colorful terrain

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etsyfindoftheday 3 | 5.3.17

terrain hard enamel pin trio by nateduval

i’m super glad i found artist nate duval’s etsy shop, nateduval — we have one of his tame impala posters from the greek in berkeley framed in our place!! LOVE his graphic style and colorful vibe. these hard enamel pins feature a trio of terrains: mountain, desert, and ocean — i dig ‘em all.

In Hawaii, there were people who sold jewellery to us and there were parrots on this guy’s arm. The mountains at night were invisible but the shops and houses were always lit and so it looked like stars on land. It was so cool to see the ocean and to just lay on it like a bed and completely lose myself while floating on my back. A very colorful terrain. It would rain at night but clear up during the day and it was always humid and 70° or higher. Everywhere I turned I saw a hibiscus or a plumeria tree and wild chickens.

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So i made a shit typo and wrote rivier instead of river and i wanted to make an oc with that name so i just sorta fucking inspired myself of a dream i had and bingo these two were born:

- Rivier, a wingless riding dragon with the ability to camouflage and spit liquid nitrogen (this makes her an ice dragon lmao). Her fins are also fully mobile and they can be used as an expressive/threat display or to soak up sunlight.

- Jem, her rider, who is actually part of a group of feared raiders. They usually attack nomads and rob them of supplies, information, and more often than not they take their lives as well. Jem is also very mean. (her real name is actually Jeanne Marie but if you say it out loud she will wreck you)

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The flat paints and final colors on the cliff terrain I was working on previously. To the scale of the game (1 inch = 5 feet) this cliffside is 35 feet high. Each tile is one inch, forming a battle grid that the characters can fight and ascend.

(I was at the game shop. The warhammer figures are not mine, though I entirely approve of pink, rainbow-feathered demons.)

day-old-hate  asked:

