Cthulhu has always been one of my favorite mythological characters. Created by H.P. Lovecraft in his story The Call of Cthulhu, and published in the periodical Weird Tales in 1928, Cthulhu is a malevolent entity that lives in the underwater city R’lyeh located in the South Pacific. According to the story, Cthulhu is the cause of all subconscious  human anxiety, and while he is currently asleep beneath the sea, the story holds that he will eventually return. 

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn. 

"The American Standard translation orders men to triumph over sin, and you can call sin ignorance. The King James translation makes a promise in ‘Thou shalt,’ meaning that men will surely triumph over sin. But the Hebrew word, the word timshel‘Thou mayest’ — that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’ — it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.” -John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Happy Birthday to my favorite American author. 

Milky Way above Crater Lake by Nagesh Mahadev. Crater Lake was formed about 6900 years ago when Mount Mazama erupted, rapidly vacating a massive magma chamber beneath the mountain and propelling ash and debris hundreds of miles away. As the magma chamber emptied, the mountain collapsed inward, reducing the 12,000-foot high peak by nearly a mile. The small stratocone in the center of the lake (Wizard Island) is a sign that the volcano is still active, yet highly subdued. 

Milky Way above Crater Lake by Nagesh Mahadev. Crater Lake was formed about 6900 years ago when Mount Mazama erupted, rapidly vacating a massive magma chamber beneath the mountain and propelling ash and debris hundreds of miles away. As the magma chamber emptied, the mountain collapsed inward, reducing the 12,000-foot high peak by nearly a mile. The small stratocone in the center of the lake (Wizard Island) is a sign that the volcano is still active, yet highly subdued.