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Eerie but Uplifting Photos Show the Last House Standing

Eerie but Uplifting Photos Show the Last House Standing | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Photographer Ben Marcin has created an interesting series that can only be described as eerie but uplifting. Called Last House Standing, it shows houses on th…
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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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Brilliant Polished Meteorite Offers a Fascinating Look at the Making of Earth

Brilliant Polished Meteorite Offers a Fascinating Look at the Making of Earth | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
When picturing a meteorite, we generally think of it as something that’s jagged with a rough texture. Reddit user Isai76, however, recently shared something unexpected - a polished meteorite! It was posted in the subreddit called Damnthatsinteresting, a place that welcomes the rare and unusual. The shiny rock hardly looks like a meteorite at all, and it features brilliant metallic bits underneath a glass-like surface.
In addition to the photo, fellow Redditor fewthe3rd explained what makes this polished piece so special. It’s technically a pallasitic meteorite, and the green-yellow transparent minerals are called olivine, which composes most of the upper mantle of the Earth. The metallic parts are an iron-nickel alloy.
Here’s where it gets interesting. The mixture of the iron-nickel alloy and olivine originated from a small protoplanet out of the dawn of the Solar System. It melted from its original material of chondrite and separated into iron alloy and silicate phases (known as core…
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Brilliant Nighttime Photos of Los Angeles Shot from a Helicopter

Brilliant Nighttime Photos of Los Angeles Shot from a Helicopter | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Photographer Vincent Laforet flies high over the city of Los Angeles and turns his airborne perspective into captivating nighttime shots of the city. After the sun has gone down, Laforet goes up in a helicopter and uses his expertise to capture perfectly exposed frames that showcase LA’s vibrant nightlife. The crystal-clear images, pastel colors and twinkling lights make Los Angeles look like a picturesque miniature model rather than the life-size city in all its glory. From other perspectives, the highways blur out until the glowing infrastructure simply looks like a computer switchboard.
Laforet has used similar techniques to photograph other famous cities, but he says Los Angeles is by far the most difficult to frame. That’s because it’s a sprawling metropolis comprised of a chaotic grid of highways and rambling neighborhood boundaries. “From the air, it appears to never truly really end except for the part that lines the edge of the Pacific Ocean,” he says. “I have to say though,…
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Fairytale-like Photos of Russian Models Posing with a Real Bear

Fairytale-like Photos of Russian Models Posing with a Real Bear | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Russian photographer Olga Barantseva captured these incredible shots of beautiful models posing with a giant brown bear in a snowy forest near Moscow. The images look straight out of a fairytale, showing a softer side to the big predator. As part of an anti-hunting campaign, the extraordinary photos are meant to "show the natural harmony between humans and bears," according to Barantseva.
The bear, named Stepan, weighs more than 1,400 pounds and stands at a height of over 7 feet, but he is completely docile and willing to pose with his human collaborators. Stepan was rescued from hunters as a cub by his owner, professional circus trainer Yury Panteleenko. The bear was raised to be people-friendly, and has played roles in over 20 Russian films. For this shoot, Stepan was coaxed into different poses by his trainer with the help of mozzarella and sweet cookies, two of his favorites treats.

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Exquisite Light Boxes Made With Melted Gummy Bears Look Like Stained Glass

Exquisite Light Boxes Made With Melted Gummy Bears Look Like Stained Glass | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
These colorful works by Spanish architects Marta Alonso Yebra and Imanol Calderón Elósegui will fool you. At first glance, they might look like stained glass, but they’re actually melted gummy bears. The decorative wall hangings are called “light boxes,” and they delight us with their gorgeous hues and exquisite marbling. Plus, Yebra and Elósegui’s handiwork has a faint fruity smell to it.
Yerba first developed the unusual technique as an art student. She wanted to work with glass, but it was too expensive, and melting plastic produced too many harmful effects. The inspiration for using gummy bears happened as she was snacking on some. Yerba told Wired, “I realized, wait: This is very beautiful, and it’s similar to plastic, but we can eat it. I was sure if I melted it, it wouldn’t be toxic.”
Each light box uses about two pounds of candy, or six standard bags of Haribo candy (her brand of choice). The bears are melted and form a gelatinous paint, and it’s then swirled and applied on…
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Incredibly Steep Bridge in Japan Looks Like a Thrilling Roller Coaster for Drivers

Incredibly Steep Bridge in Japan Looks Like a Thrilling Roller Coaster for Drivers | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
The Eshima Ohashi bridge is the largest rigid-frame bridge in Japan and the third largest in the world, but its uniqueness does not stop there. This incredible structure appears to have an extraordinarily steep incline on both sides, making it look more like a roller coaster that you can enjoy from the seat of your car.
The astounding bridge connects the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato, which rises above Lake Nakaumi. Since many boats utilize the lake for transportation, the architects decided to make it lofty enough for ships to easily pass underneath. The bridge reaches a tremendous height of 44 meters, with a 5.1% and 6.1% incline on each side. 

