Cairns Australia

Cairns Australia

Known as the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a lovely, smallish port city with lots to offer the traveler. With a tropical climate, this area has many things to explore: a gorgeous rain forest, an indigenous culture, a crocodile farm, and majestic waterfalls. Don’t forget miles and miles of beautiful beaches. Of course the Great Barrier Reef is the main attraction with many ways to see and to enjoy one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders.

Queensland, Cairns City ~ Deposit Photos

Here is one of the best 5-minute Expedia videos I’ve ever seen. It really portrays this tourist city in the best possible light. Need more encouragement to put Cairns on your bucket list? Here’s a terrific 2-minute video on doing awesome stuff in Cairns.

FunFacts about Cairns Australia: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: Cairns is a city in the Cairns Region, Queensland, Australia. It is on the east coast of Far North Queensland. The city is the 5th-most-populous in Queensland and ranks 14th overall in Australia. The population of the Cairns urban area at the 2016 Census was 144,787. Based on 2015 data, the associated local government area has experienced an average annual growth rate of

    View from the Kuranda-Cairns Train in Australia ~ Deposit Photos

    2.3% over the last 10 years. Cairns is a popular tourist destination because of its tropical climate and access to both nearby tropical rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. (Source)

  • Cairns is considered the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Cairns was founded in 1876.
  • Cairns was named after William Wellington Cairns, Governor of Queensland from 1875 to 1877.
  • Cairns originally served miners who worked the Hodgkinson River goldfield.
  • Cairns became a railhead and major port for exporting gold and other metals, minerals, sugar cane, and a variety of agricultural produce from the surrounding area.
  • The original inhabitants of the Cairns area were the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji people.
  • The northern part of the city is located on Trinity Bay.
  • Cairns has a tropical monsoon climate and experiences a wet period with heavy rains from November to May.
  • Cairns is a popular tourist destination because of its location to the Great Barrier Reef as well as the surrounding tropical rainforest.

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Cairns Australia on a humid and cloudy day ~ Deposit Photos

Cairns in Australia in the map ~ Deposit Photos

CAIRNS; AUSTRALIA – 17 APRIL 2017. Tropical swimming lagoon on the Esplanade in Cairns with artificial beach; Queensland; Australia ~ Deposit Photos

Beautiful day at Yorkeys Knob marina Cairns Australia ~ Deposit Photos

Rain forest from air near Kuranda, North Queensland, Australia ~ Deposit Photos

Cairns to Port Douglas Coast in Queensland, Australia ~ Deposit Photos

Ellis Beach with rocks near Palm Cove and Cairns, Australia ~ Deposit Photos

View from the Kuranda-Cairns Train in Australia ~ Deposit Photos

Queensland Cairns City ~ Deposit Photos

View of the waterfront of Cairns, Australia under blue sky and clouds from the water ~ Deposit Photos

Gentle waves wash ashore at Trinity Beach north of Cairns, Queensland – Australia ~ Deposit Photos

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The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef Australia

I’ve been looking forward to doing this blog on the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland, Australia for some time. The photos I found are stunning and the sheer size of the reef, which is a collection of 2900 smaller reefs and 900 islands, is a true wonder of the natural world.

What I didn’t expect, however, is to discover that the Great Barrier Reef is in serious trouble because of a unique condition the coral can undergo called ‘coral bleaching’. The cause of this widespread phenomenon is due to the rising temperature of the seawater which causes the coral to expel its life-sustaining algae which then causes the coral to starve to death. Read more here. Australia is working hard to ensure the survival and health of the reef.

Here’s a 3-minute video that discusses the danger the reef is in and the causes. This 5-minute video is a beautiful trip through a very small part of the Great Barrier Reef.

FunFacts about the Great Barrier Reef: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres (1,400 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. (Source)
  • The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space.
  • The reef is the largest structure in nature made by living organisms.
  • The reef is made up of billions of tiny organisms called coral polyps.
  • In 1981, the Great Barrier Reef was created a World Heritage Site by the UN.
  • There are varying lists of the ‘Wonders of the Natural World’. The Great Barrier Reef is on the list created by CNN.
  • The Great Barrier Reef is home to a million species of all kinds of sea life.
  • The biggest threats to the Great Barrier Reef are climate change, pollution, fishing and the crown-of-thorns starfish.
  • Climate change with rising water temperatures impacts the coral by causing ‘coral bleaching’. Here’s a description of this phenomenon, quote: Coral bleaching occurs when coral polyps expel algae that live inside their tissues. Normally, coral polyps live in an endosymbiotic relationship with this algae crucial for the health of the coral and the reef. The algae provides up to 90% of the coral’s energy. Bleached corals continue to live but begin to starve after bleaching. Some corals recover.
  • Coral ‘bleaching’ events have increased dramatically since 1980. It is thought that up to half the coral in the Great Barrier Reef underwent the ‘bleaching’ process between 2016 and 2017. Some believe that the reef could disappear by 2050. Here’s an in-depth article.
  • The crown-of-thorns starfish dissolves coral polyps. Here is a description of how the starfish consumes coral, quote: The adult crown-of-thorns is a corallivorous predator that usually preys on reef coral polyps. It climbs onto a section of living coral colony using the large number of tube feet on its oral surface and flexible body. It fits closely to the surface of the coral, even the complex surfaces of branching corals. It then extrudes its stomach out through its mouth over the surface to virtually its own diameter. The stomach surface secretes digestive enzymes that allow the starfish to absorb nutrients from the liquefied coral tissue. This leaves a white scar of coral skeleton which is rapidly infested with filamentous algae. An individual starfish can consume up to 6 square metres (65 sq ft) of living coral reef per year. (Source)
  • Coral reefs need sunlight to grow so they are never found below 150 feet.

