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Creative Feminine Portraits Composed Of Flowers And Stems 

Chicago based online boutique Sister Golden is headed by a mother and daughter, Vicki and Brooke Rawlins duo who create art and decor items for the home. In the latest series, they have featured portraits composed entirely of natural elements, such as flowers, petals, leaves and stems. 

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Foreboding Mushroom Cloud Over Phoenix Turns Out To Be Microbust

Photographer Jerry Ferguson captured a rare natural phenomena while cruising over Phoenix with helicopter pilot Andrew Park on a weather report assignment for a TV station. A gigantic looming mushroom cloud appears to have declared its presence over the heavily populated city, which is in reality a “microbust”. This rare weather phenomenon happens after a thunderstorm when cooled air speeds and crashes to the land at over speeds of over 100 miles an hour, which can create a powerful air current, the result which resembles an alarming mushroom cloud.

Bryan Snider also caught this amazing event in a  time lapse video Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport, which showed just how it formed over the city.

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“The legend of Anarkali – the beautiful courtesan who seduced the Mughal Prince Saleem only to be entombed alive in a wall for her transgression by Salim’s father, Emperor Akbar. The history of Anarkali, that heaving, bustling maze of congested streets and tiny shops located outside the Lohari Gate, can be traced back to colonial times. 

Lahore’s oldest surviving bazaar was once the center of culture and style; and remains a popular shopping destination even today… Vibrant and chaotic, Anarkali Bazaar embodies Lahore’s spirit of grandeur, contradictions and co-existence. Amongst shops selling everything from stationery to hand embroidered khussas to fresh nimbo paani, you’ll spot architectural styles derived from the various eras to have shaped the city’s cultural ethos – from Mughal to Sikh to British” -Destinations Magazine

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Hand Painted Silk Butterfly Wings Photographed On Artist At Stunning Locations  

PracowniaDor is an Etsy shop where the artist, Dorota, has taken a literal artistic translation to letting her wings spread and fly. Recreating the colorful wings of a butterfly with a vivid choice of colors and patterns on silk, the artist hand paints each individual fabric before crafting them into wings.

In open fields blooming with flowers, at a glowing sunset in the distant horizon, and even under the starry sky and autumn woodlands, the Dorota has photographed her craftsmanship to recreate the environment where her butterflies would originally be seen. The hand dyed silk fabric lends a velvety, flowing quality to the artist’s wings, which when paired with the dazzling colors of one of nature’s most envied canvas, pays a beautiful homage to artist’s inspiration. Find them in her Etsy shop.

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Dear fellow white people

Stop with the cultural appropriation. You know who you are; those of you who are running around with the First Nations warbonnets, Day of the Dead makeup, and bindis. Yes you; you gentrifying hipsters and you insulated hippies

Look, I get it. “White culture” sucks – lawns, country clubs, Fox News, bland cooking, mini vans, malls, wonder bread, Coca Cola. We see commodification everywhere, and the violence inherent to capitalism is becoming more apparent as the days go on. You want something authentic. Something real. Something that isn’t pushed onto you by a stratified society and something that isn’t a hollowed husk taken from you and sold back to you for profit. 

Continuing casual appropriation of historically oppressed cultures doesn’t help. The power imbalance that makes appropriation contextually significant has its roots in colonialism and white supremacy – we exist at the top of a racial caste system established by American and European ruling classes several centuries ago, and the effects are still felt today.

Let’s talk about that racial caste system for a minute. Would you believe me if I told you your actual roots aren’t “white”? We now learn in school that race is indeed a social construct, that there isn’t any scientific basis for it, but we very rarely get into the process that led to the creation of race. Long story short, “whiteness” was crafted in the 1600s to confer privilege and to divide poor “whites” from poor “blacks” – it was about population control, domination, and conquest. Originally, “whites” were confined to Anglo-Saxons, but over the course of its lifetime, the majority of Europeans were absorbed into whiteness, and they received the relative privileges that go with it. There is nothing innocuous about racial designations – they were set along a social hierarchy since their creation. As long as we live in a society such as ours, where a ruling class requires a population divided along lines of comparative privilege, we will be locked in “whiteness”, “blackness”, etc. 

Because of the social trauma of the last few centuries, we can’t just “stop noticing race” and hope the problems will go away. We live in a white supremacist class society that bequeaths various benefits and oppressions onto all of us. Be aware of your place in the system of white supremacy and try to use your place to be a good ally. Fight the interconnected systems of domination.

