Kangaroos

Kangaroos

The first thing I learned while doing my research for this blog is that not all kangaroos are kangaroos. There are related species called ‘wallabies’ and ‘wallaroos’ which look very similar. I’ll leave it to you to see if you can distinguish which are which in the photos below since the primary distinction among these species is size, wallabies being the smallest and kangaroos the biggest. Most live in Australia but there is even a tree kangaroo that lives in New Guinea. But they’re all the same family called Macropods, which means ‘big footed’. I’m hoping some of my Aussie commenters can give us some insight!

This 4-minute BBC video features a ‘mob’ of kangaroos in a field and a brief battle between the strongest male kangaroo and a challenger. Here’s a 2-minute video of a wallaroo fending off a dingo. Here’s a sweet 3-minute compilation of baby kangaroos.

FunFacts about Kangaroos: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The kangaroo is a marsupial from the family Macropodidae (macropods, meaning “large foot”). In common use the term is used to describe the largest species from this family, especially those of the genus Macropus: the red kangaroo, antilopine kangaroo, eastern grey kangaroo, and western grey kangaroo. (Source)
  • Kangaroos are indigenous to Australia.
  • The total kangaroo population is estimated to be as high as 50 million, which is double the human population of Australia at approximately 25 million.
  • The terms ‘wallaby’ and ‘wallaroo’ refer to species related to the kangaroo but differing primarily in size.
    • About wallaroos, quote: Most wallaroos are only a little smaller than a kangaroo, fairly thickset, and are found in open country. (Source)
    • About wallabies, quote: The term wallaby is an informal designation generally used for any macropod that is smaller than a kangaroo or wallaroo that has not been designated otherwise. (Source)
  • There is a ‘tree kangaroo’ that lives in New Guinea.
  • A large male kangaroo can weigh up to 200 pounds or 90 kg.
  • As a marsupial, female kangaroos have a large pouch in which baby kangaroos, called joeys, finish their postnatal development. The joey is an undeveloped fetus and about the size of a lima bean at birth and must crawl from inside the mother all the way to the pouch. It then attaches to a nipple in the pouch where it remains until it’s a juvenile.
    • Joeys stay in the pouch for about nine months before leaving the pouch for small amounts of time.
    • The mother feeds the joey for approximately 18 months.
  • The kangaroo is a symbol of Australia and appears on the Australian Coat of Arms.
  • Kangaroo meat is sometimes used for food and has a low fat content.
  • Kangaroos are the largest animal that uses hopping to get around.
  • Kangaroos are herbivores.
  • Kangaroos can defend themselves from predators, like dingos, by disemboweling them with their powerful hind feet.
  • Groups of kangaroos are called mobs.
  • The kangaroo has been an important animal to Australian Aborigines.

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*** Disclaimer: As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog, I don’t have sufficient expertise to tell the difference between kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies. Therefore, the photos below are probably a mixture of these three. Regardless, they are all wonderful.     

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Ukraine

Ukraine

One of the best reasons to watch videos, is that no matter what the political or even economic situation of a country, you can get a sense of the people and the culture. I never fail to smile or to be touched. In this case, the last video below, of a couple dining on hearty Ukrainian fare, in a unique restaurant, had me smiling the entire time. I felt as though I got to share their enjoyment of the local cuisine.

This is a really fun 9-minute video showcasing all the different kinds of ‘bubble waffles’ served as street food in Ukraine. Here’s a 12-minute, slide-show video of 100 places to visit in Ukraine. Here’s a 9-minute video of a couple dining in a unique Ukrainian restaurant and loving it. Of course, I watched the video way too close to lunchtime and ended up starving, lol!

