Monthly Archives: May 2014

Echoes in the Mist

white bull IMG_3725 2 These and other bulls shown are not jallikattu bulls, but were rescued from illegal transport by Blue Cross of India.


By Sharon St Joan

Continued from Part One.


To read Part One first, click here.



“Tamil Nadu will burn.”

Following Jairam Ramesh’s ruling, when the High Court of Tamil Nadu was just at the point of banning jallikattu, the lawyers representing the sport’s promoters issued a dire warning that the jallikattu events for that year were already well beyond the planning stage, and that if they were canceled, then “Tamil Nadu will burn.” This threat of violent civil unrest gave the judges pause for thought, and they declined to ban jallikattu, much to the dismay of animal advocates.

Earlier, on November 27, 2010, the Supreme Court of India had refused to ban jallikattu, despite an appeal by the AWBI. The Court stated that there were already…

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Echoes in the Mist


red bullIMG_3744 2 This is not a jallikattu bull, but one rescued from illegal transport by Blue Cross of India.


By Sharon St Joan

Is the Supreme Court of India on the verge of banning jallikattu? And what is jallikattu?

With a case now before the Supreme Court, there is a chance that this cruel event, an Indian version of the running of the bulls, may be banned.


What is jallikattu?

Early every spring jallikattu events are held in central Tamil Nadu, in south India.

During jallikattu, the bulls are released through a gate. They then run along a corridor between two fences, required to be eight feet high, with crowds of shouting spectators held back behind the fences. In the area through which the bulls run, several hundred young men mill about, and when a bull comes running through the gate, they leap up and grab the hump of…

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

Amazon kingfisher, 22 March 2014

In the afternoon of 22 March 2014, we were still in wetlands of Guanacaste province in Costa Rica. Among the birds there, this Amazon kingfisher.

A black-crowned night heron.

A pygmy kingfisher.

Boat-billed heron, 22 March 2014

A boat-billed heron.

A spotted sandpiper flies past.

After the two smaller kingfisher species, Costa Rica’s biggest species on a branch: a ringed kingfisher.

Lesser nighthawk, 22 March 2014

A lesser nighthawk sleeping on another branch.

Yellow-naped parrot, 22 March 2014

A yellow-naped parrot in a tree.

Solitary sandpiper, 22 March 2014

A solitary sandpiper in a pool.

Bare-throated tiger heron, 22 March 2014

A bare-throated tiger heron.

Bare-throated tiger heron, Costa Rica, 22 March 2014

It tries to look like a pole, like bitterns sometimes do.

Great egret, 22 March 2014

A great egret.

Harris's hawk, 22 March 2014

A Harris’s hawk in a tree.

Black-bellied whistling ducks.

A limpkin.

More about Costa, on 23 March 2014, will be on this blog soon.

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news from (and about) the trees

New this week:

Salamander’s Hefty Role in the Forest
The top predator in North American forests is the woodland salamander, who lives under a rock, or a log, or any convenient dark and damp forest habitat. Only a few inches long and weighing well under an ounce, they nevertheless eat a huge number of insects termed “shredding invertebrates,” who cause leaf litter to release carbon and methane into the atmosphere more than if it were simply left on the ground to decay and be covered up by further dropping of leaves.


New Insights into the Make-up of Tropical Forests Could Improve Carbon Offsetting Initiatives –
new studies from enhanced satellite imagery shows that not all species of tree store carbon in the same way. This is a key factor in carbon offset schemes, in which trees are given a cash value according to their carbon content, and…

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Natalia Maks

Initially, I dedicated this blog to my travel photography, however as time was passing by I realized that all my interests in life are connected, interchangeable and overlapping. My major in school was Textile Design for a reason: I always was hunting for colors and textures, for new patterns and unique folk designs. I think these interests got projected onto my photography. Photography gave me the opportunity to capture and later on analyze much wider variety of designs and form representations. I found a lot of inspiration in the designs I collected around the word and I try to implement them in my original artwork. I’ll be happy if some of you will find the connections or make your own.

If you would like to purchase my images for any type of publishing or personal use please contact me via e-mail and I gladly assist you. All images are…

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Imani is a 18 year old lowland gorilla at the San Diego Safari (Wild Animal) Park and this is her newborn baby delivered on March 12, 2014. (Please click to enlarge).

This is the 17th gorilla born at the Park. The baby was delivered by cesarean section and born with a collapsed lung and severe pneumonia. The neonate had surgery at birth, was treated for the pneumonia, and reunited with her mother at age 12 days.
Mama Imani has basically not put the baby down since the reunification.
Gorillas are such good mamas and could teach humans a thing or three about maternal child bonding.
The baby’s head lolls when it falls asleep. Mama is always holding baby’s hand as you can see in these pics.
Mama Imani was also a surrogate mother to Frank, now a five year old gorilla. She is still quite attached to Frank. All the…

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video is called Wildlife of the American Southwest and Mexico.

From Wildlife Extra:

Ancient forest saved in Mexico

Around 435 acres of old growth forest (a forest that has attained great age without significant disturbance) in Sierra Gorda, Mexico, has been purchased by the World Land Trust with help from their conservation partner in Mexico Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda.

The purchase was coordinated by Roberto Pedraza, GRSG’s Technical Director, who had first heard in 2013 that the property might be coming on to the market.

“The risk of degradation was real as cattle ranching is still a widespread activity, supported by different government agencies and a cultural thing to do,” explained Roberto. “Cattle ranching involves clearing forest, and forest fires, so every acre protected from the pressure of humans and livestock counts.”

The property will extend Las Arenitas, a reserve created with funds from WLT…

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