seems to be explosions of light. In fact, they are rocket attacks over Israel and Gaza in July taken by German astronaut, Alexander Gerst.

israel and gaza from space
(Image source: Alexander Gerst)

The city of Dubai at night is apparently a favorite photographic subject among the astronauts. It’s not hard to see why, as you can see the man-made Palm Island pictured at the top left corner.

Dubai at night from space
(Image source: Earth Observatory)

This is apparently a river in Bolivia according to this Slate article. The reason why the river looks like a meandering gold thread is that the river’s water is reflecting the sunlight from the Sun, which is situated well off towards the right.

 river in Bolivia from space
(Image source: Chris Hadfield)

This is how Mount Vesuvius in the Gulf of Naples, Italy looks like from space. It’s also scary to see how close the towns and cities are around the active volcano.

Mt Vesuvius from space
(Image source: Chris Hadfield)

Astronauts don’t just take photos of volcanoes. They also photograph mountains like this one of Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain.

Mount Fuji Japan
(Image source: Earth Observatory)

Photos that are taken also show life growing on earth. In this photo, the milky green trail you see is a plant-like organism called phytoplankton which bloomed off the coast of Oregon and Washington.

phytoplankton growing off the coast of Oregon and Washington
(Image source: Earth Observatory)

Our ocean will always look beautiful from above. Here’s part of it along Hawke Bay in New Zealand.

Hawke Bay New Zealan from space
(Image source: Alexander Gerst)

Anyone remember when Typhoon Haiyan struck the Phillipines? Here’s how it looked like from space; as a gigantic swirling mass of clouds that completely engulfed the Southeast Asian country.

Typhoon Haiyan Phillipines
(Image source: Earth Observatory)

Lightning may not look like streaks of bolts from space but they do flash brighter than the city lights, as shown by this photo taken from above West Africa.

lightning from space
(Image source: André Kuipers)

This is known as the Richat Structure in Mauritania but it’s perhaps better known as the ‘Eye of Sahara’. It’s one of Earth’s landmarks for astronauts.

Eye of Sahara
(Image source: Chris Hadfield)

A reminder that the Great Barrier Reef is called great for a reason. And this is only one section of it off the east coast of Australia.

the Great Barrier Reef Australia
(Image source: Douglas Wheelock)

Every once in a while, astronauts will peel their eyes away from the Earth to look at their surroundings instead and the view isn’t any less magnificent. Pictured among the star-strewn sky is the ATV which fires its boosters to help place the ISS at a higher orbit.

stars with ATV
(Image source: André Kuipers)

Astronauts also take photos when they go on spacewalks especially when mending or performing maintenence on the ISS.

spacewalk
(Image source: Alexander Gerst)

Astronaut Don Pettit used long exposure to capture this trippy photo of star trails.

startrails
(Image source: Don Pettit)



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These Photos Are Why Being An Astronaut Is Cool

When the word ‘selfie’ exploded in cyberspace back in 2013, astronaut Mike Hopkin’s outerspace selfie took off in its on way on Earth, even though it wasn’t technically the first space selfie.

space selfie
(Image source: Mashable)

What makes it such a hit (and one of the most epic selfies, ever) is that it offers us a glimpse of the Earth from space as well as what astronauts risk their lives for. But space selfies aren’t the only photos astronauts take. They shoot plenty of stunning pictures from the window of the space center. You might even have come across a few astronauts on social media like Reid Wiseman and Chris Hadfield on Twitter.

To that end, we went about scouring for these 20 photos taken by astronauts and the stories that came with them for your viewing pleasure.

The Sun is not the only thing that sets and rises on our horizon. The Moon does too as this photo shows. What you see here is the moon setting and the phenomenon is called Moonset.

moonset
(Image source: André Kuipers)

Anyone managed to catch a glimpse of the Supermoon on August 13, 2014? If you didn’t, American astronaut Reid Wiseman managed to take a photo of it. From space.

supermoon
(Image source: Reid Wiseman)

The Sun setting over the Indian Ocean as seen from the International Space Station (ISS).

sunset from the ISS
(Image source: Earth Observatory)

The New Moon as captured over the southeast of the Pacific Ocean. You can see a thin crescent at the bottom of the Moon where it reflects the Sun.

new moon southeast pacific ocean
(Image source: Nasa Johnson Space Center)

This is photographic evidence of how different the two Koreas are from one another. South Korea is brightly litted up with city lights on the right and the dark area in the middle is North Korea. If you look closely, there’s a spot of light that’s slightly brighter than the rest which indicates where the city of Pyongyang is.

