Thailand’s White Temple Looks Like It Came Down From Heaven

September 1st, 2014 by Dovas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Believe it or not, this is a real place – Wat Rong Khun, better known as the White Temple, is a Buddhist temple in Thailand that looks like it was placed on earth by a god.

Though it may have involved divine inspiration, it was in fact designed by a man. Chalermchai Kositpipat, a Thai artist, designed the temple in 1997. It was almost destroyed by an earthquake in May of this year, but Kositpipat was inspired to rebuild the temple after an outpouring of international support urging him not to give up and let the temple crumble.

Admission to many of the buildings has been forbidden until certain structural cracks are repaired, but visitors can still photograph the temples from the outside.

More info: thaipbs.or.th

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Traveling Russian Photographer Captures Breathtaking Morning Views From His Tent

September 1st, 2014 by Dovas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Imagine waking up and rolling out of bed to be greeted by a brilliant mountain sunrise, with a gurgling frigid stream below you and blue skies above you. Russian photographer Oleg Grigoryev takes us into the mountains in his “Morning Views From The Tent” series, in which he frames beautiful mountain photos with his outstretched legs and his tent flap.

Grigoryev took these photos in the Fann Mountains of Tajikistan from campsites that were up to 4,700m above sea level, and the range has mountains that extend up to 5.5km above sea level. Given their height, it’s not surprising that we see Grogoryev’s legs resting in each photo!

More info: grigoryev.net (h/t: mymodernmet)

Big Allo Lake (3150m)

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Kulikalon Lake

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Muddy Lake (3600m)

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Near Mirali Peak

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Lake Alaudin

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Chimtarga (4700m)

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Fann Mountains

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25 Of The Most Dangerous And Unusual Journeys To School In The World

September 1st, 2014 by Julija K. | No Comments | Filed in Design

To the delight (or dismay) of millions, the school season is beginning in many countries throughout the world. But it’s important not to forget that, in some parts of the world, school can be a hard-won luxury. Many children throughout the world have to take the most incredible and unimaginable routes in order to receive the education that some of us may take for granted. This list we collected will show you just how determined some children can be when it comes to getting an education.

According to UNESCO, progress in connecting children to schools has slowed down over the past five years. Areas that lack suitable school routes can often flood, making it even harder for kids to commute. Dangerous paths are one of the main reasons why many children decide to quit school.

The solution might seem easy: build roads and bridges, buy buses and hire a driver. However, the lack of funds and recurring natural disasters in many countries make it difficult to provide children with the solutions they so desperately need.

(h/t: amusingplanet)

5-Hour Journey Into The Mountains On A 1ft Wide Path To Probably The Most Remote School In The World, Gulu, China

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Schoolchildren Climbing On Unsecured Wooden Ladders, Zhang Jiawan Village, Southern China

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Kids Traveling To A Boarding School Through The Himalayas, Zanskar, Indian Himalayas

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Pupils Crossing A Damaged Suspension Bridge, Lebak, Indonesia

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After the story spread, Indonesia’s largest steel producer, PT Krakatau Steel, built a new bridge, so that the children could cross the river safely. (Image credits: Reuters)

Kids Flying 800m On A Steel Cable 400m Above The Rio Negro River, Colombia

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Pupils Canoeing To School, Riau, Indonesia

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Kids Traveling Through The Forest Across A Tree Root Bridge, India

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Source: The Atlantic

A Girl Riding A Bull To School, Myanmar

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Riding a Tuktuk (Auto Rickshaw) To School In Beldanga, India

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Crossing a Broken Bridge In The Snow To Get To School In Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province, China

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Children Traveling On The Roof Of A Wooden Boat In Pangururan, Indonesia

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School Girls Walking Across A Plank On The Wall Of The 16th Century Galle Fort In Sri Lanka

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Pupils Traveling By Boat in Kerala, India

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Schoolchildren Riding A Horse Cart Back From School In Delhi, India

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Students Crossing Ciherang River On A Makeshift Bamboo Raft, Cilangkap Village, Indonesia

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125-Mile Journey To A Boarding School Through The Mountains, Pili, China

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Pupils Walking On A Tightrope 30 Feet Above A River, Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia

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Elementary School Students Crossing A River On Inflated Tire Tubes, Rizal Province, Philippines

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Alienation: Upside-Down Portraits Make People Look Like Aliens

September 1st, 2014 by Dovas | No Comments | Filed in Design

This latest photo series by Anelia Loubser, a photographer in Cape Town, reminds us that even the simplest change in perspective can change how things look drastically. By selectively cropping and flipping the dark portraits in her “Alienation” series, Loubser makes basic human portraits look like creepy alien close-ups.

‘Alienation’ is a collection of portraits that challenges the viewer by using creative tactics based on the concept, ‘If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change’ – Wayne Dyer,” Loubser explains. To see more of her work, as well as the “before” photos she took for this series, visit her Behance profile.

More info: Behance | Facebook (h/t: distractify, cat in water)

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20 Vivid Hummingbird Close-ups Reveal Their Incredible Beauty

August 29th, 2014 by Skirmant? | No Comments | Filed in Design

When it comes to birds, the terms “strong” or “beautiful” might inspire images of fierce eagles or decadent tropical parrots. But both of these birds will certainly find strong contender in hummingbirds, which possess a unique sort of delicate beauty and a mastery of avian maneuvers like no other. We created this list of 20 stunning hummingbird photos to show you just how beautiful they can be.

