Ice Cave Refuge, Buffin Island, Canada.

Image Credit: Photograph by Andrew Robertson, United Kingdom, Commended, Open, Nature (Photo: 2017 Sony World Photography Awards)
“The Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island, Canada is a complete wilderness.
“The only refuge I found on my two-week trek was this ice cave at the foot of the Turner Glacier,” writes photographer Andrew Robertson of the United Kingdom”.
Source: 12 breathtaking images from the Sony World Photography Awards | MNN – Mother Nature Network

The Burning Man Festival, Black Rock Desert, Nevada.

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We all have that one place we want to visit.
Photographer Vicktor Habchy’s dream destination was the Burning Man festival, held in the Black Rock Desert, Pershing County, Nevada.



See more Images at Victor’s Website

Free Haircuts for the Homeless, New York City.

Mark Bustos, a hair stylist in New York, spends his Sundays (the only day he has off of work) walking the city’s streets giving haircuts to the homeless – people who couldn’t otherwise afford them.
Bustos got the idea after visiting family in the Phillippines in 2012 and renting a barber to give haircuts to needy local children.
He says that his most memorable “client” was a man named Jemar Banks;
“He didn’t have much to say throughout the whole process, until after I showed him what he looked like when I was done…The first thing he said to me was, ‘Do you know anyone that’s hiring?’“
via Every Sunday, This New York Hair Stylist Gives Free Haircuts To The Homeless | Bored Panda.

Cherry Blossoms, Washington, DC.


Washington DC, United States – Cherry blossom trees are seen before dawn at the Tidal Basin.
The District’s cherry blossom festival, which began on 20 March and commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington:
Image Credit: Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA
See more via Photo highlights of the day: cherry blossom and butterflies | News | The Guardian

Black Point Bridge, California.

Marty Zwick, an architect, says of Northern California’s Black Point Bridge: “It reflects a slower pace of life that is quickly being lost in the area where I live.”
Built in 1911 by the Northwestern Pacific Railroad, the bridge straddles the Petaluma River, the dividing line between Sonoma and Marin Counties.
Image Credit: Photograph by Marty Zwick.
Source: Bridge near Highway 37 | Smithsonian Photo Contest | Smithsonian

Palacio’s Monumental plan to Honour Columbus, 1890.

14556223424_21da102b8f_bAppearing in the October 1890 issue of Scientific American magazine, the engraving above is an artist’s rendering of the truly gigantic monument planned by the Spanish architect Alberto Palacio in honour of Christopher Columbus.
The structure was designed for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, an event to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the New World in 1492.
The globe of Palacio’s design was envisaged to be nearly 1000ft in diameter and to house a spiralling stairway circumambulating its surface – internal until the equator and then external for the northern hemisphere portion, reaching finally the north-pole where sits an enormous copy of one of Columbus’ caravel ships (whose hull would house a meteorological observatory).
At night the shapes of the continents would be illuminated by a huge number of lights casting beams from below.
In the base would be a statue-littered institutional complex dedicated to the natural sciences and geographical exploration, as well as a network of promenades, cafes and restaurants for the public.
Not unsurprisingly Palacio’s ambitious vision was never realised as physical reality, but if it had it would have cost an estimated $6 million plus – probably something close to $7 billion in today’s money.
Read on via Palacio’s Plan for Colossal Monument to Columbus (1890) | The Public Domain Review.