Plitvice Lakes Croatia

Plitvice Lakes Croatia

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A UNESCO World Heritage site, Plitvice Lakes in Croatia more than deserves the honor. The lakes are in a karst region in the mountains of Croatia which refers to a topography formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestonedolomite, and gypsum. This means that in addition to sixteen gorgeous lakes and dozens of waterfalls, the surrounding area also has numerous caves, some of which can be explored.

The color of the water among the lakes, anywhere from an azure blue, to turquoise, to gray and even green, is one of the area’s most beautiful features. The land itself is unspoiled and unpolluted being a considerable distance from any major city. It’s no wonder that a million visitors make their way to this part of Croatia each year.

Plitvice Croatia Videos: Here is a gorgeous 4.43-minute video showcasing the beauty of the Plitvice Lakes. This 4.32-minute drone video gives an overhead view of these amazing lakes.

FunFacts about Plitvice Lakes Croatia: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Croatia. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register. The national park was founded in 1949 and is in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Source)
  • The north–south road that passes through the national park connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region.
  • One million tourists visit the lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes Croatia each year.
  • There are sixteen lakes in Plitvice Croatia.
  • The lakes are all separated by natural dams made up of travertine, a substance that is created by the interaction of moss, algae and bacteria.
  • The lakes have distinctive colors, quote: ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight. (Source)
  • The Plitvice Lakes have dozens of waterfalls.
  • Located in a mountainous region, the Plitvice Lakes have a moderate mountainous climate.
  • Because the lake region is underlain by karstic rock, there are many caves in the area.
  • Plitvice Lakes Croatia has been a protected area for a long time. Given its distance from pollution, its primeval fir and beech forests are home to many rare species of animals and plants, as well as the brown bear, known in the US as the grizzly bear.

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Colombia

Colombia

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Inhabited since 12,000 BCE, Colombia is a country of tremendous diversity. Currently, there are 65 Amerindian languages spoken in Colombia, though 99% of the population speaks Spanish. Colombia has six distinct natural regions including the Amazon rainforest, highlands, grasslands, deserts, islands and coastlines. Because of this range of geography, Colombia is the second-most bio-diverse country in the world and is #1 in bird species.

Colombia Videos: This 2.5-minute video shares the Top 10 things to do in Colombia. This 2.5-minute video shares a different version of travel in Colombia. This 4-minute video is a lively trip around Colombia.

FunFacts about Colombia: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a sovereign state largely situated in the north of South America, with land, and territories in North America. Colombia is bounded on the north by the Caribbean Sea and the west by the Pacific. It comprises thirty-two departments, with the capital in Bogotá. (Source)
  • Population of Colombia: 48 million. The majority of the population is concentrated in the Andean highlands and along the Caribbean coast.
  • Historically, Colombia is made up of various Amerindian civilizations, European settlement, forced African labor and both European and Middle East Immigration. Colombia is a diverse nation ethnically and linguistically.
  • Brief history of Colombia, quote: Colombia has been inhabited by various American Indian peoples since at least 12,000 BCE, including the Muisca, Quimbaya, and the Tairona, along with the Inca Empire that expanded to the southwest of the country. Spaniards arrived in 1499 and by the mid-16th century annexed part of the region, establishing the New Kingdom of Granada, with Santafé de Bogotá as its capital. Independence from Spain was achieved in 1819, but by 1830 the Gran Colombia Federation was dissolved, with what is now Colombia and Panama emerging as the Republic of New Granada. The new nation experimented with federalism as the Granadine Confederation (1858), and then the United States of Colombia (1863), before the Republic of Colombia was finally declared in 1886. (Source)
  • Colombia has been inhabited since 12,000 BCE.
  • Colombia has the second-highest biodiversity in the world, second only to Brazil, though first in bird species. It has the largest number of species in the world, plant and animal, that can be found nowhere else in the world. 10% of all of Earth’s species live in Colombia, including 1900 species of birds which is more than North America and Europe combined.
  • Colombia’s land encompasses Amazon rainforest, highlands, grasslands, deserts, islands and coastlines.
  • Colombia is the only country in South America to be on both the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans.
  • Colombia is the only NATO Global Partner in Latin America.
  • Colombia has a diversified economy which is the third largest in South America.
  • Because of its location, Colombia was a corridor of early human civilization.
  • Colombia has six, very distinct ‘natural regions’. These are: the Andean Region, the Caribbean Region, the Pacific Region adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, the Orinoquía Region (part of the Llanos plains), the Amazon Region, and the Insular Region, comprising islands in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
  • Colombia is bordered to the northwest by Panama, to the east by Venezuela and Brazil, to the south by Ecuador and Peru and is part of the Ring of Fire, a region of the world subject to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
  • 99% of the population speaks Spanish. Colombia also has 65 Amerindian languages.
  • Given the diversity of its landscape, Colombia’s climate is equally diverse and can be categorized as any of the following: tropical rainforest, savanna, steppe, desert and mountain climates.
  • Gabriel Garcia Marques is one of the most famous authors to come from Colombia. He is the author of Love in the Time of Cholera (1985) and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.

