Dandelions

Dandelions

I originally decided to feature dandelions because they’re a fun flower and make beautiful photos. But after doing a bit of research, I’ve decided I must add dandelions to my diet. The health benefits appear to be significant. I’ll be interested to know how many of you already make sure you have the various parts of this plant in your diet.

What I found most interesting is that up until the 1800’s, dandelions were cultivated in the garden for their health benefits. Only in the last two centuries have we seen the dandelion as the enemy and tried to remove it from our gardens. I have a newfound respect for this maligned plant.

Here’s a fascinating, time-lapse video showing the dandelion flower emerging as a puff-ball of seeds. Here’s a video about making dandelion flower tea. To learn the health benefits of dandelions, watch this video

FunFacts about Dandelions: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • The genus for dandelion is Taraxacum.
  • Dandelions are native to Eurasia. They’re thought to have evolved 30 million years ago.
  • Every part of a dandelion is edible.
  • The dandelion is said to represent the three celestial bodies of the heavens: the flower is the sun, the puff ball looks like the moon and the individual seeds resemble the stars.
  • Dandelions can be used for food, medicine and dyes.
  • Seeds can be carried as far as five miles away from their starting point.
  • Dandelions have been used in Chinese medicine for over a thousand years.
  • It’s believed that dandelions arrived in North America on the Mayflower, not as seed stowaways, but as plants brought by the Pilgrims to be used for medicinal purposes.
  • Here’s a list of health issues the dandelion may address (Source): bone health, liver disorders, diabetes, urinary disorders, skin care, acne, weight loss, cancer, jaundice, gal bladder problems, constipation, anemia and blood pressure.

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Owls

Owls

With their large, round eyes, enhanced by intriguing feathers, owls have an appearance of intelligence. In Mongolia, the owl is considered a benign omen. In the West, the owl is at times a symbol of wisdom and at others a ‘funereal bird and monster of the night.” In Mayan and Aztec cultures, the owl is the harbinger of death and destruction. Some Native American tribes associate owls with sorcery and other evils. (Source) Regardless how owls are viewed within a given culture or time period, they are incredible birds of prey with unique attributes that make them amazing hunters.

Here is an adorable, short video of owl cuteness.  Here’s a link to the National Geographic video all about owls. This compilation video of baby owls is nothing short of precious.

FunFacts about Owls: (Source) (Source)  

  • Owls have unique, tubular eyes that do not move. The shape and design gives the owl binocular-like vision.
  • Owls are amazing hunters. They can detect prey up to half a mile away depending on the species.
  • Owls rotate their heads 270 degrees.
  • C.S. Lewis had a hand in creating the name for a group of owls. He called it a ‘parliament’ in the Chronicles of Narnia. The name has stuck. (Source)
  • Birds are from the order of Strigiformes, which includes mostly solitary and night-hunting birds.
  • Owls hunt other owls.
  • Barn owls perform a great service for farmers. They eat up to 1000 mice in a year, swallowing them whole.
  • Owls are able to fly silently which is one of the reasons they are successful hunters. Scientists don’t know yet all that contributes to this silence, though their unique feather structure has been studied extensively. Here are some of the details, quote: While the morphological and biological mechanisms of this silent flight are more or less unknown, the structure of the feather has been heavily studied and accredited to a large portion of why they have this ability. Owls’ feathers are generally larger than the average birds’ feathers, have fewer radiates, longer pennulum, and achieve smooth edges with different rachis structures. Serrated edges along the owl’s remiges bring the flapping of the wing down to a nearly silent mechanism. The serrations are more likely reducing aerodynamic disturbances, rather than simply reducing noise. The surface of the flight feathers is covered with a velvety structure that absorbs the sound of the wing moving. (Source)

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The Matterhorn

The Matterhorn

Many moons ago, I was a tour guide at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, where I met people from all over the world. It was wonderful. One of the most famous rides in the park was ‘The Matterhorn’, a mild, bobsled roller coaster ride, built in 1959 and fashioned after the beautiful Alpine peak. So, the Matterhorn has been part of my consciousness for a long time. 

