“Calico Crab” (Hepatus epheliticus)

Also known as the “Dolly Varden Crab” Hepatus epheliticus is a colorful species Aethrid crab that occurs in shallow water in the western Atlantic Ocean, ranging from the Chesapeake Bay to the Dominican Republic. Calico crabs are typically seen in areas with sand/muddy substrates and is often seen buried in the sand with its only its eyes exposed. H. epheliticus is also often seen carrying the sea anemone Calliactis tricolor on its back for protection.


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Image: Dawson


The Inheritance Cycle series tells the story of a young farm boy named Eragon, who finds a mysterious stone in the mountains. A dragon he later names Saphira hatches from the stone, which was really an egg. When the evil King Galbatorix finds out about Eragon and his dragon, he sends his servants, the Ra’zac, after them in an effort to capture them. Eragon and Saphira are forced to flee from their hometown, and decide to search for the Varden, a group of rebels who want to see the downfall of Galbatorix.

“Books should go where they will be most appreciated, and not sit unread, gathering dust on a forgotten shelf, don’t you agree?” Christopher Paolini


Okay but can we talk about the fact that Eragon canonically really cares about animals and uses his telepathy to calm down his horse in book one and when he sits by the kitchens in the Varden camp to use animal energy to charge the belt of Beloth the Wise he comforts the dying animals as much as he can with calming images and feelings and after he’s charged the belt he has to cuddle up under Saphira’s wing for a few hours and when Oromís asks him to take energy from nature around him and he feels all the destruction that causes he gets so upset and he spent an entire day in book 2 studying ant behavior and their feelings and told Oromís so excitedly just agh so cute


the Varden | a fanmix for the rebels of Alagaësia. [listen]

• A mix for the Varden and their deeds of bravery, from their founding by Brom, to their rise under Ajihad’s and, finally, Nasuada’s leadership.

“The Varden were a rebel group that constantly raided and attacked the Empire. It was a mystery who their leader was, or who had formed them in the years following Galbatorix’s rice to power. The group had garnered much sympathy as they eluded Galbatorix’s efforts to destroy them. Little was known about the Varden except that if you were a fugitive and had to hide, or if you hated the Empire, they would accept you. The only problem was finding them.”  -Eragon.


If you visit Nome, Alaska, this summer, head out Kougarok Road and find solitude at the BLM Salmon Lake Campground. This tucked-away little gem, located at mile 40, is popular with locals and visitors alike.  

The primitive campground features six campsites, fire rings, picnic tables, bear-proof trash bins, a natural boat launch and a new outhouse built in 2015. What you WON’T find: lines of RVs, dump stations or fees. The campground opens in late June and remains open until October, depending on snow and road conditions. While in the area, look for the historic Wild Goose Pipeline, a wooden structure built to carry water for sluicing from Grand Central River to nearby claims during the gold rush.

Salmon Lake is spawning grounds for the northernmost run of sockeye salmon in the U.S. The lake also contains Arctic grayling, Dolly Varden, least cisco, round whitefish and burbot, so bring a fly rod. Birders, bring your binocs. Bluethroat, red-necked grebe, red-throated loon, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, mew gull and glaucous gull may be spotted here.

A solid #mypubliclandsroadtrip camping pick for solitude, endless views and amazing wildlife!

