Know your boundaries, Proxemics
Island In the Sky | Shane Kalyn | Via
"There is an ethereal, otherworldly feeling to this photograph, as this little island in the middle of Tumuch Lake in northern British Columbia appears as if it’s floating in the clouds," says Shane Kalyn, who submitted this photo to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. “To bring us back to Earth, a fish has left a ripple in the water on the left-hand side of the shot. The scene was amazing to witness, let alone be lucky enough to photograph—totally the right place at the right time.”
Moon in Aquarius - The Moon and Her Madness
Natal Moon in Aquarius people direct tremendous energies toward neutralizing social injustice and scattering their love in a detached manner across collective humanity. They negotiate emotions through an intellectual framework and remain the objective observer in their tidal feelings. These individuals grasp magic in both the theoretical and ethereal worlds and find poetry in science and astronomy. Ideas seem to generate out of thin air and their emotional chaos is confronted by conversation therapy and humor. They tend to be fierce guardians of their independence and detest any form of possession or emotional control.
Lunar Aquarians remain cool headed during times of stress and experience frequent ruptures of innovative intuition. They are clever people who pick up language, technology and electronics with ease, and delight amongst the colour of the creative world. Many seem to have lived a future life in the past and produce ideas way ahead of their time. They will retaliate against any form of control and typically stand against any authority that presents itself. There are high streaks of insurgence and impulsive shock value behavior; although rarely transpiring without a good cause. Even if their wild streak is not outwardly present, Lunar Aquarians home a frenzied rebel protesting within. They have a great love of wider humanity, though they may loathe people. Many feel a spiritual and communal bond with animals and urged to advocate on behalf of nature’s welfare. During severe emotional torment, these individuals may experience complete numbness and the sense of exit from their own bodies.
Lunar Aquarians remain playful in love and prefer to keep affairs casual. They are a lighthearted touch and intolerable of double standards in relationships. Their expression may sway toward the eccentric and others may find difficulty keeping up with their abstract thinking. During times of emotional unrest, Lunar Aquarians find great remedy in riding their own intellectual rollercoaster and wandering through the wonderland of their own mind. They have an intrinsic reflex to ease distress, and prefer to offer tangible advice rather than affection. These individuals are driven by an intrinsic desire to shatter society’s consensual regulations and delight amongst like minded, mentally active people. Lunar Aquarians are free spirited people who frequently comprehend radical and obscure ideas. Here the Moonbeams dream of a better world and send imaginative innovation through its midnight whispering winds.
Italian - The Dead Christ supported by Angels
Sculpture, Loggia dei Lanzi, Piazza della Signoria, Florence by Ron Gunzburger
San Niccolo, Florence, Tuscany
"Body position and tissue shielding refer to the pugilistic posture or pose induced by fire and heat and to the protection of bone from thermal destruction by other tissues. The heating and shrinking of muscle fibers create pugilistic posture. The encroaching flames eventually affect all the muscles in an exposed body, promoting their contraction. The final posture is a result of the overriding contractions of the most powerful muscles and ligaments. In this way, muscle contraction will result in increased exposure of some anatomical areas and shielding of others, only on the depth of the immediately attached tissue, but also how the area postures." (Schmidt & Symes, The Analysis of Burned Human Remains)
"A ‘defensive’ position… typically seen in severely burned bodies, characterised by flexion of elbows, knees, hip, and neck, and clenching of hand into a fist; it is caused by high-temperatures in fire, resulting in muscle stiffening and shortening; it occurs even if the person was dead before the fire" [x]
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Astrological talismans meant to represent the 7 days of the week and the planets associated with them.
This is an image of the branch of the rare albino redwood tree. They completely lack the green pigment chlorophyll.
Albinism is a genetic mutation that prevents cells from producing pigment. It’s normally not a big deal. But albinism in plants means that they can’t utilise chlorophyll to photosynthesise. Instead, they suck the life from surrounding trees!
They remain attached to the roots of their healthy, normal, parent trees and survive by sucking energy from them.
Only about 25 of these trees are known to exist around the world, eight of which are at Henry Cowell State Park in California. This park has the largest known concentration of albino redwoods anywhere branding it the epicentre for a scientific mystery.
Image courtesy of wikimedia commons
What a place to live…..
Part of the Izu chain in the Phillipine sea located within a national park 350km south of Tokyo, Aogashima is the smallest inhabited island in Japan, with a mere 170 dwellers. As you can see, the population is living in the crater of an emergent submarine volcano, with nine square km poking out as land.
The volcano is a complex beast, with at least four overlapping submarine calderas peaking at 423 metres above the sea and a cinder cone in the middle of the crater. It is still classes as active, but its last eruption was between 1781-5. It isn’t known when people first moved there, but records go back to the 15th century. Tourism is possible, either by helicopter or boat, and the island is famous for its dark skies, hiking and a volcanic hot spring. The climate is pleasantly tropical, and the geothermal complex includes free steaming facilities for cooking your own meal.
Image credit: M Harada
The sacred stone of the traditional Maori peoples of New Zealand is a beautiful green to blue-grey nephrite, one of the three minerals/rocks that shelter beneath the umbrella term of jade. Found in glacial valleys and beaches on part of the South Island’s western coast (particularly between Greymouth and Hihitika), it was transported throughout the islands through complicated exchange networks.
Nephrite is a variety of the amphibole mineral actinolite, formed as tough aggregates of microcrystals during high pressure low temperature metamorphism. The name dates from antiquity, and means kidney stone, a malady against which it was believed to have curative powers. In Maori culture, like in ancient China, it was held to be a near miraculous stone, filled with the power known as Mana. It was fashioned into amulets and the magnificent teardrop shaped heavy war clubs used in semi ritualised hand to hand combat known as Mere, Patu or Waihaka.
Fashioning jade without modern diamond tipped tools is no mean feat in and of itself, since nephrite is one of the toughest minerals known Toughness is different to Moh’s hardness, which only measures resistance to scratching rather than intrinsic solidity. Diamond is hard, but its property of cleavage means stones can easily be shattered by a blow.
While also made from hardwood or bone, greenstone ones were most prized, and famous individual pieces have much Mana accumulated from the hands of the great warriors they have passed through during their history. They were often individually named and passed from generation to generation. Owning one was an honour, and brought much respect to the carrier who was usually a chieftain.
Maori jade work has cultural rules, and the Mere followed a standardised shape, with both flat ends convex and the edge between them sharpened,. They also had grooved handles and are often pierced so that a leather thong can be used to carry them. They vary between 25 and 50cm long and 7-12 wide, depending on the size of the boulder that they were carved from. Some of them had ceremonial; purposes rather than warlike, usually those too small or unwieldy to use. A flawless block was selected and then roughed out using hard quartzite and a mixture of sand and water. Some of the larger ones are reputed to have taken 20 years to make.
They were so revered that they were often hidden when not in use, and considerable effort was exerted to recover lost or stolen pieces. While buried with their owners, they were later recovered and passed on. It was held to be an honour to be slain by Mere Pounamu, especially those inbued with particularly strong Mana. Captives would ask to be slain with their own if it had superior Mana than those of their executioners. They were given away as a sign of good faith and respect, and while no longer used in war, they retain this social function to this day.
This example measures 42x12cm, and is called Karaore, after a chief killed in the 1830’s. It was gifted to Sir George Grey and is now on loan to the Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand.
Image credit: Sladew
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