Wingspan - 15,1 inch, height - 9,8 inch, depth - 10,6 inch. Weight - 477 grams.
Materials: velvet clay (air-dry clay "Amos iClay"), polymer clay (oven-bake clay "SuperSculpey"), acrylic paints, metal wire, wooden base.
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Wingspan - 15,1 inch, height - 9,8 inch, depth - 10,6 inch. Weight - 477 grams.
Steve Benjamin is an aquatic photographer, capturing the lives of underwater creatures such as sharks, dolphins, and whales. But as he had to stay indoors recently, he was not able to do what he usually did. And so, he looked for other animals that he could photograph while indoors, and he found his ideal subjects in the form of the birds that visited his backyard.
Sunbirds is a stunning series of portraits captured using the same techniques as underwater photography. Benjamin tells Colossal he established a miniature studio for his avian visitors by positioning a feeder in a small sunny area with nearby shade, plenty of blooming flowers, and twig perches. “This is a studio setting for wild birds that are free to come and go as they please,” the photographer says.
To ensure the backdrop was dark, he used shutter speeds of 1/2,000 of a second and mounted additional lights to illuminate the vibrant intricacies of the feathers, feet, and bills. “The birds did not like flash photography so I have to figure out how to get constant light onto them with my underwater video lights,” he writes. “I had to get the birds used to being close to bright lights, which took a while.”
Some of his stunning images can be viewed over at Colossal. You can visit his website, too, if you want to view the whole gallery.
(Image Credit: Steve Benjamin/ Colossal)
In a very young star system called AB Aurigae, which about 520 light-years away, astronomers have spotted what seems to be evidence of a planet being born. They reported this finding in the journal Astronomy & Physics over a week ago. The recently released images show a massive disc of gas and dust, which has a twist that could be an indication of a new planet forming.
AB Aurigae was observed a few years ago through the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in Chile. Those images showed two long spirals of gas close to the star, spurring scientists to follow up with the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (also in Chile). This telescope is armed with an instrument called SPHERE, which can view faint light reflected by small dust grains and emissions originating from the star system’s inner disc.
SPHERE’s images confirmed the presence of the spirals, and also showed the twist indicating that the spiral arms are connected. It is these spirals that let other gas and dust moving through the young star system accrete onto the planet-to-be, which slowly grows into something fully formed and mature.
(Image Credit: ESO/Boccaletti et al./ Technology Review)
Esse post talvez não faça o menor sentido para quem nunca assistiu Breaking Bad, mas certamente vai deixar os fãs da série com um grande sorriso no rosto! Obviamente nem todo mundo curte o estilo do seriado então não vou ficar fazendo propaganda. Só sei que eu achei espetacular quando assisti e só de ver o motorhome “The Krystal Ship” em miniatura deu vontade de rever alguns episódios. Esta réplica é produto oficial licenciado de Breaking Bad e basicamente brinca com a fumaça que saía da produção de metanfetamina da dupla Walter White e Jesse Pinkman. Isto porque o “motorhomezinho” é um peculiar porta-incenso. O “The Krystal Ship” mede cerca de 28 cm de comprimento x 8 cm de altura e sai por U$ 29,99. “Esfumaçadamente legaus”!
Se tem uma coisa que acontece, não só nas Filipinas, mas em dezenas de países, é o descarte de plástico e outros materiais que detonam com a vida dos nossos oceanos. Pois um cidadão de Manila, trabalhador da construção civil, mas também exímio artista autodidata, tem conseguido que pelo menos uma pequena parte de chinelos velhos não vá para mares e rios. Elmer Padilla consegue com incrível talento transformar os velhos calçados em impressionantes bonecos de ação e personagens do cinema e gibis. Seu trabalho nas ruas, que garante uma renda extra, acabou parando nas redes sociais; primeiro em um grupo do Facebook das Filipinas e agora tem rodado o mundo. A fama repentina promete, só esperamos que além de ajudar o próprio artista, ajude também a conscientizar o povo “sujismundo”. “Pisantemente legaus”!
