but i find this animal so fascinating

5 Reasons why it's canon that the Inner Circle members are Feyre and Rhys’ kids:

#1 AWKWARD TENSION AKA When Mommy and Daddy Fight

Rhys said smoothly, “I’m not entirely sure Velaris is prepared for Nesta Archeron.” “My sister’s not some feral animal,” I snapped. Rhys recoiled a bit, the others suddenly finding the carpet, the divan, the books incredibly fascinating.

#2 Mommy Feyre not bothering to hide who’s her favorite son

“Honestly,” I said to Lucien, who wordlessly stacked a pile of buttery green beans onto his plate but didn’t touch it, perhaps marveling at the simple fare, so at odds with the overwrought dishes of Spring, “Azriel is the only polite one.” A few cries of outrage from Mor and Cassian, but a ghost of a smile danced on the shadowsinger’s mouth as he dipped his head and hauled a platter of roast beets sprinkled with goat cheese toward himself. “Don’t even try to pretend that it’s not true.”

#3 Cassian struggling with the burden of being the youngest child and therefore mostly ignored…

“Do you know,” Cassian drawled to her, “that the last time I got into a brawl in this house, I was kicked out for a month?” Nesta’s burning gaze slid to him, still outraged—but hinted with incredulity. He just went on, “It was Amren’s fault, of course, but no one believed me. And no one dared banish her.” She blinked slowly.

#4 Daddy Rhysand getting worried over his son an wife

“Shout down the bond when you’re out again,” Rhys said with a mildness that didn’t reach his gaze. Cassian looked back over a shoulder. “Get back to Velaris, you mother hen. We’ll be fine.”

#5 Kids unable to stand their ‘gross’ parents

I smiled, and he leaned in smoothly to brush a kiss to my cheek. Mor muttered a plea for mercy from mates.

Cassian stalked through the front door a heartbeat later and groaned that it was too early to stomach the sight of us kissing. My mate only snarled at him before he took us both by the hand and winnowed us to the Prison.

Quotes taken from ACOWAR by Sarah J. Maas


anonymous asked:

:0 a mc who can talk to animals rfa+v+saeran reaction hcs?

This is my first magic request I’m cryi ng thank you anon!! This may be a little bare but I love this request-

Zen

  • ohhhhh boy he finds it enchanting
  • Is honestly just in love with your ability
  • Loves to compare you to Disney princesses
  • And makes you a goddamn flower crown bc you’re his Disney princess now, no exceptions

Yoosung

  • So interested!! you gotta tell him more about this
  • Plus it’d help to no end with his job-//shot
  • You gotta ask every stray animal if they’re okay from now on
  • And everytime you do he just gets so excited oh my god

Jumin

  • It’s such a strange idea to him, really
  • I mean he’s never really believed in magic before
  • But he honestly can’t get over how fascinating you are?
  • You’ve untangled his brain but you’re even more deep than he thought it’s amazing wth
  • Also you know he’s going to ask about what Elizabeth 3rd is saying

Jaehee

  • She’s so intrigued?
  • And really wants to know about how it happened, how it works, can you just do it or are there other things to it?
  • Just tell her everything about it it’s so amazing
  • She loves seeing you talking to animals

Seven

  • Straight away asking you if you can gather up an army of cats
  • He has to rise up and take Elly from Jumin sOMEHOW
  • He’s always thought you were so unique and wonderful and?? you really are wow
  • Loves to constantly ask what every animal near you is saying, and just wants to buy every animal in the world so you never get any peace

Saeran

  • He didn’t really think this sort of thing was possible
  • And he doesn’t really show much interest?
  • At least on the outside
  • He finds it so cute when you’re talking to animals, even if he won’t admit it?
  • It makes him lowkey smile help him

V

  • He thinks you’re so amazing regardless of ability but this is just amazing
  • Even though he never asks you what animals are saying, he’s pretty curious about it
  • But he’s convinced that you’re just this angel that’s too pure for the world now
  • There’s no way around it

“Rhys said smoothly, “I’m not entirely sure 
Velaris is prepared for Nesta Archeron.”
“My sister’s not some feral animal,” I snapped.
Rhys recoiled a bit, the others suddenly finding the carpet, the divan, the books incredibly fascinating. “I didn’t mean that.”
I didn’t answer.”