north and south korea
(Image source: Nasa Earth Observatory)

To us, the Aurora Borealis is already a spectacular sight to behold. Just imagine how much more wondrous it looks like from space. The Aurora Borealis captured here was taken when the ISS was flying over the eastern North Atlantic with city lights from the UK and Ireland.

aurora borealis eastern north atlantic
(Image source: NASA)

At first glance, this might seem to be just a night view of a country until you notice what seems to be explosions of light. In fact, they are rocket attacks over Israel and Gaza in July taken by German astronaut, Alexander Gerst.

israel and gaza from space
(Image source: Alexander Gerst)

The city of Dubai at night is apparently a favorite photographic subject among the astronauts. It’s not hard to see why, as you can see the man-made Palm Island pictured at the top left corner.

Dubai at night from space
(Image source: Earth Observatory)

This is apparently a river in Bolivia according to this Slate article. The reason why the river looks like a meandering gold thread is that the river’s water is reflecting the sunlight from the Sun, which is situated well off towards the right.

 river in Bolivia from space
(Image source: Chris Hadfield)

This is how Mount Vesuvius in the Gulf of Naples, Italy looks like from space. It’s also scary to see how close the towns and cities are around the active volcano.

Mt Vesuvius from space
(Image source: Chris Hadfield)

Astronauts don’t just take photos of volcanoes. They also photograph mountains like this one of Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain.

Mount Fuji Japan
(Image source: Earth Observatory)

Photos that are taken also show life growing on earth. In this photo, the milky green trail you see is a plant-like organism called phytoplankton which bloomed off the coast of Oregon and Washington.

phytoplankton growing off the coast of Oregon and Washington
(Image source: Earth Observatory)

Our ocean will always look beautiful from above. Here’s part of it along Hawke Bay in New Zealand.

Hawke Bay New Zealan from space
(Image source: Alexander Gerst)

Anyone remember when Typhoon Haiyan struck the Phillipines? Here’s how it looked like from space; as a gigantic swirling mass of clouds that completely engulfed the Southeast Asian country.

Typhoon Haiyan Phillipines
(Image source: Earth Observatory)

Lightning may not look like streaks of bolts from space but they do flash brighter than the city lights, as shown by this photo taken from above West Africa.

lightning from space
(Image source: André Kuipers)

This is known as the Richat Structure in Mauritania but it’s perhaps better known as the ‘Eye of Sahara’. It’s one of Earth’s landmarks for astronauts.

Eye of Sahara
(Image source: Chris Hadfield)

A reminder that the Great Barrier Reef is called great for a reason. And this is only one section of it off the east coast of Australia.

the Great Barrier Reef Australia
(Image source: Douglas Wheelock)

Every once in a while, astronauts will peel their eyes away from the Earth to look at their surroundings instead and the view isn’t any less magnificent. Pictured among the star-strewn sky is the ATV which fires its boosters to help place the ISS at a higher orbit.

stars with ATV
(Image source: André Kuipers)

Astronauts also take photos when they go on spacewalks especially when mending or performing maintenence on the ISS.

spacewalk
(Image source: Alexander Gerst)

Astronaut Don Pettit used long exposure to capture this trippy photo of star trails.

startrails
(Image source: Don Pettit)

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For The Love Of Wood: 55 Amazing Wooden Sculptures [Photos]

A famous French painter and sculptor, Edgar Degas, once said “Art is not what you see, but, what you make others see.” And these 20 talented and creative wood carvers will let us see the beauty embedded in the art of woodcarving through their creations. Many of these artists have also carved their mark into the international art scene.

Animal Sculptures from Wood Chips

Most of these sculptors have years of experience perfecting their craft. Seeing these skilled carvers transform a block of wood into an expressive artwork is really fascinating. From hand-carved to laser-cut wood sculptures made from single or multiple blocks of wood, this collection will bring enjoyment and inspiration to all art designers, not only sculptors, novices and professionals alike.

Caricature Carvings by Phil Bishop

Phil Bishop is a full-time caricature carver from Elk City, Oklahoma. He can design some of the most amusing group carvings of any figure. Here are the some of the many lovely caricatures Phil has created. Find more of his depictions of life from his site here.

