Mattia. 21. Italian. Studying Physic Engineering. Reading. Philosophy. Science. Spirituality. Latin. Herbalism. Growing plants in any spot possible. Theatre. Wood-carving. Languages. Manta-rays. Water. Swimming. Whatever.
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Dwelling on the Drina River near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia.
Photograph by Uros Petrovic.
The Danube Spring, Germany (by Sorin Mustaca)
Duk-Duk dancers in New Britain, 1913. Duk-Duk is a male-only secret society that operates among the Tolai people of New Britain, the largest island in Papua New Guinea’s Bismarck Archipelago. Members of the society are followers of a mysterious spirit (Duk-Duk) who wears leaves around his body and a tall, conical mask. The entrance fee to the society traditionally consists of a string of cowrie shells threaded on strips of cane, often 100 m or more in length. Duk-Duk appears only with the full moon, when festivals and ceremonies are celebrated in secrecy; strangers are excluded from these rituals on pain of death. The followers of Duk-Duk have dwindled in number through the 20th century, but a few still remain in this isolated corner of the world.
Chicago Field Museum - Dermestes maculatus
The FM has a great system setup for their dermestid colony. They have multiple individual tanks (I think 9 in all) in which skeletal remains are processed. Everything is organized in metal trays so the beetles can easily move between specimens, unlike our museum where we use porcelain dishes that the beetles have a difficult time climbing up, and as a result we have to create bridges between each tray, which can be inefficient. As the beetles live and die in the Field Museum’s colonies the wire grates are moved up on top of the frass and dead beetles until they reach the top of the tank, at which time the tanks can be cleaned out and reused. Our system here in Montana is not so organized, resulting in specimens getting buried in the bottom of our colony, sometimes for months or years. I will definitely be taking what I learned in their dermestid room and applying the system where I can in the UMZM!
- A bird skeleton after freezing off straggler beetles in the freezer
- The gorilla’s foot - by the way, it is possible that individual was suffering from ankylosing spondylitis, a form of inflammatory arthritis that is genetic in humans.
- A small bird (did not get the ID) and Jackson’s Chameleon (Trioceros jacksonii)
The Dune Shacks of Peaked Bars Historic District.
Nestled into the ever-shifting shapes of the Province Lands dunes, they are primitive in structure, but surrounded by a rare sort of richness – the mesmerizing environment of the ever-changing dunes, great undulations of sand that are constantly swept by the ocean’s winds into new shapes and that have long been a place of withdrawal for artists, eccentrics, writers and Cape residents.
Since the mid 1990s, area non-profits have offered solitude in the dunes to writers, artists, scientists, historians, musicians, and dancers through summer and fall shack residency programs.
Photos by Chris Seufert, Paul Neumann, Debra Bacon, and Stephanie Foster.