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light after darkness

Beauty and light are often revealed after destruction or disaster wreaks havoc in our world and our lives. Do you doubt that? Take a look at these images of Antelope Canyon which was formed by erosion and flash flooding. See what I mean?  Humbling, awe inspiring, breathtaking beauty from ruin. It’s all good.


Gale Rainwater, Antelope Canyon Arizona [click image to see larger]

Paulo Mernick, Illumination, Antelope Canyon Arizona

filled to over capacity on flickr, Antelope Canyon Arizona

More images of Antelope Canyon in this flickr pool.

Thank you for your emails, comments and phone calls.  They meant a lot to me as we navigated some rocky terrain – we aren’t fully on track yet, but we are getting there! See you soon…maybe tomorrow?

nikon’s small world is teeming with inspiration

If you have been following Daily Art Muse for awhile, you may remember past posts about the inspiration we can find for our art through photomicrography – specifically  Nikon’s Small World photography contest [if not, you can find earlier posts here and here].

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Gerd A. Guenther, Düsseldorf, Germany
Sonchus asper (spiny sowthistle) flower stem section (150x)


Viktor Sykora, Institute of Pathophysiology, First Medical Faculty,
Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, Lichen (10x)


Tong Zhang, McGill University,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, African clawed frog tadpole (10x)


The 2009 contest offered up more exciting images of life through the lens of a light microscope. While you are on their site, you might want to look at the archives – 35 years worth of images. And here is a gallery of images that I haven’t seen before – the Nikon MicroscopyU Digital Eclipse Image Gallery. Lots of inspiration there too – below are two of my favorites.


Larva blood vessels



Squash bug mouth parts magnified 40x



bruce mau’s incomplete manifesto for growth

I’m switching it up a bit today.  Take a break from the visual feast you usually find here and read Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto For Growth. In 1998 Mau, a design visionary and global innovator, wrote a document that consolidated his beliefs, strategies and motivations –  43 ideas and suggestions that he and his design team use as they approach every project.  I’m sure you’ve heard some of them before, but they are so good that they are worth repeating often.

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Here are three that resonated with me today:

#9. Begin anywhere. John Cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis. His advice: begin anywhere.

#28. Make new words. Expand the lexicon. The new conditions demand a new way of thinking. The thinking demands new forms of expression. The expression generates new conditions.

#39. Coffee breaks, cab rides, green rooms. Real growth often happens outside of where we intend it to, in the interstitial spaces – what Dr. Seuss calls “the waiting place.”

Read the rest of them here.  Which ones got your attention today?

via Tejae’s Art

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