Alice's Blog – December 2012 Archive (53)

10 Inspiring Quotes For 2013

It's hard to believe but another year has come and gone. Tonight, as many of you put on your party dresses and pop your champagne, I'll be with my husband and baby boy celebrating his first New Year's in the comfort of my home. Thank you for a great 2012 - for helping us reach some incredible milestones (like 100K…

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Added by alice on December 31, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Fantastic Long Exposures of Fireworks



Since today is New Year's Eve, what better way to celebrate than by seeing some fantastic long exposures of fireworks? Professional astronomer Galaxy_of_Emptiness took these incredible shots, not during last year's New Year's, but instead during Australia Day, the official national day of Australia. It is celebrated…

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Added by alice on December 31, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

500 LEDs Resemble Glowing Fireflies at Night



For Into the Great Wide Open, a music and art festival in Vlieland, an island on the coast of the Netherlands, artist Tamar Frank created a stunning installation at the small inlet of a pond. She took 500 LED lights and carefully placed them between reeds so that they appeared like a colony of fireflies. As visitors walked amongst the brush, they activated the "swarm" of fireflies,…

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Added by alice on December 28, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

12 Awe-Inspiring Photos of Lightning

What better way is there to show both the beauty and power of nature than with these incredibly electrifying images of lightning? While sometimes it just takes being at the right place at the right time, like for amateur photographer Bertrand Kulik and his photo of a brightly illuminated Eiffel Tower, for others, like Dan Ransom, it requires carefully assembling a composite image or "stacking" multiple photos together to showcase a wild electrical storm (like the…

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Added by alice on December 28, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Frozen Bubbles Suspended Below Abraham Lake

Abraham Lake has become world famous, especially amongst photographers. The artificial lake, which lies in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, is home to a rare phenomenon where bubbles get frozen right underneath its surface. They're often referred to as ice bubbles or frozen bubbles.

What causes this to happen? As photographer Fikret Onal explains, "The plants on the lake…

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Added by alice on December 27, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

French Father Shoots Whimsical Reflections of His 6 Kids



The New York Times' photography blog, Lens, led me to French photographer Alain Laboile this morning along with all of the wonderful photos he's taken of his six kids. Mostly shot in black and white, his photos read like a visual diary of childhood and all the fun and the fantasy…

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Added by alice on December 27, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

12 Most Unforgettable Artworks from 2012

It was quite the year for art! What better way to look back on 2012 than with some of the most magnificent sculptures, drawings, paintings, and installations we witnessed this year? From a rain room where you don't get wet to an incredibly realistic ballpoint pen drawing, these artworks will forever be etched into our memory both for their unbelievable…

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Added by alice on December 26, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Adorable Photos of Japanese Snow Monkeys

While we've all come to know Ben Torode as the owner of the cutest kitten in the world, you may not know that he also enjoys traveling around Japan to photograph some other adorable creatures. In the winter, he heads to the famous hot springs at Jigokudani monkey park in…

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Added by alice on December 26, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Merry Christmas from 20 Terrific Creatives

As it's the day before Christmas, we thought, what better way is there to wish you all a very Merry Christmas than with the help of some very creative people? So, just for you, we've put together this post of 20 different artworks or photos that each say "Happy Holidays!" or "Merry Christmas!" in their own unique way. Save for a few, they're all made by artists and…

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Added by alice on December 24, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Top 10 Illusions in 2012

Just like in 2011, let's wrap up 2012 with some of the most mind-bending photos or artworks we came across this year. Though an illusion is defined in several different ways, we like it when it's described as something that distorts our senses or changes our perceived reality. From…

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Added by alice on December 23, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Intriguing New Shadows of the Invisible Man



Barcelona-based art director Pol Úbeda Hervàs continues his series, titled I'm Not There will, with some striking new images. Using just a shadow and a pair of shoes, he creates intriguing portraits of an invisible man. In his most recent image, he switched out the worn pair of…

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Added by alice on December 23, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Hilarious and Heartwarming Photos of Dogs in Snow

With Christmas right around the corner, I thought we'd end this week's posts with these photos of some adorably cute dogs. What could be more heartwarming than seeing little golden retrievers, pugs or cavaliers running, jumping or just plain frolicking in the snow? Nothing much, we say. It was created just for those of you who haven't been able to get into the holiday spirit.…

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Added by alice on December 21, 2012 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Plastic Toys with Funny Captions: Christmas Edition



It's been almost two years since we came across Aled Lewis's hilarious series, called Toy Stories, where he pairs miniature plastic toys with hilarious captions. However, it was only just last month that he…

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Added by alice on December 21, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

2012 International Photography Award Winners

Special: Digitally Enhanced 2nd Place Winner Tom Chambers "Ilumination"

The International Photography Awards, now in its 10th year, is a global competition that looks for the best photographers on a professional, non-professional and student level. Called one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world…

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Added by alice on December 21, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Herzog & de Meuron's Incredibly Awesome Parking Garage



Have you heard of 1111 Lincoln Road? If not, you're in for quite a treat. Designed by famed Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, the parking garage, located in Miami Beach, has become world famous for its groundbreaking design. The director of Miami Beach's Wolfsonian Museum said that the $65 million dollar structure "sets a new bar for what parking garages could and should…

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Added by alice on December 20, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Complex Cardboard Sculpture of TIME's Person of the Year

Michael Murphy, the Georgia-based artist who creates those incredible multilayered sculptures, just unveiled a new commissioned piece he created for TIME Magazine. For their iPad edition of their annual Person of the Year issue, Murphy made a huge 8' X 6' X 7' cardboard sculpture of President…

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Added by alice on December 20, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Photorealistic Painting of Twilight in Central Park



I came across this beautiful photorealistic painting called Twilight in Central Park, by artist Rod Chase, and thought it just perfectly encapsulated that magical feeling of wintertime in New York City.

"After 11 paintings in the Foundations of Freedom series, artist Rod Chase has moved on to New York City. Again, he has found just the right spot - the Gapstow Bridge…

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Added by alice on December 19, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Gorgeous Gloomy Shots of Paris in the Winter

Throughout the years we've seen the beautiful city of Paris shot in more ways than we thought humanly possible. From Philipp Klinger's unique photos highlighting its illusions and patterns to…

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Added by alice on December 19, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Dazzling Christmas Lights On a Spinning Ceiling Fan



Yesterday, Redditor CycleNinja blew people away when he posted these images that show what happens when you attach Christmas lights to a spinning ceiling fan. Of course, these are not your traditional Christmas lights, they're battery powered LEDs that were in one of their "blinking pattern modes."

When asked by a fellow Redditor if he could share pictures of the set-up, CycleNinja…

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Added by alice on December 18, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Massive Mural of Waves Drawn Entirely with a Silver Pen



Currently on view at Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park Pavilion is this massive mural made with just blue paint and silver paint pen. São Paulo-based artist Sandra Cinto, along with a team of two assistants and 20 local volunteers, worked tirelessly for two weeks (nine hour each day) to complete this incredible installation. Called Encontro das Águas (or Encounter of…

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Added by alice on December 18, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

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