PUDDLES

When I was little I loved jumping on puddles after rain. 
Beautiful photographs by The Rivers Closet


March 05, 2011

FOR SALE

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I do not remember where I found this photograph or artist
but I think this photo is really funny.  Ha-ha


February 09, 2011

COUCH

couch redesign, reclaimed materials, design squish blog

“A picture of a house is taken before its demolition. A sofa is built from the building rubble of the house. The sofa is a portrait of the house in design and colours. The framed photo is hanging above the sofa” - Michael Sailstorfer


February 05, 2011

WILDFLOWERS BY LAWRENCE BECK

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alpine wildflowers, contemporary photography, controlled nature vs unbound nature, design squish blog

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Lawrence Beck is a New York based artist who explores controlled and unbound nature. Beck takes photographs plants in national forests, city parks and botanic gardens. He celebrates the beauty of plants while undercutting this ’natural’ elegance by revealing its manufacturedness.


January 24, 2011

OIL SPILL

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Gulf of Mexico oil spill from space


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January 21, 2011

INDUSTRIAL SCARS

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Patterns in waste ash at coal- fired electrical generation station, Moncks Corner, SC

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Aerial view of bauxite waste

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Removal of Overburden from Blasting Kayford Mountain, West Virginia

Photographs by J Henry Fair


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January 15, 2011

STILLNESS

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Photographs by Helena Kvarnstrom


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ROB HANN, PART 2

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Above: From series titled “Deserted States of America”


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December 23, 2010

KUDZU

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kudzu, photography, art, rob hann, design squish blog

kudzu, photography, art, rob hann, design squish blog

Photographs by Rob Hann. From “The Plant that Ate The South” project.

“Anyone familiar with the American South will know that throughout the summer months large parts of the countryside are swathed in a green leafy plant that will cover anything in its path. It smothers abandoned buildings and drapes over trees, large and small, giving the landscape a magical, dreamlike quality.” - Rob Hann

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Kudzu is a plant native to Souther Japan.  Kudzu was introduced from Japan into the United States in 1876 and is now common throughout most of the southeastern United States. Kudzu has been spreading at the rate of 150,000 acres annually and is considered invasive species.

http://www.robhann.com/project-kudzu.htm


December 16, 2010

VANISHED FOREST

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Vanished Forest by Bo Yang Zang.


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December 08, 2010

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR HOLIDAYS

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Fog and Ice, Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland, September 2006 BUY

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Icebergs, Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland, September 2006 BUY

Stanislav Ginzburg recently launched SG Print Shoppe - a place to buy beautiful nature photography from all over the world while benefiting iconic North American wildlife (A ten percent donation from each sale will be made towards creating American Prairie Reserve in northeastern Montana. This future three-million acre wildlife sanctuary will provide an uninterrupted area that will harbor more than 90 species of mammals, 300 birds and over 1,500 kinds of plants. For the first time in a hundred years it will restore migratory routes for pronghorn antelope, grazing fields for bison and will reintroduce entire colonies of prairie dogs and foxes back into their native habitat. )
This is truly the best present for holidays!


http://www.sgprintshoppe.com


Read more about American Prairie Reserve:
http://sgprintshoppe.com/protect-wildlife/

 


November 23, 2010

ABUNDANT, ENDANGERED AND EXTINCT SPECIES

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Mycetozoa (still life with porcelain #4), from Hidden Place series. Inspired by Ernst Haeckel’s botanic illustrations, 3D rendering and photography.

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Portrait of Ernst Haeckel.

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Mycetozoa drawings by Ernst Haeckel.

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Untitled (still life with porcelain #2), from Hidden Place series, 3D rendering and photography..

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Untitled (still life with porcelain #3), 3D rendering and photography.

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3D renderings of various creatures….

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Above is an installation piece with secret silent film/animation hiding within.  Inside is a 3D animation on loop based on folktale about two women finding shelter under a whale skull amid the frozen landscape:

Animation below is based on folktale about the origins of snow. Ancient whale left the ocean to die on land.
Air and wind withered away his body until all left was a colossal heart. It wasn’t too long before it too gave away. When it burst open millions of white particles escaped and fell all over the ground.

