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She loves her coconut oil, shea butter, black soap, olive oil, natural hair, saggy clothes, long dresses, hair wraps, twist outs, lemon water, green tea, grapes, sunflowers, friends, family, and future.
What’s a label? She doesn’t have one
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jsbanksart:

"Sanguine"Spray Paint and Oil Based Sharpieon Cotton Duck Canvas16x16(2014)By JSBanks


SOLD..! View and purchase other available pieces of mine at www.etsy.com/shop/JSBanksAbstractArt

jsbanksart:

"Sanguine"
Spray Paint and Oil Based Sharpie
on Cotton Duck Canvas
16x16
(2014)
By JSBanks

SOLD..! View and purchase other available pieces of mine at www.etsy.com/shop/JSBanksAbstractArt

You are not weak just because your heart feels so heavy.
Andrea Gibson"The Nutritionist" (via psych-facts)

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jsbanksart:

I am so pleased to announce that I will be partaking in this event doing live art!Your Song, Your Story is an innovative project which aims to encourage San Diego’s diverse communities to co-create an original musical masterpiece with the San Diego Symphony. These communities are invited to upload video recordings of their cultural songs, stories, and dances to this website. The final composition will be performed four times starting in the summer of 2014.I will be vending and doing live art on the following days and times:Wednesday, July 16, 2014Embarcadero Marina Park South1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CABlock Party: 6:30-8:00pmPerformance: 8:00pm-9:00pmANDThursday July 17th, 2014Lincoln High School4777 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CABlock Party: 6:00-7:30pmPerformance: 7:30-8:30pmVisit this website for more information:http://yoursongyourstory.org/

I will also be partaking in this event. If you are in the San Diego area, come on down! I’ll be selling art and will also be doing live art!

jsbanksart:

I am so pleased to announce that I will be partaking in this event doing live art!

Your Song, Your Story is an innovative project which aims to encourage San Diego’s diverse communities to co-create an original musical masterpiece with the San Diego Symphony. These communities are invited to upload video recordings of their cultural songs, stories, and dances to this website. The final composition will be performed four times starting in the summer of 2014.

I will be vending and doing live art on the following days and times:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Embarcadero Marina Park South
1 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA
Block Party: 6:30-8:00pm
Performance: 8:00pm-9:00pm

AND

Thursday July 17th, 2014
Lincoln High School
4777 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA
Block Party: 6:00-7:30pm
Performance: 7:30-8:30pm

Visit this website for more information:
http://yoursongyourstory.org/

I will also be partaking in this event. If you are in the San Diego area, come on down! I’ll be selling art and will also be doing live art!

jsbanksart:

Freshly Faded Presents: Art Collective Art Show. July 26th at 7 p.m. My art will be on display. Come on down for dope music and art.

If you are in the San Diego area, come on down, my art will be on display…!

jsbanksart:

Freshly Faded Presents: Art Collective Art Show. July 26th at 7 p.m. My art will be on display. Come on down for dope music and art.

If you are in the San Diego area, come on down, my art will be on display…!

reaperboy:

Mermaid by Dark-Tarou

reaperboy:

Mermaid by Dark-Tarou

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treevors:


Humans rarely encounter frilled sharks, which prefer to remain in the oceans’ depths, up to 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below the surface. Considered living fossils, frilled sharks bear many physical characteristics of ancestors who swam the seas in the time of the dinosaurs.

what the heck even are these things

That’s a frilled shark! Humans rarely encounter frilled sharks, which prefer to remain in the oceans’ depths, up to 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below the surface. Considered living fossils, frilled sharks bear many physical characteristics of ancestors who swam the seas in the time of the dinosaurs.

physicallyattractive-dog:

treevors:

Humans rarely encounter frilled sharks, which prefer to remain in the oceans’ depths, up to 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below the surface. Considered living fossils, frilled sharks bear many physical characteristics of ancestors who swam the seas in the time of the dinosaurs.

what the heck even are these things

That’s a frilled shark! Humans rarely encounter frilled sharks, which prefer to remain in the oceans’ depths, up to 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below the surface. Considered living fossils, frilled sharks bear many physical characteristics of ancestors who swam the seas in the time of the dinosaurs.

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lecoil:

Aaron Barker and Cipriana Quann of Urban Bush Babes featured in Vogue’s delightful series 30 Wedding Dresses for the Bride-to-Be.Photographed by Philippe Jarrigeon

lecoil:

Aaron Barker and Cipriana Quann of Urban Bush Babes featured in Vogue’s delightful series 30 Wedding Dresses for the Bride-to-Be.

Photographed by Philippe Jarrigeon

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afro-dominicano:

Chilean Devil Rays Found to Be Among the Deepest-Diving Animals in the Ocean


  Divers exploring warm waters around the world often encounter Chilean devil rays, gentle marine creatures that can grow up to ten feet long. The rays bask just below the surface, gliding through sunlight-dappled water, oftentimes in groups. Little is known about the striking creatures, however, and marine biologists have always presumed that they live only near the warm, bright surface.
  
  Scientists have just discovered that the rays harbor an impressive secret, however: they regularly undertake epic dives more than a mile deep.
  
