Also known as a Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko, this tiny reptile will grow up to be a phenomenal master of camouflage with legs that look like branches and a tail that perfectly resembles dead, dry leaves. “Even zoo keepers have a hard time finding the lizards in their enclosure.”
Luc Sante titled his essay on Hugo—included in his book Kill All Your Darlings—after this drawing. Note that the tentacles form the letters V and H.
Hugo pasted this drawing into his own manuscript of Toilers of the Sea, where it corresponds to the following text:
At night, however, and particularly in the hot season, she becomes phosphorescent. This horrible creature has her passions, she awaits her submarine nuptials. She adorns herself, setting herself alight and illuminating herself; and from the height of some rock she may be seen in the deep obscurity of the waves below, expanding with a pale aureole — a spectral sun.
Urban explorer, Odin’s Raven, captures some of America and Europe’s most beautifully haunting abandoned places. The above photos are just a few examples of hundreds of stunning photographs in the collection: