Giovanni Battista Lusieri: The Monument to Philopappos in Athens, 1805–7.
Plants can be albino too! This is an albino redwood tree, with white needles instead of green because it’s unable to produce chlorophyll. In order to survive, albino redwoods must join their roots to those of a normal redwood to obtain nutrients. Found in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and Humboldt Redwoods State Park in the US, there are only around 20 known albino redwoods in the world, and their exact whereabouts have been kept secret as protection.
Read more: http://bit.ly/knM684
Image: Cole Shatto; Wikimedia
Not to be confused on a mechanical level with the Tumblr-popular ghost plant (Monotropa uniflora), which, while also devoid of chlorophyll and parasitic at the roots (it’s a myco-heterotroph, parasitizing trees’ mycorrhizal fungi), is not the product of albinism. These albino redwoods physically graft their roots to those of other redwoods, which is a species-specific talent and the only reason they survive at all.
Oh, and they may also be the proverbial unicorn of the average conifer farmer come the holidays. I’m sorry you’re so objectified, trees. —MN
Filippino Lippi. Detail from The Meeting of Joachim and Anne outside the Golden Gate of Jerusalem, 1497.
More armor for women, that would actually work. Not my original photos.
I FOUND IT
THE BEST PAINTING OF ALL TIME
It’s called Adam and Eve (or something along those lines, there’s two versions and it’s translated) and the first time I saw it I couldn’t stop laughing for a solid five minutes.
Just look at this shit.
If you just glance at it, it looks like God is flipping off Adam and Eve.
Then you have Adam here like “Hey man, why are you so pissed at me, its all her fault.”
Meanwhile the animals look like someone took a candid photo with a really bright camera flash, even though this was painted in 1623.
The horse is stoned as hell.
Even the babies with God have no clue what is going on, this kid is confused as fuck.
Also, motherfuckin’ flying baby heads because why the hell not.
Like it’s so random the entire rest of the painting is like “what the fuck is this shit.”
Best painting ever.
Frankish garnet cloisonné ring with cross, c. late 5th-early 6th century CE.
Hinged cloisonné clasp from the Sutton Hoo burial site, c. 6th-7th century CE.