Jim and Jamie Dutcher, determined to show “the hidden life of wolves,” lived for six years with a pack of wolves in the Idaho wilderness of Yellowstone. They came to know wolves as complex, highly intelligent animals with distinct individual personalities, who are caring, playful and above all devoted to family.
"Only a select few other species exhibit these same traits so clearly," they note. "They are capable of not only emotion but also real compassion. This is the view of the wolf that we want to share. …it is an animal that cares for its sick and desperately needs to be part of something bigger than itself - the pack. The bond a wolf has to its pack is certainly as strong as the bond a human being has to his or her family."
They add, “Rarely did two wolves pass each other without playfully rubbing shoulders together or exchanging a brief lick. So often we would see two wolves relaxing together, curled up beside each other.” The Dutchers also recount wolf behavior rarely documented: grief at the death of a pack mate; excitement over the birth of pups; and the shared role of raising young pack members.
But as the wolves struggle to reestablish their foothold in the American west, their public demonization continues. Say the Dutchers, “As we see wolves, once again, being shot, trapped and poisoned, we recognize that our unique experience, living with wolves, is unlikely to ever happen again, and for that reason we feel that we have an obligation to share the lives of these wolves with the widest audience possible.”
It’s not just the wolves at stake, but the entire Yellowstone ecosystem. Wolves keep the elk gene pool strong (no other predator does this); they redistribute elk herds, allowing vegetation to recover along rivers and streams, which provides food for beavers; and they keep the number of coyotes in check, which helps to maintain populations of rodents, antelopes and birds of prey.
Wolves are are amazing.
He’s just mad because he can’t acquire all the apple juice that I’m acquiring. (x)
This unique manuscript was commissioned in 1552 by Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria, the founder of what is today the Bavarian State Library. The manuscript is an inventory of the jewelry owned by the duke and his wife, Duchess Anna, a member of the Habsburg dynasty and a daughter of Emperor Ferdinand I. The work contains 110 magnificent drawings by the Munich court painter Hans Mielich. One of the most impressive of these drawings is the front page miniature showing Albrecht and Anna playing chess, with Albrecht portrayed as a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Because of its outstanding importance as a work of art, the manuscript was kept in the private ducal and electoral Chamber of Artifacts for almost three centuries—long after the originals of the jewelry depicted had been lost. Only in 1843 was the work presented to the Bavarian State Library by King Ludwig I(via Jewel Book of the Duchess Anna of Bavaria - World Digital Library)
go to the link to browse the marvellous book
an intense obsession or love for fungi, especially mushrooms.
Etymology: from Greek mukēs (fungus) + philia (love).
Augusto Sezzane, Manifesti per l’Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte della Città di Venezia 1897 1899 1910 1912
Some of the bookish treasures from the Monastery of St. John the Theologian, Patmos, Greece.
Established in 1088 by the Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komemnos, the monastery has been a continuous centre of learning and religious life since.
-The Book of Job from a Greek illuminated manuscript (7th - 10th century)
-Homilies of Gregory Nazianzenus (Calabria, 941)
-Gospel book cover (1787; donated by Michael Soutzos)
-Parts of the Codex Purpureus (6th century; silver ink on vellum dyed purple)
All found here.
A fascinating art by the National Library of New Zealand