like a rabid dog it haunts us
the slaver from its jaws
turns something loving
turns something lovely
into something horrible
that i must flee.
Let go of your duty
like a maddened beast it follows us
the red glare of its eyes
turns all thats happy
turns all thats natural
into a sin
I must pay for evermore.
Tigers were also once widespread on Bali and Java; however these two subspecies were exterminated in the 20th century. The last observation in Bali dates back to the late 1930s, and the Javan tiger was recorded for the last time during a survey in 1976. There have been no confirmed records since.
Accelerating deforestation and rampant poaching across the Sumatran tiger’s range mean that unless authorities enforce the law, the Sumatran tiger will shortly follow the fate of its Javan and Balinese relatives.
Working in collaboration with other leading conservation organizations in Sumatra and local governments, the WWF has set precedents in “tiger wins”, including successfully lobbying corporate partners and the government to declare an important area, Tesso Nilo, as a National Park.
The smallest of tigers, the Sumatran tiger has heavy black stripes on an orange background.
Males weigh 100-140 kg, and females, 75-110 kg. They can reach a height of 60cm, and a length of 250cm.
Sumatran Islands Lowland and Montane Forests, Sundaland Rivers and Swamps
So,someone asked me yesterday why I just post pictures or poems.”Why blank pictures?” she said (as if a picture is ever blank!).”Why dont you ever write about your thoughts or feelings,like most every other blogger?”
Well,actually, I thought that was just what I was doing. I can’t help the fact that I have an entirely visual thought system. Tell me “the cat got her tongue” and my brain will immediately flash an image of Garfield with his furry orange forearm in a startled woman’s mouth. So when I post a picture, I am posting my thoughts in the only way congruent with the real me. Oh,I could faffle around and write this or that (as I sometimes do with the poetry) but when something really grabs my interest, all you are likely to see is a picture of it. Or of something related to it. Or of how it made me feel.
In summary,a picture!
Anyways,seeing as how this is supposed to be mostly nature photography on here and several groups will sorely castigate me if I don’t post an animal soon, I’ll move away from the planes and gigs of recent everyday life and back to such topics as the world bum-sniffing championships. Anyone want to join them?
When we were building Skua Light–
The first men who had lived a night
Upon that deep-sea Isle–
As soon as chisel touched the stone,
The friendly seals would come ashore;
And sit and watch us all the while,
As though they’d not seen men before;
And so, poor beasts, had never known
Men had the heart to do them harm.
They’d little cause to feel alarm
With us, for we were glad to find
Some friendliness in that strange sea;
Only too pleaed to let them be
And sit as long as they’d a mind
To watch us: for their eyes were kind
Like women’s eyes, it seemed to me.
So, hour on hour, they sat: I think
They liked to hear the chisels clink:
And when the boy sang loud and clear,
They scrambled closer in to hear;
And if he whistled sweet and shrill,
The queer beasts shuffled nearer still:
But every sleek and sheeny skin
Was mad to hear his violin.
A few will typically serve as lookouts, watching the skies for birds of prey, such as hawks and eagles, that can snatch them from the ground. A sharp, shrill call is the signal for all to take cover.
While a few individuals guard the group, the rest busy themselves foraging for the foods that make up their varied diet. Meerkats will eat insects, lizards, birds, and fruit. When hunting small game, they work together and communicate with purring sounds. Meerkats are good hunters and are sometimes tamed for use as rodent-catchers.
I rarely ever write a post about someone else (ok,so maybe this is the first time I’ve ever done so!)but…
His name is Paul Hayward, and I do not know him from a bar of soap, but he sure as hell can paint, and coupled with the fact that he paints animals, that makes his website a must visit. Take 2 minutes and go to www.paulhawkyard.co.uk : I promise you, those will be 2 minutes very well spent!
^ I have just now noticed that that photo of mine somehow made it into the finalists in getaways facebook black & white competition.Please could I ask you to spread the word (photo?) and ask anyone you know who might be interested to vote for it too?
Thanks in advance guys!