This Beautiful Red Plume Is Your Next Desktop Background. But What Is It?

Is it a wonderful new Christmas decoration come too late? Blood plunging into a pool of bath water? Or has someone just dropped the ketchup in the sink?

Turns out it's actually nothing quite as excitng. It's just boring old red ink dropped into water. But it is beautiful red ink, lit wonderfully and captured with delicate precision by Italian illustrator and graphic designer Alberto Seveso.

The best thing? A selection of these photographs, with different colors of ink, are available to download as high-res wallpaper images here. Don't say we never give you anything. [Alberto Seveso via Colossal]