It is no question that nature often inspires some of the best design (see Nature and Design). There are countless incredible trees in this world, each amazing to look at in its own right – especially those that are particularly unique or strange. Take a look at our collection of the 10 Weirdest Trees on Earth.
A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. – D. Elton Trueblood
The two trees above are sculpted trees by Axel Erlandson. Sculpting trees is also known as Arborsculpture. Visitors come from all over the world to see his horticulture attraction in Santa Cruz, California.
Great Blue Hole, Belize
Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona
Uluru (aka Ayers Rock), Australia
Volcanic Island, Aogashima, Japan (photo credit)
Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada
Tunnel of Love – Old train tunnel in Kleven, Ukraine (photo credit)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Iguazu Falls, Border of Brazil and Argentina
Lavender Fields, Provence, France
New York City (photo credit)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Amazon River (photo credit)
Angel Falls, Venezuala
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Barcelona, Spain (photo credit)
Machu Picchu, Peru
Buddhist Monastery, Himalayas
Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Kitakyushu, Japan (photo credit)
Outdoor hottub on Matterhorn Mountain (photo credit)
Sand Dunes in Peru
Festival of Lanterns, Chiang Mai, Thailand (photo credit)
Seljalandsfoss Falls, Iceland
Adirondack Park, New York (photo credit)
There’s nothing like looking at some creative photo effects for a little bit of inspiration, so check out the 10 Coolest Photoshopped Pictures of Houses that we could find. If you had to pick, which one would you want to live in?
You can find more incredible photo effects over at Worth1000.com, a fun site that hosts photoshop and other creative contests daily.
Dubbed the jet ski of the sky, Icon A5′s amphibious light sport aircraft can ride both air and water. The A5’s airframe is constructed of high-strength, lightweight carbon fiber which provides the utmost in durability and performance. The intuitive cockpit looks like the inside of any well designed sports car, and the side windows are easy to remove so you can experience the brilliance of open air flying. The A5 also features folding wings to make towing your airplane just as easy as towing any car or trailer.
IS HE STILL THERE?!: One morning while on the Big Island of Hawaii, i exploring my surroundings to see if i could find something to photograph. I almost went back inside when something on this huge palm tree leaf caught my eye. I stayed around and it was this little gecko, startled by my presence he was hidden between the ridges of the leaf. He would pop his head up periodically to check his surroundings, as soon as he saw i was still there he would hide again. We played this game for a while until i got the shot. Holualoa big Island, Hawaii. (Photo and caption by Lorenzo Menendez/Nature/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
NONI NECTAR FOR GREEN GECKO: Madagascar Gold Dust Day Gecko licking nectar from a young noni fruit in Kailua, Hawaii. These geckos were living all around the hale’ we were staying in, enjoying the noni and basking on the railing and sunny steps to our place. They were very shy mostly, except this one must have enjoyed the nectar so much as to let me get a shot of their favorite activity. They seemed to tend the noni very attentively throughout the day. August 2010, Chandra S Sherin. Kona Village Resort, Kailua – Kona, Hawaii. (Photo and Caption by Chandra Sherin/Nature/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
ATACAMA SUNSET: Setting sun lights up clouds over Salar de Atacama in north Chile. I took this photo in July 2011 and at that time clouds like this were worrying sign of more unusual snow fall which already blocked roads to Bolivia and Argentina. Thankfully this time it just served as spectacular canvas to a sunset and reminder how beautiful is the world we live in. Salar de Atacama, Chile. (Photo and caption by Magdalena Rakita/Nature/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
STINGRAY: This image was captured to Sandbar, Grand Cayman during my last trip.This beautiful creature turn around you very close and you can touch it.This is a really amazing experience, you are surrounded by dozen of this friendly animal. Sandbar-Grand Cayman-Caribean (Photo and caption by Gazzaroli Claudio/Nature/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
WINTER LOLLIPOPS: Winter is extremely beautiful in Lithuania. It was an early morning and minus 25 degrees Celsius outside. This landscape feels out of this world, but in fact it’s in the outskirts of my home city, Kaunas—just a mile away from my house. Oftentimes beauty lies just a step away from our door. Kaunas, Lithuania (Photo and caption by Matas Juras/Nature/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
