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Ukrainian nature photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko shows us that snails are so much more than incredibly slow-moving mollusks who leave slimy trails and sometimes end up on people’s dinner plates. By looking at his photos we learn that snails appear to be curious, playful and even affectionate.

Shot in the woodland area near his home town in Berdichev, located in the Zhytomyr Oblast of northern Ukraine, Mishchenko’s beautiful photos are apparently unstaged. Instead he relies on an extraordinarily keen eye for spotting wildlife:

'As a child, my father taught me to hunt mushrooms near my home and we would always come across all manner of bugs and creatures,' he said. 'As I got older and my interest in photography grew, I decided I wanted to catch these magical scenes on camera.'

Visit Vyacheslav Mishchenkos’ website to check out many more of his remarkable nature photos. The only thing missing from them is narration by Sir David Attenborough.

[via 22 Words and Dailymail.co.uk]

German-born artist Gabby Wormann uses painstaking care to combine the delicate bodies of animals such as tarantulas, crabs and winged insects with intricate clockwork mechanisms to create beautiful creatures which she calls MeCre, or mechanical creatures.

"Wormann is interested in humanity’s intervention into complex biological systems, and her work postulates the hybrid forms’ role in the future. To the artist, they symbolize a synthesis between biomass and mechanics that will become part of our evolution. These creatures are more resistant, efficient, and technically optimized for a world where we are focused on continually improving at all costs."

Visit Gabby Wormann’s wesbite to check out more of her remarkable MeCre creations.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

A few weeks ago we featured an awesome series of creative dog grooming portraits that were shot at the Intergroom cat and dog grooming conference last year. Intergroom 2014 just took place and this amazing “Super Nintendog” was part of the spectacle, complete with groomers in costume as Bowser and Luigi. 2/3rds of him is the fluffiest Yoshi we’ve ever seen along with a bonus Mario portrait, piranha plant, golden bricks, a 1-up mushroom and Bowser’s spiky tail. It’s a Super Mario Bros. bonanza on one extraordinarily patient poodle.

Visit BuzzFeed for many more photos from Intergroom 2014.

[via RocketNews24]

This awesome photo shows a wild male Anna’s Hummingbird using his incredibly tiny tongue to lick nectar off a human finger. That finger belongs to Beam Guy, who lives outside Sacramento, California and loves hummingbirds so much that he’s managed to train some to perch on his fingers and drink homemade nectar from a small container that he conceals within his closed hand. He’s even learned to imitate one of their high-pitched calls in order to encourage them to come feed from his hands.
Head over to Laughing Squid for videos of this amazing interaction.

This awesome photo shows a wild male Anna’s Hummingbird using his incredibly tiny tongue to lick nectar off a human finger. That finger belongs to Beam Guy, who lives outside Sacramento, California and loves hummingbirds so much that he’s managed to train some to perch on his fingers and drink homemade nectar from a small container that he conceals within his closed hand. He’s even learned to imitate one of their high-pitched calls in order to encourage them to come feed from his hands.

Head over to Laughing Squid for videos of this amazing interaction.

Take a look at these incredibly tiny illustrations of the American West by California-based artist Sam Larson. Now go grab a penny and then look at the drawings again to really appreciate just how small they are. Our favorite piece is the Bigfoot scene. That may be the tiniest Sasquatch we’ve ever seen.

Larson posts all of his marvelous miniature illustrations on his Instagram account. Follow him there to see more.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

These cute metal creatures aren’t simply minimal modern sculptures. They’re an awesome series of CCTV cameras created by Italian designer Eleanor Trevisanutto to look like perching animals - squirrels, birds, lizards and insects. They were designed for Parson, an Italian company working to make electronic surveillance less obtrusive and more stylish.

"Each device is encased within layers of brightly coloured, sand-cast aluminium, which resemble a series of tree-dwelling animals. The camera lens on each character is hidden behind a semi-transparent black screen. The cameras attach to a wall via an arm that looks like a tree branch, with electrical cables concealed inside."

Head over to Dezeen for additional images and info.

Few things symbolize spring as sweetly as a brood of fuzzy baby chicks. Let’s celebrate the beginning of spring with a visit to the Department of Unexpected Interspecies Friendship where we’ll meet Los Angeles-based photographer Candice Sedighan’s amazing dog Champ. Champ is an 11-year-old Golden Retriever and the primary subject of Sedighan’s photographs.

After Candice became the temporary caretaker of a box full of chicks, she decided to introduce them to Champ:

"Initially I was unsure about how Champ would react to them," Candice says. "I carefully introduced him to just one chick in my hand to see how he would react while I was petting it. He didn’t mind the chick at all and just curiously and gently sniffed it. I think one of the biggest reasons he didn’t want to hurt the chick was the way I introduced it to him. He is also much more obedient after years of training and getting used to me photographing him. In 2012, I photographed him with live butterflies on his nose and I’m sure that photoshoot helped prepare him as well.

"Senior dogs are also just undeniably sweet and full of wisdom. One of my biggest goals, through my photos, is to show others that senior dogs can be cute, too! It seems that puppy photos and videos are quite popular these days, and, of course, puppies are adopted much more quickly in shelters and rescues. I hope these photos help people have a change of heart and give seniors a chance!"

As for the chicks, Candice is donating them to the teaching farm at a local college. Follow Candice and Champ on Instagram, Facebook and Flickr.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

Depending on where you live, you may never get to see fireflies or lightning bugs put on their beautiful bioluminescent light shows. That’s all the more reason to appreciate this enchanting time-lapse montage video of fireflies at Lake of the Ozarks, in central Missouri. It was created by Grand Ledge, Michigan-based photographer Vincent Brady, who “had to master several different cameras, learn about photo stacking, 360° panoramas, and even how to pilot a pontoon boat to get all the requisite shots.”

Head over to Vincent Brady’s website to check out his stunning firefly photography and learn more about how he created this beautiful video.

[via Colossal]