Venice

Venice, Italy

In an earlier post, I featured masks from the annual Carnival of Venice. In the background of a few of the photos was the beautiful, extraordinary city of Venice so it was only a matter of time before I returned to this unique ‘lagoon’ city. Venice has over 25 miles of canals and is a car-free zone. Transportation is all by water, whether the water-buses, water-taxis or the famous gondolas. If it has one major problem, there are too many tourists in the busiest times of year. Yet, who doesn’t want to see this land of enchantment?

This 5-minute video is a personal look at Venice. Here’s a 3-minute video featuring the food of Venice, really fun. Finally, we’re back with Rick Steves again and a 24-minute video of all aspects of Venice from history, to monuments, to traveling the canals. 

FunFacts about Venice: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges, of which there are 400. The islands are located in the shallow Venetian Lagoon, an enclosed bay that lies between the mouths of the Po and the Piave rivers. The lagoon and a part of the city are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Source)
  • Here is how Venice was constructed, quote: Venice, Italy, is known by several names, one of which is the ‘Floating City’. This is due to the fact that the city of Venice consists of 118 small islands connected by numerous canals and bridges. Yet, the buildings in Venice were not built directly on the islands. Instead, they were built upon wooden platforms that were supported by wooden stakes driven into the ground. (Source)
  • The name, Venice, is from the ancient Veneti people who lived in the region almost 3000 years ago.
  • Venice has many nicknames including, quote: “Serenissima,” “Queen of the Adriatic,” “City of Water,” “City of Masks,” “City of Bridges,” “The Floating City,” and “City of Canals.” (Source)
  • Venice was a powerful Mediterranean maritime power in the 15th Century.
  • Venice was the birthplace of Antonia Vivaldi. His most famous work is the Four Seasons.
  • Venice has over 400 bridges.
  • St. Mark’s Square is the center of Venice.
  • The winged-lion is the symbol of Venice.
  • 25 miles of canals crisscross the city of Venice all leading to the Grand Canal.
  • The foundation of Venice consists of millions of pilings all driven into the clay below the water.
  • In 1630, when the plague roared through Europe, Venice leaders voted to build Santa Maria della Salute in hopes of averting further catastrophe. The church is a landmark and quite beautiful.
  • Venice is a city of palaces and the biggest, best and brightest face the Grand Canal.
  • The Rialto Bridge is one of 4 main bridges that cross the Grand Canal. The Rialto is the commercial center of Venice.
  • Giacomo Casanova is one of Venice’s most famous sons. He was born in Venice in 1725, was a friend to Mozart and eventually wrote the Story of My Life which is considered a clear reflection of life in the 18th Century.
  • Venice suffers flooding during the seasonal acqua alta when unusual high tides reach the northern Adriatic Sea.

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Apricots

Apricots

My husband enjoys fruit and eats a lot of it. I don’t, but here’s why. Years ago, my mother had an apricot tree. The ripe fruit from that tree was beyond anything I’d ever tasted before or since. I can still picture it, the spread of the canopy and lovely leaves, what the fruit felt like in my hand, and how much juice each apricot produced. The whole experience of eating a tree-ripened apricot absolutely ruined me for fruit found in most markets today and I find I have little interest in eating any of it. I have a similar reaction to tomatoes and can’t wait til I figure out how best to grow them in my rockbed of a desert garden.

Here is a 2-minute video featuring a blossoming apricot tree. Here’s a 1-minute video on using apricot preserves as a base for baked chicken thighs. Here’s a 2-minute video on how-to-make apricot balls using only dried apricots and coconut.