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Charming Newborn Photos Taken with Dad are Created Without Photoshop

Charming Newborn Photos Taken with Dad are Created Without Photoshop | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Polish parents Ania Waluda and Michal Zawer are both photographers. So, when it came to newborn photos of their daughter Emilia, they decided to get creative. They captured these whimsical images featuring Zawer and his little girl, and it appears as though she’s magically floating in mid-air. This isn’t the work of photo manipulation, either. The charming pictures were all produced without the use of Photoshop.
So, how’d they do it? It’s all about vantage point. The couple laid baby Emilia on a mattress with her father and various small props. Waluda then snapped the photos from above (taking breaks when their daughter fell asleep). They did a great job of creating the illusion - the white edge of the mattress resembles a floor’s baseboard while the cushion looks like a piece of textured drywall.
"The main idea behind this photo shoot was our daughter's safety," the parents explained to The Huffington Post, "We didn't want to use any extraordinary props." Their project yielded some…
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Breathtaking Photos of the Night Sky Capture the Beauty of the Cosmos

Breathtaking Photos of the Night Sky Capture the Beauty of the Cosmos | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Finnish photographer Mikko Lagerstedt captures breathtakingly beautiful photos of the night sky shining over magnificent landscapes. Dazzling stars, glimpses of the Milky Way, and otherworldly auroras can be seen with startling clarity in his gorgeous images. Each shot is an extraordinary reflection of the universe's splendor unveiled for those who seek adventure when darkness falls.
"The weather, timing and lunar phases make it difficult to predict a good astrophotography day—that gives it a challenging twist," Lagerstedt told Instagram Blog. "There is a sense of mystery every time I take a long-exposure, and you can't know how the picture will turn out. It is one of the key things that inspires me to capture night photographs."
Amazingly, Lagerstedt is completely self-taught. He's only been photographing since 2008, when he was struck by a moment of inspiration while driving to a relative's cabin one summer day. According to him, "After a rainy day, the sun started shining, and the…
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3D-Printed Nests Bring Birds Back Into Cities

3D-Printed Nests Bring Birds Back Into Cities | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
A team of architects and designers have come together to explore how 3D printing technology can help our flying friends. Printednest aims to bring birds back into cities with its 3D-printed bird feeders. As 3D Print states, "Designed to adhere to the smooth, exterior surfaces of urban structures from apartment buildings to office buildings, these 8” tall objects are the result of an ambitious urban revival program. At the heart of the program is a concern for dwindling bird populations in urban areas, no doubt due to a range of causes from air pollution to the lack of available physical supports and material for nests."
The main body consists of an egg shaped container while deer antler-shaped stems protrude out of it, acting as a perch. The bird feeder can be attached to a building or home window using 2-sided adhesive dual lock tape. The project is open source, which means users can download the designs and 3D print them for free. Or, if you prefer, you can buy a nest on the…
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Inspiring Special Needs Children Are Photographed as Empowered Superheroes

Inspiring Special Needs Children Are Photographed as Empowered Superheroes | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
When Apollo Bergeron was diagnosed with a rare heart defect, he underwent two heart surgeries and was left with a feeding tube in his stomach. Despite his physical limitations, his mom Renee did not want her youngest son to view himself as less than other children, so she decided to dress him up as a superhero. 
Since the compassionate mom is also a professional photographer, she captured various encouraging snapshots of her son as a superhero and was then inspired to keep going with this theme. "I am a professional photographer, so when I saw how much he loved the photos, I decided to start doing this for other families of children with special needs," Renee told The Stir. "I offer these sessions free of charge because I want other children to get the same joy out of photos of themselves as Apollo did."
This initial photoshoot resulted in "The Superhero Project," which is a photo series of special needs children as powerful, strong superheroes. From this experience, the mom of 14…
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Beautifully Vivid Portraits from the Early Days of Color Photography in 1913

