Winter scene. Japan
A male marvelous spatuletail perches in a lek (an assembly area where animals carry on display and courtship behavior) near Pomacoches in northern Peru. The species gets its name from the male’s two longest tail feathers, which can be controlled independently and play a major role in the hummingbird’s courtship displays. The spatuletail is considered by many to be the world’s most spectacular hummingbird, but it is also one of the rarest. Confined to a small region in northern Peru, only 500-800 marvelous spatuletails are estimated to remain.
Image credit, top to bottom: 1 (Also description source),2
if you don’t think this is the most fabulous bird you have seen today you are wrong
Chozu 手水 - a water ablution pavilion for a ceremonial purification rite at Shrine and Temples in Japan.
Female Praying Mantis
(stolen from Wikipedia)
Top: “Fungus Faery”
Bottom: “The Enchanted Space of the Forests”
by Suzanne Gyseman
Another graduation kimono and hakama. Since black, white and gold are all neutral colors in kimono, they can be paired with any color successfully, seen here with a light pink. The hat as an accessory goes back to Meiji period (~1860s) fashion.
In Japan pink is an uncommon but acceptable color for men’s kimono, especially for high-formality events such as graduation or weddings.
The white tabi socks are also a nod to traditionalism, as according to old fashioned kimono schools, the ONLY acceptable color for juban collar and tabi in formal situations is white. Of course in modern sensibility this boring rule has been relaxed and you will see socks and collars of many colors including black.
Photomicrograph of the molecular scaffolding of axons.
© Michael Hendricks and Suresh Jesuthasan.
I couldn’t decide which way to wear this wonderful JetJ dress first, but ended up with an earth goddess feel. Of course forgot to wear the necklace for the shoot. Sigh…