Black Swans

Black Swans

Between their crooning, unique bugling sounds and beautiful black feathers, black swans are a fascinating part of the bird kingdom. The species is native to Australia, notably the Perth area of the southwestern part of the country and to the Swan River, so named by Willem de Vlamingh, who discovered the birds while exploring the area in 1697. 

Videos of Black Swans: This 2-minute video features the soft crooning of the black swan. Here’s a 1-minute video featuring the unique bugling sound of the black swan.  Here’s a very sweet 5-minute video of black swans nesting.

FunFacts about Black Swans: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The black swan (Cygnus atratus) is a large water bird, a species of swan which breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of Australia. Within Australia they are nomadic, with erratic migration patterns dependent upon climatic conditions. Black swans are large birds with mostly black plumage and red bills. They are monogamous breeders. (Source)
  • In the 1800s, black swans were introduced into several countries as ornamental birds. But some of these escaped and formed stable populations in the wild.
  • In England, on the River Thames at Marlow, a small population of black swans has taken up residence as well as in towns in Hampshire and Devonshire.
  • Black Swans are mostly black but with white flight feathers.
  • Black Swans can weigh anywhere from 3.7–9 kilograms (8.2–19.8 lb).
  • Black Swans have a wingspan measuring from 1.6 to 2 metres (5.2 and 6.6 ft).
  • When in flight, quote: A wedge of black swans will form as a line or a V, with the individual birds flying strongly with undulating long necks, making whistling sounds with their wings and baying, bugling or trumpeting calls. (Source)
  • Black swans prefer to nest in wetland areas, including fresh, brackish or saltwater lakes, swamps and rivers.
  • After breeding, black swans molt during which time they lose their flight feathers and are unable to fly for a month.
  • There is no threat of extinction for black swans.
  • Black swans mate for life.

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Perth and Western Australia

Perth and Western Australia

Australia, as an island continent, does not lack for gorgeous beaches which can easily be said for the state of Western Australia. The southwest portion of the state, where Perth is located, is especially appreciated for its lovely stretches of sand and beautiful blue water combined with a Mediterranean climate. Perth is one of the most livable cities in the world and is situated on the Swan River, named for the black swans discovered there in the 1600s. Western Australia has a number of wonderful national parks with all kinds of elements to charm the visitor, like Nambung National Park, Karijini National Park, and the World Heritage site, Purnululu National Park.

Videos of Perth and Western Australia: Here’s an excellent 4-minute Expedia video all about Perth. This 4.5-minute video features 12 tourist attractions for visitors to Western Australia.

FunFacts about Perth and Western Australia: (Source) (Source)

  • Basic information about Perth, quote: Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia (WA). It is named after the city of Perth, Scotland and is the fourth-most populous city in Australia, with a population of 2.06 million living in Greater Perth. (Source)
  • Basic information about Western Australia, quote: Western Australia (abbreviated as WA) is a state occupying the entire western third of Australia. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean to the north and west, and the Southern Ocean to the south, the Northern Territory to the north-east, and South Australia to the south-east. Western Australia is Australia’s largest state, with a total land area of 2,529,875 square kilometres (976,790 sq mi), and the second-largest country subdivision in the world, surpassed only by Russia’s Sakha Republic. The state has about 2.6 million inhabitants. (Source)
  • Perth was founded by Captain James Stirling in 1829 as the administrative centre of the Swan River Colony.
  • In 1616, the Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog was the first European to visit the Western Australian coast.
  • Indigenous Australians have inhabited the Perth area for at least 38,000 years.
  • The land of Western Australia is relatively flat with no prominence higher than 1,245 metres (4,085 ft).
  • The southwest coastal region of the state has a Mediterranean climate.
  • The central two-thirds of the state has an arid climate and is sparsely populated.
  • Snow is rare in Western Australia.
  • Tourism is an important part of the economy with over 800,000 international visitors arriving annually.
  • Black swans are native to the Perth area and to the Swan River, so named by Willem de Vlamingh, captain of a Dutch expedition who discovered the birds while exploring the area in 1697.
  • Geography and location of Perth, quote: The city centre and most of the suburbs are located on the sandy and relatively flat Swan Coastal Plain, which lies between the Darling Scarp and the Indian Ocean. The soils of this area are quite infertile. The metropolitan area extends along the coast to Two Rocks in the north and Singleton to the south. (Source)
  • Perth has a ‘Hot-Summer’ Mediterranean climate classification. Perth’s winters are generally cool and wet.
  • Film actor Heath Ledger was born in Perth.
  • Guadalajara, Mexico is Perth’s sister-city.

