Flamingos

Flamingos

Did you know flamingos get their unique pink-to-red coloration from their diet? Here’s a description, quote: Young flamingos hatch with greyish-red plumage, but adults range from light pink to bright red due to aqueous bacteria and beta-carotene obtained from their food supply. A well-fed, healthy flamingo is more vibrantly colored, thus a more desirable mate; a white or pale flamingo, however, is usually unhealthy or malnourished. Captive flamingos are a notable exception; they may turn a pale pink if they are not fed carotene at levels comparable to the wild. (Source)

Nature is endlessly fascinating. This short video showcases how Caribbean flamingos, with curved bills that filter out crustaceans, must feed their straight-billed chicks with ‘crop milk‘ until the chicks mature. The milk is bright red which begins to give the chicks their color and at the same time it drains the parents of their color. Here’s a short video of a chick hatching and more about the feeding process. Here’s a fascinating short video of the Chilean flamingos mating dance involving synchronized movements of just a small flock. But in this short video, the same dance takes place in the millions in east Africa.

FunFacts about Flamingos: (Source) (Source)  

  • Flamingos are considered wading birds and are from the family Phoenicopteridae.
  • There are only 6 species of flamingos in the world. Two are in the Americas, four are in the Old World.
  • In the wild, flamingos live an average of 20-30 years but in captivity can live up to 50 years and beyond. The longest-lived flamingo on record was 83 years old.
  • Flamingos usually stand on one leg with the other tucked up beneath their bodies.
  • The name ‘flamingo’ comes from the Portuguese ‘flamenco’ which means flame colored.
  • Flamingos are in the same classification as cranes, herons, spoonbills and egrets but are genetically more closely related to grebes. This is odd because grebes are a diving bird which flamingos are not.
  • In flight, flamingos can reach speeds of 35 mph or 56 kph.
  • Flamingos have a bent bill which allows them to constantly skim the surface of water to catch a diet of algae, brine shrimp, plant matter and insects.
  • The flamingos’ diet gives this bird its distinctive coloration from pink to red. A lack of color in flamingos can indicate a poor diet.
  • Flamingos are careful when selecting mates and use a synchronized group ‘dance’ method of performing to showcase attributes.
  • Flamingos produce a single chick once a year. Recovery from a natural disaster in a flamingo colony can take years.
  • Both mom and dad feed the young chick a substance called ‘crop milk’, quote: Crop milk is a secretion from the lining of the crop of parent birds that is regurgitated to young birds. It is found among all pigeons and doves where it is referred to as pigeon milk. An analog to crop milk is also secreted from the esophagus of flamingos and some penguins. (Source)
  • The ‘greater flamingo’ is the largest species and can stand up to five feet in height.
  • Flamingos prefer large flocks which helps protect them against predators. Flocks of over a million have been recorded.
  • The names for a flamingo flock are: a stand, a colony, a regiment and even a flamboyance.

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Panoramic African safari, flamingos in the lake Nakuru, Kenya

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Your Favorite Reading Nook

Your Favorite Reading Nook

Reading and where we like to read is an intensely personal experience. I don’t have one set place but let the mood carry me away. Sometimes, I prefer to read while soaking in a warm tub full of bubbles. Other times, I want to be in my garden when the weather is heavenly and I can lift my face to the sun. Mostly, though, I prefer to be lying on my couch, my head well supported with pillows and another pillow beneath my knees to take the pressure off my lower back. If I can get my cat to curl up with me, then I have perfection.  

In my quest to imagine this perfect space, I came across Arhaus furniture. After taking a look at Arhaus, I became a fan of their philosophy of business that makes use of natural materials and hand-made artistry, about their attitudes toward their manufacturers, and about their Eco-friendly standards. You can read more about the company here. They look very passionate about what they do, which I love. Wonderful!