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Underwater Scene of Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia ~ Deposit Photos

Copperband butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus) ~ Deposit Photos

Nemo Fish on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia ~ Deposit Photos

Underwater Scene of Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia ~ Deposit Photos

Small wrasse cleans a parrotfish of parasites at the Great Barrier Reef, Australia ~ Deposit Photos

 

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Dingoes

Dingoes

As iconic to Australia as the kangaroo, dingoes are part of the legend, lore and the mystic of the land ‘Down Under’.  Dingoes are descended from the Asian wolf and are thought to have arrived in Australia with seafarers in millennia past. The oldest fossil dates back 3500 years. Early European immigrants noted that dingoes were found living with Aboriginal Australians. When farming and sheep-herding expanded, dingoes became a troublesome pest. In the late 1800s, one of the world’s longest structures was created, a pest-exclusion barrier called the Dingo Fence. With declining numbers, dingoes are a protected species. 

A Dingo in a sanctuary, Melbourne Australia. Photography David Ewing ~ Deposit Photos

This is a wonderful 5-minute video featuring dingo pups and lots of information about the breed. Here’s an awesome 1-minute video of dingoes howling.

FunFacts about Dingoes: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The dingo is a dog that is native to Australia. The species name is debated: it is variously called either Canis familiaris, Canis familiaris dingo, Canis lupus dingo, or Canis dingo. It is either a purebred if breeding only in the wild, or a hybrid of a dingo and a domesticated dog. It is a medium-sized canid that possesses a lean, hardy body adapted for speed, agility, and stamina. The dingo’s three main coat colours are: light ginger or tan, black

    A Dingo in a sanctuary, Melbourne Australia. Photography David Ewing ~ Deposit Photos

    and tan, or creamy white. The skull, the widest part of the dingo, is wedge-shaped and large in proportion to the body. It differs from that of the domestic dog by its larger palatal width, longer rostrum, shorter skull height, and wider sagittal crest. (Source)

  • The earliest known dingo fossil dates back almost 3500 years.
  • The current thinking is that the dingo arrived in Australia with seafarers.
  • The dingo is closely related to the New Guinea ‘singing’ dog.
  • The dingo lives in most areas of Australia with a few exceptions.
  • Dingoes prey on mammals up to the size of the red Kangaroo. Large mammals are hunted with cunning pack skill that basically involves chase and wearing down the prey until an attack can finish it off.
  • British Colonists in the late 1700s reported seeing dingoes living with indigenous Australians.
  • Dingoes are recognized as ‘native’ animals.
  • The dingo is considered ‘vulnerable’ because of declining numbers.
  • Origin of the name, quote: The name “dingo” comes from the Dharug language used by the Indigenous Australians of the Sydney area.
  • The proportionally large head of the dingo appears to be more like the golden jackal than either the wolf or the coyote.
  • Dingoes have a short bark and have a howl that can be a moan, a howl-bark or a snuff.
  • Dingoes often live in settled packs.
  • Dingoes breed once a year, gestation is 61-69 days, and an average litter size is five pups, but can be anywhere from 1-10.
  • Dens are usually underground and the pups emerge after three weeks.
  • Dingoes tend to avoid contact with humans.
  • The dingo fence is a pest-exclusion fence that is one of the world’s longest structures of its kind at 3488 miles or 5614 kilometres.

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An alert wild dingo near Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia ~ Deposit Photos

Dingoes on Fraser Island, Australia ~ Deposit Photos

Wild dingoes near Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia ~ Deposit Photos

Wild dingoes fight near Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia ~ Deposit Photos

Two dingoes look for possible food near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ~ Deposit Photos

Wild dingoes fight near Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia ~ Deposit Photos

This is a close up of two golden dingos ~ Deposit Photos

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Thai Cuisine

Thai Cuisine

Traditionally, Thai cuisine was eaten using the fingers. Gradually, forks and spoons were introduced and the etiquette today involves the spoon as the primary utensil with the fork pushing food onto the spoon. The first video has tips on how to enjoy a Thai meal. 

