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Cherry Blossoms over the Meguro River in Tokyo

Cherry Blossoms over the Meguro River in Tokyo trees Tokyo flowers

Every year tourists flock to Japan to capture the annual blooming of cherry blossoms, an event so thoroughly documented you can find online calendars that estimate the precise moment to visit each city around the country to catch the trees in full bloom. For Tokyo the optimal time must have been this morning when photographer Noisy Paradise snapped this breathtaking shot just at dawn over the Meguro River. Photo courtesy the photographer.

New Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein

New Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein mandala land art is it spring yet flowers

New Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein mandala land art is it spring yet flowers

New Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein mandala land art is it spring yet flowers

New Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein mandala land art is it spring yet flowers

New Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein mandala land art is it spring yet flowers

New Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein mandala land art is it spring yet flowers

New Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein mandala land art is it spring yet flowers

New Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein mandala land art is it spring yet flowers

New Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein mandala land art is it spring yet flowers

New Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein mandala land art is it spring yet flowers

Using the flower petals of carnations, daisies, mums and other wildflowers Arizona-based artist Kathy Klein (previously) creates temporary mandalas in outdoor locations near her home. She calls the pieces danmalas (‘the giver of garlands’ in Sanskrit), and each piece is photographed and then left to be discovered by others. If you’re desperate for any hint of spring in your space, Klein now offers prints and has a 2014 calendar of her best works.

Flowers in Progress: Scientific Illustrator Taunts Us with Spring

Flowers in Progress: Scientific Illustrator Taunts Us with Spring illustration flowers

Flowers in Progress: Scientific Illustrator Taunts Us with Spring illustration flowers

Flowers in Progress: Scientific Illustrator Taunts Us with Spring illustration flowers

Flowers in Progress: Scientific Illustrator Taunts Us with Spring illustration flowers

Flowers in Progress: Scientific Illustrator Taunts Us with Spring illustration flowers

Flowers in Progress: Scientific Illustrator Taunts Us with Spring illustration flowers

Flowers in Progress: Scientific Illustrator Taunts Us with Spring illustration flowers

Scientific illustrator and artist Noel Badges Pugh has an incredible knack for drawing flora and fauna. He recently illustrated an entire field guide about bees and keeps a regular Tumblr, Art in Progress & Completion, where he posts these tantalizing drawings of buds and blooms. Maybe it’s because this is the coldest winter in 30 years, but I’m spending the rest of my day looking at these. (via Gaks)

Terrifying ‘Orchid Mantis’ is Camouflaged to Look Exactly Like a Pink Orchid Flower

Terrifying Orchid Mantis is Camouflaged to Look Exactly Like a Pink Orchid Flower nature insects flowers camouflage

Terrifying Orchid Mantis is Camouflaged to Look Exactly Like a Pink Orchid Flower nature insects flowers camouflage

In an unparalleled feat of natural selection the Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) from Southeast Asia has evolved to look almost exactly like an orchid flower in order to lure unsuspecting prey. If looking like a plant isn’t impressive enough the clever insect also changes color from pink to brown according to its environment. (via Boing Boing)

High Speed Flower Explosions by Martin Klimas

High Speed Flower Explosions by Martin Klimas high speed flowers

High Speed Flower Explosions by Martin Klimas high speed flowers

High Speed Flower Explosions by Martin Klimas high speed flowers

High Speed Flower Explosions by Martin Klimas high speed flowers

High Speed Flower Explosions by Martin Klimas high speed flowers

High Speed Flower Explosions by Martin Klimas high speed flowers

The life of a flower usually ends in slow, inglorious decay as petals wilt and succombs to the cycle of life, but these flowers shot by German photographer Martin Klimas go out with a bang. You might recognize Klimas’ work from his wildly popular series of shattered ceramic figures photographed at high speed as they hit the ground. For his exploding flower photographs the artist first soaked them in liquid nitrogen to ensure the petals were brittle as eggshells and then blasted them from behind with an air gun resulting in dazzling bursts of color.

