Trying to find solace through the internet, but rereading old posts and thoughts just encourages my all too awake mind.
Wishing I could find some relaxing notion to send my thoughts to bed.
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Is that bacon with his blow?
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Xingu River Ray (Potamotrygon leopoldi)
Also known as the white-blotched river ray or the polka dot river ray, Potamotrygon leopoldi is a species of freshwater stingray (Potamotrygonidae) that is endemic to Brazil. Where it primarily inhabits the Xingu River Basin. P. leopoldi prefers rocky river bottoms where it finds and feeds on freshwater snails and crabs.
Despite being listed as ‘least concern’ and occupying a large basin Potamotrygon leopoldi is currently facing threats from Habitat loss.
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Behind The Scenery
It’s amazing the beauty we can discover!
Recently, a handful of Instagram enthusiasts teamed up to capture Tasmania’s natural beauty, venturing to fern-enshrouded Myrtle forests and waterfalls.
Of the experience, lovethywalrus writes,”we explored and discovered the beauty of Mt Field NP, an hour from Hobart. Russell Falls, first declared a reserve in 1885, with National Park status in 1916, is arguably Tasmania’s most photographed falls. With good reason! It’s also the most accessible - it’s wheelchair friendly, has a great visitor centre and lovely cafe … But the best part was taking our shoes off, rolling up our pants and splashing about in the high alpine cool but refreshing waters of Lake Dobson - in sunshine, but within sight of patches of last weeks snow!”
This new image of the reflection nebula Messier 78 was captured using the Wide Field Imager camera on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory, Chile. This colour picture was created from many monochrome exposures taken through blue, yellow/green and red filters, supplemented by exposures through a filter that isolates light from glowing hydrogen gas. The total exposure times were 9, 9, 17.5 and 15.5 minutes per filter, respectively.
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You fucking work five days to enjoy two. I don’t know if you gamble, but them’s shit odds.Doug Stanhope (via learned—helplessness)
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This is a long exposure on White Sands National Monument at dusk with a huge lighting storm at the far horizon. Many people think this is snow (it was about 90F that day…) but the sand is so white that it truly looks like snow.
I had to touch you with my hands, I had to taste you with my tongue; one can’t love and do nothing.Graham Greene (via exposedlonging)quotes i like
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The Incredible Story of the Watts Towers
Hidden in an eastern part of the city of Los Angeles lies a little-known enormous treasure of art — The Watts Towers. The highest tower contains the longest slender reinforced concrete column in the world.
However the most fascinating fact about the ‘Towers’, aside from the fact that they are almost 100 years old, is about the one man that built them: a 19th century Italian immigrant named Simon Rodia.
Rodia was born in 1879 in Ribottoli, Italy. He immigrated to the United States in 1898 and initially set down in Pennsylvania to work in the coal mines. Little is known about his early life other than he moved to the west coast of California in 1917 and found work in rock quarries and logging and railroad camps as a construction worker.
In 1921 after having lived in the city of Long Beach for five years, Rodia purchased a triangular-shaped lot at 1761-1765 107th Street in Los Angeles and began to construct his masterpiece, which he called “Nuestro Pueblo” (meaning “our town”). When asked why he made the towers, he answered, “I wanted to do something big and I did it.” Rodia spent almost 25 years working on the Towers from 1921 to 1955.
In 1955, when Rodia was approaching 75, he deeded his property to a neighbor and retired to Martinez, California to be near his family. After ten years of retirement, Rodia passed away in 1965.
The Watts Towers installation consists of seventeen major sculptures constructed of structural steel and covered with mortar, adorned with a diverse mosaic of broken glass, sea shells, pottery and tile, a rare piece of 19th century, hand painted Canton ware and many pieces of 20th century American ceramics. The ‘Towers’ were built without the benefit of any machine equipment, scaffolding, bolts, rivets, welds or drawing board designs. With his own ingenuity, Rodia used only simple tools, pipe fitter pliers and a window-washer’s belt and buckle.
The tallest tower is 30 meters high. The tower to its left is 29.5 meters and the next is 16.76 meters high. The highest tower contains the longest slender reinforced concrete column in the world. The monument also features a gazebo with a center column and a spire that reaches a height of 38 feet. The Watts Towers are under the care of the Watts Towers Arts Center and is available for tours. If you are planning a trip to Los Angeles or live in the area, it’s definitely worth the time to see the fruition of one man’s dream.
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