Wallpapers: Images from other places and times
Below are some of my dabblings into the world science fiction themed art. Click on the previews for a full size image you can download for personal use. Comments and discussions are always welcome. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Enjoy!
commemoration of the amazing probe, mission and team of people
that put Cassini in orbit about Saturn and collected data for over
The current thinking today is that almost every star may have a planet or planets orbiting it, and with planets you're going to have moons. All this increases the opportunities for extraterrestrial life to evolve. This is amazing in its own right, but even more amazing to me is that these beings will have followed the same steps we have: first, explore their lands, then journey across their seas, and once they conquered the world they evolved on, they would look to the stars...
The Universe presents an almost infinite pallet from which to create life. Who's to say that there are not entities out there with the power to play with planets for amusement? I present for your contemplation, "Playthings".
Have they been here already? Have they added to their collection one by one and we've not noticed? Are they out there at all? Maybe one day we'll find out, until then, enjoy!
A habitable moon orbiting a ringed gas giant on the distant outskirts of a dazzling globular cluster - what a sight it would make in the night sky!
What would it look like to live on a planet orbiting a star inside a globular cluster? This image tries to show what such a planet might have as a night sky. Located some distance from the center of the cluster off to the right of the image, the sky is full of stars that provide enough light to easily read by. Deeper into the cluster the night sky would be even brighter.
An abstract representation of life on planet Earth in the 21st century. Let us all hope the storm abates soon...
Planets in the habitable zone around a star may have water on their surface in the form of liquid, ice or just water vapor. The planet in the image is mostly dry and arid except for occasional monsoon rains that leave behind temporary pools, which could potentially provide an oasis for life as long as the water is present. This life may be nothing more than simple bacteria or possibly more advanced lifeforms that have evolved to cope with the fleeting presence of life-giving water.
Twilight, that magical time when day melts into night and colors flow across the sky with abandon. The picture was based on an amazing sunset I saw a few months ago which left me in awe of Mother Nature and angry that I didn't have a camera to capture the moment.
"Twilight" is set on a planet not unlike our own, but it's really one of two moons orbiting a larger planet with a glorious galaxy floating in the background. Sit back, relax and enjoy!
We live in a simple solar system consisting of one star and at least 8 planets, depending on your definition of planet. The majority of stars not in the category of red dwarfs, exist in a binary system, two stars orbiting a common center of mass. There are also solar systems consisting of three, four or more stars, which makes for a very interesting environment if you happen to live on a planet in one of these multi-star systems. "Night" would take on a totally different meaning from what we know it to be -- if it were ever defined at all.
Enjoy Starry Night and think about living on a planet with endless daylight, and the wonders of the Universe we would never know about all for the lack of a night sky...
Sunset at Wellesly Island
Meanwhile, back on Earth, in the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River to be exact, the Sun is setting. No alien creatures, no binary stars or multiple moons, just a simple, beautiful sunset over the Lake of the Isles that is surrounded by Wellesly Island on the US side and Hill Island on the Canadian side. A beautiful place to visit if you ever have the opportunity.
Life - Not as We Know It
What's out there? Probably not bipedal, humanoid life with wrinkled foreheads, spotted faces and knobby noses so frequently depicted in modern sci-fi today. What may be out there is probably more bizarre than we can imagine. Take a look at what swims in our seas! (And, this is just what we know about.)
Below are two versions of the same scene depicting life on a watery planet, which exists near a sparkling globular cluster and nebula giving birth new stars. The two versions are basically the same scene but with very different atmospheres and consequentially very different lighting effects. I put both up for your viewing pleasure because I couldn't make up my mind which version I liked better! Let me know which one you prefer.
Extraterrestrials, as portrayed by popular media, typically either want to eat our brains or strip the natural resources from our planet. But, what if we are the technologically advanced civilization visiting a world that is just starting to be explored by its natives. Will we be intelligent or civilized enough not to interfere with the planet's inhabitants natural development?
Journey Far depicts explorers on distant planet leaving the shelter of their harbors and homes to discover the wonders their planet holds in store for them.
The eclipses we experience on Earth are due to the periodic alignment of our Sun, Moon and planet. We will have two solar eclipses in 2015: a total eclipse on March 20th, and a partial eclipse on September 13th. Since solar eclipses are followed shortly thereafter by lunar eclipses, there will also be two lunar eclipses in 2015: April 4th and September 28th.
Imagine the number of eclipses a planet with more than one moon (Jupiter and Saturn have over 50 moons each!) and/or in a binary or trinary star system would have! The image below shows a gas giant system with a number of moons, some of which have their own moons. Multiple eclipses are in process; can you find all five of them?
