bookriot:

Why Geocaching is the Perfect Sport for Readers

Libraries have picked up on readers’ interest. Librarians and staff in many different states have placed caches in their libraries in an effort to encourage reading and visits. They are some of the most fun caches out there. Not only are you likely to visit a new library but you are almost always required to do some creative thinking in order to find the actual spot (even after you have found the library).

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femme-de-lettres:

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Harry Edwards painted Handsome Morning—A Dakota in 1921.
As the Brooklyn Museum describes, Edwards painted Handsome Morning “wearing a fringed shift with painted emblems, a bead-and-quill necklace, beaded moccasins, and a ceremonial blanket of fur-lined buffalo hide painted with abstract motifs (a specialty of Dakota women).”
Edwards picks up the bold colors of her garments in the indistinct strokes of the background, tying the subject and her setting together.
In fact, Edwards seems deliberately to have composed the scene to highlight her garments, her delicate moccasin emerging from behind her carefully arrayed blanket.

femme-de-lettres:

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Harry Edwards painted Handsome Morning—A Dakota in 1921.

As the Brooklyn Museum describes, Edwards painted Handsome Morning “wearing a fringed shift with painted emblems, a bead-and-quill necklace, beaded moccasins, and a ceremonial blanket of fur-lined buffalo hide painted with abstract motifs (a specialty of Dakota women).”

Edwards picks up the bold colors of her garments in the indistinct strokes of the background, tying the subject and her setting together.

In fact, Edwards seems deliberately to have composed the scene to highlight her garments, her delicate moccasin emerging from behind her carefully arrayed blanket.

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libutron:

Wooly-legged Jumping Spider - Saitis barbipes

In accordance with the requirements of courtship in jumping spiders, in which the visual cues are the primary releaser, males of the Wooly-legged Jumping Spider, Saitis barbipes (Salticidae) are highly skilled.

Although most males jumping spiders use their first legs for signaling toward the female, some genera (e.g. Saitis, Maratus, Habronattus) have specialized their third legs for that purpose. In the Mediterranean Saitis barbipes, the third legs, larger than the others, are red and bear conspicuous black hair brushes on tibia and metatarsus. During courtship these legs are waved up and down, and from time to time he makes  the white-tipped tarsi vibrate rapidly in a plane perpendicular to the body axis. The vibration frequency is high enough to produce a sound perceivable by man.

Although the male seems extenuated by this performance, the effect on the female is impressive, she collapses on her legs and half turns her abdomen ventral side upward.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credits: [Top: ©kankikun | Locality: not indicated, 2012] - [Bottom: ©Thomas Roppenecker | Locality: not indicated, 2014]

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viscountnelson:

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villagenerd:

Apparently, medieval rabbits were some fierce creatures you didn’t want to mess with …

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail got it right.

They had problems with snails too

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bookriot:

How much do you know about Poe and his famous poem “The Raven?”

Here’s a pile of facts about him and his (arguably) most famous work.

ghostargents:

xpancakegirl:

WHERE CAN I GET ONE?

Ask a hufflepuff, they’re excellent finders

ghostargents:

xpancakegirl:

WHERE CAN I GET ONE?

Ask a hufflepuff, they’re excellent finders

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