Art in Vitry-sur-Seine, Paris.

Vitry-sur-Seine-street-art-12To the naked eye Vitry-sur-Seine is just another suburb of Paris.
But the town of 86,000 has a little known secret.
It is home to over 100 of the top street artists in the world.
London was in the news this summer for putting a strict ban on this form of art but Vitry-sur-Seine actually ENCOURAGES their creative spirit allowing the artists to use the city as a canvas and bringing them in as faculty to teach workshops in the public schools.
Embracing art like a boss. Well done Vitry-sur-Seine’
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See more Images via The Amazing Street Art of Vitry-sur-Seine, France [21 High Quality Photos] | The Roosevelts.

The Truth about “Ugg” Boots.

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Ugg boots were first created by Australian farmers, who used sheepskin to stay warm. As the years went by, many Australian surfers also cottoned on to using them for their warmth-giving properties.
Although popular in America, most Australians consider them too dowdy to be worn outside the house. So how did they get the reputation for being fashionable in the United States?
When the boots landed on American shores, a company named Decker decided to copyright them, and after a marketing blitz in which some celebrities endorsed the product, they became a runaway hit.
Decker got greedy, and quickly started trying to shut down Australian manufacturers of ugg boots, for using the now-trademarked name.
To the Australian manufacturers the claim was ludicrous, as they had been selling the boots for many years already.
The Australian manufacturers took their claim to court, explaining that “ugg” was actually just a slang word for “ugly,” and thus the trademark was invalid.
Fortunately for the Australians, the court sided with them.
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A Cloudy Lake Hollingsworth.

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Photograph by Dennis Ramos, National Geographic Your Shot
It seems that Mother Nature was in a collaborative mood, helping Your Shot member Dennis Ramos snap an unusual shot of Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, Florida.
“I was walking with my wife,” he writes, “when we noticed this one duck [fly] to the top of the young tree. As we were taking shots, I noticed this cloud very slowly [move] into my camera frame.”
A long-exposure photographer, Ramos was prepared to capture the moment. “I always have my neutral-density filter in my camera bag,” he explains. “I set up my tripod and [dialed] in a 90-second exposure—just enough to blur the water and still have the cloud above without too much motion blur”.
Ramos’s shot was recently featured in the Daily Dozen.
Source: Lake Image, Florida – National Geographic Photo of the Day

Rain & Sunrise, Laver Hill, The Otways.

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Rain on the horizon threatens to overtake the sunrise near Laver Hill, in the stunning Otways of Victoria.
Photo by ABC Open contributor greens_pics
Source: Rain or shine – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Glowing Orbs’.

395A8556-optimizedIn July, 2014, a team of light painters from East Coast Light Painting created a long-exposure photograph of 200 glowing orbs in a field in Virginia.
To create the orbs, the group collaboratively developed a spinning light tool.
During the 1,651-second exposure, the team fanned out to create each of the 7-foot-diameter orbs.
200orbsBThe light painters were inspired by a 2011 photograph in which photographer Andrew Wells created a long-exposure image with 100 orbs.
According to the group, their 2014 photograph has earned a Guinness World Record.
via Light-Painting Group Creates a Long-Exposure Photograph of 200 Glowing Orbs in a Field.

Ray of Light, Bagan, Myanmar.

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Wonderful Photograph by Zay Yar Lin, Copyright.
Young novices clean a temple at Bagan, Myanmar, in the morning before the tourists come to visit.
This distinctive ray of light usually falls directly upon the image of Buddha during June and July of each year.
Source: Ray of Light Photo by Zay Yar Lin — National Geographic Your Shot

Li’l Spiders on Planet Earth.

head-on-spider-4This is a small series of macro shots by photographer Jimmy Kong featuring little spiders staring directly at the camera.
See, they’re not so scary now, are they? The one creeping under your bed covers? That one, yes. I used to have a spider that lived in the corner of the ceiling above my shower.
I jokingly called him my roommate, we actually got along fine. Until the day he tried to touch me, then I bare-hand splattered his guts all over the wall. I still find legs in my shower caddy.
head-on-spider-8Keep going for a couple more, but be sure to check out Jimmy’s Flickr for a ton more spiders and insects staring directly at the camera.
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See more spiders via Cuties!: Lil’ Spiders Staring Directly At The Camera | Geekologie.

Winter at the Flatiron Building.

FlatironJonas1In the midst of a Winter Storm, photographer Michele Palazzo braved the blustery weather in hopes that he’d capture a one-of-a-kind shot.
Fortunately, he came across New York City’s Flatiron Building and that’s when something magical happened.
As tufts of snow swirled in the wind, Palazzo aimed his Ricoh GR camera and photographed the building, surrounding streets, and meteorological conditions.
After enhancing the image in VSCO Cam, the artist noticed that the snow swirls created patterns resembling swift brush strokes.
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As a whole, the photograph incredibly echoes an impressionist painting.
If you look closely, you’ll notice that the Flatiron’s windows feature an origami installation by artist Chelsea Hrynick Browne.
Her hand-cut paper creations perfectly add to the otherworldly, Winter Storm moment.
All photos via Michele Palazzo.

Source: NYC Winter Storm Photo Remarkably Resembles an Impressionist Painting – My Modern Met

High Up with the Snow Monkeys.

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Jigokudani is located in the valley of the Yokoyu River, in Nagano Prefecture, in Japan, at an elevation of 850 meters.
Literally “hell’s valley”, the area took its name from the steam and boiling water that bubble out of small crevices from geothermal hot springs in the ground below.
Jigokudani is surrounded by steep cliffs and formidably cold forests.
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The ground remains frozen in winter and heavy snowfalls cover the area for at least four months each year.
In this hostile environment, lives a small population of Japanese Macaques, also known as Snow Monkeys, who manage to keep themselves warm by bathing in the natural hot water pools.
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These monkeys blissfully soaking in the hot pool with their fluffy, snow-powdered heads sticking out of the water is fascinating to watch.
Despite being relatively well-known, however, few people are willing to undertake the two-kilometre trek through the frozen forest in the peak of winter to observe the monkeys.
Jigokudani Monkey Park, hence, remains largely uncrowded.
See more Images via The Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani | Amusing Planet.

Vintage Pics of Hollywood Stars Greeting New Year.

Stunning Black and White Photos Show American Actresses Greeting the New Year in the Past.
Here are just some of the stunning vintage photos of the ladies:
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See more great Images via vintage everyday: Stunning Black and White Photos Show How American Actresses Greeting New Year in the Past