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May 02 2013


Enhance Your Photography: 10 Simple Steps to Mastering Composition

"Light is Life" by Ian Plant

What makes a great photograph? Is there any one aspect of the process which separates the merely good from the truly magnificent? Many candidates immediately spring to mind, such as subject matter, light, mood, and moment. One aspect clearly rises above the rest, and is the thread which ties all of these other qualities together. Composition—the artistic arrangement and placement of visual elements within the picture frame—is the most difficult aspect of the art of photography to master, and also the most important.

April 29 2013


January 11 2013


Amazing Fractal Patterns Found in Nature

Put simply, a fractal is a never-ending pattern. Put not-so-simply, a fractal pattern is a "geometric pattern that is repeated at ever smaller scales to produce irregular shapes and surfaces that cannot be represented by classical geometry." From rivers to trees to mountains, nature is full of fractals, making these amazing patterns both complex and familiar at the same time.

With tools like Google Earth at our fingertips, people like Paul Bourke, a Research Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia, have put cool websites together like this one, featuring some of the most stunning aerial shots of Earth's landscapes that you'll find on the internet. With the help of other geographical enthusiasts, Bourke has a pretty extensive collection of fractals from all over the world. We selected some of our colorful favorites to share with you guys.





















United States of America




Pretty amazing, huh? If you're interested in learning more about fractals, check out some of these other interesting links:

Fractal Foundation
Fractal Geometry
Fractals Unleashed
Earth’s Most Stunning Natural Fractal Patterns

Tags: Nature

August 03 2012


Color Tips for Avoiding Bees and Wasps

Recently we came across an interesting topic on Quora: Are there certain colors you can wear to make bees and wasps ignore you? The answers, from people with a variety of expertise on the matter, included some really great tips and we wanted to share the love.

First things first, you should know that bees are attracted to smells more than they are to colors. If you're going to be outdoors with a potential for bees and wasps, it's a good idea to avoid the following:

- perfume
- scented soaps and lotions
- scented laundry detergents

Speaking of laundry detergent, another thing to watch for is detergents that contain UV brighteners. If this is in your detergent, there's a good chance that bees can pick up on it, regardless of what colors you're wearing.

Colors to avoid? Bold, darker colors like red and black resemble natural predators and are likely to cause our little flying friends to become more aggressive towards you. And if you do get caught in a face-off, they're probably going to go for high contrast areas like collars and cuffs. Those are the areas that resemble weak spots like the eyes and nose of predators.

Instead you want to try and stick with solid white (beekeeper suits are white for a reason) or lighter colors that have a smooth texture. What difference does texture make, you ask? Well, in addition to dark colors, corduroy and other fuzzy clothes also resemble the fur of predators like skunks and badgers, and they'll attract bees just the same.

If you've noticed a trend, it's that, contrary to popular belief, bees and wasps aren't necessarily attracted to colors that resemble flowers so much as they are aggressive towards colors and textures that resemble their predators. Basically, if you plan on encountering any of these amazing yet stingy creatures, dress on the lighter...smoother side. Bold colors and textures will only attract the wrong kind of buzz.

Header image: bea the bee by gibbygirl

Tags: Nature News

March 05 2012


Stunning Photo Manipulations Featuring Water


Nature provides great inspiration for digital art, and water is one of the most visually impressive aspects of nature. Many photo manipulators choose to work with water as it’s fluidity, opacity and reaction to light are all great foundations of art. Water also brings with it tremendous energy. The splashes, waterfalls and flows offer a wonderful basis for exciting compositions.

Today we’ve compiled a range of different photo manipulations featuring water. Not only do they show some epic Photoshop skills, but they show the diversity of the subject matter. The manipulations of water range from warping water into flames, structures, mushroom clouds, wings, animals and other objects. So much inspiration is waiting, so dive on in.

Photo Manipulations

Surreal Photo Manipulation With Twisting Water by Oliver Cereto

Water Photo Manipulation

Smoke on the Water by SamoShaver

Water Photo Manipulation

Realistic Water Text by Abduzeedo

Water Photo Manipulation

Surreal Out of Bounds Photo Manipulation by Loredana Papp

Water Photo Manipulation

Water and Fire by nxlam1801

Water Photo Manipulation

Elements by *CassiopeiaArt

Water Photo Manipulation

Water and Air by *valse-des-ombres

Water Photo Manipulation

Miniature World by Mirko Santangelo

Water Photo Manipulation

Sorceress of Water by st3to

Water Photo Manipulation

Photo Manipulate a Scenic Natural Spa Scene

Water Photo Manipulation

Water Stallion by PSHoudini

Water Photo Manipulation

Secret of the Water by Ka-Kind

Water Photo Manipulation

Chilling Photo Manipulation by Jarka H

Water Photo Manipulation

Water Angel by ZaMoHt

Water Photo Manipulation

Water Fish by angelitonegro

Water Photo Manipulation


Water Photo Manipulation

Atomic Water Bomb Green by =Rcdevils

Water Photo Manipulation

Eerie Underwater Composition by Steven Szontagh

Water Photo Manipulation

The Eye of the Storm by lardacil

Water Photo Manipulation

Mountains water and mist by lifeness23

Water Photo Manipulation

Careless by FrozenStarRo

Water Photo Manipulation

Firewater by Sagitarii

Water Photo Manipulation

Waterose by DeltaP42

Water Photo Manipulation

Flooded City Scene by Andrew Gardner

Water Photo Manipulation

Rain Spell by temporary-peace

Water Photo Manipulation

Out of Bounds Fantasy Illustration by Constantin Potorac

Water Photo Manipulation

Water Flames by aladecuervo

Water Photo Manipulation

Water Bridge by robhas1left

Water Photo Manipulation


February 27 2012


A Showcase of Beautiful Bird Photography


Nature photography is often more beautiful than photography featuring manmade subjects, as it presents us with the beautiful randomness of the world around us. Some of the most stunning creatures within nature are birds. With around 10,000 species of birds, bird photography presents us with an endless variation of colors, patterns and visuals.

Bird photography is particularly impressive because of the speed and agility of birds. Finding the perfect moment to capture their exquisite details can be near impossible. Bird photographers often have to wait hours for the perfect shot, so it takes plenty of patience!

Below is a showcase of beautiful photography featuring birds. We recommend that you check out each photographer’s portfolio as they have some wonderful work.

