Enchanting Macro Photos of Ladybugs Caught in the Rain

Rainy days can be a drag, but imagine what it’s like for a ladybug! Looking through Spain-based photographer Alejandro Ferrer Ruiz’s portfolio, it actually seems really beautiful with a hint of magic to it. The photographer’s macro shots of the cute little critters with beads of water sitting on their backs is all at once fascinating and enchanting. With each glistening droplet affixed to the insect’s body like it will never fall off, the ladybugs seem to carry on with their day, climbing twigs and resting on flower petals.

The photographer also gives a whimsical sense of personality to his tiny subjects who, at times, seem to be taking a glimpse of their own reflection in a pond, as though they’re aware a camera is photographing them. It’s those special little moments that Ruiz manages to capture that really stand out in his body of work. The photographer who prefers macro photography says, “I enjoy the beauty that exists in most minute things.”

Alejandro Ferrar Ruiz on 500px
via [Faith is Torment]

December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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