Capturing a photo of a hummingbird in flight with clearly focused wings can be very difficult, as some varieties are capable of beating their wings up to 52 times a second. This gives them the ability to hover and fly backwards – something that few other birds can do and that none have mastered the way the hummingbird has.

If you or someone you know has taken a beautiful photo of a hummingbird, share it with us below this post!

Green-Crowned Brilliant

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Rufous Hummingbird

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Costa’s Hummingbird

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Rufous Hummingbird

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Marvelous Spatuletail

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Fiery-throated Hummingbird

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Rufous Hummingbird

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Violet-Crowned Woodnymph

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Rufous Hummingbird

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Violet Sabrewing

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Anna’s Hummingbird

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Image credits: José Antonio Yee

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Anna’s Hummingbird

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Rufous Hummingbird

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P.S. We always try our best to credit each and every photographer, but sometimes it’s impossible to track some of them. Please contact us if you know the missing authors.

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22 Of The Most Creative Necklace Designs Ever

August 29th, 2014 by Skirmant? | No Comments | Filed in Design

It’s not surprising that necklaces are the oldest known form of jewelry – they are simple, beautiful, and take a proud and prominent place on the wearer’s chest. But necklaces have come a very long way since the shells and beads worn by ancient humans – today’s necklace designs have picked up a few cool new tricks since then! Modern technologies and modern design principles have created quite a diverse set of innovative new designs. Take a look, and if we’ve missed any amazing examples, share them with us below!

A Wearable Planter

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Tanama Diver Necklaces

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Image credits: Fukusawa Takayuki

Cut It This Way Scissor Necklace

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Matching T-Shirts & Necklaces

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Here Comes The Sun Necklace

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Dessert Jewelry

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Swinging Pinup Girl Necklace

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Human Hair Necklaces

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Wrecking Ball Pendant

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Tightrope Walk Necklace

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A Walk In The Park Necklace

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Pizza BFF’s Necklace

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Jewelry for DJs

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Realistic Animal Drawings Surrounded By The Tools Used To Create Them

August 28th, 2014 by Dovas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Talented artist Karla Mialynne isn’t content with simply sharing her stunning hyper-realistic art with her 44,000 Instagram followers – she posts these mixed-media images together with the artistic utensils she used to create these pieces, as if to prove that these are indeed drawings and not photographs.

The utensils, which include pencils, markers and acrylic paints, also show the beautiful rich color palette that Mialynne uses in each of her pictures.

More info: Instagram (h/t: Ghost_Animator)

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The Ancient Art Of Stone: Couple Creates Beautiful Rock Wall Art Installations

August 28th, 2014 by Dovas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Remember those beautiful pebble paths we wrote about recently? It turns out that they’re just as beautiful if you build them at a 90-degree angle. Andreas Kunert and Naomi Zettl, a married artist duo based in Vancouver, create beautiful flowing wall installations out of rocks, pebbles, and other decorative elements.

I am passionate to give stone an articulated form. This involves finding the right stones – listening,” explains Kunert, who takes commissions through a website called Ancient Art Of Stone that he runs together with Zettl.

For those not planning major interior remodeling work any time soon, the couple also sells prints of smaller detailed and colorful work that they create specifically for this purpose. Due to their smaller size, these pieces can incorporate colorful stones and elements that just wouldn’t work in their larger installations. Take a look!

More info: ancientartofstone.com | Facebook | Store (h/t: twistedsifter)

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1950s Hong Kong Captured In Street Photography By Fan Ho

August 28th, 2014 by Dovas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Critically acclaimed Chinese photographer Fan Ho spent the 1950s and 60s taking gritty and darkly beautiful photos of street life in Hong Kong. His photographs, to be published in his new book “Fan Ho: A Hong Kong Memoir“, reach back through time and space to connect us to the everyday sights of this bustling metropolis in a way that many of us have never seen before.

Ever since Ho moved to Hong Kong from Shanghai in 1949, he has been documenting these special everyday moments. But the challenges (and superstitions) he faced then were quite different from those faced by photographers today; “With a knife in his hand, a pig butcher said he would chop me. He wanted his spirit back,” Ho told the South China Morning Post.

More info: modernbook.com | Facebook (h/t: petapixel, South China Morning Post)

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Life Finds A Way: 25 Plants That Just Won’t Give Up

August 27th, 2014 by Skirmant? | No Comments | Filed in Design

The idea that mankind has mastered nature is not entirely true. Sure, we have changed the world irrevocably for the better (or worse), but nature was here before we were and it will be after we’re gone. Just ask these 25 plants that have thrived in spite of every manner of hardship, be it man-made or elemental.

We recently wrote a post about trees winning their fight against concrete, but they’re not the only ones that can thrive in seemingly impossible. Though grasses or weed like the ones in some of these pictures can seem weak, they can expose cracks and weaknesses in construction materials to their advantage and see the light of day once again. And even deserts, some of the world’s harshest climates, can host thriving plant populations if you know where (or when) to look. Life, uh, finds a way. If you have any awesome pictures of plants thriving in difficult or improbable areas, share them with us below!

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Image credits: Laurent Bartkowski

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Image credits: Ed Sijmons

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Image credits: David Poe

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Image credits: Markus Gebauer

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Image credits: Richard Calmes

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Image credits: Chris Goldberg

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Image credits: James Jackson

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Image credits: Ireena Nieuwenhuis-Worthy

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