Tag: Photography

Reese Witherspoon

Not so Fast! New Book Proves Sloths Are a Lot Smarter Than You Think!

I’ve noticed for the last few months that adorable sloths have been the butt of thousands of memes. It could be their silly perma-smile faces or the fact that they move painfully slow or their long arms and claws. It makes them seem quite comical, but behind all those memes and jokes is actually a very intelligent creature.

 

Sloths

 Image Via Amazon

 
Becky Cliffe, a zoologist and founder of a Costa Rican-based Sloth Conservation Foundation, is shedding a new light on sloths in her new book, Sloths: Life in the Slow Lane. Apart from their having the lowest metabolic rate of any non-hibernating animal, there’s a lot we could learn more we can learn about these tree-dwelllers.

 

“I really wanted to paint a picture of an animal that is actually perfectly adapted for survival,” Cliffe says. Did you know that sloths are three times faster in water than on land? Yes, they float. Cliffe notes
 
Thirty percent of their body weight is just digesting, fermenting leaves. So they’ve quite a lot of gas in there as well. They’re like big balls of air with arms and legs.

 

They may be slow, but they are very strong. They have special tendons that draw their claws closed when at rest and they can hang from a tree all day everyday. This is because they have a network of blood vessels running through their arms that keep muscles cool and prevent high energy use. Even though their muscle mass is thirty percent less than another animal their size, they have special slow-twitch fibers so they can endure all that hanging without tiring. How crazy is that?

 

Sloths

Image Via World Wildlife Fund

 

Since these guys can’t shiver to create body warmth, they spend their time in the sun, where it can take them up to thirty days to digest a single leaf. And for those who think they’re too slow in the face of predators, they actually use that for their survival.

 

 

Harpy eagle

 The Harpy Eagle |  Image Via Parody Wiki-Fandom

 
Sloths share their elevated tree territory with the Harpy Eagle, one of the most powerful birds of prey who focuses on the tiniest movement to spot its food. So who wins here? I’m going with the sloth; after all, there are six different species of them. Even humans can’t spot them very easily. According to National Geographic, it took wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas and Becky Cliffe six years to compile the book’s photography.

 

So the next time your friend tries to insult you by comparing you to a sloth, whip out this book, and show them that they may actually be paying you a serious compliment. 

 

Featured Image Via National Geographic

Endangered species

If You Love Animals More Than People, ‘Endangered’ Is the Book You Need

Nothing breaks my heart quite like hearing about the incredible animals on this planet that have to suffer by the hands of man. From endangered to extinct, these creatures that have been here long before us need to be heard before it’s all too late. That’s where Tim Flach comes in.

 

In his new book, Endangered, Flach photographs several species that face the perils of a threatened ecosystem. From deep within the coral reef to the hot dunes of the desert, from the bitter cold tundra to the tropical dewy rainforest, we see it all. Flach gives us a head-on view of the living things that face the most troubles and downfalls. Expert zoologist Jonathan Baillie documents each animal in detail so we can get the full story of their origin.

 

Take a look at some of them below. I will say this: they are the most beautiful faces I’ve seen in a long time.

 

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Crowned sifika lemur /Image Via People

 

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 Saiga antelope / Image Via People

 

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Pied tamarin /  Image Via People

 

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White-bellied pangolin / Image Via People

 

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Beluga sturgeon / Image Via People

 

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Egyptian vulture / Image Via People

 

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Yunan snub-nosed monkey / Image Via People

 

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Sea angels / Image Via People

 

If you think these are absolutely wondrous, you should buy Endangered and see the rest of the 180 species that need our help. Maybe one day they can have a life that’s as beautiful as they are.

 

Feature Image Via People 

Vogue

Feast Your Eyes On Vogue’s Newest Book of Food

Now is the time of year when eating feels a non-stop Olympic event. From traditional dishes to first times at trying new plates, now is the time to have a little fun in the kitchen and get, dare I say, artsy.

