Thursday, 10 November, 2011
Seattle resident Brendan Kiley spent much of the past northern summer hunting the likes of rabbits, pigeons, and squirrels, animals that are often considered pests, partly as a way of putting food on the table, and partly to hone his survival skills, should a natural disaster curb more usual sources of food.
Woodland Park’s rabbits live primarily in a big warren of rubble on the side of a hill. At dawn, dozens of them – gray, brown, mottled black and white – hop around, nibbling on nettles. I set my bike on the rabbit-stripped ground at the bottom of the hill, and load a pellet into my air pistol – it’s a quiet gun, but dawn is even quieter, and I wonder if the sound will wake a homeless man tucked under a blue tarp nearby. No matter: Rabbit is delicious, a high-end luxury – a plate of lapin goes for 20 bucks at Cafe Campagne. If the homeless man wakes up, I thought, I’ll offer him half.
cities, food, hunting, vermin, wildlife
Monday, 14 March, 2011
Journalist Henry Shukman recently visited the Ukrainian town of Chernobyl, scene of the nuclear power station disaster in 1986. While the town is bereft of people – the area remains an exclusion zone – animal and wildlife is slowly taking hold again, turning the region into something of an animal refuge.
The wild boar is standing 30 or 40 yards away, at the bottom of a grassy bank, staring right at me. Even from this distance I can see its outrageously long snout, its giant pointed ears, and the spiny bristles along its back. It looks part porcupine, a number of shades of ocher and gray. And it’s far bigger than I expected, maybe chest-high to a man. The boar is like some minor forest god straight from the wilderness, gazing wild-eyed at the strange spectacle of a human being. For a moment it seems to consider charging me, then thinks better of it. When it trots away, it moves powerfully, smoothly, on spindly, graceful legs twice as long as a pig’s, and vanishes into the trees.
animals, Chernobyl, nuclear power, Ukraine, wildlife
Wednesday, 16 December, 2009
Following on from yesterday’s link to some underwater photography of Antarctica; a collection of wildlife and landscape photos from the southern polar continent, by Line Vestergaard and Per Jørgen Jørgensen.
Antarctica, landscape, polar regions, wildlife
Friday, 7 November, 2008
A National Geographic photo gallery featuring seven incredible wildlife images taken from entries to this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Via Lost At E Minor.
animals, nature, photography, wildlife