Share Love for Soon-to-be-Extinct Animals

“Scientists estimate that at least 100 species go extinct each day. You never know what might be next.”


The Great American Zoo Trip
by Joel Sartore

For many of Earth’s creatures time is running out. There are simply too many humans now, more than seven billion. All of us consume resources and space. Wildlife just can’t compete.

The concept behind the Biodiversity Project is simple: to show what’s at stake in terms of species loss and to get people to care while there’s still time.

In zoos, in private collections, and in the field with biologists around the world, I’m trying to photograph as many species as I can by using a portable studio with black and white backgrounds. I’ve been at this quite a while now and have captured nearly 1,800 in the past five years. That’s not nearly enough, but it’s a start. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be visiting several zoos over the next month, hoping to add at least 25 species to the project. The subjects will range from turtles to tigers and everything in between.

This black-and-white background technique gives all species equal weight and importance. A tiny beetle is as interesting as a lion, and a two-toed sloth as cuddly as a panda bear (see photos at left). The clean background, combined with nice light, allows the viewer to look every species in the eye, the window to the soul. I hope these portraits will connect with viewers and get them to understand that all creatures have at least a consciousness as well as a basic right to exist.

Experts say that half the world’s plant and animal species are now threatened with extinction. My job is to get you to look at them in a new way, to understand that all of this complexity and beauty has been shaped by millions of years of evolution. It would be a crime to doom even one of these species to extinction. It may also threaten our very existence. It is folly to think that we can doom everything else to extinction but that we’ll be just fine.

The time to do this is right now, while zoos still have a substantial “inventory.” Many animals simply don’t breed well in captivity, and so in the past we’ve been able to get replacements from the wild. For some species, we just can’t do that anymore. The captives are all that are left.

There’s no time to lose.

Watch the Video and Read more at The Biodiversity Project

Colorful Dreams

Days turn into Weeks, Weeks into Months, & Months into Years… Don’t wait, Act! Before your Colorful Dreams turn into Faded Memories


Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011

Image Source: TwistedSifter

We all know that images are important and impactful. Whether you are trying to create an advertising campaign or just inspire people to click a link — images are what pull people in. And to serve as inspiration, here we have some of the most amazing photos of 2011, courtesy of TwistedSifter. Every day at 5pm the Sifter posts the Picture of the Day, and in this post, The Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011, they chose the most overall amazing images of the year. Below you will see some of my favorites from the bunch, but be sure to check out All of the images on the site. While you’re there, if you click any of the pictures you will be taken to the individual post to learn more about the photographer and picture taken. Enjoy & Inspire!

Protests in Egypt

The Blue Lagoon, Ecuador

The U.S. – Mexico Border

Awww Yeah Flowers!

Die for the Money

Vintage Daredevils

Epic Aerial of Barcelona, Spain

Festival of Lanterns in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Craziest Illusion in Paris

The Stunning Glasswinged Butterfly

Lightning Show at the Grand Canyon

The Inhabited Volcanic Island of Aogashima

The Great Grey Owl

{ & Last But NOT Least }

Wait For It…


If there is one thing I have learned in life, so far, is to fear nothing or anyone that threatens your happiness; You have the ability to overcome all things and you are the only one who can defeat yourself…

“If You’re Not Loving…”

You’re Not Living If You’re Not Loving …

… yourself more than someone else
… laughing at your own silly mistakes
… the lovely process that is self-growth
… looking back and learning from your past
… the people who show you real emotions
… spending time alone and thinking clearly
… meditating in whatever way you see fit
… this precious time on earth
… your real true self