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Feed the birds

by Christopher Zurcher

I think of the miracle of life.
The beauty of nature.
I get home and on my way from the garage to the house
I hear a chirp. It’s a cardinal chirp and, sure enough, he’s there in the tree next to the feeder.
My friend the brilliant red crested finch is calling me from the pine tree.
“Hey. Man-With-The-Seeds. We’re waiting on you.”
It’s been two days and all that’s left are some husks
in the bottom of the feeder and on the ground below.
“Alright. I’ll be right out.”
cardinal-cjzurcherAs I approach the feeder with my bucket of seeds,
the birds go crazy in the bushes.
I’ve never heard them this excited.
I pucker my lips and fake some bird sounds
as if I can tell them how pleased I am they’re here.
They continue to tweet and chirp and flutter about in the branches.
I turn up the driveway to walk back to the garage. The commotion stops.
I put the seeds on the floor of the garage and turn to watch
them return to the feeder.
At the very top of the same pine tree, the cardinal chirps
the short, shrill cardinal chirp, as if to say “thanks.”
If only I could tell him how beautiful he looks,
Bright red, dignified, important.
I go inside wondering if I he might not already know.

Readers’ travel photography competition 2015 | Travel | The Guardian

Have camera, will travel? Then Guardian Travel’s annual photography competition is for you. It’s an opportunity for you to capture the essence of your journeys around the world, and for us to showcase your work online and – at the end of the year – in an exhibition at Guardian HQ.

And the overall prize is pretty great too.

The winner of each month’s competition (who must be a UK resident) will see their shot mounted and displayed in the end-of-year exhibition for the public at the Guardian’s offices in London. Once the exhibition is finished digital printers Point 101 will send you a copy of your shot to place with pride on your own wall.

via Readers’ travel photography competition 2015 | Travel | The Guardian.

A reading from ‘Prime Green’ by Robert Stone on video | Narrative Magazine

Long before Robert Stone became a National Book Award–winning novelist, he tried selling encyclopedias in rural Louisiana, only to be arrested on suspicion of being an outside agitator. Regrouping from that calamity, he pondered joining a traveling theatrical troupe putting on a Christ play. In March 2009, at our Narrative Night in San Francisco, Bob gave a hilarious and moving reading of youthful tales, included in his memoir Prime Green.

Prime Green by Robert Stone | Narrative Magazine.

The purpose of schools, universities and education

Schools, universities and all forms of educational institution should be centers for the discovery and development of every individual’s innate and inherent skills, talents, abilities and interests.

Amateur Photographer Captures Intimate Photos Of Foxes Living In One Of The World’s Remotest Regions

When asked why he enjoys photographing wildlife, Kislov told The Huffington Post Wednesday that he “just likes to watch the animals.”

He added that he’s enjoyed taking photographs ever since he was a child.

Scroll down to see more of Kislov’s photographs. Visit his website and 500px page for a more complete collection.

via Amateur Photographer Captures Intimate Photos Of Foxes Living In One Of The World’s Remotest Regions.

Eyewitness: Turkana, Kenya | The Guardian

Eyewitness: Turkana, Kenya | World news | The Guardian

Women get water for their families and cattle from a 20-metre-deep borehole, in Kaitede village, in the Turkana region.This image is part of a series, Drought in Kenya, by Stefano De Luigi, one of the six shortlisted finalists in the Syngenta Photography Award 2015: Scarcity – Waste which will be on show at Somerset House, London, 10 March – 11 April 2015 Stefano De Luigi

via Eyewitness: Turkana, Kenya | World news | The Guardian.

Josef Koudelka: the man who risked his life to photograph the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

After years of taking striking photos of Gypsies, the Czech photographer stood before the tanks during the 1968 invasion. He smuggled out his images, they went round the world and he fled to Britain. Here are his most poignant and powerful shots

via Josef Koudelka: the man who risked his life to photograph the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.

See Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas Through the Lens of Young Residents’ Pinhole Cameras · Global Voices

A can with a little hole and some duck tape. It sounds simple, but that’s where the paradox resides. To photograph with a digital camera in auto mode, all you need to do is click. But a pinhole, the mother of all analog cameras, requires much more than that: a good dose of patience and concentration, for a start, but also an understanding of the basic principle of photography, which is controlling light. After that, some imagination, inspiration and encouragement will do the rest.

At least that is what the “Mão na Lata” (Hand on can) project is about. It consists of distributing pinhole cameras to teenagers from 12 to 18 years old in Complexo da Maré, a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro comprising of 16 favelas where about 130,000 people live. From the crafting of the cameras, made with powdered milk cans, to the developing of the negatives, everything is done by the participants themselves, who are asked to document their community’s daily life in black and white.

Ramos, near Complexo da Maré. Photo by Yasmin Lopes, published with permission.

Ramos, near Complexo da Maré. Photo by Yasmin Lopes, published with permission.

via See Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas Through the Lens of Young Residents’ Pinhole Cameras · Global Voices.

Lists :: 1. Because they’re simple. 2. Because they’re playful. 3. Because they work. | Beyond The Margins

Ray Bradbury in Zen in the Art of Writing:

“[My] lists were the provocations, finally, that caused my better stuff to surface. I was feeling my way toward something honest, hidden under the trapdoor on the top of my skull.”

And in The Paris Review:

“So all of this is in your mind as a fabulous mulch and you have to bring it out. How do you do that? I did it by making lists of nouns and then asking, What does each noun mean? You can go and make up your own list right now and it would be different than mine. The night. The crickets. The train whistle. The basement. The attic. The tennis shoes. The fireworks. All these things are very personal. Then, when you get the list down, you begin to word-associate around it. You ask, Why did I put this word down? What does it mean to me? Why did I put this noun down and not some other word?”

via 1. Because they’re simple. 2. Because they’re playful. 3. Because they work. | Beyond The Margins.