So, I would add this chaise to my reading nook in a heartbeat! Have you ever wanted the perfect chaise to recline on? I found this one in the Arhaus Collection

This video showcases the artisan-ship of the furniture-making process, including the button-tuck design of this chaise. This was fascinating to watch. Go to the page then click on ‘watch product video’. The location of this manufacturer is in the hills of North Carolina.

As for the perfect reading nook, please share your thoughts in the comments below. Where do you like to read the most?

Your Favorite Reading Nook…

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Mexico

Mexico

I have to admit this is one of my favorite collection of photos. Mexico is a highly diverse country. Because Arizona borders Mexico, I know the northern Mexican states share our Sonoran Desert with all its dryness, cactus, coyotes and scorpions. But Mexico has two very long coastlines so we’re talking beaches. Then the farther south you travel, the dryness gives way to a tropical world. It is a diverse, beautiful land and worth exploring even from the comfort of our armchairs.

Of course, when I start investigating a place or a country, I never know what I’m going to find. Here’s a shocking fact: Mexico City, with 21 million inhabitants, is sinking at a rate of 3 feet per year. It’s due to a serious water problem in which the aquifers below the city are being drained because of water usage. When the water disappears, the land sinks to fill its place. Here’s a short video that details exactly what’s happening. 

The problem originated with the arrival of the Spaniards. Before then, the area that is now Mexico City was a beautiful valley with a lake that had been sculpted by the Aztecs with canals and aqueducts. Basically, they took a lake and by controlling the above-ground water, they built a city which was more of an island in the middle of the lake. When the Spaniards arrived, they destroyed the original city and built over it completely. They drained away the lake as best they could but being a valley with a rainy climate, the city often flooded. In 1967 permanent steps were taken to eliminate the flooding. Read more here.

With no more flooding, however, a different kind of environment was created that led to the now much bigger problem. Here’s a quote that describes the issue very well: The ecological consequences of the draining were enormous. Parts of the valleys were turned semi-arid, and even today Mexico City suffers for lack of water. Due to over-drafting that is depleting the aquifer beneath the city, Mexico City is estimated to have dropped 10 meters in the last century. Furthermore, because soft lake sediments underlie most of Mexico City, the city has proven vulnerable to soil liquefaction during earthquakes, most notably in the 1985 earthquake when hundreds of buildings collapsed and thousands of lives were lost. (Source)

Now for some of the beauties of Mexico. Here’s a short video featuring 7 amazing and little known places in Mexico worthy of a visit. This seven-minute video of the Top Ten places to visit in Mexico gives lots of information as well as wonderful video-clips of each place.

FunFacts about Mexico: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • The official name of Mexico is the Estados Unidos Mexicanos or the United Mexican States. Mexico is a federation comprising 31 states.
  • Mexico is bordered and bounded by the USA to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, by Belize, Guatemala, and the Caribbean Sea to the south and southeast, and by the Gulf of Mexico to the east.
  • Mexico is crossed by two mountain ranges which are part of the Rocky Mountains that extend through the USA. These ranges are the Sierra Madre Oriental and the Sierra Madre Occidental.
  • Mexico has both temperate and tropical zones.
  • In terms of biodiversity, Mexico ranks 4th in the entire world with over 200,000 species inhabiting the land.
  • Mexico has given us many unique foods: chocolate, a wide variety of chilis, avocado, tomatoes, corn tortillas and tequila.
  • Mexico is considered one of the cradles of civilization. Before the Spaniards arrived and dating back 8000 years, the region was inhabited at various times by the Aztecs, Toltecs, Mayans and others.
  • When the Spaniards arrived in the region, the capital city was called Mexico-Tenochtitlan. They destroyed this city and built ‘Mexico City’ in the Spanish tradition.
    • At the time of the Spanish arrival, Aztecs dominated most of Mexico.
  • The National University of Mexico is the oldest in all of North America. It was established in 1551 by the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V. This university today produces the highest percentage of Mexican professionals in the country.
  • In Mexico, children receive ‘Christmas’ presents on January 6th, which is known as King’s Day or El Dia de Reyes, the day that celebrates the arrival of the three wise men in Bethlehem.
  • The country of Mexico is located in an area of the world known as ‘The Ring of Fire’. There are 450 volcanoes in this area and 75% of the world’s active volcanoes are part of this system.
  • Mexico has a population of approximately 120 million people.