Fresh herbs and lots of fresh spices are a huge ingredient in Thai cuisine. But as one traveler said, ‘Watch the spices.’ Thai cuisine can be spicy hot.

Here’s a wonderful 3-minute video on Thai cuisine and the etiquette involved in eating Thai food. Here is a lovely 4-minute video featuring a chef’s view of Thai cuisine.

FunFacts about Thai Cuisine: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Thai cuisine is the national cuisine of Thailand. Thai cooking places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge. Thai chef McDang characterises Thai food as demonstrating “intricacy; attention to detail; texture; color; taste; and the use of ingredients with medicinal benefits, as well as good flavor”, as well as care being given to the food’s appearance, smell and context. (Source)
  • According to David Thompson, who is an Australian chef and an expert on the complexity of Thai food, the essence of the cuisine involves “the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish”. (Source)
  • In 2017, as many as seven Thai dishes made the list of ‘The World’s 50 Best Foods’, from a poll conducted by CNN Travel. These were: green curry, Thai fried rice, som tam, mu nam tok, tom yam goong, massaman curry, and pad Thai.
  • Thai cuisine is actually made up of five regional cuisines: Bangkok, Central Thai, Isan, Northern Thai and Southern Thai. Each regional cuisine appears influenced by other elements including geography and climate. Bangkok, for instance, historically had Portuguese influences while Isan is influenced by Khmer or Cambodian cuisine.
  • Many dishes now popular in Thailand were originally Chinese dishes.
  • The Chinese introduced the use of the wok for cooking.
  • Thai food was traditionally eaten with the hand, but today the fork and spoon are used. Chopsticks can be used for traditional Chinese dishes.
  • Thai meals consist of rice with a number of other dishes shared by all.
  • Thai food is known for its fresh herbs and spices.
  • Some elements of Thai food are, quote: Common flavors in Thai food come from garlic, galangal, coriander/cilantro, lemon grass, shallots, pepper, kaffir lime leaves, shrimp paste, fish sauce, and chilies. Palm sugar, made from the sap of certain Borassus palms, is used to sweeten dishes while lime and tamarind contribute sour notes. Meats used in Thai cuisine are usually pork and chicken, and also duck, beef, and water buffalo. (Source)

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Bangkok

Bangkok

With over 50,000 places to eat in Bangkok, including tremendous street food, it’s small wonder the capital of Thailand is one of the world’s most visited cities. It also has over 400 Buddhist temples. Fourteen million people live in the metropolitan area. A place of culture, art and tremendous contrast, Bangkok is also a significant regional force in finance and business. If you love to shop, Bangkok is a must-visit destination.

Here’s a wonderful 4-minute Expedia video that gives a beautiful overview of Bangkok. This is a terrific 5-minute video all about traveling through Bangkok.

FunFacts about Bangkok: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep. The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres (605.7 sq mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in central Thailand, and has a population of over eight million, or 12.6 percent of the country’s population. Over fourteen million people (22.2 percent) lived within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region at the 2010 census, making Bangkok the nation’s primate city, significantly dwarfing Thailand’s other urban centres in terms of importance. (Source)
  • Bangkok has its roots in a small trading post during the Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 15th century.
  • Thailand was originally called Siam.
  • Many international companies have headquarters in Bangkok making it a financial force in the region.
  • A top tourist destination, Bangkok has been named several times the most visited city in the world.
  • Main tourist attractions include the Grand Palace and many Buddhist temples including Wat Arun and Wat Pho.
  • The Grand Palace was originally the home of the Kings of Siam.
  • The word ‘Bang’ in Thai means ‘village on a stream’.
  • Most of original Bangkok was swampland that was drained and transformed into land suitable for agriculture.
  • The Chao Praya River flows through Bangkok.
  • With a low elevation of only 5 feet above sea level, Bangkok experiences flooding, sometimes severe and in parts lasting for two months.
  • Bangkok has a tropical savanna climate and is subject to the South Asian monsoon.
  • Bangkok is also known as ‘the City of Angels’ and is home to over 400 Buddhist temples.

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Mangosteens

Mangosteens

Known as the Queen of Fruits, or even the Queen’s Fruit, mangosteens are grown primarily in tropical climates. The trees originated in Southeast Asia and need consistently warm weather to produce their fruit. Sustained temps below freezing can kill mature trees. Mangosteens are a sweet fruit, with sour undertones, and contain sucrose rather than fructose. 

Here’s an excellent, 2-minute video that shows the mangosteen fruit and how to cut it open. This is a 6-minute video that features an orchard of mangosteen trees, how they’re harvested, which fruits are ripe, and other information.

