The stellated dodecahedron I explored in the last post reminded me of something I found on fractals created from Kepler’s solids. Kepler’s solids are Kepler-Poinsot polyhedra, which are star based polyhedra recognised by the mathematician in 1619. They were obtained by stellating the regular convex dodecahedron and icosahedron, which is essentially ‘3D-izing’ the 2D face by extending it and bringing it to a point in space. The first iteration of the above image is a stellated dodecahedron. By applying a secondary stellated dodecahedron within each point as a second iteration, a more complex edition of the structure is made - rendering a fractal formation known as the Koch Snowflake. The Koch Snowflake is a mathematical curve made by the repetition of triangles on a plane divided into three. With each iteration, the form increases in complexity and is infinite in theory.
Just a reminder:the natural diet of these birds is BONES. Not just bone marrow; actual bone shards. They pick up huge freaking bones from carcasses and drop them onto rocks until they get spiky pieces and then they swallow them. Their stomach acid dissolves bone.
look me in the eye and tell me that’s not a fucking dragon
And they aren’t naturally red like that. That’s self-applied makeup. They find the reddest earth they can to work into their feathers as a status symbol.
And they don’t scavenge other parts of carcases, just the bones. 85-90% of their diet is exclusively bone. Hence why it’s only a myth that these birds would just pick up whole lambs and carry them off. It’s not true, but in German they’re still called Lämmergeier as a result.
Lion’s Mane Portraits
We are having a terrible drought - I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found this gorgeous specimen last weekend! And thankfully I had my tripod to get some low ISO shots for once.
(Mount Tamalpais, California - 12/2013)
Clockwork love paper by Tjep 2010
Expressing different ‘heart moods’ through the liberal use of symbolic references, the collection of pendants link up to such themes as fragility, passion, uncertainty and desire.
iPhone photographer Shalaco uses apps to create mesmerizing “impossible buildings”. Find out more.
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
|—||J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring. (via ruineshumaines)|
yes…yes to all this
Large sharks off Western Australia are now doing their part to keep surfers and swimmers safe–by sending tweets warning of their presence. Source: GrindTV
You can follow the Surf Live Saving WA Twitter account for real time automatic sharky shout-outs when any of the more than 300…
flowers and a prayer are offered to a female elephant who died december 20, 2013, after being hit by a train as her herd was crossing a railway track near india’s deepor beel wildlife sanctuary. it is not uncommon in northeastern india for elephants to be killed by passing trains, which now also cross through the mahananda wildlife sanctuary and the migratory corridor of the chowang reserve. the indian elephant is endangered, with fewer than 25,000 remaining. photos by anupam nath
Despite being seldom seen due to their nocturnal habits, flying squirrels are indeed common. Caped flying squirrels, however, are pretty uncommon.
This is probably an illustration of Glaucomys volans, the Southern Flying Squirrel. Learn more on the Encyclopedia of Life.