The Brazilian National Park Lençóis Maranhenses isn’t quite a desert, and it isn’t quite a beach. Despite having fresh water and fish, the park has almost no vegetation—no trees, flowers or anything else besides sand and water. In other words, it’s a perfect, otherworldly place for photographers.
Mohawk hats look cute on babies, but they’re also practical and healthy for parents. They mentally prepare a well-behaved couple for their baby’s inevitable teenage rebellion.
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Some cities are so weird, you end up loving them simply because of their strangeness. Seattle’s a bit like that. It’s difficult to capture its quirky culture in photos, but here’s an attempt. You could recognize Seattle with:
1. The Space Needle
- and Mount Rainier as a tastefully-distant backdrop.
Sometimes, you can overuse a hip word or phrase until it irritates everyone (including yourself) and loses its stylishness altogether. So, if you have a dull moment, try creating limits for words you might be using too often.
Take ‘nom’, for instance. (It’s pretty cool.) Below are six situations wherein ‘nom’ would be very appropriate. The limits, if you will:
1. When referring to monsters of destruction
- particularly if nerdy fiction is involved.
Aesthetics alone is a good reason to wear jewelry, but beauty is always better when it’s practical. Necklaces in particular can have plenty of purposes beyond just coordinating colors. Here are a few favorites:
1. Simplify your love life.
Paper flowers provide solutions to three common problems of buying flowers:
- they don’t die (the ‘real flower’ problem);
- they don’t remind everyone of low-budget nursing homes (the ‘plastic flower’ problem);
- they don’t drip water, dirt and/or Styrofoam all over the floor.
Perfect for busy moms, in other words. Take a look:
1. Money flowers
- what moms really want.
If you could capture your ‘world’—real or imaginary—in six self-portraits and one still-life, what would your set of pictures look like? Esther from the Sticks gives a few ideas with her fanciful collection of self-portraits. Reality and whimsy have found their place:
In Search of Neverland
Trees are perfect models for art, especially when they’re silhouetted and standing apart from other trees. This ‘lonely tree ambiance’ provokes a wide variety of emotions, depending on the tree’s particular location and circumstances. To experience the sundry sides of lonely, take a look at these eleven solitary tree pictures:
1. Tree next to a desolate-looking stone cottage
- particularly if the sky is cloudy and dark.
You were probably systematically encouraged to read books straight after learning your ABC’s and the word ‘cat’. Maybe that encouragement was necessary for your academic development, but for those of us who love reading naturally, reading too much can pose dangers that Reading Rainbow never mentioned.
If you’re a heavy reader, take a moment to consider these seven dangers and gauge your risk level for each one:
1. Mistaken identity
- when you begin subconsciously skewing your behavior to match the mannerisms of a cool protagonist.
Pillows that use words instead of pictures can be extremely ingenious. They make ‘expressing yourself’ much easier: just use words. It’s simple, but the result is striking. Check it out:
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