Beautifully Vivid Portraits from the Early Days of Color Photography in 1913 | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Electrical engineer Mervyn O'Gorman captured these beautifully vibrant photos of his daughter Christina at Lulworth Cove in Dorset, England in 1913. The century-old photos depict Christina wearing vivid red clothes, the saturated hues standing out in sharp contrast to the muted tones of the background. Long exposure times and wider apertures create a shallow depth of field, giving the images a soft, dreamlike quality. Timeless in appearance, the gorgeous shots look like they could've been captured during any era, from the days before World War I to this contemporary age.
O'Gorman achieved the lovely colors through the Autochrome Lumière process, a technique that used glass plates coated in potato starches to filter pictures with dye. His remaining images are regularly featured in exhibitions of early color photos from over a century ago. Although O'Gorman passed away in 1958, little was recorded about his daughter Christina's life aside from this collection of portraits.
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Square-Shapped Hairstyle is the Latest Trend for Dogs in Taiwan

Square-Shapped Hairstyle is the Latest Trend for Dogs in Taiwan | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
A Taiwanese pet grooming salon has taken dog hairstyles to a whole new level. In order to make their furry friends stand out on social media, eager pet owners collaborated with pet groomers to give their dogs impeccable square-shaped haircuts. It definitely takes a certain breed of dog to successfully pull off this look, especially since the pup would need to have long facial hair for this shapely style. It certainly is an eye-catching trend!

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Father and Daughter Find Adorable Baby Foxes in Their Backyard

Father and Daughter Find Adorable Baby Foxes in Their Backyard | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
A New Jersey homeowner was fortunate enough to find a delightfully cute surprise in his backyard—a litter of baby foxes! Philip Wang and his daughter Alice discovered the little kits on their 7-acre property in Princeton, NJ. The pair photographed the adorable foxes as they dozed together, played with each other, explored their surroundings, and even turned their curious eyes upon the camera.
"I see red foxes a few times a year, so I know we have foxes around," Philip told Philly.com, "but last week I heard like a soft 'meowing' like a cat near a shed. And then I saw that they were very young foxes and started taking their pictures everyday. And they are very, very cute."
Luckily, Mama Fox came back later with dinner, making sure that her babies were safe and well-fed.
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The Beauty and Grandeur of Opera Houses Around the World

The Beauty and Grandeur of Opera Houses Around the World | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
For centuries, opera houses have stood as the symbol of a nation's wealth and grandeur. David Leventi celebrates these cultural landmarks by photographing the interiors of world-famous opera houses around the globe, capturing the spectacular architecture and ornate decor of vast halls in Budapest, Paris, Buenos Aires, and more.
Alternating between the vantage point of a singer and the perspective of an audience member, Leventi presents a two-fold picture of the opera experience in stunning, large-format detail. From center stage, stars gaze out at the endlessly extending rows of seats underneath magnificently elaborate ceilings. On the flip side, the audience is treated to the beautiful sights and sounds of talented singers standing beneath velvet red curtains.
"The project is in remembrance of my grandfather Anton Gutman, a cantor trained right after World War II by Helge Rosvaenge, a famous Danish operatic tenor who sang regularly with the State Operas in Berlin and Vienna," says…
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Tens of Thousands of Nude Bodies Form a Floating Feather

Tens of Thousands of Nude Bodies Form a Floating Feather | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
All is not what it seems in this fascinating new work by artist Angelo Musco. Called P1 (Aves), at first glance it looks like a digital photo of a floating feather but upon closer inspection you'll notice that the feather is made up of tens of thousands of nude bodies. Musco created this image by first photographing dozens of live models in pre-planned poses. Working in Photoshop, he then weaved each individual figure with the other, meticulously adjusting for tone and shadow.
As he states, "In the Aves series, the images are minimal and restrained on the surface but complex, poetic and compelling just below the surface. The images are presented lightly floating on the air or gently falling downward, a frozen dance, a silent musical bridge, an ongoing paradox of lightness. "
You can see a video of this incredible work, here. P1 is on view in the Mayfair Exhibition at Lyon Wier Gallery in New York from now through May 23.
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Mother's Day Gift Idea: My Modern Shop Art Prints for 25% Off

Mother's Day Gift Idea: My Modern Shop Art Prints for 25% Off | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Still looking for that perfect gift for Mother's Day? We're here to help. From now till May 10th, buy an art print or canvas at My Modern Shop and enter THANKSMOM in the promo code section to receive 25% off your entire order. My Modern Shop is a curated art store that sells only works featured on My Modern Met. From Matt Molloy's surreal skies to Andrea Minin's graphic whales, you'll find a diverse set of art there. Happy Shopping!
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Photographer Spends 10 Years Documenting a Single Alleyway in Norway