You can see more from this series over at Feature Shoot, and Klimas also opens a show called Sonic at Foley Gallery in New York starting September 18, 2013. If you liked this be sure to check out the work of Jon Shireman. (via My Modern Met)

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Bubblegum by Gerard van Erk, Jack Nouws and Brian Boot / Photo © Omroep Brabant

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
It Wasn’t Me by Erik van Elsacker, Aart-Jan Borrias and René Jochems / Photo © Omroep Brabant

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Crazy Gold by Steven van Erck and Stefan van Steen / Photo © Niels Braspenning

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Photo © Omroep Brabant

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Vennus of Milos by Robin Schijfs, Jesse Verheijen and Ton van Beek / Photo © Niels Braspenning

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Photo © Omroep Brabant

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Spring Chicken by Kees Oomen / Photo © Niels Braspenning

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Tricked by Jos van Aert and Erwin Braspenning / Photo © Niels Braspenning

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Monsters by Sander van Hooydonk, Fedde van Erk and Gijs Leijdekkers / Photo © Niels Braspenning

Giant Sculptural Floats Covered in Flowers from Corso Zundert 2013 sculpture parades Netherlands flowers
Gordel by Roy Verdaesdonck and Niek van den Broek / Photo © Omroep Brabant

It’s the biggest time of year for the small town of Zundert in the Netherlands. Twenty gigantic floats were paraded through the city as part of Corso Zundert (previously), an annual flower parade that sees teams of designers and artisans compete to build the most original sculpture covered almost completely with dahlia flowers.

Several floats appearing in Corso Zundert this year contained moving parts, including the winner, Crazy Gold, that had some 53 moving components. You can see a ranking of this years competitors over on Croso Zundert, videos on YouTube, and many more photos courtesy Omroep Brabant.

A Historic Staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily Used as a Backdrop for Light and Flower Festivals

A Historic Staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily Used as a Backdrop for Light and Flower Festivals Sicily multiples installation flowers
Photo by Andrea Annaloro

A Historic Staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily Used as a Backdrop for Light and Flower Festivals Sicily multiples installation flowers
Photo by Andrea Annaloro

A Historic Staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily Used as a Backdrop for Light and Flower Festivals Sicily multiples installation flowers
Photo by Andrea Annaloro

A Historic Staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily Used as a Backdrop for Light and Flower Festivals Sicily multiples installation flowers
Photo by Andrea Annaloro

A Historic Staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily Used as a Backdrop for Light and Flower Festivals Sicily multiples installation flowers
Photo by Andrea Annaloro

A Historic Staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily Used as a Backdrop for Light and Flower Festivals Sicily multiples installation flowers
Photo by Andrea Annaloro

Built in 1608, the Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte is a 142-step staircase in Caltagirone, Sicily made from thousands of ceramic tiles, one design per step, as a fitting tribute to a city known for its design and production of ceramics and terra-cotta sculptures. For centuries the stairs have been used as a backdrop for various festivals for which images of patron saints and other local themes are illustrated using thousands of flowers or candles. You can learn more about the La Scala Flower Festival over on My Modern Met, or the light festival called the Scala Illuminata. Photos by Andrea Annaloro. (via My Modern Met)

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Peacock made of butterfly pea flowers, bottlebrush leaves, coconut leaf sticks, allamandas/trumpet flowers

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Rooster made of gerberas and leaves

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Parrot made from butterfly peas and gerberas

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Kingfisher made of gerberas, butterfly peas and purple shamrocks

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Hornbill made of chrysanthemums, germeras and purple shamrocks

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Flamingos made from pink gerberas and twigs

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Flamingo made from pink gerberas and twigs

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds
Northern cardinal made of red gerberas and deep purple chrysanthemums with dill

Birds Made of Flower Petals and Leaves by Red Hong Yi plants multiples flowers birds

Known for her numerous art projects where images are created using numerous objects, artist Red Hong Yi has begun a new series of birds made with flower petals and leaves. You might remember the project from earlier this spring where she played with her food. Many more birds are forthcoming and you can follow along via Instagram. (via designboom)

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