Saturn, the spectacular ringed planet, is almost as large as Jupiter but is only one-third as massive. It has the lowest average density of any planet — only about 70 percent that of water. Saturn has the deepest atmosphere and the highest wind speeds in the solar system.

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Nautilus Painting

from Spirituality and Health…

Louise Bourgeois –Spiderwoman

Typically Louise is a wood sculpture. But at 90 or so I guess she’s turned to softer material.


Madagascar Chameleon 

(Furcifer verrucosus).

In Erpétologie générale …(General herpetology…), the first comprehensive account of all amphibians and reptiles was organized by French zoologist André-Marie-Constant Duméril (1774-1860), T

See this and other illustrations from the Museum’s Rare Book Collection in the exhibition Natural Histories: 400 Years of Scientific Illustration from the Museum’s Library, open now. 


Akkadian Word of the Week

ṭuppum “(inscribed) tablet”

Usually, the word refers to an inscribed tablet made of clay or, more rarely, other materials. Most of the written sources for the study of ancient Mesopotamia take the form of clay tablets inscribed with the cuneiform (from the Latin “wedge”) script, like the one pictured above, which is an administrative text from the Ur III period that records barley accounts.

Sources: Chicago Assyrian Dictionary Ṭ, British Museum)


Marbles & Straws by Liza Charlesworth

Pure Deer Spirit

from spirituality and Helath magazine..they have lovely artwork.


The LA River and its tributaries twist and turn through many neighborhoods in Los Angeles. This concrete creation was a result of not-so-uncommon flooding in the 19th century. The Huntington has proof.

We’re teaming up The Huntington’s tumblr to bring you historic Los Angeles images on Wednesdays through August 6 as part of No Further West.

The Los Angeles River from the Florence Avenue Bridge, 2001, John Humble. J. Paul Getty Museum. © John Humble, Courtesy of Jan Kesner Gallery.

Camping with trees

Lovely picture from Spirituality and Health, June 2014. IWe used to camp up in the Adirondacks a lot.


Textiles are much more delicate than other works of art and often fade before they make it to a Museum. However, this extraordinary Philadelphia bedcover from the 1790s was pristinely preserved, and its colors are as vibrant as the day it was made. It will be taken down soon to prevent fading. See it before it’s gone in: “On the Leading Edge: Decorative Arts in Philadelphia, 1720–1880.”

Bedcover, 1790–1810, by John Hewson