"I have often have wondered what kind of a person I would be today if I did not have these enormous guilts — if everything had gone easily and I had not made such horrific mistakes. I think I would have been the most awful, pontifical goody two shoes. I was really so smug, so sweet, so good, so spoiled — so intolerant of anybody else’s downfall. But tragedy, mistakes, and shame for your mistakes cannot leave you untouched. All the superficial things that one gave so much value to before — money, luxury, indulging in whims — calamity makes them seem so incidental. I swear to God I’d be just as happy living with Richard and the kids in a shack. And I treat the happiness I have now with great respect, great appreciation, because I know how fragile and precarious it is — how easily it can go."
Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011)
Greater Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis tabida) that winter at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge stop in the San Luis Valley of Colorado during their annual fall and spring migration to rest and feed before moving on. These images were captured in the San Luis Valley last weekend as the cranes were migrating north.
Photos by Keenan Adams/USFWS
(via: Bosque del Apache NWR)
A First for the Atlantic Forest: Radio-Tracking the Helmeted Woodpecker
by Victoria @ All About Birds
Researcher Martjan Lammertink has spent the past two and a half years in Argentina studying the rare Helmeted Woodpecker (Dryocopus galeatus), which lives in the heavily deforested Atlantic Forest of southeastern South America. A handsome bird with a spectacular bushy red crest, this woodpecker shows a strong affinity for old-growth forest and makes a perfect flagship species for the Atlantic Forest, a biodiversity hotspot that has just 12 percent of its original forest cover remaining. Here is a field report from Martjan about his work with this fascinating species.
Attracted by the possibility to study a little-known, endangered woodpecker in a region in need of forest conservation, I moved to Misiones province in northeast Argentina in 2011. My aim was to study the requirements of the Helmeted Woodpecker in old-growth and logged forests. I also wanted to learn how it coexists and possibly competes ecologically with two similar large woodpeckers, the Lineated Woodpecker (Dryocopus lineatus) and Robust Woodpecker (Campephilus robustus), which both can cope with a higher degree of forest disturbance than the Helmeted Woodpecker can…
(read more: Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
photo: Martjan Lammertink
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Joan Crawford going through her fanmail, 1928
Source: Flickr / christykurtz
4/? films - Amadeus (1984)
“But they showed no corrections of any kind. Not one. He had simply written down music already finished in his head. Page after page of it as if he were just taking dictation. And music, finished as no music is ever finished. Displace one note and there would be diminishment. Displace one phrase and the structure would fall.”
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