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Thanks Giving Continues : Thank you God for the beauty of nature.

November 15th, 2017 No comments

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Quote: John Muir

April 23rd, 2017 Comments off

When one tugs at a single thing in nature,

he finds it attached to the rest of the world.

California Bird of Paradise Rejoicing on Easter Morning…HE LIVES!

April 16th, 2017 Comments off

Photo by June Sheets

Another Example of God’s Creativity – Mandarin Fish

December 31st, 2016 Comments off

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text source: wakatobi.com

This exquisite fish is almost indescribable! Brown to reddish brown overall, with green, undulating lines on the body, a lighter colored face with blue lines and blue pectoral fins. It is as close as a fish comes to wearing a paisley smoking jacket!

While it may wear flamboyant chromatic attire, it is not particular about where it lives. It is often seen in coral rubble areas or among water logged leaf litter, usually adjacent to habitats with rich stony coral growth. It is also found near piers, where there is lots of manmade debris (like cans, bottles, car tires, etc.).

During the day, they spend their time deep among the rubble or debris, where they feed and socially interact.

Later in the afternoon or on overcast days, they become bolder and will begin to emerge from the rubble to feed (they never move far from shelter and usually remain in the opening for very brief periods).

Courtship begins at dusk. Males defend and mate with a harem of females. The male will display toward a potential mate (the female is usually smaller than the male) and the pair will rise into the water column, side-by-side, and release their gametes.

With the mandarin fish, size does matter: larger males are able to defend and mate with more females than smaller males.

High Winds Cooling Down Our Town. (2011)

December 18th, 2016 Comments off

When I sent out a Neighborhood Watch notification of blustery high winds in the area, I rec’d this email from one of my neighbors:

“Thanks for the update. Too bad you didn’t send this last time.   I left my umbrella open on the patio furniture and it blew up and tore through my screen door and then ended up at the bottom of my pool!  LOL”  Mark

My response to him was,  “Hold on to the kids!

Another creation by the Master Gardener makes us say, “Wow, He is good!”

November 9th, 2016 Comments off

1266006_10201787790914880_1869012062_o“This lives at my house,” says Amy Goldman Koss.

She obviously loves the unusual beauty,  but couldn’t identify it.

FB friend Melody Shore quickly did some research and now we know.

My thanks to Amy and Melody.

 

 Common names: Carrion cactus, Toad Cactus, Toad Plant, Starfish Cactus, Starfish Plant

Orbea variegata is almost certainly the most common Asclepiad in cultivation, even if it is still often seen under its earlier name of Stapelia variegata.

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It is the first Stapelia that has reached Europe, it was introduced into cultivation in 1639, It arrived through a collection by the missionary Justus Heurnius. It is extremely variable, everything about this species is variable – size, shape, colour, corona,stemshabit; it is almost impossible to find two plants that are exactly identical one to each other. Earlier there were close to 50 varieties listed but all have now been taken back into the single species.

For more:

http://www.cactus-art.biz/schede/ORBEA/Orbea_variegata/Orbea_variegata/Orbea_variegata.htm

 

 

 

 

God’s Whimsical Side

October 10th, 2016 Comments off

anguloa uniflora swaddled babies

 

There are between 21,950 and 26,049 currently accepted species of orchid. They come in many shapes that look like something other than a flower.  What amazing variety from our Creator.

This one is called Swaddled Babies (anguloa uniflora) 

A beautiful example of our rich, rich Earth . . . Hala Fruit

September 23rd, 2016 Comments off

hala fruit

Pandanus tectorius, aka Nicobar Breadfruit,  is native to the seacoast from southern China to tropical Australia and Polynesia.

Common in Hawaii, it’s a tree to 25 feet with spreading branches, numerous prop roots, and forms large, dense thickets. The leaves are evergreen, spirally set, strap-like to five feet long. Their edges are spiny and the leaves droop.

The female flower is a single spike with a yellow spathe; male flowers are on a separate plant, very fragrant, composed of many dangling spikes in long, white spathes.

The fruit is a globose, knobby head to ten inches long, orange-yellow, breaking apart when fully ripe, exposing soft edible pulp in the center. The terminal bud is also edible.

Leaves are used for thatching and mats.  The fleshy pulp of the fruit may be eaten raw, cooked, or made into flour, paste and thick flat cakes.

Flour is often mixed with palm syrup or diluted with water to make a popular drink. Tender, white bases of the young leaves are eaten raw or cooked. Aerial roots are cooked and eaten or processed into beverage. Flowers and pollen are edible, too.

text:eattheweeds.com

Image credit – http://mlkshk.com/p/OFIR

 

The Dark Hedges (Beech Trees) Armoy, Irealand

September 7th, 2016 Comments off

The Dark Hedges, No. Ireland

The Dark Hedges is a unique stretch of the Bregagh Road near Armoy, in Ireland, that looks like something from a Tim Burton movie. Over the past 300 years or so, the Beech trees guarding either side of the lane have reached up and across to each other, becoming heavily intertwined to create a natural arched tunnel where shadow and light plays through entwined branches.

This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House, which is now a golf club. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

Legend tells that a supernatural ‘Grey Lady’ haunts the thin ribbon of road that winds beneath the ancient beech trees. She silently glides along the roadside and vanishes as she passes the last beech tree. Some say the specter is the ghost of a maid from the nearby house who died in mysterious circumstances centuries ago. Others believe that she is a lost spirit from an abandoned graveyard that is thought to lie hidden in the fields nearby. On Halloween night, the forgotten graves are said to open and the Grey Lady is joined on her walk by the tormented souls of those who were buried beside her.  Amusingplanet.com

 

From the Lens of Bill Stice

September 6th, 2016 Comments off

 

 

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293367_245847018779420_2765964_nA dwarf ginseng plant in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Collected in the mountains until it is almost extinct. It is protected in the park but is still collected ruthlessly. Bill Stice

Thanks Bill for introducing us to this plant and many others.  Most of us will never have the privilege to see them person. Keep up the great work!

 
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