Beautiful Birds

Wing Stretch by Jamie MacArthur

Wing Stretch by Jamie MacArthur

A Bird by ~LaurenDSizzle

A Bird by ~LaurenDSizzle

The Ocean’s Mosquitoes by ~LaurenDSizzle

The Ocean's Mosquitoes by ~LaurenDSizzle

Sparrow by ~AnaxofTheos

Sparrow by ~AnaxofTheos

Seagulls in Hamburg by =MichiLauke

Seagulls in Hamburg by =MichiLauke

Eating by ~Deju

Eating by ~Deju

Peaceful Lake View by ~FrankieG94

Peaceful Lake View by ~FrankieG94

Hey Dude… by Roeselien Raimond

Hey Dude... by Roeselien Raimond

Bird Photography by Roeselien Raimond

Bird Photography by Roeselien Raimond

Stay for a Second by ~Megson

Stay for a Second by ~Megson

Wayside by *Karisca

Wayside by *Karisca

Duck Tears by Roeselien Raimond<

Duck Tears by Roeselien Raimond<

Classic Allen’s by ~Good-e-nuf

Classic Allen's by ~Good-e-nuf

Swans by Roeselien Raimond

Swans by Roeselien Raimond

Against the Wind by *prismes

Against the Wind by *prismes

Superb Starling III by =deseonocturno

Superb Starling III by =deseonocturno

Morning Romance by *Quetzy

Morning Romance by *Quetzy

Spring Bird by ~ksushiks

Spring Bird by ~ksushiks

Cartwheels by ~Good-e-nuf

Cartwheels by ~Good-e-nuf

Owl by Roeselien Raimond

Owl by Roeselien Raimond

New guests in the park 2 =SeaWhisper

New guests in the park 2 =SeaWhisper

Papaya Breakfast by *SAMLIM

Papaya Breakfast by *SAMLIM

Drifting by ~Greippi

Drifting by ~Greippi

A Sitting Duck on Water by ~infra5

A Sitting Duck on Water by ~infra5

Killdeer by *PatGoltz

Killdeer by *PatGoltz

Crowing Cockerel by *heylorlass

Crowing Cockerel by *heylorlass

Brown Pelican by *olearysfunphotos

Brown Pelican by *olearysfunphotos

Black on Green by ~Ceriaco

Black on Green by ~Ceriaco

Takeoff by =whisk9119

Takeoff by =whisk9119

Water Fight by Roeselien Raimond

Water Fight by Roeselien Raimond

Twins by Roeselien Raimond

Twins by Roeselien Raimond

Paddling by Roeselien Raimond

Paddling by Roeselien Raimond

Bird Photography by Roeselien Raimond

Bird Photography by Roeselien Raimond

Mid Flight by Roeselien Raimond

Mid Flight by Roeselien Raimond


December 02 2011


A Fantastic Look At The Amazing Colors Under the Sea

There are plenty of reasons why the underwater world is mysterious and unfamiliar terrain for humans. Though most of us have at least been in the ocean, our own bodily limitations (if only we had gills!) mean that 70% of earth’s surface is off limits, inaccessible for us to explore (without expensive equipment and training, that is).

Which is a shame, considering that the sea’s floor is a treasure-trove of creatures, colors, and textures that would send us into visual-overdrive. Even the most familiar of sea creatures - like coral, starfish, or octopus - are host to some of the most aesthetically unique hues and shapes.   Which is to say, we’re glad that underwater technology has advanced to the point that we can bring records of some of these stunners above-ground, in the form of photos and videos, crisper than ever before.

Underwater Wildlife Art by Andrey Narchuk

Without context, these could certainly be works of modern art, or a study in color and shape. But these underwater shots, taken at close range, capture details like a fish’s scales or tail, or vegetation in motion. The photographer says “Nature has created a huge amount of art. They fill our planet. It’s not surprising that the underwater world just hides a lot of them.  

See more Underwater Wildlife Art photography by Andrey.

Another World: Underwater Experiments by Alexander Semenov

The photographer calls these creatures, “Beautiful monsters.” About his work at Moscow’s “White Sea Biological Station,” he says: “When I went underwater for the first time, I was absolutely shocked. White Sea showed me another world with it’s own aliens.” We agree, these unfamiliar animals, with their unnatural colors and pitch-black backdrop, look otherworldly.


See more Underwater Experiments photography by Alexander.

Natural History Film Series by Morphologic Studios

Who knew that unaltered shots of sea life would make the perfect music video? A Marine Biologist & a musician (Colin Foord and Jared McKay) collaborated to make this series of 24 short films. By pairing shots from a Miami aquarium with original music, “they transform the minute creatures that inhabit our coral reefs into strange, abstract works of surreal art.”

See more cool Natural History Film Series videos by Morphologic Studios.

Make sure to visit each artists Behance page for more fantastic images and in some cases the full view of a piece borrowed for the post.

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November 24 2011


Happy Thanksgiving: 15 Ways to Show Thanks With Color

Of all the things to be thankful for, color is at the top of the list. Color is saturated into every fiber of our lives. It gives variety to our days, our moments, our very lives. It is there in our darkest moments and happiest memories. It can influence moods and reactions. It is there for us when we brainstorm inovative ideas, new marketing techniques, or complicated craft projects. Color is simply inspiring. So, on this Thanksgiving Day, remember to take a look around you and notice all the beautiul colors that this season has to offer.

How are you celebrating color this season?

Fall Leaf Garland from Maureen Cracknell Handmade as a part of Celebrate Color 

Celebrate color this season with a leaf garland made of felt and yarn. Incorporate a gorgeous color palette into your home's decor without the crunchy mess of real leaves.

Project by Triple Play

Dazzling. Do you think these sparkly aqua-blue accents steer a little bit away from traditional fall colors? You have to admit, it adds a nice depth to the overall setting and complements that traditional orange nicely.

Thankful Tree" by Simply Vintage Girl

Elegant. Bring the outdoors in to create thankful bits of autumn pastels and pattern mixtures combined in a "Thankful Tree."

For the kiddos. Shades of brown add warmth and provide an earthy feel in this Turkey centerpiece. Choose a fun and colorful palette for the thankful feathers.

Tradition, (What Are You) Thankful Four?

What are you thankful...4? A great excuse to use color in so many ways! Write what you're thankful for on colorful number fours cut from scrapbooking or construction paper and share. Turn them in to ornaments to display all weekend. Keep them around as reminders.

" year I cut large 4s from paper and placed one on each person's plate. Just before dinner, we wrote the things we were thankful for on our cutouts, then took turns sharing our lists..." - Candice Steelman (reader at Disney Family Fun)

By Holiday Crafts and Creations

There's always room to go classic. Traditional autumn colors make a space warm and inviting. These edible place settings using M&M's to imitate Indian Corn are quite fun! under Thanksgiving Crafts

Create a three dimensional palette with blocks and display an appropriately thankful message.

