Laura the Lionhearted – Monochrome Madness

Love this image ❤

Laura Macky Photography

This week’s Monochrome Madness has me posting a picture of a lion.  I’d love to say I was on a safari in Africa and dodged the charge of a rhino or fought a monkey to keep my banana, but the truth of the matter is that this was taken at the San Francisco Zoo, lol.

My goal was to make it seem like I didn’t take it at the zoo, so I won’t stop you from envisioning me in a pith hat, camping out in the wilderness, hiding behind some brush with an ultra-long lens.  Yes, I boldly stood in front of a lion pen at the zoo and DARED to focus on this beautiful beast!  I know, I’m so bold and brave…one might say I am “lionhearted”.  🙂

The image was taken in color and converted to B&W via Nik SEP2 with a bit of dodging and burning on…

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Polar Bears, Polar Lives

Polar bears are bears that live in the North Pole. They have the same characteristics as brown or black bears but they don’t hibernate. Beacause they live in the cold, they are used to it, so in winter, they don’t need to hibernate. Only pregnant polar bears do, to keep warm. Brown, black and other kinds of bears do have to hibernate because their bodies are not made for the intense cold that winter has! http://www.futurity.org/polar-bears-survive-arctics-icy-blasts/

A Mind Under Water

Dolphins are special animals. They can breath under water and over water. They have a mind that works differently than us. When we sleep, we close both our eyes, and our mind “shuts down” as we could say. But for them, when they close their eyes to sleep, one part of their mind “shuts down” while the other one is still working. They use this method so that they could still see if a predator is close to them and also, so they don’t forget to breath once in a while!

http://understanddolphins.tripod.com/dolphinsleeping.html

Nature Is Nature, Dont You See?

A tree is a tree, a human is a human, a living being is a living being!

All of nature, trees, plants, animals, even the soil and the water has the right to be here, on our planet. People are destroying it to create things, like buildings, factories, and other buildings that destroy nature. Why do we need all of those things? Yes, so that we can have jobs and shops and stuff, but why are we destroying nature for us? We should think about all our surroundings! By cutting down trees, we are destroying thousands of homes for animals, and that is the same for all of nature. We are making animals flee their homes, for us to build things. We should be protecting them, not destroying their only home! For example, in the rainforest, people are cutting down more and more trees to market the wood and paper and to expand the land for homes. This means it destroys one of our ecosystems! Please Help Nature! 🙂

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_do_people_cut_down_trees_in_the_rainforest?#slide=1

How Frogs Hibernate

Frogs either hide under a pile’s of leaves, they can hibernate under water or, they can freeze their body’s, to death. When they do that, their hearts stop beating. They can last few weeks without almost “living.”  Then, when spring come’s, the unfreeze, and their hearts start’s to breath again!!

American Toad (Bufo americanus)