FunFacts about Apricots: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: An apricot is a fruit, or the tree that bears the fruit, of several species in the genus Prunus (stone fruits). The apricot is a small tree, 8–12 m (26–39 ft) tall, with a trunk up to 40 cm (16 in) in diameter and a dense, spreading canopy. Usually, an apricot tree is from the species armeniaca, but the species P. brigantina, P. mandshurica, P. mume, and P. sibirica are closely related, have similar fruit, and are also called apricots. (Source)
  • The apricot is known as a ‘stone’ fruit because of its hard pit. Other stone fruits are cherries, plums, nectarines and peaches. They are also called ‘drupes’.
  • The origin of the apricot is disputed, though it was once believed to have originated in Armenia, hence the genus name: P. armeniaca. There are 50 varieties of apricots grown in Armenia today.
  • The apricot is the national fruit of Armenia.
  • Some scientists believe the apricot originated in China, though others believe it was cultivated in India over 5000 years ago.
  • Alexander the Great introduced the apricot to Greece over 2300 years ago.
  • Apricot oil was used in 17th Century England for the treatment of tumors and ulcers.
  • U.S. production of apricots is centered in the west, primarily in California.
  • Apricot cultivars are usually grafted onto peach or plum stocks.
  • Uzbekistan is the world’s top producer of apricots followed by Turkey, Iran and Italy.
  • Raw apricots provide Vitamins A and C.
  • The Chinese associate the apricot with education and medicine. It’s believed that Confucius taught his students in a forum surrounded by the wood of apricot trees. Quote, The term “expert of the apricot grove” (杏林高手) is still used as a poetic reference to physicians. (Source)

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Dog Roses

Dog Roses

These lovely, wild, simple roses can be found in hedgerows throughout the United Kingdom and will bloom during June and July. In the fall, the red hips appear full of all kinds of goodness, from natural healing remedies to just the right flavors for syrups and wines. In the U.S., the dog rose can be found growing wild in various parts of the country especially along roadsides and coastlines. But there’s more. The petals of the dog rose are considered a wild edible and can be plucked and eaten while out for a hike. 

Here’s a lovely, 2-minute video of dog roses in a hedgerow. Here’s a 1-minute video of a close-up of dog roses. Here’s a 2-minute video on eating the petals of dog roses.

FunFacts about Dog Roses: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Rosa canina, commonly known as the dog rose, is a variable climbing, wild rose species native to Europe, northwest Africa, and western Asia. It is a deciduous shrub normally ranging in height from 1–5 metres (3.3–16.4 ft), though sometimes it can scramble higher into the crowns of taller trees. Its stems are covered with small, sharp, hooked prickles, which aid it in climbing. (Source)
  • The flowers of the dog rose have five petals.
  • The fruit of the dog rose, called a rose hip, is high in Vitamin C.
  • The dog rose hip is used to make syrup, tea and marmalade.
  • In World War II, the dog rose was planted in many ‘Victory’ gardens in the United States.
  • In Bulgaria, the dog rose hip is used to make a sweet wine.
  • In traditional Austrian medicine, rose hips were used to treat disorders of the kidneys and the urinary tract.
  • The flower of the dog rose is one of the national symbols of Romania.
  • The name ‘dog’ attached to this lovely wild rose comes from Ancient Greece where it was believed that the root of the plant would cure the bite of a mad dog.

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Llamas

Llamas

When I put together the blog on alpacas in January of this year (2018), I knew at some point I’d want to do a similar post on llamas since the two species are related. Both are members of the camelid or Camelidae family. It’s easy to get the two confused without knowing something of each species. The first video below details the differences since the owner has both llamas and alpacas so we get to see them side by side.

Here’s a lovely, 4-minute video on the difference between llamas and alpacas. Here’s a sweet, 3-minute video featuring both llamas and alpacas. Here’s a very cool, 5-minute video on how to saddle and pack a llama for trail work.

