life-with-birds

I cannot wrap my head around living life without looking at birds. Just watched 3 dudes strolling along and a pigeon was frantically waddling in between them trying and failing to outrun their pace but not wanting to take off. They didn’t even acknowledge it. How could you not acknowledge that. It was incredible. People hear a crow and don’t even look for it. What the fuck.

i just read a creepypasta that genuinely kinda messed with my head, and now i can’t for the life of me find where i was linked to it or how i got to that page, which is doubly freaking me out

“Gentle stimulus and lots of TLC is drawing Peter Poppet out of himself. Every day we introduce him to something new, without causing him stress or fear. He lacks the natural inquisitiveness young lambs have, but it’s there, just waiting to be awoken in time. His time.”
— Hugletts Wood Farm Animal Sanctuary
(Hugletts Wood Farm provides sanctuary to cows and their friends. A home for life to farm animals and birds, rescued from the misery of the meat and dairy industry and the horrors of the slaughterhouse.)
Thank you for keeping the caption.

Take it easy. Don’t rush yourself. When we rush, we often miss out on the beautiful subtleties of life. Hear the birds singing their songs. Feel the softness of the air against your face. Relax and allow your mind to take notice.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin

“This piece of fiction bothers me for xyz reasons”

“Oh yeah, I get that. I like it for abc reasons”

“I like those, but they don’t outweigh xyz for me”

“Understandable, have a nice day”

“Understandable, you too”

“I water my lawn every morning and birds come to get worms out of the wet ground. If I ever miss a day, the ground will be too hard, and the birds will sit in the yard and call out because their babies are hungry. That’s how I’ve felt my whole life. Like a bird calling out for food. Thirty years ago I went on strike in this same square. We weren’t getting paychecks. There was no money for bills or food. At the time my sons were one, eight, and nine. So we decided to go camping. I’d go fishing on the lake every night and catch two trout. That was enough to feed the four of us. We did it out of necessity but it was beautiful. My sons are in their thirties now. All of them have flown away. But they remember those times with happiness.”

(San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina)

Reconstruction of Caihong juji, a Jurassic paravian theropod. I worked on this for a presentation on avian evolution in my paleontology class. I used a few watercolour washes as the paper is thin and I want to work on it some more, but here is what I have for now. Caihong is the first known dinosaur with iridescent feathers, mainly on the head, neck, chest and tail. Some birds, like the Turkey vulture, have iridescence at the base of virtually all of their contour feathers. I wonder what the extent of Caihong’s iridescence was in life.