Photographer Spends 10 Years Documenting a Single Alleyway in Norway | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
For the past decade, Norwegian photographer Lars Anderson has documented one particular alleyway in the city of Tromsø, Norway for a project titled In the Alley. Measuring 100 feet in length, the narrow, graffiti-filled passageway connects two streets. According to Anderson, few people stop and linger here, save for those who put up posters advertising cultural events on the walls, and those who use the alley as a place to urinate after a busy Saturday night.
The alley is a seemingly mundane part of the urban scene, yet it's described by the photographer as "obscure, dark and bizarrely beautiful." Ten years of shooting the alley has given Andersen an appreciation for the space and the people who navigate it. He says, "Every day the alley itself is evolving. People are continuously moving through, leaving their imprint. A decade of photographing it has proved just that."
The project has also has forced Andersen to grow as a street photographer. "I’ve gone from shyly taking pictures of…
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Hikaru Cho Merges Humans with Technology Through Hyperrealistic Bodypainting

Hikaru Cho Merges Humans with Technology Through Hyperrealistic Bodypainting | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho is back again with more captivating makeup transformations. This time, the exceptionally talented artist used her expert makeup skills to create hyperrealistic illusions of floating dismembered heads and altered human faces.
The designs were commissioned by Samsung for the launch of their Galaxy S6 phones, so all of the works of art were inspired by this technology. The creations have a high-tech aspect to them, combining parts of the human body with the characteristics of the newest electronics.
The floating heads are meant to represent the phone's wireless charging capabilities, showing what a model would look like if she were being recharged. Hikaru also used her own face as a canvas when she painted copies of her eyes further down her cheeks, mimicking the downward swiping motion used on modern cellphones. 

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Brandy The Pug is an Award-Winning Surfer and Snowboarder

Brandy The Pug is an Award-Winning Surfer and Snowboarder | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Brandy The Pug may be over six-years-old, but she is still going strong. Not only has Brandy won a 1st and 2nd place medal in doggy surfing competitions, she has also recently taken up snowboarding. This outgoing pug's thrilling journey is truly an inspiration to both dogs and humans alike. 
Jonny Dorman, Brandy's owner, enjoys filming and photographing his pug's adventures for Instagram and YouTube audiences. On her social media accounts, you can clearly see that Brandy is an amazing pug with a daringly unique lifestyle. 







Brandy The Pug's Instagram Brandy The Pug's YouTube Jonny Dorman's YouTube
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Stunning Drone Photos Capture World Landmarks From a Bird's-Eye-View

Stunning Drone Photos Capture World Landmarks From a Bird's-Eye-View | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple captures the world from a bird’s-eye-view in his gorgeous series titled Air. We’ve recently admired Chapple’s eye-opening images of the coldest city in the world. Here, in warmer climates, he uses drone technology to snap stunning pictures high in the sky. Architectural accomplishments like the Taj Mahal, Lotus Temple, and Saint Petersburg’s Hermitage Pavilion are all featured, along with some lesser-known locales. They’re bathed in a glowing, soft light and cover an incredible distance.
Chapple was interested in consumer drones as soon as they hit the market. He bought one, learned how to fly it, and then started to travel the globe. These photographs were taken before drone photography was illegal or otherwise restricted. "There was a window of about 18 months where it was possible to fly these things anywhere and people were excited to see it. I’m glad I made use of that time," Chapple explained to Business Insider.
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Behind the Lens: Surreal Photographer Logan Zillmer Explores the Mysterious

Behind the Lens: Surreal Photographer Logan Zillmer Explores the Mysterious | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
With images shrouded in mystery, Logan Zillmer's work will leave you wondering how the story will unfold. The minimal landscape of his home in the midwest provides the perfect backdrop for his surreal photos. His journey into photography started in high school shooting film, but as an adult he needed a creative outlet to escape the drudgery of the 9 to 5 job, so his interest in photography turned conceptual. On a whim he turned to a 365 day project taking one photo a day for one year. Throughout the project his love for the art grew until he quit his job to pursue photography as a career. Inspired by his unique images, we asked Logan to tell us more about his creative process.
Tell us about how you became interested in photography?
I became really interested in photography in high school. I loved shooting film and spending time in the dark room. I was a very active kid with a tiny attention span, and photography was the first endeavor I took on that really required patience. It was…
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Driveable LEGO Hotrod Built from 500,000 Pieces and Runs Entirely on Air

