My Yankee-Irish horsewhispering boyfriend subscribes to Harper’s. The April issue arrived recently, and I came across it on the kitchen table. The last page is the place where the feature called “Findings” regularly appears, and it’s my favorite part of the magazine.
For those unfamiliar with Harper’s Findings, they’re a lengthy list of interesting or amusing factoids. Animals feature prominently and that makes it even better. For example, this month, I learned that:
Since 9/11, the feces of right whales were found to have reduced levels of stress hormones.
Physicists can derive the shape of any ponytail using the Ponytail Shape Equation and the Rapunzel Number. They’re talking about hair styles but I know this would work for real pony (or horse) tails.
See why I like this page? Where else will you find information like this?
This month’s Findings was (were?) even better than usual, because it (they?) displayed a triptych of photographs of flaxen manes against chestnut coats as a banner along the top of the page. “Look! Horses!,” I exclaimed out loud when I saw it, but then I say the same thing when I’m driving through Millbrook and there’s someone in the car who might have missed the tenth pair in two miles. Sometimes I’m still a little girl in love with horses.
The horses to look at in Harper’s were in photographs taken by Lindsay Blatt from the series Herd in Iceland, a photo and film project she co-authored with Paul Taggart.
I immediately went to google the Lindsay Blatt/Paul Taggart project (the photo above is not Lindsay’s). I got to the Herd in Iceland homepage, which unfortunately isn’t working for me at the moment, but the address is here, on Paul Taggart’s own website where you can learn more about the project. You can see a truly amazing photo of Icelandics in Iceland (where else?) on this page.
I fell in love with Icelandics before I’d ever seen them, after reading William Morris’ story of traveling through Iceland on horseback, and bringing an Icelandic home to his daughters in England, on a boat, in the 19th Century. You can pick up a copy of the the Icelandic Journals of that seminal member of the Arts & Crafts movement, which tells his story, from the heart, through the link right here.