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Mesmerizing Environmental Sculptures in Nature by Martin Hill

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I imagine it is difficult to make environmental art of this type without being compared to Andy Goldsworthy. However, I believe Martin Hill’s work is quite unique. Since 1992 and often in collaboration with Philippa Jones, New Zealand-based Hill has focused his art practice on “making environmental sculptures in nature that return to nature.”

Baby Wild Boar in the Snow

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10 Devastatingly Beautiful Photographs from Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014

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The last great picture Nick set out to create an archetypal image that would express both the essence of lions and how we visualize them – a picture of a time past, before lions were under such threat. Here, the five females of the Vumbi pride – a ‘formidable and spectacularly cooperative team’ – lie at rest with their cubs on a kopje (a rocky outcrop), in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Nick got to know and love the Vumbi pride. A few months later, he heard that it had ventured into land beyond the park and that three females had been killed. © Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014

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The price they pay A teenager from a village in southern Tunisia offers to sell a three-month-old fennec fox, one of a litter of pups he dug out of their den in the Sahara Desert. Catching or killing wild fennec foxes is illegal in Tunisia but widespread. Bruno discovered widespread wildlife exploitation, including hunting and capture for commercial trade and traditional medicine. He also discovered that the causes and therefore the solutions are complex and include high unemployment, poor education, lack of enforcement of conservation laws, ignorant tourists and tour companies, habitat destruction and the socio-political legacy of the ‘Arab Spring’ revolts. But Bruno is convinced that change is possible – that tourism has a part to play and that thought-provoking images can help raise awareness among tourists as well as highlight what’s happening to the fragile Sahara Desert environment. © Bruno D’Amicis / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014

As our human race continues to encroach upon and threaten the natural world that surrounds us, few genres carry as much weight as wildlife photography, and for 50 years, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition at London’s Natural History Museum has maintained its position as a leading international platform for imagery that transforms and enriches our perceptions of those creatures with whom we share our planet.

Powerful Kaleidoscope Landscapes Explore Humans’ Impact on Climate Change (NSFW)

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Lunar Synthesis, Oregon Coast, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York.

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Crude Love in the Anthropocene, Los Angeles, California, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York.

Photographer David Benjamin Sherry’s latest series, Climate Vortex Sutra, is a study in landscape, still life and portraiture that hints to humans direct impact on a changing climate. Sherry juxtaposes monochrome landscapes with colorful nude portraits, showcasing the terrain of the human body.

Photo du Jour: A Tale of Two Baby Squirrels

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In early September of this year, I discovered a baby squirrel on the side of the road. With unopened eyes and just a downy layer of fur, she was unable to fend for herself. I picked her up and carried her in my hands to the nearest vet’s office, her small snout burrowing into my skin in search of food.

Photos of Wayward Farmers Reinterpret the Mythos of the American West

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For Manifest, photographer Kristine Potter reinterprets quintessential visions of the American West, reframing the Colorado Western Slope and its remote inhabitants in such a way that distorts and obscures traditional legends of the past. Here, the emblematic cowboy and his mountains are abandoned for lonesome farmers and forgotten wildness, lost souls and phantasms.

Photographer Rachel Sussman Journeys Around the Globe in Search of the Oldest Living Organisms

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La Llareta #0308-2B31 (2,000+ years old; Atacama Desert, Chile)

What looks like moss covering rocks is actually a very dense, flowering shrub that happens to be a relative of parsley, living in the extremely high elevations of the Atacama Desert.

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Dead Huon Pine adjacent to living population segment #1211-3609 (10,500 years old, Mount Read, Tasmania)

Fire destroyed much of this clonal colony of Huon Pines (as seen in this photograph) on Mount Read, Tasmania, but a substantial portion of it survived. The age of the colony was discovered by carbon dating ancient pollen found at the bottom of a nearby lakebed, which was genetically matched to the living colony.

For The Oldest Living Things in the World, Brooklyn-based photographer Rachel Sussman traveled to all seven earthly continents in search of the planet’s most resilient living organisms. Working backwards from the year zero, the photographer collaborated with some of the world’s top biologists and researchers to track down individual plants, corals, fungi, and bacteria that have persisted through at least 2,000 years to arrive at the present moment in human history.

Our 10 Favorite Photos from the 2014 Nikon Small World Competition

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Noah Fram-Schwartz
Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
Jumping Spider Eyes
Reflected Light
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Mr. Jens H. Petersen
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Ebeltoft, Denmark
Anagallis arvensis (scarlet pimpernel)
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Dr. Philipp Keller
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Ashburn, Virginia, USA
Live zebrafish embryo at 22 hours post-fertilization
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No medium straddles the fields of art and science quite like photomicrography, and Nikon Small World has held its position as the leading international competition of photos captured through a microscope since its founding in 1974. As the competition celebrates its 40-year anniversary, it invites top scientists and media professionals to curate a diverse collection of imagery featuring everything from insect eyeballs to the molecular composition of the earth’s minerals.

Touristing Americans and Their Vehicles in Yellowstone National Park

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Madison, WI, photographer Lewis Koch explores humans’ relationship with nature in one of the places that’s got to be richest for this type of photography–Yellowstone National Park. I appreciate the sentiment that much of this incredible place was razed and reshaped simply so that it could be visited by people en masse, their giant recreational vehicles parked on the pavement in what used to be majestic, untouched wilderness, but I also get a kick out of the tourist culture evident in the project.

Into the Rainforest: Discover the Lush and Magical Flora of New Zealand’s South Island

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In her native New Zealand, photographer Thysje Arthur catalogs the breathtaking flora native to the Westland rainforests. Here, nutrient-rich humus composed of rotting leaves and bark allows for a thriving and fertile forest floor blanketed in color. Exuding a spellbinding aroma, the soil, plants and flowers underfoot cause the ground to feel surprisingly spongy and less solid than we might expect.