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09/17/2013

These kittens have no time for you, are still cute!  »

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I love this project by NYC-based photographer Arne Svenson! Strays is a series of portraits of lil’ kittens from Animal Kind, but as you see, they aren’t your average portraits. These kittens have no time for you!

If you’re a pet stalker like me, you know the troubles of trying to photograph your pets only to have them turn their heads. Figaro straight up turns his head to the side deliberately whenever I try to take a pic. UNLESS I give him a treat. Jerk.

Read the backstory here. I just think these are so funny, right? It’s like the “I’m not listening!!!!” ear plugging thing. But more of a silent protest. Go ‘head kittens, get your civil disobedience on.

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02/15/2013

Exclusive Awesome Photos: Penguins And Seals In Antarctica!  »

My aunt and uncle, who wish to remain anonymous, recently took an incredible trip to Antarctica and snagged some insanely cool pictures of Antartic animals! Enjoy, and let’s all be grateful for amazing aunts and uncles!

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I have no words for the glory that is these images. Who wants go to Antarctica together while it’s still frozen?!

10/24/2012

Paul Nicklen’s picture of emperor penguins in the Ross Sea, “Bubble-Jetting Penguins,” has won the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. This is amazing, right? Apparently he captured it by “[lowering himself] into the only likely exit hole … wait[ing[ for the return of the penguins … [and lock[ing] his legs under the lip of the ice so he could remain motionless, breathing through a snorkel so as not to spook the penguins when they arrived.” Crazy, right?
You can see more of Nicklen’s penguin photos at National Geographic (they are UNBELIEVABLE), and check out all the winning photographs. The one with the shark fins is horrifying, but the sneaky tiger is adorable.

Paul Nicklen’s picture of emperor penguins in the Ross Sea, “Bubble-Jetting Penguins,” has won the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. This is amazing, right? Apparently he captured it by “[lowering himself] into the only likely exit hole … wait[ing[ for the return of the penguins … [and lock[ing] his legs under the lip of the ice so he could remain motionless, breathing through a snorkel so as not to spook the penguins when they arrived.” Crazy, right?

You can see more of Nicklen’s penguin photos at National Geographic (they are UNBELIEVABLE), and check out all the winning photographs. The one with the shark fins is horrifying, but the sneaky tiger is adorable.

11/03/2011

A good picture could save a dog’s life!  »

"I can’t stand the thought of, for want of a good picture, that a dog goes homeless."

—Teresa Berg

Teresa Berg is a professional photographer who’s been using her powers to help little homeless dogs get the adoption photos they deserve! As you can see in the video below, she started working with a dachshund rescue that had been slow with adoptions. Now, with some professional photography help, the rescue’s adoption rates are up 100 percent! And in my opinion, it’s not just dogs getting adopted from there and not other shelters; I’ve known people who look around for a week or two online for a rescue dog and then give up and buy a dog anyway. Maybe if they saw the perfect picture? Because we all know that there are plenty of great dogs in shelters and if they got a chance, someone could love them. They just need a good PR person like Berg!


[Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!]

I know that in SF, photographer Kira Stackhouse helps kitties and pups get adopted by working with the SPCA and Muttville. Do any of you guys use your art to help homeless pets? I did some writing for rabbit adoption earlier this year—that was fun! I hope it helped!

All the homeless animals deserve a whole makeup team and ad agency, for real! Let’s get it together! Go team!

04/20/2011

Pumpkin, age 28, from Isa Leshko’s “Elderly Animals” photo series. Several people have sent this to us and I think you can see why. Everyone loves puppies but the old animals need some lovin’ too! Pumpkin is pretty handsome. Is it me or does he* totally look like that giant blond guy from the TV show Coach? Come on! Totally!
*She? Pumpkin is kind of androgynous.
[Thanks to Camille C. and Sabrina M. for the tip!]

Pumpkin, age 28, from Isa Leshko’s “Elderly Animals” photo series. Several people have sent this to us and I think you can see why. Everyone loves puppies but the old animals need some lovin’ too! Pumpkin is pretty handsome. Is it me or does he* totally look like that giant blond guy from the TV show Coach? Come on! Totally!

*She? Pumpkin is kind of androgynous.

[Thanks to Camille C. and Sabrina M. for the tip!]

04/19/2011

This photo from National Geographic is just too fucking cool. Also, I can swear as much as I want to because that shit means I’m gonna live forever so fucking shit bitch motherfucker, that’s a nice photo!

This photo from National Geographic is just too fucking cool. Also, I can swear as much as I want to because that shit means I’m gonna live forever so fucking shit bitch motherfucker, that’s a nice photo!

