beautiful objects


Nature’s Designs on Display: Nikon International Small World Competition

The Nikon International Small World Competition first began in 1975 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Since then, Small World has become a leading showcase for photomicrographers from the widest array of scientific disciplines.

A photomicrograph is a technical document that can be of great significance to science or industry. But a good photomicrograph is also an image whose structure, color, composition, and content is an object of beauty, open to several levels of comprehension and appreciation.



Tʜᴇ ɢɪʀʟ ɢᴀᴠᴇ ᴏғғ ᴀɴ ᴀᴜʀᴀ ᴏғ ᴅɪsᴛɪɴᴄᴛ ᴅᴏᴛᴛɪɴᴇss. Pᴇʀʜᴀᴘs ɪᴛ ᴡᴀs ᴛʜᴇ ғᴀᴄᴛ ᴛʜᴀᴛ sʜᴇ ʜᴀᴅ sᴛᴜᴄᴋ ʜᴇʀ ᴡᴀɴᴅ ʙᴇʜɪɴᴅ ʜᴇʀ ʟᴇғᴛ ᴇᴀʀ ғᴏʀ sᴀғᴇᴋᴇᴇᴘɪɴɢ, ᴏʀ ᴛʜᴀᴛ sʜᴇ ʜᴀᴅ ᴄʜᴏsᴇɴ ᴛᴏ ᴡᴇᴀʀ ᴀ ɴᴇᴄᴋʟᴀᴄᴇ ᴏғ Bᴜᴛᴛᴇʀʙᴇᴇʀ ᴄᴀᴘs, ᴏʀ ᴛʜᴀᴛ sʜᴇ ᴡᴀs ʀᴇᴀᴅɪɴɢ ᴀ ᴍᴀɢᴀᴢɪɴᴇ ᴜᴘsɪᴅᴇ ᴅᴏᴡɴ.

An Infrared view of the Orion Nebula

“This wide-field view of the Orion Nebula (Messier 42), lying about 1350 light-years from Earth, was taken with the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile.The new telescope’s huge field of view allows the whole nebula and its surroundings to be imaged in a single picture and its infrared vision also means that it can peer deep into the normally hidden dusty regions and reveal the curious antics of the very active young stars buried there.”



Confession: Pretty Beauty Luxuries I Can’t Bear to Use

I am not one to be over-protective of expensive possessions like bags and shoes. The more you use them, the more you justify the amount spent, I say.

For me the worst form of wastage is spending a huge amount on something, then hiding it away in pristine condition and never enjoying it fully. (You will NOT ever find me keeping chairs in their plastic covers. Uh-uh.)

But there are times when I can’t help treating certain objects like prized jewels to collect and admire in pristine condition. (Which is completely senseless because makeup has a shelf life.) Here are the few I have a weird attachment to…

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NARS lipsticks in Roman Holiday and Schiapp

It’s not the price, though they ARE expensive. There are more expensive lipsticks than these, and they aren’t exactly exclusive. But every time I decide I will use them and take them out of their cardboard boxes, I’ll just sigh, stare, put them right back, and then try to satisfy myself with a similar color from another brand.

I cannot explain why since I can easily replace these if I use them up!

Smashbox Masquerade Eyeshadow Palette

This little palette is genius. Not just because it has some great usable colors (these are colors you can dupe and substitute easily), but because unlike other eye palettes, which can leave you paralyzed with options, the Masquerade palette is simple.

You do the Tic-Tac-Toe and pick 3 colors either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, and they’re all perfectly coordinated for you.

They should make ALL larger eye palettes work like these so women are never at a loss as to how to combine colors! Until then, I will hang on to this one…

Chanel No19 Parfum

Now, THIS, I can’t bear to use often, because it cost an absolute BOMB, and because I already have a large bottle of No19 in Eau de Parfum concentration.

If you happen to like the scent of No19 in lighter concentrations, let me tell you the Parfum version smells SO much better. I almost hate to wear it because I feel like it will “spoil” me and I won’t enjoy the other versions anymore.

(And a bigger reason is I don’t want to develop a habit for Chanel in pure perfume concentration. It’s not the cheapest treat in the world.)

Guerlain Terracotta “Sun In The City” Golden Glimmer Powder

This gorgeous gold powder isn’t just gold. When you rub it on your skin, it scatters into micro-pigments of bronze, copper, pink, pearl (and all shades of beautiful). I have never seen another highlighter THIS pretty and I can’t even really do it justice on camera, or I’d show you a swatch.

I bought this on my honeymoon in New York last year, and I’ve never seen it anywhere else since, so I’m VERY careful with it, though I do use it occasionally as a “special occasion” highlighter.

I try to tactically dab a bit from different spots each time so it doesn’t wear away unevenly, and I dread the day I will finally see a visible dent in it.

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Tell me if you guys have any similarly irrational reactions to certain “treasures” as well… I could be all alone in my insanity!

150,000 Stars - The Messier 2 Star Cluster

This massive Star Cluster (The Messier 2 Star Cluster) is 13 billion years old - making it one of the oldest star clusters in the Milky Way Galaxy. Not only is this Star Cluster ancient, it is one of the largest known star clusters. On a clear night away from light pollution, you can see M2 with the naked eye as a faint blur in the constellation Aquarius.

Credit: NASA/Hubble/SIMBAD Astronomy db


I totally understand the whole feminism and equal rights thing and it’s totally awesome that women are finding this confidence within themselves and each other but there’s a serious issue when you’re tearing down one gender to boost your own. Some feminist are fucking insane and just come off sounding like feminazis. I get it you don’t need a man in your life and I totally agree with you, but that doesn’t mean that you should just start saying that “ALL MEN ARE PIGS! ALL MEN SHOULD DIE! ALL MEN ARE USELESS!” because that just means that you’re making no progress for your cause. Once you start spewing hateful and ignorant shit like that it makes me question what you stand for. Everyone should be treated equally, no ifs ands or buts about it, but don’t think just because you think you’re fighting for a good cause that you can just start saying bad shit. It makes you look bad, and it makes the cause look bad. I understand that women need feminism, but do it in a logical and peaceful way.

A Panorama of M31 - The Andromeda Galaxy

This image of the Andromeda Galaxy, released earlier this month, is the largest panorama ever taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. This image is part of the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT) program, which has been collecting images of the galaxy for many years. The is the most detailed images ever taken of our neighboring galaxy - 61,000 light-years away. Thanks to this image, Astronomers are now able to see and study individual stars within another galaxy for the first time. Though this image is only a portion of M31, it is still expected to be the cause of many new discoveries about the galaxy.

Credit: NASA/Hubble/PHAT