"The Greek word for “return” is nostos. Algos means “suffering.” So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return."
A view from the zone
Brilliant Venus and the central Milky Way rise in the early morning hours of March 1 in this sea and skyscape. The scene looks out from a beach at Sea Isle City, New Jersey, USA, planet Earth. Of course, Earth orbits well within the solar system’s habitable zone, that Goldilocks region not too close and not too far from the Sun where surface temperatures can support liquid water. Similar in size to Earth, Venus lies just beyond the inner boundary of the habitable zone. The watery reflection of light from our inhospitable sister planet is seen along a calm, cold ocean and low cloud bank.
Image credit & copyright: Jack Fusco
Glittering Sapphire / Black-patched Metalmark | ©Luciano Rubens
A beautiful Lasaia agesilas (Riodinidae) photographed in Caçapava, SP, Brazil. This species is found exclusively in the neotropics (from Mexico to Paraguay). They are small butterflies, averaging about 30mm in wingspan. Males have extremely reflective wing scales, shimmering in metallic turquoise, blue or steely grey according to species. Females are rarely seen. They are generally a dull earthy brown color. Both sexes have a similar pattern of black spots.
The butterflies are strongly attracted to human sweat. So when you come across them, get ready because they will not stop harassing you.
Modern Metropolis painting in watercolour by Christopher St. Leger
Strap yourselves in folks…
Ok (deep breath). …
The top images here shows you Vulcan Point in the Philippines. It is the world’s largest island within a lake that is situated on an island located in a lake within an island.
Phew! Got that?
Maybe not, so let’s reverse the order.
In the Philippines, there is an Island called Luzon Island. On this Island there is a lake called Taal Lake. A volcano by the same name breaks the surface of this lake; creating an Island within the lake. In the crater of that volcano, there is another lake; Crater Lake to be exact. This lake has another tiny little island within it; Vulcan Point!
Amazing. This made my day.
Top Left: Vulcan Point in Crater Lake.
Top Right: Crater Lake on the volcano Island
Bottom Left: Volcano Island on Taal Lake
Bottom Right: Taal Lake on Luzon IslandSee More
bug of the day on Flickr.
The always spectacular Blue Morpho (Morpho peleides). Couldn’t do Butterfly Week without one. It’s usually tricky for me to capture one of these with the blue dorsal side of the wings exposed, but for some reason I managed to photograph two individuals in this position on this trip to the butterfly garden.
Beautiful 400-year-old scholar’s tree in the courtyard of Jogyesa Temple.