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L.A. photog snaps his muse in a field of yellow

In our humble opinion, pavement-pounding urban dwellers are always well-served by leaving the city and reconnecting with nature. Quinn Tivey agrees. The L.A.-based photographer and stalwart SHFT bro frequently heads into the wilds in search of new images and experiences.

"To lose yourself in someplace wild and untouched by our human development is a sobering experience," Quinn says. "It helps to evoke an awareness of our history and our place on earth." 

Quinn had been told that when the Spanish first arrived on the California coast, they wrote of fields of mustard flowers taller than a man on horseback. So when his ex-girlfriend said she wanted to go for an adventure and that the adventure had to include flowers, they decided to go on a quest for the giant mustard flowers. The results are these endearing photos of a pretty blonde traipsing through a field of yellow wild flowers. Hard to argue with that. 

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Jeremiah Ariaz: Reconsidering Landscape

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Large format photos explore our shifting relationship with nature.

When Jeremiah Ariaz embarked on his photo project Reconsidering Landscape, he turned his camera on city murals of nature scenes, contrasting the imaginary landscapes with rocks, bushes, and trees in the foreground.    The images underscore an obvious irony, in that the murals depict the natural habitats the walls have previously displaced. They illustrate, Ariaz says,......read more

Beautiful Wind Farm Photos by Yozo Takada

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Japanese photographer applies delicate look to "Windscape" series.

Who says wind turbines are industrial eyesores? Shot with the camera of Japanese photographer Yozo Takada, wind farms take on a beautifully muted look that sharply contrasts the brawn and power of the structures. Loving the gauzy vibe of the photos. Very nice. (via Colossal)...read more

Mark Wickens Snaps Sweet Wilderness Pics

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Photos shot in NorCal convey the ethereal beauty of the outdoors.

Born in London, England, Mark Wickens lived in New York and New Orleans before settling to San Francisco, where he currently spends his days working as an architect. On the weekend, when he feels inspired, he packs up his camera and heads for the Great Outdoors to shoot photos.  "Usually, I’ll head out into the wilderness and see how things develop," he says. "Here in Northern......read more

Sand-scapes Photographed by Alexander Hampl

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A painterly perspective of sandy terrain

Alexander Hampl's Sand series, shot in the remote Northland region of New Zealand, portrays desolate sand-scapes sculpted by the forces of nature. The pics venture into abstraction territory, aptly capturing the mystical vibes of the place where, according to traditional Maori mythology, souls of the dead depart on their journey to the afterlife.   More Hampl work can be found on......read more

Photos of Clouds from Four Miles Up

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From an open airplane door, Rudiger Nehmzow snaps heavenly pics of the sky.

Like everyone else who has ever owned a camera, we've taken a lot of pictures of clouds in our lives. But none have ever been quite so epic as any in this collection from German photographer Rüdiger Nehmzow. Why? Because, unlike Nehmzow, we've never shot clouds through an open airplane door. Also, we aren't good photographers. So there's that, too. The Dusseldorf-based......read more

Michael Hall's 'Climate' Series Documents Global Warming

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Photo project captures a climate in flux.

Originally inspired by Tim Flannery's book "The Weather Makers," New Zealand-born, Sydney-based photographer Michael Hall embarked on an ambitious personal project: to capture and reveal the causes and effects of global climate change.  Like his forefather Edward Burtynsky, Hall lures in the viewer with epic, eye-popping images that make us consider our own role in the......read more

Aerial Farm Photos by Edward Burtynsky

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Shot from the sky, the farmlands of northeastern Spain look like abstract paintings.

In June 2010, Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky headed to the remote and dry Monegros region of northeastern Spain, where he hired a helicopter pilot and took to the sky to shoot pictures of the topography below. The results, featured in Sunday's New York Times Magazine, are stunning images of farmland patterns that could easily pass as abstract art.   “You can still see a little......read more

Trees Wrapped in Spider Webs After Flood

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Spiders flee to trees to create cotton candy arachnid islands.

Um, wow. WOW. After unprecedented monsoons caused massive flooding in Pakistan in 2010, millions spiders near the village of Sindh found refuge in above ground in trees, where they wrapped the branches in ghostly webs. Although the disaster didn't grip the attention of the media the way the Japanese earthquake has, it was a devastating event, killing nearly 2,000 people and affecting almost 20......read more

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