Lions of the Louvre!

Some of the lovely lions I spotted during my trip to Paris. We spent hours in the Musée du Louvre (exhaustion all around! Dear heavens it was hot in there, so if you’re planning a summer visit, take a bottle of water with you!); probably a cliché but very much worth an afternoon (or two, or three) of your time!

And yes, I snuck a picture of the magnificent specimen at the entrance of the Musée d’Orsay, and yes, I know they do not allow photographs, for some mystical reason.

Did I say mystical? I meant financial, obviously. Taking some pictures with my phone does not equal not buying your gorgeous catalogue, lovely museum people!

Lions of the Louvre!

Some of the lovely lions I spotted during my trip to Paris. We spent hours in the Musée du Louvre (exhaustion all around! Dear heavens it was hot in there, so if you’re planning a summer visit, take a bottle of water with you!); probably a cliché but very much worth an afternoon (or two, or three) of your time!

And yes, I snuck a picture of the magnificent specimen at the entrance of the Musée d’Orsay, and yes, I know they do not allow photographs, for some mystical reason.

Did I say mystical? I meant financial, obviously. Taking some pictures with my phone does not equal not buying your gorgeous catalogue, lovely museum people!

brightpin:

In celebration of opening our new etsy, Bright Pin Design, we’ve decided to do a giveaway to showcase our wares and to give the lovely people of tumblr a chance to win something!

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veelopesciraptor:

i’ll try to get this framed some day, but i’m pretty much done here for now. i would ruin it if i added more details.

That is so wonderful I could keep staring at it. Okay, I am staring at it.

veelopesciraptor:

i’ll try to get this framed some day, but i’m pretty much done here for now. i would ruin it if i added more details.

That is so wonderful I could keep staring at it. Okay, I am staring at it.

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So, after a period of terrible art block and general feelings of “meh”, I am reacquainting myself with my beloved wacom again. Somewhat inspired by Maleficent, which is pretty awesome in case you haven’t seen it!
Also, I need to practice drawing hands. Obviously.

So, after a period of terrible art block and general feelings of “meh”, I am reacquainting myself with my beloved wacom again. Somewhat inspired by Maleficent, which is pretty awesome in case you haven’t seen it!

Also, I need to practice drawing hands. Obviously.

chibird:

A traditional little penguin to start off the new year! Print out the four penguin sayings to cut up and stick around your desk/room here!

chibird:

A traditional little penguin to start off the new year! Print out the four penguin sayings to cut up and stick around your desk/room here!

stuckinabucket:

It’s Pangolin Appreciation Day again!
That’s right, motherfuckers.  This is a thing now.
Pangolins are little mammals who can be anywhere from one to three feet long.  They look like this.

Those scales are made of keratin (see also, fingernails, hooves, antlers, horns, etc.), and they make up 20% of the pangolin’s body weight.  Baby pangolins’ scales are soft, but adults’ are hard and have sharp edges.  When they’re threatened, they roll up into a ball like so.

This usually results in some fairly irritated predators.

Pangolins don’t have any teeth.  Instead of teeth, they have completely ridiculous tongues, with which they slurp up insects once they find a colony.  They can stick those honking things out over a foot, and they’re anchored in their chests (giant anteaters’ tongues also have this adaptation; those suckers are anchored to their fucking sternums, guys).

They can secrete a skunk-like musk as a defense mechanism, but they can’t spray it.
They can swim!

They use their mammoth fuck-off foreclaws to rip open termite mounds and insect colonies inside trees.  Because they’re so huge and non-retractable, pangolins don’t walk on their front feet.  They balance and shuffle along on their hind legs, so they always look like Montgomery Burns when they’re on the go.

Tree pangolins can use those claws to rip open insect colonies while hanging from their fucking tails from a fucking tree.  Basically, they’re armor-plated ninjas who can’t be disarmed and might give you a savage long-distance licking into the bargain.  Behold!

That pangolin thinks you’re just there for her to hang off of.  
That pangolin is right.  You are also there for her to perch on.

In conclusion, pangolins are awesome.

I have a new favourite animal, I think.

stuckinabucket:

It’s Pangolin Appreciation Day again!

That’s right, motherfuckers.  This is a thing now.

Pangolins are little mammals who can be anywhere from one to three feet long.  They look like this.

image

Those scales are made of keratin (see also, fingernails, hooves, antlers, horns, etc.), and they make up 20% of the pangolin’s body weight.  Baby pangolins’ scales are soft, but adults’ are hard and have sharp edges.  When they’re threatened, they roll up into a ball like so.

image

This usually results in some fairly irritated predators.

image

Pangolins don’t have any teeth.  Instead of teeth, they have completely ridiculous tongues, with which they slurp up insects once they find a colony.  They can stick those honking things out over a foot, and they’re anchored in their chests (giant anteaters’ tongues also have this adaptation; those suckers are anchored to their fucking sternums, guys).

image

They can secrete a skunk-like musk as a defense mechanism, but they can’t spray it.

They can swim!

image

They use their mammoth fuck-off foreclaws to rip open termite mounds and insect colonies inside trees.  Because they’re so huge and non-retractable, pangolins don’t walk on their front feet.  They balance and shuffle along on their hind legs, so they always look like Montgomery Burns when they’re on the go.

image

Tree pangolins can use those claws to rip open insect colonies while hanging from their fucking tails from a fucking tree.  Basically, they’re armor-plated ninjas who can’t be disarmed and might give you a savage long-distance licking into the bargain.  Behold!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdzooglobal/6349367014/sizes/o/in/photostream/

That pangolin thinks you’re just there for her to hang off of.  

That pangolin is right.  You are also there for her to perch on.

image

In conclusion, pangolins are awesome.

I have a new favourite animal, I think.

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