We photographed hundreds of the most beautiful chickens, and just look at them!

I’m Matteo and I’m a professional photographer. I’ve always been fascinated by the beauty of birds.

In 2013 I decided to go in search of a Concincina as a pet for my studio garden in Milan. That’s when I met Giorgio, a farmer who invited me to an aviary exhibition.

That very same day, the Concincina hen Jessicah (cue Unchained Melody) stole my heart.

My friend and work partner Moreno joined me in this passion/madness and we started to take pictures of literally hundreds of chickens and roosters.

Just look at them. They are beautiful. And they know it.

Eventually, we ended up with enough material to think about publishing a book. That’s why we just launched a Kickstarter campaign.

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Stone artist akie nakata brings stones to life by painting the living spirit of the being she feels inside the stone, the results are breathtaking!

Who would have thought paintings on stones can be so beautiful? But a stone artist Akie Nakata paints such realistic creatures on stones which sure will leave you in awe. Though stones are not simple materials or canvases for painting pictures on, Akie tried this unique thing and now the whole world is praising her work.

“Among all those numerous stones on a river bank, one stone, looking like an animal, catches my eye. When I find a stone, I feel that stone has found me too. Stones have their own intentions, and I consider my encounters with them as cues they give me it’s OK to go ahead and paint what I see on them.”, says stone artist Akie Nakata

The paintings are so realistic and beautiful that no one can believe that it is just a painting on a stone at first glance. Her work is getting so much appreciation which this talented artist totally deserves.

Akie Nakata says: “So the stones I decide to paint on are not arbitrary, but my significant opposites with whom I have established a connection, which inspires me to work with them. In my encounters with the stones and in my art, I respect my opposites in toto, so I never process stones, and would never cut off an edge to alter the shape. Stones may fall outside our usual definition of living organisms, but when I think of the long time it takes for a stone to change from a huge boulder in the mountains to the size and shape it has, as rests in my palm, I feel the history of the earth that the stone has silently witnessed over the millennia, and I feel the story inside it. I feel the breath of a life inside each stone, so sometimes I paint while I talk to the stone as I hold it in my hand.”

“In order to bring out the living being that I feel in the stone to its surface, I proceed very carefully. I consider step by step, for example, whether I am positioning the backbone in the right place. Does it feel right? Am I forcing something that disagrees with the natural shape of the stone? I tread carefully. I put my paintbrush to the stone when I truly feel that it is the right brushstroke. In this sense, my painting is a dialogue with the stone. It is the stone that determines what I paint on it, not me. The art I want to create is a life newly born in my hands through my dialogue with the stone. I want to paint the life, the living spirit of the being I feel inside the stone.”

“I paint the eyes at the very end, and I consider my work completed only when I see that the eyes are now alive and looking back straight at me. To me, completing a piece of work is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone.”, Akie Nakata says while talking about her incredible paintings.

That’s so true! When you will look at the eyes, you will definitely feel that they are looking back at you. What a talented and gifted artist she is! We absolutely love her work. Here are few paintings which will leave you speechless as they are so realistic.

Now have a looks at those marvelous creatures!

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These amazing photos will change the way you look at the world

In this post, we collected 18 photos that not that many people have ever seen. Here they are — the most unusual perspectives and unfamiliar things that can be found on Earth.

That’s not a pebble on top of a photo. That’s the opposite side of the Moon, with the entire Earth in the background — a photo from NASA offering an extremely rare view of all of humanity.

You’re very lucky if you happened to see the Cappuccino Coast that looks as if someone had poured tons of coffee and milk into the ocean, then switched on a giant blender. The foam is so light that you could puff it out of your hands and watch it float away.

This is a surfer’s workout. This woman is running on the ocean floor with a 40-pound stone, which will help her fight the waves.

This bonsai tree is about 800 years.

A photo of the young Jessica Alba’s grandmother.

Blood vessels in a hand.

Bagger 288 is the largest mechanism in the world that can move autonomously.

