A true oasis in the desert of southwest New Mexico, Gila Lower Box Canyon Wilderness Study Area is a lush thicket of cottonwood, willows and wildflowers. The area provides excellent birding with one of the highest bird diversities in the state. Spring and summer visitors also enjoy river recreation including tubing and fishing. Photo by Mike Howard, Bureau of Land Management.
i cannot believe i have only less than a month left to finish my first year at uni!!!! i have been the most inactive studyblr ever, but with all the uni work and some health issues i’ve been having it’s been really impossible, so far this year is not going as planned, but i guess we still have half of it and summer coming up soon!
here is a snippet of my work area and the views i have from here (click to expand), i cannot complain 😌 let me know how this year is going so far, i’d love to chat! (filter on pics is iphone’s fade hehe) 💛
I started a Polaroid series that I had been meaning to start a really long time called ‘Silicon Valley’. It’s where I take Polaroids of tech campuses in my area since I live at the heart of Silicon Valley, but i’m also planning on expanding the project with Polaroids of places that have been sitting in Silicon Valley since before Tech came in. A lot of the time, i’m only able to snap a few photos and leave because for some campuses, security is incredibly strict (even though i’m standing outside of the campus), or there isn’t much to see. I’m hoping to create a zine or a book in the near future to give people an idea of what these campuses look like, and to document these places since most Tech companies either last forever, or stick around for a few years, move away, or go out of business. One of the things I noticed while doing this project is that ‘Tech Tourism’ is a very real thing.
Campuses like Apple, Google, and Facebook were swarming with people from out of town wanting to walk on campus, explore, and take pictures for the Gram. If you ever plan on visiting any tech campus, please be very careful since it CAN be a trespassing issue. Some places I went to visit don’t even have a visitation area, and a lot of the time I just park my car, walk up, take a Polaroid and leave.
If you live within the viewing area, even
though most of the sun will be obscured by the moon, it’s essential to observe eye safety. This
includes using a proper solar filter or an indirect viewing method during ALL
phases of this eclipse.
An annular eclipse is the product of almost
the same celestial geometry as a total solar eclipse – that is, from the
perspective of some place on Earth, the moon crosses in front of the sun’s
But an annular eclipse is different in one important way – the moon is too far from Earth to obscure the sun completely, leaving the sun’s edges exposed and producing the “ring of fire” effect for which annular eclipses are known. Because the moon’s orbit is slightly oblong, its distance from Earth – and therefore its apparent size compared to the sun’s – is constantly changing.
Any time part, or all, of the sun’s surface
is exposed – whether during an annular eclipse, a partial eclipse, or just a
regular day – it’s essential to use
a proper solar filter or an indirect viewing method to view the sun. You
can NEVER look directly at the sun, and an annular eclipse is no
If you live in the Southern Hemisphere or
near the equator, check this
interactive map for partial eclipse times.
If you live in North America, you’ll have a
chance to see an eclipse later this year. On Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar
eclipse will cross the US – the first total solar eclipse in the contiguous US
in nearly 40 years! The path of totality for the August eclipse runs from coast
Within this narrow path of totality, the moon
will completely obscure the sun – unlike an annular eclipse – revealing the
sun’s outer atmosphere. People in other parts of North America will see a
partial solar eclipse, weather permitting. Find out what you can see during the
Aug. 21, 2017, eclipse in your area with our maps, and explore
the rest of eclipse2017.nasa.gov
for more information.
Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area in California includes expansive rolling hills of blue oak and lush forests surrounding the Sacramento River and its tributaries. The beautiful and diverse habitat – home to bald eagles, osprey, deer and salmon – offers natural beauty and solitude paired with numerous recreation opportunities. You can explore the area by foot, horseback, boat and bike, and then pitch a tent at the end of the day for stunning sunsets on your public lands. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).
Collating the responses received yesterday in regards to disability accommodation at zoos, it sounds like the biggest problem is that accessibility design aspects aren’t actually useful to the people who need to use them.
