‘Mountains’ by Karol Nienartowicz.

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I am Karol Nienartowicz and I’m a 29-year old photographer from Poland. I was born in Jelenia Góra, a small town in the south-western part of the country, and now I live in Gdansk.
I still recall one particular day in summer of 2003, when my mom took me on my first mountain trip. I saw that heart-breathing beauty of mountains and I quickly wanted to share this feeling with other people!
Thus, I took my photo camera on my next trip. Since that moment, I’ve photographed mountains, combining photography with my great passion for traveling.
I spend several dozens of days per year hiking in mountains, during which I overcome up to 1,000 miles of trails. I’ve visited and photographed more than 20 European countries.
I’ve photographed the Polish, Slovakian, Romanian and Ukrainian Carpathians, the Alps in Switzerland, France, Austria, Italy, Germany and Slovenia, the mountains of Albania, Bosnia and Macedonia and Scottish Grampian.
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Frozen cross in Alps
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Morning fire Of Matterhorn
Nevertheless, my greatest passion are photographic expeditions to the highest European mountains – the Alps.
During these wild trips I sleep in a tent that I always set in places with outstanding scenery, often remote and difficult to reach, where I can take pictures of sunrises and sunsets.
See more Images via I’m A Mountain Photographer From Poland. Here’s What I’ve Captured So Far | Bored Panda.

The Thousand-Year Rose of Hildesheim.

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More of an out-of-control tree than the lilting flower the name might suggest, the Rose of Hildesheim, otherwise known as the Thousand-Year Rose, is thought to be the oldest living rose on the planet, and it looks to continue to be for the foreseeable future since not even bombs can stop it.
Growing up the side of a columnar portion of Germany’s Hildesheim Cathedral, the now-bushy flower is thought to have been planted in the early 800s when the church itself was founded.
Miraculously, the hearty plant slowly crept up the side of the apse for hundreds of years, and still continues bud and bloom each year, producing pale pink flowers once a year (usually around May).

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While the rose bush looks as though it’s big enough to have been growing for a thousand years, the plant has been nearly destroyed a number of times throughout its history.
Most notably the bush was nearly completely razed during the Second World War when Allied bombs annihilated the cathedral.
Every bit of the plant above ground was destroyed, but from the rubble, new branches grew from the root that survived.
Today the the base of the Thousand-Year Rose is protected by a squat iron fence and each of the central roots is named and catalogued to protect one of the oldest pieces of natural beauty one is lucky to find.

via The Thousand-Year Rose | Atlas Obscura.

‘A Dream Achieved’ Photograph by Todd B.

Image Credit: Photograph by Todd B.
This incredible view is what drew me to the Dolomites in the first place.
My dream was to head up to the top of the Seceda for sunrise, but the gondola didn’t open till 8:30 am, and the sun was up at 6.00am.
Determined, I woke up at 4.00 am and walked the two hours to the top.
Needless to say, it was worth it. I couldn’t have asked for better!
Source: A Dream Achieved Photo by Todd B. — National Geographic Your Shot

Prayer Book of Claude de France, c.1517.

miniaturebook01The Morgan Library & Museum in New York is showing magnificent, miniature works of art.
In Europe, back in the 16th-century, smaller was considered better, especially when it came to hand-illustrated books.
The Prayer Book of Claude de France is a tiny, jewel-like manuscript created around 1517.
The richly illustrated book holds 132 scenes from the lives of Christ, the Virgin Mary and many different saints.
As you can see from the photo above, the book is tiny, measuring just 2 ¾-by-2-inches.
The artist behind the book remains anonymous. His style was characterized as the pinnacle of elegance. The colors were applied so delicately, it’s been said that he used “tiny, almost invisible brushstrokes.”
The Prayer Book of Claude de France is the centerpiece of the exhibition, Miracles in Miniature: The Art of the Master of Claude de France.
For the first time in 500 years, Claude’s Prayer Book reunites with the Book of Hours.
Read more via A Miniature Hand-Illustrated Book from the 16th Century – My Modern Met.

‘Earth Pyramids of Platten’ by Marco Grassi.

Mars. Third place, Nature.
“These natural sand towers, capped with large stones, are known as the Earth Pyramids of Platten.
They are situated in northern Italy’s South Tyrol region. Formed centuries ago after several storms and landslides, these land formations look like a landscape from outer space and continuously change over the years and, more accurately, over seasons.
This natural phenomenon is the result of a continuous alternation between periods of torrential rain and drought, which have caused the erosion of the terrain and the formation of these pinnacles.
As the seasons change, the temperatures move between extremes and storms affect the area, pyramids disappear over time, while new pinnacles form as well.”
Image Credit: Photograph © Marco Grassi / National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest
Source: Winners of the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest – The Atlantic

Picasso’s House Paint masterpieces.

28007169_picasso_redarmchairPablo Picasso, famous for pushing the boundaries of art with cubism, also broke with convention when it came to paint, new research shows. X-ray analysis of some of the painter’s masterworks solves a long-standing mystery about the type of paint the artist used on his canvases, revealing it to be basic house paint.
Art scholars had long suspected Picasso was one of the first master artists to employ house paint, rather than traditional artists’ paint, to achieve a glossy style that hid brush marks. There was no absolute confirmation of this, however, until now.
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Physicists at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill., trained their hard X-ray nanoprobe at Picasso’s painting “The Red Armchair,” completed in 1931, which they borrowed from the Art Institute of Chicago. The nanoprobe instrument can “see” details down to the level of individual pigment particles, revealing the arrangement of particular chemical elements in the paint.
via Picasso’s Genius Revealed: He Used Common House Paint : Discovery News.