Pink Roses

Pink Roses

Here’s a subject I’ll revisit often because the pictures are so beautiful: Roses. In this case, I’ve collected a beautiful array of photos featuring pink roses, one of my favorites. Some of the meanings the pink rose conveys are: admiration, joy, gratitude, sweetness, innocence and even elegance and grace. (Source)  Sending light pink roses delivers a gift of ‘grace’.

Pink roses are a good option at the beginning of a romance, in lieu of the stronger statement of the red rose. Pink roses can also be sent to congratulate a friend on a recent achievement. Deeper pink roses can be used to express gratitude. (Source)

This short video showcases a collection of pink roses with pleasing music. Are you crafty? From this video, you can learn to create lovely, but easy-to-make felt roses. And here’s soft meditation music while viewing a beautiful cluster of pink roses.

FunFacts about the Rose: (Source) (Source)

  • The rose is a wooded perennial plant of the genus Rosa in the family Rosaceae.
  • There are hundreds of species of roses and thousands of cultivars.
  • Most roses originated in Asia, though a few sprouted in northwestern Africa, Europe and North America.
  • ‘Rose’ comes from the Latin word, rosa.
  • The fruit of the rose is called a rose hip, which can be high in vitamin C. Rose hips are also used to make jams, jellies and even soups.
  • What we call rose ‘thorns’ are actually ‘prickles’. These prickles are usually sickle-shaped hooks which serve to help the rose to grab onto other plants when they’re climbing.
  • Rose water, with its distinctive flavor, is used in Middle Eastern, Persian and South Asian cuisine.
  • Rose petals are often used to flavor teas or used in combination with other ingredients to make herbal teas.
  • Rose petals can be candied.
  • Roses are being studied as a means of controlling cancer growth.
  • In Ancient Rome, the rose was a symbol of dedication to the goddess Venus.
  • The rose is the national flower of England.
  • In the US, the rose is the state flower of Iowa, North Dakota, Georgia, New York and Oklahoma.

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Kenya

Kenya

The eastern side of Africa holds a lot of mystery to me. It’s the region of Kenya and Tanzania and the migrating wildebeest of the Serengeti. It’s an area known for political difficulties. Ethiopia isn’t far away. And what of Kilimanjaro visible from the Kenyan border? We all have images of this part of the world stuck in our heads.

Comparatively few from my region of the planet have traveled there. When I think of eastern African nations, I hear the soundtrack from The Lion King. 

What I remember about Kenya was that a famous actor from the 1950’s, William Holden, loved Kenya. He created the Mount Kenya Game Ranch which later inspired the William Holden Wildlife Foundation.

What surprised me most was how representative of Africa Kenya is in terms of its population. Most African ethnic communities can be found in Kenya and in this country, 69 languages are spoken, though the main languages are British English and Swahili. Here’s a very brief look at this African nation.

This video showcases Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.  This video of hundreds of wildebeest crossing a river distressed me a bit, but it’s also amazing. Almost 2 million wildebeest make this migration every year between Tanzania and Kenya. This video shows how it only takes one to get the herd crossing the river. It must be a powerful instinct. However, be prepared, since many wildebeest die in the crossing, though a very small proportion to the overall number.

FunFacts about Kenya: (Source)

  • The Republic of Kenya is named after Mount Kenya and has a population of approximately 48 million.
  • Kenya is on the eastern side of Africa and is a founding member of the East African Community (EAC).
  • Its neighbors are: Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Somalia, and Ethiopia.
  • The Indian Ocean is on its southeast side and Lake Victoria is on its western side.
  • From the coast, the low plains rise to the central highlands.
  • Though Mount Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, it can be seen from Kenya because it’s near the southwest border of Kenya. Mount Kilimanjaro rises to 19,341 feet.
  • Mount Kenya is Kenya’s tallest mountain at 17,057 feet.
  • The Kenyan highlands are one of Africa’s most successful agricultural growing regions.
  • Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya and is a regional commercial hub.
  • Kenya has a diverse population that includes “most major ethnoracial and linguistic groups found in Africa.” Within Kenya are 47 different ethnic communities. Each community speaks its own language while the main languages are British English and Swahili. 
  • The majority of Kenyans follow the Christian religion. 11 percent of the people are Muslims.
  • The most notable ethnic populations are the Swahili on the coast, the Bantu in the central and western regions, the Nilotic communities in the northwest and the Maasai, though the latter constitutes a small part of Kenya’s population. They are renowned for their elaborate upper body adornment and jewelry.
  • Kenya is famous for having large areas of land devoted to wildlife. One of the most famous is the migration of the wildebeest, also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. During this migration, which begins in January on the Serengeti region in Tanzania, 260,000 Zebras, 450,000 antelopes, 1.7 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of other plains game begin a long migration that will take them north into the Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya. To read more…

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Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons

I have not had the pleasure of riding in a hot air balloon, but it is on my bucket list. A few years ago, when I lived in north Phoenix at the edge of the city limits, there were many hot air balloons gliding above our neighborhood. I loved seeing them. I imagined it was one way to view the world, but in a very quiet environment. All the city noises would be dampened by distance.