What a beautiful story about the origins of snow!!

Stanislav Ginzburg is a Brooklyn based artist originally from Orenburg, Russia.  A lot of Stanislav’s artwork is inspired by folktales that deal with nature, strange species, microcosmic organisms, as well as animals which could have been living on earth or not. 

http://www.stanislavginzburg.com


November 14, 2010

JERKO THE GOWANUS WATER VACUUM

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nyc houseboat, gowanus, design squish blog

gowanus canal cleanup, jerko water vacuum, houseboat, design squish blog

gowanus canal cleanup, jerko water vacuum, houseboat, design squish blog

Jerko is an environmental cleanup movement with head-quarters in Gowanus Canal DIY slavaged, solar powered, rainwater harvesting house boat. Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum house boat floats up and down the Gowanus Canal, cleaning water through biological filtration.  (Gowanus Canal is one of the most polluted waterways in New York City, if not the world)
Read about Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum on Half Nomad:

http://www.halfnomad.com

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gowanus canal cleanup, jerko water vacuum, houseboat, design squish blog

gowanus canal cleanup, jerko water vacuum, houseboat, design squish blog

gowanus canal cleanup, jerko water vacuum, houseboat, design squish blog

gowanus canal cleanup, jerko water vacuum, houseboat, design squish blog

gowanus canal cleanup, jerko water vacuum, houseboat, design squish blog

Photographs of Jerko the Gowanus Water Vacuum were discovered on beautiful blog by photographer Elizabeth Weinberg:

http://www.elizabethweinberg.com


November 11, 2010

FALL IN PROSPECT PARK

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Golden leaves and trees full of house sparrows in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.


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November 08, 2010

THE SHEPHERDS WAY

THE SHEPHERDS WAY, dima gomberg photography, design squish blog

THE SHEPHERDS WAY, dima gomberg photography, design squish blog

THE SHEPHERDS WAY, dima gomberg photography, design squish blog

THE SHEPHERDS WAY, dima gomberg photography, design squish blog

THE SHEPHERDS WAY, dima gomberg photography, design squish blog

THE SHEPHERDS WAY, dima gomberg photography, design squish blog

The Shepherds Way -  photography series by Dima Gomberg


November 04, 2010

PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOSHUA CITARELLA

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Oak Tree, Spring
2010, C-print, 24 x 36”, edition of 5

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Oak Tree, Winter
2010, C-print, 24 x 36”, edition of 5

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Sealed and Buried For All Time
2010, C-print, 30 x 40”, edition of 5

Striking photographs by Joshua Citarella. 


October 14, 2010

INSPIRATION….


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October 09, 2010

EARTH TONES: DESIGN SQUISH’S ETSY ECO PICKS

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This mug by lenni08 reminds me of where I grew up. There are many birch trees in Russia — it’s considered the national tree.


birch bark necklace, jewelry


This necklace made of birch bark by bettula is inspired by the discarded and unusual. You don’t have to think very hard to figure out which tree is my favorite.


redesign, rotating bike wheel pot rack


When I was growing up, people in Russia did not have a lot of money to buy new wares, so they made belongings out of other objects. To this day I think it is pretty cool to see objects and materials being reused, like this rotating bike wheel pot rack by plaidclad


recycled leather necklace


These beautiful and valuable bits and pieces almost disappeared into the garbage pile forever! Get inspired to recycle by the digit recycled leather necklace by mainichi and shift key typewriter vintage pendant necklace by PreciousPastimes.


restored dresser


This neglected dresser was salvaged and restored by rubyrhino1 and made into a vintage masterpiece.  It reminds me of our summer dacha in Russia.


Read full Design Squish guest Curator post on Etsy:


- Earth Tones: Design Squish’s Eco Picks

 


September 16, 2010

FIREFLIES… CAPTURED ON PHOTOGRAPH

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capturing fireflies on photo, nature, summer, fireflies glow, design squish blog

There are always many fireflies in Upstate New York and New Jersey during summer.
I always try to photograph fireflies but photos never come out as good as these.