The current estimate of potentially habitable planets in the Milky Way galaxy is on the order of tens of billions - we aren't even considering the moons that might be orbiting these planets, and may have water and atmospheres conducive for life. Planet Rise shows a gas giant rising over an ocean teaming with life on one of its moons.
Take a ride through a wormhole! Theoretically, wormholes exist, but we've not seen one - yet. Then again, there's a lot out there in the Universe we haven't seen, but we are only starting to look. Who knows what we're going to find once we step beyond the bounds of our solar system.
Desert Oasis - Night and Morning
Two new wallpapers - same place, different times. I couldn't make up my mind which one I liked best so I'll leave the choice up to you!
Who knows what may be found on a planet in the habitable zone around a not too distant star. Blue sky, blue water, a temple paying homage to the local star that provides the energy for life on this planet. A place we could call home. It's out there--somewhere, waiting for us to find it...
Inspiration for my pictures comes from so many
different places. Blue Heron came one day in March when I
was attending an art exhibit of a very dear friend and AMAZING
Rhinevault. Tatiana had done this beautiful painting
of a blue heron wading in a small backwater on the Hudson
River. Tatiana's Blue
Heron just pulled me in and I had to see if I
could duplicate this wonderful image using Vue and GIMP.
After many, many hours, with countless tweaks, adjustments and
renders I finally realized that I would not be able to replicate
Tatiana's artistic interpretation of this beautiful nature
scene. My end result is below. If you follow the
link above you can see Tatiana's painting to compare. I
highly recommend you take a look at her website and enjoy the
amazing skill and depth Tatiana has. Unfortunately, the
pictures of her paintings do not do justice to the
originals. They need to be seen in person. Take a
few minutes and check out her site.
been with us since early man formed the first stone
tools. We tend to forget that as we journey through our
days with our cell phones, tablets, GPS and Internet--the
state-of-the-art. But, state-of-the-art is transitory,
and tomorrow's technology will make today's look
years ago, the ancient Egyptians were perfecting their
state-of-the-art in the construction of buildings we marvel at
today. The precision and scope of what they did on the
Giza Plateau with the Great Pyramid of Khufu amaze us today
with all of our modern science and technology. But, the
Egyptians developed their technology by first building mounds
for burial chambers, followed by single level structures --
mestabas, which evolved into multi-level structures known as
step pyramids, the Pyramid
of Djoser is a great example, and the pinnacle of their
achievements, the classic pyramids we see at Giza.
The image below celebrates that evolution, the intellect and the ingenuity of this ancient civilization.
the current estimate that one out of every five stars in our
Milky Way galaxy has an Earth-like planet in the habitable
zone, we may be looking at a minimum of
about 500 million planets in the galaxy that might harbor life
of some sort. This number is probably easily an order of
magnitude higher or more if we consider planets on the fringe
of the habitable zones and their moons.
Exile is about one poor sole in one such system that has been banished to a cold, wintery world where he can see his home planet rise every night -- not the large lifeless moon, but the distant pale blue dot, flanked by its two moons.
Change of Season
It's not too hard to imagine an extraterrestrial planet in some distant star system, with the right geological evolution and astronomical orientation, that its inhabitants have built their own version of Stonehenge to mark the change of seasons.
Are we the only creatures on this amazing planet that can appreciate the beauty of a full Moon floating above the horizon? This thought was the seed for this wallpaper of a pod of orcas pausing to take in the view. Sophisticated animals, with complex societies and language, killer whales may just be able to appreciate the world around them. Maybe someday we will be able share their thoughts on a rising Moon.
An early wallpaper,
working with Vue Esprit for the first time and combining alien
themes with one of my favorite topics - ancient Egypt.
Inspired by the majestic, mystical tree in the movie, "The Fountain". The movie has many amazing images, especially toward the end as they approach the Orion Nebula.
Earth's first probe to a planet in the habitable zone of a distant star, finds a moon that is Earth-like in many respects. But, this temple, built in homage to the ringed gas-giant that graces its skies, is all that remains of a long extinct civilization of that moon. We were too late...
the Past to the Future
The meeting of two icons of science fiction literature are here in this mash-up of Verne and Clark. Both men were visionaries of the capabilities of humankind.
Globular clusters are amazing spherical collections of old generation stars, like mini galaxies, which can contain hundreds of thousands of stars. It would be an amazing sight to visit a planet that was near enough to a cluster to see it dominate the night sky like a perpetual firework!
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