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Fantasy Moon

Fantasy Moon

Are you charmed by the moon? It’s a significant part of the night’s adventure and we mark the travel of the moon across the sky by it’s location and its phases. Most cultures on Earth have legends about the Moon and how it was created often associating it with the Sun. A full moon can provide enough light at night to walk easily down a country lane. The absence of moonlight makes the world a darker, more mysterious place. The Moon affects the tides  and stabilizes the Earth’s orbit. The Moon makes us think of what is possible. The Moon is simply beautiful.

Videos of Fantasy Moon: Here is a Peter Crowley 5-minute video featuring a Fantasy Moon and Celtic music. Here’s a BrunuhVille 4-minute video called the Wolf and the Moon.

FunFacts about the Moon: (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • Astrological relationship: The Moon is the ruling planet of Cancer and is exalted in Taurus.
  • In classical Roman mythology, the Moon was often identified with the goddess Diana.
  • The Moon affects the gravity of the Earth and stabilizes its orbit.
  • The Moon affects the ebb and flow of Earth’s tides.
  • Nurses claim that more babies are born during a full moon than at any other time.
  • The Moon is a dusty ball of rock about ¼ the size of the Earth.
  • The Moon doesn’t produce its own light but reflects light from the sun.
  • The darker craters on the Moon have been known as ‘the man-in-the-moon’, ‘the rabbit’, and ‘the buffalo’.
  • The Moon and lunacy, quote: The Moon has long been associated with insanity and irrationality; the words lunacy and lunatic (popular shortening loony) are derived from the Latin name for the Moon, Luna. Philosophers Aristotle and Pliny the Elder argued that the full moon induced insanity in susceptible individuals, believing that the brain, which is mostly water, must be affected by the Moon and its power over the tides, but the Moon’s gravity is too slight to affect any single person. Even today, people who believe in a lunar effect claim that admissions to psychiatric hospitals, traffic accidents, homicides or suicides increase during a full moon, but dozens of studies invalidate these claims. (Source)

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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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Singapore

Singapore

One of the Asian Tigers, Singapore vaulted from its independence in 1965 to a major global economic force. Some of the amazing architecture of Singapore speaks to its rise in prominence and parts of the city have a futuristic appearance. With a 90% home ownership rate, the city-state of Singapore has one of the highest quality of life ranks in the world. It is also tied with Japan in the number one spot for ‘visa-free’ or ‘visa-on-arrival’ access to 189 countries and territories around the world.

Singapore ~ Videos: This 5-minute Expedia video features a terrific look at Singapore. This 2.5-minute video showcases the Sands Marina Bay Hotel with a boat-like park spanning the tops of three separate structures. The park has a massive pool which is the highest in the world. This hotel can be seen in the movie, Crazy Rich Asians.