THIS IS EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED. They’re sisters. Feyre can talk crap about her sister. No one else can. That is the rule of sisterhood *glances at my own annoying sisters* I will kill anyone who says a bad word about them. 

Seriously though, I am so happy about this. Feyre loves her sister. Feyre loves Rhys. Rhys loves Feyre. But she is not having this, and that is important to me. 

Also, I need some friction/disagreements between Feyre and Rhys in ACOWAR. Just to keep them on their toes and ya know, personal development. And for the dramzzz. 

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So I got this idea due to an conversation with @starshiphufflebadger and my own experience in the zoo. I’d totally would have climbed into the enclosure of the red pandas if it wasn’t illegal.


„You’re so fluffy! I want to cuddle you!“

„You said that to almost every animal we saw Y/N. Stop talking and get going, I’d like to actually get through the Zoo today and not spend the night here“, the CMO grumbles and pushes you softly through the mass of people to the next cage.

„The rise of pitch and the extra grumpiness in your voice leads me to the assumption that you seem to be rather jealous of those animals Ensign Y/L/N seems to find so fascinating and fluffy“, Spock states while staring blankly and seemingly uninterested into the next cage, trying to find the animal that hides in there.

“Yeah Bones, jealous that you’re not the one getting cuddled?”, the captain adds from somewhere behind you guys.

“Absolutely not! First of all: None of them are getting cuddled, because if they were, we’d have a bigger problem, namely trying to tear Y/N of those poor bastards. And, for your information, I can get cuddled as much as I want!”

“So not getting cuddled is a problem for you doctor?” Sulu suddenly appears with an arm around Chekov and popcorn in his hand.

“May I also add that breaking down in tears in Christine’s lap and demanding to be petted is not really a synonym for getting cuddled, it’s more a synonym for being annoying?”, Nyota points out as she appears behind Spock and puts an arm around his waist.

“When exactly did this turn into a round of: Annoy the doctor as much as you can?!”

“When you made fun of me wanting to pet these lovely animals. Oh my god! They’re so fluf-”, you start to cry out, as Chekov points to the little red panda babies that were hiding in the trees.

“Don’t you dare Y/N.” The doctor shoots you a deadly glare.

“-fy! I want to cuddle them!”

While the doctor raises his hands in desperation and groans the rest of the crew laughs.

“You know what?”, Leonard says as he holds you back and waits for the others to pass you. “Let’s make a deal. If you make it through the rest of the zoo without stopping too long by each cage I’ll buy you a stuffed animal of your choice at the end of the day in one of the shops, that you’ll be allowed to cuddle as much as you want on the ship.”

“Deal!”, you grin and shake his hand. “But really Len, if you want to be cuddled, you don’t need to get angry or jealous first! Just say something!”

And with a cheeky grin and wink you follow the others through the zoo, letting a blushing doctor behind, thinking about what kind of animal you’ll let him buy for you.

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Adventures of Not Bad Joe Trohman in Hogwarts…..

- Drinking the night away after curfew on astronomy tower with your bro..
(“What will your vegan straight-edge boyfriend say about this, Trohman”
 “You should be worrying about yourself getting in trouble with Minnie and Patrick tomorrow.”)
- Favourite classes being Care of Magical Creatures and Arithmancy. And just looking after the hippogriffs with Hagrid.
- Patronus being a koala bear ( because he loves them so much)

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Life as a Microscopist -  Q & A with Igor Siwanowicz

“Life as a microscopist” is a series about men and women behind the microscopes. I was very honored to exchange a few messages with Igor Siwanowicz - scientist, photographer and microscopist - who gives us some insight into the biology of the tiny organisms he likes to study, and how he became interested in them and in microscopy. It was all so interesting, I kept everything. Enjoy.

1) About your winning entry at the Nikon Small World: can you tell us more about that organism?

Aquatic bladderworts prefer clean, nutrient-poor ponds and lakes; they satisfy their nitrogen needs by trapping minute prey – water fleas, copepods, rotifers etc.  – in specialized organs called bladders, which are considered the most sophisticated trapping organs in the plant kingdom, a true testimony to evolution’s ingenuity.

