Columbine

Columbine

Columbine is part of the buttercup family and is known as aquilegia or Granny’s Bonnet. It’s a type of plant found in meadows, woodlands and higher elevations. Columbine flowers are unique because of the ‘hook’ or ‘spur’ the flower forms at the base of its petals. The name ‘aquilegia’ comes from the Latin word ‘aquila‘ which means eagle. The idea is that the spur resembles an eagle’s claw.

The following photo showcases the ‘spurs’. I’m not sure I would define them with such a harsh-sounding term. 

This video has a beautiful collection of Columbine flowers and provides the names of various different cultivars in case you’re interested. 

Columbine exists throughout the northern hemisphere in North America, Europe and Asia. Though this plant clearly prefers a cooler climate, I’m tempted to try it out here in the desert, in the shadiest part of my yard, in late winter, to see what happens. I think these plant are beautiful.

Though the flowers are edible, the roots and seeds are highly poisonous and contain cardiogenic toxins. Please note: columbine poisonings can prove fatal.

FunFacts about Columbine (Source) (Source)

  • Columbine is a perennial flower.
  • The flowers of the Columbine are edible, but in moderation.
  • Native Americans used Columbine to treat heart conditions, fevers and ulcers.
  • Quote: The Colorado blue columbine (A. coerulea) is the official state flower of Colorado. (Source)
  • Columbine generally grows to a height between 15 and 20 inches.
  • It grows in full sun, but some gardeners think dappled shade is better.
  • Columbine is a perfect flower for a cottage garden, but because it is drought tolerant, it also does well in rock gardens.
  • Columbine needs to be dead-headed since it self-seeds.
  • A large number of hybrids are available.
  • Taller plants should be staked.

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Meerkats

Meerkats

Meerkats are mongooses. They are also my new heroes because — as a desert dweller who occasionally must battle scorpions — Meerkats hunt, catch and eat these poisonous critters. They bite off their tails and chow down letting nothing go to waste.

To see Meerkats in action in a short video, go here.

They live in large family units called, literally, a ‘mob’. They are sociable and lively. But at only a foot long with an average weight of two-three pounds, they make a nice snack for larger predators. They have a loose alliance with ground squirrels because these squirrels help dig out the extensive burrows a typical Meerkat family needs. An average size family or colony numbers about twenty.

Basic info, quote: Meerkats live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, in much of the Namib Desert in Namibia and southwestern Angola, and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a “mob”, “gang” or “clan”. A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members. In captivity, meerkats have an average life span of 12–14 years, and about half this in the wild. (Source)

For a thorough BBC documentary, go here.

FunFacts about Meerkats (Source)

  • Meerkats live in underground burrows with many entrances.
  • They shelter at night and forage during the day.
  • The coat of the Meerkat is peppered gray, tan or brown with silver.
  • Meerkats have long, narrow nails perfect for digging.
  • They have long tails.
  • Meerkats dig burrows in which to live and they dig for their supper.
  • Meerkats mostly eat insects, but they also eat other animals like lizards, snakes, scorpions and small birds.
  • Meerkats are immune to certain types of venom, including the highly toxic venom of the scorpions of the Kalahari Desert.
  • Baby Meerkats start foraging at one month of age.
  • The mob hunts during the day with one Meerkat standing sentry. The Meerkat has an ‘all’s well’ call that it gives and a distinctive bark when danger appears.
  • Digging can also be used to create dust clouds to distract predators.
  • Eagles and jackals are the main predators of Meerkats.
  • Family life:
    • Reproduction belongs to an alpha pair. They will kill the young not their own to ensure best chance of survival for their species.
    • Gestation lasts about eleven weeks.
    • The pups are born in underground burrows. A typical litter is three to four pups.
    • Meerkats can reproduce at any time of the year.
    • Females who may never produce young will often lactate to help feed the pups.

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Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Elbe Sandstone Mountains

I’m ready for ‘transporter’ technology. As soon as I came across photos of this area in Germany and the Czech Republic, I wished I could just pick up and go. They reminded me structurally of the monoliths around Sedona, Arizona. Only in that locale, the rocks are a beautiful red. But the shapes looked very familiar.

Here is a great video of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. It’s a beautiful pictorial, but I have to admit I loved the majestic music as well. It’s short, too!

The Elbe Sandstone Mountains are magnificent and if I ever get the chance to travel in Europe again, this will definitely be on my list.

