Waterfalls

Waterfalls

From small to immense, waterfalls are one of nature’s wonders. I have to admit, I’ve never seen a large waterfall, only short ones as parts of rivers or streams. But the question that always comes to mind is this: Where does all this water come from, especially if the falls flow constantly? I try to mentally swim upstream, to see where the rain falls or the snow melts to continuously feed these rivers and their attendant waterfalls. I think I’ve lived in the desert too long. With so little rain, it’s hard to picture how any river keeps flowing and why waterfalls don’t dry up most of the time.

Here’s a twenty minute video featuring several famous waterfalls. You’ll see footage first of each waterfall, then the name of the waterfall will appear. This is a long video meant to inspire and relax. It features waterfalls of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA. The video features different perspectives of Yellowstone waterfalls, sometimes with music, and sometimes showcasing a rainbow. Finally, here’s a fascinating video of bizarre waterfalls, like a fog waterfall in Iceland and an underwater illusion of a waterfall. It’s worth a look just for fun.

FunFacts about Waterfalls: (Source) (Source)

  • The tallest waterfall in the world is Angel Falls in Venezuela at 3200 feet.
  • Switzerland has 72 waterfalls in the valley of Lauterbrunnen.
  • Zimbabwe’s powerful Victoria Falls can be heard 40 miles away.
  • Niagara Falls, which forms a border between Canada and the USA, is one of the most popular tourist spots in the world.
  • Some waterfalls freeze.
  • Here is a quote that features some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world in case you want to add them to your bucket list: Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, Sutherland Falls in New Zealand, Dettifoss Falls in Iceland, Gullfoss Falls in Iceland, Yosemite Falls in California, U.S., Kaieteur Falls in Guyana, Angel Falls in Venezuela, and Iguazu Falls in Brazil/Argentina. (Source)
  • There are different types of waterfalls and each has a name:
    • Ledge waterfall
    • Block or Sheet Waterfall
    • Classical Waterfall
    • Curtain Waterfall
    • Plunge Waterfall
    • Punchbowl Waterfall
    • Horsetail Waterfall
    • Slide Waterfall
    • Ribbon Waterfall
    • Chute Waterfall
    • Fan Waterfall
    • Cascade Waterfall
    • Tiered/Multi-step/Staircase Waterfall
    • Cataract Waterfall
    • Segmented Waterfall]
    • Catadupa Waterfall]
    • Frozen Waterfall
    • Moulin Waterfall
    • *** Note: This list of waterfalls comes from Wikipedia. The page offers specific descriptions. This page also lists a number of significant waterfalls as well as a beautiful gallery of photos. (Source)

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The Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountains

I’ve always loved the name: The Rocky Mountains or The Rockies. Talk about calling something exactly what it is. Native Americans, in a very loose translation, called it a ‘mass of rocks’.  The Rockies extend from the Liard River in British Columbia south to the Rio Grande in New Mexico. The width of the Rockies varies anywhere from 70 to 300 miles. The Rockies are made up of a number of ranges, some with familiar names like the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico and Colorado and the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming.  As for elevation, here’s a quote: The range’s highest peak is Mount Elbert located in Colorado at 14,440 feet (4,401 m) above sea level. Mount Robson in British Columbia, at 12,972 feet (3,954 m), is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. (Source)

Note: Much of this blog contains general information about the Rocky Mountains. But the photos are all of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. 

Here’s a video featuring Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park, including trail hikes, lakes, waterfalls and wildlife. Go here.

FunFacts about The Rocky Mountains (Source) (Source)

  • The Rocky Mountains are 76 million years old.
  • The Rockies house the Continental Divide. This is where rivers flow either toward the Atlantic and Arctic or toward the Pacific.
  • The Rocky Mountains contains over 100 separate mountain ranges.
  • The Rocky Mountains traverse New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado, and extend into British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.
  • The Rockies are approximately 3,000 miles long.
  • The Rockies hold several national parks.
  • The national parks in Canada are: Banff, Kootenay, Yoho and Jasper, Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber.
  • The U.S. parks are: Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Glacier National Park and the Royal Gorge Park, among others.

