maanantai 22. huhtikuuta 2013

A glance at my sketchbook

A few quick drawings from life...

...And animal studies. I like to learn more about nature, and see how things in it operate. It's fun to see how animals have creatively developed certain attack and defense mechanisms, and how these traits have developed over the course of thousands of years.

I was especially fascinated by the Mantis Shrimp. Apparently this bizarre creature can punch its target at the speed of more than 80 km/h, shattering its prey into pieces. It also has 16 (or 12, not sure) color receptive cones in its eyes, whereas humans only have 3. I wonder what the world would be like when observed through this creature's eyes? It's also fascinating that this animal is very colourful as well - I want to believe that the main reason for its rich coloring isn't that it has practical value in terms of survival, but that it's just the result of the creature's own aesthetic choice.

 It's funny how humans as a species often think they're superior in comparison to the animal kingdom. We may be more intelligent, but at the same time we can't really even wrap our heads around how creatures like these sense reality.

Nature is beautiful.

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