Guest contest: Donate to win a beautiful portrait of a farm sanctuary animal! »
Sharon Lee Hart is the author of the photography collection Sanctuary: Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals, and a participant in this year’s Farm Sanctuary Walk for Farm Animals, for which she’s asking for your help fundraising. If you help, you could win a 16-by-16-inch photograph of your choice from Sharon’s book. Take a look—they’re beautiful!
Sharon says it’s as easy as 1-2-3:
- Donate $10 or more to support me in the Walk for Farm Animals; 100 percent of the funds raised go to Farm Sanctuary. Make sure you include your email address so I can contact you if you win.
- Wait: I will chose one winner at random from those that donate between today and Sept. 30. I will contact the winner no later than Oct. 5 and ask them to select the photograph they would like from my website.
- I will print your chosen photograph with the finest archival materials, expertly package it up, and ship it off to you in a timely manner.
Want to know more about the book? Sharon can tell you all about it!
This first monograph by Lexington–based photographer Sharon Lee Hart is a book of dignified black-and-white portraits of rescued farm animals, accompanied by handwritten stories by sanctuary workers. A long term vegetarian turned vegan, Hart considers farm animals “some of the most abused, overlooked animals on the planet.”
For this project, she traveled to sanctuaries in Virginia, Florida, Maryland, Michigan and New York State to document “the lucky few who are free to live out their lives in peace.” Not surprisingly, after spending time with the animals she discovered that each had its unique personality. “Some are quirky or funny, while others sensitive, shy, playful, intelligent, mischievous, or inquisitive. And all seemed to have complex emotional lives.”
These characteristics come through in Hart’s poignant photographs. Essays are by Karen Davis, president of United Poultry Concerns; Kathy Stevens, founder of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary; and Gene Baur, founder of Farm Sanctuary.
Check out all the photos in Sharon’s book! Best of luck to Sharon and all the participants in the Walk for Farm Animals, and everyone who donates to win a portrait.
Guilty-Ass Cats Photo Gallery: They’re guilty as hell and they know it! »
Rachel found this AWESOME picture that kicks off our gallery (because Rachel is AWESOME) and it inspired me to make a Guilty-Ass Cats collection! I’m trying to be like Buzzfeed but I don’t know if I can pull it off. Let’s see! Enjoy!
1. “Ok, now who did this?” kitty
2. Ashamed kitty
3. “…nothing.” kitty
4. “It’s perfectly natural!” kitty
5. Denial kitty
6. Puppy-eyes kitty
7. Forgive me
they were delicious
and so cold* kitty
8. Then of course there’s the infamous guilty cat video:
Ok now what have we learned?: That cats are hilar and I am not Buzzfeed!
*Broke out the William Carlos Williams on you! I’m just keeping you on your toes!
Hazelnut scones recipe and Colorado potluck report! »
Yesterday I asked you what to bring to a potluck. You replied with fantastic suggestions. And yet…I made something else. Behold!
Maple-glazed potatoes and green beans from Vegan with a Vengeance. In the recipe intro, Isa says this is a potluck hit. Plus I could make it with things I can buy at my crappy Denver Safeway (raw cashews? Better Than Sour Cream? Gardein burgers? Tempeh? nope!).
I also made hazelnut scones, adapted from another VWAV recipe. Isa’s scones are too much like biscuits in this purist’s view, so I tried to make them more dense and sconey. I consider this a work in progress, but here’s my version, which is closer Platonic Ideal Scone:
Rachel’s Hazelnut Scones (adapted from Vegan with a Vengeance)
Makes 16 scones
1/2 cup nondairy milk (the creamier the better)
3/4 cup fresh brewed coffee
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/3 cup sugar plus some to sprinkle
3 cups all-purpose flour
1.5 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup almond meal (or grind up hazelnuts for hazelnut meal if you’re ambitious)
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2/3 cup toasted and coarsely chopped hazelnuts (toast them for about 12 minutes at 350 F, let them cool a bit, then rub the skins off)
Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease a cookie sheet or two.
Mix together the liquids and set aside so the milk will curdle. In another bowl, cream together the goodness.
