Florida Scrub Jays (Aphelocoma coerulescens) are found in upland scrub ecosystems unique to Florida ( also one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in North America). These area are the remnants of ancients dune when what is now Florida first appeared above sea level This ecosystem is one of the few in Florida that rarely floods, so it was the first to be developed for citrus groves and later for housing developments. Currently, habitat loss is still the main threat to Florida Scrub Jays but due to fragmented population, genetic diversity is likely to become a major issue.
Built during the Safavid period, it is an excellent example of Islamic architecture of Iran, and regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian Architecture. The Shah Mosque of Esfahan is one of the everlasting masterpieces of architecture in Iran. It is registered, along with the Naghsh-i Jahan Square, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its construction began in 1611, and its splendor is mainly due to the beauty of its seven-colour mosaic tiles and calligraphic inscriptions. The mosque is one of the treasures featured on Around the World in 80 Treasures presented by the architecture historian Dan Cruickshank.
→ finally finished this drawing - feels really good to keep drawing for fun, without purpose or a goal, especially while drawing is also integrated into most of the ways that i make money and get by - keeps the fire burning ♡ → anyways, *please* don’t use or redistribute this without permission or credit don’t be a jerk!
This video by Brett Cruickshank on YouTube is very disturbing.
This was taken in Gasparilla Sound, apparently by the trestle. Although IDing this dolphin has been difficult, and we still aren’t completely sure who it is, it appears to be “Barra” or “Barracuda,” a female Bottlenose Dolphin and mother of a calf, “Coconut,” who turned one year old last October.
The worst part of this video is not that the man was touching and feeding Barra, but that he fed her a banana! It is hard to tell if she actually swallowed the fruit or not, however, today she is still alive and appears to be doing well - though I wouldn’t be surprised if she was sick for a while after this (which was posted in March of 2015).
What’s worse is that they both thought it was funny, and now others who view this video will want to try this themselves if they ever get the chance.