FunFacts about Llamas: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote:  The llama is a domesticated South American camelid, widely used as a meat and pack animal by Andean cultures since the Pre-Columbian era. They are very social animals and live with other llamas as a herd. The wool produced by a llama is very soft and lanolin-free. Llamas are intelligent and can learn simple tasks after a few repetitions. When using a pack, they can carry about 25 to 30% of their body weight for 8 to 13 km (5–8 miles). (Source)
  • Llamas live anywhere from 15 to 25 years, though some can live 30 years or more.
  • The ancestors of llamas, the camelids, first appeared on the North American plains 40 million years ago.
  • 3 million years ago, the ancestors of llamas migrated to South America.
  • Llamas were domesticated about 5000 years ago by Indians in the highlands of Peru.
  • Llamas grow to 6-feet tall and can weigh as much as 280 to 450 pounds.
  • Llamas are used as pack animals, but they know their limits. If overloaded, they will simply lie down or refuse to move.
  • Llamas are vegetarians.
  • Female llamas are pregnant for almost an entire year. They give birth to only one ‘cria’, as the young are known. Twins are incredibly rare.
  • When agitated, llamas will spit.

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Russia

Russia

Trying to take on an entire country, in this case the largest one in the world, and do it justice is impossible. But I’ve included some highlights of Russia that I found fascinating. The most significant is that Russia has its roots in Viking culture. In the 800s AD, the Varangians established ‘Rus’. Varangian was the name given to the Vikings who settled in this area and eventually ruled as a warrior elite.

The blue cottage, pictured in the photo below, is called a dacha, a Russian seasonal or year-round second home.

This 13-minute video features the Top 10 Places to visit in Russia. It is a beautiful pictorial of the country. In contrast, this 3-minute video features a small village in Siberia and how the only source of income for its inhabitants is gathering nuts, mushrooms and berries from the local forest. This 8-minute video features a St. Petersburg restaurant. The chef shows how she prepares pickled cabbage with apples and cranberries. Note: the latter part begins a segment on pickling cucumbers but is cut off. Even so, I enjoyed this brief look at Russian cuisine.

FunFacts about Russia: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Russia, officially the Russian Federation, is a country in Eurasia. At 17,125,200 square kilometres (6,612,100 sq mi), Russia is the largest country in the world by area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area, and the ninth most populous, with over 144 million people as of December 2017, excluding Crimea. About 77% of the population live in the western, European part of the country. (Source)
  • The name, Russia, comes from ‘Rus’, which was a Medieval state of East Slavs.
  • The population of Russia is over 140 million.
  • The capital of Russia is Moscow.
  • The largest cities in Russia are Moscow 12 million, St. Petersburg 1.5 million, Novosibirsk 1.4 million, Yekaterinburg 1.3 million and Nizhniy Novgorod 1.3 million.
  • Russia shares borders with 14 countries and has 11 time zones, plus maritime borders with Japan and the U.S.
  • Russia’s economy is the 8th largest in the world.
  • Russia has 12 active volcanoes.
  • In 2011, Russia became the world’s leading oil producer.
  • The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest in the world and connects Moscow with the Russia Far East.
  • Early history, quote: The East Slavs emerged as a recognizable group in Europe between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD. Founded and ruled by a Varangian warrior elite and their descendants, the medieval state of Rus arose in the 9th century. In 988 it adopted Orthodox Christianity from the Byzantine Empire, beginning the synthesis of Byzantine and Slavic cultures that defined Russian culture for the next millennium. (Source) *Note: the Varangians were Vikings of Scandinavian origin.
  • The Mongols invaded in the 13 Century.
  • In the 14th Century, the Grand Duchy of Moscow began to assert its position in Russia. Grand Duke Ivan IV (the Terrible) was the first Tsar of Russia. Tsar means ‘Caesar’.
  • Under Peter the Great, Russia became an empire and leading world power.
  • The Russian Age of Enlightenment occurred in the 1700s when the government began to encourage the arts and sciences and the first university came into existence. Catherine the Great played an important role.
  • In December of 1991, Russia officially became the Russian Federation, leaving behind the Soviet Union.
  • The Russian Federation has a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.
  • Russia has the 5th largest military in the world.