The Matterhorn is a pyramidal peak of the Pennine Alps range and rises to 14, 692 feet. It’s one of the highest summits in the Swiss Alps. To the northeast, the Matterhorn overlooks the Swiss town of Zermatt. The first ascent of the Matterhorn occurred in 1865 from Zermatt, but ended in disaster when four of its members fell to their deaths on the descent. Quote: It is estimated that over 500 alpinists have died on the Matterhorn since the first climb in 1865, making it one of the deadliest peaks in the world. (Source)

The famous town of Zermatt, of nearly 6000 residents, serves as a mountaineering and ski resort. Here is the origin of the names of both Zermatt and the Matterhorn, quote: The name of Zermatt, as well as that of the Matterhorn itself, derives from the alpine meadows, or matten (in German), in the valley. (Source)

Here’s an amazing, short video of summiting the Matterhorn. I have to admit, this one freaked me out a little. I’m not a rock climber, at all, but even so, it was amazing. The next video is more my style: A helicopter flight to the Matterhorn. The last, longer video is a pictorial of the lovely, quaint town of Zermatt, Switzerland situated near the Matterhorn. Lots of flower boxes.

FunFacts about Matterhorn: (Source)  

  • The Matterhorn straddles the Swiss-Italian border.
  • A metal cross at the top of the Matterhorn commemorates the lives of those lost while climbing the mountain.
  • The mountain could ‘technically’ be considered African. Millions of years ago, the African continental plate slammed into the European plate. The hard, gneiss rock on top has been determined by scientists to be African.
  • The four faces of the peak of the Matterhorn actually face north, east, south and west.
  • At the base of the Matterhorn is an igloo hotel, made of snow, and offering half a dozen hotel rooms as well as a bar and a restaurant.
  • In 1871, an Englishwoman named Lucy Walker – and wearing a long flannel skirt — became the first woman to ascend the Matterhorn.

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Lake Bled

Lake Bled

After I researched Slovenia, I knew I had to do at least one blog on the country’s famous Lake Bled and its fairy-tale island. I even found photos of the island covered in snow which give it an even more romantic look. Since the days of the Hapsburg’s, Slovenes would take their guests to this magical island. Lake Bled is near the Julian Alps.

On the island is a church where many weddings are held. Here are some intriguing details, quote: There is a Baroque stairway dating from 1655 with 99 stone steps leading up to the building. The church is frequently visited and weddings are held there regularly. Traditionally it is considered good luck for the groom to carry his bride up the steps on the day of their wedding before ringing the bell and making a wish inside the church. (Source)

The Pletna boats are the traditional way to get to the island. They are piloted by local oarsmen and because the boats don’t have rudders, they require the skill of the pilot to navigate the craft across the water. The oarsmen steer with two long oars while standing. The profession is traditionally passed down from generation to generation.

The first, short video is an excerpt from Rick Steves’s full-length video on Slovenia. This 7-minute video, with relaxing music, is a lovely pictorial of Lake Bled. Here is an engaging couple and their trip from the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, to Lake Bled.

FunFacts about Lake Bled: (Source) (Source)  

  • Lake Bled is in the Julian Alps and adjoins the town of Bled.
  • The lake is only 34 miles from the capital city of Ljubljana.
  • The lake is 6,960 ft. long and 4,530 ft. wide with a maximum depth of 97 ft.
  • On the north shore, you can see medieval Bled Castle situated on a precipice above the lake and the city of Bled.
  • The island has a church, the Assumption of Mary, and was built near the end of the 17th century in its current form.
  • The Pletna boat is the traditional method to reach the island.
  • You can rent row boats to tour the lake as well.
  • There is a tradition of ringing the bells in the church on the island: Ring three times to make a wish come true. (Source)

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Amber

Amber

Though made of fossilized tree resin, amber is still considered a gemstone. It’s been valued since neolithic times and is most often fashioned into jewelry. Beyond its magic and beauty, amber is a window to the past because of what gets trapped inside during the formation process. Think Jurassic Park. 

