Below the Surface, a website created by the Department of Archaeology; Monuments and Archaeology (MenA), the City of Amsterdam; and their Chief Technology Officer, documents and organizes 19,000 of the nearly 700,000 objects found along the bottom of the Amstel River when it had to be pumped dry during the early 2000s construction of the nearby metro. Some of the objects are from as early as the 14th Century and include wooden dice, engraved belt buckles and lots and lost of pipes.
Atlanta based photographers Regis And Kahran are the creative minds behind CreativeSoul Photography. Here is their photo series called Afro Art.
“We feel that it is so important for kids of color to be able to see positive images that look like them in the media,” Kahran told in an interview. “We hope that girls around the world will be inspired to love their unique differences and beauty within.”
The forests of Yakushima Island, just off the southern tip of Japan’s Kyushu Island have that spirit-filled feeling so familiar from Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke. Singapore-based photographer Raphael Olivier here captures all the myth and mystery of the trees which seem to surely be the home of the mischevious tree spirits called “kodama”.
Time Magazine has launched in partnership with Google a Timelapse site to show the impact, in as clear terms as possible, we have had on our planet.
As part of the project there is this gorgeous collection of vibrant landscapes caught from space.
More Aerial Photos
Quotes of the Day
The US Geological Survey’s Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab Flickr has more than 1,200 macro photos of bees and other insects.
Curated by USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Biologist Sam Droege.
The island near Shanghai is the home to the small abandoned fishing village of Houtouwan. Since the 1990s no one has lived here, forced to find work elsewhere.
From the project page:
The aerial cinema experts at Teton Gravity Research release the first ultra HD footage of the Himalayas shot from above 20,000 ft. with the GSS C520 system, the most advanced gyro-stabilized camera system in the world. Filmed from a helicopter with a crew flying from Kathmandu at 4,600 ft. up to 24,000 ft. on supplemental oxygen, these are some of the most stable, crisp, clear aerial shots of these mountains ever released, which include Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse.
These wooden bridges in the Fuijan and Zhejiang provinces, on the south east coast of China, show a degree of craftsmanship astounding enough for them to still be standing and supporting daily activity and use. And they are gorgeous as well.
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by Peter J. Harris
from a prompt by Beth Marquez
The forecast calls for pain
inches from goodbye
squatting Arroyo Seco boulders
tortured foreheads tilted in
a kiss could resurrect me
heal my palsied mouth
hold off epic flood already
misting my view of receding
horizon in her beloved face
keepsake face of so many
nights my name a guitar solo
of pleasure & satisfaction
her name in wailing gratitude
beyond any lyrics I've ever sung
keepsake flood plain
we've skipped across these same boulders
sculpted by galloping waters in rainy seasons
of confessions & sensuality
namesake flood plain
sitting in for all places we've hiked
while savoring touch on narrow pathways
unraveling esoteric conversations sensing family in the wind
daring to glimpse our future on a sunset's horizon
forecast calls for pain
a momentum in opposite directions
a locomotion of unstoppable emptiness
not to sip nor to soften earth
we could muddy & smear on our forgiveness in a ritual of reunion
her mouth a pool of salvation
if we weren't drowning in this final telling
inflamed in our dreaded knowing
hunger too exhausted to wait for rain
By mixing many concepts, from the most serious to the lightest, The Hater Box triggers an avalanche of thoughts in the observer, chaining laugh, anger, indignation or assertion of his own ideas, leaving little room for a real reflection on the meaning of these words or on his own opinion.
This truly phenomenal project is from Margot Trudell, a graphic, web and motion designer living and working in Toronto, Canada. They are available as art prints or stretched canvas here. I am definitely wanting to get some for the kids' study.
From her project page:
With this project I wanted to communicate to people what we've managed to accomplish in space exploration in simple terms; I found that many people don't know much about the subject because of how it's typically communicated, with scientific and technical jargon. Through the use of infographics that simply and clearly illustrated a lot of information, people could easily take a brief look at one infographic and even without looking closer grasp that we've managed to send a lot of things and people to the moon for example, and looking closer they could see that China has plans for a manned lunar mission within the next few years, for example. This simple and easy to understand approach is meant to encourage people to look into the field more, and the OMG SPACE name is meant to encourage excitement about space exploration, especially amongst younger people. Infographics for the dwarf planets Haumea and Makemake were not created due to a lack of imagery available for use; it should be noted though that there have no no expeditions to either of thiese dwarf planets to date, and no expeditions are currently planned.
These infographics were intended for print, and thus the copy on most of them isn't easily legible when reduced in size and resolution for the web. I have included the blurbs about each planet below the image for easy reading. I researched and wrote all the blurbs myself, specifically choosing facts about each planet that I thought were particularily interesting, rather than standard facts like mass and age and geological make-up, to help people look at these planets in a different way than usual.
There is also a website associated with this project,omgspace.net. Aside from promotion, I used the web and the lack of limitations in web design to illustrate the true scale of our solar system. The images of all the planets and the distances between them are completely to scale, and there are links at the bottom of the page to take each visitor to whichever planet they choose; I also included the asteroid belt and the heliosphere for the sake of illustration, which are also placed correctly and sized to scale.