A black rhino was born for the first time in 18 years at the Zürich Zoologischer Garten. It’s an extremely rare species.

SuperBowl winners receive these rings. The top picture shows the first ever ring, and the bottom one shows the ring for 2015.

The world’s best chess players trying to play soccer.

A camera captured a gorilla a second before it was broken by the powerful animal.

Snow Crawler is as famous among snowmobiles as Lamborghini is among cars.

Stairs in the desert.

A professional climber clinging to the slightest uneven surface on a sheer cliff face.

The interior of the cupola on the International Space Station.

A special hoop helps this blind dog to not bang its head on its surroundings.

That’s no diorama. It’s a real island in Malaysia, where people actually live.

A Tibetan village.

’’Land of the Giants,’’ a project for a power line.

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Humans attempt to do a christmas card photoshoot with their husky, and the result is just too funny

We’ve all had the feeling at some stage when try as we might, the Christmas spirit just isn’t coming. This appears to be the case for famously grumpy Siberian husky Anuko, judging from the results of his festive photoshoot.

With Anuko however, looks can be deceiving. “He has a dark black mask around his face that makes him look that way. It runs in his family,” his owner Jasmine told Rasplove. His surly, steely expression isn’t down to any kind of innately grumpy character, quite the opposite in fact. He is actually a very relaxed and kind dog who shows a great enthusiasm for the fun things in life. “He’s mostly chilled out, very quiet. He’s not overbearing so doesn’t like cuddles that much, but if you leave the room he will follow. He’s like my little shadow and he intervenes when he sees necessary – something that’s benefited me a lot regarding my mental health” Jasmine told us.

Jasmine found Anuko aged just 5 weeks old, as she was struggling at the time with mental health issues and heard that many like her had benefited from getting a dog. The pair bonded immediately and Anuko has played a huge part in her recovery and wellbeing. “When I got him I was quite suicidal and depressive, I didn’t have any friends or a job and I’d quit school. I lived my life in bed, practically,” she told us. “Thank goodness he came into my life because without him I’d probably still be in bed, or worse. He encouraged me to get out – the fresh air and so many hours outdoors with him did me a lot of good.”

While Anuko may appear to resent the very concept of Christmas, he actually doesn’t find it so bad. We did however share a genuinely miffed moment of Anuko’s a couple of years back, when realising he’d been tricked into believing Jasmine had thrown him a ball. The pics went viral and have changed Jasmine’s life completely, she now runs several social media and webpages dedicated to Anuko and to huskies in general. “I run a website called Snowdog Guru, where I help other Snowdog owners,” she told Rasplove. “They’re a unique breed and come with a lot of responsibility. Because of my expanding website though, I made the decision that I wanted to go to vet school which I’m applying for this year. None of it would’ve happened without him coming into my life.”

So it appears that no matter how grumpy Anuko seems to be on the outside, he and Jasmine could not be happier in each other’s company and the story really illustrates the power of the bond between human and animal. Scroll down below to check out Anuko’s hilariously grumpy (though not really) photoshoot!

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McGhee sextuplets recreate viral photo 6 years later

Today the adorable Ohio-based McGhee sextuplets turn 6 years old – happy birthday to them! Remember their family portrait that went viral in 2010? Four cute little boys and two little girls sleeping on their father… Pretty hard to forget. Well now, 6 years later, they’ve recreated the photo using the same photographer and studio. The results are absolutely adorable!

The sextuplets – Olivia, Madison, Rozonno Jr., Josiah, Elijah and Isaac – and their parents are also starring in a new UP show ‘Growing Up McGhee’, which premiered yesterday. It’s about how parents Rozonno and Mia balance their day-to-day life with caring for the sextuplets while juggling the needs of their family carpet and upholstery cleaning business.