Caricature Carving by Phil Bishop

Caricature Carving by Phil Bishop

Caricature Carving by Phil Bishop

Wood Chip Sculptures by Sergei Bobkov

53-year-old Russian sculptor Sergei Bobkov uses discarded wood chips, particularly Siberian cedar, to produce gorgeous and delicate animal figures. He works up to 12 hours a day to carve a new scultupre which can take 3 more weeks to refine and complete. Look at the extreme labor of love he displays on the feathers and furs of his animal sculptures. More here.

Animal Sculptures from Wood Chips

Animal Sculptures from Wood Chips

Animal Sculptures from Wood Chips

Skateboard Art by Haroshi

Haroshi is a self-taught Japanese sculptor and a fan of skateboards. Haroshi makes his artworks by stacking old skateboard decks to create mosaic sculptures, which are on a whole new life as 2D works of arts in the form of figurative characters, fruits, skulls and whatever else Haroshi could think of. Check Haroshi’s site here.

Skateboard Art by Haroshi

Skateboard Art by Haroshi

Skateboard Art by Haroshi

Urban Landscapes by James McNabb

James McNabb creates miniature architectural wonders using an abstract style he calls “Sketching with a bandsaw”. In his City series he creates intricate skyscraper designs from wood with different color tones. Each building is unique, just like an actual urban landscape. See more at James’s site here.

Cityscape by James McNabb

Cityscape by James McNabb

Cityscape by James McNabb

Beauty Lies Within by Maskull Lasserre

Canadian-born sculptor, Maskull Lasserre, has a somewhat creepy way of creating art. Maskull’s artwork is all about revealing the skeletal system of humans and animals through existing wooden sculptures. The amount of detail in his carvings is really impressive. What’s wonderful about this new work is he literally adds new art to the original art piece. Check Maskull’s site here.

Re-carved Sculpture by Maskull Lasserre

Re-carved Sculpture by Maskull Lasserre

Re-carved Sculpture by Maskull Lasserre

Melting Wood by Bonsoir Paris

I’m pretty sure you cannot melt wood, yet French artists Remy Clemente and Morgan Maccari from Bonsoir Paris Studio challenges this with their amazing work. Their DURAMEN series puts the focus on the wooden frames showing them in melted form. Utterly increible! Check Bonsoir Paris’ site here.

Melting Wood by Bonsoir Paris

Melting Wood by Bonsoir Paris

Melting Wood by Bonsoir Paris

Wooden Technology by Michael Rea

Michael Rea’s sculpture pieces are generally represented with materials like steel and glass. Most of his huge pieces seem to be inspired by American science fiction films. He carves robot suits, space shuttles, artillery guns and time machines from lumber. Check Michael’s site here.

Wooden Technology by Michael Rea

Wooden Technology by Michael Rea

Wooden Technology by Michael Rea

Lifelike Sculptures by Willy Verginer

These ultra realistic masterpieces are at the brink of coming to life. They are made by an Italian artist, Willy Verginer, who carves each sculpture from a single block of wood. After that, he paints vivid colors and patterns that add surrealism to it. His favorite figurative subjects range from children to adults and some animals. Check Willy Verginer’s site here.

Lifelike Sculptures by Willy Verginer

Lifelike Sculptures by Willy Verginer

Lifelike Sculptures by Willy Verginer

Moveable Sculpture by Werner Arnold

If you create a sculpture version of Picasso’s paintings, this is what it would look like. Werner Arnold’s sculptures can also move, which adds another layer to the already beautiful sculptures. His work is a great showpiece as it not only looks fantastic with its colorful painting and puzzle-like designs but is also a fun change to its appearance. Check Werner Arnold’s work here.

Moveable Sculpture by Werner Arnold

Moveable Sculpture by Werner Arnold

Moveable Sculpture by Werner Arnold

Carved Guitars by Doug Rowell

When Doug Rowell isn’t playing a guitar, he’s carving one. Doug turns electric guitars into different commemorative art pieces. The engraving is a truly remarkable work of art so much so that most of his customers choose to hang them on their walls rather than play them. Below are just samples from his huge portfolio of more than 100 carved electric guitars since 1969. Check Doug Rowell’s site here.

Carved Guitar by Doug Rowell

Doug Rowell

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Driftwood Sculptures by Jeff Uitto

Jeff Uitto live near the coast of Washington State. He has sculpted horses, eagles and giraffes out of driftwood that are washed ashore from a forest up northwest. Jeff also makes all sorts of furniture and was commissioned to make driftwood installations in Alaska and Hawaii. Check Jeff Uitto’s site here.