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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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Bogota Colombia

Bogota Colombia

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With a cathedral built underground in an old salt mine, with a reputation of once having been the location of mythical El Dorado, and with many streets known for its fabulous graffiti art, Bogota Colombia is a city of many faces. Currently, it is considered a ‘global city‘, which means it has a superior place in the world economy. Perhaps its most interesting feature is that the city is located in the Andes Mountains on a high plateau. This means that Bogota has a consistently cool temperature year-round. For this reason, hearty soups are always on the menu.

Videos of Bogota Colombia: Here’s a 3-minute video featuring the famous ‘Candelaria’ part of Bogota. Here’s a 4-minute video of things to do in Bogota.

FunFacts about Bogota Colombia: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Bogotá, officially Bogotá, Distrito Capital, abbreviated Bogotá, D.C., and formerly known as Santa Fe de Bogotá between 1991 and 2000, is the capital and largest city of Colombia, administered as the Capital District, although often erroneously thought of as part of Cundinamarca. Bogotá is a territorial entity of the first order, with the same administrative status as the departments of Colombia. It is the political, economic, administrative and industrial center of the country. (Source)
  • The population of Bogota Colombia is 7.18 million.
  • The name ‘Bogota’ means ‘Lady of the Shining Mountain’.
  • Bogota is located in the center of Colombia on a high plateau known as the Bogotá savanna.
  • Bogota is in the Andes Mountains at an elevation of 2,640 metres (8,660 ft) above sea level.
  • Bogota Colombia has a relatively cool climate that is consistent throughout the year.
  • The city’s airport, El Dorado International Airport, is named after the mythical El Dorado. The airport handles the largest cargo volume in Latin America, and is third in number of people.
  • Because of its strong financial center, Bogota Colombia is considered a global city.
  • The beginnings of modern-day Colombia, quote: From 1533, a belief persisted that the Río Grande de la Magdalena was the trail to the legendary El Dorado. Such was the target of Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, the Granadanian conquistador who left Santa Marta on 6 April 1536 with 800 soldiers, heading towards the interior of current Colombia. (Source)
  • Bogota has 20 localities, or districts, forming an extensive network of neighborhoods.
  • Bogota Colombia has worked hard to change its image as one of the most violent cities in the world. With steady effort and an integrated security policy known as “Comunidad Segura”, the city has been successful in reducing murder rates and making the city safe.
  • Bogota is home to over 1400 multinational companies and is considered important to the global economy.
  • With an extensive educational system of primary and secondary schools as well as colleges, Bogota is known as ‘the Athens of South America’.

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August Winners: Bobbie B., Mary P., Denise H.!

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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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Tanzania

Tanzania

With the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro, and 38% of the land given to parks, reserves and conservation areas, Tanzania is a perfect place to enjoy the African experience. Tanzania has the largest concentration of animals per square kilometer in the world. It has a variety of elevations and climates including a central plain, mountains in the northeast and tropical islands. The famous Serengeti is in Tanzania and hosts the second largest mammal migration in the world, which helps secure it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Tanzania is home to some of the earliest hominid settlements on the planet. The archaeological evidence from this region indicates all mankind came from Africa. Zanzibar, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, is part of Tanzania and is one of the most visited places in Africa. Freddie Mercury of the band, ‘Queen’, came from Zanzibar.

Tanzania Videos: Here’s a wonderful 4-minute video of a trip through Tanzania. This 3-minute video presents more facts about Tanzania.

