mind fish

I know we’re all pretty down rn so here, have some cute pics of svalbard reindeer

it’s the smallest subspecies of reindeer on the planet and it loves you

the svalbard reindeer is also the northernmost herbivore in the world, and during winter they survive an average of −16°C (3°F) weather

look at those small fluffy ears and kind eyes, the reindeer is cheering you all on to stay strong in these trying times 

just like the arctic winter, this too shall pass

the svaldbard reindeer proves that even under the most extreme of circumstances, life finds a way. so please, please keep on fighting

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Don’t stop walking…★

spindercatscher  asked:

Why is its neck so long?

For catching fish! (or other prey items)

There’s a whole group of turtles that fold their necks into their shells sideways rather than pulling them straight back (called sidenecks). Several of them have very long necks that they can fold back into their shell and then shoot out to grab passing prey. Snakeneck turtles have truly impressive neck reaches.

“Don’t mind me, Mr. Fish, I just have a short little neck I definitely couldn’t reach all the way over…”

“JUST KIDDING YES I CAN”

They have such cute creepy little faces. If they didn’t all get so big I would love to have one (puts another turtle on my Someday list).

The other trouble is that snakenecks can sometimes be a bit nippy and since their necks are long enough to reach all the way to the back of their shell NOWHERE IS SAFE.

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1. Swing Set

so, a little while ago, andavs asked me to make her a Not Quite Normal OTP challenge and because, she’s awesome, she said she would actually do the challenge. And then I decided to do it as well because fair’s fair!

BUT, then we decided that we should do an Attempted Mind Meld Challenge. Basically, this means both of us are doing the challenge (don’t worry, I’m writing not drawing) and then posting our work on the same day and seeing how well they line up. We haven’t talked about them at all before posting so really, this is probably going to be a complete disaster. 

Regardless, here’s #1: On a Swing Set

(Post Season 3B, Sterek, Angst to Fluff, 2k)

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Stiles never looks up at the sky anymore.

Derek watches for it, waiting, a part of him wondering when exactly he pinned down that small quirk that belonged to Stiles and Stiles alone. He can’t really remember when he first noticed it- maybe his subconscious had noted it right away, when he spent their first few interactions in cars with Stiles while the younger boy looked towards the heavens for help. Or maybe it was later than that, when he spent large portions of his time threatening Stiles into helping him and Stiles’ cocky eye rolls had come hand in hand with his computer skills. Probably it wasn’t until the long summer that Stiles spent at his loft, researching through Scott’s shifts at Deaton’s, staring at the ceiling as if that’s where he would find the answer.

Really, though, he doesn’t notice it until it’s gone. Until it’s after the Nogistune and after Allison and Stiles’ eyes stop flicking upwards.

Nowadays, Stiles moves like a person who is trying very hard to control every tick of his body, while pretending very hard that nothing’s changed. He meets people’s eyes when they speak to him and smiles when he’s supposed to and flails his hands when he is telling a story (though he’s half a beat behind the words instead of two beats ahead). It isn’t a particularly good imitation of his former self but it fools most people – the acquaintances, and teachers, and even Lydias of the world.

His dad isn’t fooled. Neither is Scott. Neither is Derek.

And by all accounts, Derek should be fooled. Because he and Stiles, they aren’t… they aren’t anything. Maybe they were once enemies, maybe they were once unwilling partners, maybe at one point they grew a mutual respect and understanding but…

But it had all faded into some weird gray area. Before… before everything, they had reached an area where it was okay for their eyes to cling to each other, as long as they were in the middle of an argument. An area where they were allowed to touch as long as it conveyed frustration rather than comfort. An area where they could save each other again and again as long as they never mentioned it.

And now… well, now all Derek can think about is the fact that Stiles never looks up anymore and how much that bothers him.

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“Because nothing is ever Black and White”

Sure, this is Tui and La without a doubt. It was made very clear in the show that these two spirits work in harmony to benefact mankind and represent the yin and yang energy in careful balance.

As a recent Zutara convert, though, I see the balance between the two individuals: ‘You rise with the moon. I rise with the sun.’
-Zuko

The firebending prince and his culture rely on the sun as the source of their power. They experience their strongest bending during the day, and thus represent the lighter koi.

Waterbending culture depend on the moon, a guardian of the night. Katara had many scenes highlighting her immense power at night. Therefore I see her as the darker koi.

Zuko and Katara balance each other well. Fire and water. Hot headed and level headed. Welcoming and guarded. They would make a dynamic couple that is stronger together than apart.

I tried to color each fish not strictly black and white grayscale, because nothing is ever truly one or the other. I tried to make each fish hint at thr character I had in mind. For the lighter fish representing Zuko, I tried to make it yellow/orange. And for the darker fish I wanted to show that is more deep blue than strictly black for our beloved waterbender.

Painted this digitally in about 4 hours when I should have been doing lab work. Relatively happy with it.