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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s breathtaking images of outer space are literally out of this world, inspiring awe at the sheer scale and beautiful mystery of the universe.

Selections from Thomas P. Peschak’s photographic series about manta rays in the Maldives


daniel stoupin, a doctoral candidate in marine biology at the university of queensland, has photographed a variety of coral species using full spectrum light to reveal fluorescent pigments that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. each piece (click pic for name) is from the great barrier reef. given the complexity of the techniques used, which involve time-lapse and stereoscopic and focus stacked photography, the images take up to ten hours to produce in the lab.

More amazing aerial photography by Klaus Leidorf

Fragmented Sculptures Convey Powerful Strength

Edge Sculpture website

This striking collection of contemporary sculptures is filled with a powerful strength conveyed through dramatic gestures and unique forms. Entitled Edge Sculpture, the collection was designed and sculpted by Matt Buckley, the Creative Director of Robert Harrop Designs. The series includes a variety of animals, humans, and mythical creatures ranging from a Cobra to a penguin, a dragon, a unicorn, and a warrior.

The finalists have been announced for this year’s Smithsonian Photo Contest. These are the Natural World finalists. Visit the site to see the rest of the finalists and vote for Reader’s Choice and click on the images for photo credits.

Selections from photographer Jonathan Singer’s book Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World’s Most Extraordinary Flowers and Plants 

About the book:

Jonathan Singer has captured some of the world’s most endangered flowers in remarkable detail and in a light that evokes the paintings of great Dutch masters. This magnificent work draws attention to the need for protecting its subjects and the ecosystems in which they grow. As a force for conservation, it belongs in the same category as the picture book that inspired it—John James Audubon’s Birds of America.





The beautiful palette of Finnish winter captured by photographer Valtteri Mulkahainen 


Oh, amazing world: Absolutely astounding photographs of marine worms, some previously unknown to science, by Russian photographer Alexander Semenov, taken at the Lizard Island Research Station near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the White Sea Biological Station in northern Russia – the most breathtaking thing since Mark Laita’s Sea series

(via Colossal)

Spectacular views captured by photographer Daniel Korzhonov


‘Abrazos’: Anatomical Watercolor Artworks by Fernanda Uribe

Fubiz has assembled a gallery of The Most Beautiful Cherry Blossom Photos of 2014 that lives up to its name. Check it out for more beautiful blossoms and click on the images for photo credits.


Artist Kim Keever’s liquid experiments produce beautifully abstract, hypnotizing swirls of color.