FunFacts about Ukraine: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Ukraine, sometimes called the Ukraine, is a country in Eastern Europe. Excluding Crimea, Ukraine has a population of about 42.5 million, making it the 32nd most populous country in the world. Its capital and largest city is Kiev. Ukrainian is the official language and its alphabet is Cyrillic. (Source)
  • Ukraine has 2 main religions, Eastern Orthodoxy and Greek Catholicism.
  • Ukraine and Russia have a territorial dispute over the Crimea.
  • Ukraine has been inhabited since 32,000 BC, though there were Neanderthal settlements as early as 45,000 BC.
  • In the Middle Ages, Ukraine was a center of East Slavic culture, especially the state of Kievan Rus. Belarus, Russia and Ukraine all claim Kievan Rus as their cultural ancestors. There is some controversy as to whether the Kievan Rus were Vikings or Slavs. Evidence suggests this culture had a Viking ruling class with Slavs forming the majority of the population.
  • The city of Kiev, which is the capital of Ukraine, was the center of Kievan Rus culture.
  • In 1240, the Mongol Invasion destroyed the city of Kiev.
  • War characterized this part of Europe for centuries, through World War II. War against Germany raged in this region so that by the end of the war 700 Ukrainian cities and 28,000 villages were destroyed.
  • Chernobyl is located in Ukraine.
  • Today, Ukraine has a high poverty rate and is considered a developing nation.
  • Though Ukraine is struggling, they now rank fourth in the world in terms of certified IT professionals.
  • Ukraine has fertile farmlands and is one of the world’s largest grain exporters.
  • Ukraine is ranked 8th in Europe in terms of a tourist destination country.
  • Ukraine has the second largest military in Europe after Russia.
  • Ukraine has a president and a parliament.
  • Ukraine is a member of the UN.
  • Geographically, Ukraine is primarily a land of plateaus and fertile plains crossed by rivers. The delta of the Danube forms a border with Romania.
  • The Carpathian Mountains cross Ukraine in the west.
  • Ukraine has significant natural resources, but it faces many environmental issues including contamination from the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
  • The climate of Ukraine is temperate with a sub-tropical climate near the Crimea.
  • Though Ukrainian is the national language, many citizens speak Russian.

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Begonias

Begonias

*** Note: Starting this week, I will be blogging Monday thru Wednesday only, indefinitely. That means there will be only three blogs this week and thereafter. Now for begonias!

The flowers of begonias are remarkably varied. Some begonias have only ‘winged capsules’ as flowers, also called fruits. Others have numerous petals and appear as showy as carnations. My grandmother had begonias in her north-facing, Southern California brick planter. When I was young, I used to eat the small, ‘winged capsule’ flowers and enjoyed their tartness.

Here’s a terrific 4-minute video on how to grow Rex Begonias with gorgeous variegated leaves. Here’s a 3-minute video on pruning and planting an angel wing begonia. This is a beautiful 3-minute video featuring all kinds of begonia flowers.

FunFacts about Begonias: (Source

  • Basic Information, quote: Begonia is a genus of perennial flowering plants in the family Begoniaceae. The genus contains more than 1,800 different plant species. The Begonias are native to moist subtropical and tropical climates. Some species are commonly grown indoors as ornamental houseplants in cooler climates. In cooler climates some species are cultivated outside in summertime for their bright colourful flowers, which have sepals but no petals. (Source)
  • There are 1831 species of begonias.
  • In most species, the fruit is a winged capsule.
  • The name ‘begonia’ honors Michel Bégon, a former governor of the French colony of Saint-Domingue which is now known as Haiti.
  • Most species come from tropical regions.
  • In the wild, begonias are understory plants that require bright shade. Few tolerate direct sun.
  • Most begonias are propagated by division or from stem cuttings.
  • Most begonias are edible in small quantities. They are generally sour to the taste. In large quantities, they can be toxic.
  • Some begonia flowers are very showy. Others are a simple winged capsule.

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Porcupines

Porcupines

I had no idea porcupines made so many different sounds. If you’ve got a minute, check out Teddy and all the ways he lets his owner know she is not to take away his corn on the cob. I couldn’t stop smiling the whole time. Animals are so fascinating. Who would’ve thought porcupines could ‘talk’? Check out this 1-minute video! I absolutely loved it!

Here’s a wonderful and informative 3-minute video about the African porcupine. Here’s a 2-minute video of different porcupines making their unusual noises.

