Orange Baby and Green Field.

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world including young monks in Seoul, Mother’s Day in Mexico and Tin Hau festival in Hong Kong.
2000Borneo, Malaysia A silvery lutung monkey sits with her orange-coloured young baby in a tree at Bako national park. The baby’s fur will darken when it is a few months old. Photograph: NPL/REX Shutterstock.
Woodborough, England A general view over Nottinghamshire field during the warm weather spell
Photograph: Neil Squires/PA
Read on and see more Images via Photo highlights of the day | News | The Guardian.

Night Scenes bathed in Neon Light.

Photographer Elsa Bleda captures hazy moments that linger on the outskirts of the cities she visits in Eastern Europe and South Africa.
Bleda is drawn to nighttime scenes bathed in colored light, such as a flock of seagulls illuminated by pink neon, or a lone gas station emitting an eerie blue glow.
The images she chooses to shoot also have a limited human presence, which gives a dystopian feeling to the work’s empty streets and snow-covered buildings.

Previously, Bleda has presented exhibitions showcasing images she has taken in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Her upcoming solo exhibition with Red Bull will take a look at Durban, South Africa. You can view a preview of her exhibition alongside a list of songs the photographer chose to fit the mood of each work on Redbull’s website.
More of her night-based images of South Africa and Istanbul can be found on her Facebook, Instagram, and Behance. (via This Isn’t Happiness)
via Nighttime City Scenes Bathed in Neon by Photographer Elsa Bleda | Colossal

WWI Newspaper Pictorials.


A French officer and his comrade in arms read the New York Times.
During the World War I era (1914-18), leading newspapers took advantage of a new printing process that dramatically altered their ability to reproduce images.
Rotogravure printing, which produced richly detailed, high quality illustrations—even on inexpensive newsprint paper—was used to create vivid new pictorial sections.
Publishers that could afford to invest in the new technology saw sharp increases both in readership and advertising revenue.
The images in this collection track American sentiment about the war in Europe, week by week, before and after the United States became involved.
Events of the war are detailed alongside society news and advertisements touting products of the day, creating a pictorial record of both the war effort and life at home.
The collection includes an illustrated history of World War I selected from newspaper rotogravure sections that graphically documents the people, places, and events important to the war.
via Newspaper Pictorials – (American Memory from the Library of Congress).

A History of Fireworks.

The 4 July was celebrated as America’s Independence Day in 1777.
Image Credit: Alexey Stiop |
Today, fireworks mark celebrations all over the world.
From ancient China to the New World, fireworks have evolved considerably.
The very first fireworks — gunpowder firecrackers — came from humble beginnings and didn’t do much more than pop, but modern versions can create shapes, multiple colors and various sounds.
How fireworks work:
Before diving into the history of fireworks, it is important to understand how they work.
Each modern firework consists of an aerial shell. This is a tube that contains gunpowder and dozens of small pods.
Each of the pods is called a “star.” These stars measure about 1 to 1.5 inches (3 to 4 centimeters) in diameter, according to the American Chemical Society (ACA).
The Pod holds: Fuel, An oxidizing agent, A binder Metal salts or metal oxides for color.
A firework also has a fuse that is lit to ignite the gunpowder. Each star makes one dot in the fireworks explosion.
When the colorants are heated, their atoms absorb energy and then produce light as they lose excess energy.
Different chemicals produce different amounts of energy, creating different colors.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks display at Sydney Harbor, Australia.
Now read on via Source: History of Fireworks

Tree Kangaroos, Australasia.

Tree Kangaroos inhabit the tropical rainforests of New Guinea and far northeastern Queensland, and some of the islands in the region — in particular the Schouten Islands and the Raja Ampat Islands near the northwestern coast of New Guinea. 
Although most are found in mountainous areas, several species also occur in lowlands, such as the aptly named lowlands tree-kangaroo.
Most tree-kangaroos are considered threatened due to hunting and habitat destruction. Because most of their motion and living involves climbing and jumping from tree to tree, they developed better locomotion.
Tree kangaroos thrive in tree tops as opposed to their cousin the kangaroo which survives on mainland in Australia.
Two species of kangaroo are found in Australia, Bennett’s which is found north of the Daintree River and Lumholtz’s.
Tree kangaroos have adapted better to regions of high altitudes. Tree kangaroos have at least fifteen known subspecies living in Papua New Guinea and Australia.
They must find places comfortable and well adapted for breeding as they only give birth to one joey per year.
They are known to have one of the most relaxed and leisurely birthing seasons. They breed cautiously in treetops during monsoon season.
Their habitats are breeding grounds for danger as they can easily fall prey to their natural predator, amethystine pythons, which also climbs and lives amongst the treetops in the forests.
Tree kangaroos are known to be able to live in both mountainous regions and low-land locations.
via Tree-kangaroo – Wikipedia

Wood Chip Sculptures by Sergei Bobkov

Sergei-Bobkov-2The impressive wood sculptures by Russian artist Sergei Bobkov, who thoroughly assembles hundreds of cedar chips to create highly detailed animals, giving a nice effect of feathers or hairs to the wood. Each sculpture requires more than six months to the artist, at a rate of 10 to 12 hours of work per day!
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