Cat on doorstep in winter http://t.co/nZhdnX6fBh
Photo: Cat on doorstep in winter Tiger striped (tabby) cat on doorstep in the winter after snowfall. Wide... http://t.co/mgRupMO4YL
Photo: Surgical wound closure Resorbable suture used for closure of subcutaneous tissue is cut with a... http://t.co/tKCyGaZVLV
Surgical wound closure http://t.co/P7FRonVjRU
Tag Archives: animal
A leashed dog (Papillon) is taking a bath in freezing cold water.
Nikon D3x and Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8G at 75mm, f/4, 1/125 sec and ISO 200.
Seagulls (or common gull) swimming peacefully in spring.
Nikon D3X and Nikkor 300mm 2.8 at f/8, 1/320sec and ISO 200.
This image may be licensed at istockphoto.
The Western Gull, Larus occidentalis, is a large white-headed gull that lives on the western coast of North America. It was previously considered conspecific, the same species, with the Yellow-footed Gull (Larus livens) of the Gulf of California. The Western Gull ranges from British Columbia, Canada to Baja California, Mexico, and because of its convenient colonies on the coast of California it is well studied. Despite being a well-known bird species on the West Coast of the US, it is of some slight conservation concern given its restricted range (for a gull). The Western Gull is a large gull, around 60 cm long with a white head and body, and gray wings. It has a yellow bill with a red subterminal spot (this is the small spot near the end of the bill that chicks peck in order to stimulate feeding). It closely resembles the Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus). In the north of its range it forms a hybrid zone with its close relative the Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens). Western gulls take approximately four years to reach their full plumage, their layer of feathers and the patterns and colors on the feathers. The Western Gull typically lives about 15 years. (Wikipedia)
Lamb of The Old Norwegian Sheep Breed (Villsau) an unimproved remnant of the old Norwegian landrace that was raised in the country since the Viking age. It is a small primitive, short-tailed sheep that is mainly found on the west coast of Norway. The breed is adapted to grazing outside all year around in cold and windy climate.
Nikon D3X and Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8G VRII at 200mm, f/11, 1/160sec and ISO 200.
This image may be licensed at istockphoto.
Animal husbandry spread throughout Europe, with sheep arriving in Norway during the Neolithic, or “new” Stone Age; remnants have been found in caves from this period. Land cultivation followed. In the early Iron Age, people who were buried at the modern Norwegian Føre, in Bø, Vesterålen, were left with lamb meat for their journey to another life. This shows that sheep were recognised as good food. One additional article the dead received was a spinning wheel, which indeed typifies Iron Age archaeological finds. As now, lambskin was used for clothing, since wool is a good insulator, holding warmth even when wet. When boat sails appeared around AD 600, wool proved to be a suitable material, because woollen sails are both lightweight and quick-drying. One broad lugsail of the type on the Gaukstad ship was probably worth a fortune, based on the enormous number of sheep and working hours needed to spin and weave the huge amount of wool. Weights from vertical looms abound in Iron Age archaeological material. Along with land cultivation, fishing, and hunting marine mammals, sheep raising was of major importance for the Laplanders and Norwegians, providing both food and clothing. Laplanders also sacrificed sheep on sacrificial stones up to the 16-17th centuries. (From woolandsheep.com)
Dry stone wall surrounding rocky pastures with grazing or resting sheep on West Coast of Norway in spring
Nikon D3X and Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8G VR II at 135mm, f/11, 1/200sec and ISO200.
The image may be licensed at istockphoto.
Dry stone is a building method by which structures are constructed from stones without any mortar to bind them together. Dry stone structures are stable because of their unique construction method, which is characterized by the presence of a load-bearing facade of carefully selected interlocking stones. Dry stone technology is best known in the context of wall construction, but dry stone artwork, buildings, bridges, and other structures also exist. A dry stone wall, also known as a dry stone dyke, drystane dyke, dry stone hedge, or rock fence, is a wall constructed from stones without mortar to bind them together. As with any dry stone construction, the structural integrity arises from compressional forces and the interlocking of the stones. Such walls are used in building construction, as field boundaries, and on steep slopes as retaining walls for terracing. (Wikipedia)