Fantastic scenes of fog

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Smoke (on the water)

Mist in East Clear Creek

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Big John above the Cloud

Mystifying forests, hiding valleys, shrouding cities — so many ways of those low-lying clouds to create captivating scenery. Enjoy these various views of fog in natural landscapes and urban environments.

Do you want to see more? Visit the Fantastic Fog gallery and Fog and Rain group.

Photos from oskarzapi, Brînzei, Coconino National Forest, cafedemars, and PeteTsai.

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Black and white samplr

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Bob Stroger ~ Chicago Blues Legend

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[Mr Smoke]

Cata with #moustache in #Rihanna mode ON

Great monochrome shots uploaded in the past couple of days by Viewminder, 俣白 李(YUBAI LI), .unsuono., ez90, and Paz Martín.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen
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Space, the final frontier

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Hubble view of M 106

Ring Nebula The Rose

Hubble Sees the Remains of a Star Gone Supernova

These are just a few of the stunning space photos that the European Space Agency and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center have recently uploaded to their photostreams.

If you are a space aficionado or simply want to immerse yourself in more phenomena seen from earth and beyond, check out some of our wonderful astronomy groups:

Astronomy,
Astronomy, Stars, Planets and Space,
Astronomy Photos,
Astronomy for all,
Amateur Astronomy

And in case you came here looking for something different, we do have amazing Star Trek groups on Flickr as well.

Photos from NASA Goddard Photo and Video and europeanspaceagency

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen
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#FlickrFriday: Pen and Paper

Pen and Paper

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Atelier Encre de Chine avec Papy

Pen & Paper

Playing with pens on paper.   Pen & paper (spring version)   I Think We're Lost...

153/365 "FlickrSunday" - Home - Castellón - Spain

# Our last Flickr Friday theme was Pen and Paper.

Your contributions this week spanned from playful arrangements of every kind of pen we could imagine to a more personal window into the sketches, notes and ink spills that adorn your world. Join us and discover all the wonderful submissions in the Flickr Friday group pool.

It’s also time to start shooting for our current theme #TheLivesOfOthers, perfect for street photographers or those looking to put a creative, narrative slant on their photography. We will showcase your next FlickrFriday contributions later next week.

Photos from Bryen., Daniel Barrera H, Gunn Point, dinelo, seanbowes94, Gabbbbbbbbbbb, Caropaulus, Bradley Wells, and unoforever.

#FlickrFriday is a weekly photography project that challenges your creativity. For a chance to be featured on FlickrBlog, follow @flickr on Twitter & like us on Facebook and look for the weekly theme announcement every Friday. Browse the Flickr Friday category for more.

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Pop icons in unfamiliar scenes

Looking at JD Hancock’s photostream, it’s easy to understand why he proudly admits to being a self-proclaimed geek. JD loves taking photos of his favorite childhood characters ranging from comic books to science fiction and adventure movies. It’s his creative approach, however, that makes his work unique.

“I go out of my way to make my photos fun and whimsical,” he says in the accompanying video. “I love putting well-known pop culture icons in situations you normally wouldn’t see them in — just to get a laugh out of the viewer.”

To put it simply, JD describes himself as “a kid at heart.” When he first joined Flickr in 2005, JD was amazed by the level of photography on the website and was moved to create images of his own. Unfortunately, he did not have the time to go out to shoot incredible landscapes or portraits.

Influenced by macro photographers like Nicolas Vallejos, JD became interested in tabletop photography and decided to create small scenes to capture with his camera.

Happy April Fools Day!

“I looked around the house and thought, ‘What could I take pictures of?’” JD says. “Finally it hit me. Toys! I’ve got my toys, my kids’ got toys. I realized instead of taking pictures of real life, I could use the characters in my house.”

Using his family’s kitchen as his photo studio, JD used whatever materials he had available, such as flashlights, plastic cups, sticky notes and raisin boxes.

“I really like the idea that I can create a whole world in my kitchen,” JD says. “I’ve gotten to the point where I can get setups done really quickly, then I can spend a lot of time on actually taking the photo and positioning characters the way that I think they should.”

Pretty Penny The New Girl

After posting several pictures on Flickr, JD quickly discovered people responding positively to his work. Viewers loved the juxtaposition of seeing their beloved characters in not-so-familiar scenarios.

“I feel like it’s sort of like a behind-the-scenes of what that character is really like in their day-to-day lives,” JD explains. “For example, the thing about Stormtroopers in Star Wars is they’re serious guys helping Darth Vader to keep a tight grip on the universe. But really, they’re just kind of regular guys. I’ve always thought it would be kind of fun to get a picture of what those guys look like after hours or between raids.”

"It's Fun To Stay At The ..." Military Maneuvers

One of his most popular photos is called Four Storms And A Twister.

