"When you go out into the woods & you look at trees, you see all these different trees. & some of them are bent, & some of them are straight, & some of them are evergreens, & some of them are whatever.& you look at the tree and you allow it. You appreciate it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, & so it turned that way. & you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. & you are constantly saying ‘You’re too this, or I’m too this.’ That judging mind comes in. & so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are."
- Ram Dass (via loveinspireuniversally)

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hammer time. schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks photographed in the galapagos by (click pic) alexander safanovmontgomery gilchrist, eric h cheng, norbert wu, franco banfi, todd aki, chris newbert and larry gatz.  

scalloped hammerhead populations have declined by over 95 percent in the past thirty years, largely due to the shark fin trade. this summer, scalloped hammerheads became the first species of shark to be protected by the u.s. endangered species act, one of the world’s strongest wildlife conservation laws. 

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