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Round is Beautiful

And offers protection

Humans, perhaps because of the form of their own heads (or a distant memory of where their very first nourishment came from), have a particular relationship to round shapes. Big round eyes, bulging foreheads and puffy cheeks touch parental instincts and elicit exclaims such as “Gosh, how cute”. Images of angels, but also seal pups, polar bear cubs and, of course, human babies come to mind. Spheres may be beautiful from an aesthetic viewpoint, but they are also fascinating to mathematically interested people, as they represent perfect shapes whose characteristics like circumference and surface area can only be approximated on account of the open-ended decimals of the number π (pi). —>

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Wet Feet Forever

Life on the surface of the water

Creating wobbly and shifting upside-down images of the real world, water surfaces can be beautiful in their own right, especially during a moonlit night. Some of my most beautiful photographs were of reflections from water surfaces. But they seem so bare of life (disregarding aquatic plants like duckweed, pond and water lilies and their inhabitants for the moment). In reality, however, there are actually numerous organisms that live, hunt and feed on this two-dimensional horizon dividing the wet and dry worlds. —>

Embalmed and Largely Overlooked

Animal mummies

In many religions, past and present, admiration to the extent of idolatry of certain species of animals is commonplace. Little wonder then, that special burial rites evolved to pay homage to the holy or otherwise revered animals and in the USA and many countries elsewhere too, there are nowadays graveyards especially for pets and often proper funeral services. In India even today a pious Hindu family would not simply bury their dead cow, but give it a proper cremation, an honour not bestowed upon the family dog or a monkey in the garden. —>