My cocker spaniel, Duke, however, would go absolutely mad when he saw one. If the hot air balloons got relatively close to our house, he would bark his head off. I think he always saw them as intruders.

As I looked for photos of hot air balloons, I realized a good number were composites and fantasy in nature which I admit is one of my favorite things. So the photos you’ll find below, from Pixabay, are a mix of the real thing and fantasy art. I hope you enjoy them.

Did you know the first hot air balloons were launched in France in 1783? 

Here is a short, time-elapsed video of the launch of hundreds of hot air balloons in New Mexico, with pleasant music. For a closer look at the experience, including being in the balloon gondola while it travels, check out this video. And just for fun, how about rafting out of a hot air balloon and skydiving! Yes, they’re crazy!

FunFacts about Hot Air Balloons: (Source) (Source)

  • The first hot air balloon occupants were a sheep, a rooster and a duck. They traveled tethered 1500 feet in the air and returned safely to earth unharmed. This flight, in 1783, was performed for Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI.
  • Hot air balloons that can be propelled through the air rather than just drifting with the wind, are called thermal airships. Another word is dirigible.
  • Unmanned hot air balloons were used in China as early as 220AD.
  • Tethered flights were the first flights in 1783. But within a couple of months, in November of 1783, the first untethered flights took place.
  • The French used hot air balloons for military observation in 1794.
  • In the US, work with modern hot air balloons with an on-board heat source began in the 1950’s.
  • Hot air balloons can reach extremely high altitudes. In 2005, Vijaypat Singhania reached 68,986 ft. He took off from downtown Mumbai, India, and landed 150 miles south in Panchale.
  • There are solar balloons that use a dark ‘envelope’ or ‘balloon’ to heat the air inside the balloon.
  • Most balloons carry a fire extinguisher.
  • Hot air balloons are regulated in most countries, with annual inspections, to ensure their air-worthiness and safety.
  • The fuel used is propane.
  • There are fatality-related crashes recorded.

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Lavender

Lavender

In ancient times, lavender was called nard  or nardus, and was used in Solomon’s temple as part of the ‘holy essence’. It’s also mentioned in the Song of Solomon. In Roman times, the flowers were expensive. At 100 denarii per pound, the cost was as much as a farm laborer’s wages for a month. Though strong in nature, lavender is a favorite fragrance of mine. The color is wonderful as well.

We had two lavender plants in our front yard that grew quite well until they began to split and stopped forming the nice tight mounds. I did a little research and discovered that lavender has a unique quality: It creates wood. If not properly pruned each year, it tends to split and become rangy-looking. This is an excellent blog for pruning lavender.

This short video, with lovely music, showcases aerial views of lavender fields.  This very short video, shows lavender being harvested. This ten-minute video, provides some great armchair traveling of Provence in southern France, including some footage of lavender fields. See if you recognize the abbey in the photos below.

FunFacts about Lavender: (Source)

  • Lavender is the genus Lavandula, of which there are 47 species and all part of the mint family.
  • Lavandula angustifolia, is the most widely cultivated species of lavender. This species is also known as English lavender.
  • Lavender is native to the Old World. ‘Old World’ refers to Afro-Eurasia, primarily the eastern hemisphere before contact with the Americas and Oceania.
  • Lavender is cultivated as plants for the garden, for its essential oils, and for culinary herbs.
  • Flowers may be blue, violet or lilac and, in the wild, species occasionally have blackish-purple and yellow flowers.
  • Lavender is a weed in Spain and Lavandula stoechas is considered an invasive species in Australia.
  • As an essential oil, lavender can be used as an anti-inflammatory an antiseptic and as a mosquito repellent.
  • The potency of lavender buds increases with drying. Chefs recommend reducing the quantity by a full 2/3rds if using dry over fresh lavender blossoms.
  • Lavender greens can be used like rosemary.
  • Lavender came to England in the 1600’s and Queen Elizabeth enjoyed lavender jam at her table.

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Goats

Goats

Mythology is interesting, a reflection of the complexity of the human mind. In Norse mythology, the god, Thor, had a chariot drawn by two goats.  But at night, when he would set up camp, he ate the meat of the goats but saved the bones and carefully wrapped them up. By morning, the goats were reborn and ready to pull his chariot again. The meaning? Perhaps how thoroughly entwined goats had become in the lives of the Norse people by the time this myth was created.

