respect the wilderness

Breath of the Wild is still one of the most unique and gorgeous takes on a post-apocalyptic world in modern games, in my opinion. A lot of games with post-apocalyptic settings are very stark and colorless and alien and while those are interesting in their own right I still think that BotW’s take on it is just as fascinating and makes it stand out. 

Hyrule was utterly destroyed. No matter where you believe it lands on the Zelda timeline, it’s undeniable that it came thousands of years after well established kingdoms we’ve seen within games in the franchise, and that’s before we even discuss the Sheikah technology that predated this iteration of Link. We know that the wild and open Hyrule we have now is a far cry from the established kingdoms we’ve seen. People were killed. Civilizations were ravaged, destroyed, and left empty. Existing towns are small, scattered, and isolated by a violent wilderness full of monsters. Enormous mechs with land-altering properties and minds of their own threaten the livelihood of those remaining. There are fields littered with the remains of nigh-unkillable robots, and some of them still prowl the forests and mountains. At the very center of it all, the apocalypse-bringer itself is only barely restrained from releasing its absolute fury on what’s left as it continues to bring monsters back from the dead time and time again.

And yet… the world is still so alive in spite of all its struggles. The dust has settled, but instead of being dark and devoid of life, nature has crept over the ruins and roads. Wildlife thrives, birds sing, and plants grow, including the rarest flower thought to have been nearly extinct making a slow return. The sunrise and sunset are still beautiful, even if that light is cast mostly on empty, grassy fields as far as the eye can see. Wild horses frolic among the remains of guardians. Strange and beautiful spirits soar through the air or shine between the trees. Great fairies watch over towns. Even though the terrain is dangerous, people have made roads and paths for merchants and adventurers who connect the towns and villages. Monsters and guardians haven’t stopped them from exploring, scavenging, and pioneering the wild. Yes, the people know that the world is full of danger which threatens to engulf them- it’s hard to ignore that when Hyrule Castle is so visible- but that hasn’t stopped them from gathering the remains and making the most of it. It isn’t the shining kingdom it once was, but the people have a newfound appreciation and respect for the wilderness that now spans it. 

There’s just something so lovely and humbling about a setting which looks at the fallout of a magical kingdom and the new lives its people lead in the midst of a world that’s dangerous, seeing how they’re working on stringing themselves together again, and watching as they rekindle their hope… and all the while, the rest of the world keeps breathing. The sun still rises and the sun still sets.


The animals of River Haven 

In December my partner and i moved across the state to our Dream Home in the rural, wooded areas around Olympia WA

After a week or so i noticed quite a few outdoor cats were living under and around our new home (it was empty for nearly two years). The two i saw the most, both orange (see photos), had frostbitten ears and were visibly skinny. I began feeding them and making a bed on the porch.. slowly but surely more cats showed up. Suddenly we realized all these cats had been living Under our house before we moved in, making it more theirs than ours.

Once i began feeding them i realized they’re not feral, just abandoned/neglected. I have treated their wounds (which have decreased to almost nothing now that i feed them & they have a safe place to sleep), providing food and water, first aid, heating mats and a heat lamp for any critter that needs it.

On last count i feed roughly 6 ‘outdoor’ cats and two Muscovy Ducks - all of which showed up skinny & continue to show up daily for food. One of the newer/friendlier kittens is not neutered and i would really love to get him fixed to avoid more homeless kittens… He’s the grey and white one in the photos.

[i also have two adopted cats & one rescued indoor cat // with access outdoors via an enclosure]

I want to be able to continue to help any animal that shows up, but i need your help to do that. 
All proceeds from this listing go DIRECTLY to food and medical care (so far around $200 in vet bills) for any animal in need.

Even one dollar helps, if everyone who sees this donates $1.20 we will be able to afford quality food & nutrients for the neglected animals. 

