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Cina’s great Olympic debate

Cina’s great Olympic debate | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
The Chinese currently stand second in the Olympic medals table – in both gold and overall – but you would never know it from what’s going on in their media. Of course, there’s celebration of the co...
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The Marche is one of the 20 Regions of Italy. The Italian name Le Marche is the plural of marca, and literally means "the Marches", originally referring to the medieval March of Ancona and nearby marches of Camerino and Fermo.
The Marche are located in the Central area of the country, bordering Emilia-Romagna and the republic of San Marino to the north, Tuscany to the north-west, Umbria to the west, Abruzzo and Lazio to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Except for river valleys and the often very narrow coastal strip, the land is hilly. In the nineteenth century, a railway from Bologna to Brindisi linked the Marche along the coastline of the entire territory. Inland, the mountainous nature of the region, even today, allows little travel north and south, except by rough roads over the passes.

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Fantastic Cities: An Exquisite Architectural Coloring Book for Creative, Stressed-Out Adults

Fantastic Cities: An Exquisite Architectural Coloring Book for Creative, Stressed-Out Adults | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Canadian artist Steve McDonald is known for creating highly-detailed, bird's-eye view illustrations of cities, villages, and rural areas, which were the inspiration behind his first coloring book. Fantastic Cities is a unique achievement that combines aerial views of real cities and kaleidoscope-like architectural mandalas. Some of the featured cities that are available for imaginative coloring include Istanbul and Amsterdam, with exquisite locales from New York, Tokyo, London, Paris, and more. 
McDonald's creation is part of the adult coloring book trend that is successfully allowing adults to use their creativity and imagination in new, inspired ways. The nearly 60 complex scenes in this book provide for a meditative experience, which can help stressed-out individuals unwind after a rough day. This work of art can also offer a bonding experience for parents and their children, giving them the opportunity to explore this new world together. 
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Australia's Oldest Man Knits Adorable Sweaters to Save Oil-Covered Penguins

Australia's Oldest Man Knits Adorable Sweaters to Save Oil-Covered Penguins | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
109-year-old Alfred 'Alfie' Date, Australia's oldest man, has 80 years of knitting experience under his belt, which is why the nurses at his retirement home asked him for a highly specific, peculiar favor. Back in 2013, there was an oil spill that was negatively affecting the little penguins of Australia and New Zealand, a species with only 32,000 members in its colony on the Australian Phillip Island. 
After the devastating oil spill, the Victoria's Phillip Island Penguin Foundation began requesting knit jersey donations to ensure the survival of the penguins, since the jerseys prevent the penguins from ingesting toxins and keep water from getting into their sticky, oil-covered feathers, which causes them to freeze and be unable to hunt. Back in 2001, 96% of the 438 penguins affected in another oil spill were saved and rehabilitated using these sweaters. 
Alfie states that when the nurses asked him for this favor, he couldn't refuse, especially since he has trouble turning people…
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Striking Orange Staircase Visible from Outside of Modern Home

Striking Orange Staircase Visible from Outside of Modern Home | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
When you first glance at the Casa Blanca home in Lima, Peru, one thing immediately stands out. It has a striking orange staircase! Architect Martin Dulanto Sangalli designed this gorgeous, modern home with the bold structural feature visible from the outside.
The house has three levels - a basement, first floor, and terrace - with the spiral staircase connecting them all. Its bright hue has a smooth finish, and it effortlessly flows between the different stories. Decor-wise, the staircase's color is used as an accent that’s echoed throughout Casa Blanca. Furniture, finishings, and walls are mostly neutral but have bits of the orange sprinkled throughout. Though it might seem unconventional to match the interior decoration to steps, it really pays off and creates a stunning look.
Photography by Juan Solano
Martin Dulanto Sangalli website via [Contemporist]
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Polish Mother Captures Heartwarming Photos of Her Son and Their Three Adopted Dogs