FunFacts about Elbe Sandstone Mountains (Source) (Source) (Source

  • The Elbe Sandstone Mountains is a range straddling southeastern Germany and the Czech Republic. Three-quarters of the range is on the German side.
  • In both countries, the range is a national park.
  • The River Elbe travels through the range in a narrow, steep valley.
  • The highest peak is 2300 feet or 720 metres.
  • Tourists have been visiting the Elbe Sandstone Mountains for over 200 years.
  • The Bastei cliffs near Rathen is a popular destination because it has a bridge that has been in existence since 1824, though the original wood version was later replaced by sandstone in 1851. (Source)
  • The area has 14000 climbing routes which allow mountain climbers to attempt any of over 1100 free-standing peaks.
  • The Schrammsteine is a long chain of very jagged, unique rocks east of Bad Schandau in East Germany. (Source)
  • The Elbe Sandstone Mountains receive 1.5 million visitors each year.

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Edelweiss

Edelweiss

Can you hear the song Edelweiss from the Sound of Music? It’s a beautiful, poignant song about a flower that represents ruggedness, purity and dedication. Because it thrives in harsh, Alpine-like terrains, in both the Alps and the Carpathian Mountains, Edelweiss has become a symbol frequently used in military and rescue units in the region. Today, it is still the symbol of military troops in Austria, Poland, Germany and Romania.

For an instrumental version of Edelweiss plus photos of this lovely flower, check out this video.

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FunFacts about Edelweiss: (Source

  • Edelweiss is a mountain flower that belongs to the Asteraceae family (daisies and sunflowers).
  • These flowers prefer rocky, limestone regions between 5900 to 9800 feet (1800 and 3000 metres).
  • The plants’ leaves and flowers are covered with white hairs. These hairs are thought to offer protection from the rugged mountain terrain, weather and atmosphere.
  • The name is a compound German word meaning ‘noble’ and ‘white’.
  • Edelweiss is a national symbol for several countries: Austria, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania and Switzerland.
  • To offer a bouquet of Edelweiss is to promise dedication.
  • Quote: The edelweiss flower is a common symbol worn by today’s United States Army’s 1st Battalion 10th Special Forces Group Airborne Soldiers. (Source)
  • Edelweiss flowers are perennials.
  • Toward the end of WWII, Edelweiss became a symbol of resistance to the Nazi regime in Germany.

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Fractal Art

Fractal Art

I was drawn to the images so I wanted to do a blog about fractal art. To me, it’s absolutely fascinating! However, because it involves mathematics, which is not my forte, I have to confess the concepts are bit beyond my understanding. I can, however, appreciate the art itself and I’ll let the photos do most of the speaking.

Here’s a quote about fractals:  So what exactly are these strange designs? Fractals are patterns, and they continue forever. Repeating these simple patterns over and over is what makes them become more complicated. There are different types of fractals, and you can actually find fractals in nature and not just on your computer screen. (source)

I understand there are software programs you can employ to create your own fractal art. The video is equally fascinating, though I found it a bit too much to watch for very long. You might want to mute it as well. To read and perhaps decipher the intricacies of fractal are: read here… 

Here’s a quote about what fractal art is: 

From Kerry Mitchell’s “Fractal Art Manifesto”:

Fractal Art is a subclass of two-dimensional visual art, and is in many respects similar to photography—another art form that was greeted by skepticism upon its arrival. Fractal images typically are manifested as prints, bringing fractal artists into the company of painters, photographers, and printmakers. Fractals exist natively as electronic images. This is a format that traditional visual artists are quickly embracing, bringing them into Fractal Art’s digital realm. Generating fractals can be an artistic endeavor, a mathematical pursuit, or just a soothing diversion. However, Fractal Art is clearly distinguished from other digital activities by what it is, and by what it is not.  (Source)

 

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Cottage Gardens

Cottage Gardens

I love the lush, overgrown look of traditional, British Cottage Gardens. The appearance of these gardens leans toward informality. The origins, though, were practical. Cottagers had small plots of land and every square inch needed to count. Centuries ago, these gardens had few flowers and were predominantly made up of vegetables, herbs and fruit trees. 

Here’s a wonderful video that opens with a history of the English cottage garden, then follows to showcase several gardens. I watched the one called Yew Tree Cottage and loved the woman’s spirit. At the time of the video she was nearing 90 and said she does all the work in the garden herself. Amazing and wonderful. She’s now my role model. If you have some time, you might enjoy watching the video. The music is soothing and a cup of tea or coffee a must, but it is 45 minutes long.

