No matter how hard humans may try, they will never be able to match the beauty, mystery, and wonder that nature can provide. These 25 flowers prove that looks can be deceiving. Some are full of beauty but also poisonous, while others don’t look like flowers at all.
A monkey? An alien? You never know what you will find…
Bird of Paradise
Also known as the crane flower, this gem is the official flower of Los Angeles, which is odd, seeing as I thought it was the rose given out on The Bachelor. The Bird of Paradise is native to South Africa but common in floral arrangements, and is the go-to flower for ninth anniversary celebrations.
After suffering from epilepsy from age 11, John, who loved art, lost his sight completely at 30, which left him in a deep depression, he told My Modern Met:
All of the hopes and dreams that I had for my life; all of the plans for what I would do after I graduated school were gone. I was not only depressed, but in mourning. The life that I had, along with the future that I was planning, was dead and gone. I felt like I had no potential; that basically I was a zero.
Long gone are the days where men would ride in those little pump-handle trolleys and hammer railroad spikes into the ground. Now, as you might have already guessed, we have enormous machines that do the work much more quickly (and loudly).
Still, watching this beast of a machine do its work is kind of soothing…
You’ve probably seen tons of photographs of beautiful flowers before, and maybe you’ve even seen a few time lapse videos of flowers blooming, but I guarantee you’ve never seen one as gorgeous as the one photographer Thomas Blanchard has put together.
Blanchard spent four months shooting nearly 10,000 images of various gorgeous flowers to create a video that is both breathtaking and hypnotic.
We might not be floating around in flying cars, but some of the things that exist today that we take for granted — cell phones, the Internet, automatic car starters — weren’t even on the radar just a few decades ago…and yet we rely on them.
Perhaps 20 years from now we’ll be looking at one of these 30 dubiously incredible inventions and thinking the same thing — “How did we ever live without it?”
Traffic Light Countdown Indicator
Serbian designer Damjan Stankovic’s Eko light incorporates a circular, visual countdown timer wrapped around the red light. Rather than enable quicker green-light launches, the countdown light would serve to de-stress drivers by providing them feedback of exactly how much longer they’ll have to wait.
Because no one would ever use this for nefarious purposes like racing, right?
You’ve heard of Crocodile Dundee, but how about Kangaroo Dundee? Chris “Brolga” Barns, star of the Kangaroo Dundee films in Australia, is a real-life hero to more than two dozen orphaned kangaroos in Alice Springs, Australia.
Near the tops of the Tianshan mountain range in northwestern China lives a creature so adorable it’s hard to tell, at first glance, if it’s even real. The teddy bear-faced Ili pika, first discovered in 1983 by conservationist Li Weidong, had not been photographed for nearly twenty years until Weidong stumbled across one in July 2014. Now, after nearly two decades, we finally get to see what the little guy looks like, and it’s amazing.
Inspired by images from the Hubble space telescope, photographer Navid Baraty has been creating “out-of-this-world” images for his WANDER series — an imaginary spacecraft mission that stands for Wormhole Accelerated Nomad Delivery Reconnaissance — by arranging common household materials onto an Epson scanner.
The planets and moons are made by scanning the bottoms of glasses containing the liquids. The liquids naturally create the shapes and swirls that you see in the images when they mix. The stars and other points of light are made by sprinkling spices and the other ingredients around the scanner glass. Everything is scanned with the cover open to create the totally black backdrop of “space.”
Inventor Seth Goldstein says his goal is to create “kinetic sculpture machines which are novel, aesthetic, and unexpected, and which also can inspire, entertain, and demonstrate the power of engineering.”
By that standard, even though his violin-playing contraption is not going to be taking a chair at the symphony any time soon, it’s a complete success. Unexpected? Check. Amazing engineering? Absolutely…
It is very rare for a snowstorm to be accompanied by thunder and lightning. So when meteorologist Jim Cantore happened to be out filming a segment on Winter Storm Neptune, he couldn’t help “geeking out” (as his own channel described it) when he witnessed it for himself.
And it wasn’t just once, either…
If you have something in your life that makes you even a tenth as happy as Mr. Cantore here, you’re in good shape.