FunFacts about Mangosteens: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), also known as the purple mangosteen, is a tropical evergreen tree believed to have originated in the Sunda Islands of the Malay archipelago and the Moluccas of Indonesia. It grows mainly in Southeast Asia, southwest India and other tropical areas such as Colombia, Puerto Rico and Florida, where the tree has been introduced.  (Source)
  • Mangosteen trees grow from 20 feet to 82 feet (5 to 25 m).
  • Mangosteens are a sweet-and-sour fruit, a little fibrous, very juicy with fluid-filled ‘vesicles’ like citrus fruits.
  • Mangosteens are a deep reddish-purple on the outside when ripe.
  • The seeds are almond-shaped.
  • The edible part is the flesh that surrounds the seeds.
  • Since ancient times, mangosteens have been cultivated in Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra, Mainland Southeast Asia, and the Philippines.
  • In 1855, mangosteens were introduced into English greenhouses.
  • Mangosteen trees generally don’t grow well outside the tropics.
  • Mangosteens are grown in south Florida.

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Tennessee

Tennessee

A few years ago, I visited Nashville, the capital of Tennessee. Coming from the desert, I smiled at all the lush, gorgeous greenness of this U.S. state. The drone footage in the second video further confirmed the natural beauties of a state bordered by eight other states. Tennessee was home to two very famous men: Davy Crockett and Elvis Presley. Tennessee has an excellent nickname: ‘The Volunteer State’.

Here’s a 2-minute video featuring top places to visit in Tennessee. Here’s a 3-minute video of beautiful drone footage of Tennessee.

FunFacts about Tennessee: (Source)

  • Basic Information, quote: Tennessee is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. Tennessee is the 36th largest and the 16th most populous of the 50 United States. Tennessee is bordered by Kentucky to the north, Virginia to the northeast, North Carolina to the east, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to the south, Arkansas to the west, and Missouri to the northwest. The Appalachian Mountains dominate the eastern part of the state, and the Mississippi River forms the state’s western border. (Source)
  • Nashville is the capital of Tennessee.
  • Memphis, home of Graceland, is the second largest city in Tennessee.
  • Initially, Tennessee was part of North Carolina.
  • In 1796, Tennessee was admitted to the Union as the 16th state.
  • Tennessee’s main industries are agriculture, tourism and manufacturing.
  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the U.S. with over 2 million visitors annually.
  • Tennessee is probably named for a Cherokee village and nearby river called ‘Tanasi’.
  • Tennessee’s nickname is ‘the Volunteer State’.
  • The iris is the state flower of Tennessee.
  • Tennessee borders a total of eight other states.
  • Tennessee has six principal physiographic regions: the Blue Ridge, the Appalachian Ridge and Valley Region, the Cumberland Plateau, the Highland Rim, the Nashville Basin, and the Gulf Coastal Plain.
  • Tennessee has the most caves in the U.S. with over 10,000 documented.
  • Tennessee has a humid subtropical climate, with the Gulf of Mexico playing a dominant role.
  • Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, was born in Tennessee and is the top best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. His home in Memphis, Graceland, is open to the public.
  • Tennessee is long and narrow with a north-south dimension of 120 miles and an east-west length of 440.

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains

Home to tremendous biodiversity, here are some of the wildflowers that live in the Great Smokies: bee balm, columbine, yellow lady slippers, honeysuckle, Virginia heartleaf, Solomon’s seal, hardy orchids, Dutchman’s breeches, trilliums, two native species of rhododendrons and flame azaleas. The Smokies have the densest black bear population east of the Mississippi. Other animals that inhabit these mountains are the bobcat, coyote, elk, white-tailed deer, boars, red and gray foxes, and the occasional sighting of the cougar.

Here’s a gorgeous 3-minute National Geographic video showcasing the Great Smoky Mountains. Here’s an 8-minute personal video with an interior look at the Great Smokies and in particular, Cades Cove. Cades Cove attracts 2 million visitors each year.

FunFacts about The Great Smoky Mountains: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The Great Smoky Mountains are a mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border in the southeastern United States. They are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, and form part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province. The range is sometimes called the Smoky Mountains and the name is commonly shortened to the Smokies. The Great Smokies are best known as the home of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which protects most of the range. The park was established in 1934. (Source)
  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with over 11 million visits a year, is the most visited national park in the United States.
  • The Great Smokies are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The Great Smokies have 187,000 acres of ‘old growth’ forest.
  • The Smokies have tremendous biodiversity.
  • The term ‘Smokies’ comes from a natural fog that results from the plants releasing ‘volatile organic compounds’.
  • The Great Smokies range from the Pigeon River in the northeast to the Little Tennessee River in the southeast.
  • The highest point in the Smokies is Clingmans Dome, which rises to an elevation of 6,643 feet (2,025 m).
  • By the time Europeans arrived, the Great Smoky Mountains was Cherokee country.

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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