In YET ANOTHER bowl, sift 2 1/2 cups of the flour and the rest of the dry stuff together. Use a pastry cutter or your fingers to smush the greasy goodness into the dry stuff until it looks like crumbs.
Add the wet stuff and mix until just combined, then fold in the nuts. The dough should be dry; add more flour if it’s really sticky. Knead the dough five to 10 times. It should pull away from the sides of the bowl.
Divide dough in half. On a floured surface like a cutting board, pat each half of the dough into a circle about 8” diameter and 3/4” thick. Cut each circle into 8 triangles. Slide them onto the cookie sheet and sprinkle some sugar on top if you’re feeling fancy.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until slightly browned on the bottom and firm on top. Then eat them with your pinky out.
But that’s not all! When 80 vegans get together, you can bet there’s going to be a spectacular spread. It was so awesome, I only wanted to take pictures of the food, not the people or the teepee or the trampoline or the hot-tub or the pool table or the creek in the woods. It was a good time—if you’re in Denver/Boulder/beyond, join the club.
The food table, pre-swarm
Kabobs awaiting their fate: the grill
DESSERT! With a cameo by grilled asparagus.
Crested black macaque steals camera, gets his Facebook pic ready. »
Photographer David Slater was on a mission to photograph these endangered animals in a national park north of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Turns out, these bros are totally friendly! They were just really curious about his equipment. They got a hold of a camera and took some great self-portraits. Slater thinks they were very excited to see their own reflection. Best. Profile. Pics. EVER. Since they’re already topless (sassy!), someone needs to let them know about the Myspace Angle so they can truly WORK IT. This cat knows what’s up.
Hey U.S. readers! Send us your vegan Thanksgiving photos! »
Are you celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday? Your Vegansaurus wants to know all about it! Whether you’re the only vegan in a huge family or having a all-vegan Thanksgiving, whether you’re cooking at home or going out, we want to see what your Thanksgiving plate looks like this year!
Please send me your photos along with a little information about them. We’ll be posting them on Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, as well as pictures of our own Thanksgiving foods, of course. The more participants, the better it’ll be, so take minute to take a picture and mail it on over, it’ll be great!
If your prep looks fantastic, we’ll take those photos too; just be sure to include an explanation!
Please and thank you!
[photo by Si!]
It’s a REAL BEAR and a TEDDY BEAR. It’s from a shitty zoo (I KNOW THEY ARE THE WORST) but it’s a REAL BEAR and a TEDDY BEAR.
[from Laughing Squid]
The Humane Society of the United States had a photo contest for Spay/Neuter Day and HOLY SHIT LOOK AT THAT FACE. I don’t care if you don’t like rattie rats, YOU’RE A MONSTER. Rats are the very best and as smart as dogs and I love them all soooo much and GUESS WHAT? I’d rather marry a rat than your dumb ass. OH SNAP I HELLA SAID I’D RATHER MARRY A RAT THAN YOUR DUMB ASS! WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT YOU!?*
P.S. You should click through that link because there are hella cute photos, including a pit bull on wheels! that fool has wheels for legs! the future is now!
P.P.S. There is also a cat eating a book! Cats hate books! They also don’t think women should vote and are totally homophobic.
International cuteness »
The latest “animal pictures of the week” from the Telegraph is seriously top of the pops, people. Too goddamn cute! They of course are tainted as most of the pictures are of animals in zoos but still, it’s hard not to swoon from their adorableness. I LOVE THE DAMN ANIMALS!
Above we have Thai the otter, who appears to be saying grace before chowing done on that weird shrimp cake. There’s also this adorable monkey in China, who they claim is catching snowflakes in his mouth. Could that really be true? I HOPE SO IT’S SO CUTE!
If you follow @TelegraphPics on Twitter, you can get tweets whenever they put up a new gallery. You can also be more like me because I follow them on Twitter. Everybody is always trying to be me! Jeez!
Who loves you? The Atlantic loves you! Proof: A collection of sexxxy pictures of vegetables ‘n’ stuff, plus accompanying recipes, called "13 Ways to Impress a Vegan." Because now that it’s clear we’re the future (it is definitely clear we are the future), everyone wants to get in our pants.
(thanks for the tip, Ed!)