These Beautiful Bridges Are Just For Animals
by Jess Zimmerman
If we’re going to keep putting roads in the middle of their habitats, animals are sometimes going to need to cross the road. But it’s better for everyone involved if they don’t have to push a button and wait for the light to change, because they don’t have thumbs and nine times out of 10 they’ll just careen into the side of your car. Which is why some highways have overpasses built specifically for animals like deer, elk, and grizzly bears.
Nobody teaches moose pedestrian etiquette like “look both ways,” but they figure out pretty quickly that crossing the terrifying asphalt river is safer if you take the beautiful grassy bridge. That’s just my guess at a moose’s internal life, but there’s data too: In Banff National Park in Canada, animals have used the six overpasses and 35 underpasses more than 200,000 times since monitoring began in 1996…
(read more: Grist.org)
Top - Highway A50, Netherlands (photo: Niels Verheul)
This is absolutely beautiful.
In October I gave a TEDx talk at Columbia College. It just came online today. Essence of the talk is how our worldview is negatively affected by good stories.
White Blue Peacock
This bird is a crossbreed between blue and white peacocks. The result is one spectacular creature.
“So we are struggling to express clearly what the Christian element in the work of a Christian is, what the Bible calls ‘fruit of the Spirit’ (Gal. 5:22). What has to be stressed is that it ought to be human, real. The Christian element never comes as an extra. […] I have the feeling that these questions are within a legalistic framework, as if the Christian element consisted of the following of some rules, usually of a negative kind. May I do this? Can that be done? But in that way we understand our own spirituality too mechanically. We are not human plus an extra called our Christianity. No, our humanity reacts to the world outside and the Word of God, in a way that is specific to our particular personality.”
Art Needs No Justification - Hans R. Rookmaaker
i hope the shower isn’t too toasty for you.
this is my favourite picture on the internet
I hope hundreds of years later this picture is found completely out of context by anthropologists and it’s the final tipping point before they completely give up on trying to understand the internet in this decade.