FunFacts about Tanzania: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania, is a country in East Africa within the African Great Lakes region. It borders Uganda to the north; Kenya to the northeast; Comoro Islands at the Indian Ocean to the east; Mozambique and Malawi to the south; Zambia to the southwest; and Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is in north-eastern Tanzania. (Source)
  • Important hominid fossils have been found in Tanzania, such as 6 million year-old Pliocene hominid fossils. Quote: the Hadzabe, appears to have originated in Tanzania, and their oral history recalls ancestors who were tall and were the first to use fire, medicine, and lived in caves, much like Homo erectus or Homo heidelbergensis who lived in the same region before them. (Source)
  • Both the British and the Germans ruled in this region. Tanzania gained its independence and was officially formed in April 1964.
  • The population of Tanzania is 55 million.
  • The capital of Tanzania is Dodoma.
  • In the northeast, Tanzania is mountainous and densely forested. Mount Kilimanjaro is located in this area. Central Tanzania is a large plateau, with plains and arable land. The eastern shore is hot and humid, with the Zanzibar Archipelago just offshore.
  • Three of Africa’s Great Lakes lie partially in Tanzania.
  • Over 100 languages are spoken in Tanzania. 10% of Tanzanians speak Swahili as a first language. English is used in diplomacy, foreign trade and some parts of Tanzanian education.
  • The climate in Tanzania varies considerably depending on location: mountains, plains, coastal areas and islands.
  • 38% of Tanzania’s land is set aside for conservation.
  • Tanzania has 16 national parks, including Gombe Stream National Park which is the site of Jane Goodall‘s ongoing study of chimpanzees.

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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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Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro

As the world’s highest, free-standing volcano and near the equator, Mount Kilimanjaro is known as the roof of Africa. 22,000 adventurers climb the mountain each year. Though not as strenuous as other mountains, like the Himalayas, the climb is still dangerous. Between January 1996 and October 2003, 25 people died due to advanced high altitude illness. The geography for the climb begins in the tropics, moves through a temperate region then lands in an arctic tundra climate at the summit. Reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro generally takes three days, then two days to descend.

Mount Kilimanjaro Videos: Here’s a 2-minute video about making the trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. This 3-minute video is a montage of one of the climbs.

FunFacts about Mount Kilimanjaro: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Mount Kilimanjaro or just Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, with its summit about 4,900 metres (16,100 ft) from its base, and 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level. (Source)
  • In 1889, Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller became the first people known to have summited Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro is a major climbing destination and is located in Kilimanjaro National Park.
  • With its shrinking glaciers and disappearing ice fields, Mount Kilimanjaro has been the subject of many scientific studies.
  • Facts about the Kilimanjaro volcanoes, quote: Kilimanjaro is a large stratovolcano composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo, the highest; Mawenzi at 5,149 metres (16,893 ft); and Shira, the lowest at 4,005 metres (13,140 ft). Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, while Kibo is dormant and could erupt again. 
  • By 1860, European explorers had adopted the name ‘Kilimanjaro’ and reported that it was the mountain’s Kiswahili, or Swahili, name.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro has seven official trekking routes for ascending the mountain: Lemosho, Lemosho Western-Breach, Machame, Marangu, Mweka, Rongai, Shira, and Umbwe.
  • The average temperature in the summit area is approximately −7 °C (19 °F).
  • Legends tell of ivory-filled elephant graves.

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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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Grey Crowned Crane

Grey Crowned Crane

One of the most striking birds on the planet, the grey crowned crane is understandably the national bird of Uganda. It bears a regal crown and strong gray, black, white and red markings. With an elegant courtship dance that seems made for classical music, the grey crowned crane enlivens any landscape whether the different African countries in which this crane lives or in zoos. The grey crowned crane is currently considered endangered due to shrinking habitats and pesticide pollution.

Grey Crowned Crane Videos: Here’s a 1.5-minute total-cuteness video featuring three grey crowned crane chicks. This is a fun 1-minute video showing the grey crowned crane courtship dance.

FunFacts about grey crowned crane: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The grey crowned crane (Balearica regulorum) is a bird in the crane family, Gruidae. It is found in eastern and southern Africa, and is the national bird of Uganda. (Source)
  • The grey crowned crane is closely related to the black crowned crane, and the two species have sometimes been treated as the same species.
  • The grey crowned crane has 2 sub-species: r. gibbericeps (crested crane) and the B. r. regulorum (South African crowned crane). The former is found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Uganda and Kenya to eastern South Africa. The latter is found from Angola to South Africa.
  • The grey crowned crane has a typical wing-span of over 6 feet or 2 meters.
  • The sexes are similar in coloring though the males are slightly larger. The young are grayer with buff-colored faces.
  • The grey crowned crane, as well as the black-crowned crane, are the only cranes that can roost in trees due to a long hind toe that can grasp branches.
  • Grey crowned cranes do not have set migration patterns. Those near the tropics are fairly sedentary while those in more arid places will migrate to be closer to water.
  • Grey crowned cranes are omnivores. They stamp their feet as they walk to flush out insects.
  • Grey crowned cranes produce an average clutch of 2-5 eggs in a large nest and both parents tend the eggs.
  • Due to loss of habitation and pesticide pollution, the status of the grey crowned crane is considered endangered.