1-100 😉

You just had to be THAT guy…

  1. Spotify, SoundCloud, or Pandora? Spotify
  2. is your room messy or clean? Ehhh, in between?
  3. what color are your eyes? Brown
  4. do you like your name? why? It’s alright, it’s pretty common
  5. what is your relationship status? Single AF
  6. describe your personality in 3 words or less Anxious, Shy ish, Nice
  7. what color hair do you have? Brown
  8. what kind of car do you drive? color? Black GMC Terrain
  9. where do you shop? Everywhere tbh
  10. how would you describe your style? Uhhh, girly? Whatever’s comfy 
  11. favorite social media account Tumblr
  12. what size bed do you have? Full
  13. any siblings? A brother and a sister, both younger
  14. if you can live anywhere in the world where would it be? why? Aus ;)
  15. favorite snapchat filter? Anything but the dog bc come on…
  16. favorite makeup brand(s) Urban Decay 
  17. how many times a week do you shower? 6 or 7
  18. favorite tv show? Last Man Standing
  19. shoe size? 6
  20. how tall are you? 5′ 1″
  21. sandals or sneakers? Sandals
  22. do you go to the gym? Hellll no, but I like yoga
  23. describe your dream date You plan it… An adventure that ends with us being lazy together and just talking about life
  24. how much money do you have in your wallet at the moment? Dude, like $7
  25. what color socks are you wearing? Not wearing any
  26. how many pillows do you sleep with? 2
  27. do you have a job? what do you do? I work for Coach Inc.
  28. how many friends do you have? What are friends?
  29. whats the worst thing you have ever done? Why is this so deep? Idk, uh, trusted someone who was toxic for me
  30. whats your favorite candle scent? Any clean scent like Warm fluffy towels from Yankee omg
  31. 3 favorite boy names Too many so a few are Greyson, Liam, and Hudson
  32. 3 favorite girl names Also sooo many lol: Sutton, Hadley, Aliya
  33. favorite actor? Tom Holland
  34. favorite actress? Anna Kendrick
  35. who is your celebrity crush? Shay Mitchell
  36. favorite movie? The Breakfast Club
  37. do you read a lot? whats your favorite book? I don’t but I loved To Kill A Mockingbird
  38. money or brains? Both :P
  39. do you have a nickname? what is it? Nope
  40. how many times have you been to the hospital? Oh god, 10+
  41. top 10 favorite songs They change constantly sooo whatever’s on my playlist
  42. do you take any medications daily? Just birth control and advil lmao
  43. what is your skin type? (oily, dry, etc) Normal
  44. what is your biggest fear? Losing people close to me, never finding love, etc
  45. how many kids do you want? 2
  46. whats your go to hair style? In a bun hahah
  47. what type of house do you live in? (big, small, etc) A condo
  48. who is your role model? Hm, not sure if I have one
  49. what was the last compliment you received? My outfit for work 
  50. what was the last text you sent? How was your day?
  51. how old were you when you found out santa wasn’t real? 10?
  52. what is your dream car? Mercedes lol but I’m too cheap to buy one
  53. opinion on smoking? Eh, socially is fine but not like a daily thing
  54. do you go to college? Just graduated this year
  55. what is your dream job? We’ll see! I’d love to work for a mental health non profit
  56. would you rather live in rural areas or the suburbs? Suburbs, but a farm house
  57. do you take shampoo and conditioner bottles from hotels? Who doesn’t? They just throw them away anywayssss
  58. do you have freckles? Yes, in the summer
  59. do you smile for pictures? Yup
  60. how many pictures do you have on your phone? 328
  61. have you ever peed in the woods? I don’t think so
  62. do you still watch cartoons? Bob’s Burgers and Archer sooo yes
  63. do you prefer chicken nuggets from Wendy’s or McDonalds? Wendy’s
  64. Favorite dipping sauce? Honey mustard
  65. what do you wear to bed? Underwear and a t-shirt
  66. have you ever won a spelling bee? In grade school
  67. what are your hobbies? Cooking, watching sports
  68. can you draw? Do stick figures count?
  69. do you play an instrument? Used to play the violin in like… 3rd grade
  70. what was the last concert you saw? Luke Bryan!
  71. tea or coffee? Both.. Iced coffee or green tea
  72. Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts? Starbs.. I’m a terrible New Englander
  73. do you want to get married? YES
  74. what is your crush’s first and last initial? My lips are sealed
  75. are you going to change your last name when you get married? I would
  76. what color looks best on you? Blues
  77. do you miss anyone right now? Always
  78. do you sleep with your door open or closed? Closed, can’t let those monsters in yanno?
  79. do you believe in ghosts? Yes
  80. what is your biggest pet peeve? Being ignored
  81. last person you called` My brother
  82. favorite ice cream flavor? Espresso chip
  83. regular oreos or golden oreos? Regular
  84. chocolate or rainbow sprinkles? Chocolate, and they’re *Jimmies
  85. what shirt are you wearing? It’s hot in my room so I’m not haha
  86. what is your phone background? Skyline of Boston
  87. are you outgoing or shy? Shy at first, then outgoing
  88. do you like it when people play with your hair? Yes, so much
  89. do you like your neighbors? They’re fine haha
  90. do you wash your face? at night? in the morning? Both
  91. have you ever been high? Yes
  92. have you ever been drunk? Always
  93. last thing you ate? Chinese food
  94. favorite lyrics right now “I’ve been on the low I’ve been taking my time, I been taking my time. I feel like I’m out of my mind, I feel like this life ain’t mine”
  95. summer or winter? Summer
  96. day or night? Night
  97. dark, milk, or white chocolate? Dark chocolate
  98. favorite month? October, I love Autumn
  99. what is your zodiac sign Aries
  100. who was the last person you cried in front of? Psh, I don’t cry in front of people

YOU’RE WELCOME YOU PAIN IN MY BUTT

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Pluto’s Color Variations Finally Make Sense: Explained By Methane Ice In The Sun