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Chili Peppers

Chili Peppers

My parents had a knack for finding out-of-the-way restaurants that made the best enchiladas on a budget fit for feeding a young family of six. These were always some of my favorite outings and established Mexican cuisine at the top of my favorites list. A cheese enchilada would go with me to the proverbial desert island. What’s at the base of Mexican food? The awesome chili pepper of the genus Capsicum. From very mild, like the green chili, to burning hot, like the habanero, the discovery of chili peppers in Mexico changed the culinary world forever.

Here’s a succinct, 3-minute video on growing chili peppers from seed with a nice step-by-step. How brave are you? Here’s a 4-minute, step-by-step recipe for making hot sauce from hot chili peppers. Here’s an awesome, 6-minute recipe for making chili rellenos from scratch.

FunFacts about Chili Peppers: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The chili pepper is the fruit of plants from the genus Capsicum, members of the nightshade family, Solanacea. They are widely used in many cuisines to add spiciness to dishes. The substances that give chili peppers their intensity when ingested or applied topically are capsaicin and related compounds known as capsaicinoids. (Source)
  • Chili peppers originated in Mexico but upon their discovery by Europeans soon spread throughout the world as both a food and as a medicine.
  • In 2014, worldwide, there were nearly 33 million tons of green chili peppers produced and nearly 4 million tons of dried red chili peppers.
  • China is the world’s largest grower of green chilis and provides half the world’s supply.
  • Different varieties of chili peppers were domesticated about 6000 years ago. Peru has the highest diversity of chili peppers because the five main varieties have been grown there through the ages.
  • Here’s a list of chili pepper species and which familiar chili peppers belong to each, quote:
    • Capsicum annuum, which includes many common varieties such as bell peppers, wax, cayenne, jalapeños, chiltepin, and all forms of New Mexico chile.
    • Capsicum frutescens, which includes malagueta, tabasco and Thai peppers, piri piri, and Malawian Kambuzi
    • Capsicum chinense, which includes the hottest peppers such as the naga, habanero, Datil and Scotch bonnet
    • Capsicum pubescens, which includes the South American rocoto peppers
    • Capsicum baccatum, which includes the South American aji peppers (Source)
  • Chili pepper pods are berries.
  • The leaves of every species of Capsicum are non-toxic and edible.
  • In terms of medicine, quote: Capsaicin, the chemical in chili peppers that makes them hot, is used as an analgesic in topical ointments, nasal sprays, and dermal patches to relieve pain. (Source)
  • Chili peppers are a source of Vitamin C, the B Vitamins, and A Beta-Carotene.
  • The part of the pepper closest to the stem is the hottest because of a higher concentration of Capsicum.
  • Birds are completely immune to the burning effects of Capsicum.
  • There is a scale for hotness in peppers called the Scoville scale. The unit of heat measurement is called a Scoville Heat Unit or SHU. Mild bell peppers range from 1-100 SHU while cayenne can range anywhere from 30,000-50,000 SHU. However, the Carolina Reaper is the acknowledged winner at 2.2 million SHU.
  • Chipotle peppers are red jalapeno peppers that have been smoke-dried.
  • Capsaicin in peppers helps keep fungi away as the peppers grow.
  • Capsaicin can also help clear your sinuses by thinning mucous, but check with your doctor before trying any home remedies.

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Water Lilies

Water Lilies

Mysterious. Water-defying. Fanciful. A place meant for fairy princesses and warring kingdoms. Nothing evokes the imagination quite like the water lily. The flowers look like exquisite floating fortresses with strong petals curved toward the sun. Claude Monet, the famous Impressionist painter, was so fascinated with them that they appear in over 250 of his paintings.

Here’s a super, 1-minute video on creating your own water lily bowl. This 5-minute excerpt on giant Amazon water lilies, using time-elapse photography, is amazing. Here’s an extraordinary 5-minute video featuring dozens of varieties of water lilies from the Sonoran Water Gardens.

