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mostlythemarsh:Persist

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

mostlythemarsh:

Persist

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Hi! Do you know if there is a standard life list format? The check marks in my field guide aren’t exactly rigorous documentation. I’m willing to “start over” for the sake of better data. Also, in regard to your comment about how birding varies by location, I live on the West Coast so I’ve never seen a blue jay or a cardinal! I would be stoked to find someone else’s “boring” feeder birds.

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

I’m gonna toss this question to​ @woodthrush @cuckoo-ca-choo @awkwardtypo or another proper birder. I am personally a terrible birder, but I’ll offer my answer in any case:

Your life list is what you want it to be. There are some “rules” set out by various birding organizations, but nobody can tell you how to document what you have and haven’t seen! Your life list doesn’t have to be a rigorous and meticulous data sheet, but it also can be if you want it to! You can start it over at any time, or you can keep consecutive year lists in addition to a life list.

The only one rule I subscribe to is this: the life list documents all species you have seen since beginning the act of listing. So, even though I grew up seeing scarlet ibis and roseate spoonbills weekly during my Texas childhood, these species aren’t on my life list because I haven’t seen them since I began birding in 2013.

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mostlythemarsh: Hey Girls

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

mostlythemarsh:

Hey Girls

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sailingshots: Modern sails on not modern boats. Love!

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

sailingshots:

Modern sails on not modern boats.

Love!

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Hi!! I know there are tons of other articles on binoculars (for birding) out there, and ive skimmed a number of them but I really respect your opinion on any bird related matter so, if you have the time for it, what are your thoughts on binoculars? (leaving it pretty open ended. I really want to try picking up birding for the first time) are there any brands or specs that you’re loyal to? general tips on purchase/use?

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Okay, first things first: for your first set of binoculars, my personal opinion is that it’s worth saving up until you have around $200 to spend. Your optical quality is going to go up exponentially until you hit around the $300 mark, and after that your mileage may vary.

Okay, so that was step one: waiting until you have some money squirreled away. Now, time to actually pick your bins! For birding, you want the following:

  1. Roof prism optics
  2. Medium magnification (8x, 9x, or 10x)
  3. A large optical lens (a classic diameter is 42mm)

1. Roof prism optics: this is a modern lens prism construction that allows manufacturers to get more light from the world to your eyes while taking up less space. This is great for birding because you get better optics in a smaller package. Virtually all modern binoculars are roof prism.

2. Magnification: everyone has their own opinion here. I use 8x magnification, because I like to keep the “big picture” visible. However, this means that far away birds are hard to look at! For a beginner, go for the lower end of magnification. Lower magnification is easier to use, because the wobble of your head/hands is less amplified and it’s easier to find your subject in the first place. No use getting those high-powered bins if you can’t even see the bird through ‘em.

3. Optical lens. When you buy binoculars, they’re sold as “NumberxNumber”– for example, 8×42 or 10×52. The first number is the magnification, which we talked about above. The second is the diameter of the optical lens, which is directly affecting how much light gets through to your eye, OR how good the image is. The short answer for picking your optical lens size? Get a nice and beefy one. 42mm is great.

Some brands and models to consider…

Premium binoculars are dumb. If you’re spending over $1000 on binoculars, they’re a status symbol instead of a tool. And if you’re anything like me, you treat your tools like tools– they get dirty, they get banged around, etc. 

When you’re birding, you’re in the woods, the desert, the mountains, the ocean. My binoculars have been through Tanzanian dust storms, a barrage of seabird poo, Amazonian downpours– you get the gist. So I prefer durability to near-imperceptible increases in optical quality.

I personally use a discontinued 8×42 model called the Atlas Intrepid ($309). They’ve been through a lot over 4 years, that’s for sure. But for what it’s worth, I still have people pick them up and marvel at the optical quality! So, being biased, I recommend a similar model to these.

  • Vortex Diamondback 8×42: Vortex is a “mom n pop” newcomer to the optics market. Their products are guaranteed for life, so you can always send them to the factory and get them hand-repaired! 
  • Nikon Monarch Series: Nikon is frequently revamping their popular Monarch line, which is the binocular for young field scientists. Water and fogproofing is one of the many features of this staple line!
  • Maven Optics: probably my top pick for when I invest in a new set of bins. Maven is a newcomer heralded for competitive image quality, and you can customize your bin colors!

My next purchase will probably be Vortex or Maven, and I’ll probably be moving up a 10x model– but that’s because I do a lot of color band resighting and every bit of magnification helps! You can’t go wrong with a solid set of 8×42 bins, and they’ll get you up close to the wildlife around you. Hope this helps!

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Sunday, February 26th, 2017

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roxymoron101: enchantedstoriesandmore: jkl-fff: nicolethestran…

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

roxymoron101:

enchantedstoriesandmore:

jkl-fff:

nicolethestrange101:

heatherm00ch:

I reblog this every time I see it. I just cant

THIS IS WHERE THE MEME CAME FROM

Seriously, though, the French LOVED Edgar Allan Poe,
thanks in particular to Jules Verne.