Driveable LEGO Hotrod Built from 500,000 Pieces and Runs Entirely on Air | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
This impressive-looking, life-sized LEGO-built hotrod isn’t just for show - it really works! A Melbourne-based entrepreneur named Steve Sammartino and a 20-year-old Romania-based technology genius named Raul Oaida came up with the idea after meeting on the Internet. They call it the Super Awesome Micro Project (SAMP), and the entire engine is made from LEGOs and runs on air. Its body is made almost entirely out of the plastic bricks, too.
SAMP was crowdfunded, but not through sites like Indiegogo or Kickstarter. Instead, Sammartino sent a tweet asking for support. It read, “Anyone interested in investing $500-$1000 in a project which is awesome & a world first tweet me. Need about 20 participants…” Forty Australian patrons ended up backing the idea.
The vehicle used more than 500,000 LEGO pieces for construction. It features four orbital engines with a total of 256 pistons, but it isn't a car you’d race. The top speed is only about 20 miles per hour, because Sammartino and Oaida were…
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Fruits and Veggies Meticulously Arranged to Form Colorful Gradients

Fruits and Veggies Meticulously Arranged to Form Colorful Gradients | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
If you enjoy food and organization, then you’ll love photographer Brittany Wright. Her Instagram account, @wrightkitchen, is full of visually-pleasing images of vibrantly-hued food that’s meticulously arranged. Fruits, vegetables, and even burnt toast look appetizing as they’re organized according to color and shape. This creates a beautiful gradient effect that effortlessly moves our eye through her compositions. It also highlights just how much variation there is in something like a tomato or pepper.
Wright says that her life goal is to teach herself how to cook everything and anything. She sees food as an art, which is evident through her creative photos. Sometimes, she’ll mix halved pieces with whole ones, or different-yet-similar colored fruits and vegetables. It’s as if she’s painting with food, and the results are dazzling, fresh works that just might make you hungry.
Brittany Wright website and Instagram via [Mashable]
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Stunning Sea Life Captured by the University of Miami's 2015 Underwater Photo Contest Winners

Stunning Sea Life Captured by the University of Miami's 2015 Underwater Photo Contest Winners | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
The winners of the 2015 Underwater Photography Contest hosted by the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science have just been announced! Since the contest's inception in 2005, each year the school invites amateur photographers from around the world to submit their best underwater images in the categories macro, fish or marine animal portraiture, wide angle, and student submissions.
This year, Andrey Shpatak took home the top prize out of over 500 entries for his stunning capture of a Japanese War Bonnet in Rudnaya Bay. The spectacular-looking fish, whose tendril-like cirri are said to resemble the feathers in an Indian Chieftain’s war bonnet, stares unblinkingly forward in this magnificent images.
Check out the other award-winning photos below!
Above: Best Overall
Andrey Shpatak
Japanese War Bonnet (Chirolophis japonicas), Japan Sea, Rudnaya Bay


Macro 1st Place
Tony Barros
Crinoid Shrimp (Periclimenes amboinensis), Siquijor Island, Dumaguete,…
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Mystical Photos of Illuminated Forests in the UK by Ellie Davies

Mystical Photos of Illuminated Forests in the UK by Ellie Davies | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Ellie Davies enchants us with surreal portraits of forests that glow with mystical fairy lights and ominous waves of mist.  The London-based abstract photographer creates her captivating shots in natural areas throughout the UK. With the woods as her canvas, fireflies illuminate desolate clearings, and cascading flurries of glitter dust dramatically lit patches of trees.
Davies says she likes to explore images that juxtapose human and natural elements, calling attention to the sharp divide between personal identity and interconnectivity. She does this by positioning out-of-place manmade elements — such as paint, glitter or smoke — within the context of wild landscapes.
“Forests are potent symbols in folklore, fairy tale and myth, places of enchantment and magic as well as of danger and mystery.  In more recent history they have come to be associated with psychological states relating to the unconscious,” the artist says. “Against this backdrop, my work explores the ways in which…
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Incredible Little Girl with No Feet Becomes Best Friends with Paw-Less Puppy

Incredible Little Girl with No Feet Becomes Best Friends with Paw-Less Puppy | Le It e Amo ✪ | Scoop.it
Three-year-old Sapphyre Johnson was born with no toes or fingers due to a unique birth defect. Because of this, she has been a regular patient at Shriners Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina since she was an infant. When she was only a baby, doctors decided to amputate her legs, so that it would be easier for her to wear prosthetic legs, causing Sapphyre to undergo three major surgeries during the first few years of her life. 
Recently, the hospital's Child Life Specialist Elaine Hardin was contacted by Karen Riddle, a puppy breeder. Riddle told the specialist that one of her white German Shepherd puppies was born without a paw and she was wondering if any of the hospital's patients would like to care for it. The employee immediately thought that Sapphyre would be the perfect fit for puppy Lt. Dan, who was named after the character from Forrest Gump. 
This past week, the family arrived to meet Lt. Dan and Sapphyre, and instantly noticed that the puppy was different, taking off her…
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