Though I live in the desert, my garden is somewhat a cottage garden, but mostly because of the heat.  I’ve long planted my shrubs, trees and bedding plants close together — a typical aspect of Cottage Gardens. Of course, in my case, it’s critical for plant survival. 

FunFacts about Cottage Gardens (Source)  

  • The earliest Cottage Gardens, from before British Elizabethan times, were a practical venture with flowers as a minor contributor. These gardens were a combination of herbs, vegetables, fruits trees, beehives, and pig sties. If flowers were grown, they were often used to spread on the cottage floor to temper odors and annoy vermin.
  • As time went on, Cottage Gardens began to develop slowly into the modern, tightly planted, flower-laden compositions that please the eye today. They were, in some ways, a reaction to the more formal gardens of the 16th and 17th
  • Yet as informal as these gardens might appear, they are usually well-structured so that adjacent plants complement one another. But the goal is always informality.
  • Some of the common flowers found in modern Cottage Gardens are: Roses, violets, calendula, daisies, honeysuckle, clematis, hollyhocks, carnations, sweet williams, marguerites, marigolds, lavender, campanulas, peonies, crocus and tulips, to name but a few.
  • Typical fruits would have included pear and apple trees to make cider, gooseberries and raspberries.

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Water Wheels

Water Wheels

One of the most picturesque yet functional concepts man ever created. The water wheel appears to have been invented somewhere in Eurasia, around the 4th Century BCE in Egypt, India, Greece or parts in-between. The concept spread quickly so that by the 3rd Century it was used everywhere.

With the little bit of research I did on the water wheel, one fascinating opinion surfaced. By the 11th Century, because the water wheel was in use all throughout Europe, this inventions was seen to have changed the course of Western history. The water wheel began the long transit from animal and human power to industrial power. So, the next time you get into your car, use your cell-phone, or run your dishwasher, think of the the water wheel. 

Here’s a video of watermills with some lovely, relaxing music.

FunFacts about Water Wheels (Source)

  • There are several types of Water Wheels and if you’d like to see good diagrams about how each of these types of water wheels worked, click on the source: (Source with Diagrams
    • Stream or Surface
    • Vertical axis
    • Horizontal axis
      • Undershot wheel
      • Breastshot wheel
      • Overshot wheel
      • Backshot wheel
    • By the 1st Century, China developed a similar technology and used it for grinding grain and powering piston-bellows to forge iron ore into cast iron.
    • In the British Domesday/Doomsday survey of 1086, there were over 6000 mills scattered over 3000 different locations.
    • Some of the early uses of the water wheel were for grinding grains, for fulling mills that made cloth, for beating pulp into paper, operating a trip hammer that was used for pounding wrought iron into the required shape or for crushing ore, and even in early steel manufacturing.

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Star Anise

Star Anise

The artist in me was drawn to the photos I found of Star Anise. They’re really beautiful. So, of course I had to go on my little journey to discover what Star Anise is, what its flavor would be compared to anise (a bit milder) where it’s grown and how it’s used.

Star Anise had its origins in Vietnam. It’s the fruit of a medium-sized tree that is harvested by hand. Here’s a short video that shows a Star Anise orchard in Vietnam as well as the drying and sorting process. (Video

I also learned that Star Anise is an ingredient in the French version of mulled wine called vin chaud. Here’s a link to a video of Jamie Oliver’s mulled wine. (Video)  Here’s a link to Jamie Oliver’s recipe for mulled wine. (Recipe)

FunFacts about Star Anise (Source) (Source)

  • Star Anise originated in northeast Vietnam.
  • The flavor of Star Anise resembles anise, fennel and licorice.
  • Star Anise produces a medicinal chemical called shikimic acid, which is used in making anti-influenza drugs.
    • “The shikimic acid is extracted from the seeds in a 10-stage manufacturing process which takes a year.” (Source)
  • Star Anise is grown primarily in four provinces of China and other parts of southeast Asia. It is harvested between March and May. It is also grown in the south of New South Wales.
  • Star Anise is frequently used in mulled wine recipes.
  • Japanese Star Anise is highly toxic and is inedible.
  • Star Anise is used in the French version of mulled wine called vin chaud.
  • Star Anise can be used to deepen and enrich the flavor of coffee by steeping the coffee with a star or two.
    • “The pods can be reused in this manner multiple times by the pot-full or cup, as the ease of extraction of the taste components increases with the permeation of hot water.” (Source)
  • Star Anise is used widely in Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Malaysian cuisines.
  • Star Anise is used in the production of liqueur Galliano, sambuca, pastis and various kinds of absinthe.
  • Star Anise can enhance the flavor of meat.

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