Happiness-Inducing Photos of Australian Fur Seals

Sydney-based photographer Alastair Pollock has taken some happiness-inducing photos of Australian Fur Seals around Montague Island in New South Wales, Australia. His passion for underwater photography is evident in his ability to capture the large fur seals in some incredibly playful poses. In one of my favorite photos (above), he’s taken a picture of a lone fur seal with bubbles coming out of his head. His clever caption? “Thought Bubble.”

Montague Island is a great place to visit if you love photographing marine wildlife. Their famous fur seals can be viewed from a boat around the northern tip of the island. (Or underwater, if you’re as adventurous as Pollock.) During late winter and spring, more than 1,000 are regularly spotted. There are two types of fur seals you’ll find around the island. The Australian Fur Seal are known for sitting in tightly-packed groups on rocks, sometimes on top of each another. The less friendly New Zealand Fur Seals are also present. They prefer “body space” and can bite other seals who get too close. (Sounds like a few people I know.)

Around Montague, you’re also likely to see penguins, humpback whales and common and bottlenose dolphins. Occasionally, you may even come across a killer whale which makes its grand appearance, not regularly, but several times each year.

Alastair Pollock on Flickr

December 6, 2016

Elegant Floral Tattoos Mimic Delicate Pencil Sketches

Delicate and detailed, the tiny floral tattoos of Toronto-based artist Lindsay Asselstine are whimsical works of art. Asselstine—who goes by Lindsay April on social media—is known for her simple, sketch-like style and nature-inspired pieces, ranging from miniature portraits of pets and animals to dainty depictions of flowers and foliage. As an artist at Toronto’s Golden Iron Tattoo Studio, April is often commissioned for her expertly executed flora-and-fauna creations.

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December 6, 2016

Japanese Man Masters the Gravity-Defying Art of Stacking Coins

Japanese Twitter user @thumb_tani (aka Tanu) has mastered the art of balance. He uses his keen sense of equilibrium to create small, fascinating sculptures from carefully-positioned coins. Although many of us have probably attempted this same sort of coin stacking, Tanu takes these arrangements to a whole new—and totally epic—level. Using a variety of denominations, Tanu creates intricate structures that range in shape and size. Often, he’ll first build a strong base using staggered coins.

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