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Mystery Piano On Top Of The Mountain

“The piano was discovered on top of Topanga Lookout, near Stunt Road in the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area. Several photos posted to Instagram indicated the piano was hauled up Tuesday to the ridgeline for a music video shoot involving Seatlle-based artist Rachel Wong. Wong was a finalist in Ford’s 2012 “Gimme the Gig II” contest, according to her biography. The photos showed the five-person crew using a rope to pull the piano up a narrow trail, part of a two-mile round trip hike with about 160 feet of elevation gain. They used a moving dolly on some parts of the rugged trail, a job that took about 45 minutes, said videographer Michael Froton. Aerial video Thursday afternoon showed hikers playing the piano on the graffiti-covered concrete foundation of an old fire tower and taking pictures of the instrument with a dramatic natural backdrop. “It shows how different we are”, said hiker Nick Herron. “Where else do you hear about a piano on top of a ridge?” – Jonathan Lloyd and Adrian Arambulo

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In this March, 2015 photo, a person sits at an upright piano that had been hauled up to Topanga Lookout in the Santa Monica Mountains in Calabasas, Calif. For a couple of days last week, a Southern California hilltop was alive with the sound of mystery. Hikers venturing to Topanga Lookout found a battered upright piano sitting on a graffiti-scrawled concrete slab with a panoramic view over the mountains between Calabasas and the Pacific Ocean. Turns out, the piano was used for a music video by Seattle-based artist Rachel Wong. The cinematographer, Michael Flotron, says he and four others used a dolly and rope to haul the 350-pound instrument a mile up the trail on Tuesday. After the shoot, it was too dark to get the piano back down. Flotron says people seem happy to leave it there. But if necessary, he’ll haul the piano back down. (Photo by Michael Flotron/AP Photo)

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Beautiful Abandoned NYC

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From Manhattan and Brooklyn’s trendiest neighborhoods to the far-flung edges of theouter boroughs, Will Ellis has spent the last three years photographing and researching the lost and lonely corners of the United States’ most populous city. His photo book Abandoned NYC is packed with 150 color images of sixteen of New York’s most beautiful and mysterious abandoned spaces, paired with detailed essays on the fascinating history of these forgotten sites. Here: the Gowanus “Batcave” was the home of a thriving squatter community in the early 2000s. Today it’s being renovated into artists’ studios and exhibition space. (Photo by Will Ellis)

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Cherry Blossoms in Japan

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A couple walks together at Sankeien Park in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, to have their wedding pictures taken as cherry blossoms are in full bloom Sunday, March 29, 2015. (Photo by Shuji Kajiyama/AP Photo)

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Mountainous Waves by Ray Collins

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Ray Collins is a colorblind Australian coal miner who is in love with the ocean. He spends his off days photographing it.

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Cat Selfies

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If Kim Kardashian was a feline shed be purr-fect for this new book which features a collection the worlds best cat “selfies”. The furry frames have been compiled by cat owner Charlie Ellis who has scoured the globe for the perfect puss pictures. In his book “Cat Selfies” moggies try their hand at the craze most of their humans have become addicted to posting on social media. And it turns out cats might be better at taking photos than their owners with a variety of poses captioned in the book. (Photo by Charlie Ellis/Caters News)

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March 20 – March 27, 2015: Fashion

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A model takes a nap backstage before the Hempel Award 23rd China International Young Fashion Designers Contest show at China Fashion Week in Beijing, March 25, 2015. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)

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March 20 – March 27, 2015: Art

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People stand in front of the painting “The Painter and His Model” from 1963 by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso at the exhibition “Picasso and the Spanish Modernity” at Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil in Sao Paulo March 25, 2015. The exhibition is open to the public from March 25 to June 8. (Photo by Paulo Whitaker/Reuters)

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March 20 – March 27, 2015: Animals

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African lioness named Rani, or Queen, sits with her newly born five cubs at the house of her owner who has grown her as a pet, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Multan, Pakistan. The African lioness has given birth to five healthy cubs. Lions normally have litters of two or three cubs. (Photo by Asim Tanveer/AP Photo)

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March 20 – March 27, 2015: The Week In Photos

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Jennifer Lopez seen at the Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation Los Angeles Premiere of “Home” held at the Regency Village Theatre on Sunday, March 22, 2015, in Westwood, Calif. (Photo by Eric Charbonnuea/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox/AP Images)

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Paul Brockman’s Collection Of 55,000 Dresses Bought For His Wife

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This might look like a dress-makers warehouse, but this huge collection of frocks actually belongs to just ONE woman.

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X-Ray Photography by Paula Fontaine

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These stunning coloured images show detailed x-ray images of everything from skulls to light bulbs. Artist Paula Fontaine, from Westminster Massachusetts, created the images using a process called digital map painting. To create the images the x-ray emission source – the head of the machine on an arm which focuses the beam – is placed over the object. Paula then retreats behind a shielded screen before activating the x-ray exposure. Here: Brain storm, conceptual composite X-ray. (Photo by Paula Fontaine/Barcroft Media)

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Cherry Blossom Time In Eastern Asia

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This picture taken on March 21, 2015 shows a couple kissing in front of blooming cherry blossoms in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province. The cherry blossoms, now in full bloom, attracted tens of thousands of visitors, local media reported. (Photo by AFP Photo/Stringer)

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New York Through The Lens Of Weegee

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A new book of photos by legendary photographer Weegee shows what industrialized, pre-gentrified New York looked like in the mid-20th century, before the city was crammed with towers and billboards. Weegee, whose real name was Arthur Fellig, was famous for sensational but artfully composed black-and-white pictures of crime scenes, fires and other urban mayhem. “The Weegee Guide to New York” includes a few of those tabloid-worthy photos of bodies sprawled on the pavement. But most of the book’s images are of ordinary neighborhoods and streetscapes with low-rise buildings, bulky cars, empty skies and remarkably uncluttered public spaces. Here: this combination shows the 1945 photo “Derelict sleeping on the sidewalk outside police headquarters” by Weegee, provided by the International Center of Photography in New York, and a woman walking on the same spot on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo by AP Photo/Copyright Weegee/The International Center of Photography, Mark Lennihan)

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Iowa: America’s Heartland

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Classic antique cars are seen at an auto dealer in West Branch, Iowa, March 6, 2015. Iowa, the American heartland. Endless farm fields and quiet towns. 56,273 square miles that are soon to become the focus of the nation as the long process of electing the next U.S. president begins. (Photo by Jim Young/Reuters)

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Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Natural History Museum is giving delegates the chance to embark on a virtual reef dive around the venue as its newest exhibition “Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea” will be offered as an additional venue space to event organisers from Friday 27th March 2015. Coral Reefs, which opens 27th March and runs until 13th September, presents a spectacular marine life gallery and invites guests to meet creatures and discover plants from diverse coral habitats including coral collected firsthand by Charles Darwin, a venomous blue-ringed octopus and a gigantic Turbinaria coral. As with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year gallery, Coral Reefs will be available to hire as an additional venue space to combine with the other permanent event spaces in the museum. With a recommended capacity of 150 guests at a time Coral Reefs will provide organisers with the perfect opportunity to enhance their events with this fascinating exhibition and virtual dive.

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Museum employee Victoria views a giant grouper fish specimen at the Natural History Museum in west London March 25, 2015. It forms part of a new exhibition, “Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea”, featuring a panoramic virtual dive and over 250 specimens from the Museum’s coral, fish and marine invertebrate collection, which opens on March 27. (Photo by Toby Melville/Reuters)

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