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16 ridiculously photogenic peopleg pencil

The keys to being photogenic, according to some relatively unknown blogger I discovered using a simple Google search, are: raise eyebrows slightly, look above the camera, smile with your eyes, keep your tongue behind your teeth, and hide your double chin. I regret to inform my dedicated fans that after following all of these directives, my photos were not improved in the slightest.

I have subsequently come to terms with the fact that, barring some form of expensive surgery — which, on my diminutive writer’s salary, I cannot afford — I will continue to offend people with wildly mediocre photos, despite trying very hard to take better ones. It is, after all, an unfortunate burden that I wish on no one. I pray that all of you are blessed with great photo-genetics like the awesome looking people who made it onto this list.

1. When you’re already training for the Olympics


2. I think he knows something we don’t


3. This kid has a bright future ahead of him


4. What’s with all these photogenic dudes looking great while being wrestled to the ground?

5. No time for this riffraff, there are cameras in the area


6. The most photogenic murder suspect ever


7. With the grace of a flying swan


8. This baby is never distracted when the camera is rolling

9. The most photogenic homeless person in the world


10. As soon as the helmet comes off

11. When she knows the camera is on her

The mud shot is perfect


12. That’s a mighty big smile for someone about to do a ton of damage

13. Work it, girl

I mean, dude


14. The money shot.

Just let it all out, sweetie

15. Brandon Lloyd’s time with the Patriots was short, but he sure as hell enjoyed it


16. It’s hard not to smile when you’re kicking butt

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Man drives for hours with 3,000 gallons of water – but now watch when he lets the water flow

Animals are magnificent beings that deserve our love and respect.

And it’s a wonderful thing when a human goes out of their way to help them.

Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua from Kenya is truly one of those rare heroes. He does one wonderful thing every day ­– and in return he has won the hearts of hundreds of animals.

The animals of Tsavo West National Park in Kenya are left to perish at the hands of extensive drought that is hitting the area.

The park hasn’t had any rain since June last year, and as Patricks explains: ”If we don’t help them they will die”. And for him that is not an option.

So, every day he drives around the park for hours with 3,000 gallons of fresh water.

Since there’s no water at the park due to the severe drought, the animals have become totally dependent on the help of human volunteers like Patrick.

And his beautiful act of compassion hasn’t gone unnoticed.

As soon as they hear his truck arrive they eagerly gather and flank Patrick’s side as he lets the water flow.

“Last night,” Patrick says, “I found 500 buffalo waiting at the water hole. When I arrived, they could smell the water. The buffalo were so keen and coming close to us. They started drinking while I was standing there. They get so excited.”

This project was started by Patrick a year ago. At the beginning, he rented one truck and simply drove around to different areas of the park.

Now he has several trucks and drives around for hours delivering the anxiously awaited water.

And it is safe to say, that without him showing up every single day, the animals would’ve perished.

True heroes are a rare breed, but Patrick is without a doubt one of them.

If you want to see more, here’s a video from K24TV about unsung hero Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua.

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10+ of the worst selfie fails by people who forgot to check the background

A good thing about selfies is that you don’t need to rely on somebody else’s camera skills (or lack of) in order to get a good picture. As Charles-Guillaume Étienne one said, “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” and nothing can possibly go wrong if you’re the one with your finger on the button…right? Well, not quite. Check out this list of hilarious selfie fails compiled by Rasplove to see what we mean. From people getting caught out by mirrors they forgot were there, to folks who simply didn’t check behind them before they snapped their picture, this collection should serve as a funny reminder that doing something yourself isn’t always such a good thing. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite!

