brazil’s yacare caiman was once hunted to near extinction for its valuable skin, but thanks to a global ban on the trade, its home in the pantanal — the world’s largest wetland, situated along along the paraguay river — now supports the world’s largest population of crocodiles. the caiman, however, face new threats: deforestation, dams, tourism, mining and seaport development.
photos by luciano candisani, who notes that the caiman are neither aggressive nor fearful but, for the most part, approachable - especially when busy with the shoal fish seen here in the pantanal’s shallow, murky waters.
Tom Waits circa 1973 San Diego, California
Photo By Scott Smith
Le Moucherolle roi (Onychorhynchus coronatus coronatus)
Aussi appelé “porte-éventail roi”, cet oiseau se rencontre dans les sous-bois des forêts tropicales d’Amérique du sud. Le mâle déploie sa crête colorée caractéristique lorsqu’il veut effrayer un prédateur ou attirer l’attention d’une femelle pendant la saison des amours. Le reste du temps, son plumage terne lui permet d’être discret. Cette espèce est plutôt commune et n’est pas spécialement menacée.
“Also called “door-range king,” this bird is found in the undergrowth of the tropical forests of South America. The male displays its characteristic colorful crest when he wants to scare a predator or attract the attention of a female during mating season. The rest of the time, its dull plumage allows it to be discreet. This species is common and is not particularly threatened.”
(Wow, Google translate did a pretty good job for once.)
On another note, does this bird remind anyone of that episode from Doctor Who in the season with Ninth Doctor when they go to Satellite Nine and that guy gets that implant in his brain that opens up from his forehead? … Just a little?
Photographer Matt Weber became fascinated by the images that flashed past his window as he cruised the streets of New York City as a taxi-driver more than 30 years ago and wanted to capture the moments in time that disappeared in an instant.
He began documenting urban life in the Big Apple in 1978, and street life in New York has continued to fascinate him.
The grittiness of the big city, captured in black-and-white, is revealed in his images of homelessness, poverty, violence, the loneliness of city life - but Weber has also captured a softer side of the city.