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American Museum of Natural History Photo 2018-02-18 01:14

The shocking pink dragon millipede (Desmoxytes purpurosea) was discovered in the 2000s, in a limestone cavern in Thailand. Its bright colors are intriguing and eye-catching, but they signal “do not eat” to potential predators. This spiny critter is highly toxic, producing hydrogen cyanide in its defensive glands. Another fun fact about these arthropods: they smell like almonds, a scent often associated with cyanide production. Photo: Chulabush Khatancharoen

National Gallery of Art Photo 2018-02-17 16:55

The densely layered image of "Slum Gardens No. 3" signals claustrophobia. A large tree with a thick, spiked vine winding its way up the trunk defines the right side of the work. Weeds and flowers blanket the bottom half of the image, almost obscuring the wooden shack (left) and the staircase. Plants invade a picket fence and piece of railing in the lower foreground. We sense that the vegetation will soon overtake the entire area, turning the "garden" into a neighborhood menace. "Slum Gardens No. 3" is not a view of a specific place; rather, it visualizes the concept of "slums" from regions around the world. The overgrowing landscape serves as a metaphor for the lack of attention paid to impoverished neighborhoods. Not only are the physical environments of such areas neglected, but, as Norman's drawing suggests, its social and economic problems are ignored as well. #BlackHistoryMonth Joseph Norman, "Slum Gardens No. 3," 1990, charcoal on wove paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of the Sandra and Charles Gilman, Jr. Foundation in memory of Dorothea L. Leonhardt