Muniyara Dolmens, Idukki district, Kerala, India.
Dolmens are also known as portal tombs or portal graves, and are a type of single-chamber megalithic tomb. Most dolmens date to the early Neolithic period (4,000-3,000 BCE), and typically consist of three or more upright stones supporting a horizontal capstone.
Photos courtesy & taken by indianature s9.
Cassini gets new views of Titan’s land of lakes
With the sun now shining down over the north pole of Saturn’s moon Titan, a little luck with the weather, and trajectories that put the spacecraft into optimal viewing positions, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has obtained new pictures of the liquid methane and ethane seas and lakes that reside near Titan’s north pole. The images reveal new clues about how the lakes formed and about Titan’s Earth-like “hydrologic” cycle, which involves hydrocarbons rather than water.
While there is one large lake and a few smaller ones near Titan’s south pole, almost all of Titan’s lakes appear near the moon’s north pole. Cassini scientists have been able to study much of the terrain with radar, which can penetrate beneath Titan’s clouds and thick haze. And until now, Cassini’s visual and infrared mapping spectrometer and imaging science subsystem had only been able to capture distant, oblique or partial views of this area.
Sunlight has begun to pierce the winter darkness that shrouded Titan’s north pole at Cassini’s arrival in the Saturn system nine years ago. A thick cap of haze that once hung over the north pole has also dissipated as northern summer approaches. And Titan’s beautiful, nearly cloudless, rain-free weather continued during Cassini’s flybys this past summer.
The near-infrared images from Cassini’s imaging cameras show a bright unit of terrain in the northern land of lakes that had not previously been visible in the data. The bright area suggests that the surface here is unique from the rest of Titan, which might explain why almost all of the lakes are found in this region. Titan’s lakes have very distinctive shapes — rounded cookie-cutter silhouettes and steep sides — and a variety of formation mechanisms have been proposed. The explanations range from the collapse of land after a volcanic eruption to karst terrain, where liquids dissolve soluble bedrock. Karst terrains on Earth can create spectacular topography such as the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/University of Idaho
Don’t give up hope! That Pot is Cracking — either your Creativitree’s root system is HYUUGE, or it’s growing its second stage seedpod underground, like a potato! (Don’t dig it up to find out, just get it a bigger pot!) It’s going to be fine. You’re doing fine. Just keep arting!
Me, from 10 years ago.
Okay I may actually be crying a little bit at this. I love the analogy of the creativitress even with as little as I know about them. So I can really relate to this little comic. Like, A LOT!
Like a potato you say?! Well I’m all about potatoes so hell yea!
And I shall keep arting! And doing my best to feed the little creativitree with the wonderful works of others, nature programs and loop audio files of the Ballad of Bilbo Baggins by Mr. Spock (because Dr. Spock is for babies 8P)
my friends make me cry a little with how awesome they can be. Ddreams, your story will be wonderful. Grimm… you already know what I think of you.
Last night, Rah and I amused ourselves by drawing concept sketches of Creativitrees, all of which looked like very rude body parts.
When I woke up this morning, Rah had cleaned the sketches up and arranged them on one page, along with a wonderful mock-up of the Creativitree life cycle.
Why yes, I fully intend on coloring them.
I’m suddenly imaging every artist being given a little creativitree and they have to keep them healthy and alive in order to maintain their creativity. And just a whole bunch of artists desperately trying to tend to these trees like little sickly bonsai desperately trying to survive. “grow! grow! damn you grow! don’t die on me!”
^ Has the right idea.
And then there are the other artists whose trees take over their lives, and outgrow every pot, and drop seeds EVERYWHERE.
Second half of this commission batch, all for the same person: a spoiled princeling and a dour king with lots and lots of symbolic bondage.
4x6” commissions like these are $50, and I’m ready for a new batch. I mail the originals, which is good, because a lot of them have shiny stuff on them that doesn’t scan properly.
I also do comic pages, storyboards, turnarounds, and big paintings. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested! I am actively looking for more work.