When trees secrete their resin, plant and animal matter gets caught in the sticky substance. This is called ‘inclusion‘. Sustained heat and pressure through overlying sediment turns the resin into amber. Many trees produce resin, but most of it will decay before the right conditions arrive to produce amber.

Though amber can be found all over the world, 90% of it is located in the Baltic Sea region, along the Kaliningrad Peninsula. 

This video shows 10 amazing inclusions of various insects and plant matter in amber. Here’s a BBC video all about amber. Finally, here’s a video featuring amber jewelry.

FunFacts about Amber: (Source) (Source)  

  • Romans sought amber so much that they kept regular trade connections with northern Europe along what were called “Amber Routes”.
  • Prayer beads made of amber were the main product exported from the Baltic during the Middle Ages.
  • Amber occurring in coal seams is called ‘resinite’.
  • Ambrite is a term that applies specifically to the amber found in New Zealand coal seams.
  • About amber and electricity, quote: Over 2500 years ago, Thales of Miletos discovered that when amber was rubbed against cloth, sparks were produced and then the amber attracted husks and small wooden splinters. This force was given the name “electricity” after the Greek word electron which means amber. (Source)
  • Collecting amber, quote: Pieces of amber torn from the seafloor are cast up by the waves, and collected by hand, dredging, or diving. Elsewhere, amber is mined, both in open works and underground galleries. (Source)

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Pamukkale

Pamukkale

The word ‘Pamukkale’ means ‘cotton castle’ or ‘cotton kingdom’ in Turkish. The hot springs and natural travertine terraces of Turkey’s Pamukkale have made this area a tourist destination for thousands of years. The beautiful, pure white terraces are filled with mineral rich, warm water. Take your swim gear and enjoy a relaxing soak.

The terraces are located in the western Denizli province of Turkey. Though travertine can come in many colors, these hot springs deliver primarily calcium carbonate and are therefore pure white.

Through a shift in tectonic plates in the Menderes Valley 400,000 years ago, the springs rose and began creating the breathtaking terraces.

Pamukkale, together with the Roman ruins of Hierapolis, were declared a joint UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988. What I found most interesting, is that prior to this time, many hotels and roads had been built on Hierapolis in order to service the tourists heading to the hot springs. So, once the area was declared a heritage site, the hotels were pulled down and the roads removed to reveal the ancient ruins. Some repair had to be done to the terraces as well.

Hierapolis has a Roman theater probably built during Hadrian’s reign. To read more about these ruins as well as the history of Hierapolis, go here.

Here is a beautiful video of Pamukkale and the travertine terraces with lovely opening music. This video is of a good-looking couple who actually wade and recline in the thermal pools. Finally, here is a longer video of Pamukkale and Hierapolis, though it features the latter much more heavily.

FunFacts about Pamukkale: (Source) (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • Pamukkale is a UNESCO World Heritage site along with the ruins of Hierapolis situated nearby.
  • Pamukkale has 17 hot springs that deposit mineral rich water – mostly calcium carbonate — to form the white travertine terraces.
  • A definition and description of travertine, quote: Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, cream-colored, and even rusty varieties. It is formed by a process of rapid precipitation of calcium carbonate, often at the mouth of a hot spring or in a limestone cave. In the latter, it can form stalactites, stalagmites, and other speleothems. (Source)
  • Quote: Pamukkale is over 328 feet in height and can be seen from the town of Denizli, (Turkey) which is situated on the plains of the River Menderes, around 12 miles away. (Source)
  • In the spring, tadpoles can be found in the pools.
  • Over a million tourists, from all over the world, visit Pamukkale each year.

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Alpacas

Alpacas

I’m starting to put my imaginary farm together. I’ll have the Valais black nose sheep, some awesome goats and now I must have alpacas. They have absolutely adorable faces and appear to be smiling all the time. The video links below give the best possible introduction to these gentle creatures. One of my favorite things about alpacas is that they’re often used to guard chickens and lambs from pesky foxes and other predators.

