‘Haunting Portraits’ by Leslie Ann O’Dell.

b43523d5f735fb6f2eff73793c15a7fdc7daca53_660The ethereal beauties of Leslie Ann O’Dell’s artwork have a quality about them that is both soft yet somehow dark.
The colours fade onto the page, all except for the bold splashes of red that appear a bit disconcertingly like blood.
The artist explores concepts like isolation and the ego, offering surprisingly telling portraits that seem to unfold a story of their own.
629d182fab664b3e751b7010e76cdfc37d5ee219_660There are so many small details in O’Dell’s work that each time you look at them you will notice something you missed before, making them beautifully decorated and mysterious pieces of art.
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Ernst Haeckel’s Study and Illustrations of Jellyfish.

The German biologist Ernst Haeckel was fascinated by medusae, the umbrella-shaped animals commonly called jellyfish.
For Haeckel, whose imagination was shaped in the Romantic era, medusae expressed the exuberant yet fragile beauty of Nature. And in their ethereal forms he glimpsed a reflection of his great love Anna Sethe, who died tragically at the age of twenty-nine.
Haeckel had been engaged to Anna for four years when, in 1862, he became associate professor of zoology at the University of Jena.
The job gave the adoring pair the economic security they needed to finally marry. In the same year, Haeckel published a book on radiolaria (microscopic plankton) which he furnished with stunning illustrations.
In Jena, the newlyweds lived together in bliss for eighteen months. Then, on the day he was supposed to celebrate his thirtieth birthday and receive an award for his radiolaria book, Anna died suddenly, probably of a burst appendix
”Haeckel travelled to the Mediterranean town of Nice to attempt a recovery from his suicidal malaise.

One day he took a walk and saw a medusa in a rock pool: “I enjoyed several happy hours watching the play of her tentacles which hang like blond hair-ornaments from the rim of the delicate umbrella-cap and which with the softest movement would roll up into thick short spirals.”
He made a sketch and named the species Mitrocoma Annae [Anna’s headband].
Source: Ernst Haeckel’s Jellyfish – The Public Domain Review

Together in our Shadows.

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Our shadows on a late autumn’s evening in Richmond Park
The light at this time of the day is sometimes described as the golden hour.
The long shadows cast provided the ideal picture opportunity against the autumnal colours in Richmond Park.
Image Credit: Photograph: by ID7798980/GuardianWitness
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Frost Flowers at Lake Akan, Japan.

frostflowers3When the weather dips below -15°C (5°F), a beautiful natural phenomenon can occur, producing a fractal flourish of ice known as “frost flowers.”
These delicate blooms are made entirely of ice crystals that grow in patches around three to four centimeters in diameter.
They are specific to thin lake ice in calm weather conditions, and they form in a branching, tree-like pattern that mimics a rose or petal.
When present, the frost flowers transform the landscape into an ethereal wonderland.

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The ice blooms seen here are located in Hokkaido, Japan on Lake Akan.
Its conditions are just right for these crystalline structures to exist—a mountain blocks the wind so the scenery is peaceful.
When looking at the meadow of frost flowers, you might feel the same tranquility needed for them to thrive.
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