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Moving Portraits of Surviving 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs 10 Years Later

May 28th, 2014

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Moxie — Winthrop, MA

September 11, 2001 is a day in history that people all over the globe remember. For Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas, her most vivid recollection of that tragic day is of seeing images in the newspaper of the hundred search and rescue dogs that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deployed to search for survivors in the debris of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In the aftermath of the attacks, these brave dogs worked day and night alongside their handlers, firefighters, and other rescue workers, sifting through the rubble to try to save as many lives as possible.

One decade later, in the months before September 2011, Dumas embarked on a quest to locate the last surviving 9/11 search and rescue dogs who had worked so tirelessly ten years earlier. Through FEMA, she found 15 of the remaining dogs who were still alive. Dumas traveled across the United States to visit the retired canines and to photograph them in their homes. Retrieved is a collection of their portraits, a moving tribute to these heroic dogs and their handlers. The passage of time has clearly left its mark on the animals, but despite their graying whiskers, clouding eyes, and stiffer joints, there is still the same sense of alertness and wonderful spirit that made them so valuable in the aftermath of 9/11.

For the photographer, the selfless dogs represented a spark of hope amidst the destruction and tragedy ten years ago, as they offered comfort and consolation to everyone around them. She says, “These animals were all at the same place at the same time, one decade ago, for the same reason: to work. That experience unites them, and was the incentive for me to pursue this subject and to photograph the dogs. They now share the vulnerability of old age while symbolizing a full decade coming to a close.”

Although a few of the 15 dogs that Dumas photographed have already passed away by now, they are immortalized and commemorated in these powerfully intimate portraits. For a closer look at the canine heroes, be sure to check out Retrieved in print, available on Amazon.

Abigail — Ojai, CA

Bailey — Franklin, TN

Orion — Vacaville, CA

Guinness — Highland, CA

Red — Anapolis, MD

Merlyn — Otis, CO

Bretagne — Cypress TX

Tara — Ipswich, MA

Charlotte Dumas WebsiteRetrieved on Amazonvia [Feature Shoot]

This skull is driving me nuts! Squirrel joins in the Halloween fun with terrifying toy filled with treats

October 31st, 2012

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This little scamp is really getting into the seasonal spirit as he scares onlookers with a skull suspended on a string.

The grey squirrel turned up in the garden of Vicky Freeman’s home in Fareham, Hamshire, and made short work of the treats she’d hidden inside the macabre mask.

The 54-year-old grandmother said: ‘I always hang stuff up in my garden for the kids at Halloween but was surprised to see a squirrel so fascinated by the macabre skull it – looks really scary!’

Nutmare on Elm street: The grey squirrel gets into the Halloween spirit with a toy skullNutmare on Elm street: The grey squirrel gets into the Halloween spirit with a toy skull filled with treats

 

Squirrel
Squirrel

Lawn of the dead: Grandmother Vicky Freeman was startled to see this scary-headed rodent in her garden

Getting into the swing of things: Vicky had hung up the skull for her grandchildren, but the squirrel got there firstGetting into the swing of things: Vicky hung up the treats for her grandchildren, but the squirrel got there first

 

Going nuts
Going nuts

A furry fiend: The squirrel faces down the Halloween horror, before having a go himself!

 

The squirrel was certainly more taken with his Halloween decorations than silverback gorilla Kumbuka.

Keepers at Paignton zoo in Devon had put together a pile of pumpkins for the 28-stone ape, but he wasted no time in tearing it apart.

Teen Girl Shoots Beautiful and Creative Portraits of Her Pet Dogs

September 21st, 2012

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If you’re a dog lover, you’ve got to check out the photography of 17-year-old photographerJessica Trinh. Her two main photo subjects are her two dogs: a Golden Retriever named Chuppy and an Australian Shepherd named Daisy. Over the past few years, Trinh has captured hundreds of beautiful and creative portraits of her furry happy-go-lucky friends, aided by her keen eye for spotting gorgeous lighting and happy expressions. We dare you not to smile as you look through the images in this post.