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September 04, 2010

POEM FOR ASPEN TREES


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And the wind, full of wantonness,
wooes like lover
The young aspen-trees till they
tremble all over.

- Thomas Moore (From Trees of America)



July 30, 2010

JULY 17:  WILD BERRY PICKING, HARRIMAN STATE PARK

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wild salmon berriea and blackberries, design squish blog

Wild blackberries and red salmon berries gathered in Upstate New York, Harriman State Park. I never had salmon berries before.  They are so delicious! Almost as good as or better than raspberries.

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July 19, 2010

FLOWERS OF UPSTATE NEW YORK AND ONE BUTTERFLY

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wild flowers of upstate new york, harriman state park, design squish blog

wild flowers of upstate new york, harriman state park, design squish blog

wild flowers of upstate new york, harriman state park, design squish blog

wild flowers of upstate new york, harriman state park, design squish blog

Photos taken in Harriman State Park, NY + motylek (small butterfly)


June 28, 2010

DESIRE FOR PERMANENCE

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“Biopsy” photograph series by Yedda Morrison

This work takes as its starting point the human desire for permanence, a desire made acute by the inevitability of our passing. If photography itself is a manifestation of this desire, our attempt to arrest or “still life,” plastic plants and flowers are a low-rent corollary. Suspended mid bloom and scattered throughout graveyards and empty parlors, they offer the promise of perennial youth, an eternal flowering, life ever after. Fake flowers both immortalize and render static the natural world. As such, they articulate a crisis between beauty and horror, desire and loss, artificiality and “the natural.” In our fall from the “pre” or “no” time of Eden, we have landed squarely in the artificial garden, the stilled remains of paradise. These sights of frozen or no time and the scale, duration and technology that make them possible, work to articulate a world where boundaries between the real and the artificial are increasingly blurred. If, in our contemporary moment, we are experiencing a gradual substitution of the machine for the body/mind, the image for the thing, and the simulation of the environment for the environment itself, then perhaps we are realizing Robert Smithson’s “frozen actuality,” the hallucinatory disjunction where “nothing is known but the impenetrable surfaces,” where “the artificial ingenuity of time allows no return to nature.”

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April 13, 2010

TREES, WINTER

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February 05, 2010

MAGICAL NATURE

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Victorial from Tel Aviv, Israel and originally from Kiev, Ukraine makes these beautiful, delicate mesmerizing photographs of the natural world with different vintage film cameras.

“And he retraced his wanderings in those deep old lanes that began from the common road and went away towards the unknown, climbing steep hills, and piercing the woods of shadows, and dipping down into valleys that seemed virgin, unexplored, secret for the foot of man. He entered such a lane not knowing where it might bring him, hoping he had found the way to fairyland, to the woods beyond the world, to that vague territory that haunts all the dreams of a boy.”
Arthur Machen

-Inmost Light on Etsy


January 05, 2010

FROZEN LAKE

frozen lake in pennsylvania

winter swamp grass, snow

winter grass

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Frozen lake in Pennsylvania.


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December 30, 2009

INVOLUNTARY PARKS

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Involuntary Parks by Caitlin Parker.

“The continent’s imperiled rims therefore become a new kind of landscape, the Involuntary Parks. They are not representations of untouched nature, but of vengeful nature, of natural processes reasserting themselves in areas of political and technological collapse. An embarrassment during the twentieth century, Involuntary Parks could become a somber necessity during the twenty-first.” —Bruce Sterling


November 25, 2009

NATURAL AND CREATED ENVIRONMENTS

natural and created environments, Laurie Sermos

natural and created environments, Laurie Sermos

natural and created environments, Laurie Sermos

natural and created environments, Laurie Sermos

Laurie Sermos’ photographs deal with the visible intersection of natural and created environments. Within these modern landscape images, nature or constructed environments of nature are represented as places to be considered and looked at. The environments photographed are often places built with an intended functionality. However through the act of photography, we are able to pause and engage with these environments in a way that allows for a different kind of reflection.


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