Il Dolce Far Niente

"The sun shines not on us, but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies." -John Muir
~ Monday, August 11 ~
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humansofnewyork:

"I can’t stand moral absolutism. You know, there’s always that guy who wants to point out that Martin Luther King cheated on his wife— as if he obviously couldn’t have been a great person if he did something like that. Or someone will bring out an inspirational quote, and get you to agree, and then inform you that Hitler said it. As if a good thought couldn’t come from Hitler. Moral absolutism keeps us from learning from the past. It’s easy to say: ‘Hitler was a demon. Nazis were all bad seeds.’ That’s simple. It’s much harder to say: ‘Is that humanity? Is that me?’"

humansofnewyork:

"I can’t stand moral absolutism. You know, there’s always that guy who wants to point out that Martin Luther King cheated on his wife— as if he obviously couldn’t have been a great person if he did something like that. Or someone will bring out an inspirational quote, and get you to agree, and then inform you that Hitler said it. As if a good thought couldn’t come from Hitler. Moral absolutism keeps us from learning from the past. It’s easy to say: ‘Hitler was a demon. Nazis were all bad seeds.’ That’s simple. It’s much harder to say: ‘Is that humanity? Is that me?’"


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rhamphotheca:

Crater Lake National Park - OR, USA
Northern Spotted Owls (Strix occidentalis caurina) prefer the mature forests like the ones that surround Crater Lake with trees that are on average over 200 years old. Habitat loss has caused the Northern Spotted Owl to be listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Another reason why Crater Lake is such an important national park!
 Photograph by S. Hansen

rhamphotheca:

Northern Spotted Owls (Strix occidentalis caurina) prefer the mature forests like the ones that surround Crater Lake with trees that are on average over 200 years old. Habitat loss has caused the Northern Spotted Owl to be listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Another reason why Crater Lake is such an important national park!

Photograph by S. Hansen


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~ Wednesday, August 6 ~
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astronomy-to-zoology:

Kakapo

(Strigops habroptila)

also known as the night parrot the kakapo is a species of parrot in the superfamily Strigopoidea (New Zealand Parrots) found exclusively in New Zealand. These parrots are special in that they are flightless, the only extant parrot today that is flightless. they are also quite large with adults growing up to 2ft long. and unlike other flightless birds they still have wings which they use for balance and support (supporting the trees down hypothesis). they also have modified feathers around their beak called vibrissae which they use like whiskers, as they are nocturnal and forage for food on the forest floor with an acute sense of smell. they are critically endangered with only 126  individuals left all of which are named

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Psittaciformes-Strigopoidea-Strigopidae-Strigops-habroptilla

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griseus:

The spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus), an amazing creature that walks the ocean floor, is a rare Australian fish from the family Brachionichthyidae. It is classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List 2002. is the first Australian marine species to be threatened with extinction.

The greatest threats to the handfish appear to be siltation and invasive species. The Derwent Estuary where the fish lives is highly urbanised and industrialised, and a range of marine pests have been introduced through shipping.  One key pest is the Northern Pacific Seastar (Asterias amurensis), a particularly large and voracious predator that is now abundant in the estuary. Studies by CSIRO show that the seastars eat the stalked ascidians that the handfish use to attach their eggs.

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tiny-creatures:

Pangolin by BTphotographic on Flickr.
A pangolin /ˈpæŋɡəlɪn/ (also referred to as a scaly anteater or trenggiling) is a mammal of the order Pholidota. The one extant family, Manidae, has one genus, Manis, which comprises eight species. A number of extinct species are known. A pangolin has large keratin scales covering its skin, and is the only known mammal with this adaptation.[2] It is found naturally in tropical regions throughout Africa and Asia. The name, pangolin, comes from the Malay word, pengguling, meaning “something that rolls up”.

tiny-creatures:

Pangolin by BTphotographic on Flickr.

A pangolin /ˈpæŋɡəlɪn/ (also referred to as a scaly anteater or trenggiling) is a mammal of the order Pholidota. The one extant family, Manidae, has one genus, Manis, which comprises eight species. A number of extinct species are known. A pangolin has large keratin scales covering its skin, and is the only known mammal with this adaptation.[2] It is found naturally in tropical regions throughout Africa and Asia. The name, pangolin, comes from the Malay word, pengguling, meaning “something that rolls up”.

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buzzfeed:

The 31 Realest Tumblr Posts About Being A Women

*stands up*

*salutes*

*applauds forever*


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~ Saturday, July 5 ~
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stormesend:

"To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die."

"Take me out tonight

Because I want to see people and I

Want to see life”

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