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Elephants

Elephants

Elephants are intelligent like primates and dolphins, which means they live complex lives with an interesting social structure, a measure of self-awareness, a need to grieve when someone in their family circle dies, and they have the ability to remember. Relating to the latter ability, Elephants have brains structured to remember. (Source)

I’m sure I’ve seen elephants in a zoo or at a circus many years ago, but I don’t have a specific memory of them. I’ve always been fascinated by them, especially how profoundly they grieve. 

The zoo and circus experience can be tough on animals. But I found a cool sanctuary in Tennessee that offers a haven for elephants.

FunFacts about Elephants (Source) (Source)

  • There are three species of elephants: The African bush elephant, the African forest elephant and the Asian elephant.
  • The elephant’s natural habitats are found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.
  • Their long trunk or proboscis is used for breathing, lifting water and for moving things.
  • Their incisors grow into tusks which can be used for battle, for digging, and for moving objects.
  • Elephants’ large ears work to cool their bodies.
  • African elephants have larger ears than their Asian counterparts.
  • Elephants are herbivores.
  • Predators, like tigers, lions, hyena and wild dogs, prey on the calves.
  • Females (cows) tend to live in family groups led by the most dominant female called a matriarch.
  • Males (bulls) leave the family groups at puberty. Males tend to live alone or with other males.
  • Calves are the focus of the female groups and will stick close to mom for up to three years.
  • Elephants are smart and are similar to primates and to the whale-dolphin-porpoise group called ‘cetaceans’. All these mammals appear to be self-aware and show empathy for the dying or dead of their kind.
  • Elephants have been used in war.
  • In Asia, elephants are used as working animals.
  • African elephants are on the ‘vulnerable’ list while Asian elephants are on the ‘endangered’ list.
  • Only one mammal can’t jump: The elephant.
  • Elephants can live to be over 70 years old.
  • An elephants’ skin is an inch thick.
  • A female generally will only give birth three or four times in her lifetime. Her calves will average 230 pounds at birth. The pregnancy lasts 22 months.
  • Elephants purr like cats do for communication.
  • Elephants cry, play, laugh and have long memories.
  • Because elephants’ feet are thickly padded they can walk almost silently.
  • If a baby complains, the entire family will go over to it to touch, caress and soothe.
  • Elephants are social and will hug by entwining trunks.
  • Elephants remember their dead: ‘Elephants pay homage to the bones of their dead, gently touching the skulls and tusks with their trunks and feet. When an elephant walks past a place that a loved one has died, he/she will stop dead still; a silent and empty pause that can last several minutes.’ (Source)

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Hops

Hops

Do you enjoy beer? I confess I’m a fan of beverages with a slightly bitter edge. Hops provide the bitterness, a nice counterpoint to the sweetness of malt. Though depending on the hop, it can also create a citrusy flavor as well.

I’m always amazed by what people create and the ways we experiment to try to make something better. The first documented use of hops was back in the 9th century. Prior to a widespread use of hops, brewers used ‘gruit’ to flavor the beer. Gruit could be any combination of plants like dandelion, burdock root, marigold, horehound, ground ivy and heather. As time wore on, brewers noticed that batches with hops didn’t spoil as readily as beer without hops. It would seem hops have a natural antimicrobial element. Voila, the beer we know today was born.

When I came across photos of hops, I was enchanted. Tell me these aren’t a photogenic plant.

Here’s a quote from Wikipedia about how hops are dried and processed: Harvest comes near the end of summer when the bines are pulled down and the flowers are taken to a hop house or oast house for drying. Hop houses are two-story buildings, of which the upper story has a slatted floor covered with burlap. Here the flowers are poured out and raked even. A heating unit on the lower floor is used to dry the hops. When dry, the hops are moved to a press, a sturdy box with a plunger. Two long pieces of burlap are laid into the hop press at right angles, the hops are poured in and compressed into bales. (Source)

FunFacts about Hops (Source) (Source)

  • Hops are flowers of the plant Humulus lupulus. The flower is called a seed cone or a strobile.
  • Hops are used to add flavor and stability to beer and range from citric, to bitter, to zesty.
  • As an herbal medicine, hops have been used as a sedative, an anti-inflammatory, estrogen support, and as an antimicrobial.
  • Hops are native to Europe but have been cultivated all over the world.
  • The first documented use of hops in beer-making is from the 9th century. 
  • The key component of hops that made it so popular was its antimicrobial effect. Brewers noticed beer made with hops was less likely to spoil.
  • Hop plants like the same soil as potatoes. But hops need a moist temperate climate.
  • Hops are a climbing plant.

