Ben & Sherman. Bellflowers. 2013. Acrylic on paper, 8.3 x 11.8 in (21 x 30 cm).
Hummingbird Bobtail Squid (Euprymna berryi)
Also known as Berry’s bobtail squid, the hummingbird bobtail squid is a species of bobtail squid found throughout the warm waters of eastern Asia. Like most bobtail squid, berry’s bobtail squid has a light organ in its gill cavity which emits light to help it hide its silhouette from predators. During the day the hummingbird bobtail squid can be found buried in the sediment, at night they will emerge to feed on small invertebrates like shrimp and other crustaceans.
I love how tightly he seems to be gripping the staff. The expression on his face mirrors that tension. Its one of the last things he owns from his life 100 years ago, hand crafted specifically for his use, a piece of wood that reveals succinct memories— maybe learning to fly with his teachers and peers, or getting into trouble with his friends across the globe, even the simple freedom of watching a peaceful sky from above the clouds— and represents the thousands of others in all four temples that lost their flight in the genocide. By running he has incurred so much damage, but he recognizes that even the loss of this is meant to be. So he lets it go to ash.
Nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus)
Also known as the blue bull, the nilgai is a large species of Asian antelope found throughout India. Like other antelopes the nilgai is a grazer and can often be found in grass and scrublands foraging on grasses, fruits and leaves. Like other ungulates nilgai tend to form small herds of same sex individuals, these herds are not fixed and indiviudals leave and join reguarly. Nigai are sexually dimorphic as females are a cream color and males are a blue-brown color thus the nickname blue bull.
The legendary Udumbara flower, described in Buddhist sutras, was spotted blooming in a La Puente, Calif., backyard by a Buddhist follower at the end of October. The tiny white blossom is said to appear only about every 3,000 years, heralding the appearance of a holy person on earth.
Bloodbelly Comb Jelly (Lampocteis Cruentiventer) -
This ctenophore is the only species in the genus Lampoctena due to various differences between it and other comb jellies. Comb jellies are not actual jellyfish, as they propel themselves via the iridescent cilia instead of stinging tentacles.
In the depths of the ocean, the bright red color of the jellies appears black, allowing for good camouflage. Their color also helps cover the bioluminescent prey that it feeds on.
They are found in the depths of the Pacific Ocean near San Diego, but due to their coloration, are quite hard to find in the wild.