Shawn and Greg Powers are, perhaps the closest thing to a real-life Edward Scissorhands. While their arms aren’t exactly affixed with scissors, their finesse with shears make it seem like their favorite pointy objects are one. Just watch how fast they carve raw foliage into a beautiful Christmas trees.
Instead of conveniently plowing a tree over and destroying what may have taken Mother Nature hundreds of years to nurture, eco-conscious architects and carpenters come up with clever solutions to integrate trees into their blueprint.
Most people lose their abilities to climb trees once they become adults, or at least their desire to do so has waned. That’d most probably change if there were stairs to aid you in the climb. With the CanopyStair, a modular system of steps that can be attached sans tools around a tree to form a spiral staircase, ascending a tree can be done without hassle.
A walk through the woods can be a relaxing experience. Having a path to travel is even better because you don’t have to contend with logs or branches that can bar your way. You can just appreciate the beauty of nature surrounding you. These 28 photos of paths through nature evoke that feeling in some of the most scenic surroundings anywhere.
Mankind is a great builder. The roads, buildings and cities are a testament of our achievements. And though such things are a boon to civilized living, nature is there to reclaim what ground it can. These photos of tree roots growing over concrete show just that. This proves that nature can’t be contained and will find a way to break free. Nature wins.
The poet Joyce Kilmer said it best when he said, “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.” A tree planted in the ground just grows there with patience and persistence over many years, some spanning hundreds of years. These photos are a testament to the trees’ majesty and spirit, form and function that only Nature can produce.
Vietnam sure is a land of beautiful people and beautiful landscapes, and Hanoi-born artist Phan Thu Trang has captured some of them in spectacularly simple fashion. Her minimalist approach uses vibrant, expressive colors and rich textures.