Trinh writes,

Ever since I set my hands on a camera, I knew I had unlocked a new dimension. One where you can expand your imagination and run for endless miles. Photography makes you look at things differently. You notice rain drops and the way the sun kisses the Earth. You breath in every moment of your life. You love to live and live to love. There is no time to waste because there is an urgency to capture each loving gesture, smile, and laugh in both humans and animals. Then every photograph becomes timeless and you smile, knowing that you hold a few split seconds in your hands. I live in a box called a camera with the lens as my window and everyday I sit on my couch watching the world outside through a different perspective. No worries, my dogs are right beside me looking at it the same way.

For more of these photographs, head on over to Trinh’s Flickr photostream. Watch out though: you might spend hours and hours falling more and more in love with her dogs (and her photography).


Update: Trinh has informed us that the 8th photo in this set, the one with the butterfly, is actually a digital composite.


Image credits: Photographs by Jessica Trinh and used with permission

9 Creepiest Fish on the Planet

September 13th, 2012

Animals, and especially fish, aren’t all cute and lovely. Even Nemo isn’t that hot in real life, and if you go a bit deeper around the oceans of the world or maybe even to the lake near your house, you might find things that’ll haunt you forever, and wouldn’t mind grabbing a bite or nibble from you as well.

Anglerfish

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Just like another member of the ‘creepy’ family, Anglerfish use that rod (a fleshy growth, actually) and some light to lure unsuspecting travelers around the oceans of the world. There are many different species of Anglerfishes – some living on the bottoms and some being open water lovers. They’re all pretty ugly.

Basking Shark

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A threatened species of sharks, the Basking shark is the second largest living fish after the Whale Shark and is regarded rather harmless, spending its energy on filter feeding rather than awesomely chewing on surfers, but that huge mouth that opens up to incredible size is simply too creepy not to freak out about.

Blobfish

When you don’t have a single muscle on your body, you’re bound to look a bit creepy. It lives deep in the waters of the coast of Australia and Tasmania, and is rarely seen by humans. It is pretty much a gelatinous mass that is slightly less dense than water, allowing it to survive in great depths (2,000–3,900 ft) and allows the fish to float above the sea floor without expending energy on swimming.

Goblin Shark

Another deep sea animal that lives well beneath where us normal people swim, usually deeper than 200 meters, beyond the reach of sunshine. They are rarely encountered, but they usually feed on squid and crab that live way down under, but still not considered to be a threatened species because no top-predator can actually get to them. Even if they can, they get spooked by those jaws.

Rattail

A nasty looking fish that usually smells worse than any other water dweller due to the high concentration of TMAO in their bodies. Some species use gas bladders with unique muscles to produce sounds, mostly for courtship and mate location.

Snakehead

The problem with these nasty looking creatures is that there’s no one that can eat them, making them one of the most aggressive invasive species on the planet, with no natural enemies outside of their native environment, and the ability to last up to four days on land, wriggling their way on wet land to other bodies of water. It has been nicknamed Fishzilla by National Geographic.

Stonefish

Nasty little camouflaged buggers, who are considered to be among the most venomous fishes in the world, and probably the hardest to actually identify while walking bare-feet in shallow waters. You’ll find them n the coastal regions of Indo-Pacific oceans but also in Florida and the Caribbeans. The stings are a bit more common in Australia, where Stonefish anti-venom is the second-most administered in the nation.

Tigerfish

Tigerfish are one of those terrible species that simply eat anything that comes by way of their mouths and horrifying teeth, living in rivers and lakes around the world, and the African family member is considered to be the African Piranha, with the fish even resorting to cannibalism when no food is around to fill its stomach.

Viperfish

A saltwater fish that dwells in the deeper parts of the oceans and seas during the daytime, going up to the shallows at night. It’s considered one of the fiercest predators of the deepest parts of the seas, believed to attack its prey by luring the victim close to itself with a light producing organ, a photophore located on the end of its dorsal spine. It flashes this natural light on and off while at the same time moving the dorsal spine around like a fishing rod and hanging completely still in the water, and also uses the voluntary natural light producing organ to communicate to its potential mates and rivals

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