Tuesday, September 8, 2009


National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has undertaken a project to take portraits of endangered species, featuring all creatures great and small, flora and fauna, with a simple black or white background.

The photos are beautiful:


and Sad:

The caption for the last photo reads: "Portraits of "Orange", the last dusky seaside sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus nigriscens). This species went extinct in 1987, after their last habitats in northeast Florida were ruined by man, from the construction of an expressway to mosquito spraying. This bird is kept in a vial of alcohol in the Natural History Museum at Florida State University."

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Cougar in Seattle

There's a cougar on the loose in Seattle's Discovery Park! He hasn't been given a name, although I would nominate "Gold Lion," like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs song.

Run cougar, run!

UPDATE: The Cougar was caught and released into the North Cascades, where it will live free, or die. Everyone who saw the cougar got a little cougar-dazed.  The word "handsome" was used like bus fare. Here's a video of the release: