baku Origins: Chinese and Japanese Folklore Morphology: A furry creature with elephantine tusks and trunk. The fur is often striped like a tiger or zebra. Many believe early sightings of tapirs inspired this creature.
Fantasy gods (someone correct me if I'm wrong). Good bit of inspiration here- and I'm keen to discuss ideas with folks at any time if you want to comment below :D Edit: Gods from the "Theros" block of Magic the Gathering
This is an awesome picture. Supercell Thunderstorm by Sean Heavey, nationalgeographic: A supercell thunderstorm rolls across the Montana prairie at sunset. This was a winning shot in the 2010 National Geographic Nature Gallery Photo Contest.