Unstable-Air

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Are You Not Entertained!?

- The fact that Chris Jericho and Dean Ambrose are friends, and that these pictures exist make me so happy. Dean had been on some pretty interesting episodes of Jericho’s podcast. I just had to recreate these moments with my figures.

Azurite nodule pair from the Mikheyevskoy deposit, Chelyabinsk region in South Ural, Russia.
With such an incredible color, it’s no surprise that ground Azurite has been used as a pigment since antiquity. Azurite is unstable in open air, and eventually (over many centuries) it weathers into Malachite- in some very old paintings the Azurite blues have actually become more green as the mineral weathered into Malachite. Pretty cool fact! (But not cool for the Artists original vision, I guess.)
DDX-276, $396

Serendipity 2, by MichaelBollino

This year’s flower season in the eastern Columbia River Gorge has been the worst I’ve seen in eight years of making the annual pilgrimage out there to shoot them.. It appears the Pacific Northwest’s insanely warm and sunny winter weather pushed the balsamroot much too early. Most are small or beaten up from wind so it takes a lot of searching to find patches healthy enough to use. On this evening I watched the forecast closely as an unstable air mass cleared out– the perfect setup for sunset color. At the last minute I grabbed my gear and went out. It poured buckets for 40 miles on the drive out, creating a lot of doubt in mind about my decision to make a last minute dash. A few miles from the trailhead the solid sheet of rain eased and the stratus layer broke. In the end I was treated to one of the better sky shows I’ve seen in the eastern Gorge. After a lot of running, and a what seemed luck dumb luck, I finally stumbled upon this little patch of semi-healthy balsamroot close to a character filled tree. It made the whole trip worth it. For for those who may be interested I recently opened an Instagram account where I will be posting content beyond what I’d post here. I still have some newer images on my website which I haven’t posted yet. Feel free to check it out.

International Space Station Imagery

                           
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               ISS016-E-027426 (5 Feb. 2008) — Cumulonimbus Cloud over Africa is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 16 crew member on the International Space Station. Deemed by many meteorologists as one of the most impressive of cloud formations, cumulonimbus (from the Latin for “puffy” and “dark”) clouds form due to vigorous convection of warm and moist unstable air. Surface air warmed by the Sun-heated ground surface rises, and if sufficient atmospheric moisture is present, water droplets will condense as the air mass encounters cooler air at higher altitudes. The air mass itself also expands and cools as it rises due to decreasing atmospheric pressure, a process known as adiabatic cooling.