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This may be a fantastic discovery, mistaken identity or a simply a beautiful hoax, but even so the idea is awesome. Manchester Metropolitan University professor John Hyatt claims to have photographed tiny fairies in flight while he was taking landscape photos over a two year period out in the countryside of Lancashire, England. He insists that the photographs are 100% real and haven’t been manipulated in any way.

“It was a bit of a shock when I blew them up, I did a double take,” he said. “I went out afterwards and took pictures of flies and gnats and they just don’t look the same. People can decide for themselves what they are.”

“I don’t believe they are just smaller versions of us and go home and have a cup of tea at the end of the day,” Hyatt pointed out. “And no one is suggesting they have any special powers. From my experience, they were just enjoying themselves and there was a little dance in the sunlight going on. They are just beautiful pictures and beauty can make people believe.”

Hyatt’s photos are currently on display in an exhibition entitled Rossendale Fairies at the Whitaker Museum in Whitaker Park, Rossendale, Lancashire, England.

[via Oddity Central]

This fantastic structure is an interactive inflatable sculpture called Exxopolis. It was created by Nottingham, UK-based company Architects of Air, who call their amazing creations Luminaria and describe them as “monumental sculptures people enter to be moved to a sense of wonder - enter and be amazed.” Even though we haven’t set foot inside one of AOA’s Luminaria (yet), we’re already amazed.

The Exxopolis luminarium is presently set up on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

"The completed structure occupies half a football field and rises to the height of a 3-storey house. EXXOPOLIS took 6 months to build with 55 people contributing to the making. It used 3,000m2 of plastic in its construction in 9,000 individual pieces joined with 6 kilometres of seams."

From the outside it looks like a futuristic bouncy castle. On the inside it looks like a kaleidoscopic dream.

Top photo by Brendon Thorne via Telegraph.co.uk. Subsequent photos and quoted text via Architects of Air.

Visit Architects of Air for more information and many more photos.

Washington, D.C.-based photographer and biologist Robin Moore has repeatedly traveled to Nairobi, Kenya in order to visit the magical grounds of Giraffe Manor (previously featured here). We haven’t been there yet, but Robin’s awesome photos make us even more eager to go. Here’s a brief description if you haven’t heard of it before:

"Located on 12 acres of private land and 140 acres of indigenous forest, Giraffe Manor is home to a herd of endangered Rothschild giraffes, many of which vie for your attention, curiously peaking their heads through the windows and proudly inviting themselves in through the front door."

Head over to My Modern Metropolis to check out a few more of Robin Moore’s enchanting photos of Giraffe Manor. Then let’s start planning a field trip.

When a Los Angeles-based artist named Adam Tenenbaum acquired a few chandeliers that turned out to be too large for his home, he decided to hang them from the tree outside his house instead. That’s how the beautiful Chandelier Tree began. It’s been growing ever since.

Colin Kennedy is a director who lives down the street from Adam and, after watching the Chandelier Tree develop, finally grew so curious about the project that he contacted Adam and created this short documentary about an awesome tree illuminated by numerous chandeliers and the person who made it happen.

[via Kuriositas]

These beautifully painted trees are the work of Wang Yue, a 23-year-old art student in Shijiazhuang, China. Wang Yue specifically seeks out holes in the trunks of trees to use as her canvas - parts of the urban landscape most people overlook. But once they’ve been painted, passersby can’t help but be delighted by the unexpected sight of animals peering out from the trees or magical landscapes that appear to exist inside the trunks, like tiny portals to other worlds. 

"Each piece takes Wang about two hours to complete. The local environmental protection bureau has approved the artworks and publicly stated that the paints used will not harm the tree and will eventually wash away over time. Wang Yue’s artwork has received much praise in the Chinese media. The splash of colour has been welcomed by the citizens of Shijiazhuang, a city of over ten million people, known for having some of the worst air pollution in the world.”

[via Twisted Sifter]

Paige Smith, an artist who works under the moniker A Common Name, creates awesome 3D street art installations in the form of resin sculptures that mimic crystals and other geological formations. The walls of brick buildings, drainpipes, and other ordinary public structures and surfaces appear to contain beautiful geodes - Urban Geodes. These enchanting installations have been embedded throughout Los Angeles and Paige has mapped their locations on the A Common Name website.

“‘Geodes’ in the city and the ones you find in nature have a parallel aspect — they are unexpected treasures,” said A Common Name. “You might go hunting for treasures but you generally happen upon them during your adventures or casual interaction with the environment. I enjoy the fact that many people will not notice these, but some astute people will; that these will not last forever and the weather will affect them as naturally as it might in nature.”

[via Hi-Fructose]

Spider webs are inherently awesome, but this takes them to a whole new level. New Jersey-based artist Emil Fiore, also known as Rocky, has perfected the art of collecting whole spider webs intact and preserving them behind glass. 

Based in New Jersey, Fiore first learned about catching a web in a children’s craft book and, ever since, the idea has stuck. He has used all kinds of sprays and varnishes to master the preservation of each web in its entirety and his hard work has certainly paid off. Spray painted with silver paint and set behind glass, these striking, silky designs are unique and captivating representations of the wonders of nature.

To collect the webs, Fiore spends his days hunting for spiderwebs in Palisades Parks, New Jersey. From May through October, he catches an average of 20 webs a day, five days a week, which he estimates to be roughly 2,000 in total per year. On average, a spiderweb lasts for only a few hours. So when Fiore comes upon an intact web, it’s an exciting moment. He says, “When I find one, I’m exhilarated. The web shimmers and dances in the sunlight with the slightest breeze. The silk refracts light casting rainbows of color at me. It is a thing of beauty and I wax ecstatic, but the capture demands all my attention. I stop breathing to make the catch and time stops with me. Then the hunt continues.”

Visit Emil Fiore’s website to view more of his awesome spider webs and perhaps even snag one for yourself or an arachnophile friend. We might just do so too.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

From the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders comes this impressive geological formation - an enormous rock perfectly balanced atop a smooth mound. Located deep inside the forests of Finland, the balancing rock is called Kummakivi:

"There is still no scientific explanation for how the rock, whose given name translates as ‘strange rock’ in Finnish, has wound up in such a perplexing position."

However it happened, it’s a pretty awesome sight. But we don’t recommend standing under it for too long.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

From the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders comes the Lake Hillier, the mysteriously bright pink lake found on Middle Island in Western Australia that looks like it’s made of Strawberry Nestle Quik or Pepto-Bismol. No one knows for sure why the lake sports such an unusual colour.

According to Wikipedia: The reason for the lake’s colour is still under investigation. A possible explanation according to some scientists involves the low nutrient concentrations and different types of bacteria and algae. The pink colouration could also be from a sea salt and nahcolite (sodium bicarbonate) deposit reaction or red halophilic bacteria in the salt crusts.

Photos by Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News (via Exposing the Truth), JWB @ Panoramio.comRalph Roberts on Google+, and lookcaitlin.

[via Twisted Sifter]