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.”

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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

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Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011

Typography: Diamari Torres — 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 }

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Toys For Tots, Help The Less Fortunate

What expresses love more than helping those in need? This year, take a little bit of time and a few dollars apart from your Christmas list to help less fortunate children smile this season. The feeling is rewarding and just all around amazing! Toys for Tots, created by the U.S Marine Corps Reserve, puts for their efforts to help these children all over the United States; now it’s your turn to get involved!

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation enjoys one of the very best program to support ratios within the nonprofit world; 96:4. This means that over 96% of your donation goes to our mission of providing toys, books and other gifts to less fortunate children. The 4% spent on support principally covers fundraising expenses – not one donated dollar goes to pay for salaries or any other manpower costs.

For Further Information & Donation Locations, Visit: http://toysfortots.org/

Yourself.

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…