Finding the specimen was one of those serendipitous events – I stumbled upon bladderwort while collecting dragonfly nymphs for my research in a pond located few miles away from my institute (Janelia Research Campus of HHMI in Ashburn, Virginia). Perhaps it is the perversion of the role reversal when a plant is devouring an animal that makes flesh-eating plants so interesting; I have been fascinated with carnivorous plants since early childhood – watching “Little Shop of Horrors” might have something to do with igniting my fascination. Admittedly, bladderwort is – at the first glance - far less spectacular than, say, a Venus flytrap or a pitcher plant; when magnified though its trap reveals amazing complexity.
I had a very fruitful run with this plant – with the samples I collected I was able to produce a series of images, and several of them won prizes.

This pictures depicts the awesomeness of the bladderwort trapping organ and scored the 1st place in 2013 Olympus Bioscapes contest.
The image shows the inside of a trap of the aquatic carnivorous plant, humped bladderwort (Utricularia gibba). Several elements of the bladder’s construction are visible in the image, giving some insight into working of this tiny – only 1.5 mm long – but elaborate suction trap. The driving force behind the trapping mechanism is hydrostatic pressure: the plant “cocks” the trap by pumping water out of the bladder, accumulating potential energy in its thick and flexible walls like in the limbs of a bow. Specialized cells called bifid and quadrifid glands are responsible for the task of active transport of water. They line the inner walls and are visible in the image as bright-blue elongated shapes. An unsuspecting prey – usually a tiny aquatic arthropod – is guided toward the trapdoor by antenna-like branches surrounding the entrance. Quite literally, the trap has a “hair trigger” – touching one of the trigger hair cells extending from the bottom of the trapdoor (their bases are visible right in the center of the upper half as 4 small bright circles; they are much better visible in the Nikon contest image where you can see the entrance to the trap (or the bladderwort’s “mouth”)) causes the entrance – or “valve” – to bulge inward. Once the equilibrium is disturbed, the walls rapidly spring back to their initial position and the prey is sucked in within a millisecond (1/1000th of a second), experiencing acceleration of 500 G! In the image, the valve resembles a mosaic-covered Byzantine arch; it is made of a single layer of tiny, densely packed cells regularly arranged in concentric fashion. Once inside, the prey dies of anoxia and is digested by enzymes secreted by the bifid and quadrifid glands.

The intricately shaped objects visible in the lower part of the image are those aforementioned green algae called desmids; two species belonging to the genus Micrasterias and three species of Staurastrum can be identified. Various authors have described algae in Utricularia traps as commensals (algae that thrive and propagate in the nutrient-rich interior of the trap), symbionts (bladderwort benefits from the carbohydrates produced by algae) or as prey. Recent studies show that algae are able to survive only inside older, inactive traps; more than 90% are killed inside vivid, young traps. It may be that late in the season when I collected the specimens, most of the traps were already inactive, which could explain why the trapped desmids seemed to be doing fine.

2) How did you start in the field of microscopy? Do you think that microscopy can be considered a form of art?

My interest in natural sciences and nature photography were developing simultaneously - my parents are biologists and I grew up surrounded by biology textbooks. I enjoyed browsing through the illustrations and photographs long before I learned how to read. It wasn’t until 14 years ago – 2 years into my PhD studies - that I bought my first camera and found myself on the supply side of nature photography, with the special focus on macro technique. I quickly realized that microscopy would perfectly complement that activity and give me an even more intimate perspective of my “models.”

Six years ago - after abandoning protein biochemistry and moving to the field of neurobiology - I finally gained an access to a confocal microscope. For the past four years I’m spending most of my working hours imaging various bits of invertebrate anatomy – mostly dragonflies, since that is our group’s model organism. In this way I managed to merge my extracurricular expertise of macro photography and insect anatomy with scientific approach.

Although it is not the primary objective of scientific visual data, surprisingly many research-related images have aesthetic merit; to fully appreciate the beauty of those often abstract and surreal forms one needs to approach them with an open mind. A French polymath and philosopher of science Jules Henri Poincare said that “the scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful”. Not many scientists these days have the privilege and comfort to apply this somewhat utopist approach to their research, but lots do share the appreciation of beauty and are fully aware of the aesthetic aspects of their work. The marriage of scientific approach and artistic talent can be best exemplified by awe-inspiring work of Ernst Haeckel, who’s “Artforms from Nature” is a continuous source of inspiration for me.