Polish Mother Captures Heartwarming Photos of Her Son and Their Three Adopted Dogs | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Three years ago, Agnieszka Gulczyńska started photography as a way to capture the graceful movement of horses. When she became pregnant with her first child, Igor, she found that couldn't ride anymore, so instead, she ran after horses with her camera. Now two years old, Igor is Agnieszka's favorite model to shoot along with her three dogs, Vega, Pikey and Canon. After her son was born, they moved from the big city of Warsaw to the quiet countryside. Currently, they live in Kampinos.
Looking through Agnieszka's photos one can't help but smile at the beautiful, budding friendship between Igor and their dogs, which were all adopted. Though in many photos his back his turned, one can still feel the warmth Igor shows his sweet pets. "Looking at the relationship between my son and his dogs,"Agnieszka tells My Modern Met, "I realize that no interactive toy will ever replace the touch of a dog’s wet nose. They make a very good team, giving each other a sense of emotional safety and an ocean…
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More Fantastic Doodles of Characters Living in Skylines

More Fantastic Doodles of Characters Living in Skylines | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Illustrator Thomas Lamadieu looks at blank space and fill it in with imagination. The French artist, previously featured here and here, is back with more whimsical drawings of imaginary sky inhabitants. Lamadieu takes photos of the tops of buildings and transforms them with his own creative touches, turning the patches of sky into habitats for a host of fanciful creatures.
Lamadieu’s characters look like sailors, fortune tellers and wise, weathered gypsies. They peek through the tops of buildings and curl up in blank spaces as if the skyline is the most comfortable habitat on earth.
Perhaps Lamadieu’s art resonates because he tilts cityscape perspectives into surprising angles, helping us look at familiar sights in a new way. It’s interesting to note that the artist likes to keep his craft surprisingly low tech. He still turns to Microsoft Paint to create his drawings.






Thomas Lamadieu's website via [This is Colossal]
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Stray Dog Spontaneously Joins Swedish Team Competing in 430-Mile Amazonian Race

Stray Dog Spontaneously Joins Swedish Team Competing in 430-Mile Amazonian Race | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Right before a four-person Swedish team was scheduled to hike, kayak, and bike a grueling 430-mile endurance race through the Amazon rainforest, they sat down for a quick meal together. That's when teammate Mikael Lindnord noticed a tattered, miserable-looking stray dog. Feeling sympathy for the dog, he decided to give him one of his meatballs, figuring it would be the end of their exchange. 
The team must have made a fantastic impression on the stray because he continued to follow the adventure athletes as they made their way through mud and dangerous terrain. Even when they tried to get the loyal dog to stop for his own safety, he wouldn't listen and kept on going. During the kayaking portion of the race, their eager furry friend swam right beside them, prompting the team to invite him onto the kayak as their newest member. 
After all five of them crossed the finish line as the 12th top team in the world, the athletes decided to name the stray Arthur and to have him treated for a…
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Candid Photos Document the Extraordinary Life of Fishermen Out at Sea

Candid Photos Document the Extraordinary Life of Fishermen Out at Sea | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
When the economy took a downward turn in 2002 and photo assignments grew scarce, photographer Corey Arnold decided to return to his roots as a commercial fisherman, a job that he had pursued in 1995. Arnold packed his bags, headed north to Alaska, and landed a gig as a deckhand on a 43-foot cod jigger, which eventually led to a king crab job in the Bering Sea. For the next seven years, Arnold spent each icy winter aboard the vessel f/v Rollo hauling in crabs and other sea creatures. His two cameras, which he kept wrapped in Ziploc bags and duct tape on his bunk, served to document the extraordinary experience of working in one of the world's most dangerous professions.
Sleepless nights, freezing conditions, backbreaking labor, fierce storms, and roiling waves that crested up to forty feet were only some of the challenges that Arnold faced as a fisherman. Some of the best sights were lost to memory only, unable to be photographed because all hands were needed on deck during the most…
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Sculptor Hilariously Re-Imagines R2D2 With Body Parts from Other Superheroes

Sculptor Hilariously Re-Imagines R2D2 With Body Parts from Other Superheroes | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
The lovable, loyal droid R2D2 is arguably one of the most popular Star Wars characters. But the robot who pleasantly beeps coded messages and even displays a sense of humor always seems held back on screen because of its limited mobility. Sculptor Katuhisa Yamaguchi does away with that barrier by taking apart an R2D2 action figure, mixing it with pieces from other superheroes and reassembling it in humorous configurations.
The imaginative combinations result in action-packed scenes that Yamaguchi sets up and photographs. The supercharged droid is seen punching Stormtroopers, leaping through the air and flexing its muscles in menacing poses. By giving R2D2 more strength and mobility, fans of the Rebellion are left to imagine how the Star Wars saga would have played out differently if the droid had been able to get in on more action.