Design Sponge - DIY Project Autumn Leaf Bouquet 

What better way to say thank you to the beauty of color than to use fallen leaves to create vibrant autumn roses.

avery & anderson - Fall Decor' Part 4: THANKS be to upcycling wine bottles!

Get funky, use a few recycled wine bottles, a bit of paint and some other odds and ends to create and display a thankful word.

Crafty Katie - Fall Burlap Wreath

What would fall be without a wreath? Burlap offers a very earthy-happy texture, while adding a mix of traditional or non-traditional colors livens it up. - Abundance Seed Balls

Blending tradition with innovation - did you look close enough? I took a double-take after realizing those were bean-balls in the cornucopia! How creative and fitting to the season. A gentle reminder of warm soup on chilly fall evenings.

INKspired Creations - Paper Pumpkins | Teresa Collins - Paper Thanksgiving Pumpkins

Autumn wouldn't be autumn without a couple of paper pumpkins leftover from Halloween. Another way to utilize a mix of patterns and palettes.

PLAID - Thankful Art Collage

The paper flower on this thankful journal has a nice whimsical feel to it and reminds me of autumn leaves. Writing down what you are thankful for is always a great way to reflect and come back to on days when you aren't feeling so thankful.

 Kind Over Matter - Thanksgiving Fortune Cookies

This simple, yet unique idea encompasses the idea that being thankful can also remind us of the good things that are yet to come.

Incorporating autumn colors into our homes and Thanksgiving celebrations is a special way to recreate that warm feeling we experience when we start listing all the things that we are thankful for. This reason, above all, is why color should be remembered on Thanksgiving Day.

A big Thank you to all of you COLOURlovers for loving color and making our community flourish with so many beautiful creations! Be safe and colorful on this holiday! - The COLOURlovers Team

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header credit: Leaf Garland

November 10 2011


Stunning Photo Manipulations Inspired by Nature


Nature is a popular subject amongst the Photoshop community, and subsequently is featured in a lot of photo manipulation work. Nature is really the perfect subject for photo manipulations as it’s so visually engaging. Think of the four elements, or a beautiful landscape, or a fierce animal. All these things are products of nature, and all of them are visually engaging.

When done right, integrating nature into your Photoshop work can produce some truly fantastic works. That’s why today we’ve compiled a range of incredible photo manipulations based around the theme of nature to inspire you. Each of these works is beautiful in it’s own right, but try to notice recurring patterns amongst them. Most of them have vibrant colors, great lighting and a keen sense of detail. It’s also worth noting how often various elements of nature can combine to produce wonderful results (for example the fusion of fire and water).

Example of Photo Manipulations Featuring Nature:

Our Kingdom
A very striking photo manipulation that makes great use of light effects. The central lion and horses actually take on the appearance of a light painting, and their eerie glow gives them an aura-like feel. The gold on black color palette works beautifully, and helps the detail lighting and smoke effects really pop. The swirling whirlpool in the center of the piece draws the eye, and provides a huge amount of depth, giving the impression of an endless abyss.

our kingdom nature photo manipulation

Out of Frame Nature
A bold and vibrant photo manipulation, this composition uses an out of frame technique to make it more unique. Water has been manipulated to pour out of a central hanging frame, whilst a mix of various photographs/landscapes are combined to create a scenic environment.

out of frame nature nature photo manipulation

Ice Queen
This photo manipulation really makes you feel the chill! Using a limited blue/white color palette and some great icy effects the final piece is really engaging. The glowing central figure is what draws our eye, as most of the lighting in the piece is centered around her. The surrounding environment has been constructed by blending multiple winter landscapes to create a fantasy background. Ice textures have been applied over the entire composition to give an added layer of detail and distress.

ice queen nature photo manipulation

Animal Textured Typography
A really creative concept, using various animal textures and surfaces to construct unique animal typography. Each letter has been hand designed, with some cool 3D effects, great lighting and huge varieties in surface. Extra visual elements have been included to really capture the character and life of each animal (for example trunks, tongues and tails).

animal textured typography nature photo manipulation

Illuminati is a striking photo manipulation featuring a neon-lit owl. A lot of work has gone into this composition, as you can tell from the beautiful details of the background texture to the subtle nature of the lighting. The generally grayscale color palette gives extra emphasis to the colored, glowing lights weaving around the owl, as well as the creature’s piercing eyes. The owl itself has been given a hand-drawn effect, using a variety of Photoshop brushes and filters.

illuminati nature photo manipulation

Ascendii Nature
A busy, yet effective photo manipulation, combining various places and scenes into a single cohesive piece. There’s some great blending happening in this piece, such as the tree branches enveloping the earth and the addition of leaves/plants over the doorway. Overall this composition is fun and fantasy filled!

ascendii nature nature photo manipulation

This photo manipulation is a relatively simple concept, but is executed beautifully. The base of the volcano is blending perfectly into the man’s hair, and the artist has even made the lava flick out like a stray strand of hair to complete the look. The attention to detail is great, as light from the burning lava is cast down onto the man’s head. The contrast between the vibrancy of the volcano and the washed out man’s face also creates a nice level of contrast.

volcano nature photo manipulation

“Tree House”
One of my absolute favorite nature themed photo manipulations. The artist has constructed an artificial floating landscape from various stock photos, and then seamlessly blended them together. He carefully extracted several tree routes to give an overgrown effect, and finished off the piece by applying a subtle paper texture – giving a final fantasy storybook feel.

tree housenature photo manipulation

Rapture is a fairly famous photo manipulation, and it’s not hard to see why! The details and colors of this piece are simply astonishing. The artist has photo manipulated the tree branches to break off and float up into the sky, defying the laws of gravity. Combined with the light source coming from the top of the composition we imagine some alien presence pulling the man and branches upwards. Further focus on the man is given by the glow of the background landscape and sharper highlights on his torso.

rapture nature photo manipulation

Jellyfish Typography
Beautifully lit typography comprised entirely of jellyfish! The artist has photo manipulated dozens of jellyfish to construct lettering, and then applied additional lighting and coloring to bring out the natural glow of the deep sea creatures. A cool example of how nature carries with it a lot of natural beauty.

jellyfish typography nature photo manipulation

An awesome photo manipulation that constructs a woman entirely from flower petals. I love how the petals range in size from fairly large in the foreground, to absolutely tiny in some of the facial details. The end result feels light and airy, and the soft pastel colors make this very easy on the eyes. You can see that a lot of work has gone into shading and shaping the petals to create realistic depth and surface. Further detail is provided by some colorful sketchy lines in the background.