Olympus And Nikon contests are organized with such people in mind. Images are rewarded for the artistic merit and visual aspects on par with and often above their scientific importance; that definitely grants those contests a broad appeal among non-experts and contributes to redeeming the image of science as a somber, wonder-less, unexciting affair utterly unintelligible for a layperson.

A bit about sample preparation and data collecting:

Back in the laboratory I embedded isolated traps in agar-agar gel and cut them into 0.5 mm-thick slices with a vibrating razor blade. Due to the chance component inherent to the process, in only 6 out of two dozen or so specimens, the razor passed either through the midline to produce two nearly equal halves, or through the plane parallel to the bladder’s trapdoor – a satisfactory success rate.

To produce the image, I used a laser scanning confocal microscope, a device that collects images in a very different way than a brightfield microscope (your standard biology class microscope). The confocal microscope is a fluorescent microscope; it means that the imaged specimen is illuminated (excited) with light of certain wavelength and emits light of a different, longer wavelength. The source of the excitatory light is a laser; a confocal microscope can be equipped with several lasers producing light of different frequencies (i.e., wavelength, or simply color), since each fluorescent molecule (a pigment that emits light) used in research only absorbs certain specific wavelengths of light. The specimen is illuminated, point by point, by a focused laser beam that moves somewhat like an electron beam producing the familiar scanned image on the phosphorescent surface of a cathode-tube TV or computer monitor. The light emitted from the specimen is collected by the objective and passes through a pinhole aperture that cuts off stray rays of light arriving from fragments of the sample that are not in focus – only light that is emitted from the very thin area (optical slice) within the focal plane can pass. Emitted light is then detected by the microscope’s photodetector (photomultiplier), and the image is reconstructed – point by point – on the computer screen. Because most specimens are much thicker than the focal plane, a series of images - called a “stack” - is collected by moving the specimen up or down. From those images, a three-dimensional image of the sample can be reconstructed.

In most cases samples have to be made fluorescent by the use of dyes or conjugated antibodies specifically binding certain intra- or extracellular structures. To be able to image cellulose (building material of plant’s cell walls) I used Calcofluor White, a dye first used in the textile industry for its propensity for binding cellulose fibers but then abandoned because of its toxicity; Calcofluor still finds use in medicine for identification of fungal pathogens in animal tissues.

A confocal microscope “sees” the sample very differently than we do - to our eyes the specimens appear very different than the final image. The amount of ultraviolet light in sunlight is – fortunately! – too low to appreciably excite Calcofluor, and all we see is green from the natural pigment chlorophyll. When illuminated with UV light (405 nm), the dye present in cell walls glows bluish-green. The same short wavelength light is absorbed by chlorophyll, which emits red light.

To produce the image, I recorded emission in three channels (colors) simultaneously. Assignment of the color in the captured image to any given channel is purely arbitrary; however, I do assign blue to the channel recording light of the shortest wavelength, green and red in similar fashion, in the “natural” order. Combining the three channels - three prime color images – into one produces the whole palette of colors – in effect, it is like the microscope had trichromatic “vision,” just as we do.

Bonus : Rotifers !

Thanks a lot to Igor Siwanowicz for all the information, kind words and amazing images.
The series #life as a microscopist can be seen on frontal-cortex.tumblr.com

gecko097  asked:

1,3,13,21&24 for the VC asks

Oh my gosh yes

1. When did you start collecting? So I’ve always been into collecting things since I was young. I would always go to this one tide pool beach and grab different shells, sea urchin skeletons, and crustacean shells - if you count those as vulture finds. I started cleaning my own skulls and buying real dead things only a couple of years ago.

3 - What’s your favorite thing to collect? It would definitely have to be skulls. I love how they always look like they’re smiling and how they’re so similar to the animal yet so alien as well. Fascinating. 

13 - If you could have any animal part in your collection what would you want the most? Oooh, well I like lots of skulls with antlers. A w.olf skull would definitely be very cool, along with a pelt possibly. Man, some birds of prey would be awesome. I’m imagining a condor skull. But what would I want the most? Probably a big carnivorous dinosaur articulation all to myself!

