20 Apr
20 Apr


Two young Nenets boys in winter dress at a reindeer herders’ camp in the Yamal. Western Siberia, Russia. By Bryan & Cherry Alexander Photography, who have so many other amazing photos. Go look.

From awkwardsituationist:

for over a thousand years, the indigenous nenets people have moved seasonally with their reindeer along ancient migration routes in the yamal peninsula. but this remote region of northwest siberia, a vast tundra wilderness that stretches deep into the arctic ocean, is now under heavy threat from global warming.

traditionally, the nenets cross the frozen ob river in november and set up camp in the southern forests around nadym, where their reindeer graze on moss and lichen pastures. in recent years, however, this annual winter pilgrimage has been delayed until late december when the river is thick enough to traverse.

“our reindeer were hungry. there wasn’t enough pasture,” jakov japtik, a nenets reindeer herder, said. “the snow is melting sooner, quicker and faster than before. in spring it’s difficult for the reindeer to pull the sledges. they get tired.” added sergie hudi, “the reindeer for us are everything — our home, our food, our warmth and our transportation.”

last year the nenets arrived at a regular summer camping spot only to discover that half of the lake had drained away after a landslide. while landslides do occur naturally, scientists say there is unmistakable evidence that yamal’s ancient permafrost is melting. winter temperatures, for example, have gone up ten degrees celsius in the last hundred years.

”it’s an indication of the global warming process,” says vladimir tchouprov for greenpeace russia. “the melting of russia’s permafrost could have catastrophic results for the world by releasing billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide and methane that was previously trapped in the frozen soil.” he adds that if temperatures continue to climb, much of russia’s northern region will be turned into impenetrable swamp.

the yamal peninsula also contains the biggest gas reserves on the planet, and gazprom, russia’s state energy giant, is building several ambitious infrastructure projects across the tundra which threaten the peninsula’s delicate arctic ecology and disrupt the nenets’ migration routes.

h/t Unskoolery.

20 Apr



don’t hurt BEES. they just want to pollinate flowers and make honey. hurt WASP’s. fuck them and their old money, big mansions, and country clubs


20 Apr


Elisa Strozyk

Wooden. Rugs. Rolls those two words around in your mind hole for a minute or two. German artist Elisa Strozyk has created three variations of these delightful coverings. Strozyk dyes and connects row upon row of triangular pieces as she pulls together the end result of a colored wooden rug, which is so flexible that you can literally crumple it up and toss it into a corner. (via Design Milk)

(via yellowforks)

20 Apr

Late breakfast of waffles and bacon, thinking of home.

19 Apr

Thai Pavilion at Olbrich Gardens after a lovely bike ride.

17 Apr
There was absolutely nothing surprising to me about reading this Cap Times headline today: “No state worse than Wisconsin for black children, says new national study” I love Wisconsin—my mom grew up in Clark County and I visited in the summers until finally moving here to attend Beloit College in 2009. Instead of graduating from college and going immediately back to graduate school, I decided to move to Madison and “find myself,” or maybe something similar. I’ve been living in Madison since May, and on the near east side since August. I have never lived or operated in a place that was more racist.
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