Goats, one of the earliest domesticated animals, have been an important part of humankind’s history for ten thousand years. They’ve sustained us with their meat and milk, with their skin and companionship, and even their horns which have been made into spoons.

I love them because their so cute, funny and smart. 

Want to smile? Here’s a short, adorable video of baby goats. If you’d like to see a variety of goats, here’s a longer video, with pleasant music, that showcases and names twenty different breeds.

FunFacts about Goats: (Source)

  • The domestic goat, Capra aegagrus hircus, was domesticated from the wild goats of Eastern Europe and southwest Asia.
  • There are over 300 breeds of goats.
  • Goats, sheep and antelope are all closely related.
  • In 2011, it was estimated there were nearly a billion goats all across the globe.
  • Goats have been used for meat, milk, skins and hair for millennia.
  • Goat families: females are ‘nannies’ or ‘does’, males are ‘bucks’ or ‘billies’ and baby goats are ‘kids’.
  • Origins of the goat, (quote): The most recent genetic analysis confirms the archaeological evidence that the wild Bezoar ibex of the Zagros Mountains (Iran, Iraq and southeast Turkey) is the likely original ancestor of probably all domestic goats today. (Source)
  • Earliest remains of domesticated goats, dating back 10,000 years, are from Ganj Dareh in Iran.
  • Most goats have two horns, though the rare goat has eight.
  • Goats are ruminants and have four chambered stomachs. Ruminant animals digest through a process of plant-based fermentation. (Source)
  • Goats have horizontal, slit-shaped pupils. This isn’t uncommon. Many animals have this kind of eye structure, but in other animals, the pupils and irises blend together so that they aren’t as noticeable. Goats irises are very light colored which makes the shape of the pupil so vivid. Other animals with horizontal, slit-shaped pupils are: horses, cattle, deer and many sheep.
  • Both male and female goats have beards.
  • A female who comes into estrus, flags or waves her tail vigorously, to alert the nearest buck. She also becomes more vocal.
  • Gestation is around 150 days, with twins being common.
  • Goats are said to eat almost anything. But it is more accurate to say they will test everything to see if its edible. If a goat chews on a tin can, for instance, it may be testing the label, to see if it’s edible.
  • In contrast, goats are fairly particular about what they will consume once the testing is done. 
  • In China, goats are used in tea terraces. They won’t eat the green leaves but will chomp away at the weeds. Their droppings help fertilize the plants.
  • Goats are very agile and will climb trees.
  • Goats explore anything new in their environs. Everything is tested. If a weakness is found, it’s exploited repeatedly. 
  • Goats will attempt to communicate with humans the ways dogs do.
  • Goats, like dogs, form bonds with humans.
  • Goats live between 15 and 18 years.
  • Goats can be used to clear the land of unwanted vegetation.

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Torres Del Paine

Torres del Paine

The name ‘Torres del Paine’ means ‘Towers of Paine’. It’s made up of several massive granite monoliths and is also known as the Cordillera Paine. Quote: Paine means “blue” in the native Tehuelche language and is pronounced PIE-nay. (Source

Torres del Paine is located in the Torres del Paine National Park in the Patagonia region of southern Chile. The park covers almost 600,000 acres and one of its main attractions is the Cordillera Paine. The park boasts beautiful mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers. 

Lady Florence Dixie was a Scottish traveler, war correspondent and feminist of the late 1800s. She was one of the first ‘foreign tourists’ to hike this region. She named the Torres del Paine ‘Cleopatra’s Needles’, citing them in her book published in 1880.

This short video shows a variety of places in the national park including the Torres del Paine and the glaciers. This short video, of the granite peaks, with interesting mood music, is time-lapsed and very beautiful. And lastly, another short but lovely video, with great footage of the area, featuring EcoCamp and those who camped during the making of this video. Very nice.

FunFacts about Torres Del Paine: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • The park averages 250,000 visitors each year.
  • The glaciers in the expansive national park are Grey, Pingo and Tyndall and are part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.
  • The Cordillera Paine, also called Torres del Paine, refers to the small mountain group of massive granite monoliths. This is part of the Paine Massif, or mountain range which is an eastern spur of the Andes Mountains.
  • For a great map of the park that gives a real feel for the area, go here, then scroll.
  • The most traveled hike is called the ‘W’ circuit and is often mentioned as one of the top world trails. It’s 43 miles long.
  • For amazing, large photos of the mountains and other aspects of the national park, as well as more funfacts, go here.

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Guanaco in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

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Waterfalls

Waterfalls

From small to immense, waterfalls are one of nature’s wonders. I have to admit, I’ve never seen a large waterfall, only short ones as parts of rivers or streams. But the question that always comes to mind is this: Where does all this water come from, especially if the falls flow constantly? I try to mentally swim upstream, to see where the rain falls or the snow melts to continuously feed these rivers and their attendant waterfalls. I think I’ve lived in the desert too long. With so little rain, it’s hard to picture how any river keeps flowing and why waterfalls don’t dry up most of the time.