FunFacts about Porcupines: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Porcupines are rodents with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that protect against predators. The term covers two families of animals, the Old World porcupines of family Hystricidae, and the New World porcupines of family Erethizontidae. Both families belong to the infraorder Hystricognathi within the profoundly diverse order Rodentia and display superficially similar coats of quills: despite this, the two groups are distinct from each other and are not closely related to each other within the Hystricognathi. (Source)
  • Porcupines are round-bodied, large and slow.
  • The average length of a porcupine is about 60–90 cm or 25–36 inches.
  • The average weight of a porcupine is 5–16 kg or 12–35 lbs.
  • Porcupines have somewhat long tails that range from 20–25 cm or 8–10 inches in length.
  • Porcupines resemble but are unrelated to hedgehogs.
  • There are 58 species of porcupines.
  • Porcupines can live up to 27 years.
  • Porcupines are herbivores and eat twigs, herbs, bark and green plants like clover. Some porcupines eat fruits and vegetables.
  • The porcupine has 4 stages of defense: erect quills, chattering teeth, odor and attack.
  • When the quills are raised and the porcupine is ready for attack, it presents with a white strip down its back similar to a skunk.
  • The quills make a rattling sound as the porcupine quakes in readiness.
  • The quills are a tremendous defense mechanism. They are barbed in such a way (backward facing) that they don’t come out easily. The porcupine doesn’t ‘launch’ the quills. It must make contact to release the quills, quote: The porcupine will attack by running sideways or backwards into predators. A porcupine’s tail is also able to swing in the direction of the predator. If contact is made, the quills could be impaled into the predator causing injury or death. (Source)
  • Porcupines are a prominent food source in southeast Asia.
  • Porcupines are mostly nocturnal.
  • Porcupines live mostly in forests and deserts, and on rocky outcrops and hillsides. Some live in trees.
  • Porcupines mate in late summer and early fall.
  • Males use a variety of vocalizations to attract a female.
  • Gestation is about 7 months when 1 healthy baby arrives.
  • Baby porcupines are born with soft quills which get hard very quickly, usually within an hour of birth.

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Iran

Iran

We’re human. We seek connection. I knew very little about Iran going into this blog. I know a little more now and more than ever I’m convinced we’re all the same, with similar loves, desires, hopes and dreams. We love our families and friends, our music and our countries. We want good things for those around us. But after listening to this music video (the 4-minute one below), I felt as though the world grew much smaller for me in the best possible way.

My DH is half-Armenian and I always valued the cultural beauty that this part of his heritage brought to my life. Armenia is one of Iran’s neighbors. When I asked my husband to identify the country of origin of this popular, acoustic piece, he thought maybe it was Armenian.  So there it is. Finally, one of the comments touched me, quote: Greetings from Tajikistan!🇹🇯 We love you Iran cause we’re all from one blood and one language. Zinda bad Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan va kulli Forsizabononi duny (Source) We all seek connection.

Here’s a fascinating 2-minute news clip about the young people of Iran and their hopes for their country. Here’s a 3-minute video featuring the local food. Here’s a 4-minute video of Iranian music: 45 million views. Love. 

