"In #ancient#Chinese five-elements theory, the fall is a season when we are called to let go of all that no longer serves us• As we let go of what we no longer need, we prepare to move into the season of #winter--a time of receptivity that sometimes feels like emptiness. The #movement of #nature right now is a #downward movement. The #nights are getting long. There are fewer hours of #daylight. Things aren't growing much right now. Most of the trees have dropped their #leaves. If we didn't know better, we would think they had died, that this was the end. It certainly looks like it is all over. And our bodies respond with fear at some #unconscious level because we still have the #animal#knowledge that we could die out there in the #cold. We feel our #physical#vulnerability keenly• Winter is a time of #conserving and #replenishing, of #gathering#energy. The #trees hold energy deep within their #trunks and #roots. Life is held internally and #underground • If you have ever stepped outside after a heavy #snowfall, you have experienced the quiet of winter. Winter is a time of deep listening--to ourselves, to one another, to the silence. It's a time of not knowing, of hanging out with possibilities. We are #naturally called to "be" more than "do." It is easier to see the #essence of things in this season. The trees are no longer shielded by their leaves, so we can see their #fundamental#structure. It may also be a time we can see our own true nature more clearly• The plants rest in winter, gathering potency so that they can burst forth in the spring. The Farmers' Almanac suggests that people in moderate climates store their seeds in the refrigerator if they don't have cold winters. The cold and #dark allows the seeds to gather power for energetic start in spring. If we truly allow ourselves to restore and replenish ourselves in winter, we will have the strength to burst forth in the spring. Imagine how much force it takes for a seed to burst out of its casing and push through the soil to reach the sun. The plant may run up against a stone, but that doesn't stop it. It simply finds a way around."Jeanne Mackey #underground#cult
my frame-a kodiak brown bear through the rangefinder @ the academy of natural sciences of drexel university, philadelphia, USA
The Kodiak brown bear is the largest of the Alaskan brown bears. Its varied diet follows the season, for example, it grazes on plants in the summer and eats salmon and berries during the late summer to fall.
Brown bears are a subgroup of the grizzly bear, but they are now only found in Alaska and isolated regions of northern Canada. They are rarely found in the lower 48 US states, but were once found as far south as Mexico and as far west as the Sierra Mountains.
Brown bears are often said to be unpredictable, but attacks on humans are rare. The few reported attacks that there are, however, are made by injured bears or females protecting or separated from their cubs. Brown bears are generally solitary creatures with no natural predators. #academyofnaturalsciencesatdrexel#diorama#kodiakisland#kodiakbear#conserving#hunting#conservation#academyofnaturalsciencesatdrexel@artfuldodgersimaging@hellokiosk@francescamaffeogallery#mamiya7ii@filmsnotdead
takin diorama, the academy of natural sciences of drexel university, philadelphia, usa
These takins were collected at the base of the Himalayas along the Tibetan/Chinese border by Brook Dolan’s expedition party in 1932. They were grazing in a rhododendron forest, carefully copied for this diorama by museum preparators relying on precise field notes, illustrations and photographs.
(Budorcas taxicolor tibetana)
The takin of West-Central China has as its closest living relative the musk-ox of North America. Groups live on densely vegetated mountain slopes, feeding on green grass, bean leaves, willow and bamboo shoots. Like a goat, a takin can rear up on its hind limbs to reach leaves as high as nine feet. It migrates seasonally up and down mountain slopes. Wandering in the vegetation between grazing area’s and salt licks, the takin carves out trails which are often used by pandas and other animals.
With its stocky build and short, stout limbs, the takin is able to climb steep, rocky terrain. Mating occurs in mid summer; the young are born in the spring. The shaggy coat is thick and oily, providing protection against cold and dampness. The colour of the coat varies from blackish brown to golden, depending on the animals sex and its geographic location. Females are usually darker than males.
