Picture of the Day: Long Talks and Autumn Walks

In this beautiful photo by Dietmar Rabich, we see the stunning Autumn colours in a nature walk near the hamlet Börnste, Kirchspiel, Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2016/07/long-talks-and-autumn-walks/

Picture of the Day: Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto, Japan

Photograph by YU-JEN SHIH

Kinkakuji (金閣寺, Golden Pavilion) is a Zen Buddhist temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. [source]

The temple is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, and has been designated as a National Special Historic Site and a National Special Landscape. It is one of 17 locations making up the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which together are a World Heritage Site. [source]

The original temple was completed in 1397 although is has burned down numerous times throughout its history, including twice during the Onin War (a civil war that destroyed much of Kyoto) and once again more recently in 1950 when it was set on fire by a fanatic monk. The present structure was rebuilt in 1955. [source]

Kinkakuji can be accessed from Kyoto Station by Kyoto City Bus # 101 or 205 in about 40 minutes and for 230 yen. Alternatively, it can be faster and more reliable to take the Karasuma Subway Line to Kitaoji Station (15 minutes, 260 yen) and take a taxi (10 minutes, 1000-1200 yen) or bus (10 minutes, 230 yen, bus numbers 101, 102, 204 or 205) from there to Kinkakuji. It is open year round from 9am – 5pm and costs 400 yen to enter. [source]

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2016/12/kinkakuji-golden-pavillion-kyoto-japan/

One Year of Flying an Airbus A320 Around Europe

An Airbus A320 pilot created this compilation that shows some of the amazing sights he has seen in the past year of flying around Europe (and a bit of Africa).

The pilot adds that all footage was taken during non-critical phases of flights and/or using a mounted GoPro camera and that safety and flying always come first.

For those interested the song is “Outro” by M83.

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/one-year-of-flying-airbus-a320-around-europe/

Picture of the Day: Ash Cave at Hocking Hills

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In this beautiful photo by Bryan Olesen, we see the popular Ash Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Located in the southernmost reaches of Hocking Hills, Ash Cave is the largest recess cave in the state of Ohio. The horseshoe-shaped cave measures 700 feet from end to end, and is 100 feet deep from the rear cave wall to its front edge, with the rim rising 90 feet high. A small tributary of the East Fork of Queer Creek (seen on the left) cascades over the rim into a small plunge pool below [Source]. For more information on the history of Ash Cave, head to hockinghills.com for a detailed summary.

Hocking Hills State Park is a non-contiguous state park. Within the park are several spectacular features based around rock formations, including Old Man’s Cave, a narrow, deep gorge featuring waterfalls; Rock House, a cliffed area with a rock shelter; Cantwell Cliffs, a broad gorge at the head of a hollow with a unique stone stairway; Cedar Falls, a larger waterfall south of Old Man’s Cave; and the aforementioned Ash Cave [Source].

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2013/02/ash-cave-hocking-hills-ohio/

Picture of the Day: Exploring Iceland’s Ice Caves

Photograph by Ton Anderson | @myspacetom

Tom Anderson, co-founder of social network MySpace, now spends his time travelling and photographing the world. His images are guaranteed to stir your travel desires; definitely check out his work on Instagram and Google+ where he is the most active.

In this photo taken last December, Tom explores the incredible ice caves of Iceland with a guide, which is very important because ice caves can be quite dangerous. If you’re interested in exploring an ice cave, a guide is recommended because caves can and do collapse.

Photo details: Nikon D810, 14mm, 1/20, f/2.8

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2015/12/exploring-icelands-ice-caves-with-tom-anderson/

Daily Timelapse: Naturelapse Volume 3 by Matt Ziniel

natureLAPSE: Volume 3 from Matt Ziniel on Vimeo.

Canvas Backdrops Turn Actual Trees Into 2D Artworks

Myoung Ho Lee is a South Korean artist and photographer. Lee received his Bachelor, Master and Ph. D in photography from Joong-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea.

Represented by the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York City, the gallery explains:

“Myoung Ho Lee photographs solitary trees framed against white canvas backdrops in the middle of natural landscapes. To install the large canvases, which span approximately 60 by 45 feet, the artist enlists a production crew and heavy cranes. Minor components of the canvas support system, such as ropes or bars, are later removed from the photograph through minimal digital retouching, creating the illusion that the backdrop is floating behind the tree.
 
The series includes diverse species of trees photographed with a 4×5 camera in a variety of seasons and at different times of day. Mr. Lee allows the tree’s natural surroundings to fill the frame around the canvas, transforming the backdrop into an integral part of the subject. Centered in the graphic compositions, the canvas defines the form of the tree and separates it from the environment. By creating a partial, temporary outdoor studio for each tree, Mr. Lee’s ‘portraits’ of trees play with ideas of scale and perception while referencing traditional painting and the history of photography.”

What’s most intriguing about Lee’s Tree series is the way a simple white canvas backdrop isolates the subject from the rest of the landscape. Characteristics of the tree become more apparent and it appears flat and 2 dimensional, foregrounding what is normally background.

[Sources: Yossi Milo Gallery, Lens Culture, New York Times]

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Picture of the Day: Morning Fog in Tuscany

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Photograph by Selitbul

In this beautiful sunrise capture, we see an amazing farmhouse located near Pienza and San Quirico d’Orcia in Tuscany, Italy. The morning fog over the rolling hills makes for an idyllic scene. Imagine waking up and enjoying a nice cup of coffee overlooking a view like that!

Tuscany is a region in central Italy with an area of about 23,000 square kilometres (8,900 sq mi) and a population of about 3.8 million inhabitants. The regional capital is Florence and it is regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance and has been home to many figures influential in the history of art and science. Tuscany produces wines, including Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano and Brunello di Montalcino. [source]

via iStock

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2014/10/morning-fog-in-tuscany/