Pictures from outer space are pretty much always amazing, but this latest photo released by NASA really got my attention.

It’s a shot of “frosted” sand dunes on Mars.  Taken in late winter, just enough sunlight is reaching these dunes in the southern hemisphere to start defrosting their seasonal cover of carbon dioxide.  The purple and black spots come from this pressurized gas escaping to the surface.  The white dots in the valleys between the dunes are large boulders.  I’m here on earth, blown away by what I’m seeing.

Mars sand dunes in late winter

Those undulations, those curves, those colors – it’s all just plain sexy.  I would seriously like to emulate this surface somewhere, somehow in my own work.  I would die for a surface like that in clay.  It’s truly inspiring.  ∆

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