Sorceress, Crescendo | Colin H. Sillerud
Prototaxites, a giant, prehistoric fossil, originally thought to be a conifer [when it was first collected in 1843], is uncovered in Saudi Arabia in an undated photo. A chemical analysis has shown that the 20-foot-tall organism with a tree-like trunk was a fungus that became extinct more than 350 million years ago, according to a study appearing in the May issue of the journal Geology.
GIANT FUNGUS YOU SAY. HM.
submission by riumplus
Majlis al Jinn | Selma Plateau, Oman
Majlis al Jinn also Majlis al-Jinn (meeting/gathering place of the Jinn), local name: Khoshilat Maqandeli is the ninth largest cave chamber in the world, as measured by the surface area of the floor, [though it] ranks higher when measured by volume.
photos by Yousef Tuquan, submission by teal-deer
(Source: Flickr / youseftuqan)
Fragments of Light | Andrew Smith, 2008
Fragments of Light functions as an indoor lamp. Although it looks like there is water within this piece, it is really a solid 8 inch diameter clear acrylic cylinder. The outside of the cylinder has been crackled with thousands of small cracks that capture the light within the cylinder causing it to glow. The bottom of the sculpture houses a halogen bulb with a color wheel that slowly changes the color of the light. In addition to an (on off) switch there is a second switch that stops the color wheel, allowing the lamp to stay in a solid color state. The color of the lamp cycles through red, blue, green, and yellow.