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We have a winner! Congrats Bobbie B.!!!

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August Winners: Mary P., Denise H.!

July Winners: Barb G., Theresa M., Patty M., Smita D., Jackie B.!!!

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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August Winners: Mary P., Denise H.!

July Winners: Barb G., Theresa M., Patty M., Smita D., Jackie B.!!!

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 every Caris Roane blog, Monday thru Wednesday this week, 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, August 21, 2019! On Thursday, August 22nd, 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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Java Indonesia

Java Indonesia

The thirteenth largest island in the world, Java is at the heart of Indonesian life. Over half the total population of Indonesia resides on Java, about 141 million people making Java the most populated island in the world. The island has been at the center of Indonesia politically and economically for centuries, and contains four of Indonesia’s eight UNESCO World Heritages sites. (Links below.) Born almost entirely of volcanoes and enjoying a tropical rainforest climate, Java is a place of tremendous natural beauty.

Java Indonesia Videos: Here’s a lovely 3.5 minute video about Java Indonesia. Here’s a 2-minute video with lots of information about Java.

FunFacts about Java, Indonesia: (Source

  • Basic information, quote: Java is an island of Indonesia, bordered by the Indian Ocean on the south and the Java Sea on the north. With a population of over 141 million (Java only) or 145 million (including the inhabitants of its surrounding islands), Java is the home to 56.7 percent of the Indonesian population and is the world’s most populous island. (Source)
  • The Indonesian capital city, Jakarta, is located on Java’s northwestern shore.
  • The core of Indonesian history took place on Java including the powerful Hindu-Buddhist empires, the Islamic sultanates, and the colonial Dutch East Indies.
  • Four of Indonesia’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located on Java. They are: Ujung Kulon National ParkBorobudur TemplePrambanan Temple, and Sangiran Early Man Site.
  • Java dominates Indonesia economically, politically and culturally.
  • Java is the 13th largest island in the world.
  • The majority of the population of Java is Muslim.
  • Location: Java lies between Sumatra to the west and Bali to the east. Borneo lies to the north and Christmas Island is to the south. 
  • Java is almost entirely volcanic.
  • The island’s longest river is the 600 km long Solo River.
  • Java is a tropical rainforest.
  • Pre-history, quote: Fossilised remains of Homo erectus, popularly known as the “Java Man“, dating back 1.7 million years were found along the banks of the Bengawan Solo River. (Source)

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First August Winner: Denise H.!

July Winners: Barb G., Theresa M., Patty M., Smita D., Jackie B.!!!

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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July Winners: Barb G., Theresa M., Patty M., Smita D., Jackie B.!!!

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New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, August 14, 2019! On Thursday, August 15th, 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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Warbling White Eye

Warbling White Eye

A lovely little bird, the warbling white eye, or sometimes known as the Japanese white-eye, is a small, passerine or perching bird of a very sociable nature. A native of Japan, today the warbling white eye can be found throughout much of Asia. Historically, the warbling white eye was kept as a caged bird. 

Warbling White Eye Videos: Here’s the sweetest 1.5 minute video of a warbling white eye held in the palm of the hand.  Here’s a 4-minute video of a warbling white eye singing away.

FunFacts about the Warbling White Eye: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The warbling white-eye (Zosterops japonicus), also known as the Japanese white-eye and mountain white-eye, is a small passerine bird in the white-eye family. The specific epithet is occasionally written japonica, but this is incorrect due to the gender of the genus. Its native range includes much of east Asia, including Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, and the Philippines. (Source)
  • The warbling white eye bird is native to the Japanese islands.
  • The warbling white has frequently been depicted in Japanese art.
  • Historically, the Japanese warbling white eye was kept as a cage bird.
  • The coloring of the warbling white eye includes olive green on its back, pale green on its underside, black-to-brown feet, legs and bill. The forehead is green and the throat is yellow.
  • The warbling white eye is rarely found on the ground.
  • The warbling white eye is very sociable and will often form flocks with other species.
  • The warbling white-eye forms monogamous mating relationships.
  • The warbling white-eye is omnivorous.

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First August Winner: Denise H.!

July Winners: Barb G., Theresa M., Patty M., Smita D., Jackie B.!!!

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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First August Winner: Denise H.!

July Winners: Barb G., Theresa M., Patty M., Smita D., Jackie B.!!!

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 every Caris Roane blog, Monday thru Wednesday this week, 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, August 14, 2019! On Thursday, August 15th, 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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To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about the warbling white-eye. Have you ever seen this adorable bird? 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!!!