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Immersed in the Vivid World of the Echinopsis with @echinopsisfreak

To see more vivid time-lapse videos of Greg’s diverse echinopsis family, follow @echinopsisfreak on Instagram.

Three years ago, Greg Krehel (@echinopsisfreak) encountered a cactus that would change his life. “I’ve always loved cacti and succulents,” he explains. The sogginess of his hometown Miami, however, always killed his desert-loving plants.

All that changed with a cactus Greg selected at random from a local garden store. Not only did it survive—it thrived. “Moreover, the flowers it produced were knockouts,” he says. “Over six inches in diameter and an incredible mix of colors.”

After some sleuthing, Greg realized he was in the possession of an echinopsis, a genus of cactus that thrives in humidity. Not only that, there were hundreds of other varieties out there. “My single echinopsis acquired by accident was soon joined by 5… 25… 50… and now I’m at 100 other echinopsis species and hybrids.”

"My passion for the cacti themselves soon morphed into a passion for imaging them," says Greg. Echinopsis flowers bloom in a day, and peak for only an hour or two. "Their brief existence pushes you to photograph the heck out of them." Inspired by his videographer son, Greg began using time-lapse to capture his cacti’s blooms and quickly found a community of like-minded people on Instagram. "It’s just a kick sharing my passion for this super type of cactus."

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photojojo:

Photographer Pavel Becker and designer Nora Luther may have discovered the most aesthetically pleasing way to depict recipes.

Using high speed photography and a bit of luck, the duo captured all of the ingredients in various dishes perfectly suspended in midair.

High Speed Photos Show Recipes’ Ingredients Suspended in Midair

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Totem by Sarah Yeoman Watercolor

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Totem by Sarah Yeoman Watercolor

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Seo In Kook - Marie Claire Magazine September Issue ‘14

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Seo In Kook - Marie Claire Magazine September Issue ‘14

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Custom Game of Thrones Wine Box - Created by Oskunk

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sixpenceee:

Lake View Cemetery: The Haserot Angel 

It’s called the Angel of Death Victorious. Due to an effect of weathering and erosion on the bronze, the statue appears to be weeping black tears at all times. 

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beautiful

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skinnyniggaballin:

flawlessxqueen:

designbydiaspora:

lovelylavenderchild:

darvinasafo:

Y’all believe it now?

You’re fucking kidding me right?

People are suffering to Ebola and America had a way to potentially cure it

AND THEY REFUSE A FUCKING REQUEST?

Does saving lives not mean anything to anyone anymore?

I fucking cant

Who’s really surprised? AMERICA isn’t shit & never will be.

They said it costing too much was part of the issue but I haven’t seen the government have any issue with the billions of dollars they constantly give Israel to do any mother fucking thing they please.

Seriously?! the US ain’t shit

Didn’t they give it to a Spanish patient today

Wtf America

http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2014/08/11/spanish-ebola-patient-gets-experimental-drug

It’s fucking true. They said no to Nigeria. But then ship it right the fuck out to Spain for one patient.

It is so hard to love a country that does not value you/people who look like you.

You guys have no idea what you’re talking about.  Three things:

1) the drug is an experimental drug and could have very harmful unwanted effects that are not yet understood.  The people who have received the drugs are well aware of the possible negative consequences, and have agreed to participate in the human experiment.  Their participation in the experiment could lead to helping scientists understand the drugs better.  Granted, things aren’t happening at a fast speed, but it usually takes a long time for drugs to past through human experimental stages and be proven safe for mass distributions.  Scientists currently don’t know what the correct dosages would be, and they aren’t even sure if the drug is helping or if the participant’s own immune systems did the work in helping them recover.  Two participants who took the drug ended up dying anyways (the Liberian doctor and Spanish priest). The drug has been tested as effective in primates, but no certainty on humans.

2) Even with money, it would take months before they could mass produce the drug.  Currently, the ZMapp is derived from a genetically engineered tobacco plants.  This process is extremely time consuming and to get it to mass production would require additional infrastructure, research, time to grow the genetically engineered tobacco plants.  And they can’t invest in such massive production if they don’t even know for sure the drug is effective or have full support of the scientific community.

3) The argument that these drugs are only given to Westerner.  Last time I checked, the Liberian doctor is African!  Now, this is only my theory, but there are often certain populations in Africa who are very skeptical of Western medicines and aids. There have been cases where they either say that Ebola is a myth, or a western diseases, or that vaccinations are intended to kill Africans.  There is an inherent distrust of Westerners in many parts of Africa.  Now imagine giving an unproven, untested, unregulated drug to people in Africa, and imagine negative side effects should this drug work (or not work), and the blame on Westerners and further distrust.  Some might say Westerners used Africa as an experiment ground!  Now I don’t think this is a major reason because of the massive outbreak now, but I can see the potential of harm and backfire using an unproven, unregulated, and untested drug on any population.

*Disclaimer, yes I do understand the argument that because Ebola is a non-Western and low outbreak phenomenon, pharmaceutical and researchers have not spent a lot of money and time on researching treatments.  Yes, it’s unfortunate, but I believe the argument above is to address what is happening here and out (not the economical incentives in the pharmaceutical industry, which is another debate in itself)

Check out these  news articles for other perspectives before Blamig the U.S. government for not doing anything.

article: http://www.wbur.org/npr/344228124/experimental-drug-zmapp-saves-monkeys-stricken-with-ebola

http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/08/12/339841723/the-ethical-issues-in-using-an-experimental-ebola-drug

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Magical Paths Begging To Be Walked

Roads and paths pervade our literature, poetry, artwork, linguistic expressions and music. Even photographers can’t keep their eyes (and lenses) off of a beautiful road or path, which is why we collected this list of 28 amazing photos of paths.

Paths like these have a powerful grip on the human imagination – they can bring adventure, promise and change or solitude, peace and calm. There’s nothing like a walk down a beautiful path to clear your head – or to fill it with ideas!

I’ll leave you with an excellent quote from J. R. R. Tolkien’s works while you enjoy these images; “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.

  1. Autumn In The White Carpathians
  2. Rhododendron Laden Path, Mount Rogers, Virginia, USA
  3. Spring In Hallerbos Forest, Belgium
  4. Autumn Path In Kyoto, Japan 
  5. Autumn Path
  6. Bamboo Path In Kyoto, Japan
  7. Hitachi Seaside Park Path In Japan
  8. Dark Hedges In Ireland
  9. Winter Forest Path, Czech Republic
  10. Path Under Blooming Trees In Spring

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latimes:

Since Obamacare, emergency room visits are down at L.A. County public hospitals, a Times analysis finds.

latimes:

Since Obamacare, emergency room visits are down at L.A. County public hospitals, a Times analysis finds.

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sodomymcscurvylegs:

Being an adult is realizing that $5,000 is a lot of money to owe and very little money to own.

Godammit

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I saw this cute little free #library while walking in #HermosaBeach today.  When I have a place of my own, I’m definitely adding a free library to my front yard.

I saw this cute little free #library while walking in #HermosaBeach today. When I have a place of my own, I’m definitely adding a free library to my front yard.

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