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.

 

oldbookillustrations:

The espousal of the rat’s daughter.
Warwick Goble, from Green Willow and other Japanese fairy tales, by Grace James, London, 1910.
(Source: archive.org)

oldbookillustrations:

The espousal of the rat’s daughter.

Warwick Goble, from Green Willow and other Japanese fairy tales, by Grace James, London, 1910.

(Source: archive.org)

amnhnyc:

One hundred years ago today, on September 1, 1914, Martha, the last-known living Passenger Pigeon died at the Cincinnati Zoo. Her death, at 29 after a lifetime in captivity, marked the disappearance of her once-abundant species from the world.

Difficult as it is to comprehend, there was a time when the Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) was the most common bird in the United States, numbering in the billions. But victim to overhunting and habitat destruction, Passenger Pigeon populations began to decline in the second half of the 19th century and the species was considered extinct in the wild by the turn of the century.

Learn more about passenger pigeons, and about the sciene of de-extinction. 

oldbookillustrations:

The Moon Maiden.
Warwick Goble, from Green Willow and other Japanese fairy tales, by Grace James, London, 1910.
(Source: archive.org)

oldbookillustrations:

The Moon Maiden.

Warwick Goble, from Green Willow and other Japanese fairy tales, by Grace James, London, 1910.

(Source: archive.org)

archiemcphee:

Colossal, the Department of Incredible Insects recently encountered more photos of the fascinating work of French artist Hubert Duprat and his industrious Caddisflies (previously featured here).

"Right now, in almost every river in the world, some 12,000 different species of caddisfly larvae wriggle and crawl through sediment, twigs, and rocks in an attempt to build temporary aquatic cocoons. To do this, the small, slow-moving creatures excrete silk from salivary glands near their mouths which they use like mortar to stick together almost every available material into a cozy tube. A few weeks later a fully developed caddisfly emerges and almost immediately flies away."

Since the 1980s Duprat has been collecting caddisfly larvae from their normal environments and transporting them to aquariums in his studio. There he gently removes their own natural cocoons and puts the larvae in tanks filled with materials such as pearls, beads, opals, turquoise and pieces of 18-karat gold. The insects still do exactly what comes naturally to them, but in doing so they create exquisite gilded sculptures that they temporarily call home. If you saw them out of context, you’d never guess they’d been created insects.

Visit Colossal for additional images and video of Hubert Duprat discussing these amazing insects and their shiny, shiny creations.

gennaiv:

How Tall Is It? So Tall — Or Maybe Sotol: Either answer works. At 15 feet high, the sotol (pronounced “so tall”) stalk towered over my head as we both stood on the SW Rim of the Chisos Mountains. I wasn’t so rooted to my spot and since it was plain only one of us would continue growing I soon left for the South Rim. Unlike most desert plants, the sotol doesn’t die after flowering, but produces a new stalk every few years — good news for those who like the alcoholic drink distilled from the plant. The white area left of the stalk is Santa Elena Canyon, 30 miles away.

gennaiv:

How Tall Is It? So Tall — Or Maybe Sotol: Either answer works. At 15 feet high, the sotol (pronounced “so tall”) stalk towered over my head as we both stood on the SW Rim of the Chisos Mountains. I wasn’t so rooted to my spot and since it was plain only one of us would continue growing I soon left for the South Rim. Unlike most desert plants, the sotol doesn’t die after flowering, but produces a new stalk every few years — good news for those who like the alcoholic drink distilled from the plant. The white area left of the stalk is Santa Elena Canyon, 30 miles away.

watershedplus:

On rare years when the conditions are right in the arid landscape of the Badlands, in the American West, wildflowers burst into a display of colour for just a few days.
The vegetation in the region has adapted to the climate, with just a small amount of moisture the desert can become coloured with sweeping fields of Scorpion Weed, Beeplant and the flowers of the Pincushion Cacti. These blooms can be very short-lived to conserve moisture.

Photographs by Guy Tal

From here

nitroska:

The effects of salvia divinorum illustrated with an animated gif.

nitroska:

The effects of salvia divinorum illustrated with an animated gif.

ancient-egypts-secrets:

Ma’at, the Winged Egyptian Goddess of Truth, Justice and Harmony. 
19th Dynasty. 
Tomb of pharaoh Siptah (reign as a child 1197 – 1191 BC). 
Valley of the Kings. Western Thebes. Egypt

ancient-egypts-secrets:

Ma’at, the Winged Egyptian Goddess of Truth, Justice and Harmony.

19th Dynasty.

Tomb of pharaoh Siptah (reign as a child 1197 – 1191 BC).

Valley of the Kings. Western Thebes. Egypt

asianartmuseum:

Happy National Dog Day! There’s really no need to go into why dogs are fantastic, or why every day should be dog day, right? And honestly, we just get excited about any opportunity to post about pups from our collection. This adorable little rascal is a ceramic from Northern China dated 25-220 AD. That’s like 26,910 in dog years.Want more dogs, or any flora and fauna? Search our collection here.

asianartmuseum:

Happy National Dog Day! There’s really no need to go into why dogs are fantastic, or why every day should be dog day, right? And honestly, we just get excited about any opportunity to post about pups from our collection. 

This adorable little rascal is a ceramic from Northern China dated 25-220 AD. That’s like 26,910 in dog years.

Want more dogs, or any flora and fauna? Search our collection here.