So what did I mean with regard to our roots not being “white”? On a more constructive note, I mean. Well, if you’re searching for something that can help fill the authenticity hole that capitalism is drilling into everyone with its racial double-edged sword, I highly recommend delving into your European roots “pre-whiteness”. There’s a rich history of indigenous culture that has been either fully dominated by or absorbed into Empire over the centuries. 

Just take a look at the whitewashed and commodified holidays so many of us celebrate in Western society: Christmas, Halloween, Easter, even Groundhog’s Day. These all have vibrant histories as seasonal and harvesting festivals (as Yule, Samhain, Ostara, and Imbolc, respectively). Those who practice variations of paganism (Wicca, druidism, etc.) are very often doing so for cultural reasons, to reconnect with an aspect of their ancestry that they have access to while living in a society with so much social trauma. This is just scratching the surface, too; I don’t want to simplify a complex network of practices, rituals, and cultural revival movements. 

These traditions have gone the way of Latin and VCRs – for the most part, they are dead, having been an aspect of a bygone era and eventually dominated by the colonial elements of Europe. Parts of them linger, but today they’re mostly recognized as “revivalist”. A revitalization movement. For this reason, in tandem with your right to responsibly explore your roots, I highly recommend digging up your culture (beyond malls and wonder bread) to other white people. I see your alienation towards “white culture” (with regard to culture-appropriating hippies) and I see your anger towards what our recent ancestors did (with regard to colonialism, imperialism, and capitalism) – in response, I want to see a burgeoning pagan revivalist movement.

Reject “whiteness” on a personal level. You can’t do it on a social-material level (since its bequeathed to you by a white supremacist society), but it’s important to recognize that whiteness robs us of identity just as it grants us vast privilege. We’re made “default” by whiteness, while everyone else is otherized. I hope to see more indigenous European revitalization happening alongside the anti-colonial and anti-capitalist movements that are sweeping the globe (blessed be to Gods & Radicals). Far from the stereotypical fascist that ahistorically twists them to serve whiteness and Empire’s ruling classes, I want to see these revived practices taking on an explicit opposition to the racial caste system as a whole. 

And so, to fellow white people, help us revive Yule; witchcraft; the equinox bonfire; the myriad traditions that were buried by Empire. Pick up a book on paganism. You have a right to responsibly explore and revive these cultural avenues.

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Following the Trails of Nature Konsta, Punkka Dives Into Candid Animal Photography

Finland-based photographer Konsta Punkka captures the magic of candid animal photography, in their intimate moments with the winter woodlands in her latest series. The 21-year-old photographer roams the forests in order to snap the perfect portraits of native creatures such as squirrels, foxes, mice and birds.

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Deadpan John Goodman is king of Kong: Skull Island Comic-Con panel
Star discusses behaviour of title character – whose real name is ‘Leo’– while Eddie Redmayne dishes out wands at Fantastic Beasts Potter panel
By Sam Thielman

Be careful what you ask John Goodman, who stars in Kong: Skull Island. What started as an innocuous question at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, about reviving a classic movie franchise, was turned into an impressive comic riff about working with one of the biggest stars around.

“You always had to call him Kong or Mr Kong, you couldn’t call him by his name, which is Leo,” a stone-faced Goodman recalled in a panel in Comic-Con’s voluminous Hall H.

“But when the chips are down he’s a hell of a performer. He’s got the goods. He’s earned the right to be a little cranky. He was always 20 minutes late for make-up, but he was never drunk on set.

“You’d hear stories about riding on the top of taxicabs or chartering boats and putting it on the company, but he turned out to be an OK guy. He won’t do press, though. He won’t ever do press.”

The second half of the Warner Bros presentation, after more than an hour of movies based on comic books, opened with a panel on the reinvented King Kong franchise featuring Goodman, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Brie Larson and the belle of the Comic-Con ball, Tom Hiddleston, best known as Loki in the Marvel Comics movies.

“Thank you, ma’am, for that,” Hiddleston said to an unseen audience member who yelled at him as he took the stage. “I love you, too.”

The cast took a few quick questions, including one from a young woman who wanted to know what the actors did when they needed to unwind. Goodman’s deadpan won the day again.

“I like to watch Roseanne and say the lines before the characters,” he said.

15 Traditional Wedding Outfits Highlight the Beauty And Customs Around The World

Weddings are universally celebrated. Although most Western brides are known for their signature white fluffy dress wear a white dress, the rest of the world’s different culture is aesthetically seen through their wedding gown, which is full of years of culture, tradition, heritage and customs. 

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