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Chickens

Chickens

Growing up in rural northern California as a kid had so many advantages. Having neighbors with vegetables gardens, fruit trees, sheep, cows and of course, chickens, was a window into a life my children never got to see or experience.

I think every child would benefit from watching food progress from the farm to the table, the labor involved, the difficulties, and sometimes the hardship. My father was raised on a farm and when he was a young boy, maybe 7, he was in charge of feeding the chickens. His father warned him not to name them, but apparently, he did. When Sunday dinner came around with a fine roast chicken on the table, my aunt tells me he spent the time in the woodshed sobbing his heart out.

I’m grateful not to have to endure the visceral reality of farm life. Shopping at the supermarket is fine for me. I often wonder what is lost, though. Maybe a level of daily gratitude and connection to the earth that I can only partially feel as I groom my flower garden.

When I saw some of these beautiful, adorable and even heartwarming photos of chickens, I wanted to share them here today. I love animals of all kinds. This summer, I had three clutches of quail hatch in my yard and it was a rare, unexpected treat. So, today, chickens it is.

  • Our modern day chicken is the descendant of the red junglefowl which was domesticated in Asia 5000 years ago.
  • The Latin name is gallus gallus domesticus, which translated means domesticated cluck-cluck…um, just kidding about the translation. Gallus gallus just struct me as funny.
  • In Egypt, chickens were known as ‘the bird that gives birth every day’.
  • Terminology:
    • Female chicken over a year old – hen
    • Young female chicken – pullet
    • Young chickens – chicks
    • Male chicken – cock or rooster
    • Young males – cockerels
    • Castrated rooster – capon
  • The normal life span of a chicken is 7 years.
  • Chickens are omnivores and will eat insects, small lizards, even small snakes. Here in the desert, some people keep chickens because they’ll eat scorpions.
  • Chickens have a comb or cockscomb on top of their heads and hanging flaps of skin under their beaks called wattles.
  • Chickens aren’t capable of long distance flight.
  • Flocks of chickens have pecking orders based on dominance. The more dominant chicken has better access to food and preferred nesting sites.
  • Roosters crow, a shrill sound generally intended to protect the cock’s territory. Hens cluck loudly after laying an egg. They also cluck to their chicks. If a predator arrives, chickens issue a low warning sound.

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Driftwood

Driftwood

Having lived near the California coast as a kid, I can remember watching my mother collect driftwood while we’d roast our hot dogs over an open fire on the beach. Later, she’d create different projects from her findings. She would sand the pieces down and sometimes varnish them. Some would remain just as they were, others she would add candles to them and give them away as gifts. 

Maybe because driftwood was part of my history, I always get a warm feeling when I see tumbled pieces of wood, the edges of which have been smoothed away by being in the water. I’m also amazed at what can be created with driftwood. Here is a famous sculpture by Heather Jansch. (Source) Photo from Pixabay.

In surfing the web, I also found a website that features not only a number of beautiful photographs of items made from driftwood, but that also suggests several ways to turn driftwood into profit. Check it out here.

Here’s a small bit of mythology involving driftwood: According to Norse mythology, the first humans, Ask and Embla, were formed out of two pieces of driftwood, an ash and an elm, by the god Odin and his brothers, Vili and Vé. (Source)

FunFacts about Driftwood (Source)

  • Driftwood is any kind of wood that has washed onto the shores of oceans, rivers, or lakes because of the tides or winds.
  • Driftwood can be a nuisance on some beaches or banks, but it does a lot of good as well:
    • In the ocean or on other large bodies of water, driftwood can provide shelter or even food for birds, fish and other aquatic animals.
    • The organic elements that decompose the wood, like bacteria and shipworms, turn the wood into nutrients that feed other organisms, fish and animals.
    • Once driftwood arrives on the shore, it can also provide shelter for birds and animals.
  • Driftwood can become a foundation for sand dunes.
  • Driftwood is used for all kinds of craft, art and furniture-making projects.