 

'Food in Vogue'

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Of course, leave it to Vogue to help us enjoy food in a fashionable way. As one of the biggest magazine publications in the world, the masters at Vogue have recently released a brand new book, Food in Vogue, containing notable images and writing on food from their pages over the years.

 

'Food in Vogue'

Image Via Vogue

 

Renowned photographers like Irving Penn and Tim Walker are shown in a way that is more stylized than mouthwatering, but the photos are beautiful and inspiring nonetheless. Jeffrey Steingarten is a long-time food columnist for Vogue who also graced the book’s pages. He also graces the judge’s table on the popular show Iron Chef America. 

 

 

With the artists and writers shared experiences of travelling, tasting, and knowledge of something so universal, how could we not be tempted to gift it away to someone we love this season? 

 

Image Via The Jakarta Post

children in naples

Take a Trip Through Elena Ferrante’s Naples With This Gorgeous Photo Essay!

Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitian series, starting with hit novel My Brilliant Friend, has taken the literary world by storm, and is soon to be adapted for television by HBO. Italian director Saverio Costanzo will direct, while Jennifer Schuur will serve as executive producer. The plan is for a thirty-two episode series spanning all four books.

 

My Brilliant Friend follows the story of a sixty-year friendship between two women, which is told by one, Elena, after the other, Lila, vanishes. 

 

The Guardian recently published a beautiful photo essay by Sophia Seymour, which picturesby Giuseppe Di Vaio, exploring the neighborhood in which Ferrante’s protagonists grow up and forge their friendship. 

 

Costanzo notes:

 

The books follow the girls’ fraught relationship as they navigate the distinct social and economic divides of the city, both railing against and succumbing to the expectations of women as they struggle to be defined by something other than the violence and poverty of their post-war upbringing.

 

Giuseppe Di Vaio’s photographs capture the hustle and bustle of the Naples neighborhoods featured in Ferrante’s books, while Costanzo writes about their significance and the events, both real and fictional that took place there. 

 

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Image Via Giuseppe Di Vaio for The Guardian

 

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Image Via Giuseppe Di Vaio for The Guardian

 

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Image Via Giuseppe Di Vaio for The Guardian

 

Like these? Check out the article and read about the connections to Ferrante’s hit novels here!

 

Featured Image Via Giuseppe Di Vaio for The Guardian

Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton’s Home Is a Pinterest User’s DREAM

Let me start off by stating that if I said I didn’t like or use Pinterest, I’d be a liar! That is my go-to app for tips, visuals, recipes, and absolutely beautiful pictures. Do I want to look up steps to a cake I’ll probably never bake? Yes, please. Am I feeling some fall foliage vistas? But of course. 

 

'The House Pinterest Built'

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Pinterest is a good choice for almost anything, even decorating inspiration. So, obviously it was a winning move for Diane Keaton to use Pinterest to design her dream home. And now we get a book with how-tos, guides, and essays reflecting on her homey quest.

 

Diane Keaton

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The House that Pinterest Built, released October 10th, contains 300 photographs of Keaton’s custom designed home with a signature style. “I follow my impulses just like I did with acting,” she explains. “The house I have now, there are commercial windows like in a factory… It brings astonishing light. And it’s always changing. It’s very magical to me.”

 

Diane Keaton

Image Via Architectural Digest

 

Her 8,000 square-foot house is made up of 75,000 bricks, all varying shades and tones. “I fell in love with the bricks, and I fell in love with the mortar. I wanted to have space between the bricks so they could have a life of their own.”

 

Diane Keaton

Image Via Architectural Digest

 

When your eyes aren’t feasting upon beautiful pictures they’re reading up on Keaton’s tips to the perfect way to decorate. She seems to love the idea of things having “texture”, but not being “perfect”. 

 

Check out her book now and take this as a lesson folks: if you’re pinning, you’re winning.

 

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Feature Image Via ABC News