sing nature photo manipulation

Kreativa Studio Lettering
Kreativa Studio have come up with a unique typographic photo manipulation featuring several elements of nature. They’ve done really well to capture the varying densities, textures and lighting of nature’s elements. The water feels deep, blue and gaseous, whilst the greenery feels lush and healthy. I like how the letter seems to contain an entire world, including cloudy sky, sun and even ships! This piece is elevated by the attention to detail, such as the thin stream of water gushing out of a crack in the side of the lettering. The lighting is also effective, as the light from the underwater scene illuminates the surface which the letter rests on.

kreativa studio nature photo manipulation

Mother Nature
Mother Nature is a beautiful natural composition with plenty of great details. The woman’s hair has been blended with glowing strands of grass, and further grass has been applied for accessories such as her bracelets. The rich green color palette gives an overbearing natural feel to the piece.

mother nature nature photo manipulation

Unleashed is a dark and vibrant photo manipulation. The floating tiger heads really capture the ferocity of the animal, and the lighting/lightening effects swooping up with them add to their energy. Interestingly the tigers have been places in an incongruous space setting. However, despite the unusual setting the composition is really beautiful, using a beautiful rich purple color palette with stunning blue highlights.

unleashed nature photo manipulation

Tidal Wave
Taking note from The Day After Tomorrow this is a photo manipulation of epic proportions! Photoshop has been used to show the true destructive force of nature as a monster wave washes through a huge bridge. The artist has skillfully combined two images of vastly different dimensions to construct a fantasy scenario. Most impressive is how cohesive the lighting is, making the outcome truly believable. I also like the attention to detail shown in the extra splashes of water as the wave hits the bridge.

tidal wave nature photo manipulation

Zen is a magical photo manipulation that truly distorts the laws of physics. The floating rocky landscape feels very dreamlike, which is accentuated by the subtle fog cast over the scene. The colors have been blended well to give everything a slight pink/purple hue, and the varying sizes of floating rock help establish a lot of depth/perspective.

zen nature photo manipulation

I’ve seen this photo manipulation concept attempted a few times, but this is surely one of the more successful outcomes. Plenty of details are introduced to make the underwater hippo more believable. Take a look at the subtle bubbles coming from his mouth, the clouds of sand where he’s moved his feet and the lighting cast upon him from the water.

Isla nature photo manipulation

Beach Disaster
Another cool natural disaster scene that’s been constructed entirely in Photoshop. This composition features a tidal wave, which has been blended well with the surrounding beach scene. It’s also inspiring to check out the photo-manipulated sand castle, whereby an actual castle has been manipulated to look like it’s constructed from sand. The running children and splashes from the young boy add an extra dimension of energy and panic to the scene.

beach disaster nature photo manipulation

The title of this photo-manipulation is really fitting, as this composition instantly suggests freedom and peace. The true color and vivacity of nature is captured in the bright, vibrant flowers that weave around the woman. The implication is that the woman is truly at one with nature, as it flows around and through her. The piece is accentuated by the pastel, abstract background and subtle clouds overlapping the dancer.

heaven nature photo manipulation

Wall is a stunning photo manipulation used for an Advanced Photoshop tutorial. The composition combines several wooden crates, each which is covered with it’s own natural landscape. The detail in this piece is immense, including detailed windows with light flooding out of them, openings emitting bubbles, and paint splattering outwards. The design has a lot of depth, in part due to it’s intense shadows and highlights. The eye is drawn naturally down the design to the chair at the base. A great example of using shapes, size and perspective!

wall nature photo manipulation

Mother Nature
A really impressive manipulation, that you actually have to look at closer to fully appreciate. The overall composition is vibrant and attractive. However, the real mastery lies in the central figure, which has been artfully constructed using many branch/root stocks. The way that the artist has blended, warped and adjusted these branches into a realistic wooden figure is really inspiring.

mother nature nature photo manipulation

Fire Flower
This burning flower is a wonderful example of combining several elements of nature. The two concepts of flower and fire would not usually be associated with one another, yet once combined they create a piece that is both elegant and intense/ominous. The plain background really lets you focus on the intense flames and lighting coming from them. I love the subtle use of sparks/light speks on the petals.

fire flower nature photo manipulation

Element is a beautiful typography illustration that has a very natural feel to it. The artist has manipulated branches to construct elegant lettering. They have then shaded/lit the lettering expertly, and introduced further elements such as the leaves, grass, sculpture and bird. This is a good example of how photo manipulation can really capture the texture and essence of an entity. You can almost reach out and grab the branches, and they don’t appear the least bit fake.

element nature photo manipulation

Keep on Fire
Keep on Fire is one of those photo manipulations that puts you right in the middle of the action. From the falling statue figure to the fierce flames we really feel the intensity of the scene. The juxtaposition of fire and water is a great visual combination, seamlessly integrating both natural elements into a cohesive piece. The lighting in the piece is superb, as the amber flames cast out a subtle glow on the surrounding rocks and figures.

keep on fire nature photo manipulation

Another bright and vibrant piece combining multiple elements of nature. This design has manipulated flowing waterfalls, cloud formations and trees to combine to a fantasy sky landscape. The background is unrealistically bright and colorful, yet helps enhance the fantasy setting. Elements are well blended together, retaining the sharpness and movement of the flowing water rather than over-blurring or masking it.

nature nature photo manipulation

Contemplation is a very detailed photo manipulation and integrates several natural elements. The entire central structure is set against a scenic backdrop, whilst the buddha sits amidst a dazzling variety of flowers, scrubs and falling leaves. The design uses a very naturalistic, autumnal color palette, ranging from deep yellows/oranges to rich greens.

contemplation nature photo manipulation

Wildlife Poster
This photo manipulation is for a fictional wildlife TV show. The central zebra has been masked off using various splatter brush sets in Photoshop to create a grungy, abstract edge for the animal. The backdrop is a glowing African landscape, enhanced by details such as the subtle zebra stripes overlaid, as well as a build up of light effects to draw your focus towards the center of the design.

wildlife poster nature photo manipulation

The Choice
One of my all time favorite photo manipulations concerning nature. The message created is clear – a choice between a lush natural landscape or one destroyed by the actions of man. The piece is visually striking, with great contrast between the verdant greens of the right half, and the orange flames and barren gray landscape on the left. The two halves have been blended really well, with details such as the overlap of leaves, or the light cast by the flames showing how the two halves leak into one another.