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Dahlias

Dahlias

Bearing an exquisite flower, dahlias were raised, cultivated, and used as a food source by both the Toltecs and the Aztecs of Central America. The Aztecs used the dahlia medicinally to treat epilepsy and the long hollow stem of Dahlia imperalis was used as a water pipe. The Toltecs called the dahlia “Chichipatl” while the Aztec word was “Cocoxochitl”. (Source) Spaniards found the plants growing in Mexico in 1525.

The director of the Botanical Garden at Mexico City, Vicente Cervantes, sent ‘plant parts’ of the dahlia to Abbe Cavanilles in 1789. Cavanilles was Director of the Royal Gardens of Madrid. Cavanilles began working with this new plant and succeeded in growing it. In 1791, he named it ‘dahlia’ after a Swedish botanist. Cavanilles shared the dahlia with other European countries and in time, it became an established plant.

FunFacts about Dahlias (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • The dahlia originated in Central America, predominantly in the mountainous regions of Mexico.
  • Dahlias belong to the Asteraceae (Aster) family as do daisies and sunflowers.
  • The giant form of dahlia can grow as tall as 6 meters or 19 feet. (Source)
  • Some dahlia flowers reach dinner-plate size.
  • Its native range is from Mexico to Colombia.
  • Dahlias can be used for dyeing.
  • The dahlia was declared the national flower of Mexico in 1963.
  • The dahlia is edible and is still considered one of the native ingredients in Oaxacan cuisine. Oaxaca is a city and a state in southern Mexico. (Source)
  • Different dahlia cultivars are grown specifically for their large, sweet potato-like tubers.These tubers can be roasted which creates a mocha-like extract that is used to flavor drinks throughout Central America.
  • Dahlias tubers are edible and have been described as having a flavor somewhere between potatoes, carrots and celery.
  • Dahlia coccinea was one of the first species to come to Europe. It was brought from Mexico in 1789, to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Madrid.
  • The director of the Madrid Botanical Garden, Abbe Cavanilles, named the Dahlia after Anders Dahl, a Swedish botanist.

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley

The Four Corners region of the United States is the name given to the intersection of four of our states: Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Near Four Corners is where Monument Valley is located, more specifically, the Utah-Arizona border. It’s also on the Navajo Nation reservation. This reservation contains the largest square miles of all our Native American tribes.

You’ll probably recognize Monument Valley right away. It was made famous by the film director, John Ford, and has come to epitomize the American Western frontier, or the Old West or Wild West. You’ll also recognize it from a scene in Forrest Gump when Forrest ends his cross-country run. Here are more of the films featuring Monument Valley: John Ford’s Stagecoach (1939) and The Searchers (1956). Easy Rider (1969), Clint Eastwood’s film The Eiger Sanction (1975), and recently the UK television show Doctor Who in the two episodes “The Impossible Astronaut” and “Day of the Moon”.  (Source)

Here is a wonderful video

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  • Monument Valley is on the Colorado Plateau, a vast region which also contains the Grand Canyon in the southwest section.
  • The Colorado Plateau covers 130,000 square miles of parts of the Four Corners states: Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.
  • The vivid red rocks in this valley are a result of iron oxide in the sandstone.
  • Monument Valley is the sacred heart of the Navajo Nation. (Source)
  • The valley covers 92,000 acres.
  • The buttes are towering sandstone rock formations that rise anywhere from 400 to 1000 feet above the valley floor.
  • Monument Valley is in high desert country.
  • Some of the most notable sights are Mitten Buttes, Merrick Butte, Three Sisters, Yei-bi-chai, North Window, and the famous Totem Pole. (Source)

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