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The Dawn

The Dawn

From the ‘Old English’ word, dagian, comes our modern word ‘dawn’. Dagian literally means ‘to become day’. By habit, by nature and by preference I rise early. Some of my best writing is done at dawn when I’m fresh. I understand that I’m a morning person, which is why I said ‘by nature’. My mother was a night owl as is my sister.

But I love seeing the dawn. Sometimes, when I’ve been working well before dawn and I head into the kitchen when it’s still dark, there, peeping through the houses behind my house, far off in the east, is a brilliant purple then pink-orange display that makes every thought stop. I’m caught by the wonder of life and the wonder of the earth. Though I admit it does help living in the desert, because all that dusty, dry air makes for some pretty color. Still, it all seems miraculous.

The word ‘dawn’ actually refers to a very specific time of day, quote: Dawn…is the time that marks the beginning of twilight before sunrise. (SourceFor a little more information about ‘twilight’, check out the Funfacts below.

If the mood suits you, here’s a relaxing video of ocean waves and dawn at the beach. This short video has uplifting music and a series of beautiful photographs of the dawn. This is a lovely meditation video, with a few instructions on how to use it for meditation as well as photos of the dawn and inspiring music.

FunFacts about The Dawn: (Source) (Source)

  • The twilight phases before sunrise are collectively called ‘the dawn’.
  • There are three twilight phases: Astronomical, nautical, and civil.
    • Quote: Astronomical twilight is the darkest of the 3 twilight phases. It is the earliest stage of dawn in the morning. (Source)
    • Quote: Nautical twilight is the second twilight phase. Both the horizon and the brighter stars are usually visible at this time, making it possible to navigate at sea. (Source)
    • Quote: Civil twilight is the brightest of the 3 twilight phases. The Sun is just below the horizon, so there is generally enough natural light to carry out most outdoor activities. (Source)
  • Aurora is the Latin word for dawn and the name of the goddess of the dawn. Quote: Aurora renews herself every morning and flies across the sky, announcing the arrival of the sun. (Source)
  • In Native American Sioux mythology, the spirit of the dawn, Anpao, has two faces.
  • In Greek mythology, Eos is the goddess of the dawn who rose each morning at her home in Oceanus. She is described as having ‘rosy fingers’ when she opened the gates of heaven to let the sun rise.
  • Aja was the Sumerian goddess of the dawn who helped the sun into the sky at the beginning of each day.
  • Usas is the Hindu goddess of the dawn. She removed the dark and was the bringer of light.

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Lions and Cubs

Lions and Cubs

The distinctive social quality that lions possess and that causes them to gather in what is called a ‘pride of lions’ makes these big cats unusual among other similar species. Most big cats live solitary lives.  The nature of the pride gives lion cubs a strong chance of survival. The pride hunts as a group and more than one female in the pride, having given birth, can be available to nurse other cubs if orphaned. 

Here’s a wonderful short video of lionesses and their cubs. Here’s a short video featuring the first few weeks of the lion cubs’ life with their mother. Here is a longish documentary about a lion pride in Namibia.

