Thursday, March 28, 2013

Beautiful Cherry Blossoms Around the World

One of the best known symbols of spring in Japan are the magnificent pink Japanese cherry trees, also called sakura. Starting in mid-March, the Internet is flooded with amazing pictures of all varieties of pink, blooming in parks and streets of different cities of Japan. The earliest city to blossom is Tokyo – this year its sakura trees are expected to be in full bloom by the end of March. Depending on a city, Japanese cherry trees may bloom even through May.

As the official Japanese school year starts in April, the first day back at school or work after the holidays usually coincides with the blooming of the sakuras. You will always see many locals picnicking under the cherries every season – the tradition is called hanami, and dates back to the 8th century!

Because the cherries blossom in bunches of flowers, they are symbolically associated with clouds, and stand for ephemeral nature of life in Japanese culture, that’s highly influenced by Buddhism. Sakura’s are often featured in Japanese art, movies, anime and manga. Curiously, the delicate cherry trees were once even used as part of the propaganda, in order to inspire the “Japanese spirit” before the wake of the World War II.

Even though sakura is the unofficial national flower of Japan, today they have spread to many other countries as well, mostly due to the Japanese diaspora. The blooming of the sakuras is definitely one of the most beautiful sights every spring, wherever you find them!

Dogs Horsing Around

Impressive shots of canine companions having fun with their playful activities.

Wonderful Long Exposure Photos of Waves by David Orias

Photographer David Orias relies on slow shutter speeds, precision camera movement and the rich light of dawn or dusk to capture these amazing images just off the California coast. Of these particular shots Orias says:
"I often use the camera to see our world in ways our eyes cannot see. I do this by using long shutter speeds and camera motion to achieve this goal. I am often asked where the colors on my waves come from. I shoot mostly at dawn and the geography of the location allows higher ambient light levels before the full illumination by the sun. Colors are created by different weather conditions, amount of clouds or even smoke in the air from local wildfires which are often prevalent."

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Deathly Hallows

Inspired by the seventh and final of the Harry Potter novels written by British author J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, here is a selection of some creative analog photos related to the symbol of the Deathly Hallows.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Amazing Rock Sculptures by Woods Davy

The art of sculptor Woods Davy is both inspired by nature and composed of natural elements. The artist, who lives and works in Venice, California, creates what he calls a sense of "Western Zen" with his gravity-defying rock sculptures. His Cantamar and Granite series feature a number of collected stones arranged in an impossible balancing act, leaving one to reflect on its unnatural configuration and one's own spirituality.

Abstracts by Daniel Molina

Abstract photography by Argentinian photographer Daniel Molina.

Majestic Nepal

Photos of the Himalayas and other picturesque regions of the landlocked Asian nation located between China and India.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Amazing Geometric Sandcastles by Calvin Seibert

Sculptor Calvin Seibert has created a number of amazing geometric sandcastles over the past several years. Seibert says building the sprawling sandcastles is a challenge, “nature will always be against you and time is always running out.”

Eye-Catching Architecture