Kristen Hayden Torrisi

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These tiny baby octopuses hatching will brighten your miserable existence

We know you're probably sick of cute octopus videos at this point but please, bear with us.<p>The Virginia Aquarium posted a video of octopuses (yes …

Zoology

Incredible 3D Drawings Pop Off the Page and Sink Into the Ground

Hungarian anamorphic artist Sandor Vamos creates incredible trick-of-the-eye 3D drawings that seem to jump from the page. With an integral understanding of angles and a knack for perspective, Vamos uses clever shading, line work, and perspectives to create his hand-drawn 3D optical illusions. From …

Drawing

10 Photographers You Need To Watch If You Love Simple Landscapes

Landscapes are a major genre in photography, and many photographers capture them using a pristine approach that bridges abstraction and minimalism.<p>It …

Ansel Adams

Here are the top US places to see in 2018

A full month of 2018 is already behind us. With temperatures beginning to ease up as spring creeps closer, it's time to think about future travel plans.<p>The expert team at Lonely Planet, the travel guide publisher, just announced their 10 favorite U.S. destinations to visit in 2018.<p>“We aimed to pick …

U.S. Bank Stadium

The best adventure destination you've probably never heard of

This weekend, the world’s longest zip-line opened in Ras Al Khaimah, a mark of the lofty ambition of this northernmost emirate of the UEA to be the adventure sports capital of the Middle East. Known as the “Jebel Jais Flight”, the zip-line soars for a mile and three-quarters (2.8km) above the …

Watching David Attenborough documentaries just as good for you as mindfulness, study finds

While mindfulness and meditation may have swept the nation, both practices actually have few benefits over watching a David Attenborough documentary, …

Mindfulness

The 16-Second Trick for Calming the Heck Down (No Matter Where You Are)

You woke up to a leak in the kitchen, narrowly avoided a fender bender en route to the office and now you have 50 “urgent” emails to weed through …

Yoga

Is social conformity and opinions of your peers impacting on your creativity as a photographer?

Photography in it’s truest sense is a form of art. I am quite sure most people would be aware of this. And what exactly is art? According to the …

Creativity

How Landscape Photography Made Me a Better Writer

Image Source: Mitch Green PhotosI’ve been a photographer longer than I’ve been a writer. In fact, the pursuit of landscape photography led me to …

Landscape Photography

Stuck In A Rut? Get Color Coordinated

Have you ever experienced a stretch of time where your creative juices don’t flow? Your camera gathers dust on your desk. Your motivation to go out …

Nature Photography

Lots of great ideas for seed starting

It’s about that time. Time to get seeds started for spring gardening. Over at the blog Dory Fitz there is a great collection of seed starting tips …

Tutorials

8 DIY photo filters you can easily make at home

The fascination with degrading the performance of our gear is interesting. On the one hand, why does a person spend thousands of dollars on equipment …

Tilt-shift

White Magic

From an opening in the thicket we witness naked figures gathering around a growing fire. Their hair is long and their language foreign. Their chants …

Indigenous Peoples

Why Schools Fail To Teach Slavery's 'Hard History'

"In the ways that we teach and learn about the history of American slavery," write the authors of a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), "the nation needs an intervention."<p>This new report, titled <i>Teaching Hard History: American Slavery</i>, is meant to be that intervention: a resource …

Black History

5 Tips To Help You Create Better Minimalist Photos

I’m sure every photographer strives to avoid making boring photos. But what is boring?<p>There are numerous ways we could define that word, but …

Landscape Photography

Cracks in the code: Why mapping your DNA may be less reliable than you think

The Personal Genome Project was supposed to revolutionize medicine, but the results reveal how much we still have to learn. Carolyn Abraham looks at the risk of misleading results as DNA testing enters mainstream medicine<p>Ever since DNA was first used in 1986 to catch a killer, it's swashbuckled its …

Genetics

What Woodpecker Brains Can Tell Us About Head Injuries in the NFL

A new study of woodpecker brains show what looks like brain damage, but the birds seem to be just fine.<p>Filed Under Animals, Diseases, Experiments & …

Bill Nye

How to Shoot Photos Everyday

Dear friend,I’m currently the most prolific I’ve ever been in photography– shooting hundreds of photographs a day of just random stuff. I feel …

Street Photography

Understanding camera aperture and why it matters

For the past three years or so, every time a phone is announced and they get to the part about its camera, the word "aperture" gets thrown around. …

Aperture

3 Techniques From Pixar To Develop Your Creative Thinking

How to be ready when inspiration strikes.<p>Heading up an employer brand agency I see myself as a creative being, but who actually knows when inspiration will strike? More often than not, it won't be during the time I've set aside for creative work, but will instead be when I'm already trying to do …

Creativity

Seal Study Reveals Why Polar Bears Are All so Emaciated Now

It's not just the beloved bears that are in trouble.<p>Filed Under Animals, Climate Change, Food & Prey<p>In December 2017, video footage of an extremely …

Global Warming

Tutorial: Upcycled t-shirt bangle bracelet

If you sew with knits or do many t-shirt refashions, you end up with a pile of knit scraps. Unlike quilting cotton scraps, there’s not much you can …

Crafting

New Research Shows The Vikings Left A Strong Genetic Footprint On Irish DNA

While many might assume that the Irish have a strong Celtic legacy which shows itself in their DNA today, a new study has shown that they also have …

Genetics

11 Monogamous Animals That Stay Together All of Their Lives

Photo: Shutterstock<p>1. Macaroni Penguin<p>More than 90 per cent of birds are monogamous, but none of them show affection quite like <b>macaroni penguins</b>. …

Birds

Honeybees Help Farmers, But They Don't Help The Environment

Honeybees are amazing and adorable, and they suffer when people spray pesticides or mow down wildflowers. We've heard plenty, in recent years, about collapsing bee colonies.<p>So Jonas Geldmann, at the University of Cambridge, says he understands how the honeybee became a symbol of environmental …

Ecology

What does twice removed mean?

Compiling your family tree is all the rage at the moment, and you can even get a DNA test sent to your house to work out where you’re descended …

Henry Viii

Garden bird photography tips – how to capture great garden bird shots

<b>Looking to get great garden bird shots this winter? With RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend (27-29 January), top pro David Tipling shows you</b> …

Birds

Yoga for Men: Small Beginner Poses to Find Big-Picture Perspective

Yoga is for men, yoga is for women, yoga is for everyone. If you don’t already practice yoga, you should start tomorrow.<p>Our lives are not simple. For …

Yoga

A Super Bulky Scarf that Knits up Super Fast

There’s something to be said for quick knits pretty much all the time, but in this season when it doesn’t feel like winter is ever going to end (but …

Knitting

Meditation is Mental Fitness — If You Do It This Way

Athletes get into “the zone.” Creatives tap into “flow state.” We may obtain a heightened sense of awareness in these moments, but they are exactly …

Mindfulness