FunFacts about Iran: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran (Persian: جمهوری اسلامی ایران‎ ) is a country in Western Asia. With over 81 million inhabitants, Iran is the world’s 18th-most-populous country. Comprising a land area of 1,648,195 km2 (636,372 sq mi), it is the second-largest country in the Middle East and the 17th-largest in the world. Iran is bordered to the northwest by Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, to the north by the Caspian Sea, to the northeast by Turkmenistan, to the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and to the west by Turkey and Iraq. (Source)
  • Tehran is the economic and cultural hub of Iran as well as its capital city.
  • Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations and has been around for over six millennia.
  • Alexander the Great conquered Iran in the fourth century B.C.E.
  • Iran has the world’s largest reserve of natural gas and the 4th largest reserve of oil.
  • Iran has a rich cultural history reflected in its 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Modern concerns include human rights, especially women’s rights and children’s rights.
  • Iran’s controversial nuclear program concerns many nations.
  • Archaeology indicates humans have lived in Iran since the Stone Age. The Stone Age covers a period of time from 3.3 million years to about 8700 B.C.E.
  • The Arabs invaded Iran in the 7th century and brought Islam with them. Islam replaced a Zoroastrian majority. The Arabs ruled for two centuries when independent Iranian kingdoms began to emerge.
  • The height of the Islamic Golden Age took place in the 10th and 11th centuries, with Iran at the center of thought and scientific achievement. This golden era created forward thinking in science, medicine, philosophy arithmetic, history, music and literature.
  • The Mongol invasion, with Genghis Khan at the head, had a devastating effect on Iran, quote: From 1219 to 1221, under the Khwarezmian Empire, Iran suffered a devastating invasion by the Mongol army of Genghis Khan. According to Steven R. Ward, “Mongol violence and depredations killed up to three-fourths of the population of the Iranian Plateau, possibly 10 to 15 million people. Some historians have estimated that Iran’s population did not again reach its pre-Mongol levels until the mid-20th century.” (Source)
  • Geographically, most of Iran is on the Iranian Plateau, but it is not a flat country. It is one of the most mountainous in the world. Its highest peak is over 18000 feet or 5400 meters. Northern Iran has mixed forests while the eastern part of Iran has desert basins. Large plains are found near the coast of the Caspian Sea.
  • Iran has 11 out of 13 climates found around the world.
  • The Supreme Leader of Iran makes the majority of the nation’s decisions. The president has very little power. Ali Khamenei is the current supreme leader, the Grand Ayatollah.
  • Iran is one of the top five producers of the following, quote: apricots, cherries, sour cherries, cucumbers and gherkins, dates, eggplants, figs, pistachios, quinces, walnuts, and watermelons. (Source)
  • 5 million tourists visited Iran between 2014 and 2015. A majority of those came from Asia.
  • Persian is the main language of Iran.
  • The official state religion of Iran is Twelver Shia Islam.

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Persimmons

Persimmons

The most striking aspect of persimmons takes place in the fall. Not only do the leaves turn a gorgeous gold and rust-orange, but this is the time of year when the persimmon fruit ripens and turns color anywhere from a yellow to a deep red-orange. But we’re not done yet. Even when all the leaves fall off the tree, the fruit remains for a unique display of branches and fruit often all the way til winter.

This 4-minute video covers the basics of growing persimmons. Here’s a 2-minute video on making persimmon bread. Here’s a 2-minute video on making persimmon butter.

FunFacts about Persimmons: (Source)

  • Basic Information, quote: The persimmon (sometimes spelled persimon) is the edible fruit of a number of species of trees in the genus Diospyros. The most widely cultivated of these is the Asian or Japanese persimmon, Diospyros kaki. Diospyros is in the family Ebenaceae, and a number of non-persimmon species of the genus are grown for ebony timber. (Source)
  • The most common persimmon tree, the Diospyros kaki, grows to a height between 4.5 to 18 metres (15 to 60 ft). This tree can often have a willowy appearance.
    • This species is native to Japan, Myanmar, Korea, Nepal and China.
    • In the 1800s, this species was introduced to Brazil, Europe and California.
  • Persimmons mature on the tree in the fall where they can remain until winter.
  • Depending on species, the color of the fruit ranges from light yellow to dark red-orange.
  • Like tomatoes, persimmons are berries.
  • Ripe persimmons have a high glucose content and are sweet.
  • Other species are:
    • Diospyros lotus (date-plum), also known as lotus persimmon, is native to southwest Asia and southeast Europe.
    • Diospyros virginiana (American persimmon) is native to the eastern United States.
    • Diospyros nigra (black sapote / chocolate pudding fruit / black persimmon) is native to Mexico.
    • Diospyros discolor or the Mabolo or Velvet-apple is native to the Philippines.
    • Diospyros peregrina (Indian persimmon) is a slow-growing tree, native to coastal West Bengal.
    • Diospyros texana (Texas persimmon) is native to central and west Texas and southwest Oklahoma in the United States, and Mexico.
  • In 2013, China produced 43% of the world’s supply of Persimmons.
  • Persimmons are eaten dried, raw, cooked and fresh.
  • A persimmon festival is held annually in Mitchell, Indiana.
  • Persimmons provide dietary fiber, vitamin C, iron, manganese, and provitamin A beta-carotene.

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Maple Trees

Maple Trees

The sugar maple tree gives us an abundance of maple syrup for our pancakes and waffles. But beyond this sweet treat, maple trees have what is called ‘tonewood‘. This means that the wood possesses tonal properties and can be used for making woodwind instruments and acoustic stringed instruments. Maple trees are found across the northern hemisphere from North America, to Europe and to Asia.

