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archiemcphee:

This is Makpal Abdrazakova, she is 25, and she lives in Aksu-Ayuly, central Kazakhstan. She cuts an awesome figure, doesn’t she? She is making headlines for something she’s been doing since she was 13. Makpal is a golden eagle hunter, a berkutchi, and participates in competitions that evaluate how well her eagle, 10-year-old Akzhelke, can catch and kill prey. She has won several of the local contests, which also demonstrate the bond between the bird and its master.

The bond in her case began with feeding the golden eagle when her father Murat was away. He taught her the ancient sport after getting the approval and blessing of the local elders, since it has traditionally been practiced only by men. Since 2003, they and the professional hunters have welcomed her, and she remains the only woman in Kazakhstan to compete.

She does not, however, want to be the last: “I hope that in the future there will be more berkutchi-girls,” she says in her native language (see video here). Golden eagles have been used in falconry for centuries (see slideshow here) and are among the world’s fiercest birds, with the ability to fly at their prey at 190mph with their razor-sharp talons. They weigh up to 15lbs, grow up to 3’ tall, and have a wingspan of up to 7’.

Makpal describes, “The bird can be difficult, but if she gets used to her master, who tames her, she learns. She begins to understand human language, and further training is easy. If the bird has a good relationship with someone, she begins to see the person within her master.”

A traditional saying in Kazakhstan states, “As a man trains his eagle, so too does the eagle train his man.” Makpal and her bird may have trained each other, but the woman has also been training in law. “I don’t need to give up being a berkutchi. I will do both things at once.”

How completely awesome!

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connectatron:

Makpal Abdrazakova, the only female golden eagle hunter in Kazakhstan. Video newsclip can be watched here.

connectatron:

Makpal Abdrazakova, the only female golden eagle hunter in Kazakhstan. Video newsclip can be watched here.

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gainfulunemployment:

Kazakhstan’s only female eagle hunter, Makpal Abdrazakova. She also has a law degree.
(Photo by Shamil Zhumatov via Reuters Photographers Blog)

gainfulunemployment:

Kazakhstan’s only female eagle hunter, Makpal Abdrazakova. She also has a law degree.

(Photo by Shamil Zhumatov via Reuters Photographers Blog)

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shmeila:

Makpal Abdrazakova with her eagle Akzhelke, from Kazakhstan. She is also the only female golden eagle hunter in her country.
“The bird can be difficult, but if she gets used to her master, who tames her, she learns,” said Makpal. “She begins to understand human language, and further training is easy. If the bird has a good relationship with someone, she begins to see the person within her master. People often ask me if it is difficult to be the only female among men hunters. I’ve grown accustomed to this. Elders and respected hunters blessed me some time ago and I’m still getting their support. They teach me things and now welcome me for competitions. We hope that in future the number of women berkutchi will grow. It will be good for the sport.”
More info here: http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/03/06/kazakhstans-lone-female-eagle-hunter/

Here she is! Makpal Abdrazakova is the first lady Kazakh eagle hunter.

shmeila:

Makpal Abdrazakova with her eagle Akzhelke, from Kazakhstan. She is also the only female golden eagle hunter in her country.

“The bird can be difficult, but if she gets used to her master, who tames her, she learns,” said Makpal. “She begins to understand human language, and further training is easy. If the bird has a good relationship with someone, she begins to see the person within her master. People often ask me if it is difficult to be the only female among men hunters. I’ve grown accustomed to this. Elders and respected hunters blessed me some time ago and I’m still getting their support. They teach me things and now welcome me for competitions. We hope that in future the number of women berkutchi will grow. It will be good for the sport.”

More info here: http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/03/06/kazakhstans-lone-female-eagle-hunter/

Here she is! Makpal Abdrazakova is the first lady Kazakh eagle hunter.

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A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia →

This is wonderful, and what a cutie!

She’s actually not the very first female eagle hunter, as the article suggests— I can’t remember her name, but there’s a Khazak woman (trained as a lawyer I believe), I think in her twenties, who’s also achieved a good name in eagle hunting.

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lokkalykkja:

The site of heaven. 3+ lbs of pure Grade A Scalamandre 100% Silk. This stuff is as shiny, smooth, soft and sleek as silk should be.

Hail to Frigg the Mistress of Fibercraft

OH MY GOODNESS

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hifructosemag:

actegratuit:

stickwork sculptures by patrick dougherty

Nature will find a way.

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charlessantoso:

Nothing fancy.. just an owl with a hat. Hoot! Hoot!

charlessantoso:

Nothing fancy.. just an owl with a hat. Hoot! Hoot!

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chelle-the-zbornak-queen:

piyox22:

義足のmoses

OMG I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE THIS AGAIN

GUYS GO WATCH THIS RIGHT NOW YOU WON’T REGRET IT

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awkwardsituationist:

above the clouds, at an altitude between 2,700 and 3,500 metres, with roberto bertero on mount rocciamelone in italy’s susa valley.  said roberto, “a night spent in silence in the mountains at high altitudes, under an infinite starry sky, certainly makes us realize how marvellous it is to be part of something infinitely greater than ourselves.”

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helenknits:

This is my favourite out take picture…our cat likes to come on walks with us. I was driving home from work on Tuesday, watching the sky the whole way hoping for a lovely sunset. I got home and James grabbed his camera and we walked to the church and down the hill to where I thought there might be a good location for sunset backgrounds. Mischief decided to follow us and even managed to cross the road safely twice, negotiate a gate and a style (ok she cheated with the style), then she hung around patiently (wondering what on earth we were doing standing about in a field). She escorted us home too. I think she enjoyed her little escape. 

helenknits:

This is my favourite out take picture…our cat likes to come on walks with us. I was driving home from work on Tuesday, watching the sky the whole way hoping for a lovely sunset. I got home and James grabbed his camera and we walked to the church and down the hill to where I thought there might be a good location for sunset backgrounds. Mischief decided to follow us and even managed to cross the road safely twice, negotiate a gate and a style (ok she cheated with the style), then she hung around patiently (wondering what on earth we were doing standing about in a field). She escorted us home too. I think she enjoyed her little escape. 

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wnderlst:

Total Lunar Eclipse (April 15, 2014) | Matthew Crowley

I MISSED ITON APRIL 14 I WAS LITERALLY HANGING OUT OUTSIDE FOR A COUPLE HOURS WONDERING WHEN THE NEXT LUNAR ECLIPSE WOULD BEI AM SO MAD

wnderlst:

Total Lunar Eclipse (April 15, 2014) | Matthew Crowley

I MISSED IT
ON APRIL 14 I WAS LITERALLY HANGING OUT OUTSIDE FOR A COUPLE HOURS WONDERING WHEN THE NEXT LUNAR ECLIPSE WOULD BE
I AM SO MAD

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fannishknits:

yarnyfan replied to your post: How was everyone’s weekend

Productive! I got a quarter of a sock knit.

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Keep up that pace and you’ll have a whole pair in no time.

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ninlilu:

ca-tsuka:

Cartoon Saloon animation studio artists worked for Brian Boru exhibition (Trinity College - Dublin).
Illustrators : Tomm Moore (director of The Secret of Kells), Ross Stewart and Alice Dieudonne

Finally, the whole illustrations!Thanks again to ross Stewart and Tomm Moore for this amazing project !

I would like to teleport to be there personnaly,  I love this place and those old books, I feel like being in Hogwarts

Go there for me and send me pictures if you can! (you can also see the beautiful Book of Kells which is exhibited in the same place)

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