1. nubbsgalore:

    photos by matt smith from the Illawarra coast in new south wales of bluebottles, violet snails and blue dragons. 

    despite its resemblance to the jellyfish, the bluebottle is more closely related to coral. known as a zooid, the bluebottle (or portugese man of war) is a colonial animal composed of many highly specialized and physiologically integrated individual organisms incapable of independent survival. 

    the blue dragon — a type of nudibranch, here no larger than a thumbnail, with its own potent sting — is able to eat the nematocysts (stinging cells) of the bluebottle without discharging them and internally relocate them to the tips of each one of the fingers you can see in the pictures.

    for their part, the violet snails also feed on the bluebottles.

    notes matt, “despite their potentially dangerous sting, the bluebottle is an amazingly beautiful creature. with strong winds, hundreds of these cnidaria are blown into the bays around my home town and trapped overnight.”

    this allows him to capture the above shots, which he creates with use of a fluorescent tube in his strobe light and a homemade waterproof lens dome.

    (via the-power-is-yours)

  2. ausonia:

    Breathtaking - I’m having trouble understanding the scale

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  5. escape-to-art:

    Hyper-realistic oil paintings on canvas. by arcitenens

  6. crossconnectmag:

    Francine Van Hove born 1942 in Paris is a contemporary French painter. He completed her studies in 1963 at the Lycée Claude Bernard (Paris).

    Her meticulously painted oils have always been well received since her first solo exhibition in 1971 and can be found in collections in Europe, America and Japan.

    Known and appreciated for the refined details of her subjects, Francine Van Hove is particularly noted for the transparent skin tones of her nudes, which she always works from life. The expression of beauty, sensuality, meditation and freedom is the philosophy behind this artist’s work. via Galerie de Bellefeuille


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  10. johnbanksblog:

    Some rather amusing classic art pieces with Mr Bean’s face!

    Check out the other 5 here