#1 Spider Photo-Bombs A Selfie


#2 I May See A Better Selfie Of A Man, A Baby And A Dog This Month But I Doubt It


#3 Even This Dog Is Sick Of Her Selfies

 


#4 Mama’s Big Boy


#5 Probably The Best Photobomb Of All Time

#6 When You See It

#7 Selfie Background Fail

#8 Mirror Selfie. Look Closely

#9 Reflection Fail

#10 This Traffic Ugh

#11 Australian Police Have Had Enough Of Your Shit

#12 I Took A Selfie And Saw Myself 20 Years In The Future

#13 Little Girl Selfie Gets Photobombed By Bear-Like Father

#14 You Could Have Left Something In The Shower

#15 That Moment Your Camera Focuses On A Horse’s Butt Instead Of Your

#16 Some Friends Took A Picture And Later Realized That The People In The

#17 One Wrong Move And It’s Mine…

#18 Aww My Boyfriend Is So Sweet! Sneaking In Shower Shots Of Me

#19 Buddy Sent Us A Picture Of His Turf-Burn. When You See It

#20 Just Me, Myself And I

#21 When You See It

#22 Yeah Sis’, Another Selfie… Great Idea

#23 So Happy With My New Hair

#24 I Had This On My Refrigerator For 6 Years Before I Noticed It

#25 Sneaky Selfie

#26 Little Brother Fail

#27 My And My Friend’s Selfie In The Train

#28 Three People, One Webcam

#29 All Dressed Up For A Ke$ha Themed Birthday Party And I Couldn’t Resist A Car Selfie

#30 I Know Voldemort Is In The Background

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20 playgrounds that absolutely should not exist

You would think designing a playground would be a fun task. Trying to figure out what makes kids happy while keeping them safe is a tough balance but it seems like something that would be an alright job.

As it turns out, it’s a lot harder than you might think. There’s a lot of things that can go VERY wrong. Sometimes the theory of a play structure sounds great, but when you actually build it the result is something less than stellar.

These playgrounds are reminiscent of those horrifying abandoned theme parks we looked at before, except they don’t have the excuse of being old and decrepit because they are intended for use by children.

Can you imagine coming across these parks when you were a kid?

1. Excuse me, but who thought this was smart?

 

2. Look both ways before you ride the slide!

3. Could we maybe have picked a better location? Yes…


4. This is not the kind of playground you send kids to if you would like to avoid jail time…

5. This is one way to prevent kids from thinking they can go all the way around…


6. Hope your kid has good reflexes!

7. The perfect playground for even the tiniest kids!


8. It’s probably the fastest slide in all the world, so at least when you break your ankles you can pretend to be impressive

9. Except maybe this one…


10. It’s a long way down to the end of this slide

11. DUCK!


12. Ummmmmm…..

13. That’s one way to raise the stakes


14. There are just so many reasons why clowns are creepy

15. Who thought this was at all acceptable??


16. I don’t understand how these things get approved?

17. Seriously… how?


18. I mean, I want to go on record and say this is pretty much unacceptable?

19. Seriously, these are out there


20. Maybe this one is just for the ghosts?

 

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Photographer took 6 years and 720,000 photos to capture this award-winning photo of a birdh

This story shows how far a person is willing to go in order to achieve their dreams and for the photographer that you are about to meet, the answer to that question just might end up surprising you more than a little bit.

Alan McFayden is a special man who was on a special mission and while the word “million” is often thrown around as a form of hyperbole, he took well over half a million photos in pursuit of the perfect one. Not only that, but he also decided that he would remain in the same place for six years in order to make his dream possible.

Great pictures of the kingfisher bird are very tough to come by and it takes a certain level of commitment to catch them in action. Alan was just the man for the job, as this world renowned photographer captured yet another wildlife moment to provide to those who cannot be there to see it for themselves.

The perfect dive shot that he took of a kingfisher plunging into a lake was a long time in the making and he made the news for his efforts when it came to obtaining the photo. He spent thousands of hours hiding and essentially lived in the hides during this time period.

We are happy to present Alan’s work to you and we are very proud of his incredible efforts. Without his tireless work, many of us would not be able to appreciate nature on the same level that we have become accustomed to.
Do you have any nature aficionados among your friends and family? If so, be sure to pass this incredible story along to them as soon as possible, so that they are also given the chance to appreciate all of the hard work that goes into capturing the perfect shot.

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