How many times have you used a crummy pencil sharpener, only to have the lead of your pencil break off again and again? Russian artist Salavat Fidai sharpens his pencils by hand and sculpts the lead while he’s at it.
Behold, his Number Two Dark Knight!
And his graphite Lord Vader.
Salavat has an Etsy store, if you’d like to keep a piece of his art in your pencil cup. Also, keep a magnifying glass handy.
When we think of beach sand, most of us think of this.
Photo found at the Banzai Surf School.
Nice! But nothing special.
But microscope photographer Dr. Gary Greenberg knows what beach sand REALLY looks like. This!
Pictured below, a collection of magnified beach sand from Maui, Hawaii resembles booty from a pirate’s treasure chest.
Sand grains from Okinawa, Japan include starry skeletons of single-celled foraminifera.
And these microscopic shells once housed microscopic snails.
So the next time you see a sand castle, remember, it’s a trove of microscopic riches!
These fashionable penguins in Australia’s Phillip Island are wearing jumpers hand-knitted by 109-year-old Alfie Date from New South Wales.
Alfie Date learned to knit in 1932. After an oil spill, Phillip Island’s Penguin Foundation put out the call for knitted jumpers to help prevent the pengies from swallowing the oil when they cleaned themselves, and to help keep them dry.
Alfie got right on it, and with style. These pengies know they’re runway ready!
Building a snow slide in the backyard is a no-brainer when the white stuff piles up.
This one is impressive. But one made of ice is even better!
Oh, and that building in the background? ALSO BUILT OF ICE.
Welcome to the Ice Festival in Harbin, China, where frozen treats include an international snow sculpture art expo, an ice lantern art fair, winter swimming, chilly stays in ice hotels, dog sledding, ice skating, skiing, snowmobiling and romantic sleigh rides.
If there’s anyplace outside Arendelle that you might find yourself rubbing frozen shoulders with Queen Elsa, this is it.
(Photos found at Distractify)