The end may be near for the bioluminescent red tide that's been lingering off Southern California for more than a month. Scripps Oceanography scientists said the break down of the red tide organisms has resulted in foamy shorelines and some unpleasant odors. Although the red tide bioluminescence is fizzling, we can still enjoy these photos, taken last week by Erik Jepsen/@ucsandiego. @scripps_ocean
Happy World Turtle Day from this teenage green sea turtle! #coralcitycamera
Digital technology company d’strict recently completed an installation of what is being described as the world’s largest anamorphic illusion in Seoul’s Coex K-Pop Square. Titled Public Media Art #1_ WAVE, the massive outdoor projection features crashing waves taking up the sprawling, curved screens located on the facade of the SMTown Coex Artium. These digital billboards measure 80.8 meters in width and 20.1 meters in height. They are roughly “four times the size of a basketball court in Seoul,” reported The Korea Herald. The SMTown Coex Artium is part of the Coex Convention and Exhibition Center in Seoul’s upscale neighborhood, Gangnam.
‘When a storm subsides, the air is washed clean of whatever particulate matter has been obscuring the view, and you can often see farther and more sharply than at any other time. When this storm clears, we may, as do people who have survived a serious illness or accident, see where we were and where we should go in a new light.’ – Rebecca Solnit, ‘The Impossible Has Already Happened: What the Coronavirus Can Teach Us about Hope’ @guardian @studioolafureliasson Image: ‘Your glacial expectations’, 2012 (photo credit: Annabel Elston) at Kvadrat, Ebeltoft, Denmark. @anderskvadrat
As hurricane season is upon it is becoming increasingly evident that hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical cyclones worldwide are becoming stronger and potentially more deadly as the globe warms due to the climate crisis, according to a new study. The study, released on Monday by researchers at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, looked at nearly 40 years of satellite data of global storms. Researchers found that the probability of storms reaching major hurricane status increased decade after decade. @cnnclimate (Photo- NOAA via Getty Images)
We cant wait to see Metamorphosis, a film series by the Institute of Queer Ecology @queerecology commissioned by @dis for release online at DIS.ART, Launching May 19th, 2020 Metamorphosis is a 3-part proposal by the Institute of Queer Ecology to restructure how the world is imagined and how it operates today. These three stages are modeled after the life cycles of holometabolous insects: bugs who undergo a “complete metamorphosis” where the organism fully restructures itself to adapt to its changing needs and ensure its survival. Relying on this metaphorical transformation, IQECO aims to help catalyze a planet-wide transformation from the prevailing extractive relationship with the earth to one characterized by regeneration and care: a shift from making “nature” subservient, to working with the natural world and, in that process, remaking ourselves and our relationships—to each other, and the world. IMAGE: A gynandromorphic eastern swallowtail butterfly, an exceptionally beautiful and rare insect that simultaneously exhibits male and female patterning (especially evident in this species because of sexual dimorphism). This organism is a sort of protagonist in the film, standing in for a world that has yet to be imagined.
Artist Robert DuGrenier has been making glass hermit crab shells and ‘crabitats’ for hermit crabs to live in and for more than 15 years
Renewal ‘Fire’ by @t.bozic celebrates the transformative nature of fire as a powerful means of renewal. “The idea for this painting was the result of participating in an annual bird survey after wildfire burns in the sierras with a team of biologists in the summer of 2017. Researchers have learned that many species prefer these charred forests above any other habitat. Ancient philosophers traditionally attributed the element of fire as a tetrahedron, points of three, which in the painting I repeated in the number if insects, burnt sticks and points of the trillium flower. The female Black-backed woodpecker (Picoides arcticus), is one of the rarest birds in California, and lately it has become a symbol of a huge scientific and political debate over the future of controlling fire in American forests. This woodpecker specializes in foraging for insects after a fire, such as the larvae of the Banded Alder Borer (Rosalia funebris) and the Sculpted Pine Borer (Chalcophora angulicollis) featured in my painting. Some beetles like the Melanophila, even have heat-sensing infrared receptors in their antennae that they use to detect forest fires from miles away, rushing toward them to lay their eggs in the recently burned areas. The moss growing under the trillium is a type of water moss called Bonfire Moss which grows on moist, shady areas where recent fires have taken place. The Pacific Trillium (Trillium ovatum) is a native wildflower common to the redwood forest by my home in Marin, CA. Trillium is a close member of the Lilly family and has all of its parts in sets of three, including six yellow stamens. Interestingly, Trillium seeds are spread by ants, also featured on the leaves and stem of the flower. So this dispersal by ants, called Myrmecochory, effectively plants the seeds. Each year a fresh stalk sprouts from an underground rhizome, marking the first sign of renewal. I suspended the tetrahedron against the dark gradient background so the glowing flame and trillium appear luminescent and hopeful” .