“The ultraviolet sunlight ionizes methane, setting off a chain of events that creates tholins – red-colored hydrocarbon compounds – that get deposited at various locations. It’s only where fresh, white methane snow covers the tholin-rich regions that a white color reappears. The next time we visit Pluto, this world’s colorscape will appear very different.“

The New Horizons mission surprised everyone last July when it revealed Pluto to be a world that varied significantly in both terrain and color. Instead of a uniform, reddish-hued icy world, it was revealed to have mountains, craters, smooth plains, pitted regions and more, which range in color from white to yellow to deep red. This was initially a mystery, but subsequent analysis has revealed that Pluto’s atmosphere and outer surface consists of a great many volatile molecules, including water, nitrogen and methane. While water ice and nitrogen ice simply sublimate, methane undergoes a complex interaction with ultraviolet light, resulting in the production of tholins, which turn the surface red where they’re deposited. The story is still unfolding, but freshly snow-capped regions and pictures of the entire world support this idea.

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The 27,660-acre Mount Nutt Wilderness is located in Mohave County, 15 miles west of Kingman, Arizona and 12 miles east of Bullhead City, Arizona.

This wilderness encompasses an eight-mile-long stretch of the central (and highest) portion of the Black Mountains. Nutt Mountain, at 5,216 feet, presides over a colorful and wild terrain. Along the main ridgeline, prominent mesas have been cut into a series of steep maze-like canyons. Outward from the main ridgeline, numerous huge volcanic plugs ring the entire Wilderness.

Scattered springs sustain small oases of large cottonwoods, willows, and oaks. Hiking, camping, hunting, photography, and rock scrambling opportunities are varied and challenging.

BLMer Justin Robbins said, “This maze of mesas, mountains, canyons and cliffs provides habitat for desert bighorn sheep and a wilderness sanctuary for people.”  

Photos by BLMer Justin Robbins

Fic - Frayed Threads

WARNING: This contains body horror; dont’t like, don’t read
Rating: NSFW
Pairing: Rythnable
Word Count: 6070
Note: This fic is set in the Yogscast Complete server before Nanosounds and Lalna nuke their tainted castle.

‘Rrripppppp…’

Two teal eyes tiredly opened up, blinking a few times before adjustingthemselves to the dim light surrounding them.

'Rrrrrriiipp…’

Rubbing the bridge of his nose in annoyance, Rythian blindly reached his arm out to flick on the redstone lamp beside him. He glanced around the somewhat barren room, looking for the source of the sound that had awoken him.

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What’s that in front of the Moon? It’s the International Space Station. Using precise timing, the Earth-orbiting space platform was photographed in front of a partially lit Moon last year. The featured image was taken from Madrid, Spain with an exposure time of only 1/1000 of a second. In contrast, the duration of the transit of the ISS across the entire Moon was about half a second. The sun-glinting station can be seen just to the dark side of the day / night line known as the terminator. Numerous circular craters are visible on the distant Moon, as well as comparatively rough, light colored terrain known as highlands, and relatively smooth, dark colored areas known as maria. On-line tools can tell you when the International Space Station will be visible from your area.

Object Names: Moon, ISS

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: Dani Caxete

Time And Space

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Riding at High Elevation

For the last couple of days we have been riding our final miles through the San Juan Mountain Range of the Rocky Mountains. Since we last updated, we rode through the many steep short mountains of the Ozarks. There, with minimal services available, we made our way through the rugged terrain and dealt with the psychological effects of the ever present and biting horse flies with which we shared the road and campsites. We have ridden across Northern Oklahoma, including the Panhandle, in an essentially straight line at a gradual 1-3 % grade. We learned how valuable access to water is, how tough it is to survive in such a desolate land, and how generous and kind the remaining residents are. We give Oklahoma our respect and are grateful for all of the friendly people who welcomed us into their homes for water. We learned how difficult it is for us to ride in deep sand, something on our minds as we head into the San Rafael Swell in Utah, just as Oklohoma mud was a concern when we were in Mississippi. We “vacationed” in New Mexico for less than 100 miles, where the change of scenery, geography, and prevalence of operational windmill driven water pumps, made for easy and entertaining riding. Into Colorado with a lot of momentum, where new types of food, abundant opportunities for espresso, awe inspiring scenery, ideal road conditions, interesting culture, mountains, water and trees sucked us in and slowed us down. The mountain climbs and weather have so far been generous to us, with few exceptions.

