‘Haunting Portraits’ by Leslie Ann O’Dell.

The ethereal beauties of Leslie Ann O’Dell’s artwork have a quality about them that is both soft yet somehow dark. The colours fade onto the page, all except for the bold splashes of red that appear a bit disconcertingly like blood. The artist explores concepts like isolation and the ego, offering surprisingly telling portraits that […]

Island in the Sky, British Columbia.

Image Credit: Photograph by Shane Kalyn “There is an ethereal, otherworldly feeling to this photograph, as this little island in the middle of Tumuch Lake in northern British Columbia appears as if it’s floating in the clouds,” says Shane Kalyn, who submitted this photo to the National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest. The scene was amazing […]

Wonderful Art by Pranckevicius.

Conceptual artist and illustrator Gediminas Pranckevicius posesses an imagination to covet. While most of his digital painting is centered around character design, his larger landscapes seen here are rich in detail, creating impossible but ingenious juxtapositions of water, land, and haphazard architecture. You can see more of his work over on Facebook, and all of […]

The Little Book of Love by Pierre Salas, c.1500s.

A Valentine’s gift to top all Valentine’s gifts – the Petit Livre d’Amour (Little Book of Love) was an ornate bespoke book given by the 16th-century Lyon-born poet Pierre Salas to his then lover and future wife Marguerite Bullioud. It measures just 5 by 3.7 inches, hand-written by Salas with gold ink and beautifully illuminated […]

Freckles like Veils of Stars.

People have always been Fritz Liedtke’s favorite subjects. He was out to dinner several years ago when he was taken with one of his dining companions, a woman with “amazing freckles.” Liedtke asked if he could take her photograph, which he did under the light of a neon sign in front of the restaurant. “It […]

Ao Phang-Nga Marine National Park.

Established in 1981 and covering an area of 400 sq km, Ao Phang-Nga Marine National Park, Thailand is noted for its classic karst scenery. Karst: an area of limestone terrain characterised by sinks, ravines, and underground streams. Image Credit: Photograph by Catherine Sutherland. See more beautiful images via 22 of the world’s most breathtaking places

Jal Mahal, (Water Palace), Man Sagar Lake.

Image: Wikimedia. Jal Mahal (meaning “Water Palace”) is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city, the capital of the state of Rajasthan, India. The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Amber. “The Jal Mahal […]

The Peruvian Beauty & Baby Gorilla.

Andean cock-of-the-rock, the national bird of Peru, living in ‘secondary’ Peruvian Amazon rainforest, which is regenerating after human disturbance. Secondary forest accounts for 53% of the world’s forests and is of extreme scientific importance for conserving biodiversity. Photograph: Will Nicholls/Rex Shutterstock A baby mountain gorilla clings to the back of its mother, on Mount Bisoke […]

The Story of ‘Why the Crow is Black’.

One day, a crow and a hawk hunted together in the bush. After travelling together for some time, they decided to hunt in opposite directions, and, at the close of the day, to share whatever game they had caught. The crow travelled against the sun, and at noonday arrived at a broad lagoon which was […]

Food Landscapes by Hasan Kale.

From onion peels to kiwi seeds or even bits of chocolate, it seems any canvas is sufficient for Turkish artist Hasan Kale (previously) as long as it meets the requirement of being incredibly tiny. Hasan delights in the challenge of depicting landscapes of his native Istanbul in the most infinitesimal of brush strokes, a feat […]