Postcards from Mars
HiRISE is a high-resolution camera on board a NASA spacecraft sent to Mars back in 2005. Its photographs of the planet’s surface show an incredible amount of detail with an accuracy of up to one meter.
The project's multilingual homepage has spawned a number of Tumblr blogs, all of which are translated and run by volunteers in Chinese, Hebrew, Latin (!), Polish, Russian, Turkish, and Ukrainian.
Photo by HiRISE via beautifulmars-polish
Happy Birthday, Tour de France!
The 2013 TDF is the 100th edition of what is probably the world’s most famous bike race. As its own special birthday present, this year’s tour is running through the French island of Corsica for the first time ever. More than 19 teams are cycling a total distance of 3,403 kilometers (2,115 miles) through 21 July. Check out these TDF blogs:
Cycling is Art. The title says it all: this Tumblr blog combines a love for cycling and retro art.
Yay Cycling is run by Natalie and Sarah, huge fans of the sport. The two curate photos and news about the TDF, and are even holding their own Fantasy Bicycle TDF. “Bunnies on Bikes” are currently in the lead!
Les oreilles dans le guidon is a rather musical blog celebrating the 100th anniversary of the TDF with 100 songs and anecdotes. Très chic.
G. Jackson loves yellow and so does every true TDF fan. A nice photo blog about the color of the moment.
Suffer Faces is bike culture blogged by the new magazine Bike Hugger.
Image by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images, via Yahoo! Sports
It’s been quite a month for folks in Turkey and Brazil. Turkey hit turbulence when the government announced its intention to raze a public park in Istanbul. In Brazil, protests were initially sparked by a 9¢ increase in bus fares. The rolling street protests have since become broader, more clamorous expressions of anti-establishment anger. Here are some Tumblr blogs revolving around the recent protests:
Occupy Gezi Pics is an extensive collection of photos taken during the protests.
Resist Taksim reports on Gezi Park protests in English and Turkish.
Gezi Parki highlights events around Taksim Square and all over Turkey.
Poder e responsabilidade puts pictures of the Brazilian street protest into a Marvel comics universe.
Manifeste-se has updates about the Brazilian protests in Portuguese.
Hackathon ProtestoBR is the Tumblr blog of a movement for developing apps that help the demonstrators.
Photo by occupygezi
Meanwhile, in France…
Lions of Style: Team Tumblr has been reporting live from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity all week, go check it out!
EADS Live: The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company is blogging live from the 50th International Paris Air Show up until 23 June. Airbus and Eurocopters galore!
Presenting some of the Tumblr users recently featured on our international staff blogs. Enjoy!
We spoke with Juergen and Mike, two world travelers who move every 91 days and were currently making their way through Istanbul.
Illustrator and animator Alex Roca talked about his beginnings drawing web comics to combat stress, the comic book he co-created, and the secret to becoming a successful comic writer.
Brazillian creative Carla Diacov explained the different aspects she likes about digital and print, and how she goes about combining image and poetry in her work.
Check out these awesome art blogs from around the world:
int * design and inspiration is an inspiring and extensive catalogue of collected and curated images.
Paula Braconnot is a French collage artist whose work is sublime and surreal, combining old-fashioned illustrations with quaint symbolism.
murat güzelgün works is said artist’s portfolio of sculpture, painting and collage.
New Poly Pen Blog is filled with great quirky illustration and character design.
Happy browsing and don’t miss New & Notable for more new Tumblr blogs!
On the lookout for some cool international photography blogs? Look no further, here are our picks of the week:
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum is a selection of travel notes and dreamy travel pictures from all over.
Photos by Devon De Koning have a special haunting analogue feel to them. Quite a treat for your eyeballs.
Cont(insta) collects images from photo platforms and weaves wonderful tales around them.
Argentina Vintage is a beautiful collection of old images painting a poetic picture of the country and its people.