New Ecard Images At Quillcards: Birds And Beyond

We have just added a bunch of new images to our Quillcards ecards.

Here are two of them, and you can see them all in the Recently Added section – just click the link to take a look.

Green-Winged Macaw - A Quillcards Ecard

Green-Winged Macaw - A Quillcards Ecard

The Green-Winged Macaw
Also known as the Red-and-green Macaw, the Green-winged Macaw lives in humid lowland forest areas from Colombia to Paraguay. It spends most of its time in the upper forest canopy and generally mates for life.

Its habitat is threatened by deforestation and the birds themselves are trapped for the pet trade.

It is a large bird, with adults having a wingspan over over 50 inches (125cm) and a long, long tail that makes the bird very distinct in flight.

Prunus Domestica
This second image of plums is more prosaic, but the continuance of fruit on our supermarket shelves depends on bee pollination, and as we have all been reading – bees are in dangerously steep decline worldwide.

You can read more about bees in peril here.

Prunus Domestica

Prunus Domestica

Again, here is the link to our Recently Added section.

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    Comments

      • Tamara Colloff-Bennett says

        Thank you. You can imagine that it felt churlish to eat the plums after the photo session – but they were delicious. ;-)

    1. says

      David and Tamara:

      Your comment on the steep decline of bees worldwide makes your photo of the plums more poignant…and beautiful. What a marvelous accident fruit is. Thanks for sharing that.
      Jason

      • Tamara Colloff-Bennett says

        Many thanks, and sorry I’m a little late with this reply.

        Considering the miserably sad and grave state of bee populations worldwide today, your usage of the word ‘poignant’ is particularly apropos.

        Speaking of which, I’d like to highly recommend a wonderfully researched and well-written book about this terrible reality of the bee world.

        Called ‘A World Without Bees’, it’s written by Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum.

        It’s published by Guardian Books from The Guardian newspaper here in England, and its ISBN is: 978-0-85265-131-5.

        It’s a terrific book that has made me horrified about the pesticides, insecticides, and other poisonous elements that are spelling the death of bees in huge numbers all over the world.

        I felt very sad reading how the bees meet their ends too, poor little creatures…

        Whether or not governments will wake up in time before the possible demise of bees and the world as we know it is scarily questionable.

        And yes, as you so poetically put it here, ‘what a marvelous accident fruit is’ – so let’s hope the bees do survive, or we will be saying good-bye to plums and a heck of a lot of other foodstuff and essential products of our world.

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