  These remarkable dives came as a surprise to researchers who reported the finding today in Nature Communications. In retrospect, they note, the rays’ physiology did hint at this ability.
  
  Chilean devil rays possess a special organ called the retia mirabilia, which is also found in deep-diving species such as great white sharks. In those animals, the veined structure fills with warm blood that exchanges heat between vessel walls. This helps to keep the marine creatures’ brain warm when they descend to freezing depths. But Chilean devil rays, researchers assumed, spent all of their time at the surface. Why would they need such a structure?
  
  To solve the puzzle, an international team of marine biologists attached satellite tags to 15 Chilean devil rays captured off the northwest coast of Africa, near the Azores archipelago. The team monitored the rays’ movements for nine months and found that the animals were tremendously active. They sometimes traversed up to 30 miles of ocean per day, with each covering a distance of up to 2,300 miles over the nine-month period.
  
  Even more impressive, however, was the rays’ diving abilities. They regularly dove below 1,000 feet, with a maximum-recorded depth of 6,062 feet. This means that Chilean devil rays undertake some of the deepest dives ever recorded for marine animals, the team reports.
  
  The journeys into the deep seem to be no sweat for the animals. One individual, for example, dove nearly 4,600 feet six days in a row, and overall, the rays spent more than five percent of their time in deep water.
  
  The deep dives explain the presence of the previously enigmatic retia mirabilia, the team writes. At the depths recorded by the trackers, rays would encounter temperatures as chilly as 37˚F, so the extra flush of warm blood provided by that organ likely makes those dives possible. Additionally, the researchers found that the rays spend more time basking near the water’s warm surface both one hour before and one hour after a deep dive, implying that the animals are preparing for and recovering from encounters with the cold.
  
  The rays aren’t undertaking these dives just for fun, of course. Based on the animals’ movement patterns—oftentimes a quick bee-line descent followed by a slower step-wise ascent—the researchers think they are probably foraging on fish or squid that live well below the surface.
  
  The unexpected findings, the authors write, demonstrate “how little we know” about Chilean devil rays and the role they play in ocean ecosystems. Given that these animals were recently listed as endangered (largely due to a growing demand for their gills by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine), “this ignorance has significant conservation implications,” the team continues. As with any species, the more we know about them, the better equipped we will be for protecting them—and for knowing what we stand to lose should they disappear.

afro-dominicano:

Chilean Devil Rays Found to Be Among the Deepest-Diving Animals in the Ocean

Divers exploring warm waters around the world often encounter Chilean devil rays, gentle marine creatures that can grow up to ten feet long. The rays bask just below the surface, gliding through sunlight-dappled water, oftentimes in groups. Little is known about the striking creatures, however, and marine biologists have always presumed that they live only near the warm, bright surface.

Scientists have just discovered that the rays harbor an impressive secret, however: they regularly undertake epic dives more than a mile deep.

These remarkable dives came as a surprise to researchers who reported the finding today in Nature Communications. In retrospect, they note, the rays’ physiology did hint at this ability.

Chilean devil rays possess a special organ called the retia mirabilia, which is also found in deep-diving species such as great white sharks. In those animals, the veined structure fills with warm blood that exchanges heat between vessel walls. This helps to keep the marine creatures’ brain warm when they descend to freezing depths. But Chilean devil rays, researchers assumed, spent all of their time at the surface. Why would they need such a structure?

To solve the puzzle, an international team of marine biologists attached satellite tags to 15 Chilean devil rays captured off the northwest coast of Africa, near the Azores archipelago. The team monitored the rays’ movements for nine months and found that the animals were tremendously active. They sometimes traversed up to 30 miles of ocean per day, with each covering a distance of up to 2,300 miles over the nine-month period.

Even more impressive, however, was the rays’ diving abilities. They regularly dove below 1,000 feet, with a maximum-recorded depth of 6,062 feet. This means that Chilean devil rays undertake some of the deepest dives ever recorded for marine animals, the team reports.

The journeys into the deep seem to be no sweat for the animals. One individual, for example, dove nearly 4,600 feet six days in a row, and overall, the rays spent more than five percent of their time in deep water.

The deep dives explain the presence of the previously enigmatic retia mirabilia, the team writes. At the depths recorded by the trackers, rays would encounter temperatures as chilly as 37˚F, so the extra flush of warm blood provided by that organ likely makes those dives possible. Additionally, the researchers found that the rays spend more time basking near the water’s warm surface both one hour before and one hour after a deep dive, implying that the animals are preparing for and recovering from encounters with the cold.

The rays aren’t undertaking these dives just for fun, of course. Based on the animals’ movement patterns—oftentimes a quick bee-line descent followed by a slower step-wise ascent—the researchers think they are probably foraging on fish or squid that live well below the surface.

The unexpected findings, the authors write, demonstrate “how little we know” about Chilean devil rays and the role they play in ocean ecosystems. Given that these animals were recently listed as endangered (largely due to a growing demand for their gills by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine), “this ignorance has significant conservation implications,” the team continues. As with any species, the more we know about them, the better equipped we will be for protecting them—and for knowing what we stand to lose should they disappear.

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