Sempre gostei de animais e há alguns meses, como postei aqui, nossa família ganhou um novo membro: o Lego! Nosso Terrier Brasileiro trouxe uma nova rotina à casa e ao nosso dia e mesmo com suas traquinagens não dá pra imaginar a vida sem ele. Passei a fazer parte da categoria “Apaixonados por Dogs”e até perfil no Instagram o Lego tem: legothebrazilianterrier. E se tem tanta gente que ama a cachorrada, como não se apaixonar por esta série do fotógrafo Alexander Khokhlov batizada de The Dog Show! Uma série espetacular com fotos de cães com expressões pra lá de humanas. Selecionei algumas, mas quem quiser ver mais o link para o site de Khokhlov está no final do post. “Expressivamente legaus”!
Claro que como um cozinheiro que se preze, curto mesmo é usar a faca, mas como não achar legal demais este moedor de alho! O Gracula é um simpático vampirinho que ao contrário dos demais, adora dentes de alho! O nome é uma brincadeira com Garlic (alho em inglês) + Dracula e trata-se de mais uma criação da Ototo Design. O moedorzinho vampiresco mede 9,7 x 7,4 x 7,4 cm, é feito em plástico e custa U$ 16,99. Amorcegadamente legaus”!
Imagine digging in your garden and finding this lovely floor, just covered up with soil! Archaeologists knew there was an ancient villa under a vineyard in Northern Italy, but discovering this intricately-tiled floor was a surprise, just a week after the excavation resumed after a pause during the coronavirus outbreak.
The team discovered the tiles, as well as portions of the villa’s foundation, “a few meters” below the vineyard’s surface, according to the statement. To make the “archaeological treasure … hidden under our feet available and accessible,” the researchers will collaborate with authorities and the vineyard’s owners. The process will likely require both significant time and resources.
You have to wonder why and when someone decided to just have a bunch of topsoil hauled in to cover the floor. Read more about this find at Smithsonian.
(Image credit: Comune di Negrar di Valpolicella)
If you’re going to put a smart speaker in your home that disregards your privacy and functions only to rake in profits from you in any way possible, it might as well be a disembodied interactive version of Futurama’s Bender instead of Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant. “Bite my shiny metal ask me anything.”
South Korea — What seems to be a large aquarium with violent waves created by the water inside it turns out to be just a huge anamorphic illusion designed by District. It doesn’t make a sound, however, which would have made the illusion more convincing. But I guess, considering that the illusion was set up in a busy area, the sound would have annoyed the people nearby.
The digital media company created the public project utilizing the world’s largest advertising screen that spans 80.1 x 20.1 meters. As shown in the video, the deceptive aquarium looms over the outdoor area and splashes repeatedly into the sides.
(Image Credit: Colossal)
Nearly 14 billion years ago, a universe appeared in an unthinkably high-energy blast. Particles started to materialize out of that energy, as did their antiparticles, which are kind of like evil twins, a mirror image with the opposite electric charge. Each and every particle had an antiparticle, scientists believe,…
Yes, this was a response to COVID-19, but it's a pretty good idea anyway, right? In addition to keeping bar patrons at least 6 feet apart, it also provides a measure of safety to intoxicated people moving around. The New York Post reports that, Fish Tales, a bar in Ocean City, Maryland, thinks that these tables will allow it to open to more than just takeout customers.
-via Dave Barry
Go ahead and take the stairs. The lights will guide you to your destination. Skurk, a street artist, used a pair of streetlights and a staircase to depict a huge anglerfish on the hunt in Bergen, Norway. She waits patiently for you to come to her.
By the way: I use the pronoun "her" for a reason. Only female anglerfish have the natural lure. Males of the species have a, um, flexible relationship. National Geographic explains:
When a young, free-swimming male angler encounters a female, he latches onto her with his sharp teeth. Over time, the male physically fuses with the female, connecting to her skin and bloodstream and losing his eyes and all his internal organs except the testes. A female will carry six or more males on her body.
We've all known guys like that.
Savannah-based Bethany Bickley breathes life into fiction through her creative paper sculptures. Bickley uses torn pages from books and magazines to create her sculptures. Her work represents imagined visuals in fiction, as Colossal details:
Among her bookish sculptures are the iconic pear tree from Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, a seated Esther Greenwood from Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, and an amalgam of weapons and detective objects to symbolize the thriller genre. In a statement, Bickley said she merges narrative and imagery “to tell a story with impact and purpose. If there are no visuals, I create them.”
image via Colossal
Death might have taken weeks; it might have been days. But when it struck, it struck ruthlessly.