I should never say never. Because yesterday, I would have sworn up and down that I’d never call a spider a “beautiful creature.” But today is a new day, and this beautiful creature is called the sequin (or mirror) spider. This arachnid is a member…
Fire Starters; Julianne Moore, Liv Freundlich, Jessica Chastain, Domhnall Gleeson, Amy Adams, Karen Elson, Madison Stubbington & Florence Welch by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue US, August 2014
Cosmic pillars of cold molecular gas and clouds of dark dust lie within Sharpless 171, a star-forming region some 3,000 light-years away in the constellation Cepheus. This false-color skyscape spans about 20 light-years across the nebula’s bright central region. Powering the nebular glow are the young, hot stars of a newly formed cluster, Berkeley 59.
(Credit & Copyright: Antonio Fernandez)
Water vapour plumes on Jupiter’s moon Europa (artist’s impression)
This artist’s impression shows Jupiter and its moon Europa using actual Jupiter and Europa images in visible light. The Hubble ultraviolet images showing the faint emission from the water vapour plumes have been superimposed, respecting the size but not the brightness of the plumes.
Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Kornmesser.
Science Credit: NASA, ESA, L. Roth (Southwest Research Institute and University of Cologne, Germany), J. Saur (University of Cologne, Germany), K. Retherford (Southwest Research Institute), D. Strobel and P. Feldman (Johns Hopkins University), M. McGrath (Marshall Space Flight Center), and F. Nimmo (University of California, Santa Cruz)
This is my first submission, and I’m very excited to finally be a part of your lovely project!
As I live in a populated area, going outdoors was a bit risky for me. But, I decided to use materials that I have gathered from the outdoors. Drying flowers and plants is more than just a hobby for me - it is the preservation of the natural form, the transcendence of beauty as a living form to a lifeless one. In this photo, I feel that my body fits in to be an additive layer of the hanging plants. I’m still very much alive, but in the context of the photo, the beauty in my form is preserved just as theirs is.
I was immediately taken with this submission when it came in. I’ve always loved the aesthetic of hanging dried flowers, and in contrast to your body they look even more beautiful. I love the colour and tone of your submission and the way you’ve almost half dressed yourself in the plants by the way you’ve chosen to layer yourself behind them. Really beautiful first submission, thanks for contributing this week.