Sunrise over the IJsselmeer this morning.
(OK one more pic because we look so cool)
Today we played in Paradiso Amsterdam.
We managed to make the notoriously loud Amsterdam audience listen in complete silence for the whole set.
sea cucumbers suck up sediment from the sea floor, filter out the food (like dead zooplankton, algae, fish bits) and leave the rest of the sediment behind. Here is a beautiful purple deep sea cucumber doing just that - you can see the entire digestive tract!
Some animals wake up from hibernation to go to sleep, and then after sleep go back to hibernation again.
Something to aspire to I suppose.
Hoopoes are great and iconically punk and have a huge amount of mythical symbolism that people forget nowadays - and it varies a lot, they were seen as unlucky birds in much of Europe but with religious or regal connotations in parts of Asia and Africa.
The name comes from their call and so is consistent across language families - they're upupa epops in the latin, alhudhud in Arabic, and even ოფოფი (opopi) in Georgian which rarely shares roots with other languages.
They're awesome, basically:
Hi all! I don't have the time to post much these weeks, but I want you to know I still read all of your posts when I have the time.
You may tell yourself
This is not my cyclopean slab
You may tell yourself
This is not my antedeluvian pile
Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!!
To celebrate, here's a short educational thread about my culture, Karelians!
Karelians are not a very well known group, partially due to small size and the particular way we had assimilated after the most recent large-scale affect on us: Finland's cession from Russia and the wars after, which involved a border being drawn across our land. Both of these events caused a huge number of people being forcibly relocated, or fleeing, to either Finland or Russia.
This morning when I was driving to work a flock of white cattle egrets flew across the road above me. When the light of the rising sun hit them they reflected it back, the whole flock turning a glowing orangy-red, and then the road turned and they were quickly gone from my sight