the choice nature photo manipulation

Extraordinary Island
Another photo manipulation that distorts reality. The artist has created a hugely detailed natural island, which is all but submerged in a tumultuous sea. The perspective and angle of the sea is clearly impossible, yet works really well as part of a fantasy landscape. Further depth is added by the birds flocking towards the island, which through their larger size help establish perspective (especially when compared to the animals on land).

extraordinary island nature photo manipulation

One With Nature
One With Nature is exactly what the title suggests – an epic photo manipulation that truly integrates man with nature. Almost every part of the model has been worked into the natural setting in some way, from his afro hair (constructed from a hedge), to his central core, entwined around the earth. The details and lighting on this piece are really engaging, and the floating leaves help to establish depth and movement. The sharp glowing edges on the man give more definition and impact.

one with nature nature photo manipulation

Collegium is a bright and vibrant photo manipulation that uses the earth as the central focus. The artist has constructed various landmasses stemming out from the water, which are clearly of unrealistic proportions. However, the final result is really fun and friendly, and has plenty of depth. I love how the fantasy world moves from a tropical paradise at the top, to a desolate frozen land at the bottom. Interestingly the rays of light from the upper left logo are continued out to light the entire piece.

collegium nature photo manipulation

A hugely creative concept that really captures the essence of nature. The idea of holding nature in your hands helps to make it palpable and comprehensible. I love the 3D effect given to the water in the bottom hand, which is especially impressive if you notice all the floating debris and detail in the water. The pouring water coming from the top hand is artfully done, and creates a really natural transition between the two nature scenes.

act nature photo manipulation

Striking Nature Scene
A deceptively detailed photo manipulation. The man’s torso has been constructed by many layers of weaving tree branches, which blend down seamlessly into a root formation. The muted colors of the piece ensure that you focus on the central figure, and the weaving tree routes help guide your eye this way.

striking nature scene nature photo manipulation

Nature’s Defiance
This piece creates a great juxtaposition between the man-made and the natural. Ultimately it is nature who wins in this scenario, as the huge tree overwhelms the urban surroundings. The composition effectively positions nature as superior to man in several ways. Aside from the obvious size of the tree, it is clearly more colorful than the duller surroundings (thus it draws the eye more). Additionally the swirling light effect around the trunk of the tree gives the structure a magical element which sets it apart from the boring surroundings.

nature's defiance nature photo manipulation

This bright, verdant composition uses a pink butterfly to form part of this planet’s structure. Everything from the lighting the color palette has been amplified to make this piece stand out, and it’s really effective. The detail in the butterfly is immense, including a series of complex patterns that appear to have been superimposed over the wings. The various bushes and trees constructing the planet have been blending and warped to form a realistic planet structure, which is surrounded by a bright glow, helping it stand out even more against the dark blue background.

earthcology nature photo manipulation


September 26 2011


June 29 2011


The World Up Close: Showcase of Beautiful Macro Photographs

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As designers we are often told to think outside the box when we approach any new project. This change in perspective is supposed to grant us access to seeing the design differently than we normally would. To break out of that mold or routine that we can easily get sucked into, and have a fresh new view of it all. Photographers have a knack for changing the way we see the world, and one way they do so is through macro photography. Showing us the power and beauty in this alternate perspective.

Today we have collected some stunning examples of macro photography that are sure to inspire, and can hopefully stir you from your routine and usual perspective. These wonderful captures demonstrate the delicate and subtle construction of nature, ones that we often overlook from our usual perspective. But with the aid of the photographers lens, we can get a closer look and see the world from a completely different angle.

A Closer Look

Foxglove by Lookalive-sunshine
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Not all tears are an evil by Annarigby
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Tiny Droplets by Nitrok
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Broccoli Macro by Johan J. Ingles-Le Nobel
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rainbow in my life by magnesina
Rainbowinmylife in The World Up Close: Showcase of Beautiful Macro Photographs

Macro Flor by Andrés Nieto Porras
Macroflor in The World Up Close: Showcase of Beautiful Macro Photographs

- by kingdaughter
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Macro of a bee by Tambako the Jaguar
Macrobee in The World Up Close: Showcase of Beautiful Macro Photographs

Hello, My Name is Spike by tacou
Hellomynameisspike in The World Up Close: Showcase of Beautiful Macro Photographs

Damselfly by vlastas
Damselfly in The World Up Close: Showcase of Beautiful Macro Photographs

3D 2x Macro shot of my Toothbrush by syvwlch
Macrotoothbrush in The World Up Close: Showcase of Beautiful Macro Photographs

Money-tree flower- macro lens – HTC Desire by Alpha
Moneytreeflower in The World Up Close: Showcase of Beautiful Macro Photographs

Clematis macro by Renate Dodell
Clematismacro in The World Up Close: Showcase of Beautiful Macro Photographs

Colored by xsunnygirl83w
Colored in The World Up Close: Showcase of Beautiful Macro Photographs

bluebottle macro by Fiona Wilkinson
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Tiny Droplets II by Nitrok
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Amazing Raindrops by matthewpoland
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Antares by Stoppelbart
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flamingo by `tragicmistress
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yellow flower by loLaurer
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Macro: Sunflower Petals against a Blue Sky by The Green Party of Ireland Comhaontas Glas
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Sigma 17-70mm DC Macro spider
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A lonely water drop by Louserz
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Blue Bird by Vellocet-Photography
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Lichen Macro by Johan J. Ingles-Le Nobel
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Macro @ 24mm by Dino Quinzani
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In the dark there is life by bagba
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pearled arc by keineAnhung
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Peekaboo by Minnie-Mocha
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Macro Cactus Thorn by jnyemb
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Calm by Midnite-myknee-Blu
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Caged Flower by Stars-and-Skulls
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pure orange by LaPlumellDisait
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Flower by devilish89
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Macro Purple by BusterBrownBB
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Butterfly 2 by MonjaraM
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ladybug15 by RaphaelDES
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first by ankyl
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taraxacum by AlenaDudareva
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Stuck in the middle by Annarigby
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June 07 2011


Super Color Silk Worms

By feeding silkworms a mulberry mixture containing fluorescent dye, scientists are able to harvest brightly coloured silk.

The environmentalists like it cause it cuts back on the water use and harsh chemicals needed for the dyeing process. Scientists like it for the potential to create silk with antibacterial, anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory properties that could be used in wound dressing or even as biomedical frameworks for repairing damaged tissues. We like for both those reasons. Plus, we especially like it because of how colorful they are.

Here's some silkworm color love inspired by science and these 'intrinsically colored and luminescent silk worms'.

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By feeding them mixtures containing dyes, researchers have helped silkworms spin fluorescent, coloured silk.

