Before Vlad the Impaler gained a reputation for his cruelty and might in battle—and long before he became the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula—he was a young prince held captive in a fortress in Turkey. When Vlad was about 12 years old, he and his brother fell into the Ottoman’s hands. Some scholars credit that … Continue reading
I stumbled across the artwork of Lea Bradovich last month, and was knocked out. Insects merged with the sumptuous details of Botticelli and other Renaissance painters! What was the inspiration for this fascinating work? I talked to Bradovich about the motivation for her insect and bird paintings, which she’s been creating since 2004. She’s a … Continue reading
Photos of abandoned buildings reclaimed by nature by British photographer Andy Lee. The ongoing series uses infrared and long-exposure which gives the images a dramatic and mystical feel. See more Images via Abandoned: Photos by Andy Lee | Faith is Torment
Sunset view from the back of the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Suðurland, Iceland. Photograph by Diego Delso. The Waterfall of the River Seljalandsá in Iceland drops 60 metres (or 200 ft) over the cliffs of the former coastline. This waterfall is regarded as one of the most enchanting in all of Iceland. Front Image of the Waterfall … Continue reading
A green tree frog manages a chin-up over a slender bamboo cane in a garden in the Indonesian capital. The frog’s sticky toe pads act like suction cups, enabling it to cling to smooth surfaces and stay clear of predators via Eyewitness: Jakarta, Indonesia | World news | The Guardian.
The Great Sphinx is a large human-headed lion that was carved from a mound of natural rock. It is located in Giza where it guards the front of Khafre’s pyramid. The most popular and current theory of the builder of the Sphinx holds that it was commissioned by the 4th Dynasty King, Khafre (2558-2532 BCE). … Continue reading