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May 7, 2015 - Red-crested Turaco or Angolan Turaco (Tauraco erythrolophus)

Requested by: taylorrbranham

Found in the forests of Angola, these turacos eat mostly fruits, nuts, seeds, and occasionally some invertebrates. Their feathers contain copper-based pigments, unlike the feathers of most birds. They are social, usually found in flocks of up to 30. Males and females build loose twig nests and incubate the eggs together. The Red-crested Turaco is the national bird of Angola.

RIDE

I was in the winter of my life, and the men I met along the road were my only summer. At night I fell asleep with visions of myself dancing and laughing and crying with them. Three years down the line of being on an endless world tour, and my memories of them were the only things that sustained me, and my only real happy times.

I was a singer, not a very popular one. I once had dreams of becoming a beautiful poet, but upon an unfortunate series of events saw those dreams dashed and divided like a million stars in the night sky that I wished on over and over again, sparkling and broken. But I really didn’t mind because I knew that it takes getting everything you ever wanted and then losing it to know what true freedom is.

When the people I used to know found out what I had been doing, how I had been living, they asked me ‘why.’ But there’s no use in talking to people who have a home, they have no idea what it’s like to seek safety in other people, for home to be wherever you lie your head.

I was always an unusual girl. My mother told me that I had a chameleon soul—no moral compass pointing due north, no fixed personality—just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide as wavering as the ocean. And if I said that I didn’t plan for it to turn out this way I’d be lying, because I was born to be the other woman. Who belonged to no one, who belonged to everyone, who had nothing, who wanted everything. With a fire for every experience and an obsession for freedom that terrified me to the point that I couldn’t even talk about, and pushed me to a nomadic point of madness that both dazzled and dizzied me.

Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people, and finally I did, on the open road. We had nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore, except to make our lives into a work of art.

LIVE FAST, DIE YOUNG, BE WILD AND HAVE FUN.

I believe in the country America used to be. I believe in the person I want to become. I believe in the freedom of the open road. And my motto is the same as ever. I believe in the kindness of strangers. And when I’m at war with myself, I ride. I just ride.

Who are you? Are you in touch with all your darkest fantasies?

Have you created a life for yourself where you’re free to experience them?

I have.

I am fucking crazy. But I am free.

-Lana Del Rey

May 5, 2015 - South Island Takahe (Porphyrio hochstetteri)

Requested by: schmias

These flightless birds in the rail family are found only in the mountains of Fiordland, New Zealand. They feed on native grasses and live in small family groups. Both parents care for the eggs and chicks in a raised nest built in tussock grasses. The Takahe was believed to have gone extinct around 1898, but a small population was found in 1948. They are still Endangered, with fewer than 300 birds recorded in 2012. The North Island Takahe (Porphyrio mantelli) is extinct.

Painting all grown up!  Totally not from that show that HBO attacks fan art of.  This thing was something fun and different.  All in inks.  And now I guess I’m trying to digitally color it (because shirt sites don’t like black and white :/).

Special thanks to the awesome alliebirdseed for letting me know what type of black ink and brush to try out.  This is the first truly waterproof black ink I’ve used!

Prints should be up on Etsy within 24 hours (without the color background).  Shirts are awaiting…stuff.  I’ll be posting a higher-res to my Patreons.

etsy                                             patreon                                 teepublic

*Don’t re-post or remove my text/source from my artwork.  Thank you for respecting my hard work & livelihood!  (1000 curses on those who ignore me)

April 29, 2015 - Frilled Coquette (Lophornis magnificus)

Requested by: taylorrbranham

These tiny hummingbirds are found only in Brazil. They are under three inches long (6.5 to 7 cm) and weigh around 0.074 ounces (2.1 g). Like other hummingbirds, they eat nectar from a variety of flowers. Females build cup-shaped nests in forked branches from moss, lichens, spiderwebs, and plant down, then lay two eggs and incubate them alone.

May 6, 2015 - Hihi or Stitchbird (Notiomystis cincta)

Requested by: schmias

These birds are found only in northern New Zealand. Once considered honeyeaters, they are now known as the only member of the Notiomystidae family. They primarily eat nectar, along with some insects and fruit. Cavity nesters, they build a stick nest inside a tree hollow. Females incubate the eggs alone and care for the chicks with some assistance from males. The name Stitchbird comes from their call, which a 19th century ornithologist described as sounding like the word “stitch.” They are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN, probably due to introduced predators, habitat destruction, and disease.

This site has more information on the Hihi and the conservation work being done to help them: http://www.hihiconservation.com/