Here’s an Otocolobus manul — nature’s Grumpy Cat — discovering a camera trap outside it’s den. Camera traps are used by biologists to lean about rare animals’ behavior, abundance, and health — just by setting up a solar-powered camera with a motion trigger. No physical trapping necessary.
O. manul (also known as Pallas’s cat) is about the size of a house cat, but you’ll notice has round pupils instead of slits. It lives in western China and the steppes of Central Asia.
You’d think that Pallas’s cat would rule the internet by now - but there aren’t too many photos of them because they are both rare and shy. The IUCN lists them as near-threatened. Just another reason to support species conservation!
Hand in Hand with @benedettodemaio
For more from Benedetto’s hand series and studies in blue, follow @benedettodemaio on Instagram.
"I define myself first and foremost as a draftsman," states Milan art teacher and Instagrammer Benedetto Demaio (@benedettodemaio). “Drawing is my biggest passion. It’s what identifies me, what makes me alive—my oxygen.”
Benedetto’s photos are often marked by two themes that he holds very dear: his hands and a striking shade of turquoise blue.
As he explains, hands are precious symbols of crafting and making. “They interpret my daily life, express feelings and emotions and draw my thoughts in simple gestures. They move into a luminous non-space, play with objects around me, caressing colors. They live. I entrust them to my senses, all through them I explore my reality, I experience new visual languages and free my creativity. I use my hands to tell my story. They speak about me and for me.”
The turquoise, however, has its roots in his upbringing. He explains, “I live in Milan, but I was born in a village in southern Italy overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. The colors of the place where I grew up—the gradients of the rough sea, the shades of the sea bottom, the turquoise that characterizes my work—is an evocation of my origins, the feeling of belonging to a wonderful land, a place that formed me, my home. Inserting a touch of that tone in my work reassures me.”
Though he doesn’t consider himself a photographer, his love of the medium drew him into the Instagram community. “I like this virtual environment where we can draw inspiration and nurture creativity,” he shares. “Most of all, I like the simple way in which we interact with others with whom you share a common passion for photography.”
Leonardo DiCaprio gets attacked by a penguin during a trip to the Arctic in 2006
a lack of colour
“I wasn’t someone who could smoke or drink in moderation, and I recognized that those things would kill me. I started visualizing the doctor telling me that I had cancer from smoking or that I was extremely ill because of how much I’d been drinking. What kind of regret would I have if I had to tell my children or my wife that I was dying because of something I could have done something about? I didn’t want to be that kind of man.”
Quilted tailored jacket
Stop right there!