FunFacts about Singapore: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign island city-state in Southeast Asia. The country is situated one degree (137 kilometres or 85 miles) north of the equator, at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, with Indonesia’s Riau Islands to the south and Peninsular Malaysia to the north. Singapore’s territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23% (130 square kilometres or 50 square miles). (Source)
  • Modern Singapore was founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles as a trading post for the British East India Company.
  • Singapore remained part of the British Empire until it gained its independence in 1963 and became a sovereign state in 1965.
  • Singapore’s economy developed rapidly and the city-state became one of the four Asian Tigers.
  • Singapore is considered an  Alpha+ global city signifying it’s powerful role in the global economy.
  • Singapore is a highly developed country and is ranked 9th on the UN Human Development Index.
  • Singapore has a home-ownership rate of 90%.
  • Interesting fact about a Singaporean passport, quote: As of 2019, Singaporean citizens had visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 189 countries and territories, ranking the Singaporean passport 1st in the world, tied with Japan. (Source)
  • 39% of Singapore’s 5.6 million residents are foreign nationals.
  • Singapore has four official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, and Tamil, though English serves as Singapore’s lingua franca, while Malay is the national language.
  • Singapore has the highest religious diversity in the world.
  • Some of the most popular tourist sites are The EsplanadeFort Canning Hill, the National Gallery SingaporeRaffles Hotel and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
  • The Singapore zoo has been ranked the best in Asia.
  • The Singapore Botanic Gardens is the only tropical garden in the world to receive a UNESCO World Heritage Site standing. 

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October Winners: Patty M.,  Donna W., Sheryl P., April M.!!!

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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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Clouds

Clouds

Have you ever stretched out on your back at a park or on a beach to watch the clouds roll by? Or how about watching to see what shapes emerge? Clouds are part of everyone’s experience, though unique to each part of the world. In the desert, where I live, clouds are always a welcome sight. In other regions, no doubt people can’t wait for the skies to clear.  In China, clouds that overlap are thought to suggest eternal happiness and clouds with many colors bring multiple blessings. 

Clouds ~ Videos: Here’s a beautiful 2.5-minute video of the formation of a desert monsoon cloud. Prepare to be amazed by this 3-minute video of unique and rare cloud formations. Fascinating.

FunFacts about Clouds: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: In meteorology, a cloud is an aerosol consisting of a visible mass of minute liquid droplets, frozen crystals, or other particles suspended in the atmosphere of a planetary body or similar space. Water or various other chemicals may compose the droplets and crystals. On Earth, clouds are formed as a result of saturation of the air when it is cooled to its dew point, or when it gains sufficient moisture (usually in the form of water vapor) from an adjacent source to raise the dew point to the ambient temperature. (Source)
  • Nephology is the science of clouds.
  • Fascinating origin of the word ‘cloud’, quote: The origin of the term “cloud” can be found in the Old English clud or clod, meaning a hill or a mass of rock. Around the beginning of the 13th century, the word came to be used as a metaphor for rain clouds, because of the similarity in appearance between a mass of rock and cumulus heap cloud. Over time, the metaphoric usage of the word supplanted the Old English weolcan, which had been the literal term for clouds in general. (Source)
  • Clouds in the troposphere have five physical forms: Stratiform, Cirriform, Sratocumuliform, Cumuliform and Cumulonimbiform.
  • For an intensive classification of clouds in all levels of the atmosphere, go here.
  • Clouds are also classified on their opacity and their patterns.
  • Cloud cover has been detected on most planets in the solar system, quote: Venus’s thick clouds are composed of sulfur dioxide (due to volcanic activity) and appear to be almost entirely stratiform… Both Jupiter and Saturn have an outer cirriform cloud deck composed of ammonia. (Source)
  • In China, clouds are symbols of happiness and luck.

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September Winners: Christine M., BN, Linda K., Lynn G.!

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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New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, October 30, 2019! On Thursday, October 31st, 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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Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

A land of giraffes, elephants, zebras and lions, all of our favorite images of Africa, Zimbabwe consists primarily of an elevated central plateau and great natural beauty. But Zimbabwe has striven for decades to find its feet politically and economically. This century, it has struggled with hyperinflation. Once known as Rhodesia, Zimbabwe is home to the famous Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The falls are known locally as ‘the smoke that thunders’.

