I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering around with rucksacks, going up to mountains to pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of ‘em Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason and also by being kind and also by strange unexpected acts keep giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody and to all living creatures. - Gary Snyder #devilspeakfiretower
Muricidae is a highly diverse family of marine snails in the clade Neogastropoda, containing more than 1,500 extant species. Commonly referred to as murexes or rock snails, they vary greatly in form, color, and sculpture; their hallmarks are the often extensive spines and frills. All are carnivorous, most are predatory. Perhaps best known historically from several species, mainly Bolinus brandaris, being used to produce ancient purple dyes including the famed Tyrian purple.
Learn more about this burgeoning area of research in the Journal of Molluscan Studies.
Image courtesy of Chong Chen, Department of Zoology, Merton College, University of Oxford. Do not reproduce without permission.
The first explorers to descend to the deepest part of the ocean were Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard in the bathyscaphe Trieste, January 23, 1960. 52 years later, James Cameron’s DEEPSEA CHALLENGER journeyed to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, nearly 7 miles below sea level.
Photograph courtesy U.S Navy
Mount Etna (Valley of the Ox I), Sicily 2008
Image © Guy Sargent
I learned that just beneath the surface there’s another world, and still different worlds as you dig deeper. I knew it as a kid, but I couldn’t find the proof. It was just a kind of feeling. There is goodness in blue skies and flowers, but another force—a wild pain and decay—also accompanies everything.
David Lynch (via blaqmagic)