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Apr 29, 2015

30 Rare Color Photos of the Russian Empire from 100+ Years Ago

30 Rare Color Photos of the Russian Empire from 100+ Years Ago

Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky (August 30, 1863 – September 27, 1944) was a Russian chemist and photographer best known for his pioneering work in color photography of early 20th-century Russia. Around 1905, Prokudin-Gorsky envisioned and formulated a plan to use the emerging technological advances that had been made in color photography to document the Russian…

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Apr 28, 2015

This Bonsai Master’s Greatest Work of Art is a Loving Tribute to his Grandkids

This Bonsai Master’s Greatest Work of Art is a Loving Tribute to his Grandkids

Goshin (Japanese: “protector of the spirit”) is a bonsai created by Bonsai Master John Yoshio Naka. It is a forest planting of eleven Foemina junipers (Juniperus chinensis), the earliest of which Naka began training into bonsai in 1948. Naka donated it to the National Bonsai Foundation in 1984 for display at the United States…

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Apr 27, 2015

Cloud 9 Fiji, the Floating Bar in the Middle of the Ocean

Cloud 9 Fiji, the Floating Bar in the Middle of the Ocean

Cloud 9 is a floating paradise located close to the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu. Situated in the turquoise waters of Vanua Malolo on Ro Ro Reef, Cloud 9 is a 40-45min boat ride from Port Denarau, and a 10 minute speed boat ride from Musket Cove Resort, Lomani Resort and Plantation Resort.…

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Apr 24, 2015

10 Highlights from the 2015 Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest

10 Highlights from the 2015 Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest

The 27th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest opened on April 7 and there have already been a slew of amazing entries. Official categories include: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments. Our friends at National Geographic were kind enough to let us share a gallery of notable submissions already received…

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Apr 24, 2015

The Shirk Report – Volume 314

The Shirk Report – Volume 314

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 25 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Twitter, RSS and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com 25 IMAGES – Friday! – A…

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Apr 23, 2015

Jaw-Dropping Timelapses of Chile’s Calbuco Volcano Erupting

Jaw-Dropping Timelapses of Chile’s Calbuco Volcano Erupting

For the first time in over 42 years, Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupted on 22 April 2015, sending huge plumes of smoke and ash into the air. A second eruption occurred later that night, projecting red-hot rocks skyward as volcanic lightning lit up the skies. The entire spectacle was heavily documented by amateur and professionals…

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Apr 23, 2015

This Book from 1908 is Dedicated to Blackboard Art and it’s Amazing

This Book from 1908 is Dedicated to Blackboard Art and it’s Amazing

In 1908, Frederick Whitney, an artist and teacher in Salem, Massachusetts published Blackboard Sketching, a book dedicated to the art of blackboard chalk drawings. As the book’s forward states: Ability to draw easily and well on the blackboard is a power which every teacher of children covets. Such drawing is a language which never…

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