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Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

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jumpingjacktrash: splickedylit: crown-of-weeds: Call Me…

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

jumpingjacktrash:

splickedylit:

crown-of-weeds:

Call Me Maybe, with a full orchestra and classical choir.

It starts out as a very solem joke, and then it becomes bright and beautiful and joyful.

GUYS IT’S A BOP

i love this! i feel like whoever arranged it understood why the song is so well loved, and really captured that hopeful, giddy thrill of infatuation. such a bright thing. this is going in my happy spam tag for cheering me up on rainy days.

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catonhottinroof: Ivan Fedorovich Choultsé (1874 – 1939)  Soir…

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

catonhottinroof:

Ivan Fedorovich Choultsé (1874 – 1939)  

Soir doré (Pays Basque)

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culturenlifestyle: Landscape Through an Artist’s…

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

culturenlifestyle:

Landscape Through an Artist’s Eyes

Istanbul-based painter, decorator, and interior designer Adem Potaş delicately paints stunning scenes of nature.

Keep reading

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mostlythemarsh: Once you spot this stuff you see it everywhere…

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

mostlythemarsh:

Once you spot this stuff you see it everywhere and wonder… is everything orange on the inside?

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catonhottinroof: Geraldine Jacoba van de Sande Bakhuyzen (1826…

Friday, October 20th, 2017

catonhottinroof:

Geraldine Jacoba van de Sande Bakhuyzen (1826 – 1895)

BLUMENSTILLLEBEN MIT SCHMETTERLING, 1884

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mostlythemarsh: Below

Friday, October 20th, 2017

mostlythemarsh:

Below

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Friday, October 20th, 2017

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Thursday, October 19th, 2017

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lsleofskye: Santa Cruz Island | posesawkwardly

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

lsleofskye:

Santa Cruz Island | posesawkwardly

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heartofoshun: Captain and Shieldmaiden by Achen089      ‘Then,…

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

heartofoshun:

Captain and Shieldmaiden by Achen089

     ‘Then, Éowyn of Rohan, I say to you that you are beautiful. In the valleys of our hills there are flowers fair and bright, and maidens fairer still; but neither flower nor lady have I seen till now in Gondor so lovely, and so sorrowful. It may be that only a few days are left ere darkness falls upon our world, and when it comes I hope to face it steadily; but it would ease my heart, if while the Sun yet shines, I could see you still. For you and I have both passed under the wings of the Shadow, and the same hand drew us back.’

     ‘Alas, not me, lord!’ she said. ‘Shadow lies on me still. Look not to me for healing! I am a shieldmaiden and my hand is ungentle. But I thank you for this at least, that I need not keep to my chamber. I will walk abroad by the grace of the Steward of the City.’

The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings

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Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

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Hey lies!! Lies! Hey!! I’m so excited!! I just saw what i think was an adult female merlin outside my back door!! I opened my door and it was just there on the ground, and i looked at it, and it looked at me, and then it flew away. It must have just caught something because there were feathers strewn all around where it was standing (they were small and black, from a black phoebe i think??? we’ve got a lot of those). I didn’t know what it was at first because it was so small!! but it was cute!

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

That is so cool! (Well, except for the phoebe. Kind of a bummer for them.) But yeah! Merlins are the best!

As it turns out I’m about 90 minutes away from giving a talk on birds of prey as part of my ongoing series of beginner birdwatching classes I’m doing, and my talk has Actual Merlin Content. There’s a Merlin (or maybe more than one; I’m not sure) that I’ve been seeing a fair amount in the last few weeks as I’ve been ramping up my birding obsession in anticipation of the Christmas Count. A few days ago I got to watch it chasing/being chased by a group of crows at the Carpinteria Bluffs. That ruled.

Fun fact (of which you may already be aware): A few years ago ornithologists were surprised to discover that falcons have more genetic code in common (and hence share a more-recent common ancestor) with parrots than they do with other birds of prey. The fact that falcons look and act like hawks is more a case of convergent evolution than actual close kinship.

So: Awesome fastest-creature-on-earth murder parrots FTW!

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essenceofarda: More Silmarillion and lotr sketches :)Young…

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

essenceofarda:

More Silmarillion and lotr sketches :)

Young Galadriel, young Celeborn, and a little

Celebrían.

Also Beren and

Lúthien. 

As I’m reading the book I’m sketching out the characters as they appear in my mind. I’m having lots of fun sketching out how I imagine the characters… but I’m falling behind :’O

Thingol and Melian

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Lies you NEED to watch the 2007 Northanger Abbey!!!! It’s not perfect, but the leads are terrifically charming (Felicity Jones!! JJ Fields! There’s even Carey Mulligan as Isabella Thorpe!). Please watch and let me know what you think :D

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

I’m def. gonna.