Driftwood Sculptures by Jeff Uitto

Driftwood Sculptures by Jeff Uitto

Driftwood Sculptures by Jeff Uitto

Coral Reefs by Joshua Abarbanel

Joshua Abarbanel’s 3D sculptures are comprised of a variety of cut wood that are carefully arranged and layered to create a composition similar to a coral reef. With the help of modern tools and machinery, he creates these beautiful sculptures to remind us of the need to take care of the natural beauty of our oceans. Check Joshua Abarbanel’s site here.

Coral Reef by Joshua Abarbanel

Coral Reef by Joshua Abarbanel

Coral Reef by Joshua Abarbanel

Bough Houses by Rob Heard

Getting ideas from the beautiful surroundings of Exmoor, talented craftman Rob Heard has produced a captivating set of ‘Bough Houses’ made of Leylandii tree, which has no more use once it has been felled. His houses are around 6 feet tall, each with detailed walkways, turrets, staircases and a huge variety of delicately designed components. Check Rob Heard’s site here.

Bough Houses by Rob Heard

Bough Houses by Rob Heard

Bough Houses by Rob Heard

Chainsaw Carving by Bob King

Chainsaw carving is a very dangerous craft, and yet, Bob King could make fascinating carvings through that method. He competes in many chainsaw sculpting competitions locally in Washington state, and overseas. See what else this professional carver can do at his site here.

Chainsaw Carving by Bob King

Chainsaw Carving by Bob King

Chainsaw Carving by Bob King

Anthropomorphism by AJ Fosik

AJ Fosik makes intricate, brightly colored three-dimensional pieces that are inspired by folk art and cultural rituals. Fosik’s taxidermy-like wall pieces are anthropomorphized animals made from a pile of cut woos which he manually paints one by one. Check AJ Fosik’s work here.

Anthropomorphism by AJ Fosik

Anthropomorphism by AJ Fosik

Anthropomorphism by AJ Fosik

Intarsia Mural by Kathy Wise

Intarsia is basically a 3D wooden mosaic sculpture on which you cut, carve and shape individual pieces of a wooden parts, then put them together with glue. Using different types of woos and selecting the right color, thickness and grain composition you can, like Kathy Wise, create beautiful patterns, although unlike her, you might not win awards like she can. Check Kathy Wise’s work here.

Intarsia Mural by Kathy Wise

Tiger Trail by Kathy Wise

Leopard's Lair by Kathy Wise

Building Blocks by Efraim Rodriguez Cobos

Built from cubes, these life-sized sculptures by Barcelona-based sculptor Efraim Rodriguez Cobos are one of the most intruiging pieces of art I’ve seen. His artworks evoke sadness depicting unconnected remnants of a fading memory with unique artistic representation. Check Efraim Rodriguez’s site here.

Building Blocks by Efraim Rodriguez Cobos

Building Blocks by Efraim Rodriguez Cobos

Building Blocks by Efraim Rodriguez Cobos

Wooden Shroud by Dan Webb

Seattle-based artist Dan Webb is proud to show his series of unbelievable wooden carvings that creates the illusion of fabric. He can carve a pillow, blanket or a balloon out of a block of wood. Dan prefers to use reclaimed wood, some of it aging over 200 years old. Check more of Dan Webb’s work here.

Wooden Shroud by Dan Webb

Wooden Shroud by Dan Webb

Wooden Balloon by Dan Webb

Mother Nature by Paul Baliker

Paul Baliker is known to construct large sculptures that often depict wildlife. His most amazing piece, called “A Matter of Time”, is a 13 feet tall wooden sculpture of our wildlife and the state of our natural world. Crafted from cedar driftwood, the thought-provoking masterpiece won the hearts of a lot of people. Check out more of Paul Baliker’s work here.

Ocean Exodus by Paul Baliker

Dancing With Mother Nature by Paul Baliker

A Matter of Time by Paul Baliker

World’s Longest Wooden Carving by Zheng Chunhui

This gigantic 12-meter long sculpture, based on the popular scroll painting of "Along the River During the Qingming Festival", which depicts the everyday life of the Chinese people in the 11th century is an amazing work of art by Zheng Chunhui. A record-holder, this is the world’s longest wooden carving, which features old buildings, bridges, boats and over 500 miniature people. It also took 4 years to finish. Get a closer look here.

Wood Carving by Zheng Chunhui

Wood Sculpture by Zheng Chunhui

Wood Carving by Zheng Chunhui



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