Zimbabwe Videos: This is a wonderful 3-minute video showcasing the wildlife of Zimbabwe. Here is a beautiful 1-minute video of the famous Victoria Falls.

FunFacts about Zimbabwe: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. The capital and largest city is Harare and the second largest being Bulawayo. A country of roughly 16 million people, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, with English, Shona, and Ndebele the most commonly used. (Source)
  • Zimbabwe is a landlocked country.
  • Shona is one of the more widely spoken Bantu languages of Zimbabwe. English is the main language used in the education and judiciary systems. The Bantu languages Shona and Ndebele are the principal indigenous languages of Zimbabwe.
  • Since the 11th century, Zimbabwe has been part of several organized states and kingdoms.
  • Zimbabwe has been a major route for migration and trade.
  • Zimbabwe was once known as the “Jewel of Africa” for its prosperity.
  • Prior to becoming Zimbabwe officially in 1980, this country was known as Rhodesia. Fifteen years of civil war marked the transition.
  • For four controversial decades, Robert Mugabe dominated Zimbabwe politics. His governance was blighted by human rights violations. He was ousted by a coup in 2017.
  • The name ‘Zimbabwe’ comes from a Shona term for ‘Great Zimbabwe’ which is an ancient ruined city in the country’s south-east. These ruins are a protected site.
  • Human settlement in Zimbabwe began 100,000 years ago. Early inhabitants were probably San people, who left behind arrowheads and cave paintings.
  • Zimbabwe’s geography, quote: Most of the country is elevated, consisting of a central plateau (high veld) stretching from the southwest northwards with altitudes between 1,000 and 1,600 m. The country’s extreme east is mountainous, this area being known as the Eastern Highlands, with Mount Nyangani as the highest point at 2,592 m. (Source)
  • Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls, is located in the northwest of Zimbabwe and is part of the Zambezi River.
  • Much of Zimbabwe has a tropical climate while the Eastern Highlands have cooler temperatures and increased rainfall.
  • Except for the highlands, most of the country is savannah.
  • Large parts of Zimbabwe were once covered in forest, but have suffered from deforestation because of urban expansion and the need for fuel.
  • Minerals, gold and agriculture are Zimbabwe’s main exports. Tourism is an important component as well.
  • This century has been characterized by economic decline due to corruption, inflation and issues that involve land redistribution.
  • Victoria Falls is a huge tourist attraction, but instability in the country early in the century has sent the tourist trade to Zambia, which shares the falls.
  • By mid-2007, an estimated 3.4 million people fled Zimbabwe because of the conditions in the country. That’s a quarter of its total population.
  • At 90%, Zimbabwe has the highest adult literacy rate in Africa.

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We have a winner! Congrats Patty M.!!!

For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just 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, Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

October Winners: Donna W., Sheryl P., April M.!!!

September Winners: Christine M., BN, Linda K., Lynn G.!

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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Harare, Zimbabwe, March 15 2015. Deposit Photos

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October Winners: Donna W., Sheryl P., April M.!!!

September Winners: Christine M., BN, Linda K., Lynn G.!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, October 23, 2019! On Thursday, October 24th, 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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Hornbills

Hornbills

With 55 species as part of the hornbill family, these birds have a lot of variety. Some hornbills, like the ones pictured in this blog, have large downward curving bills, while others look striking with heavy ‘casques’ on top of the bill adding to its considerable size. (For pictures of hornbills with casques, go here.) All the bills require strong neck muscles, which these birds have. But they are also the only family of birds to have the second and third neck vertebrae fused in order to support the weight of the bill. They are fun-looking birds with colorful bills. 

Videos of Hornbills: Here’s a 1-minute video showcasing the call of the yellow-billed hornbill. This is a fun, 1.5-minute video of the care, feeding and final emergence of a young hornbill from the nest. 

