Bill Brandt. Seaford, East Sussex Coast, 1957. Silver gelatin print. The Museum of Modern Art. Gift of David Dechman and Michel Mercure.
© 2012 Estate of Bill Brandt.
What a rare event, lunar halo + sundogs! I envy those people who can see it directly not just with a photo. Nonetheless, these pictures are awesome! And I’m awestruck!
THE SPINY FLOWER MANTIS
Native to southern and eastern Africa
While at rest Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii is well camouflaged. In fact, its imitation of a flower is so good that prey insects will attempt to pollinate it. Instead, the mantis seizes and eats them. P. wahlbergii is very aggressive and has the ability to kill prey several times larger than itself
The top photo shows the spiny flower mantis in a threat display, spreading its forewings,making itself appear larger, and prominently displaying its eyespots to startle would-be predators.
Animalia > Arthropoda > Insecta > Mantodea > Hymenopodidae > …
Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii Stål, 1871
Sylvia Palacios Whitman, Passing Through, performance at Sonnabend Gallery, New York, May 20, 1977 (via)
(1) President Abraham Lincoln, who had depression
(2) Writer Virginia Woolf, who had bipolar disorder
(3) Artist Vincent Van Gogh, who had bipolar disorder
(4) Writer Sylvia Plath, who had depression
(5) Mathematician John Nash (from A Brilliant Mind), who had schizophrenia
Watch the disturbing short stop-motion film by Robert Morgan right here.