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A Magical Miniature World Of Snails By Vyacheslav Mishchenko

A Magical Miniature World Of Snails By Vyacheslav Mishchenko


Talented Ukrainian nature photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko has an eye for taking photos that bring small natural worlds up to our level, showing us how the world might look if we could see it through the eyes of an ant, snail or lizard.

Mishchenko’s interest with the miniature natural world around us began early on in his youth. “As a child, my father taught me to hunt mushrooms near my home and we would always come across all manner of bugs and creatures,” he told dailymail. “As I got older and my interest in photography grew, I decided I wanted to catch these magical scenes on camera.“

Mishchenko shoots his unwitting models in their natural habitats, but whether or not they even realize that they’re being made to model for a photo shoot is unclear. His photography feature snails enthralled by drops of water or kissing and insects stretching across gaps of water in setups that are nothing less than picture-perfect.

Unsurprisingly, Mishchenko has a colorful of history and has worked with a wide variety of art forms – he lists woodworking and painting as other artistic interests of his as well. It’s definitely worth paying this Renaissance man’s website a visit and checking out the rest of his work! And if you like his images, be sure to check out Thomas Shahan’s macro photography of jumping spiders as well.

Slow Life: Hypnotizing Macro Timelapse Of Exotic Corals Made With 150,000 Photos

Daniel Stoupin, a PhD student at the University of Queensland in Australia, has created a stunning must-see video that will open your eyes to just how little most of us understand about the many different forms of life we have here on Earth. His “Slow Life” video combines thousands of close-up photographs of beautiful corals to illustrate their daily movements in a way that makes them seem not of this earth.

Stoupin’s video is an incredible combination of macro, aquatic and time-lapse photography methods the likes of which we’ve never seen before. And that’s because the corals in this video are displayed at speeds that most of us have never seen before. These organisms move too slowly for us to really notice what they do.

Not only are the corals and sponges in these videos governed by many of the same needs we are, they are also hugely important to their ocean environments. If you’re interested in learning more about the organisms in Stoupin’s video and about marine ecosystems, be sure to visit his blog!


Seeds of life

Seeds of life

8 Things I Learned From the Bhagavad Gita


In the battle between heart and mind, it doesn’t matter who wins:

What matters is that you are true to both for they are not really opposed but guiding you to the truth. We balance on a narrow precipice between heart and mind: following our intuitive hearts, living with no regrets, being true to ourselves and honest with others while at the same time following our rational minds, having self-discipline and living according to our values like integrity, loyalty, honor, courage and duty.

“Surrender the fruit’s of your actions.”

Find contentment with the journey you are on regardless of outcomes, even when the walls are crumbling around you and the earth is cracking beneath your feet. “Do not expect or fear anything.” Expectation and fear limit our possibilities.

Accept the dualities of life:

“Be at ease in pleasure and pain, in honor and disgrace. Do not rejoice in good fortune nor lament bad fortune. Free yourself from desire and anger.”

Imagine your most disgraceful moment and then imagine yourself at ease in it, sitting quietly while the leaves of worry float away in the breeze. Feeling sad about your losses will weigh you down. Accept your desire without coveting or needing that which you want. Jettison anger as quickly as possible for it is the poison that seeps into our hearts if we don’t let it go.

Accept the equanimity of life:

When you see all beings as equal in suffering and in joy, when you are rooted in the oneness of all beings, you cannot love or hate because it is all part of the same thing. Put in other words, love your enemy as yourself. Refuse to speak badly about those who hurt you or your enemies. Limiting your speech will limit your negative thoughts and eventually allow you to forgive in your heart and mind as well. Then you can approach your enemies with kindness and empathy.

“The wise are free of attachments and act for the well-being of the whole world.”

Free yourself from being overly attached to things. Love without needing or possessing. Hope and dream without being attached to the outcome of your dreams. Think about what you can give to the world rather than your own problems.

“Lucid, with mind unshaken, remain within what is real.”

Speak the truth with kindness. If the truth will cause pain, evaluate your intentions to determine if it really needs to be said. Lucidity may bring to the surface many difficult choices. You cannot pretend when you are living an authentic life.

Live in accordance with your essential nature:

“It is better to do your own duty badly, than to perfectly do another’s. Even the wise man acts in accordance with his inner nature. All beings follow their nature. What good can repression do?”

To determine our dharma, or essential nature, we must look within. We will know our life’s purpose when we know our essential nature, when we are true to ourselves and pursue what we love.

“The wise man does not unsettle the minds of the ignorant; quietly acting in the spirit of yoga, he inspires them to do the same.”

Do not revel in your own voice. Quietly lead by example and inspire others to do the same. Learn to love solitude and silence.