It’s as much like a fairytale as anything, it’s not naturalistic.
-Hugh Dancy 

This show has always been about the meaning behind the story, not the plausibility. As if two men surviving a cliff dive into the water is the least realistic thing to happen on this show anyways.

Events in this show have always transpired around a suspension of disbelief. So just let us sit here for a while and revel in our glorious murder husbands, okay?


BLARCH. Okay, finally. SOMETHING. Have some ‘I just got rid of a shade of writer’s block/I hate my writing right now’ ficlet. Lycanae/Athim. Tanaleth canon. Huge thanks go to saarebitch for helping me come up with Clan Tanaleth and for allowing them to occupy an honoured spot in her extended universe canon. Everybody go read Birthright !! Team tree elf and moderately happy AU. 

Thanks to Faux for edits :D !

“Spider venom comes in many forms. It can often take a long while to discover the full effects of the bite. Naturalists have pondered this for years: there are spiders whose bite can cause the place bitten to rot and to die, sometimes more than a year after it was bitten. As to why spiders do this, the answer is simple. It’s because spiders think this is funny, and they don’t want you ever to forget them.”
Neil Gaiman (Anansi Boys (American Gods, #2))

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Voici deux nouvelles illustrations à découvrir dans le dernier numéro du magazine Jardin d'ici : du thym et du romarin. Deux plantes aromatiques délicieusement parfumées et pleines de nutriments (le thym est notamment très riche en fer), à consommer sans modération !

Belle fin d'après-midi à toutes et à tous. :) 



1. marked by the characteristics of an earlier period; antiquated. 

2. (of a linguistic form) commonly used in an earlier time but rare in present-day usage except to suggest the older time, as in religious rituals or historical novels.

3. forming the earliest stage; prior to full development. 

4. (often initial capital letter) pertaining to or designating the style of the fine arts, especially painting and sculpture, developed in Greece from the middle 7th to the early 5th century b.c., chiefly characterised by an increased emphasis on the human figure in action, naturalistic proportions and anatomical structure, simplicity of volumes, forms, or design, and the evolution of a definitive style for the narrative treatment of subject matter. 

5. primitive; ancient; old. 

Etymology: from Greek archaïkós, “antiquated, old-fashioned”, equivalent to archaî(os), “old”.

[weremoon - hollowed]

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Dromaeosaurus | Aquarelle, crayons de couleur | Éditions Milan
Accouplement de grenouilles | Aquarelle, crayons de couleur, gouache | Éditions Milan
Hérisson & Lézard | Aquarelle, crayons de couleur, gouache | Éditions Milan

© Florence Dellerie  

  • Some quiet naturalist voice:And here we see the elusive true neurotypical in their natural habitat. Here we can see their routine behavior of actually getting up out of bed, feeding, and cleaning themself. Watch as they walk up and communicate with others, completely calm, how remarkable. Look at how focused they are on a given task, what a fascinating experience.

The Lucksmiths - There is a Boy Who Never Goes Out

Passion Flower with Insects

German naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) spent two years documenting the flora and fauna of Surinam, South America, creating the book Metamorphosis, from which this engraving is reproduced. Here, Merian captured the life stages of three different insects around their host plant, the passion flower. One fellow naturalist called her book, Metamorphosis, the “most beautiful work ever painted in America.” 

See this print in the exhibition, Natural Histories: 400 Years of Scientific Illustration from the Museum’s Library, closing September 13!

  • Camera-Shy
  • The Lucksmiths
  • Naturaliste

The Lucksmiths - Camera-Shy

here’s me in 1981
squinting into a sinking sun
ankle-deep in the Pacific
in the foreground are my friends
grinning madly at the lens
they look heliolithic

again in 1993
a Polaroid you took of me
in a long-forgotten loungeroom
a hand outstretched before my face
the nervous smile, the downcast gaze
I didn’t know myself around you

you seem surprised
and I see why
you just realised I’m camera shy

so if it’s not too much to ask
let’s just let the moment pass
I have no wish to be reminded
of just how awkward I can be
please don’t point that thing at me
your eyes are widening behind it

you seem surprised
and I see why
you just realised I’m camera shy

Si vous désirez des conseils pour dessiner et peindre des animaux, je vous conseille un ouvrage de Jean Chevallier :
Petites leçons de dessin animalier, une approche de terrain

Et si vous préférez vous inspirer de carnets existants :
- Carnets naturaliste autour du Mont-Blanc
- La Corse, carnet du littoral

Ou d'illustrations de magazines :

On September 1, readers will be able enjoy a long-hidden treasure of natural history with the release of The Butterflies of North America: Titian Peale’s Lost Manuscript. Based on a never-before-published manuscript preserved for nearly a century in the American Museum of Natural History’s Rare Book Collection, the book is packed with color plates bearing Peale’s beautiful illustrations of butterflies and caterpillars.

Titian Ramsay Peale II (1799–1885) was an American artist and naturalist from a well-known Philadelphia family. His father, historian and painter Charles Willson Peale, founded the Philadelphia Museum. He also named three other sons for famous painters: Rembrandt, Rubens, and Raphaelle.

True to his namesake, Titian Peale was a Renaissance man—a painter, naturalist, butterfly collector, explorer, hunter, and early photographer. He painted his first professional commission—plates to attract subscribers to Thomas Say’s American Entomology—at age 16. The next year he was elected to full membership in the newly founded Academy of Natural Sciences.

As an adult, Peale was dogged by hardship, including the early death of his first wife and children and persistent financial difficulties. But Peale never gave up on his masterwork,Butterflies of North America, preparing a prospectus in 1833 and continuing to work on it until his death in 1885. A family member donated the manuscript to the Museum in 1916. After nearly a century in the archives, this masterpiece is finally emerging from its cocoon. 

Read more on the Museum blog.