Incredible Photos Capture Strength and Determination of Lioness Running Down Her Prey

picture of lioness george turner

Wildlife photographer George Turner recently showed off his infinite patience when photographing an elusive sleeping leopard, and his persistence is once again on display with this majestic image of a lioness in full sprint. Turner spent five days at the Etosha National Park in Namibia waiting to catch this lioness in hunting mode, and he was rewarded as she chased down a wildebeest.

Turner had just seconds to capture the energy of the scene, as the lioness charged with determination toward her prey. Once the chase was underway, any trepidation Turner had about being close to the scene dissipated. “During the buildup there was a definite tension in the air,” Turner shares with My Modern Met. “As a wildlife photographer, these are the moments that define you. It’s a self-pressure to deliver. During the hunt—albeit 15 seconds—it was just absolute concentration.” Continue reading

NASA’s DIY Moon Calendar Shows the Moon Phase on Any Day of the Year

NASA Moon Calculator and Calendar

Ever wonder when the next supermoon or lunar eclipse will be taking place? Whether you’re an astrophotographer or simply an astronomy lover, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has made it easy to discover the phases of the moon with a clever DIY project. Their Moon Phases Calendar and Calculator is a fun project that only requires a printer, scissors, a hole punch, some tape, and a brass fastener to complete.

Once assembled, you just spin the wheel to any given date in 2018 and it will show the phase of the moon—in the Northern Hemisphere. And it gets even better. You can use the handy calculator to see what time of day (in the Pacific Time Zone) a particular moon phase is occurring depending on the direction you are facing, allowing you to plan your moon watching perfectly. Continue reading

City of Los Angeles Uses MS Paint to Post Funny Job Ad for a Graphic Designer

Graphic Design MS Paint Job Posting by The City of Los Angeles

Sometimes it’s okay to admit your limitations; although, rarely do we see such public admissions by a city government. The City of Los Angeles Personnel Department recently posted a job advertisement, for a new graphic designer. However, the ad wasn’t your average job listing: seemingly made in MS Paint, it features a pixelated copy-paste logo, “modernist cubes,” hand-drawn multi-colored fonts, and if that wasn’t bad enough, the particulars were written in Comic Sans.

Although it might look like a joke, the posting is in fact for a real, full-time job, and offers a very reasonable salary of up to $103,230 per year. The ideal candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in Art, Graphic Design or Computer Graphics, or have completed a certificate program in the same fields. The post lasts for two years, and the successful applicant will be asked to carry out various graphic design projects including the creation of “displays, layout design for websites, brochures, descriptive charts, advertising or other publications for commercial or public use.” Continue reading

Mondo Gallery Presents: EYES WITHOUT A FACE 2

Artist Jason Edmiston returns to the Mondo Gallery with a huge collection of original art for “Eyes Without A Face 2”, showcasing 100 new acrylic paintings and preliminary pencils of iconic pop culture eyes from movies, TV, comics, games and more. Presented in life-sized proportions, sizes range from the peepers of tiny toy people to the fiery orbs of snarling behemoths. Created over a period of six months, the show boasts Jason’s largest painting ever, at 8 1/2 feet tall, and 22 feet long. It is only part of what Edmiston promises to be his most engaging show yet. Continue reading

Man Builds a Life-Size Car Out of Snow, Fools Cops Into Thinking It’s Real

Snow Sculpture by Simon Laprise

When there’s massive snowfall, there’s not much you can do besides binge-watch Netflix in the comfort of your own home. With drifts measuring multiple feet high, it’s hard enough to walk around the neighborhood, let alone drive a car. Snow crews work tirelessly to get people moving again, which is why you’ll see that certain roads are off-limits for parking during storms. Most people adhere to these rules and move their cars. One Montreal resident, however, decided to have some fun and see if he could fool the cops patrolling the streets. Using only snow and a lonely windshield wiper, machinist and cabinet maker Simon Laprise constructed a snow sculpture that looks just like a DeLorean DMC-12, aka the car from Back to the Future. Continue reading

Exquisite Paper Wreaths Promote Equality with Empowering Words

Paper Wreath Feminist Art Floral Wreath Paper Flowers Paper Art Grace D Chin

With a preference for paper and a focus on feminism, Kansas-based creative Grace D. Chin creates art that is as exquisite as it is empowering. Though formally trained in printmaking, Chin’s “craft roots” are evident in her growing collection of handmade wreaths. What started as an imaginative art project has blossomed into a creative call for equality by pairing crepe paper flowers with powerful phrases.

Chin carefully crafts the ring-shaped foundation for each piece using floral wire. Inspired by traditional wreaths, she covers the frame in bunches of lifelike leaves and an abundance of realistic blooms. Though undeniably decorative, these one-of-a-kind works double as feminist art, as Chin adorns each piece with compelling text composed of hand-cut paper letters. Continue reading