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Esther’s Tree Explorations  (by aj 1982)

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This Icelandic police force has the most adorable Instagram account 

Meet the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police, serving the capital of Iceland. By the looks of their incredible Instagram account, a normal day includes holding kittens, eating candy and wearing false mustaches.

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The blond one with the glasses though.

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Cocoon and Evolved Metallic Mechanitis Butterfly Chrysalis from Costa Rica

Holy shit

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Kaleidoscopic Arrangements of Microscopic Diatoms by Klaus Klemp

It’s hard to believe that the rich history of microscope-enabled art—most recently manifest in the modern era through the likes of Vik Muniz’s sand castle (etched on a grain of sand)Zammuto’s microscope-enabled music video, and the crystal nanoflowers blooming at Harvard—began in the hobby houses of early Victorian scientists. Drawing his inspiration from these early bio-creatives, diatomist Klaus Klemp has spent nearly a decade uncovering, replicating, and improving upon the artform in order to create this gorgeous set of microorganism mandalas.

The diatoms Klemp gets his title from are single-celled algae, of which there are about 100,000 distinctly shaped and colored species. Diatoms were of special interest to Klemp—and to the aforementioned Victorians—because they cover themselves in jewel-like crystalline shells, glittering like organic gemstones when placed beneath a lens. Klemp arranges his diatom mandalas using a decidedly analog setup: a microscope and a pair of tweezers. The detailed patterns are the result of his incredible dexterity, patience, and the natural geometric beauty of diatoms.

According to Klemp, these fascinating single-celled beings can appear almost anywhere in nature. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s a horse trough, or a ditch, gutters, you name it, wherever there’s water, it’s worth having a look,” he says in The Diatomist, a short documentary by Matthew Killip. In the film, the Killip explores Klemp’s resurrection of the medium, as well as the time-consuming processes of gathering, cleaning, organizing, and arranging each set of diatoms. 

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In his series, The Good Badlands, photographer Guy Tal seeks to show us that though it is often hidden, and may only appear briefly, there is delicate and subtle beauty in abundance for any viewer with patience and desire.

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put peanut butter on a pinecone and roll it in bird seed. hang it up outside. wait.

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in high school, I had a chemistry professor who, without fail, referred to the carboxylic acid functional group (often denoted -COOH) as:

the cooch group