In 2009, astronaut Leland Melvin was photographed for his official NASA portrait. But instead of it just being of him, he brought along his two rescue dogs named Jake and Scout. The endearing images that followed show that while the canines can behave when they want, sometimes they just can’t contain their excitement. One photo features the dogs sitting calmly…

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Tattoo artist Alice Carrier specializes in creating beautiful blooms that’ll make you want to frolic in a field of flowers. Her realistic drawings translate into permanently-inked adornments all her over clients’ bodies, and they’re perfect for those that want to keep part of nature with them.

Bouquets of flowers, birds, and butterflies are all things you’ll see in Carrier’s tattoo…

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Wings of Rescue, a nonprofit organization based in Van Nuys, California, has saved the lives of over 12,000 dogs since 2009 thanks to a team of dedicated pilots who transport shelter dogs to new homes around the country. With the help of other volunteers, Wings of Rescue pilots provide air transport for animals who are close to being euthanized due to lack of space in many of California's…

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Missouri-based artist Melissa McCracken paints music. As a synesthete, the sounds that she hears every day—whether it's someone's name or a song on the radio—are translated into vibrant, beautiful colors that carry the cadence of melodies. McCracken's vivid paintings stem from her desire to capture her daily experiences so that others can understand the brilliant, saturated world…

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Alejandro Durán's Washed Up was recently honored with the 2015 Project Launch Juror's Award, which recognizes an outstanding photographer working with fine art or a documentary. For his project, Durán chose to take on the noticeable environmental issues that are currently affecting Sian Ka'an, Mexico's largest federally-protected reserve. 

The…

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Claudine and Honza Lafond combine two of their passions - yoga and travel - in an ongoing series of gorgeous photos they share on Instagram. The couple, who also happen to be yoga instructors, visit beautiful locales and monuments around the world, commemorating their journeys with graceful poses. Their popular account not only highlights their gravity-defying…

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If you’ve ever lamented that a treasured a book was falling apart, then you’ll enjoy seeing how this Japanese craftsman masterfully restored a tattered 1,000-page dictionary to near mint condition. An episode of the Japanese show called Shuri, Bakaseru (translation: The Fascinating Craftsman) featured Nobuo Okano, an artisan who specializes in old…

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If you're not a cat or a dog person, consider the next best thing: a giant tortoise similar to this man's faithful reptile companion. This elderly gentleman has become a familiar sight on the streets of Tsukishima, Tokyo, where he regularly takes his pet African spurred tortoise out for a stroll.

The gentle tortoise, who is sometimes spotted wearing a frilly pink pinafore,…

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Flying camera drones offer a fascinating look at life from a bird’s-eye-view. But as this video points out, you have to be careful about where they’re traveling. The footage was captured by and at the Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, Netherlands in the area where the chimpanzees reside. One of the astute and quick-witted creatures spotted the…

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