Curiosity Cabinet

Three Things I’m Curious About This Week #29

This photo from American street photographer Vivian Maier. It’s a photo that could prompt a hundred stories. Maier’s personal story is also interesting. She took thousands of photos that were discovered in a storage locker after she died.

A black and white photograph of two young girls. The blonde girl has her arm around the brunette, there's a look of mischief in her eyes.
Photo by Vivian Maier.

There is something particularly fascinating about seeing ornate buildings that have been abandoned and are beginning to decay. Photographer Mirna Pavlovic has captured images of once opulent castles and villas that are falling into ruin.

An elaborately decorated villa that is falling to ruins. Dirt and rubble cover the floor. The ceilng is painted blue and the doorways and windows feature decorative architectural details.
Photo by Mirna Pavlovic

The echidna, or spiny anteater, which is native to Australia and Oceania. Like playtpuses, they are egg-laying mammals. Echidnas don’t have teeth and use their beak to find food. They also use their beaks to blow mucus bubbles, which may aid in thermoregulation.

An echidna, a round brown mammal with spines like a porcupine. It has small eyes and a pointy beak that contains its nostrils and mouth.
Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) by JJ Harrison, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons