Animal Survivors.

One of only five white rhinos left in the world, mountain gorillas in the wild and threatened gray wolves are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world.
A northern white female rhino named Najin, one of only five sub-species left on the planet, rubs against a tree at Ol Pejeta conservancy in Kenya. Conservationists and scientists are working on a plan to save the species from extinction.
Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images
A juvenile and a young gorilla of Nyakagezi group, at Mgahinga gorilla national park, the smallest in Uganda. The group frequently moves into the adjacent forests of Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. Uganda has about 400 gorillas. The country is one of only three in the world where mountain gorillas can be found in the wild.
Photograph: Edward Echwalu/Reuters
This picture issued by the Michigan Technological University shows the last three wolves known to live at Isle Royale national park in Lake Superior, Michigan, US. Some scientists are opposed to the idea of removing grey wolves in the Great Lakes region from the endangered species list.
Photograph: Rolf Peterson/A
Source: The week in wildlife – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

The Remarkable Dragonfly.

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The sight of a dragonfly is one of the more remarkable that nature has to offer.
The Ark In Space, with the help of some astounding macrophotography, takes a look at the life cycle of the dragonfly as well as its remarkable and unusual physiology.
Image Credit: Photograph by MrClean1982
via Dragonfly Delight – Amazing Macrophotography ~ Kuriositas.

Exploring Lord Howe Island.

The view over Lord Howe Island from the cliffline of Mt Midgford. Image Credit: Courtesy Pinetrees Lodge.
The hike up Lord Howe Island’s Mt Gower is not for the faint hearted.
Widely regarded as one of Australia’s toughest but most spectacular day walks, its 875m summit can only be undertaken with a licensed guide (mostly due to the sensitive wildlife).
The return journey takes between eight and 10 hours through a lot of unmarked track, with some sections so steep that ropes have been fixed to help you climb up.
However, all the hard work will most certainly pay off when you reach the top, with stunning views of the island.
CaptureSome of the flora and fauna of Mt Gower cannot be seen anywhere else in the world; if you’re lucky, you might even see a Lord Howe Island woodhen, an endemic bird brought back from the brink of extinction in recent decades.
And an unusual wildlife experience awaits you at the top – the providence petrels almost fall from the sky to your very feet if you make lots of sound. 
via Lapping up Lord Howe: top things to do – Australian Geographic.

Autumn Fog in the Kemeri Bog.

JekabsAndrusaitis-Kemeri-0023__880My husband and I frequently travel to beautiful places outside of our country, but this time we decided to explore the home country Latvia and visited Kemeri bog.
It is more than 8000 years old and is one of the largest moss bogs on the Latvian cost.
This place has become increasingly popular in the past two years since the footbridge was renovated, especially since it’s only about an hour’s drive from the capital city of Riga.
For the best morning sights, come to the tower at least thirty minutes before sunrise!
Sky turns bright orange and you can appreciate the beauty of the thick fog. Small, delicate looking trees, spider webs covered in dew and absolute silence.
Autumn is the best time to visit!
The dark, clear nights without moon are perfect for viewing the Milky Way and the early mornings for fog covered scenery.
All of the pictures were made by my dear husband Jekabs Andrusaitis.
More info: Facebook
See more Images via Magical Autumn Fog In Over 8000-Year-Old Kemeri Bog | Bored Panda

Hemingway creates a Reading List for a Young Writer.

Hemingway-Reading-List-e1369330871727In 1934 Ernest Hemingway wrote down a list of two short stories and 14 books and handed it to a young out-of-work writer Arnold Samuelson (many of the texts you can find in the Open Culture collection of Free eBooks):
“The Blue Hotel” by Stephen Crane
“The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Dubliners by James Joyce
The Red and the Black by Stendhal
Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
Hail and Farewell by George Moore
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Oxford Book of English Verse
The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Far Away and Long Ago by W.H. Hudson
The American by Henry James
Read more of this great story via Ernest Hemingway Creates a Reading List for a Young Writer, 1934 – | Open Culture.

Car Graveyard, Barcaldine.

110060By Aaron Skinn · · From Snapped: My town

Just on the outskirts of my town Barcaldine, Queensland, there is a tree in a paddock with a bunch of dead cars keeping it company.
A solitary monument to times gone by, and a pretty good summary of the landscape around our town.
Unlike the city we have big open skies, and big open paddocks, where there is more open space then there is stuff to fill the gaps.
Barcaldine QLD 4725
Aaron Skinn, Contributor, Barcaldine
via ABC OPEN: Car graveyard || From Project: Snapped: My town.