photo/text by Tim Melling
Swayne’s Hartbeest or Korkay (Alcelaphus buselaphus swaynei) is a highly endangered subspecies of Hartbeest, with numbers totalling fewer than a thousand. They are listed by the IUCN as in “imminent danger of extinction”. They numbered hundreds of thousands a century ago, but habitat destruction (grasslands to arable), hunting and rindipest has now depleted their numbers.
A painting a day almost, this week. Making these new pieces for sale in December (though if you want to buy it now, I wouldn’t say no :p ).
I’m considering opening a shop to sell original pieces online. Would anyone be interested in that?
big life foundation, started by photographer nick brandt in 2010, is the culmination of a vision which began for him in 1995 when he was asked by michael jackson to direct the video for “earth song.” “[jackson] really cared hugely about the environment so we naturally bonded over that,” he said.
the shoot would take him to kenya and tanzania. “i completely fell in love with the place. i became a photographer because of africa,” he said. “i never found a way to express my feelings about the environment through film [but] after seeing everything there in africa, i suddenly realized there was a way to express my feeling through photographs.”
"even though i am a natural pessimist, i hadn’t anticipated that the rate of destruction would escalate so fast,” he said. “i thought it was very self aggrandizing to start my own foundation, but what i had was a pool of incredibly wealthy collectors who buy my photographs. with the initial investment of half a million dollars from one art collector, big life was born.”
recognizing that sustainable conservation can only be achieved through a community based collaborative approach, big life uses innovative conservation strategies to reduce the loss of wildlife to poaching, defeat the ivory trade, mitigate human-wildlife conflict, protect the great predators, and manage scarce and fragile natural resources.
Alison Buttigieg captured this really dramatic moment of a cheetah mom teaching her youngsters how to kill. Taken in Maasai Mara, Kenya.
That antelope is trying to apply the “Im a tree” defense…
My dad and I made this fishtank for my mum for Christmas a few years ago with dollhouse furniture. I thought it was pretty radEdit: Anyone wishing to recreate this should be extremely cautious. We tried to make sure everything used was aquarium grade - no tight spots (for big fish) or sharp edges. We had no fish injuries in the two years it was running but I definitely will say it isn’t the easiest tank to maintain in terms of the biological filter. I work with fish, so I knew what to be wary of - but if you’re careful it looks rad and your fish *should* be fine.