21 - What’s the biggest mistake you made while cleaning something? Ugh so I was cleaning one of my first skulls and I was tired of macerating it. Deciding it was warm enough and nothing would be able to take it if it was in my backyard, I simply left it out to rot a little bit more in the garden. Two days later the Worm King took it. I didn’t learn my lesson and did it again with another skull. I’ll never bow down to the King.

24 - What’s one of your strangest finds? Nothing too strange yet, but the funniest one would have to be the time where I was climbing around the cliffs near by beach and down in the sand (too far down of a place to reach) was a dead d.eer that was so bloated that all four of it’s legs were sticking straight up in the air. I shouldn’t have laughed as hard as I did. Maybe I’ll go back but I’m sure it was swept up by the surf.

Sterek Fic Rec List

Here it is, once and for all, my Sterek fic rec list.

I recommend if you’re just getting into Sterek fic, that you start with two fics, an AU & the fic that would have been the perfect way to make Sterek canon, but ya know…I don’t run the world yet.

The canon fic that’s the perfect intro is “Will to Follow Through” by owlpostagain. It’s a really lovely look at Stiles moving on from Lydia and towards Derek. It actually features Danny (he’s not missing!) heavily and stays so very spot on in terms of characters. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

The AU fic that can’t be missed is “Play Crack the Sky” by WearetheCyclones. A band AU, this fic will attack your emotions in the best possible way. If you have someone that you’re trying to convince to try Sterek, this is the fic you want. It’s gateway Sterek at its best.

The rest of these are in no particular order and though I may not write about all, I absolutely recommend each and every one though as fics I’ve reread many times over. If you need more than this, check out my bookmarks on AO3. If I’ve bookmarked it, I consider that a recommendation.

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magicdreamthanks  asked:

Hi :) 11 & 18 for the ask game?

THANK YOU FRIEND <3

1. tell us about your first crush?

I was 9 and she was 12 and I just wanted to be around her all the time because she fascinated me. I don’t remember that much, just how cool she seemed…

18. what’s your favorite parts of lgbtq characterization in media?

I find the whole Feminist!Animal-loving!Lesbian!Nerd! trope entertaining because it’s over-the-top but also that IS me, so…

MOVIE NIGHT

Crappy Roommates AU

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“I thought we were all gonna see ‘Masterpiece Defaced’,” Ava looked back at each unhappy face as they stood in line.

Movie night, every other Wednesday night, was a tradition the four roommates just sort of fell into.  It was a night close to payday, and each still had some leftover money from buying common household necessities, thus allowing each to contribute. One would pay bus fare, two would buy food and drinks, and the last would purchase the movie tickets. Whoever paid for the tickets was the one who chose the movie, thus leaving no room for complaints.

It was Ava’s turn to buy tickets, and everyone was complaining.

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(posting a video on mobile is a little tricky, bear with me if this post doesn’t work)

I just remembered this video today and I thought some other therians/kin out there might appreciate it.

Most children’s movie sequels are godawful, but I really liked Balto 2. They didn’t mindlessly rehash shit from the first movie, and I felt the plot was pretty good. Hell, I really liked, and still do really like, almost any media centering around canines haha.

I remember being about 6 or 7 and just being utterly fascinated by this scene, I kept rewinding it and replaying it over and over.

Not even a hundred percent sure what it is that’s etched this video into my head so much, but the whole theme of animal spirit guides and self discovery applies just as potently today for me as it did way back then.
Finding out “who you really are” is a motivation for a lot of therian/otherkin beings, and it certainly is for me too, so I guess that could be why this scene always struck a chord.

It’s a beautiful song as well, and the animation and color in this scene is really lovely.

Also, cartoon canines. That’s always a plus for me at least!

Give Me Love - Chapter Fourteen

Chapter One | Chapter Two | Chapter Three | Chapter Four | Chapter Five | Chapter Six | Chapter Seven | Chapter Eight | Chapter Nine | Chapter Ten | Chapter Eleven | Chapter Twelve | Chapter Thirteen |

Only around three more chapters to go I think! I hope you like this, and again feel free to let me know what you think. Thanks for reading <3

(P.S - I posted three new chapters in quite quick succession last week, so it might be a good idea to go back and make sure you haven’t missed any parts)

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anonymous asked:

Hi! I came across your blog somehow and (absolutely no disrespect but) I'm confused. Could you explain what you do/why a bit? Do you just pick up things in nature? Do you keep the bones for decoration or what would you do with skulls and such? Thank you so much!

