As always, The Weather Channel is great for more than just checking the forecast. Since I’m suddenly standing in for Wayne, today’s thread is going to explore a few recent articles from TWC:
First, from “A Race Against Time: Photos Capture Animals Before They Disappear”, by Michele Berger:
“Joel Sartore has ambitious plans: To photograph all 10,000 or so animals currently in captivity before they go extinct. Over the course of nine years, this National Geographic photographer has made great progress, capturing some 3,300 animals to date. Still, he thinks getting the remaining creatures will take the rest of his life — and he’s ok with that because he believes in this project.
It’s called Photo Ark, and Sartore sees it as both a snapshot of our time and as a call to action.” … “We really need to show people that this is a tragedy and it is the issue of our time,” he said. “It is folly to think that we can doom half of all species to extinction and think it won’t harm humanity.”
Among the animals included in the 15-photo slide show is the adorable Coquerel’s sifaka:
Coquerels sifaka (from the Bronx Zoo Gallery)
Next, we’re going to the birds with “Stunning Bird Portaits from Around the World”, also by Michele Berger. The 41 photos by Andrew Zuckerman include representations of such oddities as:
~ The Silkie Bantam Chicken, “…one of the few breeds with five toes instead of four.”
Silkie Bantam Chickens (photo courtesy keepingchickens.com)
~ The Wattled Curassow:
Wattled Curassow (source psms29-com)
~ The Lilac-Breasted Roller
~ And the Twelve-Wired Bird of Paradise
Twelve-Wired Bird of Paradise
Finally, apparently I was unaware of the recent week-long international kite festival in parts of India, but there’s a photo gallery of 40 pics to prove it. (Some Bollywood actor is the subject of too many of the photos, but the kites are unusual.)
This is our daily open thread–if you’re somewhere freezing like Wayne and I, stay warm today!