FunFacts about Water Lilies: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Nymphaeaceae is a family of flowering plants, commonly called water lilies. They live as rhizomatous aquatic herbs in temperate and tropical climates around the world. The family contains five genera with about 70 known species. Water lilies are rooted in soil in bodies of water, with leaves and flowers floating on or emergent from the surface. (Source)
  • Interesting fact about water lilies in the winter and ‘bubbling’, quote: Water lilies do not have surface leaves during winter, and therefore the gases in the rhizome lacunae access equilibrium with the gases of the sediment water. The leftover of internal pressure is embodied by the constant streams of bubbles that outbreak when rising leaves are ruptured in the spring. (Source)
  • Some water lily species, having escaped into the wild, have become invasive. They settle in slow-moving bodies of water and are difficult to eradicate.
  • The white water lily is the national flower of Bangladesh.
  • Water lilies are found in a wide range of growing zones and can be cold-hardy or suited for the tropics.
  • Water lilies root themselves in the soil beneath the water. The lily ‘pad’ is the leaf of the plant.
  • Water lilies provide shelter for fish and shade to keep the water cool.
  • Water lilies help oxygenate the water which is also beneficial for fish.
  • The giant Amazon lily pads can grow to 6 feet across while the flowers can be a foot wide.

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Merganser Ducks

Merganser Ducks

The female common merganser ducks are unique-looking birds and contrast sharply with their male counterparts. So much so, that when I first saw photos of them, I thought they were different species. The males are black and white and the females are brownish-red and gray and sport fascinating crown feathers. Most of the photos I found were of either the female alone or with her brood. Take a look and see. Nature…endlessly fascinating.

Here’s a perfect, 1-minute video of mama merganser and her ducklings, some riding on her back, some swimming fast to keep up. Here’s a 2-minute video of a mama and her 2 dozen babies. Very sweet. They swim, they preen, then they nap. Yet, watching this 2-minute video of another large brood, it’s possible the merganser ducks do a duckling-day-care. Here’s what the author wrote: ‘Just before I could set my camera up I witnessed a Common Merganser mother of two, drop her brood off with a larger group. The mother of two headed up stream leaving her offspring with a single female Common Merganser who was already watching 15 young Mergansers.’ If you click on the video, you can read the rest of his thoughts.

FunFacts about Merganser Ducks: (Source)

  • Basic Information, quote: The common merganser (North American) or goosander (Eurasian) (Mergus merganser) is a large duck of rivers and lakes in forested areas of Europe, northern and central Asia, and North America. The common merganser eats fish and nests in holes in trees. (Source)
  • Merganser ducks are fish-feeding ducks so their bills have serrated edges which has given them the nickname ‘sawbills’.
  • Merganser ducks eat other aquatic prey like mollusks, larvae, worms, amphibians, and crustaceans.
  • Merganser ducks are both salt and freshwater ducks.
  • When they are on the hunt, they dive incessantly. They often travel a stream down for several miles and will either fly back up and start over or simply fish their way back up.
  • Merganser ducks will fish deep.
  • Gulls often hang around while Merganser’s dive for fish. If the duck has a fish, the gull tries to steal it away.
  • Merganser ducks will fish as a group by forming a half circle then forcing the fish into shallower water where they are captured more easily.
  • One duck will often perform sentry duty to warn the flock of danger.
  • Merganser ducks nest in tree cavities so they need a forest or woodland. Though in areas without trees they will nest along cliffs.
  • In terms of conservation, the species is not threatened.

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We have a winner! Congrats Linda K.!!!

First July Winner: Kim C.!!!

June Winners: Mary M., Amy S., Mary P., and Suzi D!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on every Caris Roane blog, Monday thru Thursday this week, to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Thursday, July 12, 2018! On Friday, July 13th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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We have a winner! Congrats Linda K.!!!

To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about Merganser Ducks. Have you ever seen them before or raised them? Which photo did you like best? Feel free to share whatever comes to mind and share from the heart.

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