Tyler J. Smith

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Michael Grab has mastered the art of stone balancing. He explains how he does it. “The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of “tripod” for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another. In the finer point balances, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters. Some point balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching. Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, I am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.”

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I am the luckiest man in the world.

To love, and to be loved.


Amazing Macro-Photography of Individual Snowflakes

Snow Flakes are a transient type of wonderful. For a brief moment they are here, spectacular in all their brevity, and then before you know it, their moment melts away and we are forever changed by their 15 seconds of fame.

However, with the magic of photography, Photographer Alexey Kljatov is able to take these fleeting moments of magnificence and turn them into lasting close-up photos of these mesmerizing individual snowflakes.

How, you may ask is Alexey able to capture these jaw dropping and awe-inspiring shots of such a fragile existence like a snowflake? The technique he uses is called Macro-Photography and he explains it in his blog.

Equipped with a stool, dark fabrics and some make-shift camera gear of a wooden plank, duct tape and two macro lenses inverted on top of each other, Alexey goes on the balcony of his apartment in Moscow and captures momentary magic.

It’s awe-inspiring to see the elegance these water crystals hold. Each flake fractals out their own unique patterns as they fall ever so gracefully from cloud to earth blessing us with their wonder just before they leave.

The allure of each drop of artistry is that their lives however bright and brilliant, fade just as fast as they are born.

Like us they are here for a brief moment, but in their transience they are able to impact others in powerful ways, whether it’s just from a passer by, or a million people on the internet, these unique flakes of snow, like fingerprints leave their mark.


I featured him before but I just love these so much