Myoung Ho Lee - Photography Act (2007)
“Lee has produced an elaborate series of photographs that pose some unusual questions about representation, reality, art, environment and seeing. Simple in concept, complex in execution, he makes us look at a tree in its natural surroundings, but separates the tree artificially from nature by presenting it on an immense white ground, as one would see a painting or photograph on a billboard.”
This is one of those photo concepts where you think “Oh, this sounds kind of cool.” And then you see the photographs, and you realize that there’s more to a good photography project than a seemingly cool concept.
“What I could not have known was that Kenya would experience its worst drought in living memory, nor that I would witness it. I could never have guessed just how long it takes a wildebeest or a zebra to starve to death, nor that I would watch nearly all of them in the area do just that. I could not have anticipated the imprint that this suite of sadness would leave on my psyche as the shadows in my mind grew long and I began to wonder if, like everything else in Amboseli, I myself would crack, crumble, and blow away. Someone told me once that, as we live, we either become broken or we soften. In hindsight I see that making Maji Moto was a panicked attempt not to break.”
—Courtney Fitzpatrick, “Maji Moto”
Sad and beautiful.
Honestly had way too much fun stalking baby birds at the Palace of Fine Arts today.
I went to the Cliffs of Moher today!
Unfortunately, I saw neither Wesley
nor Harry Potter/Dumbledore/Horcruxes.
Though it was absolutely stunning.
Or anyone else for that matter. Sign me up!
for National Geographic News
Published May 11, 2011
A parasitic fungus is turning ants in Thailand into “zombies,” and now scientists have a better idea how and when the infection does its gruesome work.
The fungus, a species of Ophiocordyceps, targets carpenter ants living high in Thailand’s rain forest canopy. The parasite hijacks the ants’ nervous systems, causing the insects to perform abnormal—and oddly specific—behaviors that help the fungus reproduce.
In a new study, researchers used microscopes to peer inside affected ants and see how the infection progresses. The team found that the growing fungus slowly fills the ant’s body and head, causing muscles to waste away and muscle fibers to spread apart.
A more detailed description of the zombi ant fungus. It’s one of the creepier things I’ve read.
The Oatmeal’s alternate explanation of the angler fish male/female dynamic that I previously noted as sounding like a terrible relationship with a super-clingy/dependent boyfriend.
via (tyranniesaurus rex)