24-year-old photographer Asher Svidensky recently traveled to west Mongolia with the intention of documenting the lives of traditional Kazakh eagle hunters, people who tame eagles for the purpose of hunting smaller animals.
With the traditions typically laying in the hands of the boys and the men, the biggest surprise throughout the journey was Svidensky’s discovery of a young eagle huntress, 13-year-old Ashol Pan, the daughter of an experienced eagle hunter. These stunning photographs symbolize the potential future of the eagle hunting tradition as it expands beyond a male-only practice.
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Brooklyn Everywhere is now Brooklyn in Brooklyn. SO META
Richard Branson wants you to consider giving up beef
Billionaire details his decision to eat less meat — and why the entire world could benefit to the do the same.
I can’t put in words what this past year has been to me. But Passion Pit can try.
Extinct bat rediscovered after 120 years without a sighting
A bat species thought to be long extinct has been caught by researchers in Papua New Guinea, over a century after the first and only specimens were collected.
I keep wanting to poignantly verbalize my feelings on what my year abroad did for my personal growth, my life outlook and my ability to fend for myself, but all I can do is make collages of animals that reluctantly let me hang out with them, and all the times I’ve tried (with varying degrees of literality) to become Nigel Thornberry.
I just want to be Nigel Thornberry
An itemized list of places I spent the night outside the home of the brave. These are more or less in order of preference.
- In a tent on the deserted sands of Steemers Beach at Jervis Bay, NSW
- In a swag under the stars in the shadow of the world’s biggest free standing rock, NT
- In a campervan next to a waterfall at Litchfield National Park in Darwin
- On the shelf of a sailboat cabin above the Great Barrier Reef
- In a beach bungalow on the island of Gili Trawangan
- In two Indonesian homestays in Kuta and Ubud, Bali
- In (chronologically): a hostel, a flatshare townhouse, a Couchsurfing stranger’s apartment, a friend’s bedroom, a boarding house, a different friend’s living room, and a Spanish man’s studio apartment, all in Sydney, Australia
- On a friend’s baseball coach’s living room couch, in a Melbourne suburb on Easter morning
- In a campervan parked off the side of the highway in the Northern Territory, a rental parked in a sleepy Brisbane suburb, and a borrowed car alongside the Great Ocean Road in Victoria
- On the guest beds, couches, and living room floors of five different Couchsurfing hosts: a young gay teacher who invited me to a Chaka Khan concert in Sydney, a divorced mom and her cat in Brisbane, a Pitbull-looking Serbian musician and a retired Malaysian lawyer in Melbourne, and a advertising manager whose facebook name included the phrase “bonglover,” in Kuala Lumpur.
- On a transnational bus across the Malaysian peninsula that arrived at 3:15 AM, with the subsequent hours spent amongst stray cats in the bus terminal
- On a bunk bed at a turtle conservancy on Juara beach in Malaysia
- In a beachside chalet next door to a middle-aged German cat lady on Tioman island
- In a sleeper train car between Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
- In a Bali airport terminal and a delayed international Jetstar flight, collectively
- In the heart of Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur
- In a mosquito-net-canopied twin bed at an Elephant nature park in Chiang Mai
- In sixteen different hostels and two hotel rooms across fourteen different cities in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Thailand
- In twenty-three towns, four Australian states, and five islands across five different countries.
These overlap in some places, for the sake of categorization. I didn’t realize before making this list how few of them are houses.