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Sloths welcome here

Posted: May 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Sloth-crossing signs are a familiar sight in Costa Rica, where the slow-moving creatures abound. Injured and orphaned sloths have found tender loving care at the Sloth Sanctuary, run by Judy Avey-Arroyo, Luis Arroyo, and their family.

Since 1992, the Sloth Sanctuary has rescued more than 500 sloths, treating and releasing as many as it can and providing a permanent home for those unable to survive in the wild due to disability or other issues.

And what to the sloths have to say about that?

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Home

Posted: May 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Spring has sprung, and that means one important thing to our feathered friends. Time to build a nest!

The weaver bird shows off impressive beak-knitting skills.

Bald eagles need room. And lots of it.

Hummingbirds just want a cozy nook.

White storks like roof access.

Swallows prefer a wall. And some mud.

Eurasian coots like a waterfront view.

And this is what it’s ALL about. These beautiful sparrow’s eggs couldn’t ask for a homier dwelling.

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Knitwear in nature

Posted: February 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

These fashionable penguins in Australia’s Phillip Island are wearing jumpers hand-knitted by 109-year-old Alfie Date from New South Wales.

Alfie Date learned to knit in 1932. After an oil spill, Phillip Island’s Penguin Foundation put out the call for knitted jumpers to help prevent the pengies from swallowing the oil when they cleaned themselves, and to help keep them dry.

Alfie got right on it, and with style. These pengies know they’re runway ready!

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Gary?

Posted: September 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

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Nature’s paintbrush

Posted: June 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Eucalyptus deglupta, or rainbow eucalyptus, produces bark so colorful you’d think it was watered with paint.

This evergreen tree is native to moist, humid, tropical forested areas in New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Philippine Islands. It is the only eucalyptus tree that is indigenous to the Northern Hemisphere.

The beauty and mystery of Nature shines in this magical plant!

 
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Hidden treasure

Posted: April 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Photographer Linden Gledhill isn’t content to capture butterflies and moths in all their glory. He aims his lens at the microscopic scales of their wings. The results are breathtaking.

Here’s Hypolimnas dexithea, or the Madagascar diadem.

This is Papilio lormieri, the Central Emperor Swallowtail.

Here is Precis rhadama, or the Brush-footed Butterfly.

And last, but not least—Argema mittrei, the Comet Moth.

 

Find more of Linden Gledhill’s astounding microscopic photography here.

And look for hidden beauty around you today!

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Yuri’s bears

Posted: May 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

The wonderful illustrator Yuri Vasnetsov was born in Russia in 1900. He studied modern art but found his greatest inspiration in traditional Russian folk art and his love of wildlife. Animals of all kinds spring to life in his drawings and paintings with much humor and sometimes a touch of dread. Bears were a favorite subject. Here are some terrific examples.

Mr. Vasnetsov was able to give all his animal creations a strong and distinct personality. Despite having lost a leg and trekking in deep snow, this bear seems to be looking on the bright side of life. It’s good to be home!

⌃Here are the famous Three Bears in a happy daytime woodland scene.

⌃And a different trio in a nighttime setting.

⌃This bear has found a  reluctant sailing companion, who also serves as a boat!

 

⌃And this painting shows Yuri’s love of bears is shared by all.

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Would you like to live in a nest?

Posted: April 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

California artist Jayson Fann created this wonderful human-sized nest and many others like it. He calls them “spirit nests” and looks to the bird-created variety for inspiration. Strong, safe, and cozy, they are the perfect place to relax and contemplate the beauty of Nature.

A spirit nest is a wonderful spot to nap or read a book…

or simply watch the stars. I am picturing myself in a peaceful spirit nest by the sea and loving it!

Photos (c) Jayson Fann

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Very punny

Posted: July 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Yes to the Yeti!

Posted: April 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Letters to T | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Keylan and Jake from Long Beach, CA write:

Dear T,

We are not interested in stories about vampires. We don’t care about werewolves, either. Or ghosts. And especially not mermaids! What we ARE interested in is the Yeti or Abominable Snowman. Here is a story we’ve written about the mighty Yeti called SNOBEAST. We both worked on the cover drawing. Those are the Himalaya mountains in the back. What do you think?

T replies:

Thanks for letting me read your Yeti story, Keylan and Jake! SNOBEAST sent chills of terror and excitement up and down my spine. I have long been fascinated by tales of the Yeti. I’m a believer!

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