He even wrote a sequel to Poe’s only novel,
and numerous essays about how great an author Poe was.

By all accounts, Poe (who lived a penniless life in the US)
really *was* baffled by all of this.

Please tell me the Creators of Poe Party have seen this and they’ve agreed to film a mini video with Jules Verne and Poe?

Please??

Will pay much monies for this to happen!

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english-idylls: Winter by Peter Hulance.

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

english-idylls:

Winter by Peter Hulance.

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chandelyer: Rami Kadi spring 2017 couture

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

chandelyer:

Rami Kadi spring 2017 couture

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dappledwithshadow: Cloud Study: Stormy SunsetJohn Constable…

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

dappledwithshadow:

Cloud Study: Stormy Sunset
John Constable
1821-1822

National Gallery of Art – Washington DC (United States)
Painting
Height: 20.3 cm (7.99 in.), Width: 27.3 cm (10.75 in.)

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gael-garcia: “One of my favorite things that I think we added…

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

gael-garcia:

One of my favorite things that I think we added and I think sort of speaks to who Juan is— is he’s on the block, and he’s asking Terence about his mother. And you might not have caught it, but he says she’s in my prayers between blow and smoke. And I think that speaks to that situation and that circumstance. It’s somebody who’s on the corner selling drugs, who is a general and this is his lieutenant, but he’s checking on the brother’s mom and just letting him know – I think the audience then knows that oh, wow, this man has a relationship with a higher power in some capacity. And we would never give that person that kind of credit as we drive past them on the street, very quickly, with our doors locked.Mahershala Ali

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starhasarrived: Conjunction by the Sea Image Credit &…

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

starhasarrived:

Conjunction by the Sea
Image Credit & Copyright: Mike Black

Source

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spc eco – fuck youFuck youYou don’t fool me or anybodyFuck…

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

spc eco – fuck you

Fuck you
You don’t fool me or anybody
Fuck off
You don’t fool me or anybody

Don’t need to feel
Like time is real
I let you down
You
Don’t need to feel
Your dying need
To make it better
Don’t need to make sense
Don’t need to get loud
No need to make a sound

Don’t need to hear
You made it clear
I’m getting tired
Don’t
Be fake to people
Living down and out
I see you in the highest places
Don’t
Need fame
or live
In vain
I boast
The deck of cards

Don’t need to make a scene
Don’t need to get loud
No need to make a sound

Fuck off
You don’t fool me or anybody
Fuck you
You don’t fool me or anybody

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“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the…”

Friday, February 24th, 2017

“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”

Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese” (via icarus-suraki)

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sylvia-morris:sometimes you find more than you could have…

Friday, February 24th, 2017

sylvia-morris:

sometimes you find more than you could have dreamed

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pagewoman: Cairngorms at dusk by Gordon Bain

Friday, February 24th, 2017

pagewoman:

Cairngorms at dusk

by Gordon Bain

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jacindaelena: by Alexander

Friday, February 24th, 2017

jacindaelena:

by Alexander

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flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy: I’ve had teachers in uni who would ask you questions about your work in…

Friday, February 24th, 2017

flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy:

I’ve had teachers in uni who would ask you questions about your work in a way that didn’t encourage answering and made you feel like shit instead. My biggest concern when teaching is to not do that, not make the student feel attacked and mocked for their ‘ignorance’. You don’t write a thesis about your own art while you create it, you’re not prepared for meta. You most often feel it inside you and draw answers from that feeling. And sometimes you really need to be encouraged to not be satisfied with your own comfort, to ask yourself additional questions- this is where the mentor comes in.

What you can’t do is make the student feel like you’re trying to ‘gotcha!’ them with questions that you’ve pre-determined the answers to. If you ask, you’re supposed to want to hear out the answer, whether it comes instantly or after three days of reflection. All prejudices, bias and assumptions aside, you gotta be willing to listen to their thoughts after you challenge them to think.

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Coraline, Rose BerlinI see you thereAnd I wonder how and…

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Coraline, Rose Berlin

I see you there
And I wonder how and why
I’m here I see her there
Always wanted
Always wanted someone who’d
Pay me attention
Oh well now I’ve got it
So why do I feel so alone?

We are small but we are many
We are many we are small
We were here before you rose
And we will be here when you fall

Inside her eyes
There’s nothing
But a face
No complexion and no life
Even though I can’t see
What she’s thinking
I can tell
Somehow I see her there

We have teeth and we have tails
We have tails and we have eyes
We were here before you fell
And we will be here when you rise

Other mother
See me cry
Have pity
All I want is to be at home
There’s nothing
There

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lazyjacks:Reliance, circa 1903Detroit Publishing Company…

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

lazyjacks:

Reliance, circa 1903
Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
LC-D4-21723

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