FunFacts about Lions and Cubs: (Source

  • The lion is a member of the Felidae family, genus Panthera.
  • In terms of conservation, lions are listed as either ‘vulnerable’ or ‘endangered’ worldwide.
  • After the tiger, the lion is the largest cat on the planet with the male having an average weight of 550 lbs (250 kg).
  • Male lions live an average of 10-14 years in the wild because of survival fighting but captive males can live over 20 years.
  • Lions don’t live in dense forests, but prefer grasslands and savannahs.
  • Average pride size ranges from 3 to 20 adult lions and their related cubs.
  • Male lions are known for their manes, which is one of the most recognizable symbols in the world. Paintings of lions exist in the Paleolithic Lascaux caves in France, dating back 17,000 years.
  • The Romans kept lions in menageries.
  • Lions rest and sleep 20 hours a day.
  • The closest relatives of the lion are the leopard, snow leopard, tiger and jaguar.
  • Lions live in Africa and India.
  • The darker and fuller a lion’s mane, the healthier the lion.
  • Prides can have as many as 4 males, called a coalition. There is one exception: The Tsavo lions have only one male per pride.
  • Females don’t tolerate outside females entering a pride.
  • Males mark their pride’s territory and defend against intruding males. Male lions who kill the males of a pride during a takeover, will also kill all the cubs of the pride then begin their reigns with their own offspring.
  • Females will often mate with more than one male while in heat. Gestation is about 110 days. Cubs are born blind. The female keeps her newborn cubs well away from the pride for the first few weeks in a reedbed, a cave or some other secluded location. When the cubs are six to eight weeks old, the mother will integrate her cubs into the pride. Nursing is often shared among the female lions. Weaning occurs at about 7 months.
  • As many as 80% of cubs will die before the age of two. Causes: Starvation and abandonment, takeover slaughter by new, dominant males, and depredation by other animals like hyenas, leopards, and wild dogs.

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Teutoburg Forest

Teutoburg Forest and Externsteine Tor

The beech and spruce Teutoburg Forest in Germany has 2000 km of hiking trails and 1000 natural monuments. The forest also hosts reenactments of the famous 9 AD Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in which Germanic tribes crushed three Roman legions. This battle saw the complete defeat of the Romans ending with the commander, Varus, ‘falling on his sword’ along with many of his officers.

Also in this area are the Externsteine sandstone rock formations, a famous tor that was once a sacred pagan Saxon site. The tor, quote, ‘consisting of several tall, narrow columns of rock which rise abruptly from the surrounding wooded hills…The formation stretches for several hundred metres. It starts inside the forest with some rocks that are mostly covered by soil. It terminates in a series of 13 highly visible and mostly free-standing pillars.‘ (Source) Several of the pictures below are of the Externsteine tor.

Here’s an excellent, relatively short video about the 9 AD Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. It explains everything in clear detail. Here’s a brief video of the forest and some of its natural beauties. Here’s a short video of Externsteine from the air. Finally, here’s a lovely video with pleasant music of of the Externsteine Tor.

FunFacts about Teutoburg Forest and Externsteine: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • The Teutoburg Forest is a low mountain range within Germany’s Westphalia region.
  • In the fall, this forest turns beautiful autumn colors much like New England in the USA.
  • During the first few centuries AD, Externsteine was believed to have been a Saxon pagan cultic center.
  • Charlemagne ended Saxon paganism in 782 AD.
  • During the Middle Ages, Christian hermits made use of Externsteine.
  • Some think of Externsteine as Germany’s Stonehenge. It has numerous astronomical alignments. This region will be crowded during the summer solstice.
  • Many tools of the Upper Paleolithic era, dating back 10,000 years, have been found in this area.
  • In 1836, the nearby stream was dammed to form a pond which still exists today.
  • Anywhere from 1/2 million to a million people visit the Externsteine stones annually.
  • The Battle of the Teutoburg Forests was commemorated, quote: The Hermannsdenkmal, a colossal metal statue built in the 19th century to commemorate the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest (fought AD 9), in which Germanic tribes led by Arminius (German: Hermann) annihilated three Roman legions, stands outside Detmold on the northeastern slope. (Source)

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Jeans

Jeans

One of the most versatile and durable fabrics ever created: Jeans. Years ago, when I did some research on the gold mining rush of the mid-1800’s, I came across the fact that jeans were originally created for cowboys and miners. Levi Strauss even patented ‘blue jeans’ in 1873. Later, in the 1950’s, jeans became popular among teens and that trend hasn’t changed a whole lot. It helps that denim is so durable. Jeans have become a staple in most everyone’s wardrobe. 

