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Tree Cathedral in Italy Celebrates Nature

From the Sagra Familia in Barcelona, to the Buddhist cave temples, architects and artists around the world have used nature to inspire beautiful places of worship. But Italian artist Giuliano Mauri has taken the connection between nature and spirituality a step further. In his Cattedrale Vegetale (or Tree Cathedral), the church is not just a […]

December 8th

Can Art Be More Perfect Than Nature Itself?

I read Hans-Georg Moeller’s Daoism Explained a few years ago, and for me, a relative novice in the study of that religion-philosophy, the book did a pretty good job of delivering on the promise of its title . . . at least as good a job as one can expect from the explaining of an […]

August 26th

Mala and Mantra is Eco-Fashion that Nurtures the Soul

One of the great things about shifts towards more environmentally friendly living is that it has had a positive impact on various industries. This includes fashion. Many new and long established companies are using sustainable methods to create merchandise, including fair trade business practices. They make quality products and make sure the artisans are compensated […]

July 22nd

10 Photos That Will Inspire You to Protect the Planet

B&H Wilderness has just announced the winners of its 2014 photo competition! Jamie MacArthur of the United Kingdom took home the grand prize for “A Splash of Blue” — a perfectly timed shot of a rare bird snatching up a fish with its beak. Along with a $500 B&H gift card, MacArthur won a once-in-a-lifetime safari […]

June 26th

Artists Give National Parks a Fresh, New Look

We’ve all seen the vintage, travel posters depicting U.S. national parks and monuments. They’re bits of nostalgia — a poster or a postcard you consider buying to remember your visit to the Grand Canyon or Yosemite. And while nothing can compare to the extraordinary natural beauty of these places, the simple flat shapes and colors of […]

June 11th

National Geographic Photo Contest Sneak Peek

National Geographic Traveler is holding its 26th annual photo contest now and the submissions are pretty amazing. The editors have put up some of their picks online, and we picked five of our favorites from the Outdoor Scenes category. Check them out below. Maybe they’ll inspire you to get out this weekend. Torrent Photographer Mitsuhiko Kamada […]

May 30th

Photos From the Metropolitan Museum of Art Archives

Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use without permission from the Museum and without fee. The number of images will increase as new files are added. […]

May 26th

Rachel Sussman Photographs “The Oldest Living Things”

Despite what some creationists may think, the Earth has been around much, much, much longer than 4,000 years. We not only have radiocarbon dating that tells us that the Earth is approximately 4.5-billion-years-old, but Rachel Sussman’s new book, The Oldest Living Things in the World, now offers photographic proof that organisms that pre-date Genesis are still […]

May 6th