Artistic microscope slides produced in the Victorian era (1840~1900) by arranging hundreds of tiny diatoms into intricate patterns. This was often accomplished by using a single hair to move the diatoms in a special chamber that prevented disturbance to the slide. The fabrication of these amazing objects must have required incredible patience, attention to detail, and a steady hand.
Here’s yet another awesome thing about Japan: Pigeon Mask Parties.
Whether they’re made of feathers or latex, hanging out in the park or at a bar, it’s clear that pigeons love to flock. Did you know that a group of pigeons is called a loft? That means you could also call these gatherings Loft Parties. It sounds like Pigeon Mask code.
It was dead week in the studio. The squirrel I had found just after being hit by a car, and the sardines are for an article I am illustrating.
This slab of rock comes from what is today Morocco. The rocks are Ordovician in age; deposited during a long stretch of time when this portion of the African Coast was submerged beneath a shallow inland sea.
The presence of so many different starfish in a single layer suggests that this was a “death assemblage” – some unknown processes killed a whole bunch of the critters at once, leading to a single layer filled with fossils. Each starfish in this photo is only a couple centimeters in diameter.
If you look closely, you can make out many of the details of the organisms including the placement of the plates that compose their outer coverings.
Image credit: Cobalt123
Pretty and perfunctory.
Throwback Thursday - Tikal the male Jaguar cub at one month old, May 2011.
Sad, tired, miss my partner, etc.