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skunkbear:

The blooming of an Amorphophallus titanum (AKA corpse flower AKA titan arum) at The Huntington Library last week inspired me!

If you think humans jump through a lot of hoops just to reproduce, check out this plant. It waits 7-10 years, storing up starch in a giant tuber, just so it can bloom for a single day. Then it pretends to be a hunk of rotting meat to attract insect pollinators. Then, months later, it switches tactics to a produce a sweet fruit so birds will disperse it’s seeds.

If you have never smelled a titan arum but for some odd reason you would like to … you are in … luck? Scientists have identified the exact malodorous chemicals that come off these strange flowers to attract pollinators - so you can create the scent at home!*

*please, for your own sake, don’t try this at home.

(via npr)

artemisdreaming:

.Yūgen (幽玄): an awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious to be described.
Yūgen (幽玄) is an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics. The exact translation of the word depends on the context. In the Chinese philosophical texts the term was taken from, yūgen meant “dim”, “deep” or “mysterious”. In the criticism of Japanese waka poetry, it was used to describe the subtle profundity of things that are only vaguely suggested by the poems, and was also the name of a style of poetry (one of the ten orthodox styles delineated by Fujiwara no Teika in his treatises).
Yugen suggests that beyond what can be said but is not an allusion to another world. It is about this world, this experience. All of these are portals to yugen:
"To watch the sun sink behind a flower clad hill. To wander on in a huge forest without thought of return. To stand upon the shore and gaze after a boat that disappears behind distant islands. To contemplate the flight of wild geese seen and lost among the clouds. And, subtle shadows of bamboo on bamboo." Zeami Motokiyo
Zeami was the originator of the dramatic art form Noh theatre and wrote the classic book on dramatic theory (Kadensho). He uses images of nature as a constant metaphor. For example, “snow in a silver bowl” represents “the Flower of Tranquility”. Yugen is said to mean “a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe… and the sad beauty of human suffering”. It is used to refer to Zeami’s interpretation of “refined elegance” in the performance of Noh. via: wiki - image: towardsmagz

artemisdreaming:

.Yūgen (幽玄): an awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious to be described.

Yūgen (幽玄) is an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics. The exact translation of the word depends on the context. In the Chinese philosophical texts the term was taken from, yūgen meant “dim”, “deep” or “mysterious”. In the criticism of Japanese waka poetry, it was used to describe the subtle profundity of things that are only vaguely suggested by the poems, and was also the name of a style of poetry (one of the ten orthodox styles delineated by Fujiwara no Teika in his treatises).

Yugen suggests that beyond what can be said but is not an allusion to another world. It is about this world, this experience. All of these are portals to yugen:

"To watch the sun sink behind a flower clad hill. To wander on in a huge forest without thought of return. To stand upon the shore and gaze after a boat that disappears behind distant islands. To contemplate the flight of wild geese seen and lost among the clouds. And, subtle shadows of bamboo on bamboo." Zeami Motokiyo

Zeami was the originator of the dramatic art form Noh theatre and wrote the classic book on dramatic theory (Kadensho). He uses images of nature as a constant metaphor. For example, “snow in a silver bowl” represents “the Flower of Tranquility”. Yugen is said to mean “a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe… and the sad beauty of human suffering”. It is used to refer to Zeami’s interpretation of “refined elegance” in the performance of Noh. via: wiki - image: towardsmagz

(via wtfarthistory)

atlasobscura:

Posit: 
Peacocks are rarely seen flying because that much majesty is hard to handle.

atlasobscura:

Posit: 

Peacocks are rarely seen flying because that much majesty is hard to handle.

(Source: bombayblack)

atlasobscura:

NOKHUR CEMETERY
-TURKMENISTAN
At the cemetery of the isolated village of Nokhur, whrere nearly every grave is marked by a wooden post adorned with the horns of a mountain goat.
Check it out at Atlas Obscura

atlasobscura:

NOKHUR CEMETERY

-TURKMENISTAN

At the cemetery of the isolated village of Nokhur, whrere nearly every grave is marked by a wooden post adorned with the horns of a mountain goat.

Check it out at Atlas Obscura

atlasobscura:

NOKHUR CEMETERY
-TURKMENISTAN
At the cemetery of the isolated village of Nokhur, whrere nearly every grave is marked by a wooden post adorned with the horns of a mountain goat.
Check it out at Atlas Obscura

atlasobscura:

NOKHUR CEMETERY

-TURKMENISTAN

At the cemetery of the isolated village of Nokhur, whrere nearly every grave is marked by a wooden post adorned with the horns of a mountain goat.

Check it out at Atlas Obscura