04/12/2011

That mama gorilla is all, “I LOVE YOU SO MUCH” and that baby gorilla is all, “GOD MOM THERE ARE PEOPLE AROUND!”
Ugh, they are so the best. This picture is by Andy Rouse, a photographer who trekked with gorillas in the wild. Buy this book of awesome gorilla pictures and 25 percent of the profits are donated directly to Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. Also, if you ever want to trek with gorillas, I highly recommend it, as it’s the most amazing best, and a way to help keep gorillas around for generations to come. When I did it (JEALOUS?), I saw a baby gorilla bang on his chest a la King Kong! It was the most amazing shit that’s ever happened to me, ever. Including in my dreams. And I had a dream once where I was married to a unicorn who was also Gael García Bernal and we lived in a rainbow made of candy, OKAY?

That mama gorilla is all, “I LOVE YOU SO MUCH” and that baby gorilla is all, “GOD MOM THERE ARE PEOPLE AROUND!”

Ugh, they are so the best. This picture is by Andy Rouse, a photographer who trekked with gorillas in the wild. Buy this book of awesome gorilla pictures and 25 percent of the profits are donated directly to Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. Also, if you ever want to trek with gorillas, I highly recommend it, as it’s the most amazing best, and a way to help keep gorillas around for generations to come. When I did it (JEALOUS?), I saw a baby gorilla bang on his chest a la King Kong! It was the most amazing shit that’s ever happened to me, ever. Including in my dreams. And I had a dream once where I was married to a unicorn who was also Gael García Bernal and we lived in a rainbow made of candy, OKAY?

03/18/2011

It’s time to do stuff! Shut down fur stores, help animals in Japan and join the Great American Meatout in this week’s link-o-rama!  »

Have you been thinking about the animals affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan? Well, @FigaroRascal’s favorite paper, the Anipal Times, has posted a wealth of information on how the situation with animals in Japan is being handled as well as what you can do to help. GO! READ! HELP!

Lunch Box Bunch had a post this week with 15 food photography tips! I need to read them. Shut up! I do the best job my iPhone can do.

Bay Area vegan Ai Hiruma-Martinez of If Martha Was Vegan got a recipe published in Rachel Ray’s magazine! Go Ai! It’s a quinoa salad. Pick up your copy of the magazine and tell them you love vegan recipes! In other news: I find Rachel Ray insufferable, anybody with me?

If there’s one thing I love, it’s bechamel sauce! I started following this French blog on twitter and they posted this super-looking bechamel recipe. I plugged it into google translate and it doesn’t look that difficult! What’s your favorite recipe that calls for bechamel sauce? Tell me now! I’m hungry!

The oldest wild bird in the northern hemisphere, a 60-year-old albatross named Wisdom, totally got her groove back! Wisdom has a new chick! She is amazing scientists with her longevity and fertility. God bless you and your libido, Wisdom.

Hey, ever wonder what a gay rights activist thinks about being vegan? Check it out!: Being Vegan is SO Gay!

Hey, ever wonder what Glamour magazine thinks about being vegan? Check it out!: Why is Everyone Going Vegan?

Hey sandwich-lovers! Check out this list of the seven best vegan sandwiches in New York for under $7! GIVE THEM TO ME.

Now here’s something, from CALMaction.org, a successful grassroots model to shutting down fur stores! Successful stuff is like my fave.

What are you doing this weekend for Meatout? You are supposed to host a meat-free event and get the people excited about vegan food! DO IT! OR go to an event someone else is hosting like this one in San Francisco:

What: Vegan Feed-in, leafleting, and signs at the March & Rally to Stop the Wars
When: Saturday, Mar. 19 at noon.
Where: UN Plaza
RSVP: Contact FARM’s new West Coast Coordinator, Alex Felsinger;
831-601-9082, alexf@farmusa.org

08/16/2010

SPCA kitty portraits!  »

Kira Stackhouse is an SF-based photographer who does super-great pet portraits! Yay pet portraits! She also volunteers her camera abilities to give weekly photo updates of the kitties available at the SF SPCA. If there’s one thing I love more than cute animal pictures, it’s cute adoptable-animal pictures!

How tough is Joseph? Hint: SO TOUGH. He’s like, “Oh, look at this wise guy wit the camera ovah here. Frickin’ hilarious.” And Cheddar needs to get in my purse like right now.

Kira also has a line of dog clothes that are made entirely from vintage people clothes. Figaro does not yet own one of these originals but if she ever makes a Yuengling one, holler at your girl!

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