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Architecture & Design

Yarn artist Liisa Hietanen makes human embroidered figures

Knitting is a popular hobby in Finland. But 30-year-old artist Liisa Hietnanen takes the practice to a whole new level.

She uses wool to create life-size crocheted sculptures of the neighbors in her village.

“The slow handcraft techniques work as a counterforce to the accelerating pace in different areas of life,” says the
artist, who uses photographs and face-to-face meetings to help create these fiber people.

“To me the more important values in my works are not likeness or resemblance.

“The works are rather about encountering someone very concretely, seeing the other for real and getting to know them slowly. I see these as relevant values and balancing actions especially in contrast to quick stirs and thin encounters in social media.”

Check out more of Hietanen’s creative vision below.

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Animals Nature

Disappearing sandpipers in murmuration

Behold nature at its finest.

This mesmerizing video of sandpipers flying in unison (bird murmuration) and magically disappearing is not a magic trick.

Rather, it’s the rapid flash of their black backs and white chests in contrast to the backdrop of the blue sky that gives off the fascinating appearance.

The dancing flock looks like a cloud of smoke in the sky.

Mother nature creates the best art installations, never mind that the birds never collide as they dance in coordination. The fluidity of motion mimics that of a boomeranging school of fish.

Magical, no wonder the Romans thought the churned murmurations of starlings were signs from the gods.

You can watch the beautiful spectacle recorded over Ocean Shores, Washington, in the original video below. You can also see more sandpaper murmurations after the jump.

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Nature

Have you heard about the edible jelly ear fungus?

The jelly ear fungus (Auricularia auricula-judae) resembles, unsurprisingly, the human ear.

Also known as the wood ear, the brown-colored jelly ear mushroom is commonly seen on elder trees in temperate regions worldwide where it flourishes on both dead and live wood.

Edible ears

Soft and robbery, the jelly ears are prized in Asia where they’re used in cooking and medicine to cure soar throats.

Would you eat one?

Photo by Chris Lawrence
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Nature Travel

Jimmy Chin joins Masterclass to teach adventure photography

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Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jimmy Chin is renowned for his work with National Geographic and other outdoor adventures.

His two most recent films Meru and Free Solo are some of Discvr.blog’s most favorite adventure documentary films.

Even more, the producer has now turned a teacher.

Together with the education platform Masterclass, the action photographer is now offering a once-in-a-lifetime adventure photography course.

So get ready to pack the bag and camera and hit the outdoors.

Push the limits of photography with Jimmy Chin on Masterclass

If you follow the world-renowned photographer Jimmy Chin on Instagram, you’ll know he’s a daredevil climber and mountaineer with a keen eye for landscape shots.

In this course, he’ll teach you all the techniques you need to know for capturing stunning photos.

He also details his approach for more commercial and editorial shoots as well, including the daily gear he uses to work his magic. 

“Things aren’t that interesting to me unless the stakes are very high,” says Chin in the intro class video.

In addition to urging his students to get out there, move, and shoot, Chin shares many of his own creative lessons along the way.

“Sometimes, it’s easy to get trapped into one lens…and I force myself to change the lens, change the perspective, and then to move,” advises Chin. “One scenario can look dramatically different just by moving,” he adds.

If one thing is certain in this course, you’ll learn the entire process of adventure photography from the initial concept of a shoot, to gear selection, to the final edit.

About MasterClass

Jimmy Chin joins other notable creators at MasterClass offering unique online courses. photography, writing, music production, filmmaking, and even cooking.

We would also encourage Discvr.blog readers buy the all-access pass ($180) and take astrophysicist Neil deDrasse Tyson’s five-star course on Scientific Thinking and Communication.

Invest in your future and see where your curiosity takes you.

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Animals Nature

How the Honduran white bat converts large leaves into tents

Some of the most bizarre wildlife exists in the Honduran rainforest. Take the Honduran white fruit bat (Ectophylla alba), for example.

The size of a golf ball, these tiny creatures love to snuggle together like peas in a pod in leaf tents. Polygamous, each little colony houses up to six females and one male.

These white-winged cotton-ball looking bats create their nook by nibbling the side veins jutting out from the Heliconia plant causing the large leaves to fold down to form a tent.

The leaf tents allow the bats to avoid parasites, like bat flies. When sunlight filters through the canopy, their white fur appears green —awesome camouflage!

While most bats sleep in caves, these magic bats, also called Caribbean white tent-making bat, spend their leaves eating figs and roosting peace.