Here’s a 2-minute video on growing a maple tree from seed. Here’s a 6-minute video on how to tap a sugar maple and draw some gorgeous sap for making maple syrup. Here’s a lovely 4-minute video featuring Japanese maples.

FunFacts about Maple Trees: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Acer is a genus of trees or shrubs commonly known as maple. The genus is placed in the family Sapindaceae. There are approximately 128 species, most of which are native to Asia, with a number also appearing in Europe, northern Africa, and North America. Only one species, Acer laurinum, extends to the Southern Hemisphere. The type species of the genus is the sycamore maple, Acer pseudoplatanus, the most common maple species in Europe. (Source)
  • Most maple trees are deciduous.
  • A few maple trees in the Mediterranean and southern Asia are evergreen.
  • Maple trees range in height from 10–45 m (33–148 feet).
  • Some maples are shrubs.
  • Maple trees often have dense roots system which doesn’t allow other plants to grow beneath them.
  • Some maple trees produce root sprouts which can form a colony of maples.
  • Maple flowers are orange, red, green or yellow.
  • The fruits of maple trees are called ‘samaras’ and resemble flattened wings.
  • Nicknames for the fruit are whirlybirds, helicopters, maple keys and polynoses. They spin as they fall.
  • One maple tree can release hundreds of thousands of seeds at a time.
  • The maple leaf is on the Coat of Arms of Canada and on the Canadian flag.
  • Maple trees are popular in landscapes because they are generally fast growers, have gorgeous fall colors, and don’t have big seed pods that attack lawn machinery.
  • Maple trees are popular with bonsai enthusiasts.
  • Charcoal from maples is used to make Tennessee Whiskey.
  • Maple trees are used for maple syrup and for their wood. The sugar maple is the primary maple used for making syrup.
  • Sugar maple wood is also the main wood used for bowling pins. 

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Chaffinches

Chaffinches

The chaffinch nest might be one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen. Here’s how they are built, quote: The nest has a deep cup and is lined with a layer of thin roots and feathers. The outside is covered with a layer of lichen and spider silk over an inner layer of moss and grass. (Source) You’ll find footage of a real nest in the wild in the 4-minute video below.

Here’s a very sweet 2-minute video of chaffinches eating from the hand with very nice close-ups. This 1-minute video features a chaffinch singing. This is a 4-minute video of a chaffinch nest in the wild. This might be the prettiest nest ever built. The mother does feed the chicks, but unfortunately, it’s a side view so we don’t get to see the babies. This is a 1-minute video of a man in Cornwall, England who has trained chaffinches to come for a feed when he whistles.

FunFacts about Chaffinches: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: The common chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), usually known simply as the chaffinch, is a common and widespread small passerine bird in the finch family. The male is brightly coloured with a blue-grey cap and rust-red underparts. The female is much duller in colouring, but both sexes have two contrasting white wing bars and white sides to the tail. The male bird has a strong voice and sings from exposed perches to attract a mate. (Source)
  • The chaffinch lives in Europe, Asia and northwest Africa.
  • Chaffinches build their fairly large nests in the crooks of trees. These nests are built entirely by the female.
  • The female lays 4-5 eggs in each clutch and usually only 1 clutch per breeding season.
  • The eggs hatch in about 13 days and the chicks are fed a variety of foods, especially caterpillars.
  • The chicks fledge in about 2 weeks but the parents continue to feed them for several weeks after.
  • Beyond the breeding season, chaffinches form flocks and hunt for food on the ground.
  • Predators go after both the chaffinch eggs and the fledglings.
  • Chaffinches have lovely muted coloring, especially the males. The male chaffinch has a blue-gray cap, a brown saddle, an olive green rump, rust-red to creamy-pink belly, and striking white panels on black wings.
  • The chaffinch has a beautiful song. Males have as many as three different songs they sing.
  • Chaffinches don’t have long lives, primarily because of predators. The average life span is 3 years. The average survival rate for hatchlings is 53%. Despite these numbers, they thrive and are in no danger of extinction.

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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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