Painter Thomas Nozkowski’s son Casimir is a filmmaker. Several years ago he made this short piece while walking in the woods with his father. Titled “Thomas Nozkowski on a Hike,” the video shows how Nozkowski looks at things as he moves through the landscape — and how they become ideas that inform paintings. Nozkowski and host Tyler Green discussed this video and Nozkowski’s love of walking on this week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast.
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They might look like trees on Mars, but they’re not. Groups of dark brown streaks have been photographed by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on melting pinkish sand dunes covered with light frost.
The above image was taken in 2008 April near the North Pole of Mars. At that time, dark sand on the interior of Martian sand dunes became more and more visible as the spring Sun melted the lighter carbon dioxide ice.
When occurring near the top of a dune, dark sand may cascade down the dune leaving dark surface streaks — streaks that might appear at first to be trees standing in front of the lighter regions, but cast no shadows.
Objects about 25 centimeters across are resolved on this image spanning about one kilometer. Close ups of some parts of this image show billowing plumes indicating that the sand slides were occurring even when the image was being taken.
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