Hi Anon! No worries! Thank you for the interesting question! I’m afraid my response is pretty dang ramble-y, haha, but hopefully I’ll get your questions answered.

I’ve been fascinated by all things natural history-related for as long as I can remember and starting from a very early age I was always exploring nature and filling my pockets with whatever little treasures I could find. Interesting rocks, fossils, pretty leaves, you name it, it came home with me to be studied and drawn and admired. I was eight or so when I found my first skull while out roaming the woods near my home and it was love at first sight. I brought it back and showed it to my parents who always supported and encouraged my love of the natural world and they were wonderful and understanding enough to let me keep it. After that I was hooked and always on the hunt for more.

Twenty years later and not much has changed! I’m constantly dragging home roadkill to clean or out roaming through woods, fields, creeks, and ravines looking for dead treasures. Friends and family frequently call or text me asking if I want a bone or carcass they found and I also haunt a lot of flea markets, junk stores, and yard sales on the hunt for oddities. I buy them online too! From fellow collectors or other people that have just found them in nature. I also buy from farmers, hunters, or taxidermists that are doing their best to make use of the entire animal or in some completely opposite cases, just throwing them away. I love getting to salvage those skulls, clean them up, and give them a new life, either with myself in my own collection or with someone else that will appreciate them.

I do keep some of the specimens I find—I’ve got over 200 skulls in my collection and many bones, skeletons, antlers, horns, and other oddities—but many of them go to my Etsy shop. I opened my shop back in 2010 and not only has it been my main means of income but it’s also been an incredibly rewarding way to get to share all of these wonderful pieces with hundreds of people across the country—and internationally in the case of fossils and minerals!—who will also get to enjoy them. I’ve sold specimens that were used in television shows and major motion pictures, provided pieces for museum displays, gotten to put together custom curiosity collections to be gifts people give to family and friends for holidays and celebrations, I’ve been honored to get to memorialize pets by painting their skulls for their owners, I’ve helped people track down specimens they’ve been looking for for years and so on and I love every minute of it.

As for the why, I collect skulls and bones because I think they are beautiful. No two are alike and it’s amazing to see the variation of shapes and sizes from species to species and even within a species.

I appreciate them from an artistic aspect and I enjoy using them for study and reference in my artwork. I recently even had a chance to teach a class about how to draw skulls to some great kids at a local art school. I took a huge box full of skulls with me for the kids to check out and they loved getting to see and touch them. And someday I’ll have an enormous book about skulls ready to share with you guys. I’m four hundred or so illustrations into it at this point and many of the skulls in my own collection have modeled for it!

Some times I make the skulls themselves into art. I think a natural, unpainted skull is a work of art all on its own so I only like to paint broken or imperfect ones to try and breathe a little new ‘life’ into them.

I also appreciate them from a biological aspect. You can learn an incredible amount about an animal by looking at its bones and if you do this long enough then the bones begin to speak to you and they will tell you the animal’s story. The sutures in this skull are completely fused and the teeth are worn down to nothing so this animal lived for many years or these bones were broken but reknit themselves back together and the animal lived on in spite of a horrific injury that should have killed it. This animal was a male, this one was a female, this was a juvenile, here’s what this animal ate before it died, this one was pregnant, this one had cancer, this one had a tooth abscess, and on and on and on and I just find all of that fascinating and I love getting to share some of those stories with you guys here on this blog.

So there is a long and rambling response to your questions that probably contains more info that you cared to know, haha. But I hope that helped give you an idea of of why I do what I do!

But we humans are an integral part of the lives of domestic dogs, and we can’t fully relate to a domestic dog without taking our own species into account. The more you love your dog, the more you need to understand human behavior. The good news, speaking as a biologist, is that our species is as fascinating as any other. I find myself just as enamored of Homo sapiens as I am of Canis lupus familiaris, because even when we humans are idiots, we’re interesting ones. So I invite all of you to show our own species the same patience and compassion that we show dogs. After all, dogs seem to like us a lot, and I have the utmost respect for their opinion.
—  The Other End of the Leash, Patricia  McConnell

This pretty little guy is my special one just because he somehow marks the beginning of my fascination with bones in general.

