Thursday, July 20, 2017

Morning Light

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Monday, July 10, 2017

(Potential) Troublemaker

The following article by Danielle Grindlay is about hares in Australia. It was first published by ABC News on June 1, 2014.


If farmers compiled a list of pests wreaking havoc at their place, it’s unlikely hares would even get a look in.

But could Australia be faced with plagues in the future?

Adelaide University’s Dr Philip Stott has been researching hares for the past 20 years and readily admits he can’t answer that question.

"I don’t know what keeps the lid on the hare population, they breed well enough. It could be fox predation, for example, and if we manage to eradicate foxes, we could end up with massive hare plagues on our hands once again."

Dr Stott says he is the only person in Australia trying to understand the species’ population growth. Much of his research has focussed on three high-density areas, in western Victoria and eastern South Australia.

"They were first introduced [successfully] to 10 places in Australia. "On the western tablelands of New South Wales in the 1890s and also in north east Victoria, from about 1915 to about 1940, there were plagues of hares. Most of the population’s just forgotten about them."

Dr Stott says adult females, called 'Jills', have the capacity to produce nine young every year and eat four times that of rabbits. He also discovered hares are carriers of sheep worms, which establish inside them and lay eggs.

"A farm isn’t quarantined as far as sheep worms are concerned," he says. "You can have a wind-break, for example, with fences three metres apart and you might think the worms can’t get across that barrier. But they can, they are getting across that barrier."

Hares are officially regarded as a minor pest and therefore Dr Stott says, research funding is hard to come by. But he predicts, should the lid be taken off Australia’s population, it will only take a couple of years before farmers are faced with plague numbers.

"You won’t know in advance, you’ll just suddenly see there’s all these hares around the place. I see them as a species that’s out there and that has the potential to cause a lot more trouble down the track."

Image: Richard Taylor/Flickr.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mostly Solitary

Hares are mostly solitary. They don't have a permanent home but move about the countryside, sleeping where they can find camouflage.

– Zoe Greaves
Excerpted from Hare
Old Barn Books (2015)

See also the previous posts:
Nesting | Life Above Ground | Unhoused | Camouflage and Speed

Image: Photographer unknown.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Bel Homme

Image: Nathaniel.

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Powerful Hero

Throughout Algonquin culture the hare appears as a powerful hero. The first creator, the maker of the sun, moon and earth is called Michabo or The Great White Hare. Michalo has many talents – he is the ruler of the winds, mists, thunder and lightening, chief of all the animals, the guardian of the people, in inventor of picture writing and a shapeshifter.

– Zoe Greaves
Excerpted from Hare
Old Barn Books (2015)

Image: Amanda Clark

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Morning Light

Image: Subject and photographer unknown.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

In American Gods, An Otherworldly Depiction of Queer Attraction and Connection

Calling it pornographic is belittling and making it smaller that what is it. It's not about "Wow, I'm just watching two men fuck." It's "Wow, these are two compassionate people, clearly in love with one another." Just seeing two Middle Eastern men represented in that way, with humor and love and joy, it's taken me eleven years to get to that. I want to see more of that.

– Mousa Kraish
Quoted in Taylor Henderson's article "The Gay Sex Scene
in American Gods Isn't Pornographic, It's Art

May 12, 2017

Above: Omid Abtahi (left) as Salim and
Mousa Kraish as The Jinn in American Gods.

In the third episode of season one of the popular Staz TV series American Gods, Omid Abtahi and Mousa Kraish play two Middle Eastern immigrants who meet in a cab. Kraish's character is actually an Ifrit, one of the most powerful and dangerous Jinns in Islamic mythology.

Writes Taylor Henderson: "When Salim touches The Jinn's shoulder in conversation, the magnitude of their connection rushes over you like a sandstorm."

Henderson also shares the show's executive producer Michael Green's thoughts on the subsequent scene set in a hotel room: "I saw it as a story of a god giving a man permission to be himself, to enjoy sex, and to be made love to," Green said.

Of this scene, one that's being described as "groundbreaking," Henderson writes: "The electricity and tenderness . . . is otherworldly to watch, and the transcendent imagery evoked makes the men's passion ethereal and fiery."

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Friday, May 12, 2017