“I really liked the idea of the Stormtroopers goofing off and trying to get away with doing something fun,” JD says. “Because what they’re supposed to be doing is something awful. But all they want to do is let loose and have a good time!”

JD pushes his creativity further with every photo he takes. One of his favorites is Berry Hard Work — a photo inspired simply by noticing large strawberries in his local grocery store.

Berry Hard Work Setup (3/11) Berry Hard Work Setup (6/11)

“I saw these strawberries and thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if you could just climb all over one of those things?’” JD says. “It was a fun setup, but very challenging. I had to slice the strawberries very, very carefully to make it look like it could have been done by one of the little guys. But in the end, I was happy with the result.”

"That's a big Twinkie." Thunder Of Hooves

Over the years, JD has been continuously surprised by the positive feedback he’s received regarding his work, and says it only encourages him to do more. As a result, his photography has been featured in the New York Times, CBS News, Mashable — it’s even been on an album cover.

Swimming In The iPool Han Solo's Big Adventure

“My photos are really a labor of love,” JD says. “I like the idea of trying to be a photographer that shows someone something they’ve seen before, but in a completely different way. I have been a fan of geeky stuff since I was a kid, and the idea that other people are getting some enjoyment out of it makes me extremely happy.”

Visit JD’s photostream for more of his photography.

Are you looking for more macro photography? Check out our previous episode: Tiny worlds in drops of water

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Cute cubs

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Raccoon babies

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Three in a Tree

Fox cubs having a quiet moment rural Suffolk Vulpes vulpes

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Siberian tiger cub - take 2

Climbing trees, wrestling siblings, bothering mom, or simply looking curious — rambunctious cubs exhibit a whole bunch of charming expressions, making them fun subjects to photograph. Here are a few of the many delightful snapshots of young, playful mammals seen in zoos and rural areas.

See more, and share, photos in the Cute Cubs gallery and Mammals group.

Photos from Dan Dan The Binary Man, BernieErnieJr, WisteriaLane, Hello, It’s Me, mikejrae, DarwinAndHuxley, and kjaer.hansen.

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Art by Patricia Piccinini

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Patricia Piccinini 'The Comforter'

Patricia Piccinini: Unforced Intimacies

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Australian sculptor Patricia Piccinini stands out in the art world by creating thought-provoking creatures with seemingly hybridized characteristics, and she most recently designed her largest work: a $300,000 hot-air balloon called “The Skywhale” to celebrate the city of Canberra’s 100th Birthday. Made of silicone, fiberglass, and human hair, many of her most striking sculptures appear like sentient beings. When asked about the theme of her art on theskywhale.com, Piccinini stated, “I am interested in what it means to be human in a world of genetic engineering and biotechnology…” — a statement that’s apparent from viewing her sculptures.

See “The Skywhale” in flight in the Canberra Balloons gallery.

Photos from William_James1958, hanneorla, Hellblazer!, Hypermorpheus, and bananatabacco.

Posted by Arnold Chao
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Floods in Europe

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Hochwasser, Dresden

04.06.2013

General View Of Flooded Ústí

Prague

Causing a dozen deaths in one weekend, a deluge in Europe has forced thousands of people living close to waterways and rivers into a state of emergency. Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Poland have been severely impacted. Amid evacuations and dire efforts to contain flooding, hopes are high that the worst of this disaster has passed, stemming from the rain-free forecast that should help drop water levels.

Photos from thomersch, anmu, borekl, and Maryleen Schiltkamp.

Posted by Arnold Chao
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Protests against Turkish government

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Taksim Olayları

Occupygezi

Gezi Park, Istanbul

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A clash between police and demonstrators in Turkey has turned into a week-long movement against the Turkish government. On May 28 at Taksim Gezi Park, an urban recreational area in Istanbul, demonstrators rallied to oppose the government-approved redevelopment plan of the park — including the removal of trees and building a shopping mall. A riot erupted that has triggered more demonstrations across the country. Hundreds of people have now been arrested and injured. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s leadership in reaction to dissidents is under scrutiny as a public angered by his authoritarian style grows, and support of opposing Erdogan has spread beyond Turkey’s borders in European and U.S. demonstrations.

Photos from eser.karadag, Ufuk Akarı, ebestel, SimonSawSunlight, Thorsten Strasas, and Karl Schönswetter.

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Rippling high-rise building

Aqua tower

Aqua Tower

Day 31 - Aqua by Night

View from Balcony

Aqua Tower

Part skyscraper and part sculpture, the tower appropriately named Aqua has a rippling effect with waves of balconies and windows appearing like vertical bodies of water on its facade. The contemporary design garnered awards for American architect Jeanne Gang and the Studio Gang Architects. For $300 million, the 82-story building was completed within 2 years in downtown Chicago located near Lake Michigan.

Photos from Filippo Secchi, Endika Lazkano Iriondo, WallyFlood, Londer Ray.tw, and ifmuth.

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