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By feeding silkworms a mulberry mixture containing fluorescent dye, Natalia's team was able to harvest brightly coloured silk that is structurally unaffected, but which also has luminescent, or glowing, properties. The dye molecules are ingrained within the silk filaments to create permanent colour.

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Image credits: Institute of Materials Research and Engineering

Sources: Australian GeographicIntrinsically Colored and Luminescent Silk [Via inhabitat]

May 04 2011


Showcase of Fabulous Foggy Photographs for Your Inspiration

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In the design world, one type of sought after resource centers around that misty natural special effect called fog or smoke. Look around and you will see numerous textures, brushes, and tutorials all focusing on capturing that vaporesque element in our work. So today we thought we might take this fascination one step further, and take it into the realm of inspiration.

Below is a collection of fabulous photographs that capture this desired design element in its natural habitat, so to speak. From across the globe photographers have kept their engaging eyes on the skies, waiting to find those perfect moments to capture the fog pouring from the atmosphere and sweeping across the landscapes. Armed with various techniques and and styles, from Macro to HDR and beyond, they charge forward lenses at the ready. A sampling of the end result is amassed for all of your inspirational recharging needs. We hope you enjoy.

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Fog Over Istanbul Skyscrapers by John Walker

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Sun, Hills & Fog – Marin Headlands by Mike Behnken

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Morning Fog by stlasidylko

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Winter’s Fog 3 by kubicki

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Cyclist in Morning Mist by Hartwig HKD

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Morning Bromo #2 by Prayoga D. Widyanto

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Rinpoche’s Tree by Hartwig HKD

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LOST in the MIST (Explored) by Yogendra Joshi

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Into the Fog by Jim Crossley

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Early Morning Mist by Kasia

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Foggy Dreamscape by Mike Behnken

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Early morning fog by Ron Reiring

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Fog over Century City by Marty Bower

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Leland River Fog by Andrew MacFarlane

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Fog, Golden Gate Bridge by Bev Sykes

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Fog rolls in by John Haslam

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Fog in Yosemite National Park by Leon Weber

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Fog on the James River by Tony Alter

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Mt. Tam – Rolling Fog by Brendan Landis

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Fog Layers by George Foster

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Fog Rolling Over Pampas Grass, Pine Tree by danagraves

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Fog Over The River by CoreBurn

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Fog Downtown by Steve Paluch

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Seattle Fog by Zach Den Adel

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Fog Ocean Sunset by Mike Behnken

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Fog falling over mountain slopes by Horia Varlan

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April 12 2011


30 Incredible Nature-Inspired Websites

Nature’s inspiration is often very visible in web design. There are many beautiful websites that use the sky, space, trees and plants, landscapes, or other elements from nature within the web design. Nature-inspired web designs often have appealing color schemes and an inviting feel.

In this post we’ll showcase websites that make excellent use of nature within their design. You’ll see a variety of different approaches, so hopefully it will provide you with some inspiration for your own work.

Repositorio dos Sonhos

Repositorio dos Sonhos







Arizona Tourism and Travel

Arizona Tourism and Travel

Menina e Menino

Menina e Menino

Ideas to Apps

Ideas to Apps

Orman Clark

Orman Clark

The Georgian Wine Society

The Georgian Wine Society





Protege la Foret

Protege la Foret

Healthy Harverst Hydroponics

Healthy Harverst Hydroponics



SAV Technology

SAV Technology

Christening Cards

Christening Cards

Experiencia Lecom

Experiencia Lecom

Cedar CMS

Cedar CMS

Eastpoint Community Church

Eastpoint Community Church





DrupalCon Denver

DrupalCon Denver



Our Swiss Life

Our Swiss Life

ASA Naklo

ASA Naklo

Pink Turkey

Pink Turkey



FreeAgent Depot

FreeAgent Depot

Toasted Digital

Toasted Digital

Mozart Young Academy

Mozart Young Academy

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If you’re interested in creating your own nature-inspired designs, the process can be much easier and quicker if you have some resources at your disposal. At Vandelay Premier we have a bundle of resources for nature-inspired designs. It includes vectors, Photoshop brushes, textures, and stock photos. We’ve set up a promo code for our blog readers to save more than 50% on the bundle (pay $9 instead of $19). To get the discount, add the Nature-Inspired Design Bundle to your cart and enter the promo code “readerssave10″.

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March 29 2011


RAW COLOR - RBP Printing with Vegetable Ink

The work of Daniera ter Haar & Christoph Brach, who have become better known by the name of one of their projects, Raw Color, is highly prismatic, covering the spectrum between art, design, photography and color research by mixing the powerful colors of vegetables, innovative color harvesting processes, with unique applications for print and textiles. Each project is created with an astute design sense and captured with stunningly composed photography.

The Eindhoven, Netherlands based team uses color as the 'connection between their different practices' posing questions like 'what is the nature of a color and what is the connection to its physical state.' This post focuses on their research on vegetable pigments. Two other posts to follow will focus on their design and photography.

“Color is a really nice connection between those disciplines. We use it almost as a material, and it’s transformative the way it can make something seem hard or light or heavy.”


A visual research about vegetables and their powerful color. Vegetables are dismantled and purified to their visual essence 'RAW COLOR'. The harvested color is captured by a new process preserving their intensity on color cards. Categorized by shades and families a new map is created which shows their beautiful diversity. This projects reinterprets the vegetable and puts it into a new context.


Trying to apply some of our strongest pigment we made some juice cartridges. These inkjets prints are done with (C) Red Cabbage, (M) Beetroot en (Y) Pumpkin. Caused by the irregular juice flow, the ink jet created unique stripe pattern in every print.


A series of photography created as a reaction of the earlier research done on the color cards. This is a further examination on the visual structure of the vegetables.


100%SAP is a project about the power of natural color. Vegetables are transformed to a natural ink to feed a new printing process. This process enables the viewer to watch the posters print slightly grow. A 3-D ingredient returns as 2-D icon.

Liquid Palette

What is the nature of a colour and what is the connection to its physical state. Based on the ongoing research of deriving pigments from vegetables, the aim was to showcase the liquid condition of the colour before it is fixated to the medium of paper or textile. Compared to its solid condition, transparencies and volumes play suddenly an important role.

Presented in a cabinet the 130 preserved containers expose pure and mixed shades of different vegetables and different mixing ratios. This project was developed for the exhibition Dutch Domestics at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt.

What unites Raw Color’s work in general — is a steadfast devotion to the exuberant exploration of color.