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tinysaurus-rex: THE TINIEST FEET

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

tinysaurus-rex:

THE TINIEST FEET

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Countdown to Volvo Ocean Race >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Countdown to Volvo Ocean Race >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News:

a-solitary-sea-rover:

On October 22 at 1200 UTC, the longest endurance race in the world begins, the Volvo Ocean Race. Libby Greenhalgh, who was navigator for Team SCA in the 2014-15 edition, shares insight as the seven teams prepare for this eight month challenge.

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quickthreebeers: I’ve been on a brief hiatus because helping…

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

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quickthreebeers:

I’ve been on a brief hiatus because helping the people you care about is more important than birding. I had originally planned to leave South Jersey once I got my truck up and running, but I’ve stayed a week longer. I got extremely lucky as I heard reports of a White-winged tern in Philadelphia just as I was headed to Camden! I (naturally) forgot my camera, but did get a terrible-quality video of this rare visitor! (at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge At Tinicum)

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“Meanwhile, in Alaska, the change in administrations in Washington had a more direct impact. In 2014,…”

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

“Meanwhile, in Alaska, the change in administrations in Washington had a more direct impact. In 2014, the EPA, which was still under the management of people who believe that the mission of an environmental protection administration is to, you know, protect the environment, virtually stopped the construction of the Pebble Mine. There have been several hearings over the past few weeks and all indications are that the EPA will soon get out of the way and let the project move forward. The Pebble Mine is an environmental disaster in waiting. It is a massive gold and copper mine hard by the world’s greatest salmon fishery. 60 million salmon a month run through Bristol Bay, and the salmon caught there represent half of the salmon eaten in the world last year. There is so much salmon in and around the bay that humans and bears can catch their respective limits and not get in each other’s way. And, for centuries, the bay has been a reliable source of food for the local native peoples, who also have lined up against the mine. The problem is that the gold beneath the earth at the head of Bristol Bay is buried with millions of tons of sulphur. Mix sulphur, air, and water and you get acid, which does not mix well with salmon at all.”

The Pebble Mine Is an Environmental Disaster in Waiting
(via dendroica)

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virovac: silentflightfeathers: allosauroid: Bristol Bay, home…

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

virovac:

silentflightfeathers:

allosauroid:

Bristol Bay, home to half the world’s Sockeye salmon population, is about to be destroyed.

For more than 15 years, Northern Dynasty
Minerals
, a Canadian mining company, has sought to build a gold and
copper mine in Bristol Bay. And this spring, the Trump administration
took swift action to make that prospect more likely. Environmental
Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt met on May 1 with the CEO of the
Pebble Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of the mining company, CNN reported on September 22
based on interviews and government emails. Little more than an hour
later, according to internal emails, the administrator directed his
staff to reverse Obama-era protections for Bristol Bay, which had been
created after years of scientific review. Based on that work, the
previous administration had aimed to pre-emptively veto certain mining
activities in the ecologically important region.
(Src)

If this mine goes through: Thousands of jobs will be lost, an entire ecosystem will be destroyed and the world’s Sockeye salmon population will be decimated.

We have til October 17th to let the EPA know this decision is wrong.

You can also help by sharing this post and telling others that this is happening, awareness is key!

Shared and Commented! 
Follow the link, there are a lot of words on the page, but the place to comment is on the top right of your screen and says “Comment Here.” It doesn’t require your personal information to comment, but you can submit it with your e-mail for a ‘receipt.’

If you can’t think of what to say here’s mine:
“I am opposed to the proposal to withdraw from the 2014 Proposed Determination that protects Bristol Bay.

This proposal threatens the preservation and continuation of a waterway vital to the health of a key species. Its destruction via the byproducts of the mining process would result in the decimation of the local fishing industry and create cascading destructive effects on ecosystems upstream that depend upon healthy Sockeye Salmon spawning runs.

Please continue to ensure the well-being of this vital waterway by enforcing the EPA region 10 July 2014 Proposed Determination.”

ways to make your opinion known:

  1. Federal eRulemaking Portal (recommended method): Visit regulations.gov (docket ID: EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369) and follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  2. Email: ow-docket@epa.gov (reference docket number EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369 in the email subject line).

Federal eRulemaking Portal (recommended method): Visit regulations.gov (docket ID: EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369) and follow the instructions for submitting comments.Email: ow-docket@epa.gov (reference docket number EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369 in the email subject line).

Not sure how fast post office is fast enough with only two (maybe three) days left but can also mail

Mail:
Water Docket, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Mail Code 28221T
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
Attention: Docket ID No. EPA-R10-OW-2017-0369

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