The biggest issues across facilities seemed to be:
Ramps / hills being too steep
Doors directly at the top of ramps / no push-bars on doors with accessible access
Ramps constructed out of hard materials to traverse in a wheelchair, like boardwalks
High prices for wheelchairs / lack of wheelchair reservations
Not enough benches, ever
No areas for service dog relief
Indoor exhibit spaces being too narrow for wheelchairs to navigate
Single steps up or down into exhibit areas precluding viewing from a wheelchair
Touch tank walls too high / wide for sitting patrons to reach across
Special attractions (especially giraffe feeding) only having stair access
I started looking into this because traversing a number of zoos this summer with a temporary mobility issue opened my eyes to some of the problem, but this is actually impressively worse - and much more widespread - than I thought.
I’ve decided to start curating a spreadsheet about accessibility information at zoos and aquariums in the United States so that folk can have as much information as possible when planning their trips to a facility. You can find the beginning of it here!
It currently has three pages: accessibility issues people will want to keep in mind, good accessibility design aspects, and facility information re: their guidelines, wheelchair rental costs, service animal policies, and any other accessibility options offered. I am absolutely looking for input from people about issues or good design they noticed during their visits to a facility - you can message the blog or email your thoughts to whyanimalsdothething at gmail. Please be as specific as you can with your contributions, because that’s to the benefit of anyone using the spreadsheet to plan their day.
Fall is here and Winter is coming! It’s time to get vaccinated!
I just got back from the clinic, because I was getting my *drum rolls* FLU SHOT!
Yes, that’s right everyone it’s FLU SEASON. We’re all busy people with busy lives so don’t forget to get your influenza shot for the 2017/2018 Winter :) No one has time to get sick or to have their children fall ill. The elderly and children are especially vulnerable to influenza and their demographic groups are most likely to die from the contagious disease.
So, to those who are not allergic to vaccines :) let’s all do our part in our beautiful communities to strengthen our heard immunity!
If insurance and cost are issues please check online to view your areas nearest minute clinics, free clinics, and mobile flu shot vans! There should be sources on government and independent websites (please don’t forget to double check with the hospital various organizations claim they are being sponsored by #IMPORTANT).
College students: check with your campuses for information on free vaccinations for registered students. Parents: check with your child’s school. Also, your job may pay for your flu shot as well. It’s wise to check your company policies.
(quick side note i also received another one of my HPV shots today… get vaxxed. save your life, save A life. xoxo)
Boundary Reservoir Recreation Area in eastern Washington is the perfect place for an outdoor adventure. Recreation activities include boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking, camping, hiking and nature viewing. You’re going to love soaking in the sun while bobbing on the waves of the calm, blue lake. Photo by Jeff Clark, Bureau of Land Management.
INFP: Somehow never noticed that shit was going down. Wanders into a group of zombies one day and is miraculously rescued by a valiant ENTJ. They ride off into the sunset, somehow finding a fairytale ending amidst the apocalypse
ENTP: Definitely caused the apocalypse
INTP: Holed up in the mountains by themselves, made a list of essential supplies but forgot most of them on the way out the door
ESFP: Followed an ESTP into danger. Was abandoned and turned into a zombie
ISFJ: Sacrificed themselves to save their kid. Ate their kid after they turned
ESTJ: “ALRIGHT LISTEN YOU IDIOTS, follow me if you want to live!” Establishes a town and defenses and sacrifices the rebellious to the zombies because ruling through fear is what these peasants need right now
ISTJ: Grimly does all of the mercy killing for townspeople who have been bitten but not turned because “Somebody has to do it.”
ENFJ: Entertains the children to distract them from the fact that everyone they know and love is dead or about to be
ISFP: Found a good hiding spot and some projectiles. Busy building a dead zombie wall around the town for added protection
ESFJ: Establishes a school because “The kids shouldn’t neglect their education just because the apocalypse is happening. Think of the future.”
INFJ: *Sigh* Well, I guess this is just how we live now. Might as well keep going
ENTJ: Establishes a competing town to ESTJ’s, strikes out quickly to gather and hoard all of the surrounding resources so they’re in the best strategic position
ISTP: Zombie-killing volunteer in ESTJ’s Army
ESTP: Indiscriminate-killing volunteer/raider in ENTJ’s Army
INTJ: Knew what ENTP was up to. Debated whether they would interfere, but ultimately curiosity won out. Set up a secluded area with a view of the crazy and a lifetime of supplies. Secreted their family away 6 months ago. Chillin’ and sipping a martini
ENFP: If anyone can befriend a zombie, ENFP is the one to try! Unfortunately nobody can befriend a zombie so…
Sam sits on a tiny chair in a small room, wrists in handcuffs resting on the table in front of him. He’s been waiting for the better part of three hours without so much as a hello from anyone. He’s got a pretty good idea of what’s happening, at least the basics. He can’t say he wasn’t expecting to be brought in for questioning, he was, however, unprepared for the SWAT team knocking down the door to the mobile office at their construction site.