Raw Textiles

We were asked by Edwin Plerser to showcase the Raw Color project. One of our aims was to develop a 'product' that could be sold in his shop, and similarly add a new chapter to our research on vegetable pigments. For the exhibition we developed 'Raw Textiles', a series of hand dyed silk scarves, that derived from the vegetable pigments. This was the first time that we examined the application of the dyes on textile. We deepened ourselves in the old techniques of dyeing textile with natural pigments and their possibilities. After dyeing the silk for several days it resulted in 18 unique shades that were created by pure and mixed vegetable dyes. We presented them as a big gradient in the window display. For those who are interested, they are for sale!


Exposure 2 - Textiles

Fascinated by the idea of shaping a textile by the pure usage of light, we developed 'Exposures' a photosensitive fabric based on the blueprint technique. The 'gradient machine' is especially designed for the production process and exposes the textile in horizontal lines to the daylight. These line-thickness can be adjusted. Depending on the length of exposure, the light is captured in the material, that is resulting in different shades of blue. The longer exposed the darker the fabric will become, which is not only indicated by the colour itself but as well by the numbers representing each lines' exposure time in minutes.

"White isn’t wrong,” says ter Haar, “but it does mean you don’t have to make a specific choice.”

Quotes from Sight Unseen who asked Raw Color to "explore their love for color" in a special commission. Project descriptions from Raw Color.

March 04 2011


The Hotlist – Edition 6


iPad 2

iPad2Apple rocked the world yesterday with it’s new iPad announcement. It’s a really slick device now. It received some awesome upgrades. It’s thinner, faster, has new apps and a lot of other stuff packed in. But, who I am kidding… You probably streamed the keynote live on your second display and know more than I do.

Once you pick up iPad 2, it’ll be hard to put down. That’s the idea behind the all-new design. It’s 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter, so it feels even more comfortable in your hands.2 And it makes surfing the web, checking email, watching movies, and reading books so natural, you might forget there’s incredible technology under your fingers.


A Matchbook Made in Heaven – Studio On Fire


We designed this wedding invitation for the lucky couple that won our giveaway with Martha Stewart. It’s only too fitting that the couple we chose to work with will be jumping fires on their wedding night. Besides complimenting our studio name, their scheduled wedding night activities (get your mind out of the gutter) lends perfectly to the orange and white color palette featured by Martha Stewart.

Apple iPad: Year One

There’s never been anything like iPad. It changes the way students learn and teachers teach. It transforms how businesses do business. It helps doctors take better care of patients. And it’s a whole new way to see the world.


Type Specimen for iPad

Screen shot 2011-03-03 at 3.09.55 PMType Specimen is the first font viewer for iPad, revolutionizing the way digital fonts are presented today. It’s an ideal tool for people who need to select fonts for projects – be it magazine design, corporate identity design, web applications, or book typesetting. Type Specimen is a quick and easy way to navigate the type foundry, containing over two hundred original font styles. Type Specimen allows you to categorize individual fonts, make comparisons, or see details of specific glyphs. All of this for free of course.


The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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For me, the only way to heal is to use the moments that knock us down in the same way as the moments that build us up. Whether it be death or life, it seems to take me in the same direction. It seems to end at the same place- the desire to create. It’s the way I choose to face each of them head on. Some artists look for inspiration in movies, books, etc.. and they are all good ways to achieve the end goal.


Blimpus, an inflatable character

Screen shot 2011-03-03 at 4.25.47 PMAs designers we pretty much want to put graphics on EVERYTHING. We’ve done t-shirts, posters, skateboards, and anything flat and easy to print on. But now we want to explore beyond flatland and into the round, bulbous world of inflatable characters as custom, collectible art. What we’ve created is a blank, inflatable canvas with a big silly head to paint on and feet to stand on. They’re a bit over two feet tall, with stubby legs and they’re made of an ink-receptive PVC vinyl.


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February 23 2011


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February 08 2011


Blue Holes of the Bahamas

Blue Holes are named for the dramatic contrast between the lighter shades of the surrounding shallow water and the dark, deep blue holes where these natural formation plunge into the abyss. The deepest, Dean's Blue Hole, located in bay west of Clarence Town on Long Island, Bahamas, reaches 202 meters (663ft). Many others are located in the same region (the Bahamas) as well as Belize, Guam, Australia and the Red Sea. The deep blue color is caused by the high transparency of water and bright white carbonate sand. Blue light is the most enduring part of the spectrum; where other parts of the spectrum—red, yellow, and finally green—are absorbed during their path through water, blue light manages to reach the white sand and return back upon reflection.

Images from neatoramam & Un Monde Ailleurs

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And It's not just incredible color palettes with unique contrasts and quintessential deep sea greens and blues that sceintist are discovering:

Swimming holes they are not. The inland caves on five islands sport freshwater caps covering heavier saltwater layers, sometimes filled with clouds of poisonous hydrogen sulfide released by salt-eating microbes, acting to preserve whatever falls within. Others contain whirlpools powered by the tides. - USA Today

Environmental Graffiti

Those who do venture into the watery veins of the Earth discover whole ballrooms full of tightly packed stalactites, prehistoric human remains, and fossils of now extinct crocodiles and tortoises. These caves are, quite literally, another world. - National Geographic

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USA Today: In submerged caves such as Stargate on Andros island in the Bahamas, the expedition team reports:
• Specialized "chemosynthetic" bacteria that live without oxygen and feast on chemical reactions possible only in the caves.
• Stalactite curtains, or "speleothems," that contain a record of past sea level and climate conditions locked in their structures.
• Fossils of Lucayan tribe members who lived on the islands until the 1500s.

Images unless otherwise noted are from National Geographic and were taken by Wes C. Skiles. Tragically, Wes C. Skiles died in July of 2010 while filming underwater in Florida. Bahamas Blue Holes was he last story. Prints of the photos are available here. Text adapted from wikipedia.

December 18 2010


Green Living : 25 Awesome Nature Friendly Websites and Blogs

Go Green! Does it sounds familiar to you?But this is not the typical green color we are talking about.  Now a days, global warming has been a big issue around the globe because of the world is suffering to a lot of waste created by people. By this eco-friendly website, we can create awareness to people. Green means an eco-friendly websites.  Eco friendly in terms of organic stuff, reusable energy, recycling or anything with eco-friendly ideas.

Here in this round-up are the best of eco-friendly websites and blog.

1. TreeHugger


TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. It is a one stop shop for great green news, products, and solutions.The good thing about this website is that it publish latest related blogs, daily newsletters,  weekly radio interviews and updates in Twitter and Facebook.

It was founded by Graham Hill.  As what I observed on the website, it is informative about eco-friendly things. The website promises that you will get informed, interact and take action in visiting their website.