It’s simply a dog skull I accidentally found while taking a walk in the woods. I was both shocked and charmed with my finding because I’ve never encountered a dead animal so exposed and so vulnerable. It was a cruel but truly a magical sight. I took discreet care about the dog’s body and felt that his poor soul wouldn’t mind to become my loyal companion in the form of a beautiful skull. c: 

Thankfully taking him home, I was wondering about the ways of cleaning and preserving the skull. I read a great number of amazingly helpful tips on the subject that day on the internet (including finding out about your blog and etsy shop, which really helped me too), and that made me completely fall in love with bones’ grace. :3

(I’m really sorry if there are some mistakes in my story - English is not my native language. And thank you so much for this chance to share our dear pieces’ stories with you!)

anonymous asked:

Unfollowing for the picture of bear pelts, trapping is detrimental to the ecosystems we love so much and shouldn't be glorified. Leave no trace ✌🏼️

Absolutely - trapping and poaching is terrible for the ecosystem, morals, and animal population. I absolutely agree.
However that photo I posted, is from the 1900’s taken in Alaska. Where they had little food, cold winters, and used all useable parts. Isn’t that part of “Leave no Trace”?
I find history fascinating, including that photo, whether it be bad or good.

There’s a difference between hunting for sport, and hunting for survival.

Quite Possibly the Most Obscure Topic We Have Ever Written About.

‘Hoy, everyone! Wander again. During my research for the History of Nintendo series, I came across quite a few curiosities that even I didn’t know much about before. Among these was the Satellaview, an add-on for the Super Famicom. I had heard about it before, but didn’t know many of the details. But when I started learning more about it, I realized that the Satellaview was a much more interesting device than I expected. In addition to letting you download games from SPACE and livestreaming content via radio broadcast, this peripheral had a surprisingly robust user interface. This was contained in a very special cartridge that was used in conjunction with the Satellaview; it stored your downloaded games, but had a bit more to it as well. We’ll be talking about that today, in a new installment of…

Namae o Nusumareta Machi: “The Town Whose Name Was Stolen”

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"I Want"

One musical theatre convention that I love is the “I Want” song.  Almost every American musical has an “I Want” song, sung by the protagonist, usually early on.  This song establishes the character and their desires that will motivate their actions for the rest of the show.  Of course, any song (and any line for that matter) should teach us more about the characters and their objectives.  But nothing provides insight into the character quite like a good “I Want” song.  It, more than anything, shows us what these characters value above all.

Some good examples of this type of song would be “Somewhere That’s Green” from Little Shop of Horrors, “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story, “The Wizard and I” from Wicked, “Maybe” from Annie, and “Not For the Life of Me” from Thoroughly Modern Millie.

I’d like to go through the Disney princesses and point out their “I Want” songs.  By looking at these songs we can determine what the princesses’ deepest desires are.  People tend to say that all the princesses dream of getting rescued by a knight in shining armor.  But really they each have different goals.

Snow White “I’m Wishing”- She wishes her true love would come and find her. She sings about how she dreams of the nice things he’ll say to her. Snow White is basically enslaved by her cruel stepmother at this point, so she yearns for someone kind to take her away.  “Someday My Prince Will Come” serves the same purpose, except then she has a specific person in mind, since she has already met her prince.

Cinderella “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes”- Cinderella believes that if she stays hopeful, then her bad luck will turn around, and she will get the happier life she dreams of.  This is a little different because instead of specifically outlining what she wants out of life, she is saying she truly believes her life will get better someday.

Aurora “I Wonder”- She wants someone to come find her and love her. Aurora observes how even the little birds seem to all have someone special. She wants that for herself, but has spent her whole life isolated in the forest, with only the fairies and some animal friends to keep her company.

Ariel “Part of That World”- Ariel wants to live on the shore with the humans. She is fascinated by their world and wants to learn as much as she can about it.

Belle “Belle Reprise”- She wants to get away from her little town full of small-minded people (and Gaston) so she can experience adventure, like she reads about in her beloved books.