The first being our first major high elevation climb on the route to St. Charles Peak, located in the Wet Mountain range in the Southern Rocky Mountain System. In our observation, the climbs we have done that go over 10,500 ft. typically offer difficulty of a sort related to varying combinations of the road conditions, temperature, and physical effects on the body. The bulk of our riding in Colorado has been at an elevation of 7,000 to 10,000 feet, so when we climb from circa 8,000 to over 10,500, that’s typically a big deal for us. The length and distance of a climb are also crucial. On paper, St. Charles Peak looked like a moderate climb of 4,100 ft gain in 25 miles, ultimately reaching a peak elevation of 11,200 feet. We started our ride that day with a hilly 35 mile warm up from La Veta. By the time we stuffed our bellies with good eats from the Wild Flower cafe in Gardner, it was 3 p.m. Our goal was to climb and set camp at lower elevations on the other side by dark. As the story always seems to go, the climb was much harder than expected, took much longer, and required us to improvise. We had been spoiled by the smooth fast roads through Colorado to this point so when our route turned onto a sandy ATV trail and our giddy initial enthusiasm for a change of terrain wore off, we started noticing the effect of the many short steep descents. We had assumed there would be a more constant grade while climbing. What we encountered was sharp descents, steep climbs, and very infrequent periods of low intensity cycling. We had expected to be moving much faster than we were, and after many hours of pedaling (sometimes walking, in my case) we reached the top of the mountain, just as the sun was setting. We had no idea what the descent would be like, other than it was 10 miles, but we have a preference for setting camp in the light, so we decided to set camp where we were, at the top. This was only our third day in Colorado, and our first day riding anywhere above 9,000 ft, so choosing to sleep at 11,200 ft was pushing our luck. We were both physically well and had carried enough water to the top with us to camp without access to a water source (we call this dry camping). We set camp, built a fire, and quickly put it out (to be continued…), ate dinner, put on all of our clothes and enjoyed a relatively good nights rest, lit up by billions of stars in a clear black sky. This climb set the bar of difficulty, and from then on we started taking a different approach to riding through Colorado, one that is defined by shorter distances, more rest, and a more micro-based analysis of the statistical information of each mountain climb.

So, we carried on, spending time in more towns than we had planned, spending more money than we would have liked, but overall enjoying the trip. When the trail challenges us most, we often, shortly thereafter, find reward.

We took a day off in Salida where we realized how much we missed other cyclists and spent most of our time getting to know and talking bikes with Chris and Harry, who traveled from the UK to ride the Colorado Trail.

From Salida we rode our first major pass, Marshall Pass, and crossed over the Continental Divide. The weather, the colors, and the terrain seemed to simultaneously change upon our descent into Sargents. We were also entering Gunnison National Forest, notorious for being “big country,” as a local put it, refering to the vast, desolate land, cooler moist temperatures, and ever present winds. We spent three days, and two nights riding the 133 mile route from Salida to Lake City. Living up to its reputation, the weather we experienced was grey, wet, and windy, offering long slow days in the saddle, cold restless evenings, and later starting mornings. We pushed ahead, knowing that Lake City and all of its majestic beauty lie ahead. Sure enough, on our final day, the sun came out, warming us up, and illuminating the brilliant change in the fall foliage. We enjoyed a rugged and colorful ride up Slumgullion Pass (11,200 ft. elevation), and a speedy twisting descent into Lake City where we would fill our bellies and rest up to tackle our most challenging high elevation climbs over Engineer Pass and Imogene Pass.

