The Long-tailed Widowbird:
The Long-tailed Widowbird is found in Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia.
The first time I saw this bird was in book when I was a little girl. We had to create a project and I instantly fell in love with this beauty. I first witnessed it with my own eyes a little later riding in a packed minicab with my mother traveling from South Africa to Lesotho to attend a funeral in our village. One flew alongside us as though chaperoning us to the pain and heavy freedom of a family burial. Squashed in between tired mine-workers, city dwellers going home, I fell in love even more. It’s my favourite bird.
I admit I forgot it was Earth Day today until I came across Dynamic Africa's posts on my Dashboard. Everyday is Earth Day for us Africans I believe. Nonetheless, seeing all that natural beauty reminded me of my favourite animals, birds, insects from home.
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Apollo II, manned by lone astronaut Jebediah Kermin, is the first Apollo mission to reach the Mun. Jeb would be the first Kerbal to leave his home planet and come within 10,000 meters of the alien surface. His 3 day mission was successful, and served as the springboard for future Munar missions.
APII-01 - KASA diagrams for a Trans-Munar Injection, plotted the rocket assisted sling-shot to the Mun.
APII-02 - Apollo II burns towards the Mun.
APII-03 - Apollo II makes it’s closest pass over the moon, screeching over the surface at about 700 meters per second. The closest approach let Jebidiah Kermin run experiments at 10,000 meters above the surface.
APII-04 - Jeb snaps the first ever “Kerbalrise” photo, the first Kerbal to ever do so.
APII-05 - Apollo II begins it’s heated reentry to Kerbal.
APII-06 - Parachuted successfully launched, letting Apollo II gently touch down on the rolling Kerbal countryside.
this bearded dragon enjoys dressing as a real dragon.
dream big, little one
Go bearded dragon. Live your dream.DID I NOT JUST TELL YOU WE’RE DOING THIS
“When thinking of iconic romance, ask yourself if any imagery (paintings, photographs, film-stills) comes to mind that is not showing heterosexual couples? Probably not,” says photographer Braden Summers of his photo series of everyday gay and lesbian couples from around the globe.
Javier Pérez: En Puntas (2013)
Video installation of variable measurements comprising:
Sculpture: pointe shoes, stainless steel knives
Video projection: HD blu-ray, with sound, screened on a wall
A ballerina, whose pointe shoes are extended by a set of sharp kitchen knives, dances and twirls insistently until reaching exhaustion, fighting to maintain balance on the lid of a grand piano set on a stage. The theatre with its red velvet warm lighting, resembles an oversized music box. The camera turns around the dancer revealing the opposite side of the room: an empty and painfully bare theatre.
The ballerina appears as an eerie figure expressing effort, sacrifice and pain in her strive for perfection. Both fragile and cruel. Initially shy and hesitant, her steps become more and more emphatic, menacing and not exempt of violence, scraping and cutting into the delicate surface of the piano with her sharp pointe shoes.
Through this work, Javier Perez investigates and reflects once again upon the human condition. Using a strongly metaphorical language rich in powerful symbolism, he reveals the weaknesses that become the boundaries between seemingly irreconcilable concepts such as: beauty and cruelty, fragility and violence, culture and nature or life and death.
guys this is fabulouly startling