starry-eyed-wolfchild:

nubbsgalore:

photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.

when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”

approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.

cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts

texturism:

cactus no. 75 from kwang-ho lee. from strange plants, a new book that explores the relationship between artists and plants. | via tmagazine 

texturism:

cactus no. 75 from kwang-ho lee. from strange plants, a new book that explores the relationship between artists and plants. | via tmagazine 

mymodernmet:

Tree house architect Alex Shirley-Smith designed the Tentsile, a portable, suspended tree tent that would allow people to experience the magic of hanging out in the branchesThis innovative product has the comfort and versatility of a hammock with the security and multi-person occupancy of a tent.

ayustar:

theanimaleffect:

Porcupine with Flower 3-0 F LR 7-6-10 J352 by sunspotimages on Flickr.

I’m dead.
ronbeckdesigns:

Bulbus Tree Found on ancientforestalliance.org

ronbeckdesigns:

Bulbus Tree Found on ancientforestalliance.org

runnersclub:

It’s sunset at Lake Rotoiti :) Excellence by Dylan and Marianne at Everlook Photography #NewZealand #seeinontour #HakaTours ☀️📷👍✈️🚎

runnersclub:

It’s sunset at Lake Rotoiti :) Excellence by Dylan and Marianne at Everlook Photography #NewZealand #seeinontour #HakaTours ☀️📷👍✈️🚎

libutron:

Geothermal Fields, Iceland   -  Naked Earth | ©Skarphedinn Thrainsson 

libutron:

Geothermal Fields, Iceland   -  Naked Earth | ©Skarphedinn Thrainsson 

onedesiderio:

Untitled on We Heart It.
followthewestwind:

Aurora Borealis as seen from space. (via Pin by Robert Halwani on Natural Sciences | Pinterest)

highenoughtoseethesea:

Sunrise over the Surf

studio-debi:

Call of the Flamingo
Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, this juvenile American flamingo sincerely wishes to imitate the adults in his family group, but manages to generate only a mild squeak.

studio-debi:

Call of the Flamingo

Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, this juvenile American flamingo sincerely wishes to imitate the adults in his family group, but manages to generate only a mild squeak.

WA/OR Fires: Send money

seattlish:

Second verse, same as the first, y’all. Just your friendly reminder that in times of horrible things happening to people (like hundreds of homes burning up and forcing people to evacuate), the best thing to do is send money.

Don’t send stuff. Don’t send food. Don’t send knitted socks. Give money to reputable sources like the Red Cross. They know what they need and where they need it. 

SEND MONEY.

lunablivion:

From the wildfires in WA this week. 1/3

lunablivion:

From the wildfires in WA this week. 1/3