Trying to copy a friend of mine international conference tommorow he is having a habit of interupting within a serious matter though its just for some blood gains, laughter is the best medicine.... #conserving#memories#as#captions
@netek3001 #Repost@stopanimalcruelty14 with @repostapp
a member of Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) anti poaching team stands ready with an axe, over the carcass of an elephant slaughtered earlier by poachers. The elephant was discovered by a joint team of KWS and conservancy rangers. The gruesome task of removing the ivory from the elephant falls to those attending the scene from KWS. Once removed, the ivory will be transported to a place of secure store where it will remain, until such a time as the world decides it’s future..photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid for @natgeo from work documenting community conservation in northern Kenya - ‘with butterflies and warriors’. Five wildlife rangers and three other men working in wildlife protection lost their lives in four separate countries in the past month, highlighting the numerous hazards rangers and their colleagues face in protecting the world’s wild lands and species. Sadly we are becoming accustomed to this reality. Let’s not forget that it falls to those very same individuals, who give their lives on our behalf to protect the wildlife, to also deal with the carnage when poachers sadly succeed, or worse still leave an animal mortally wounded. @forrangers are a dedicated group of individuals who are raising money for the welfare of rangers who risk their lives daily to protect Africa’s endangered species. Rather than just tell the story – the @forrangers team hope that by taking part in some of the hardest, most challenging endurance events on the planet, they can draw attention not only to the plight of Africa’s wildlife, and the poaching crisis, but the hardships and dangers the rangers are exposed to in trying to protect our wildlife - and in doing so, raise funds that go directly to rangers’ welfare. On the 9th of March @forrangers CO founder @newlandpete will be starting the 6633 Arctic Ultra Marathon to raise funds for @forrangers. I’ll keep updating with Pete’s progress as and when we hear from him. To see more of my work for @natgeo and personal projects, follow me @chancellordavid@natgeo and follow the work of @forrangers and @newlandpete#nopoaching#protecting#conserving#africa
: Chn's March sch hol's is almost over. Today I went to popular to get some stuff for chn. At the same time, I got some painting stuff for myself...feel like painting out some images in my head...for e longest time.
For this marathon...ive made many adjustments & sacrifices to accomodate all the trainings & recovery. To date, I've not done Jazz, Funkblitz for 7 wks (rotting away) by now. Not done any single classes pilates, SF classes for almost a mth (killing me). Dying to see my frens...the wholesome music (loud or instrumental). Counting down to just 1 more week. Finished or unfinished race...I just want to go bk to Amore & learn some other things outside. #that which words cannot express...let me paint #boxed up #conserving. recovery for injury. run without training #hope for e best; prepare for e worst #this injury shd not hve occured @ e critical moment---1 mth b4 actual race #give me a miracle
'storm' from 'handle like eggs' by David Chancellor @chancellordavid@gupmagazine showing @francescamaffeogallery until the 15.05.17 #handlelikeeggs#lovelosslifeanddeath “I once saw a box. Simply a Tupperware container actually, only slightly grander than that. It was indistinguishable from many other boxes of the same nature other than the fact it had a strip of white surgical tape on its lid. Written in ‘sharpie’ were the words ‘handle like eggs’. ‘What’s in there?’ I asked, ‘it’s a heart...and ice of course to keep it alive’.” -David Chancellor
On March 3rd, the Francesca Maffeo Gallery in the UK opened a new exhibition by David Chancellor: Handle like Eggs. Chancellor, widely known for his photography dedicated to wildlife preservation, has combined private and public work in this exhibition, at one moment covering the elephant poaching crisis in Africa, at another presenting an intimate picture of his wife and son in a hotel room in Zurich. At first these two worlds seem far apart, but both the world of Chancellor’s family and the world of man versus beast share the same themes at heart: love, loss, life and death. And the worlds are thus blended together, where man and beast live at odds, permeating the intimate sphere of family life, and vice versa.
Thank you @gupmagazine@francescamaffeogallery@hellokiosk#lovelosslifeanddeath@artfuldodgersimaging@bwyanoleary#rangers#elephant#rhino#conserving#stoppoaching#africa
A percentage of all sales from this exhibition will be given to @forrangers to support their continued work across Africa.