FunFacts about Hornbills: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The hornbills (Bucerotidae) are a family of bird found in tropical and subtropical Africa, Asia and Melanesia. They are characterized by a long, down-curved bill which is frequently brightly colored and sometimes has a casque on the upper mandible. Both the common English and the scientific name of the family refer to the shape of the bill, “buceros” being “cow horn” in Greek. (Source)
  • There are 55 species in the Bucerotidae family.
  • Given the size and weight of the bill, it’s possible that the reason hornbills have their second and third neck vertebrae fused together – the only birds to have this physiological feature – is to manage the bill.
  • The large bill helps the hornbill in fighting, constructing nests, preening and catching prey.
  • Hornbills are omnivorous and feed on fruit and small animals.
  • Hornbills are monogamous and nest in natural tree cavities and sometimes in cliffs.
  • Several species of hornbills are close to extinction.
  • Hornbills vary greatly in size from the smallest species, the black dwarf hornbill which is only 32 cm (1 ft 1 in) in length to the largest species which is the southern ground hornbill which can weigh up to 6.3 kg (14 lb) and has a wingspan of up to 180 cm (5 ft 11 in) across.
  • Hornbills can be black, grey, white, or brown, but often have brightly colored bills.
  • Hornbills have binocular vision as well as large eyelashes which act as a sunshade.
  • Hornbills generally travel in pairs or small family groups.
  • In order to swallow their prey, hornbills have to jerk their heads to toss the food into their throats.
  • Female hornbills lay up to six white eggs in existing holes or crevices, either in trees or rocks.
  • Fascinating nesting process, the female gets sealed into the nest after which she lays her eggs and stays put, quote: Before incubation, the females of all Bucerotinae—sometimes assisted by the male—begin to close the entrance to the nest cavity with a wall made of mud, droppings and fruit pulp. When the female is ready to lay her eggs, the entrance is just large enough for her to enter the nest, and after she has done so, the remaining opening is also all but sealed shut. There is only one narrow aperture, big enough for the male to transfer food to the mother and eventually the chicks. The function of this behaviour is apparently related to protecting the nesting site from rival hornbills. The sealing can be done in just a few hours; at most it takes a few days… When the chicks and the female are too big to fit in the nest, the mother breaks out the nest and both parents feed the chicks. In some species the mother rebuilds the wall, whereas in others the chicks rebuild the wall unaided. (Source)
  • Some species of hornbills in Africa have a mutually supportive relationship with dwarf mongooses. They forage together and warn each other of nearby predators.
  • A hornbill named Zazu was the king’s advisor in The Lion King franchise.

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For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just 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, Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

October Winners: Donna W., Sheryl P., April M.!!!

September Winners: Christine M., BN, Linda K., Lynn G.!

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

(Unless otherwise designated, today’s photos are from Pixabay ~ Pixabay is a free site, so feel free to share, pin and enjoy these wonderful photos. Any photo designated as coming from Deposit Photos has been purchased and is subject to copyright law.)

*** Note: The hornbill family has a lot of different species. The photos today are primarily of red-billed and yellow-billed hornbills.

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My Latest Release ~ A Hunky Wolf and a Feisty Fae Find ‘Happily Ever After’ in SAPPHIRE FLAME, book #7 of the Flame Series…a total standalone story!

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October Winners: Donna W., Sheryl P., April M.!!!

September Winners: Christine M., BN, Linda K., Lynn G.!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, October 23, 2019! On Thursday, October 24th, 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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Vermont

Vermont

Twelve-thousand years ago, indigenous peoples lived in the area now known as Vermont. Later, the same region was known for the Abenaki and Mohawk tribes. The French arrived and war ensued with the British until finally Vermont became part of the United States. Fast forward to today and Vermont is home to a massive, beautiful forest known for its autumn extravagance as well as more winter sports places than any other location in New England. Vermont is also known for its iconic dairy barns even though farming has declined over the years. The name ‘Vermont’ may have originated from the french ‘Les Mont Vers’ which means ‘the green mountains.’