One thing is sure, the deeper into this route we get, the more difficult the terrain becomes, and everything we have done along the way prepares us mentally and physically for the next big challenge. Since the first day of researching this route, we learned that these high elevation mountain passes would be some of the most difficult terrain features we would experience on the entire route. The technical, steep riding we did through the Ozarks, the mental challenge of riding across Oklahoma, and the gradual introduction to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains have all played an integral role in training us for these mountain passes. We tackled the passes one day at a time, back-to-back. Our experience went a little like this…

Engineer Pass

Total distance from Lake City to Ouray: 35 miles

Elevation gain in 18 miles: 4,300 feet

Peak elevation: 13,000 feet

The road conditions of the 18-mile climb were smooth and easy, allowing us to soak up the views of crystal clear, trout filled streams, the remnants of old mining operations, and incredibly colorful mountainscapes. We took our time, stopping to snap a photo and to explore. As we rode closer to the top, the grade grew steeper, but was manageable. Now that I think back on all the times I have been at high elevation, I have not been so high as 13,000 ft., especially not on a bicycle. To have ridden our bicycles there, not only just from Lake City, but from the coast of North Carolina, inspired an emotion inside of me that is hard to describe. We are travelling over a continent experiencing drastic cultural and geological change at a slow enough pace to experience a level of immersion, but quickly enough to experience the shock of differences. The descent from Engineer Pass was drastically different. Technical, steep, rocky terrain swept us downhill. Many sections were so complex that we paused to evaluate potential lines of travel that we would take. Once again, I put my feet to work, by hiking down some sections I wasn’t willing to risk, while Tom conquered what appeared to be impossible. We had fun all the way and enjoyed the hell out of the terrain, putting all of our equipment to the test and coming out relatively unscathed (with the exception of a small, impact related {Tom} sidewall cut, and our first flat in 3,000 miles).

Imogene Pass

Total distance from Ouray to Telluride: 18 miles

Elevation gain in 9 miles: 5,000 feet

Peak elevation: 13,200 feet

Imogene Pass was a different story. I remember when we were in Salida, I was showing Harry the statistics of our upcoming climbs. I got to Imogene’s statistics and we looked at eachother perplexed. Those numbers can’t be right, I thought, I must have done the math wrong. I also recall saying something along the lines of, “If we had to go up Engineer Pass, the way we went down, I don’t think we would have been able.” We knew what was ahead, we knew it had taken motorbikes two hours to go 20 miles, but we weren’t talking about it. What’s the use? Well… After we had gone 1.5 miles in almost one hour, reality set in and we knew that this climb and descent would likely take us more time than the day prior, at half the distance. Why? It was steep, rocky, and loose (a lot like the descent of Engineer Pass. The higher up we got, the more we walked. Some sections were so steep our feet could not retain traction so we used our bikes and brakes as leverage. We put our Teva sandals on and hiked in those for a while. On one occasion, while pushing up a steep slope, Tom lost his footing, and dropped his bike. This was tough, but there were plenty of people around us in 4WD off-road vehicles to laugh at us, cheer us on, and comiserate with the seeming insanity of what we were doing. We made it through and being over 13,000 ft. in elevation with your bicycle does not get old. The descent was much like Engineer, only steeper, which meant some walking, but considerably less than the way up. Despite it’s difficulty, we have grown fond of high mountain riding and the views don’t suck either!

That’s it for now! We took a day of in Telluride and stayed with hosts who have generously allowed us to stay in their home while they are away. It happens that Telluride’s Blues and Brews festival is occurring now, which we have been able to enjoy from their balcony. Thank you Max and Hillary!
We hit the road again tomorrow as we make our way to Moab, Utah!

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