Incredibly detailed miniature food sculptures by Shay Aaron: Flickr
Christophe Huet and other talented artists at the Asile
studio in Paris produce amazingly lifelike and realistic CGI and photomanipulated creations. (Flash and audio, but the music, also created by Huet, is lovely.) Some images NSFW.
, a photographic tale of autumn by Michael J. Swanwick. [more inside]
collects police patches from all over the United States, including state
, and many K-9 units
. Yes, the site design is unfortunate but the collection
is really cool
The Stone Forest of Madagascar
: Huge, spectacular pictures of another world by National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez
. A non-Flash version
of the site is also available.
"King Anfortas currently owns this magic stone, schmooze him, take him surprise, how ever you will get it, but bring me this stone! As award I promise you my daughter and a place on the crown!"
-- The Mystery of Castle Wildenburg
, a slightly goofily-translated game that combines point-&-click with classic text adventure gameplay, and photos of the lovely German countryside. Read the "Prehistory," mouseover everything, save often (though you lose your accumulated points on loading a saved game), and be careful not to die of thirst.
has been collecting full, unopened cigarette packs from all over
. His site now features over 21,000 photos, arranged in alphabetical order by brand name. Some
are fascinating simply for the way they differ from what we're used to seeing at the 7-11
; others are straight-up nine kinds of awesome
These images remind us never to underestimate our opponent.
-- The science behind the art
(.pdf). Fractal art by way of bacteria growin' in a petri dish. A few more images here
Beware, O unsuspecting traveler
; for the path you take shall surely lead to your doom
. The Galleria Carnivora
: A celebration of plants that kill. Also, learn how to cultivate your own Audreys with the help of the International Carnivorous Plant Society
(and check out
their Members Gallery
is short on text but thick with photos. Even without captions for every picture
, contextual clues
can give us a disturbing idea
of what life
might have been like
in the Wayne County Child Development Center
(before it was abandoned, razed, and turned into a golf course
). The rather-less-easy-to-navigate Northville-Tunnels.com also has photos and information.
Two completely dissimilar yet nifty artists: The twisted ink drawings of Jon Kuta
(big enough to make desktops; Flash interface), and the fabulously lifelike driftwood and bronze sculptures of Heather Jansch
(she really likes horses. Warning: you'll have to side-scroll).
The site design is somewhat unfortunate, but The Virtual Cave
features lots of photos and information on, well, caves and cave formations
. We've all heard of stalagmites and stalactites, but I'd never heard of cave draperies
or cave pearls
before. Then you've got your helictites
, your aragonite
, and your splash stalactites
(found in lava tubes
). And they've got a Show Caves Directory
of caves in the United States that are open to the public, with addresses and contact information by state
How To Have A Ton Of Fun Raising Baby Squirrels
. Husband and wife document their adventures raising these little spazz-monsters with many photos and some Flash movies
. Via Cute Overload
"At Ceiling Scenes
, we believe the ceiling has a fundamental right to take part in the ambiance
of any interior space
." -- From their catalog (.pdf).
Personally, I think tin ceilings
are much more nifty, but I can see how these photographic tiles could really brighten up a dull office or classroom
. Too bad they're so cagey about actually telling you how much they cost...
of the 2005 Nikon Small World Competition are up (previous years going back to 1977 are also worth a look)
. Photomicrography produces
some amazing imagery
, giving us glimpses
into both the inner workings of living things
, and the intricate structure of nonliving things (just click "find all")