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Spectacular photography by Dan Ransom

Images from Environmental Graffiti’s dazzling gallery of skyscrapers being struck by lightning. Check it out for the full light show.

Spectacular night skies captured by photographer John White.

Circuit board paintings by Peter McFarlane

McFarlane on his work:

My circuit board paintings arose from working as a computer sales consultant back in the early 1990’s. I was appalled at the computer’s speed of redundancy and was determined to extend its life…Over time, I created traffic and lightning and other features that played with the metaphors associated with circuit boards and power. The work was more in the realm of the aesthetic, but I found the idea of making landscape beauty out of landfill components appealing. The circuit board, to me, is the perfect contemporary “canvas” or “platform”. It is such an integral part of the global village and contained in so many of our consumer goods that we rely upon to stay “connected” or “consumed”.

The used object is just the foothold for my interrogation of understanding. It is not so much about re-cycling as it is about a poetic re-contextualizing of object and idea. It is similar geography and architecture to urban topography as well as the connection to the circuitry of the mind enhance its intrinsic metaphoric value.

Stormy weather by Anatoly Sokolov

National Geographic’s amazing gallery of Extreme Weather Photos will suddenly make complaining about the humidity seem like whining.

Dramatic photos by Alan Highton from Environmental Graffiti’s gallery Venezuela’s Everlasting Lightning Storm. The photos were all taken in Venezuela’s Catatumbo Delta where the sky lights up over 250 nights a year and for up to ten hours at a stretch. Close to 300 lightning bolts can be produced in just one hour. 

This incredible photo of a thunderstorm at Toroweap Point in the Grand Canyon is by Bret Webster.

This incredible photo of a thunderstorm at Toroweap Point in the Grand Canyon is by Bret Webster.

Phillips bio-light design uses bacteria to light up your living room

Philips has shown off a concept for a light that runs on not grid electricity, not solar power, not even wind power. Nope, it runs on bacteria.

According to Philips, “The concept explores the use of bioluminescent bacteria, which are fed with methane and composted material (drawn from the methane digester in the Microbial Home system). Alternatively the cellular light array can be filled with fluorescent proteins that emit different frequencies of light.”

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Startrails and Lightnings

Credit: B.Metallinos©, Corfu Astronomic Society©

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Startrails and Lightnings

Credit: B.Metallinos©, Corfu Astronomic Society©


Electrical Storm
A powerful electrical storm created an eerie tapestry of light in the skies, at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, near Complex 39A in the hours preceding the launch of STS-8.
Credit: NASA

Electrical Storm

A powerful electrical storm created an eerie tapestry of light in the skies, at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, near Complex 39A in the hours preceding the launch of STS-8.

Credit: NASA