awkwardsituationist: photos by bence maté in costa rica who noted, “the garden at the laguna del lagarto lodge is full of flowers that are invaded by the ants. as they carried the colorful petals, i laid down to set up this reflected composition (third and sixth photos). i shot many thousands of pictures over several days and got just a few images that were sharp.” in lowland forests throughout costa rica, worker leaf cutter ants carry loads up to twelve times their own weight back to their subterranean nest, which they share with 5 million others, where leaf and flower fragments are chewed up and fed to a fungus which in turn provides them with food.
The Cassini program is an international cooperative effort involving NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian space agency, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), as well as several separate European academic and industrial contributors. The Cassini partnership represents an undertaking whose scope and cost would not likely be borne by any single nation, but is made possible through shared investment and participation. Through the mission, about 260 scientists from 17 countries hope to gain a better understanding of Saturn, its stunning rings, its magnetosphere, Titan and its other icy moons.
This is the third video made with Cassini imagery that has gone viral over the last few years — the others: Cassini Mission by Chris Abbas and Outer Space by Sander van den Berg. Perhaps that popularity reflects just how incredible it is to see these up close glimpses of the sixth planet from 900 million miles away.
Also, this, just in case the kids didn’t see it.
via The Verge.
it’s a metaphor
Irrigherò la mia carne con acqua pulita, ogni giorno / I will irrigate my flesh with clean water, every day, 2013. Matita, olio, smalto, resine, bitume su tela / pencil, oil, enamel, resins, bitumen on canvas, 150 x 200 cm.
Cervo ramificato / Branched deer, 2013. Matita, olio su tela / pencil, oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm.
Siamese cannibale / Cannibal siamese, 2013. Matita, olio, smalto, resine, bitume su tela / pencil, oil, enamel, resins, bitumen on canvas, 190 x 140 cm.
Erbivoro / Herbivore, 2013. Matita, olio, smalto, resine su tela / pencil, oil, enamel, resins on canvas, 80 x 70 cm.