Photo Patrick Smith. A lava ledge 6 metres above the sea. Mōkōlea Rock is an islet in Kailua Bay, along the windward coast of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi. The islet is also known as "Birdshit Island", as it is a seabird sanctuary and its black lava rock surface is nearly white from all the droppings. The caves which cut into its foundations are home to much lobster, while outside the pukas cauliflower coral and antler corals thrive.
Corryvreckan Maelstrom: It's a massive, eternal whirlpool off the coast of Scotland. The vortex is caused by a dramatic underwater pinnacle that rises to within about 100 feet of the ocean's surface, and it's directly adjacent to a large depression. Complex tidal forces and the unique geological formation combine to create an incredibly powerful, perpetually spinning whirlpool of death.
Hagalaz – The storm rune; the rune of hail. A maelstrom of strong energy, waiting to manifest itself. The resulting disaster drastically alters your landscape. You will find that stubborn obstacles will be easier to uproot, but you may also find yourself in dire and uncertain straits. This rune tells us that we need to take shelter during hard time, that we should not lose our way needlessly.
"Maelstrom" by Daniel Rigos. Abstract Surreal Landscape Oil Painting for Sale on Bluethumb - Online Art Gallery, Australia. 92cm (W) x 61cm (H) - SOLD - Finalist in the Corangamarah Art Prize, Otway Estate Winery, Colac, 2011.
In celebration of the 17th anniversary of the launch and deployment of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers is releasing one of the largest panoramic images ever taken with Hubble's cameras. It is a 50-light-year-wide view of the central region of the Carina Nebula where a maelstrom of star birth - and death - is taking place. Hubble's view of the nebula shows star birth in a new level of detail. The fantasy-like landscape of the nebula is sculpted by the action of…
Leonardo da Vinci's Deluges and Maelstroms 'The series of drawings by Leonardo of a mighty deluge are among the most enigmatic and visionary works of the Renaissance. Modest in size and densely worked, each shows a landscape overwhelmed by a vast tempest. The drawings were probably made for his own satisfaction rather than as studies for any project.' The Royal Collection