Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
Just to be clear, what you're looking at right there is an actual 1953 Volkswagen Beetle that's been morphed into a perfect sphere. (!!!)
For the same reason I get a kick out of this bright pink lake in Senegal or these colorfully striped mountains in China, the amazing colors and abstract geometric shapes of these aerial photos of
Along with egg nog and fruitcake, cranberries are amoung the most divisive holiday foodstuffs. Those who like 'em like 'em, and those who don't will likely not change their mind.
But nobody not nobody won't dig on this mesmerizing video of professional wakeboarders Ben Horan and Brian Grubb being pulled through the flooded bogs of Wisconsin, filmed in all its high-speed, colorful wavemaking, undulating goodness.
A crew from RedBull visited "[traveled] to Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin, for one of the most aesthetically pleasing wakeskating sessions you will ever see. Watch what happens when some of the world's best wakeskaters take
Many squids, octopuses, and other mollusks (as well as some fish, amphibians, and reptiles) have chromatophores, specialized cells containing pigmentsthat can change the color of the skin. These cells respond to electrical impulses from the muscles, which means they can also respond to specific frequencies in the audible spectrum, namely 100 hz, or the bass frequencies of musical instruments.
Which means...a squid's chromatophores will react and change color with the beat of some deep, grimey beats! To see it in action, check out this amazing video:
NYC-based artist Thomas Doyle creates beautiful miniature sculptures teetering on the brink of disaster. "The pieces in Doyle's 1:43 scale series feature demolished, buried and over-the-edge houses, pristine green landscapes, and tiny human figures. Domestic yet catastrophic, these intricate miniature worlds reminds us the power of nature and how small we really are."
Now this is one cool tent. Part hammock and part tent, the Tentsile is suspended in the air by anchoring it high up to three trees (and one anchor in the ground). While it seemed a little outlandish to me at first, this design makes total sense for people camping in places with uneven or muddy ground. Or for people that decide to camp above viper pits too I suppose.
A bunch of brave souls went to Corona Arch in Moab, Utah and rigged up, presumably, the world's largest rope swing. The rope was anchored to the rock in five different places using some seriously heavy duty gear. The swing itself is 150 ft, and the intial free fall 130 ft. And the best part: they captured everything with stunning quality in this beautiful video.
Click play to watch this amazing footage, and then be sure to check out the equally interesting making of below:
As some of you may know, I live in the concrete jungle of New York. Honestly, it can be overwhelming sometimes. I miss nature, hiking, and all things rustic. Well, I just discovered a Tumblr blog that will help cure those melancholy nostalgic states: Cabin Porn. That's right…nothing but photo after beautiful photo of fantasy-inducing cabins. Please try not to drool on your keyboard...
Artist Tim Knowles has created a series called, "Tree Drawings", in which he connects pens and brushes to the branches of trees, allowing their natural sway in movement in the wind to create the design.
The results are amazing, and quite surprising. Check them out:
"A series of drawings produced using drawing implements attached to the tips of tree branches, the wind’s effects on the tree, recorded on paper. Like signatures each drawing reveals the different qualities and characteristics of each tree."
Reminds me a bit of the bicycle drawing machine.
Tree Drawings [Tim Knowles]