Here’s a twenty minute video featuring several famous waterfalls. You’ll see footage first of each waterfall, then the name of the waterfall will appear. This is a long video meant to inspire and relax. It features waterfalls of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA. The video features different perspectives of Yellowstone waterfalls, sometimes with music, and sometimes showcasing a rainbow. Finally, here’s a fascinating video of bizarre waterfalls, like a fog waterfall in Iceland and an underwater illusion of a waterfall. It’s worth a look just for fun.

FunFacts about Waterfalls: (Source) (Source)

  • The tallest waterfall in the world is Angel Falls in Venezuela at 3200 feet.
  • Switzerland has 72 waterfalls in the valley of Lauterbrunnen.
  • Zimbabwe’s powerful Victoria Falls can be heard 40 miles away.
  • Niagara Falls, which forms a border between Canada and the USA, is one of the most popular tourist spots in the world.
  • Some waterfalls freeze.
  • Here is a quote that features some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world in case you want to add them to your bucket list: Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, Sutherland Falls in New Zealand, Dettifoss Falls in Iceland, Gullfoss Falls in Iceland, Yosemite Falls in California, U.S., Kaieteur Falls in Guyana, Angel Falls in Venezuela, and Iguazu Falls in Brazil/Argentina. (Source)
  • There are different types of waterfalls and each has a name:
    • Ledge waterfall
    • Block or Sheet Waterfall
    • Classical Waterfall
    • Curtain Waterfall
    • Plunge Waterfall
    • Punchbowl Waterfall
    • Horsetail Waterfall
    • Slide Waterfall
    • Ribbon Waterfall
    • Chute Waterfall
    • Fan Waterfall
    • Cascade Waterfall
    • Tiered/Multi-step/Staircase Waterfall
    • Cataract Waterfall
    • Segmented Waterfall]
    • Catadupa Waterfall]
    • Frozen Waterfall
    • Moulin Waterfall
    • *** Note: This list of waterfalls comes from Wikipedia. The page offers specific descriptions. This page also lists a number of significant waterfalls as well as a beautiful gallery of photos. (Source)

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Peacocks

Peacocks

When a peacock fans out his tail, he can also shake it which emits a low-frequency sound that humans can’t hear. This sound can also be adjusted by shaking different feathers. One sound will attract peahens that are close to him, while another will reach those that are faraway. (Source)

Though, ‘peacock’ is the name reserved for the male of the species known collectively as peafowl, it is also used to refer to the species as a whole. The females are called peahens and the offspring, peachicks. A family of peafowl is called a bevy. Names for a flock of these birds is called an ‘ostentation’, or a ‘party’ or even a ‘muster’.

This video is very short but shows a peacock in full display and calling for a mate. Really incredible.  Here’s a fun, almost goofy video because of noisy tourists, but you can watch peacocks behaving like any other bird trained to fly to a specific area to get some seed. You’ll see dozens of peacocks. As for the location of this event, one of the commenters posted the following: This place is in China, called Xishuangbanna or Sibsongbanna, near the Chinese boarder and close to Thailand. The peacock trainer was speaking Chinese.

This video, with music, is really lovely. It shows the peacock with the train, in full plumage and also close up. It also shows peahens. Beautiful.

FunFacts about Peacocks: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • The peacock is a majestic male bird of the peafowl family: Peacock, peahen, and peachicks.
  • Peacocks have a loud call they use to attract a mate.
  • Males can gather several females together to create a harem, each of which will lay and hatch eggs for them.
  • Peafowl nest on the ground but roost in trees.
  • Peacock feathers are iridescent.
  • The beautiful train begins to develop about age three. Peahens don’t have the gorgeous, showy trains.
  • A peacock sheds his train once a year, so the feathers can be collected without harming the birds.
  • Peafowl in the wild live an average of twenty years.
  • A peacock’s tail-feathers can reach up to six feet long, but the length does not interfere with the ability to fly. They don’t, however, fly for long distances.
  • All-white peafowl are usually not albinos. They have a condition called leucism so that they retain normal eye color. Albino peafowl are extremely rare and have red or pink eyes.
  • Peafowl are omnivores.
  • There are three species of peafowl, quote: The peafowl include three species of birds in the genera Pavo and Afropavo of the Phasianidae family, the pheasants and their allies. There are two Asiatic species: the blue or Indian peafowl originally of India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan; and the green peafowl of Myanmar, Indochina, and Java; and one African species, the Congo peafowl, native only to the Congo Basin. (Source)

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December Winners:  Susan S., Lori H., Merrie W.

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