Donations Rewards:
- $10 receive a handwritten post card
-$20 hand written thank you letter and Sticker that reads “Respect the Wilderness”

* please note nothing physical will be shipped for the $1 & $5 donations because i want as much of this as possible to go directly to the animals. if you do not want a postcard/letter/sticker simply say “No Rewards” in the note to seller section 
* etsy charges a $0.20 fee for each listing sold

Thank you a TON for taking the time to read this - i know we are all struggling & hustling to get by - if donating isnt in your budget please consider sharing this listing. xoxoxo

Pure Imagination (Cover Version)
Pure Imagination (Cover Version)

“Pure Imagination”
written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
originally performed in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by the late, great Gene Wilder

[spoken] Hold your breath
Make a wish
Count to three

[Sung] Come with me and you’ll be
In a world of pure imagination

Take a look and you’ll see
Into your imagination

We’ll begin with a spin
Traveling trough the world of my creation

What we’ll see will defy

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world?
There’s nothing…To it

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination

Living there you’ll be free
If you truly wish to be

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world?
There’s nothing to it

There is no life I know
To compare with pure imagination
Living there you’ll be free
If you truly
Wish to be

Singer’s Note:  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was an enormous part of my childhood.  We owned the cassette tape of the movie and god knows I watched that thing whenever I could.  Growing up I always greatly respected Gene Wilder, for his incredible comedic timing, his ability to swing between serene straight man to raving lunatic, and the grace and stillness he carried with himself.  I even look to his acting for inspiration when I need to good measuring bar for how to do really really good deadpan.  His loss is something that hit me hard, and to celebrate a life well lived and a career many would envy, I give this song as tribute.  

Godspeed Gene Wilder.  Surely by now you’ve got the choirs of angels rolling around in stitches.

I gained a profound respect for the wilderness and nature and the benign dark power of woods. I understand now, in a way I never did before, the colossal scale of the world. I found patience and fortitude that I didn’t know I had. I discovered an America that millions of people scarcely know exists. I made a friend. I came home.
—  Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

anonymous asked:

Do you think mrs. Weasley consider Teddy as her grandchild?

Absolutely yes. Every single one of the Weasleys see Teddy as one of the Potter’s kids and view their relationship respectively, whether that makes him their cousin, nephew, or grandchild, he’s definitely segregated as part of the family. The Weasleys just kind of adopted him.

At first Andromeda was jealous of the closeness between Teddy and the Weasleys, because who was it who stayed up late bottle-feeding the orphaned newborn? Who changed his nappys and worried over him when he was sick? Whose daughter had given birth to Teddy and died protecting him? She had put so much care and love into him and she secretly worried they’d steal him from her.
And when they tried to welcome her into the family as well, she wasn’t sure how to respond at first, her family dynamic had had such a very different definition than theirs and she was unaccustomed to the acceptance, but when the Weasleys so readily included her as part of their family they quickly made her feel welcome and comfortable with them. And despite having grown up in very different lifestyles, Grandmother Andromeda and Grandma Weasley were very similar in spirit and got alone famously, and enjoyed sipping on tea while talking about raising rebellious children (aka Nymphadora and Bill, respectively) as their even wilder grandchildren ran around causing mischief. 

“What’s the matter? Never heard of a gun fight before?

There has only been one recorded incident of a Lizard-Man escaping the laboratories of the G.O.A.T. republic; a foot soldier who fled from the Island with an experimental RD-008 “Prototector” automated laser weapon. The many bounty hunters hat have been sent to take the in the suspect refer to him as Running Gun. To this day he still remains at large in the Overworld’s western Badlands. He has a great respect for the untamed wilderness as if it were his first and only home, and is willing to fight to keep it untamed by any means necessary. 


This guy is basically a combination of three different character concepts I wanted to include in Hero Quest in one way or another (A western-themed character, a character who uses a futuristic weapon in the fantasy setting, and a “monster man” type of character). 

birbhime  asked:

What are your thoughts on Brave Wilderness, the YT show where the host plays with wold ocelots and is intentionally stung/bitten by insects? I've heard him called the modern day Steve Irwin, but I can't help but feel his actions are problematic.

I pretty much loathe the guy, and I still call bullshit on just “conveniently” running into a young wildcat so habituated it would play with him. That was either totally staged or incredibly unethical either way. 

Irwin, as much as I wish he had screwed with the wildlife less, respected them. Brave Wilderness does not. Please don’t ever support that dude.