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Gordon Nebraska. You know when you’ve found it

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The flavor you love is a subtle thing. What am I looking for out here on Highway 20 in North-west Nebraska? The last room in town at 8.30pm. Definitely! Rocky in the office of the Western Sands Motel? Hamburgers, mashed potatoes, corn and salad at the Antelope Creek Cafe? A good Rocky recommendation.  A Cobra helicopter without no shoulder room. YehIMG_6846IMG_6823IMG_6825IMG_6826IMG_6827IMG_6828IMG_6833IMG_6836IMG_6837IMG_6842

The great and welcoming town of Ames, Iowa

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The Elliotts

The Two Owls

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Instead he had to walk from Trade Hall to Northcote

To a bench car seat.

Through Exhibition Gardens

Every step an insult.

Through the green lawn that was cared for

To the fountain where Neptune twins strained like Atlas

Two owls sat on the back of this bench

Nightlong committed to marriage

An unblinking fashion to his folly

As to say we see you and love you

As you are.

We care about where you are going more than the gardeners

care about this lawn.

Look hard at our faces and keep walking

For we are not going anywhere

This is our bench.

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South Africa announces rhino poaching stats down slightly for 2017.

TimesLIVE reported a decrease of poaching rates in the Kruger National Park has been marred by increases in other provinces‚ coupled with a sharp rise in elephant poaching.

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Thursday a total of 1‚028 rhino were poached in South Africa from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017‚ compared to 1‚054 in the same period for 2016‚ representing a decrease of 26 animals,  South Africa’s second-biggest news website reported.

At the Kruger National Park‚ which has traditionally borne the brunt of poaching‚ a total of 504 rhino rhinos were poached in 2017. This is 24% less than 2016.

Fewer poaching activities in the park were also recorded‚ with a total of 2‚662 incidents in 2017 compared with 2‚883 in 2016‚ she said in a statement.

“Whilst there has been a decrease in the number of rhino killed for their horns in the Kruger National Park‚ the number of rhino poached unfortunately increased in KwaZulu-Natal‚ Northern Cape‚ Mpumalanga‚ Free State and North West.

For more on the story clik on the Times Live story

Wildlife photographer captures rhino suffering to win award

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Wildlife photographer of the year winner Brent Stirton says he visited over 30 rhino poaching scenes before he could a find dead carcass that portrayed the rhino’s suffering in the last hours of life.

Stirling said the black rhino bull had fallen to its knees from a high calibre bullet wound and the arterial spray showed it was still alive while its horn was hacked off.

“People should understand that rhinos often suffer greatly in this situation. Very few die straight away, most are alive but helpless when the poachers come upon them and a great many of them die after their horns have been removed.”

Stirling was trying to create an image that showed the complete humiliation of a magnificent animal, a bull rhino stripped without mercy of its rhino-hood while on its knees.

“When you see the rhino in this way, you see the blood factor, the supplication on its knees, it’s the complete humbling of the species. There’s no way any animal should be looking like this. It’s the opposite of how it’s supposed to be.”

Over 1000 rhinos are being poached every year in South Africa to supply a market for rhino horn in Vietnam and China.

Stirling wants audiences to imagine the rhino’s perspective.

“Imagine rhinos were thinking sentient creatures that had a sense of what was happening to them as a rhino civilisation.”

“I am often driving for 10 hours across the country just to get to the perfect animal… It’s hard to be in the right place at the right time to get a picture which has the sufficient emotional content.”

“My job is to really add reliable information to the dialogue. My job is to put out a visual essay that speaks to the various themes and lets people make up their own mind.”

A 2016 study showed that half of the wealthy Vietnamese businessmen living in middle class suburbs of Hanoi and HCMC that were surveyed had used rhino horn.

“There is a very strongly established group of people who has been pushing this product as a medical product for a very long time, but given the value of it in the face of new Asian wealth I think it is very heavily controlled by a criminal element.”

“All that’s really happening is you’re making a certain sector of your society wealthy and it’s a sector of our society that doesn’t give a damn about you.”

Stirton says the Vietnamese Government needs to do more to stop the trade.

“The guys at the top are not saying to their people ‘Listen guys we did this for a long time but it’s time to wise up. Despite the fact we have these very strongly held cultural beliefs the fact is you’re spending your money, you’re going into debt.’”

To see more of Brent Stirton’s photos, visit http://www.brentstirton.com/photojournalism/

Balanced researched article on a film that is pro-legalising rhino horn trade

In 1900 there were 500,000 rhinos in the world. Today there are less than 30,000. This shocking statistic opens the controversial new documentary ‘Trophy‘ — and if there’s one thing that audiences can agree on, it’s that this represents a crisis for the species. I imagine this divisive film, which serves primarily to promote the […]

via Trophy ‘shockumentary’: Does it really compare to Blackfish? — Kate on Conservation

VIETNAM – MARCHES FLOTTANTS SUR LE FLEUVE MEKONG

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Balinese relationship with nature

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Bali gods. More temples than houses