Here’s a young video on 40 ways to wear your jeans. I really liked this creative fashionista. Here’s a short video on the manufacture and styling of Spykar jeans. Fascinating. If you like to watch fashion shows, here’s a video of the Guess 2018 show. If you want to add some bling to jeans, check out this video.

FunFacts about Jeans: (Source)   

  • Jeans are made from denim or dungaree fabrics.
  • ‘Blue jeans’ were invented in 1871 and patented in 1873 by Jacob W. Davis in partnership with Levi Strauss. In 1873, the pair patented ‘blue jeans’.
  • The most historic brands: Levi’s, Lee, and Wrangler.
  • The fabric emerged from the cities of Genoa, Italy and Nimes, France.
  • Origin of the word: ‘Genes’ is the French word for Genoa.
  • ‘Denim’ was a fabric the Nimes textile makers created while trying to replicate ‘jeans’. The word origin is ‘di Nimes’ (from Nimes) or ‘denim’.
  • By the 17th century, jean was an important textile for laborers in Northern Italy.
  • Here’s the history of Levi Strauss and the use of rivets, quote: Levi Strauss, as a young man in 1851, went from Germany to New York to join his older brothers who ran a goods store. In 1853, he moved to San Francisco to open his own dry goods business. Jacob Davis was a tailor who often bought bolts of cloth from the Levi Strauss & Co. wholesale house. In 1872, Davis wrote to Strauss asking to partner with him to patent and sell clothing reinforced with rivets. The copper rivets were to reinforce the points of stress, such as pocket corners and at the bottom of the button fly. Levi accepted Davis’s offer, and the two men received US patent No. 139,121 for an “Improvement in Fastening Pocket-Openings” on May 20, 1873. (Source)

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Tangerines

Tangerines

Of all the citrus fruits, I enjoy peeling and eating the tangerine the most. The thin peel is very easy to remove and it’s much sweeter than an orange or a grapefruit. I also like tangerines in salads or chicken dishes. Here’s a recipe I discovered for an avocado-tangerine salad with a jalapeno dressing, very Southwest. It also includes feta cheese, one of my faves. For the recipe, go here!

Sometimes it takes me scrolling through quite a few videos to find a treasure or two. That was the case with tangerines. I had to go on a hunt. But I loved the ones I found.  First, here’s a video that shows how the art of using an Exacto knife and the peeling of a tangerine can create an eagle! I was curious, fascinated, then amazed! Here’s a wonderful video about local growers in Ojai, California that produce the Pixie Tangerine. I want to pick and eat fruit from these orchards. Wonderful! Here’s a cool video on how to germinate citrus seeds from fruit you purchase.

FunFacts about Tangerines: (Source) (Source)  

  • Tangerines are closely related to Mandarin Oranges but are a separate species.
  • The name ‘tangerine’ came from fruit that originated in Tangier, Morocco, North Africa.
  • Tangerines are smaller, rounder, and sweeter than oranges.
  • The tangerine peel is much thinner than an orange.
  • Tangerine season lasts from the fall to the spring.
  • Tangerines were first grown in the Americas in the 1840’s in Florida.
  • Tangerines are an excellent source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and folate.
  • Tangerines have been cultivated in China and Japan for over 3000 years.
  • Tangerines used to be called the ‘Christmas orange’, since they were stuffed into children’s Christmas stockings.
  • Five widely produced varieties of tangerines are: the Honey, the Sunburst, the Robinson, the Fallglo and the Fairchild.

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January 2018 Winners: Melanie C., BN100, Judie L. and Maureen D.

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