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/rachel hulin

Editorial, Fine Art

Birds, Barnes and Mars.

I found this flock of birds this morning on the interweb, circling the skies and impersonating a storm cloud, and it recalled my love for Richard Barnes‘ Murmur Series.

So here are a selection. There’s nothing quite like this work, I find it mesmerizing.

Murmur01

Murmur08

Murmur04

Murmur21

Murmur16

In addition, I thought I’d add some Mars shots from The Big Picture. Because nature is blowing my mind today.

Here’s a description:

Martian landscapes
Since 2006, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been orbiting Mars, currently circling approximately 300 km (187 mi) above the Martian surface. On board the MRO is HiRISE, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera, which has been photographing the planet for several years now at resolutions as fine as mere inches per pixel. Collected here is a group of images from HiRISE over the past few years, in either false color or grayscale, showing intricate details of landscapes both familiar and alien, from the surface of our neighboring planet, Mars. I invite you to take your time looking through these, imagining the settings – very cold, dry and distant, yet real.”

I do not know how the below picture is not an abstract painting/esoteric tattoo. Things confuse me. Maybe Google Mars can clear this up for me. GOOGLE MARS!

mars1

Intersecting swirling trails left by the earlier passage of dust devils across sand dunes, as they lifted lighter reddish-pink dust and exposed the darker material below. Also visible are darker slope streaks along dune edges, formed by a process which is still under investigation.

mars2

An eroded crater in a larger plain with a scalloped appearance near Pavonis Mons. More, or see location on Google Mars. (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)

mars3

Part of the Abalos Undae dune field. The sands appear blueish because of their basaltic composition, while the lighter areas are probably covered in dust. More, or see location on Google Mars. (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)

mars 4

Victoria Crater at Meridiani Planum. The crater is approximately 800 meters (about half a mile) in diameter. Layered sedimentary rocks are exposed along the inner wall of the crater, and boulders that have fallen from the crater wall are visible on the crater floor. NASA's Mars rover Opportunity explored this crater and its walls in 2006.

The future continues to be now.

2 comments

  1. jan - November 10, 2009 9:13 pm

    Swifts. Common in Autumn. beautiful to play music too :)

  2. jan - November 10, 2009 9:13 pm

    Sorry, i meant the birds are Swifts!

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