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Art Photography

Saltscapes: Mirrors Reflect the Sky in an Australian Salt Flat Lake

Saltscapes: Mirrors Reflect the Sky in an Australian Salt Flat Lake

May 4, 2017

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Kate Sierzputowski

Since 2003, Australian photographer Murray Fredericks has made at least twenty journeys to the center of Lake Eyre, a desert lake with an extremely high concentration of salt. Fredericks drags all of his equipment out into the barren landscape, capturing the dramatic sky reflected in both the inch-deep water and his rectangular mirror. The images are breathtaking color-based works, my favorites featuring a double horizon locked within the mirror and the water below. More



Photography

New Photographs of Monumental Waves Crashing in Australia by Warren Keelan

New Photographs of Monumental Waves Crashing in Australia by Warren Keelan

Feb.8.17

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Christopher

Australian photographer Warren Keelan (previously) captures crashing waves from beside, and sometimes within their swell. Clad in a wetsuit he takes to the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia to photograph the dazzling curvature of waves right as they break. More



Art

Rainy Australian Cityscapes by Mike Barr

Rainy Australian Cityscapes by Mike Barr

Dec.28.16

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Kate

Australian painter Mike Barr focuses his work almost exclusively on rainy cityscapes, the moments of hazy gray that become illuminated by a city’s cars and traffic lights. There is a unity found in these dreary urban landscapes, a similarity of imagery which it makes it difficult to pinpoint which city is being captured. The city featured here however is Melbourne, a city Barr often focuses on in his umbrella spotted pieces. More



Photography

Photos of Monumental Waves Crashing in Australia by Warren Keelan

Photos of Monumental Waves Crashing in Australia by Warren Keelan

Apr.20.16

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Christopher

Trying to capture a medium that’s in a constant state of flux would seem stressful in any situation, but photographer Warren Keelan works comfortably in a wetsuit amongst crashing waves on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia, always trying for the perfect shot. Whether working completely submerged or perched precariously on the cusp of a behemoth swell, he’s consistently able to find the right angle and lighting to highlight the monumental power of the constantly moving ocean. More



Amazing Science

An Unusual Cloud Phenomenon Above the Skies of Victoria, Australia

An Unusual Cloud Phenomenon Above the Skies of Victoria, Australia

Nov.6.15

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Christopher

Redditor big_mac_heart_attack Photographer David Barton snapped this extremely unusual weather event above the skies of Victoria, Australia. Apparently the unusual event is called a Fallstreak Hole (or commonly a ‘hole punch cloud’):

Such holes are formed when the water temperature in the clouds is below freezing but the water has not frozen yet due to the lack of ice nucleation (see supercooled water). When ice crystals do form it will set off a domino effect, due to the Bergeron process, causing the water droplets around the crystals to evaporate: this leaves a large, often circular, hole in the cloud.

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Photography Science

Radically Diverse Australian Fungi Photographed by Steve Axford

Radically Diverse Australian Fungi Photographed by Steve Axford

May.27.15

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Christopher

Photographer Steve Axford (previously) continues his quest to document some of the world’s most obscure fungi found in locations around Australia. Axford lives and works in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales in Australia where he often has to travel no further than his own back yard to make some of the discoveries you see here. The forms of fungi, slime molds, and lichens he prefers to document seem to have no limit in their diverse characteristics. More



Science

Two Vividly-Marked Peacock Spider Species Nicknamed “Sparklemuffin” and “Skeletorus” Discovered in Queensland

Two Vividly-Marked Peacock Spider Species Nicknamed “Sparklemuffin” and “Skeletorus” Discovered in Queensland

Mar.12.15

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Kate

Two new species of peacock spiders have been discovered in southeast Queensland, Australia—one appearing with vivid reds and blues while the other’s details exist in stark black and white. Peacock spiders, named after their bright patterns and dancelike courtship, measure in at just under 0.3 inches. Madeline Girard, a graduate student at UC Berkeley, discovered the two species while in the field, nicknaming the brightly colored spider “Sparklemuffin” and the other “Skeletorus” after its bonelike pattern. More



Design

Woven Sky: A Bamboo Tunnel Installation Woven Together Like a Basket by Wang Wen-Chih

Woven Sky: A Bamboo Tunnel Installation Woven Together Like a Basket by Wang Wen-Chih

Jul.23.14

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Johnny

Using 600 poles of bamboo and 70 radiata pine logs all harvested locally, Taiwanese Artist Wang Wen-Chih created a massive installation that served as the entrance to the Woodford Folk Festival in Australia. Working with the Sydney-based architecture and design collective Cave Urban, a team of 40 workers and volunteers spent 3 weeks building the structure. Each bamboo pole was split into 4-5 pieces and weaved together like a basket. Woven Sky, which rises 15m high and is 100m long, was completed late last year, just in time for the music festival, and served an impressive entrance point into the amphitheater stage. More



Photography Science

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford

May.12.14

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Christopher

Marasmius haematocephalus
To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and works in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales in Australia where he spends his time documenting the living world around him, often traveling to remote locations to seek out rare animals, plants, and even people. But it’s his work tracking down some of the world’s strangest and brilliantly diverse mushrooms and other fungi that has resulted in an audience of online followers who stalk his work on Flickr and SmugMug to see what he’s captured next. More



Photography

Idyllic Oceanside Landscapes Photographed by Andrew Smith

Idyllic Oceanside Landscapes Photographed by Andrew Smith

Nov.22.13

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Christopher

Greece Santorini

Taupo, Waikato, NZ

New Zealand

Muriwai, Auckland, NZ

Motuoapa, Waikato, NZ
If I had to spend the rest of my life trapped inside a photograph, there’s a good chance I might flip through a stack of photographs by Andrew Smith (previously) to make a selection. Smith shoots mostly in locations around his home in New Zealand where he captures breathtaking oceanside landscapes both in and out of water. More



History Photography

A 102-Year-Old Transport Ship Sprouts a Floating Forest

A 102-Year-Old Transport Ship Sprouts a Floating Forest

Jun.3.13

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Christopher


Bruce Hood

Bruce Hood

Andy Brill

Stephane & Eva

Stephane & Eva
Homebush Bay in Sydney, Australia is home to the remnants of a ship-breaking yard that operated during the mid 20th-century. Large watercraft that outlived their usefulness were towed to Homebush Bay and dismantled to salvage any components that could be reused or sold for scrap. More