Wandering through Otherworld
The story you are reading is the peanut-sized tip of a very large iceberg. Gobs of research are ongoing—often hours and hours for a single short post. Much of it is rough reading, but a few items seemed interesting enough to share. I think my favorite is the video below (click here to go directly to it
) that features a caterpillar eating, with the sound turned UP. The photo at right is from a number of photo sessions that explore Otherworld and a few of the characters.
For the ultra-curious, I have intriguing Pinterest boards, including the catch-all Not Actually a Butterfly, and spillovers like Suns and Carved Feathers & Folds.
I just re-found the prep collage I did for Chrysalis, and thought it would be a nice thing to add here. Credit and thanks to Christian Tagliavini for the base photo that expressed exactly the spirit I was looking for.
An Elephant’s Eye
Click here to see the first elephant drawing.
Elephant Eye, by zombeye; Click for purchase info.
Kinga and David meet giant herbivores, by Twoteachers, on travelpod.com
Close up of elephants eye decorated and painted for Jaipur elephant Festival, India, by strangerview; Click for purchase info.
Caterpillar ate for hours and did not stop to rest
Caterpillar Eating, by Tweakhp on Dreamstime; Click for purchase info.
Caterpillar Eating, uploaded by narutorules to desktopnexus; Click for more info.
Caterpillar eating a hole in a leaf, by Dr. Morley Read on Shutterstock; Click for purchase info.
Herbig–Haro 110 object ejects gas through interstellar space. Credits: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
In astronomy, the interstellar medium (or ISM) is the matter that exists in the space between the star systems in a galaxy. This matter includes gas in ionic, atomic, and molecular form, dust, and cosmic rays. It fills interstellar space and blends smoothly into the surrounding intergalactic space. The energy that occupies the same volume, in the form of electromagnetic radiation, is the interstellar radiation field.
The ISM plays a crucial role in astrophysics precisely because of its intermediate role between stellar and galactic scales. Stars form within the densest regions of the ISM, molecular clouds, and replenish the ISM with matter and energy through planetary nebulae, stellar winds, and supernovae. This interplay between stars and the ISM helps determine the rate at which a galaxy depletes its gaseous content, and therefore its lifespan of active star formation.