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Today's pictures & links:
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Remember Grotesque Art by Kris Kuksi?

Amazingly, he also paints delicate creations like this:
(thank you Kris)

(image credit: Kris Kuksi)


Cool Shot of the Day
(in cooperation with "National Geographic" magazine)

Vermillion Cliffs Recursion

(image credit: National Geographic)

Photo by Joy Schmoll -
Near the Vermillion Cliffs in northern Arizona is a spot called Cliff Dwellers. Sometime in the 1930’s small shelters were built into and around many of the boulders. This shot is looking through a doorway, then through a window, then through a hole in a distant boulder, of one of these unique shelters.

Blue-eyed Beauty

(image credit: National Geographic)

Photo by Aradhana -
Blue-eyed caterpillar photographed in the garden in Dispur, Guwahati, Assam, India.


Mixed fresh links for today:

BoingBoingTV: Steampunk Treehouse - [fascinating]
An interesting way to make a forest "ghost" - [photos]
Green Roof Art School Building - [architecture]
25 Most Amazing Castles - [travel]
Irresistible (pointless) websites - [weird]
Hello Kitty guns and other crazy products - ["wiki" site]
American Sanitary Plumbing Museum - [gallery]
Ladder Surfing - [silly video]
Toothbrush vibrating robot - [neat video]


Traditional tea ceremony
performed since ancient times in Tzyn dynasty in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

(Photo: Steven Shi / Reuters)


Slightly scary t-shirt:
(photo sent in by Steve Hayward)


Wrecked Exotics

If you do not know about this site yet, you might have lived under the rock somewhere. Or maybe you're just not that interested in wrecked exotics. Well, here is this Ultimate Compendium of wrecked luxury cars pictures on the web:


Light Abstacts
An addition to our "Painting with Light" article

Felipe Cretella sent us some of the recent work. Some trippy stuff there; no photoshop, no special lens, no double exposure, no camera toss.

(art by Felipe Cretella)

Dylan Rich also sent us some of his light creations:

The photo above was taken in Gulangyu island, China - an interesting place, full of really old British colonial buildings. Dylan writes: "At night when the island empties, you can wander the alley ways and hear the sound of piano wafting through the shuttered windows (the island is famous for piano schools and players)"

And finally - this is an awesome light enhancement of Skoda Fabia, by JogiART:
(click to enlarge)

(image credit: JogiArt)


Ski in the desert
"Forwarded by my brother" Department:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates... in the middle of the desert... is a self contained Ski Resort -


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Blogger WalkerTalker & Bronco610 said...

On the Dubai Ski Resort, the same company that built it are supposedly set to build another here in North Texas. The "Bearfire Ski Resort" will have an astroturf-type surface in place of real snow. According to a news report about it a while back on CNN, it's the same surface they used on this Dubai resort. I'm sure you can find the report on YouTube.


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