Vermont Videos: This 2-minute video shows and names 13 of Vermont’s top attractions. This 5-minute video features drone footage of gorgeous Vermont fall foliage.

FunFacts about Vermont: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Vermont is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It borders the U.S. states of Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. Vermont is the second-smallest by population and the sixth-smallest by area of the 50 U.S. states. The most populous city, Burlington, is the least populous city to be the most populous city in a state. (Source)
  • The state capital is Montpelier, the least populous state capital in the United States.
  • As of 2019, Vermont was the leading producer of maple syrup in the U.S.
  • In terms of crime and safety statistics, Vermont has ranked #1 as the safest state in the country.
  • Indigenous people have lived in Vermont for 12,000 years.
  • Historically, the native American tribes known as the Algonquian-speaking Abenaki and Iroquoian-speaking Mohawk lived in this area at the time the Europeans began arriving.
  • In the 1700s, the area Vermont inhabited was claimed by the French and was called New France.
  • The name ‘Vermont’ may have come from the French words ‘Les Monts Verts’, which means ‘the Green Mountains’.
  • Vermont is 9,614 square miles in size and is completely landlocked.
  • The Green Mountains in Vermont form a north–south spine running almost the entire length of the state.
  • Lake Champlain is the sixth-largest body of fresh water in the United States and separates Vermont from New York in the northwest portion of the state.
  • Burlington is the most populous city in Vermont.
  • Weather, quote: Vermont has a humid continental climate, with muddy springs, in general a mild early summer, hot Augusts; it has colorful autumns: Vermont’s hills reveal red, orange, and (on sugar maples) gold foliage as cold weather approaches. (Source)
  • Vermont has five distinct regions: the Northeastern Highlands, the Green Mountains, the Taconic Mountains, the Champlain Lowlands, and the Vermont Piedmont.
  • Vermont has a population of about 626,000 people.
  • Dairy farming is the primary source of agricultural revenue.
  • Dairy barns have become an iconic image of Vermont.
  • Farming has declined significantly in the past sixty years, but this has helped the forests to expand, quote: Over 78% of the land area of the state is forested compared to only 37% forest in 1880s when sheep farming was at its peak and large amounts of acreage were cleared for grazing land. (Source)
  • Some of the largest ski areas in New England are located in Vermont.
  • The state fruit of Vermont is the apple and the hermit thrush is the state bird.
  • Some famous Vermonters are: Pearl S. Buck, author, John Deere, founder of Deere & Company, Rudyard Kipling, author, Norman Rockwell, painter, author, and illustrator and Rudy Vallée, singer and actor.

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For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just 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, Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

October Winners: Sheryl P., April M.!!!

September Winners: Christine M., BN, Linda K., Lynn G.!

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

(Unless otherwise designated, today’s photos are from Pixabay ~ Pixabay is a free site, so feel free to share, pin and enjoy these wonderful photos. Any photo designated as coming from Deposit Photos has been purchased and is subject to copyright law.)

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My Latest Release ~ A Hunky Wolf and a Feisty Fae Find ‘Happily Ever After’ in SAPPHIRE FLAME, book #7 of the Flame Series…a total standalone story!

SAPPHIRE FLAME Buy Links! 

Amazon US // Amazon CA // Amazon UK// Amazon AUS // Barnes & Noble // Kobo // iBooks

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* * * This Week’s Giveaway is Closed * * *

We have a winner! Congrats Donna W.!!!

October Winners: Sheryl P., April M.!!!

September Winners: Christine M., BN, Linda K., Lynn G.!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, October 16, 2019! On Thursday, October 17th, 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.

* * * This Week’s Giveaway is Closed * * *

We have a winner! Congrats Donna W.!!!

To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about beautiful Vermont. Have you ever traveled to this part of the U.S.? Which photo did you like best?

*** And tell us where you’re from! I’m from Buckeye, Arizona, not far from Phoenix. (That’s the Desert Southwest, USA.) ***

Above all: Live the fang!!!