The Master of Fashion, Givenchy

Fashion, Givenchy, Uncategorized

Even with the right skills, few artists can make a career from a dream. Getting recognition for abilities is an uphill battle, and the luckiest—those who gain a lifetime of international success—tend to only be remembered for a single thing after death. This will likely be the bittersweet fate of the very lucky Hubert de…

via Hubert de Givenchy, like many great artists, will be remembered for just one thing — Quartz

Coco Chanel’s Fascination With Fashion Started Early in Life

Coco Chanel, Fashion, Uncategorized

Later in life Coco never used the word “orphanage.” Instead, she said her father took her to stay with unmarried “aunts” who always dressed in gray and black. “My aunts were good people, but absolutely without tenderness,” she would say. “I was not loved in their house.” She told the girls at the orphanage that…

via Coco Chanel’s Fascination With Fashion Started Early in Life — TIME

In Appreciation of Skunks

Animals, Nature, Skunks, Uncategorized, Wildlife

When you start to think about skunks, the thing that comes most to mind is the overwhelmingly identifiable stench that these small creatures can produce. Skunks are often vilified for their over-the-top predator defense mechanism, and most people have a story of it plaguing campgrounds, pets, and homes. But these cat-sized mammals actually have some […]

via In Appreciation of Skunks — New York State Parks Blog

Climate Change & the Humble Sunflower

#photography, #photos, Climate Change, Nature, Plants, Science, Sunflowers, Uncategorized

The humble sunflower appears not quite of this earth. Its yellow crowned head sits atop its stalk like a green broomstick. Its seeds, arranged in a logarithmic spiral, are produced by tiny flowers called disc florets that emerge from the center of its head and radiate outward. But aside from being a biological marvel, the…

via One plant has the ability to help us understand climate change — Quartz

Imagine a world without the wonder: it’s coming

Amazon, Animals, Climate Change, Conservation, Galapagos, Madagascar, Plants, Uncategorized, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation

As much as half of wildlife and 60% of plants in the world’s richest forests could be at risk of extinction in the next century if stronger efforts aren’t taken to combat climate change, according to a new report on the risks of rising global temperatures. The landmark study was conducted by the World Wildlife…

via Half of All Wildlife Could Disappear from the Amazon, Galapagos and Madagascar Due to Climate Change — TIME

A fountain for all feathers

Birds, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Uncategorized

This morning’s ecumenical gathering of the birds at the fountain — seen through my (dirty) kitchen window. I think the orange one is a Bullock’s Oriole — the first I’ve seen on my rooftop garden.

via Birds of various feathers — View From Casita Colibrí

Stephen Hawking and Pop Culture

Physics, Science, Stephen Hawking, Uncategorized

Stephen Hawking died this morning, his family announced. He was 76. Diagnosed with the motor neuron disease ALS at age 21 in 1963, Hawking was initially given a life expectancy of two years. Over the next five decades, though, he became the world’s foremost physicist—scoring monumental achievements in cosmology that helped scientists and the rest…

via A brief history of Stephen Hawking’s pop culture cameos — Quartz