Here’s a video featuring some children and an alpaca farm. Really cute. Very brief video of alpacas walking toward the camera. Again, they’re so cute. Here’s a video of alpacas with the job of protecting newborn lambs from foxes. Here’s a noisy video of alpacas guarding chickens from foxes. Finally, here’s a short video of a baby alpaca, or cria.

FunFacts about Alpacas: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • The alpaca is part of the Camelidae family and are closely related to llamas, vicunas and guanacos, all of which are native to South America.
  • Alpacas are much smaller than llamas.
  • Alpacas graze high in the Andes of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile.
  • Alpacas are bred primarily for their fiber or fleece.
  • Alpaca fibers come in 52 natural shades.
  • Alpacas were domesticated by the Incas 6000 years ago.
  • Unlike llamas, alpacas are not used as pack animals since they are too small.
  • Alpacas are very social and live in herds with an alpha male, females and their young.
  • Alpacas dislike coyotes, foxes, dogs and similar animals. They are used as guard animals for sheep, chickens, etc.
  • Alpacas are intelligent and observant.
  • Alpacas spit and bray to offer warnings.
  • Alpacas make a variety of sounds: Humming, snorting, grumbling, clucking, screaming, and screeching.
  • Alpacas live 15 to 20 years.
  • Alpacas don’t bite or butt. They don’t have sharp teeth or hooves. They’re gentle animals.
  • Alpacas need to be with alpacas.
  • Alpacas create dung piles so on a farm it’s easily managed and makes a good, natural fertilizer.
  • Alpacas eat grass and hay.
  • Quote: Alpacas and llamas can successfully cross-breed. The offspring they create are known as huarizo, which are valued for their longer fleece. (Source)
  • Alpaca babies are called crias.

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Slovenia

Slovenia

This small, beautiful country is located on the Adriatic Sea and its neighbors are Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. At one time it was part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, but split away in 1991 forming Slovenia. In 2004, it joined NATO and the European Union. It has a population of just over two million and is a water-rich country with a dense river network and strong underground aquifers. It also has the second longest cavern system in the world: Postojna Cave. Half of Slovenia is covered in forest. The northwest is Alpine and most of the land is mountainous. The people of Slovenia are called Slovenes.

Want a quick visual overview of Slovenia? Go here. This short video shows a little more of the food and culture as well as the scenery. For real armchair traveling, here is a video featuring Rick Steves’ Europe with the Best of Slovenia.

FunFacts about Slovenia: (Source) (Source)  

  • There is evidence of human habitation in Slovenia from 250,000 years ago.
  • Slovenia has pile dwellings (stilts) that date back to prehistoric times, around 2500 BC, located in the Ljubljana Marshes. This area is now a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The Ljubljana Marshes Wheel is carbon-dated at over 5000 years old and is the oldest, surviving wooden wheel in the world.
  • Slavic tribes migrated to the area in 568 AD.
  • Quote: The Carantanians, one of the ancestral groups of the modern Slovenes, particularly the Carinthian Slovenes, were the first Slavic people to accept Christianity. (Source) They were Christianized by Irish missionaries.
  • The country sits on the convergence of three tectonic plates and has lots of seismic activity. Scientists have identified 60 past destructive earthquakes. An earthquake leveled the capitol city of Ljubljana in 1895.
  • Slovenia’s geography includes a significant ‘karst’ topography, which includes a lot of caves and sinkholes. Karst refers to land formed through dissolution of soluble rocks like limestone, dolomite and gypsum. The Karst Plateau in Slovenia extends into Italy.
  • Slovenia is a region with high, proportionate biodiversity. Though it is only .004 of the earth’s surface it contains 1% of the earth’s organisms.
  • Lake Bled is famous for its fairy-tale-like island. Many weddings are held here.
  • Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and the largest city with over 277,000 inhabitants.
  • Slovene is the national language of Slovenia, a Slavic language. Both Hungarian and Italian are spoken in Slovenia as well.
  • Catholicism is the main religion.
  • Slovenia’s education ranks 12th best in the world.

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For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet, scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, January 11, 2018.

January 2018 Winners: Maureen D.

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January 2018 Winners: Maureen D.

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