Working on a larger painting this time. I’m going to have to finish it tomorrow on account of my not having a daylight-simulating lamp or anything similar.
Did you ever notice that opposites have more in common than two random words? Like, on and off are more similar than blue and down.
Elizabeth Báthory is a Hungarian countess who purportedly tortured and murdered hundreds of young women in the 16th and 17th centuries. She is one of the most infamous figures in history. Her crimes caused her to become a legendary and feared figure. Even after the legends have been lifted, her crimes still seem unimaginable.
Báthory was born in 1560 to a well-established family. Her family had produced many powerful people in her time, including the Kings of Transylvania and Poland. She was married off for political reasons to Count Ferencz Nadasdy. Elizabeth’s interest in torture began when she realized there were torture devices that were kept in the castle. She watched her husband torture prisoners on these claw-like pincers (resembling an iron maiden).
After the death of her husband, Elizabeth feared that age would take away her beauty. Infuriated, she struck one of her servant girls so hard that some blood dripped from her face onto Elizabeth’s hand making her believe that the blood that fell on her made her skin look younger. Till that day, Elizabeth Báthory killed many peasant women, bathing in their blood.
The influence of The Blood Countess in popular culture has been notable from the 18th century to the present day. Since her death, various myths and legends surrounding her story have preserved her as a prominent figure in folklore, literature, music, film, games and toys (the Queen in Snow White or Countess Dracula).
India & the Mideast, taken by the Mars Colour Camera on India’s Mars Orbiter Mission, which is set to depart Earth orbit on November 30th.
Milky Way y Caravaca de la Cruz, Murcia
This is a total of two photos stacked, one for the milky way and another for the landscape below.
Nanyehi (Nancy Ward)
Art by Ericka Lugo (website)
Nanyehi was a Beloved Woman or Ghigau of the Cherokee. This status gave her a lifelong seat on the Council of Women which elected a representative to the Council of Chiefs. The women also held specific powers within Cherokee society, such as the right to determine how prisoners were treated.
Nanyehi earned this honor as a teenage wife and mother when she accompanied her husband during the Battle of Taliwa against the Creeks. She is said to have chewed her husband’s bullets so that their jagged edges would create more damage. When her husband was killed in battle, Nanyehi rallied the Cherokee and led them to victory.
Briefly married to a white man after her first husband’s death, Nanyehi favored friendly relations with white settlers. Although the Cherokee as a group sided with the British in the American Revolution, Nanyehi secretly passed information to the Continental Army, perhaps an attempt to uphold goodwill with the group she believed would eventually triumph. Nanyehi also rescued a white female captive, Lydia Russell Bean, from death. Lydia went on to teach the Cherokee women dairy production and weaving. This changed the lives of Cherokee women who up until this point had been farmers as planting now became the men’s job so that women could produce cloth and raise cattle.
After the Revolutionary War, Nanyehi became an ambassador between the Cherokee and the Americans. She was a spokesperson for peace at a 1781 meeting between Cherokee and US representatives.
Nanyehi spent her last years as in innkeeper in Tennessee. She died in either 1822 or 1824, before the Cherokee were forced to leave their lands by the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the Trail of Tears.
The color of the Aurora depends on the altitude and the atom being struck by solar radiation (causing excitation). At higher altitudes, there is more Atomic Oxygen than Nitrogen, leading to the common color stratifications you see.
500-200 km altitude
— Atomic Oxygen — Red
— Atomic Oxygen — Greenish-Yellow
— Ionized Nitrogen — Blue/Purple
— Nitrogen (N2) — Crimson
Oxygen only emits red at higher altitudes because once it’s excited, it takes a longer time to emit red than it does green. Why is that important? Well, at lower altitudes there is more Nitrogen for the Oxygen to bump into and absorb that excitation-energy before it gets a chance to emit red light. In this case, where the collision occurs, the Oxygen will emit Green and at low enough altitudes the Nitrogen-Oxygen collisions eventually prevent Oxygen from emitting any light at all.
During stronger storms, high energy solar particles will reach lower in the atmosphere and cause the Crimson emission from Nitrogen, creating a deep-red band at the lower edge of the aurora. Other elements emit light too, like Hydrogen (Blue) or Helium (Purple) which are at higher altitudes.
THIS THIS THIS
so true bloody hell
Which is why i no longer have many friends
actually my life
yes this will be the version i reblog
because it has the first time two said it