Daily Archives: February 15, 2015

nubbsgalore:a genetic mutation known as erythrism, which…


a genetic mutation known as erythrism, which suppresses the black pigment eumelanin and produces an excess of the red pigment phaeomelanin, causes these grasshoppers to turn a dangerously conspicuous pink (making rare the photographer who manages to photograph one). the combination of red hair and freckles in humans is thought to be a form of erythrism. photos by roeselien raimond, victoria hillman, marcus juvonen, tim parkinson

Lovely nature. Within Middle-earth lore, I’d like to think gene mutations were a mischief of Morgoth, conceptually the perfect bookend to this post by lintamande, which says:

I think I prefer to believe that Oromë and Vána, who understand the cyclical nature of healthy ecosystems on account of being the Vala of hunting and the Vala of eternal youth (which I interpret as ‘renewal’), collaborated on the invention of flies and then Morgoth corrupted them into mosquitos, which are totally evil and ecologically unnecessary.

Mosquitos are to flies as orcs are to Elves, basically.


Melkor had always shown a pre-disposition to improv and add his own signature to things. Genetic mutation would be the perfect signature from him, though how fuschia grasshoppers might serve his grand plan is anyone’s guess.

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melkorwashere: Happy late Valentine’s day хЪЪEh,Sauron,you…


Happy late Valentine’s day хЪЪ

Eh,Sauron,you still waiting.

Poor guy. Etching each thwarted grand plan of domination in eternal memorial. Elves and Men are such uncooperative letdowns.


Happy late Valentine’s day хЪЪEh,Sauron,you…

morethanphotography:…hallstatt II… by roblfc1892 Laketown, early…


…hallstatt II… by roblfc1892

Laketown, early winter.

morethanphotography:…hallstatt II… by roblfc1892
Laketown, early…

morethanphotography:Layers of Air by AdnanBubalo … the fields…


Layers of Air by AdnanBubalo

… the fields of the Pelennor: fair and fertile townlands on the long slopes and terraces falling to the deep levels of the Anduin.
– The Lord of the Rings, Volume Three: The Return of the King, Book Five: The War Of The Ring, Chapter 1 Minas Tirith

morethanphotography:Layers of Air by AdnanBubalo
… the fields…