2. Ecofabulous


Sexy, sustainable and style is what Ecofabulous talks about. Sexy and style in terms of giving beauty tips and fashion in a healthy way. Sustainable in giving a good lifestyle.  It serves more on a Do-It-Yourself website. Gives you good eco-friendly tips on your day-to-day life.

3. Ecofriend


Ecofriend is a cool environmental blog that posts the latest eco-gadgets and products. It focuses on alternative and renewable resources.As what I read on the blog, it tackles more on different posts of the others regarding eco-friendly stuff. If you want to read about some cool stuff that you haven’t read for a long time. This blog is for you.

4. Inhabitant

Eco_friendly_website4 is a weblog that gives readers the future of design,  innovations in technology, practices and materials that giving great  architecture and home design to obtain sustainable future.It was founded by Jill Fehrenbacher. The blog has a simple green design and more on informative ideas regarding healthy innovations.

5. GroovyGreen


Groovy Green was started as a way to organize the large amounts of information swirling about the little town of Ithaca, NY concerning renewable energy and sustainable living.I must say that this web blog has a good amount of eco-friendly related stuff that focuses on information in renewable energy and sustainable living.Groovy green informs us to reduce consumption, improve health, and find cleaner alternatives to power the gadgets, cars and lives in living in this earth.

6. Eco-chick


Eco-chick believes that mother earth is a woman. So in this weblog it deals more about the women that can deal with the eco-friendly ways. From fashion, beauty and more that women can enjoy while helping restoring the mother earth. It has a lot of related blogs containing women that involve in helping the organizations for environmental protections.

7. Ecorazzi


Ecorazzi sounds like paparazzi. Who does not like a dose of gossip but good gossip?It is a celebrity gossip but with helping in the environmental causes. As you will see in the website, film & TV, music, fashion, car & houses, animals,and events that are involved are celebrity. It is not only a good publicity for the celebrity but also creating a good cause for the society.

8. Green options


Green options is environmental blog that focuses on the voice of the eco-friendly stuff. Forums are available to discuss anything under the mother earth given that the topics are also good stuff for environmentalist. It also talks about products that will help your body to maintain in a glowful youth without affecting your health. In this weblog, I love the green options featured content being post because you will be kept updated on what happening around the world.

9. Jetson Green


Jetson Green is a daily updated site devoted to green innovation primarily in the residential context. It was founded by Preston Koerner. It is an online magazine that focuses on more on professional aspect for the architecture, engineer or anything to do with eco-friendly works. You can also find books, related links and jobs that will surely help in saving the mother earth.

10. Thedailygreen


Thedailygreen promises the consumers a guide to a green revolution. It focuses more on news, tips and advises right to your fingertip that you can use for your home and also to save your dear mother earth.It also has an updated daily news, blogs opinion for the forum topics and  features articles. The website color scheme really complimented with the website content. White spaces and different green color variations that help the website pleasing to the eye.

11. Dwell


Generally, in magazines concerned with the design of homes, fruit bowls abound. High-priced photo stylists spend hours arranging them. Dwell is a modern weblog that focuses more on green home advises. It is also features eco-friendly houses that uses great stuff that will help in restoring the earth. There is a saying that goes like this ” There’s no place like home”. But it will be more likely to be homey if it’s a safe place to live because of the eco-friendly environment around you.

12. GreenMonk


GreenMonk is an open source analyst company. GreenMonk gives advisory services to help small to big businesses to  better understand how sustainability issues will affect them. If you are a person that need advise about your style and living, you can seek help from the GreenMonk.



I must say that is really intended for the family. It is not only giving parenting tips on the parents but also how to share eco friendly bonding things with your child. Food, parenting, entertainment, household , travel and more that surely your family will enjoy. The look and feel of the website is really pleasant that kids can actually visit and read about it. So mom and dad, be sure to visit this website to help you in your raising your family in a good way.

14. Ecogeek


Ecogeek was founded by Hank Green. How can someone use the modern technology without affecting the nature? In Ecogeek, it features gadgets and devices that you can enjoy but does not hurt the mother earth.

15. Gogreentube


Go Green tube is youtube like website. Who says that you cannot post videos about environment cause? Here in Go Green Tube, environment advocates express their feelings through videos. It is more understandable and appreciative if you are watching these great informative videos. If you are new to the website, you can check the most viewed this week to get ideas on what is being like about this website.

16. GenGreenlife


GenGreenlife is a resource for you going green. It is a network that is focuses on the communication, education and connection.Ffrom green news headlines, job listings, and events, to tips helping you live a sustainable life.If you are living an environmentally conscious lifestyle, then this is the right one for you. Get tips, jobs, and more and experience to live in a green life.

17. architecture for humanity


Architecture for Humanity is a charitable organization that bring design architecture to the community in a global way.  It mostly tackles about architectures that they created and can help humanity.

18. carbon planet


Carbon Planet is a global carbon management company whose mission is to enable every individual and business on the planet to manage their contribution to the defining issue of our age, global warming. It is an educational website that teach us to be concern on our planet. What are the things that we can do to help our ecosystem.

19. goodmagazine


Goodmagazine is really like a magazine website that features a lot of inspirational thing like videos, events, post , projects and more. Simple yet full of informative contents in every page of the magazine.

20. ecolabelfundraising


EcoLabel Fundraising makes you feel good about yourself by asking your friends and family to support your organization.  There are supporters in a organic, fair-trade and green fundraising products to choose from the website.  It is like giving a eco friendly quality products and help the people around you.

21. MocoLoco


MocoLoco features  modern contemporary designs. The website is kind a plain but as you read the topics given you will keep on reading because of the good articles posted.

22. e – One


e-One gives organizations an innovative ways that can bring effective and sustainability in terms of their members. It helps small to medium businesses to plan their sustainability plan for the company. It presents great economy while being ecology and bringing equity in your business.

23. Healthy Harvest Hydro


Hydroponics derive its goal on the word water and labor.  I think this website help farmers or any business that deals with planting and soil to cultivate their land to maximize its potential without harming the earth. It brings commercial  food industry, environmental agriculture, cost effectiveness and sustainability in all aspects.

24. Cama Organic


Do you want your child to feel safety? Then Cama organic is offering an organic baby bed that will let your baby feel secure, safe, and healthy. The product is made from organic materials that won’t hurt your child.

25. EnviraMedia


EnviraMedia offers sustainabillity and environmental models to gain your business success. It has a great design page that is very pleasing in the eye. The combinations of color use are great.

Hope that you have been inspired by this eco-friendly websites. If we missed something, please share your eco-friendly websites and we will happy to update it. Anyway, we should love our mother earth as it loves us.

December 06 2010

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