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NATIVE YOUTH SEXUAL HEALTH NETWORK, North America (www.nativeyouthsexualhealth.com)

Campaign Titled: Healthy Sexuality and Fighting Homophobia: Native Youth Photography Project

About the Project:

This is the first national campaign for First Nations youth across Canada to fight homophobia and normalize healthy sexuality!

First Nations youth from across Canada came together in March 2010 to create a national campaign about sexuality and fighting homophobia. These are the images created from the campaign which can be utilized as posters, postcards, as well as community newspaper inserts for articles and awareness.

About the Organization:

The Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) is a North-America wide organization working on issues of healthy sexuality, cultural competency, youth empowerment, reproductive justice, and sex positivity by and for Native youth.

The reclamation and revitalization of traditional knowledge about people’s fundamental human rights over their bodies and spaces, intersected with present-day realities is fundamental to our work.

We work within the full spectrum of reproductive and sexual health for Indigenous peoples.

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realmonstrosities:

Swimming snails and their gelatinous, winged feet!

These are all snails who’ve given up on life slipping and sliding along the sea floor and have grown fins so they can swim through the ocean.

There are Sea Butterflies who keep their shell and come in all sorts of shapes and sizes;

Sea Angels who lose their shell at an early age and look more like slugs;

Atlantids who are microscopic and have a large, coiled shell;

And Sea Elephants, some of whom have a teeny shell that looks more like a hat and others who lose their shell completely.

I’m so glad to see that snails have such options!

allcreatures:

Sociable weavers construct permanent nests on trees and other tall objects. These nests are the largest built by any bird, and are large enough to house over a hundred pairs of birds, containing several generations at a time. The nests consist of separate chambers, each of which is occupied by a pair (sometimes with offspring) roost and breed.

Picture: Dillon Marsh / Rex Features (via Tiny weaver birds make huge nests on telegraph poles in the Kalahari desert - Telegraph)

geomilligan:

The recent heavy rain has brought out the fungi.

japantheon:

the Duomo in Milan, Italy

japantheon:

the Duomo in Milan, Italy

sharkchunks:

Look at those thighs. Yet another unrealistic body image for Unholy Dmeon Beasts of the Dargurul Oman Siikai of the 6th Ring beyond the City of Dis.

sharkchunks:

Look at those thighs. Yet another unrealistic body image for Unholy Dmeon Beasts of the Dargurul Oman Siikai of the 6th Ring beyond the City of Dis.

odditiesoflife:

Amazing Jabuticaba Tree

This is an incredible tree that bears its fruit directly on the main trunks and branches of the plant, lending a distinctive appearance to the fruiting tree. The jabuticaba (Plinia cauliflora) is a fruit-bearing tree native to Minas Gerais and São Paulo in southeastern Brazil. Otherwise known as the Brazilian Grape Tree, the jabuticaba is grown for its purplish-black, white-pulped fruits. They can be eaten raw or be used to make jellies and drinks, including juice and wine.

They are wonderful trees to have and are fairly adaptable to most environments but they grow extremely slow. Jabuticaba flowers are white and grow directly from its trunk, just like its fruit. The tree may flower and fruit only once or twice a year, but when continuously irrigated, it flowers frequently and fresh fruit can be available year round in tropical regions.

Common in Brazilian markets, jabuticabas are largely eaten fresh; their popularity has been likened to that of grapes in the US. Due to its extremely short shelf-life, fresh jabuticaba fruit is very rare in markets outside of areas of cultivation. So if you are ever in Brazil, be sure to try the incredibly tasty fruit called jabuticaba.

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odditiesoflife:

Look Up! The Perseid Meteor Shower is Here

Skywatchers around the world are gearing up for the famous August Perseid meteor shower, which peaks August 11 through 13 and promises to be the best celestial fireworks show of the year.

The Perseids grace our skies when Earth plows into a stream of fragments—ranging in size from sand grains to boulders—left behind by a comet. These particles slam into the atmosphere at speeds of 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers) per hour, causing the meteors to burn up in the upper atmosphere, which produces a momentary streak across the overhead skies known as a shooting star.

"As the Earth passes through the dust trail of comets, it encounters debris—some of which can be the size of grapefruit or larger—which [then] can cause fireballs," said Raminder Singh Samra, resident astronomer at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. "The chances of seeing fireballs always increase when there is a strong meteor shower like this one," he added.

Expectations this year are particularly high for the Perseids because the waxing crescent moon will set early, allowing even the fainter meteors to be seen, explained Samra.

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