Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918) - Favola (1883)
Basket Star - Astrocladus cf. euryale
Basket stars are a group of ophiuroids (Ophiuroidea - Euryalida - Gorgonocephalidae) in which the five arms are very branched. Most of them remain hidden during the day but come out at night, extending their arms into the water to trap food particles.
The Basket Star Astrocladus euryale (in the photos) is a species native to South Africa, whose arms are branched successively and are covered with pale spots. Sometimes this Basket star is commonly referred to as Gorgon’s Head.
Wading by Luke Mancini:
"Inspired by egrets in the creek between my place and work, a non-avian cousin enjoys foraging in a somewhat more natural environment. I had the tail in a more traditionally ‘dinosaur’y curve for most of the process but actually quite like the straight (more accurate) version in the end."
The Not-So-Wise Owl
A ghostly near perfect imprint left by an owl after it slams into a window of a woman’s home. The image shows the nocturnal bird’s eyes, beak and open wings splayed across the window.Experts say that “powder down” - a substance that protects growing feathers-, was what left the imprint.
There was no sign of the owl, so experts believe it flew away without any serious injuries.
Sven Svendsen (Norwegian/American, 1864-1934), Tree Trunks in Snow. Oil on canvas, 32 x 24 in.