Occasionally, I write original stuff and post it here. More commonly, this is where I store pictures of art, museum exhibits, film stills, and other stuff I find interesting.

 

archiemcphee:

Today the Department of Awesome Natural Phenomena shares a rare and incredible sight: a pod of sperm whales fast asleep, floating in a vertical position, some with noses pointed up towards the water’s surface, some pointed down to the ocean floor. It’s a haunting sight, something the whales are believed to do for only brief periods of about 12 minutes at a time. Quick, vertical power naps.

Researchers have observed sleeping sperm whales exhibiting the same sort of Rapid Eye Movement that’s associated with dreaming in humans. So now we’re wondering what sorts of awesome things whales dream about.

Above gif and image taken from video footage used in the Discovery Channel series The Magic of the Big Blue (episode 4 of 7). Click here to watch.

[via Twisted Sifter and Sploid]

likeafieldmouse:

Elena Chernyshova - Days of Night - Nights of Day (2012-13)

Artist’s statement: 

Days of Night - Nights of Day is about the daily life of the inhabitants of Norilsk, a mining city northernmost of the polar circle with a population of more than 170,000. 

The city, its mines and metallurgical factories were constructed by prisoners of the Gulag. With 60% of the present population involved in the industrial process, this documentary aims to investigate human adaptation to extreme climate, ecological disaster and isolation.

Norilsk is the 7th most polluted city in the world. The average temperature is -10C, reaching lows of -55C in winter, when for two months the city is plunged into polar night. The living conditions of the people of Norilsk are unique, making their plight incomparable.”

gennaiv:

Snow On Texas Mountains? That’s Tuff: It can be so bright in direct sunlight that it’s hard to keep your eyes open, but that white stuff near Castolon on the way to Santa Elena Canyon is not snow. It’s tuff, a volcanic ash. There’s enough of it exposed that it has its own canyon — Tuff Canyon. Behind this outcropping of it, though, is Castolon Peak, a prominent landmark along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Right before the historic army post of Castolon, tuff covers the ground so completely it looks otherworldly with the stark contrast of big red rocks protruding through the white crust.

gennaiv:

Snow On Texas Mountains? That’s Tuff: It can be so bright in direct sunlight that it’s hard to keep your eyes open, but that white stuff near Castolon on the way to Santa Elena Canyon is not snow. It’s tuff, a volcanic ash. There’s enough of it exposed that it has its own canyon — Tuff Canyon. Behind this outcropping of it, though, is Castolon Peak, a prominent landmark along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Right before the historic army post of Castolon, tuff covers the ground so completely it looks otherworldly with the stark contrast of big red rocks protruding through the white crust.

owlshield:

Quick close up from the latest palm sized plate, having big thoughts about actually putting some paint on this to liven it up.
As if sorcerous gifts from ancient stag gods weren’t lively enough.

owlshield:

Quick close up from the latest palm sized plate, having big thoughts about actually putting some paint on this to liven it up.

As if sorcerous gifts from ancient stag gods weren’t lively enough.

arsvitaest:

George Inness, Farm Landscape, Cattle in Pasture (a.k.a. Sunset, Nantucket), ca. 1883
Thanks to laclefdescoeurs and lionofchaeronea

arsvitaest:

George Inness, Farm Landscape, Cattle in Pasture (a.k.a. Sunset, Nantucket), ca. 1883

Thanks to laclefdescoeurs and lionofchaeronea

White Sands, New Mexico. The desert is located in Tularosa Basin New Mexico. Its white sands are not composed of quartz, like most desert sands, but of gypsum and calcium sulfate. Unlike other desert sands, it is cool to the touch, due to the high rate of evaporation of surface moisture and the fact that the sands reflect, rather than absorb, the sun’s rays.

(Source: viage)

alphynix:

weredrakka:

thatscienceguy:

The Vampire Bat is the only species of bat that has retained its ability to maneuver on land, not only can they walk on land but they can also hop and run at surprisingly fast speeds!

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t there a species of bat in New Zealand that walks? They behave like shrews, if my memory serves…

Whoops, you’re absolutely right!
Mystacina tuberculata, the New Zealand lesser short-tailed bat, spends about 30% of its time scurrying around on the forest floor hunting invertebrates, filling a similar niche to mice and shrews. Definitely more terrestrial than the vampire bats.

alphynix:

weredrakka:

thatscienceguy:

The Vampire Bat is the only species of bat that has retained its ability to maneuver on land, not only can they walk on land but they can also hop and run at surprisingly fast speeds!

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t there a species of bat in New Zealand that walks? They behave like shrews, if my memory serves…

Whoops, you’re absolutely right!

Mystacina tuberculata, the New Zealand lesser short-tailed bat, spends about 30% of its time scurrying around on the forest floor hunting invertebrates, filling a similar niche to mice and shrews. Definitely more terrestrial than the vampire bats.

(Source: ylatayaeray)

demoniality:

Cover to “The Trail of Cthulhu”, a Cthulhu-mythos novel by August Derleth.

demoniality:

Cover to “The Trail of Cthulhu”, a Cthulhu-mythos novel by August Derleth.

arsvitaest:

Andrea Kowch, Dream Chaser, 2013, acrylic on canvas

arsvitaest:

Andrea Kowch, Dream Chaser, 2013, acrylic on canvas