Katuhisa Yamaguchi's Twitter via [Lost at E Minor]
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Two Modern Japanese Homes Come Together Forming a Beautiful Archway

Two Modern Japanese Homes Come Together Forming a Beautiful Archway | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
At first glance, this building might look like a single structure, but it’s actually two separate residences. Architect Akio Nakasa designed them as halves of one whole. The buildings, despite being different in size and height, complement each other thanks to a central arch that lines up but doesn’t fully meet. Nakasa (of the firm Naf Architect & Design) created the subtle division for three generations of a family. One property is for a single grandmother while the other is for a couple and their child. Together, these buildings are called the Arch Wall House and located in Hachiouji, west of Tokyo.
The smaller of the structures is a single storey with open living and dining space. Its counterpart features two storeys and a double-height living room that forms the center of the house. “These buildings, while they are independent, stand face to face and side by side to share everyday life and space," Nakasa says. Entrances to both residences are accessible through the arch that…
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Graceful Humpback Whale Inverted to Look Like It’s Weightless

Graceful Humpback Whale Inverted to Look Like It’s Weightless | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
When you first look at this mesmerizing gif of a humpback whale, it might seem a slightly disorienting. The water’s edge, which you’d normally expect at the top of the frame, sits at the bottom. It makes the mammal appear as if it’s weightless, and that gravity doesn’t apply to this special creature. But stare at the gif long enough, and you’ll notice that the entire thing is simply upside down. The small change makes a world of difference.
This momentary confusion was posted by Reddit user TheNoodlyMessiah on the subbreddit called woahdude. Never heard of it? People post breathtaking images and videos that’ll make you scratch your head and maybe even utter, “woah.” This graceful whale is no exception, and it reminds us that skewing something (even just a little bit) can offer a new, fantastic point of view.

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17 Funny Animals Appear to Be Taking Photos with Cameras

17 Funny Animals Appear to Be Taking Photos with Cameras | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Watch out, photographers! Looks like someone is trying to take your job! Over the past few years we've seen a number of hilarious photos of animals looking as if they're about to take pictures. Rather than being the subject of a photo, they want to be the one snapping it. And we're not just talking about domestic animals here like cats, we're talking wild animals like bears and raccoons. Even cute critters like squirrels and chipmunks are getting in on the act. In fact, who could forget Russian photographer Vadim Trunov's hilarious captures of those adorable red squirrels?
Today we've put together a compilation of 17 animals, or groups of animals, who appear to be taking photos with a photographer's camera. Now, if only they could press the button and actually shoot. Wouldn't that take it to the next level!

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Elegant Trophy for Plants Inspired by the Japanese Art of Floral Arrangement

Elegant Trophy for Plants Inspired by the Japanese Art of Floral Arrangement | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
The term ikebana refers to the ancient Japanese art of arranging floral elements in harmonious compositions, and it’s the conceptual basis for the playful product known as Elkebana. Imagined by designer Fabio Milito and brought to life in Paula Studio, it’s a trophy for plant lovers. Two glass-blown tubes are mounted on a birch wood base and hold a variety of flowers, branches, bamboo, and more. You just need your imagination to bring Elkebana to life!
The design is reminiscent of hunting trophies, where an animal’s taxidermied head is proudly displayed on a similarly-shaped plaque. Elkebana transforms this idea by inviting people to instead make their own colorful creature and “horned friend.” Best of all, you can continuously change the floral arrangement and tailor it to your needs or room decor.
Elkebana is currently available to purchase through the online design retailer Crowdy House.
Elkebana website via [Inhabitat]
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Girl's Heartfelt Message to Her Astronaut Dad Can Be Seen from Space

