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optical illusion paintings

03/22/15 3 Comments

"The Phenomenon of Floating"

“The Phenomenon of Floating”

there’s a beautifully conflicted symmetry to rob gonsalves‘s acrylic paintings, which blend different images & ideas to wonderful results.  see what i’m talking about in the gallery below.   for more of his work, check him out on facebook.  1st spotted @ yahoo.


life rewind 2014: photos


check out the gallery for some of my favorite 2014 pics:

related: life rewind 2014: music

take a swim through the park



via natgeo:

Every spring, melting snow creates a dreamscape in Tragöss, Austria. Green Lake, which for most of the year is no more than six feet deep, expands with the inflow of snowmelt, swallowing part of the park that surrounds it: trees, hiking trails, benches, bridges, and all. The lake’s depth reaches some 30 feet and provides a unique experience for divers—for a few weeks at least.

see the park transform in the video below.  also check out dailymail for pics of the lake (including the one above) taken by marc henauer.

an underwater waterfall?



just off the coast of mauritius (former home of the dodo) is what appears to be an underwater waterfall.  background & more pics via exposure guide:

A fascinating illusion can be found at the Southwestern tip of the island. When seen from the air, a runoff of sand and silt deposits makes the illusion of an underwater waterfall. The visually deceiving impression is absolutely breathtaking when seen from aerial shots. In fact, the illusion can even be seen on Google Maps. Satellite views are dramatic, as an underwater current seemingly appears off the coastline of this tropical heaven. Viewed from other perspectives, the ocean appears to be a spectacular gamut of greens, blues, and whites, creating the false impression that it plummets down just like a raging waterfall.

Causing the visual magic here is the sand, which is the fair-colored part of the water. The current caused by waves smashing against that specific part of the island causes the sand to be dispersed in a natural, waterfall-like manner of the receding waves’ downward pull. In a manner of speaking, it is in fact an underwater waterfall, but more akin to an hourglass, rather than a typical cascading water.

related: the 8 most beautiful water landscapes in the world | the real reason bodies of water are different colors | idyllic noise | great blue hole

why vanilla isn’t as bland as you might think

09/03/13 2 Comments


vanilla has gotten a bad rap.  it’s not only viewed as the most “boring” flavor of ice cream, but webster’s dictionary goes as far as to define it as “lacking distinction: plain, ordinary, conventional”.  the blog incautus futuri however disagrees and raises a solid argument that vanilla is actually one of coolest crops on earth (spotted @ briliiant botany):

  • “It’s an orchid [pictured above] that grows on a three-meter vine, and its flowers last for only a single day.”  i didn’t even know that there was a vanilla flower.
  • “If you want fruit from them, these flowers must be pollinated by hand, since vanilla has no natural pollinators outside of its native range.”
  • “The seed pod takes about nine months to mature, after which it must be harvested and cured.” kinda like human pregnancy.
  • because of that long maturation process, it’s “the world’s second-most expensive spice, after saffron.”  according to this list, a pound of vanilla pods can sell for as much as $200 in the international market.
  • on top of all of that, whether eaten on its own & or as a compliment to other foods, vanilla is scrumdiddilyumptuous.

so does any of that sound plain, ordinary or conventional to you?

related: roses are ice cream | pink peony

peacock showdown



2 reasons to love this pic:

  • peacocks are mainly known for their pristine beauty so seeing two of them fight takes your mind in a different place (here’s a video of two other ones going at it)
  • perfect timing.  great photos inspire a story and this one forces you to think about what happened before and what happens next (notice how the peacock on the ground is looking up at the white one like he’s wondering what’s next as well)

if somebody knows who took this photo, tell me so i can give credit where credit is more than due (spotted @ lit reactor).  

related: see a lioness square off with a fawn (leave your assumptions at the door) | can you find these “invisible” animals?

the 8 most beautiful water landscapes in the world

08/04/13 3 Comments

via my modern met.  have you visited any of these places before?  can you think of any other water landscapes that could’ve cracked the list?

related: the real reason bodies of water are different colors | great blue hole | dark side of the lens

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