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The joy of cloudspotting: 10 incredible visions in clouds

The joy of cloudspotting: 10 incredible visions in clouds
A “cloud on the horizon” means that something bad is about to happen. Meanwhile, someone with their “head in the clouds” is thoroughly out to lunch. As Gavin Pretor-Pinney points out in today’s talk, clouds get a bad rep when it comes to language. Gavin Pretor-Pinney: Cloudy with a chance of joy“But I think they’re beautiful, don’t you?” he says. “It’s just that their beauty is missed because they’re so omnipresent, so commonplace that people don’t notice them … unless they get in the way of the sun.” Pretor-Pinney is the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society and, in this talk, he asks each of us to do something we excelled at when we were kids — looking up at the clouds and letting our imaginations run wild. Below, Pretor-Pinney (and a few guests) shares a few cloud images with the TED Blog. A heart-shaped cloud, spotted by Angelo Storari of Ancona, Italy. A fish in the sky, spotted by Gavin Tobin of the Blasket Islands in Ireland. Spotted by Andrew Kirk of Deep Springs, California. Related:  imagesNature Photos

Most Beautiful Forests in The World Bluebells in Halle`s forest, Belgium. From late April to early May a few acres of woodlands are covered by a splendid carpet of wild bluebell hyacinths. Photo by: Raimund Linke Thick grove of poplar trees, Oregon. Photo by: David Thompson Arashiyama, a bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan. Magical winter in Quebec forest, Canada. The Black Forest during night in Baden-Württemberg region, southwestern Germany. Deep in the green forest, France. Natural the tunnel near Halnaker, England. Mysterious glowing light in a Finland forest. Beautiful forest from a fairy tale, Belgium. White carpathians forest in autumn. Splendid yellow forest. Deep in the moss forest, Spain.

Mindfulness Rituals: 9 For Making Your Day Better “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” - Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist monk Post written by Leo Babauta. Are you simply moving through your day, without fully living? I did this for many years. But today isn’t preparation for tomorrow. Fully live today by being mindful. You don’t need to do all of these, but give a few of them a try to see if they make your day better. Mindfulness Rituals Ritual isn’t about doing a routine mindlessly. Here are a few of my favorites: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. These rituals aren’t the only time you should be mindful, but they’re great reminders.

Nature Knows: Amazing macro-photography of individual snowflakes [10 Pictures] Photographer Alexey Kljatov takes incredible close-up photos of snowflakes in his backyard in Moscow. "I capture snowflakes on the open balcony of my house, mostly on glass surface, lighted by an LED flashlight from the opposite side of the glass, and sometimes in natural light, using dark woolen fabrics as background." Source: United States Captured In 8 Beautiful Photos - Explore King What many people living in the United States of America (U.S.A.) don’t know is that this country is actually a great place to travel around, because it offers tons of stunning scenery. The United States is one of the most visited countries in the world for good reasons. Enjoy these 8 Beautifully captured photos. Source Source Source Source Source Source Source Source

These 15 Rare Historical Photos Will Make You Yearn For The Days Of Yore Attention history teachers everywhere: If you want to wake those sleeping kids, show them these 15 rare photos from the past. Yes, they could get a thousand words from the textbook, but wouldn't you rather engage them with these historical photos? 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 106-year-old Armenian woman guards her home in 1990. 9.) 10.) 11.) 12.) 13.) 14.) 15.) (via Bored Panda) These shots humanize history for everyone. Top 20 Earth Pictures found on Stumble Upon | Earth Pictures Everybody knows that Stumbleupon is an great source for beautiful photography, nature, pets, arts and much more. They have millions of users and they are probably the most wide used source for finding quality content. Today, we collected 20 popular photographs from Stumbleupon. Most of them have been seen for more than million times each. We hope you’ll enjoy… Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Source Photo Source Source Suggested by ISSy; Source You don’t want to miss our new post: 20 Gorgeous Animal Photos. Check out more HERE.

Porn for the Whole Family Brian Steinhoff created the series 'Porn for the Whole Family' which combines the most banal of interior decor with the most (at least, allegedly) provocative of subject matter: sex. The series features pornographic scenarios plopped in domestic settings, yet all human forms have been replaced by floral patterns normally reserved for wallpapers. With his photography, Brian Steinhoff aims to comment the 'banality of perversion' and the ever-growing accessibility of ocular carnage that flows freely amongst the tides of a (seemingly) free internet. If you enjoy this, you may also like Porn without Porn. All images © Brian Steinhoff | Via: Huffingtonpost

21 Most Beautiful Nature Photos On Stumbleupon These are the 21 most beautiful nature photos on Stumbleupon. Stumbleupon is big society where you can spend all your day and all you life with smile on your face. On that site you can find lots of things, like photos, animals, home stuff and many more, nature photos like these one below. These nature photos are really beautiful and very amazing and that is the proof just how much our Earth is beautiful place. Surreal Paintings by Paco Pomet The art of Paco Pomet is highly iconoclastic. He possesses a wonderfully bizarre sense of humor that manifests itself in his oil paintings which contain a strange or humorous visual twist. His subverted landscapes and portraits often borrow from sepia-toned photographs that look like historical documents or vintage photos. There is a parallel to traditional Western Art, mixed with a monochrome effect that restates the documentary character of the original piece. All images © Paco Pomet | Via: Laughing Squid

13 Most Beautiful and Famous Trees on Earth | Nature Landscapes “A tree is a wonderful living organism which gives shelter, food,warmth and protection to all living things. It even gives shade tothose who wield an axe to cut it down” – Buddha. There are probably hundreds of majestic and magnificent trees in the world – of these, some are particularly special: 1. Cherry Blossom: Sakura, Tokyo In Japan they don’t celebrate Easter but springtime in Japan is when everything goes Cherry Blossom (Sakura) crazy. 2. The Angel Oak Tree is a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston, South Carolina. 3. Árbol del Tule, a Montezuma Cypress, is located in the town center of Santa María del Tule in the Mexican state of Oaxaca . 4. The Lone Cypress Tree near Monterey is probably the most famous point along the 17-Mile Drive, a scenic road through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach. 5. General Sherman is a Giant Sequoia located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in California. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

Stunning Portraits Of The World’s Remotest Tribes Before They Pass Away (46 pics) Living in a concrete box with hot water pouring from the tap, a refrigerator cooling our food and wi-fi connecting us to the rest of the world, we can barely imagine a day in a life of, say, Tsaatan people. They move 5 to 10 times per year, building huts when the temperature is -40 and herding reindeer for transportation, clothing and food. “Before They Pass Away,” a long-term project by photographer Jimmy Nelson, gives us the unique opportunity to discover more than 30 secluded and slowly vanishing tribes from all over the world. [Read more...] Spending 2 weeks in each tribe, Jimmy became acquainted with their time-honoured traditions, joined their rituals and captured it all in a very appealing way. His detailed photographs showcase unique jewellery, hairstyles and clothing, not to forget the surroundings and cultural elements most important to each tribe, like horses for Gauchos. Source: beforethey.com Book: Amazon.com Kazakh, Mongolia Himba, Namibia Huli, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

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