on midway atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. the nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted pacific ocean.
"for me, kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. …like the albatross, we [the consumers and polluters of this world] find ourselves lacking the ability to discern anymore what is nourishing from what is toxic to our lives and souls." - chris jordan
Have You Ever Wondered Where Chickens Come From??
When a hen ovulates, the result is a yolk, which can be fertilized internally by sperm from a rooster. The yolk, whether it’s fertilized or not, is then covered by egg white and then eggshell before the egg is laid. Stages of chicken development after laying:
Day 3: Nose, legs and wings begin to form
Day 6: Beak begins to form
Day 10: Beak begins to harden
Day 15: Scales, claws and beak getting ready to break the shell
Day 18: Yolk will enter the body cavity of the developing chick
Day 21: Chick hatches!!
…and word to the wise: The eggs we buy in the grocery store are not fertilized, so although a fertilized egg may pass through the cracks once in a very long while, the usual grocery store egg will not develop a chick…..
gimme yers, I need more friend safaris!
Vanadinite on Mn-Fe Oxides; Taouz, Er Rachidia Province, Morocco
Baby budgies, December 5th, 2013. One is an albino with cinnamon, the other is a very dark gray. Brother & Sister.
Amazing illustrations by Tatsuyuki Tanaka. I came across his work in a book called Cannabis Works. All I know about him is that he has worked in animation - notably Akira. There doesn’t seem to be much of his art out there besides Cannabis Works and even that seems to be out of print. I would love to see more of his work if anyone has any links.
I actually own this book. I bought it when I was living in SF for like 3 bucks? I like looking at it.
I need to get a hold on this.
Octopus Suckers Have Groovy Secret for Strength
Octopus suckers are extraordinary. They can move and grasp objects independently. They can “taste” the water around them. They can even form a seal on rough surfaces underwater. And as a many a diver, biologist and intrepid eater can attest, these little suckers are strong.
This strength is astounding, especially considering that their tissue is similar in softness to jellyfish jelly. But we know little about the stuff these awesome suckers are really made of.