Girl's Heartfelt Message to Her Astronaut Dad Can Be Seen from Space | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
As the daughter of an astronaut, 13-year-old Stephanie is used to her father being away on missions in space, but she still misses him every day that he's gone. Automaker Hyundai recently tried to help bridge the distance between Stephanie in Houston and the International Space Station where her dad works by creating a heartfelt message visible from 200 miles away. The results, which are documented in a touching video by Innocean Worldwide, show how technology was able to bring father and daughter closer together.
Stephanie wrote a special message for her dad all the way up in space. After extensive planning and coordination, a fleet of 11 Hyundai Genesises drove in sync across the Delamar Dry Lake in Nevada in order to make those words larger than life. Copying the 13-year-old's handwriting, the drivers zoomed across the desert to etch letter lines measuring 98 feet wide. The entire message spanned more than 59,000,000 square feet across, breaking the Guinness World Record for…
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Clever Pictogram Movie Posters Summarize an Entire Movie in Two Frames

Clever Pictogram Movie Posters Summarize an Entire Movie in Two Frames | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Sweden-based graphic designer Viktor Hertz (of pictogram movie posters and honest logos) has just released his latest project on Kickstarter. The two-frame pictogram movie poster series takes some of your favorite films, like Star Wars, Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction, and turns them into clever before and after-style illustrations. "Think of it as an extremely short film, summarizing the story and visualizing the changes the characters go through," he states. The project started off as a secret pictogram poster project where he invited the public to help him in the creative process. We caught up with Viktor to ask him more about this fun project including how much his backers helped him and what we can expect from him next.
If you enjoy this series, make sure to head on over to Kickstarter to support this project. It will only be funded if it reaches its goal by May 21.

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LEGO Pays Homage to “Star Wars” Movie Posters Using Minifigs and Bricks

LEGO Pays Homage to “Star Wars” Movie Posters Using Minifigs and Bricks | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Like many Star Wars fans, LEGO is eagerly anticipating the upcoming film, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. It’s scheduled to release in theaters on December 18, 2015, and the toy company is celebrating with a delightful homage. They recreated the first six Star Wars movie posters using their iconic minifigures and LEGO bricks.
Characters like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Obi Wan Kenobi are reimagined as blocky figures with rounded faces and dotted eyes. Even though there aren’t a ton of facial details, LEGO masterfully imitates expressions of their real-life counterparts. Han Solo’s charming smirk doesn’t go missing on the updated Episode IV movie poster. Look closely, and you'll also see that TIE Fighters, the Millennium Falcon, and other vehicles are built with the snap-together blocks. It's a clever way to combine two beloved parts of pop culture.
LEGO created these designs for the 2015 Star Wars Celebration event that is taking place in Anaheim, California through…
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New in the Shop: Hyperrealistic Still Life Paintings

New in the Shop: Hyperrealistic Still Life Paintings | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
We have an exciting new addition to our online art store My Modern Shop! Artist Patrick Kramer creates hyperrealistic paintings of everyday life, from flowers and landscapes to women floating in mid-air. The 33-year-old Utah-based artist spends countless hours meticulously painting each of his pieces. In fact, his works are so realistic you might be fooled into thinking you're looking at a photograph.
We'll be selling eight of his works on My Modern Shop featuring three main subjects - fish, paint brushes and cameras.
In one of our favorite pieces, called Existential Confrontation, a goldfish swimming in a glass bowl comes face to face with his cracker counterpart. This playful work is just one of many lighthearted works by the artist. Make sure to visit his website to see more of his stunning pieces or visit My Modern Shop to pick one up as either a canvas or a print.
Creation
Focus
Frustration

Inverted Convergence
Living on the Edge
Perseverance

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Jamaican Photographer Captures the Beauty and Innocence of Childhood