OXPECKER’S PUZZLE: I’ve always been intrigued by the markings of giraffes–how they vary between individuals and how they look like pieces of a puzzle, cracked mud or even tectonic plates in my scientific mind. I’ve tried many times to capture them but it was never right. Here, this oxpecker in a tight crop, lost on the abstract surface and framed by the legs of the larger animal finally seems to work. South Africa. (Photo and caption by Benjamin Bronselaer/Nature/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
CLASH OF CIVILISATIONS: Walking down a main street in Addis, I met this young character. We started talking and soon became friends. One day, he invited me to his home to try some famous Ethiopian coffee, prepared traditionally. As I drank cup after cup of exquisite, freshly roasted coffee, this scene emerged in front of me. In a way it described my experience of Ethiopia, and other African nations I had worked in: a rapidly changing, dynamic world where tradition and modernity struggle to coexist. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Photo and caption by Jason Benovoy/People/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
YUENGLING, 2011: This is the first photo that I took of my friend, Robert, when he got back from serving in Afghanistan for one year. He didn’t talk much. We just sat together, and he showed me what he was feeling when I put my camera in front of him. He was humble. He didn’t complain, but only filled the room with his experience of wearing combat boots, and carrying a gun to work everyday. He drinks a lot now, but I guess he always did. Douglasville, GA. (Photo and caption by Ashley Kauschinger/People/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
THE PENITENTS: The day of Friday, there is the traditional procession of penitents through the village streets beating their backs with the discipline of rings and metal plates. San Lorenzo Maggiore, Benevento, Italy. (Photo and caption by Salvatore Picciuto/People/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
WEATHERED HANDS: The Kara women collect the water, cook for family, harvest the fields, make the clothing, and are the backbone of the tribe. This elderly woman was the only white-haired person I came in contact with. I tried desperately to get a pleasing portrait and caught her hands in my peripheries; the perfect symbol of the woman’s role in tribal society in the Omo River Valley. Her bracelets are made from salvaged AK-47 shell casings, a symbol in itself for the cyclic theme of war and revenge between the Kara and the neighboring tribe, the Nyangatom. Omo River Valley, Ethiopia. (Photo and caption by Nicholas Wiesnet/People/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
CHILDHOOD: When does childhood become adulthood? When does snack time become lunch at your desk? When did safety shift from blankies to insurance? When did magic turn into illusion? Childhood. When the whole world is magic. Portland, Oregon. (Photo and caption by Mei Ratz/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
MY OWN LIGHT: Pinki Kundu, a 13 yrs old girl is suffering from a chronic disease & is being treated in Mother Teresa TB Hospital in Kolkata.She is under CAT 1 drug therapy & is doing well.The day I photographed her she was very hopeful mood that she would be returning back to her parent soon. Kolkata, West Bengal, India. (Photo and caption by Saibal Gupta/People/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
PAPA: This a portrait that I took of my Grandfather. He was a photographer and I wanted to show all his wonderful old cameras and his life in an editorial styled portrait. He just turned 95 years old and still remembers how all his old camera’s work. I really love this picture and hope you like it as well. Hillside, IL. (Photo and caption by Christopher Bellezza/People/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
SALOME RAMOS: Salome Ramos is 64 years old and lives in Quibdo, a town with a 95 percent Black population derived from African slaves imported to Pacific coast of Colombia by the conquistadors. She is presently out of work, but her previous Jobs include everything from maid to miner. The economics of Quibdo are almost entirely supported by the wages of mining or fishing and the towns atmosphere has a raw vibrance, I felt like an alien as everyone stared at me- in a curious rather than un-welcoming way. Quibdo, Colombia. (Photo and caption by Carlos Manuel Saavedra/People/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
AUBURN PRIDE: Young men driving into a patch of reflected light along Auburn Rd. Part of a larger personal project documenting the western Sydney suburb of Auburn. The series provides a glimpse into the life of the next generation of Australians living in Auburn, peering behind the veil of this little-known side of society. Auburn is a small suburb in Sydney’s west, a landing point for many migrants and refugees when they first arrive in Australia. Sydney, Australia. (Photo and caption by George Voulgaropoulos/People/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
NEW ORLEANS STREETCAR: This is a streetcar in New Orleans traveling back towards The Quarter on St. Charles Ave. I held the camera against the window sill, making sure to divide the image equally between the inside and the outside. New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo and caption by Don Chamblee/Places/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
