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1 Hubble photo of the Eagle Nebula
Nebulae are so beautiful and fascinating to look at, with every rainbow colour of refracted light and shapes so random, yet sometimes so familiar. The names we give them make it clear that we want them to be more than clouds of gas and dust; to mean more than an untouchable and barely formed celestial body.
2 Random Dreamy Photo via Durban Central
3 The Crane Wife by Carson Ellis
Carson Ellis is the wife of Colin Meloy, The Decemberists' frontman, and a very talented illustrator. She has created, I believe, every cover of every record The Decemberists have ever released, and this is a section of the sleeve artwork from the album The Crane Wife. Enjoy it on Spotify.
4 Vasilissa the Beautiful at the Hut of Baba Yaga by Ivan Bilibin
Baba Yaga is a witch of Slavic legend, who flies on a mortar, lives in a house that has chicken legs and, naturally, eats small children. Beautiful Vasilissa is the girl who outwits Baba Yaga in the end and she is turned into a crow. And the skull lanterns? I don't know but I want one.
5 Yoshi by Mark Ryden
6 Jessie & the Deer by Sally Mann
I saw an exhibition of Sally Mann's work at The Photographers' Gallery earlier this year and was awe-struck by it; these huge monochrome images, sometimes grubby and taken using not just analogue but antique technology, are arresting, unsettling and quite thought-provoking. Indescribable. Swot up on her Wikipedia page and conduct an image search post haste.