Jamaican Photographer Captures the Beauty and Innocence of Childhood | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Adrian McDonald is a wedding photographer by trade who is used to capturing important moments in a couple's life. Recently, however, he's gotten new-found fame for his beautifully innocent photos of his neighborhood children. While in one photo a young boy looks completely caught in the moment playing with his toy dinosaurs, in another a boy smiles in awe of a bubble that he's just created in mid-air. McDonald came across his new subjects not far from where he lives, the children are actually part of a large family that lives right next door to him in the rural Jamaican parish of Westmoreland.
Five months ago, McDonald was taking photos of plants and animals outside his home when he heard the neighbors' kids playing on a swing in their backyard. The children seemed to be living in their own world, laughing and playing in total bliss. With their parents' permission, McDonald started photographing them at play. When asked what he hopes others get out of the photos, he told The…
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Heartwarming Photos of Families of Bears Living in Finland

Heartwarming Photos of Families of Bears Living in Finland | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
53-year-old photographer Dionys Moser has captured these adorable photos of brown bear cubs with their mothers in a Finland forest. Moser arranges a photography tour of the taiga forest in Finland in late June and early July, when the mother bears come out with their young after a long winter hibernation. The area along the Finnish-Russian border is considered one of the largest nature reserves in Europe. About 1,800 bears along with birds, reindeer, and wolves live there. The photography trip can result in some once-in-a-lifetime shots like these where young bear cubs are seen playing with one another or hanging out with their protective mother.
Moser started his tours seven years ago. There is always a ranger accompanying photographers on their adventure. When they reach one of the designated places to hide, they must stay there from 5pm to 7am, waiting for bears to pass right in front of them. "Sometimes the bears come quite close to you, especially the young cubs when they're…
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Narita Airport Welcomes 2020 Olympics by Replacing Moving Walkways with Indoor Track

Narita Airport Welcomes 2020 Olympics by Replacing Moving Walkways with Indoor Track | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
For many of us, the year 2020 is probably considered the distant future, but the Narita International Airport has already welcomed it. The 2020 Olympics is set to be held in Tokyo, and Terminal 3 in the airport has been made over to celebrate. Its space is a nod to the Games and now resembles an indoor running track.
Japanese creative agency PARTY worked on the redesign for Terminal 3, and they replaced moving walkways and lighted signs with an eye-catching color-coded track. It’s a clever idea to help travelers with wayfinding through the airport. Blue lanes guide people towards the departing areas while the red lanes lead to arrivals. In addition, there are printed symbols and arrows that direct travelers to the baggage claim, transportation, and other locations.
Muji, a popular Japanese retailer, provided the furniture design for the terminal. Like the track, couches and chairs are minimalist as they fit with the overall color scheme.
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Revealing Photos of Skylines and Apartment Windows Capture Solitude of City Life

Revealing Photos of Skylines and Apartment Windows Capture Solitude of City Life | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Living among millions of other people and bumping shoulders on overflowing sidewalks doesn’t always equate to a sense of community. Ironically, the most thriving metropolis can create the strongest feelings of isolation. French photographer and graphic artist Floriane de Lassee offers an understanding perspective by capturing the loneliness and solitude of life in a big city. Her photo series Inside Views is a powerful ode to the individual that debunks the myth of a glamorous, urban existence. She combines magnificent landscapes of glowing lights and towering skyscrapers with intimate, close-up views of people at home.
The images give us a unique view into people’s windows and apartments, which helps us dissect the surging masses to appreciate individual struggles. The allure of glittering skylines in the distance is juxtaposed with gentrified structures in the foreground. Many of the images resemble architectural renderings, where human figures appear transparent against the solid…
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Curiously Cute Pine Martens in Algonquin Park, Canada

Curiously Cute Pine Martens in Algonquin Park, Canada | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Wildlife photographer Daniel Cadieux recently caught these extremely adorable photos of pine martens in Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada. Like the ermine, this slender-bodied weasel has one curiously cute face. Cadieux was able to spot three of them near suet feeders that were put up in a few spots for the birds in the park. Taking photos of them is a waiting game but eventually the pine martens show up to feed on the suet. When asked what their personalities are like, Cadieux said, "They are very curious and cat-like, at least in the park where they are more used to people than in more remote areas. They also seem to be be quite sly, smart, and, at times, playful. They are like a combination of a cat, a fox, and a squirrel."
Pine martens (or American martens) are born blind and only open their eyes to the world when they're around six weeks old. They live in woodlands and forests. Though accomplished climbers, in the winter they burrow into tree roots to protect themselves from the…
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All-Terrain “Nimbus” E-Car Concept is Eco-Friendly with On-Board Wi-Fi

