The Pallas´s Cat, also called Manul, is a small wildcat living in the grasslands and steppe of central asia.
It is named after the german naturalist Peter Simon Pallas, who first described the species in 1776.
THIS IS ME AS A CAT
You’re gonna say “It is named after the german naturalist Peter Simon Pallas, who first described the species in 1776,” but not tell us how he described it?? Probably went something like this:
"Imagine the fattest cat you can, basically all fur covered tum and torso. Then imagine… hmmm. Goofy faces? Like, if the cat were your fun uncle meeting a baby for the first time and trying to get the baby to crack up laughing. So yeah, a tubby, goofy, uncle cat. That is brownish. Name it after me, I’m awesome."
The Whimsically Macabre Scenes of @__remmidemmi
To see more of Sandro’s explorations of “bodies with no regret,” follow @__remmidemmi on Instagram.
In his macabre, tragicomic photo series, Italian photographer Sandro Giordoan (@__remmidemmi) explores the willingness of people to put the safety of material objects before their own well-being.
When conceiving the project, _IN EXTREMIS (bodies with no regret), Sandro drew from personal experience. “Last summer I had a small but tough bicycle accident,” he explains. “I lost 30% of my right hand’s functions because I never let go of the object I was holding as I fell.”
When, shortly after, a friend broke his leg to prevent his smartphone from falling in water, Sandro became concerned. “We live in a time where we risk material things becoming more important than our own lives, and this is really worrying.”
Sandro channeled his concern into crafting meticulous and whimsical photos. “I immediately felt the urgency to capture the moment of impact. I wanted to talk about obsessions, neurosis and frailties of our times through my personal experience.” The resulting photos are at once humorous and haunting.
Many think that the wildly contorted bodies in Sandro’s photos are dolls or dummies. Not so, says Sandro. “I work exclusively with professional actors who are able to position themselves in anatomically impossible poses because they are trained to use their bodies to communicate.”
Pollinator Week is next week (June 16-20).
Pollinators make our life more colorful and palatable. After all, three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and more than one-third of our food depends on pollinators. The world we know is shaped by pollinators.
Unfortunately, they’re in trouble. Pollinators face many challenges in the modern world, including habitat loss, disease, parasites and environmental contaminants.
Follow us on Twitter (@USDA_NRCS) next week and we’ll discuss conservation solutions to help pollinators recover.
The Cabazon Dinosaurs: A Surprise in the Desert
For more photos of Dinny and Mr. Rex, explore the Cabazon Dinosaurs location page.
For any adventurous road-tripper making the 157-kilometer (97.5-mile) drive between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California, there are three surefire signs that you’re on your way: vast expanses of desert, fields of industrial windmills—and dinosaurs.
Dinny the Dinosaur and her companion, Mr. Rex, tower over the horizon of Cabazon, California. The pair were created by sculptor Claude K. Belle as a roadside wonder to attract customers to his Wheel Inn Restaurant located beneath their feet. Belle led the project without the help of external companies, opting instead to work with a few friends to complete his vision.
Dinny, an Apatosaurus, came first in 1981, built from salvaged interstate materials over the course of 11 years. In all, she measures 46 meters (150 feet) in length and stretches 14 meters (45 feet) into the sky. Mr. Rex, who is slightly taller at 20 meters (65 feet) came next in 1986. Made from concrete and steel, both dinosaurs weigh more than 100 tons each.
In addition to their photogenic exteriors, the dinos were designed as hollow structures that visitors can explore. Dinny’s belly contains a gift shop and adventurous Instagrammers can scale Mr. Rex for a shot of the desert horizon through the Tyrannosaurus’s mouth.
To see more of Joel’s imagined moments with Leonardo DiCaprio, follow @mydaywithleo on Instagram.
For Joel Strong, a locations scout and talent manager in New York City, My Day with Leo (@mydaywithleo) is part joke, part tribute. “He’s an icon who is still relevant,” he says. “Growing up in the ’90s, he was certainly on all of my girlfriends’ walls.”
Sometimes silly, sometimes surreal, each post is like a single-panel comic that hinges on a found picture of Leonardo DiCaprio, clipped from a magazine or book. “I might put a 14-year-old, This Boy’s Life Leo on the body of a grandma,” he says. “Or I might take him to the streets in the East Village where he probably actually walked around in the ’90s with David Blaine and Tobey Maguire, trying to find girls.”
Going Back to the Roots with Henrique Oliveira’s Transarquitetônica
Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira invites spectators to step inside his latest artwork and explore a giant wooden maze at São Paulo Museum MAC. His largest installation to date, Transarquitetônica is a 70 meter (229.66 ft) interactive sculpture made of tapumes, a plywood material traditionally used for cheap housing in Brazil. As the piece’s name suggests, Oliveira’s work speaks to the concept of time and evolution. Spectators discover spaces of contrast, as certain areas reference today’s modern architecture while sprawling branches symbolize man’s first dwelling.