He takes a deep breath, running his hands through his hair. While he’s not new to being on this side of the law, he’s never been left to sweat in the box for this long.
Any tips for an undergrad majoring in Art History?? and careers I can pursue with an Art History degree?? I thank you for your time : )
Hey! Unfortunately I can’t give you any direct tips for surviving an Art History degree (I’ll start studying next year though, yay) and I envy you! I did do some googlin’ for you and found a helpful blog. You’ve probably already seen it, but in case it’s got some new info here’s two helpful links:
As for what you can do with your degree, I love this question. I got told growing up that “there’s nothing you can do with an art degree but become a failed artist,” but shockingly there’s a lot of paths you can branch out to! A degree in art can lead to all kinds of design - visual art, furniture, interior, and clothing - or gallery and museum work. You can become the person that saves centuries old paintings, or you can work privately for an art lover and consult him on what to buy, or you can go on to become a teacher and inspire the next generation of artists. I’ll also give some links as to what the jobs entail in case you’d like more info, or just link to know what the heck the job actually is. Some of these jobs will be really similar to others, but different areas of the world view them a bit different, or they’re a bit more specific:
Something I do know, however, is one of the biggest things employers look for in all of these fields is (brace yourself) experience. Lucky for us art lovers, museums and art galleries are always looking for volunteers. I know in Melbourne, a lot of smaller galleries are run on volunteers. I recommend (if you haven’t already) to look for museums or galleries and ask them if there is anything you can help out with, that will help you build up your experience for the art world. There’s all kinds of things they can ask you to do. At museums they ask for help from anything like directing tours, to helping with the gardens. At art galleries you can help set up installments, or even become part of them.
I hope this answer helped even a little bit. Good luck with your studies!
Curecanti National Recreation Area in Colorado is a series of three reservoirs along the once wild Gunnison River. The reservoirs that make up Curecanti today are a destination for water-based recreation high in the Rocky Mountains. Best known for salmon and trout fishing, Curecanti also offers opportunities for hiking, boating, camping and bird watching. Start planning your trip now. Photo by Alex Stephens, Bureau of Reclamation.
PART 1 IS FINALLY HERE!!! This comic is from @insanitysbloomings ‘ fanfic“Back To Us,” which takes place 7 years after Hawk Moth’s defeat and the heroes go their separate ways. When a new villain appears after 7 years of relative peace, they find that they don’t have as much in common as they used to… Dun dun DUUUUUUUN~!
It’s seriously an awesome story! When @insanitysbloomings got randomly chosen for my giveaway I had no idea she had such an amazing fanfic already! I’m totally hooked on it now and follow her updates religiously! （＞▽＜）
I originally wasn’t planning on making it as big as it is now. It’ll be 4 parts total, or 5 depending on whether I decide to split one up into 2 and they’re mostly drawn out, they just need to be colored now.
Anyway, this scene was literally THE perfect excuse for me to practice the 2 things I’ve been wanting to work on, 1) Drawing expressions, and 2) Coloring nighttime settings. And since it’s from a fanfic I really like, it’s been really fun! I may not color the rest of the comic quite like this, but we’ll see what happens.
Obviously, I took some liberties with Ladybug’s costume. The original isn’t as fun to draw and I like redesigning stuff. ;P
I had to look up reference pictures of the top of the Eiffel Tower to figure out where to stick these guys… there aren’t a lot of places to sit way up there, once you go past a certain height!
So I decided to have them sit on the ledge outside the top viewing area of the tower; I remembered it from the Guitar Villain episode. (I KNOW YOU ALL REALLY, REALLY CARE ABOUT THAT LITTLE DETAIL!!! MWAHAHA XD)