All-Terrain “Nimbus” E-Car Concept is Eco-Friendly with On-Board Wi-Fi | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Those looking for an all-terrain vehicle but concerned about their environmental impact will appreciate the Nimbus e-Car. The concept, created by artist and designer Eduardo Galvani, is an electric minibus that seats up to five. It features a full panoramic glass windshield and offers fantastic views of the outdoor scenery. Plus, the on-demand four-wheel drive means motorists aren’t limited to terrain.
The rounded Nimbus runs on a 130Kw electrical engine lithium-ion battery that works with the car’s micro combustion generator. Rooftop solar photovoltaic cells also generate power for the vehicle, and it conserves kinetic energy with a regenerative brake mechanism.
Strong-but-lightweight materials like carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminum make up the body of the car. Besides being environmentally conscious, the Nimbus packs some must-have technology. There’s an on-board Wi-Fi hub with Bluetooth, USB ports, and a power outlet. A seven-inch tablet sits in the center console and provides…
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Powerful Photos of Majestic African Elephants Highlight Their Familial Bond

Powerful Photos of Majestic African Elephants Highlight Their Familial Bond | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Photographer Peter Delaney captures majestic African elephants in a series of gorgeous and candid images. The South African transplant catches the creatures trotting along the plains, dusting themselves, and drinking water from a shallow pond. With a cloudless sky and little shade, you get a sense of just how hot it is on the savanna. Delaney’s photos also showcase a heart-warming familial bond between the gentle giants as they touch trunks and move together in large groups.
A 2001 trip to Africa began a new chapter in the photographer’s life. Overwhelmed by the continent's size, Delaney traveled to the forest of Bwindi, the peaks of Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, as well as the shores of Lake Malawi. And for the past five years, he’s honed his skills as a fine art photographer to translate that passion into images like these. “My wish,” Delaney writes, “is to transport the viewer, inspire and to ignite a passion for all life and environs on our wonderful planet.”
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Amazingly Intricate Laser-Cut Wood Relief Sculptures

Amazingly Intricate Laser-Cut Wood Relief Sculptures | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Oakland-based artist Gabriel Schama creates incredibly intricate, densely layered wood relief sculptures using thin, laser-cut pieces of mahogany plywood. He starts with a vector illustration that is sent to a laser cutter. Lasers carve designs into 1/8-inch sheets of plywood, which are then glued together and varnished. The result is a magnificently textured, mandala-like work of art comprised of ornate layers that twist, overlap, and intersect spectacularly.
The artist was able to create these geometric sculptures thanks to a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that gave him the funds necessary to purchase his laser cutter, fondly nicknamed "Elsie." Schama says, "I have long been possessed with a desire to make my work bigger and more intricate at the same time. . . This project is not only the next step forward stylistically, but a means to achieve far more daring and exciting projects."
To purchase an original piece, check out Schama's online shop.
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Beautiful Scratchboard Portraits of Animals (Every Line is a Scratch)

Beautiful Scratchboard Portraits of Animals (Every Line is a Scratch) | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
To create these breathtaking portraits of animals, artist Allan Ace Adams uses a scalpel and an x-acto knife to scratch away a top layer of black ink to reveal the white clay underneath. Called scratchboard art, it's a time-consuming process that takes commitment and a fine level of detail. One piece can take hundreds of hours to complete due to the many layers of tiny scratches that have to b be made. Every line must be created by hand and there is no room for mistakes.
A scratchboard starts off as just a hardwood board, which is then coated with a thin layer of porcelain clay. The clay is coated with a think layer of black ink and the artist scratches the black ink to reveal the white clay. "I explain to people that I'm scratching in the highlights instead of the 'darks' like you would with a graphite drawing," wrote Allan Ace Adams on his website. "Shades of gray can be achieved by how much ink is removed or by applying an ink wash. The ink wash can be scratched back though to…
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