Insane Cloud Formations to Take Your Breath Away

Have you ever looked up at the sky and had your breath taken away? Of course, you have. The sky is filled with amazing sights such as, well, clouds. You might not think that clouds are particularly exciting but the following insane cloud formations will change your mind.

The God Cloud

Cloud Formations

This photo recently caused a bit of a stir online recently, as it appears to show a face that some people claim is the face of God. Jeremy Fletcher is the chap who took this photo in England and certainly looks pretty awesome as well as a bit creepy.

The Bird Cloud

Insane Cloud Formations

This amazing cloud picture makes it look as though as some sort of giant bird taking off over the water. I have no idea what it all means. Is it some sort of harbinger of doom or is it a sign that we are about to set off on the journey to a brave new world? Or maybe it’s just a weird cloud formation.

The Lenticular Cloud

Amazing Cloud Formations

I don’t want to get all geeky and technical but this is what cloud experts call lenticular clouds. Personally, if I was in charge of naming clouds I would have called them “pancake clouds”, which is why I’m not trusted with important jobs like naming clouds. They tend to form near mountains such as, hey, Mount Fuji in Japan. People often mistake them for UFOs, although there is also the possibility that people also mistake UFOs for lenticular clouds, I guess.

Mammatus Clouds

Crazy Cloud Formations

It’s time for some more technical words now as we look at a spectacular mammatus cloud formation. This involves clouds with pouches hanging off the bottom of them and usually means that a thunderstorm is on the way. I have no idea why these ones are red, though.

Asperatus Cloud

Bizarre Cloud Formations

What the hell is happening to the sky in this picture? This is something known as an asperatus cloud formation to experts and as “a blooming weird big thing in the sky” to the rest of us. This type of insane cloud formation is so rare that it was only given its own classification in 2009. I bet you didn’t know that the world of cloud watching was as exciting and fast moving at this, did you?

Roll Cloud

Insane Cloud Formations

The roll cloud is another type of weird cloud formation that usually means that a massive thunderstorm will be along before too long.

The Shelf Cloud

Insane Cloud Formations

This stunning cloud formation is a shelf cloud and it is a variant of the previous type of cloud we just looked at. It looks kind of scary, huh? I get the feeling that a thunderstorm might be on the way.

The Rather Rude Cloud

Bizarre Cloud Formations

Who knew that the sky could flip the bird as well? This rather rude cloud was pictured in Scotland. Jeez, you don’t want to upset the clouds when you go there.

The Horse Cloud

Amazing Cloud Formations

I reckon this is a fake picture of a cloud. After all, when did you ever look up to the sky and see a giant horse up there? However, I think I will be keeping a closer eye on the clouds near me from now on.

Nail-Bitingly Brilliant Fingernail Art

Like so many nervous nellies, 24-year-old Media student Kayleigh O’Connor would routinely chew her fingernails almost to the bone. “I bit [them] so badly that they looked like something out of a horror film,” she says on her DeviantArt page. To compensate, the Birmingham-born nail-biter glues on false nails, but not the kind you can buy at your local pharmacy for $4.50 – they’re ones which Miss O’Connor skillfully sculpts and paints to create ingenious designs. These fingernails, you wouldn’t wanna gnaw at them.

Her designs, which are painstakingly detailed, are inspired by several different sources, from movies to television, music to arcade games, and nature to food. For some time, she would proudly display them in front of only friends and family, but now she photographs them and posts them on her blog for our viewing pleasure. Check out some of O’Connor’s weird and wonderful designs below, where, if you’re cultured enough, you may recognise a few familiar faces. [Read more…]

Kristin and Kayla: Adorable Sisters in Amazing Photos

Here’s something guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Jason Lee, a California-based American wedding photographer of eight years, has become something of an internet sensation thanks to funny and imaginative pictures taken by Lee of his two adorable young girls, Kristin (8) and Kayla (5). The photos, uploaded onto Lee’s wildly popular Flickr account, see the lively little siblings snapped as they partake in weird and wacky situations, which vary from daily chores to werewolf-hunting, ceiling fan-riding to playing Super Mario Bros. – in full-scale.

The photos of Kristin and Kayla began when Lee’s mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2006. As Kristin and Kayla were constantly sick with colds and coughs at the time, they couldn’t see their grandmother for fear that she catch their kid germs. Lee decided to start an online photo blog wherein his mother could see her granddaughters and what was going on in their lives. As time went by, the photos of Kristin and Kayla became more and more inventive and fantastical, and Lee and the girls’ internet fame was set in motion.

“Most of the ideas come from the girls,” says Lee of his creative process. “From observing them play, or hearing the funny and outrageous things they say. Their day to day life also plays a big role for my inspiration.” On his shooting technique: “After coming up with an idea, I then ‘set up' the scene, and often use artificial lighting to enhance the images. It helps to plan out the shoot before hand, so at most, I only have them in the shoot for a minute or two.”

Below are some of the stunning, rib-tickling and heartwarming photos in Lee’s collection. If you want to see more (and why wouldn’t you?), head over to his Flickr page or his official blog. [Read more…]

Liquid Flowers: Floral Figures of Falling Paint

Screw those regular old boring flowers you can see sticking out from the bottom of your front garden: these liquid flowers are much more interesting, and some would say even more gorgeous. Using a combination of high speed photography and painstakingly precise splashes of falling paint, Wisconsin-born artist Jake Long is able to capture these utterly stunning floral figures, some of which are even standing in pots (also constructed from fast-moving droplets of paint hurtling through the air).

The paint itself is made of water mixed with thickeners, pigments and dyes, and is used to construct leaves, stems, petals and pots. Long is tight-lipped about his exact methods of capturing these blooming marvelous liquid flowers, but he has stated that they take months of planning and testing until the final result is ready to be photographed. I think you’ll agree all those months have paid off in spectacular, jaw-dropping fashion. [Read more…]

Mind-Bending Playground Designs by Monstrum

Here are some playgrounds that will make you want to be a kid again, or at least make you wish there wasn’t a social stigma against grown adults gleefully frolicking around a children’s play area sans one’s children. Designed by Monstrum, a Danish firm founded by Ole B. Nielsen and Christian Jensen, these playscapes are by far the most remarkable I’ve ever seen. Located all across Europe, their stunningly imaginative features range from the fantastical (a spider web netscape strung up below a giant spider) to the dreamlike (a blue-and-red-striped playscape seemingly designed by Dr. Seuss) and also to the slightly creepy (the bendy playhouse pictured above looks a bit haunted and/or hungry).

They’re practically art installations just as much as they are play areas, and Monstrum is certainly very enthusiastic about them. “MONSTRUM believes that playground design should be a reflection of the world surrounding us,” says their official website. “We see the world as a place full of colour. We meet boys that like pink and girls that likes trees, so why only play on a monkey frame and a sandbox, when you can play in a moon crater or a submarine or a giant spider or an enormous snail or a Trojan horse or a rocket or an ant or a princess castle. The fantasy is infinite.” [Read more…]