Photos courtesy of Evelyn Mervine

Modern AU

Alagaesia is a HUGE city. It has boroughs, but at its center is Uru'baen, where resides the “elected” mayor Galbatorix. Eragon lives out at the rural edge of the city in a trailer park, with his cousin and uncle, and goes to a podunk high school and generally thinks his life stinks but will never change. Brom is his history teacher. Sapphira is a rare and valuable A.I. that only opens for the genetic match she is pre-determined to work best with–Eragon–and is delivered to him almost by accident, but mostly fate. The plot of Eragon ensues with the changes, Garrow dying, and Eragon leaving his trailer park for the “safety” of the street-gang The Varden, Galbatorix’s only opposition. Brom, Sapphira, and Eragon have to take it slow to avoid Galbatorix’s Enforcer Durza, running across an Uru'baen young adult–Murtagh– who is willing to help them, and one of Durza’s kidnapped victims, a Du Weldenvarden heiress–Arya– who has been drugged and abused and generally needs the help that only The Varden can supply. The rest of Eragon continues up to the point that they find The Varden in “the Beor Mountains,” which are more a cluster of skyscrapers in disrepair, their base of operation being Fathern Dur, a large building, and perhaps the biggest skyscraper of the bunch. Arya “recovers” with help and methadone, proving that while she’s the prettiest girl Eragon’s ever seen, she’s also the most haughty. Murtagh is discovered to be the son of Galbatorix’s dead right-hand-man Morzan, and thrown in The Varden’s “jail,” visited everyday by Ajihad’s–The Varden leader–daughter Nasuada, a no-nonsense feminist that enjoys the intellectual equivalence of their “prisoner.” Sapphira matures at a quick rate, her ability to hack comptuer systems incomparable. It comes to light that Galbatorix’s way of staying in power is his own stolen A.I., Shruiken, who can rig elections every two years, keeping him mayor indefinitely. Now, Eragon knows what The Varden have planned for him and Sapphira, and though he may not like it, he is Alagaesia’s only hope of change for the better. He can only hope they’re ready when the time comes to spring into action.

❧ Songs for the Inheritance Cycle | vol.IV: Brisingr. [listen]

• A mix of epic instrumental pieces, inspired by the storyline of Brisingr.

“The purpose of life is not to do what we want but what needs to be done. This is what fate demands of us.” ~Oromis.

1. Eragon & Roran attack Helgrind and rescue Katrina & Sloan: Amon Hen (Howard Shore) | 2. To Walk the Land Alone (Eragon wanders alone after sending Sloan to Du Weldenvarden): Heart Of A Hero (Chance Thomas) | 3. The Trial of the Long Knives:  Love In The Eyes (Ramin Djawadi) | 4. The Varden & the Surdans: Lost but Won (Hans Zimmer)| 5. Eragon’s Elven Guard: Mirkwood (Chance Thomas) | 6. Arya finds Eragon in Eastcroft: The Legend Begins (Marc Streitenfeld) | 7. Shadows of the Past (Arya’s confessions to Eragon): Her Destiny Was Written (David Buckley) | 8. Fire in the Sky (Eragon vs Murtagh): Sin & Restitution (Future World Music) | 9.  Man & Wife (Roran & Katrina): Can You See Jane? (Patrick Doyle) | 10. The march of the Elves against the Empire: The Courage Within (Future World Music) | 11. The Dwarves of the Beor Mountains: Pride Of The Dwarves (Jamie Christopherson) | 12. Orik’s theme:Dwarf Prince (Derek Fiechter) | 13. Roran’s theme:Never Surrender (Brand X Music) | 14. Battle of Deldarad: Siege (Marc Streitenfeld) | 15. Eragon & Saphira return to Du Weldenvarden: Farewell to Lorien (Howard Shore) | 16. Inheritance (Brom’s last message to Eragon): The Real North (Ramin Djawadi) | 17. The Tree of Life (the Menoa Tree): Prologue (James Newton Howard) | 18. A Rider in Full - “Sword, I name thee Brisingr!”: Sword Of Omens (Audiomachine) | 19. Leave-taking (Oromis & Eragon bid each other farewell and depart from Du Weldenvarden): Beyond the Forest (Howard Shore) | 20. Battle of Gil'ead: Protectors Of The Earth (Two Steps From Hell) | 21. Oromis vs Murtagh - Galbatorix takes control and defeats Oromis: Guardians At The Gate (Audiomachine) | 22. Glaedr’s theme: Infinite White (Steve Jablonksy) | 23. Siege of Feinster - Eragon & Arya defeat Varaug: Knights March (Hans Zimmer) | 24. Sunrise - “We can do this”: Flow Like Water (James Newton Howard).