PRAYING ON THE LAND OF BLACK JERUSALEM – I: Black Jerusalem is the name given to Lalibela, the ancient capital of Abyssinia and monastic city of northern Ethiopian mountains. Its 11 rocky churches hidden in the volcanic rock are still venerated as the Mecca of the Ethiopian Coptic Christianity. Every believer is required to make at least once in his or her life a pilgrimage. Inside the rock-carved church Debra Sina, a female pilgrim draped in her robe is reading the bible. In the background a corridor communicates with the church Golgotha whose access is denied to women. Lalibela – Ethiopia. (Photo and caption by Sophie Picavet/Places/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
FLAT OCEAN: Just before a huge monsoon downpour, the ocean became flat as I have never seen before. It was drizzling a bit, people were on their way to their house, when I walked up this pier. The light rain made the pier mirror-like, and the ocean was so calm. On the horizon are the islands just in front of Makassar, part of that special islands of Sulawesi. Makassar, Indonesia. (Photo and caption by Erik Kievit/Places/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
LIGHT’S TRYST WITH DARKNESS IN SEMI-URBAN INDIA: Image shot at 11:45pm, where a windstorm caused complete blackout on a newly constructed bridge in Lucknow,India. The pic is taken in a newly urbanized area, however cheaper modes of transport-autorickshaws and 2 wheelers still rule the streets at any hour. The pic shows various contrasting features – Some folks sitting, some walking, some driving without lights (autorickshaw), some navigating with ‘high beam lights’ to also give the missing illumination of installed street lights. The contrasting movements/features are depicted by the contrast of lightness and darkness, in the semi-urban city. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. (Photo and caption by Taran Bedi/Places/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
THE PIGEON FEEDERS: Photographs taken at the entrance to the New Mosque in Eminonu districkt of Istanbul. After strolling through the streets of this ancient city, I have stopped there to relax watching the hordes flying from one feeder to the other. Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo and caption by Wojciech Ryzinski/Places/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
NATURAL LANDSCAPE PAINTING: The Landmannalaugar is probably one of the most impressive place in Iceland, a popular tourist destination. Located near the volcano Hekla in southern section of Iceland’s highlands. The area displays a number of unusual geological elements, like the multicolored rhyolite mountains. When I took this picture, it was raining and it became worse after. I waited a bit for have people into my composition, in such a landscape to have a notion of scale is important, hence you will find a group of people at the bottom left. Iceland, Landmannalaugar. (Photo and caption by Romain Chassagne/Places/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
BY THE WIND OF CHANCE: I was doing my touristic duties to photograph the Pyramids, and I hear my professor shouting. Next thing you know my entire class and some police officers were running to catch my professors hat. It actually wasn’t until later that night when scrolling through my photos that I realized I captured this gem. Great Pyramid of Giza. (Photo and caption by John Head/Places/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
TIME: An image with beautiful natural colours i was surveying for work when i found this moment and only got the one single shot due to the meeting with my client, the car and the climber was removed one week after the image was taken… UK. (Photo and caption by Simon Belham/Places/National Geographic Photo Contest) #
Türkçe dahil geniş bir dil coğrafyasında “üç maymun” ya da “üç maymunu oynamak” deyimleri genelde “duymadım, görmedim, bilmiyorum”‘u ifade etmek için kullanılır.
Üç maymun deyiminin kaynağı Türkiye’ye oldukça uzak. Kaynağı tam olarak Japonya’nın dağlık Nikko kentinde 1626 yılında yapılmış bir ahırın kapısının üzerinde.
Japon inanış ve geleneklerinde “iyi davranış iyi sağlık getirir” inancı da var. Bu inanca Koshin adı veriliyor ve 17.yy da olduğu gibi bugün de güçlü bir şekilde varlığını sürdürüyor. 1636 yılında Nikko’da bir tapınağın bahçesindeki ahırın üzerine işlemeler yapan usta üç maymun figürünü işlediğinde bütün dünyaya yayılacağını biliyor muydu acaba? Hem de bazen yanlış anlaşılarak?
Üç maymun figüründeki maymunlar çocukların “kötü duymaması, kötü konuşmaması ve kötü görmemesi gerektiğini böylece daha sağlıklı bir hayatları olacağını anlatır”.
Maymun figürlerininin olduğu tapınak bugün de oldukça popüler. Her oymanın altında anlamı iki dilde açıklanmış.
Bir çok Japon tahta oymaların altında maymunları taklit ederek fotoğraf çektiriyor.
17.yy da yapılmış bir ahır kapısından dünya dillerine, Türkçe’ye giren bir deyim. Dünya cidden küçük, değil mi? Kaynak:ŞİMDİ GEZELİM firstname.lastname@example.org