Jasmine “A Whole New World”- This is sort of different because Jasmine is not the protagonist of Aladdin.  But we do get insight to her wants in this romantic duet. Similar to Belle, Jasmine longs to escape her little bubble and explore the world.  It’s also different than a typical “I Want” song because Jasmine is getting a taste of what she wants in this song, rather than dreaming of a distant future.

Pocahontas “Just Around the Riverbend”- She hopes life will keep sending her new excitements. She wants to keep her life from becoming steady and static.

Mulan “Reflection”- She wants to bring honor to her family.  She also wants the freedom to be herself and not have to conform to her society’s ideas of the perfect woman.

Tiana “Almost There”- She wants to achieve her father’s dream of starting a restaurant.  Like Cinderella, Tiana isn’t just singing about something she wishes might happen.  She is confident that she will eventually get what she wants.

Rapunzel “When Will My Life Begin?”- She wants excitement and adventure outside of her small tower.  Specifically, she wants to see the mysterious floating lights.  This song demonstrates that Rapunzel lives every little moment of her life to the fullest, filling every minute of her days with activity.  But she still feels restless and senses that there is more out there for her.

Anna “Do You Want To Build a Snowman”/ “For the First Time in Forever”- I think that both of these songs actually serve as important “I want” songs for Anna. In the first, she wants to connect with Elsa. In the second, she craves any human interaction.  She wants a change from her lonely, dull life, shut away inside the castle.  It evolves into a hope that she’ll meet her true love.  But at its core, this is just about being noticed and loved by someone (like Elsa).

Elsa “Let It Go”- She wants to be free from the crippling fear that she’ll hurt someone with her powers.  She wants to be unashamedly herself and to use her powers to their fullest.  Like Jasmine in “A Whole New World,” Elsa is starting to actually fulfill these wants over the course of the song.

 

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Sun-worshipping baboons rise early to catch the African sunrise - and race each other to the top for the best spots

  • The playful Gelada Baboons are some of Africa’s most sociable monkeys
  • They wake up before daybreak and climb to the highest vantage point they can find
  • Photographer Simone Sbaraglia spent three weeks following a group to earn their trust

 It seems it’s not just humans who appreciate a spectacular sunrise.

These playful Gelada Baboons wake up before daybreak and climb to the highest vantage point they can find to bask in the dawn sunshine of Ethiopia’s Simien mountain range.

The Geladas, which are some of Africa’s most sociable monkeys, were pictured by photographer Simone Sbaraglia, who followed the group as they got up early and climbed to the nearest peak to catch the the morning rays.

 Gelada baboons are not actually baboons in a traditional sense - and are easily recognisable by the patches of hairless skin on their chests.

Due to a diet that consists primarily of grass the Geladas need large foraging grounds, with the heights of the Simien Mountains, which are more than 4,200 meters high, providing the perfect location.

 Mr Sbaraglia, 41, spent three weeks following the group and said that over time the monkeys started to allow him to get up close and personal with them, as they gained his trust.

The photographer, from Rome, Italy, said that the best time to photograph the baboons was either as they came out of their nest in morning, or as they returned just before sunset. Both times allowed Simone to capture beautiful backdrops of the sun and surrounding mountains, he said.

 Simone, who is a professor of photography and mathematics, said: 'I really enjoyed being close to Geladas and observing their behavior: the grooming, the babies playing and the occasional fights between males. 

‘They like to spend the night on the cliffs to seek refuge from predators, so I used to wait for them to come out of their night nest before sunrise and then go back before sunset to wait for them to return. That is where I got the best pictures, showing the monkeys with the amazing backdrop of the Simien mountains.

'I was fascinated by the location that these primates live it. I think this is what makes them special, so I was especially interested in portraying their habitat together with their special features, such as the long fur and the 'bleeding heart’ that they display on their chest.

'They are very special in that the live very high up on the mountains - more than 4200 meters above sea level. Furthermore, they feed exclusively on grass - no fruit, no insects like many other primates - so need a large foraging ground.

'They live in large groups with more than one leader. I find them extremely beautiful and fascinating with their fur and heart-shaped mark on the chest.

'They are generally not aggressive and oblivious to photographers and occasional visitors. I spent three weeks following the same group of monkeys from sunrise to sunset, so they grew accustomed to my presence and let me get very close to them.’