Tag Archives: Mother Nature

Crack Spider

This is old, but it is still worthy of some attention. Who knew we had so much in common with woodland spiders?!

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Eat Yrself Clean

I don’t buy a lot of groceries, but when I do buy groceries, I want them to be ETHICAL GROCERIES. Local …. organic …. sustainable …. dolphin-friendly …. fair-trade …. albatross-friendly …. ocean-wise …. WTF. There are so many things to consider when shopping for food that sometimes I just freeze, right there in the aisle, then grab a box of cereal and bolt. I guess the thing about all of these enviroethical concerns is that once you become aware of them and decide to care, you can’t just de-aware and un-care. Knowledge is power, but it’s also responsibility, and once I really learn what goes into some of the foods I eat, I feel morally compelled to stop buying them. Or, (truth), I keep buying them, and feel terrible about it. For a long time, I’ve been intending to do some research and find out what’s up with some of my favourite foods*, but now I don’t have to because Brad Long of Veritas and Cafe Belong is going to tell me!

He’ll be at Patagonia (500 King St W) this Thursday, along with food educator Debbie Field, to discuss these dilemmas, and hopefully advise attendees (me) how we can “vote” with our grocery dollars/sleep well at night knowing we’re not supporting people who chop the beaks off of chickens. The event begins at six and is free to attend, although they do recommend RSVPing via Facebook, as space is limited. And hey … maybe there’ll be snacks??

Hope to see ya there!

SC

* coffee, cereal, poutine, orange juice, honey, Caesars, yogurt, peanut butter, bananas, Steam Whistle, ice cream, hummus, apples, eggs, Ezekiel bread, and whiskey

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Doom Squad

Sometimes, when I wander up the pathways of my mind, I remember …

Running on a pine needle carpet, among the trees, warpaint on my face. Sitting round a fire, lying back and staring at the Milky Way. Strange rituals, talismans, codes written on birch bark and unravelled. Symbols scratched into the dirt. Meaning in the forest. Intention in the lake. Soul in the stones. A heartbeat in the earth …

Hear it?? Listen!

Listen!

Listen!

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Acqua Alta

The summer I was sixteen, I traveled to Italy to attend a study abroad program for a month. The college was located in the quaint and picturesque town of Lanciano on the Adriatic coast in the Abruzzo region, about four hours east of Rome. It was my first major trip, and the only one I had made overseas up to that point in my life. I fell in love with everything. The scenery, the landscapes, the rolling farmlands and little villages built upon cliff-sides just teeming  with history and beauty. The narrow cobblestone streets, the stacked apartments with their perpetually open windows, flower boxes and laundry lines offering a smattering of vibrancy to the golden, sun-drenched architecture. Drinking Italian reds and smoking cigars at sidewalk cafes at the age of sixteen also lent a certain charm.

My very favourite part of the experience was the trip we made to Venice. Venice is a city unlike any I have ever seen; a backdrop to the magical settings we read about in literature. OH… the pure romance of it all is enough to stun a person into speechlessness. I will forever remember what it feels like to roam the streets of Venice at dusk.

One thing I didn’t experience while I was visiting the sinking city however, was the flooding. Ms. Cynthia with her penchant for finding awesome things we love to look at, suggested we post these. Acqua Alta is the term used in Venice to describe this phenomenon, caused by exceptional tide peaks common in the northern Adriatic sea during the months between autumn and spring. As the pictures below highlight, the citizens and travelers of Venice have simply learned to adapt. Call me crazy, but I would love to purchase a coupla pairs of gum rubbers, toss ole’ Sarah upon my back, and travel over to experience this myself, before the whole city turns Atlantis.

Let’s get wet!

-Sylvia.

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Kids These Days

Re: budget cuts affecting the fate of the High Park Zoo.

I just saw this over at Torontoist.com and had to pass it on. What a hilarious kid. As much as I’m sure the child’s parent or caregiver probably had a hand in the creative direction of this piece, I’d love to think it’s 100% the work of a little human with her eyes and ears wide open.

Here‘s the original article. Hope you have a relly great day.

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Dusty and “Gut”ted: A Weekend in the woods

This morning we woke up late and well rested to offerings of hot, fresh coffee and french toast drenched in real maple syrup with a side of mimosa. Our gracious hosts really know how to entertain their guests; every little detail has been considered for us, all activities have been planned out ahead of time. Hospitality epitomized: Just when you are hungry, a charcuterie spread appears. You have a thirst that needs quenching? A cold beer or glass of wine materializes as if by magic. This easter getaway has exceeded all preconceived expectations, and isn’t that a wonderful feeling? We have included a slideshow for your perusal, highlighting some of the days activities… so far…

Love,

SC & SS.

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Spring!

The daily high is supposed to reach a whopping 18 degrees in Toronto on this fine March day!

Warm weather always makes me think of swimming, so what better way to ring in the season than with this BBC vid of swimming macaques… Soon all of us will be doing the same as spring turns into SUMMER!!! Yes please.

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“Shake” – photographs by Carli Davidson

I love these photographs. Check out more here.

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How the fuck …

… have we failed to put this up sooner? Please do yourself a favour and watch this for the 27th time. I just did. And it’s still really, really funny.

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you shure do got a raight purdy mouth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out 31 more pictures you must see before you die here!

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Loving Life on Planet Earth

We’ve been lying here watching Blue Planet for hourrrrrs, and we are thinking lovingly of our beautiful world, and all the wonders that it holds, and how crucial they are to preserve. We just donated to the World Wildlife Fund, and you can too! It’s easy, just go to their website: http://www.worldwildlife.org

And, we are reminded of one of our fave books by the Good Doctor … The Lorax!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catch! calls the Once-ler.
He lets something fall.
It’s a Truffula Seed.
It’s the last one of all!
You’re in charge of the last of the Truffula Seeds.
And Truffula Trees are what everyone needs.
Plant a new Truffula. Treat it with care.
Give it clean water. And feed it fresh air.
Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack.
Then the Lorax
and all of his friends
may come back.

 

 

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MENnnnnnnnnH!

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You’re Stopping?! But… But why?

There are many types of people in this world, but I like to narrow them down into two categories: Those that love nature videos and those that aren’t fussed. I, of course, am the former. I have been watching nature documentaries since forever and a day, so I am more than familiar with the voice of broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, perhaps best known for his narration of the BBC series Planet Earth.

The imagery in this series is hauntingly powerful and impressive and yet it is the soothing, accented voice of Sir David that delights me to no end, leaving me yearning to learn more about the Squat Lobster, the Gila Woodpecker, the Nubian Ibex and the Pygmy Seahorse. His description regarding the mating rituals of the elusive Ground Tit can keep me rapt for hours.

I am legitimately saddened by the news of Sir David’s retirement. I simply cannot imagine who is going to fill his shoes (rumours are circling that it will be Daniel Craig), but frankly I am concerned for the future of the nature documentary. I realize he is 85, but he has a voice that is like a rare elixir; not a single drop should be squandered.

In any event, he can now spend the last years of his life staying in fancy hotels, (something he apparently likes to do), and I will re-watch the Planet Earth box set when I become nostalgic for his elucidative and mollifying voice.

I have posted a link for short but beautiful video to celebrate this great man. Enjoy!

http://creativity-online.com/work/bbc-what-a-wonderful-world-with-sir-david-attenborough/25508

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