Monthly Archives: May 2013

Nature


Nature

NATURE’S
COLOR IS EVERYWHERE LAKE HILLIER
location Western Australia

 

 

The
beauty of Nature

NATURE’S
BATH

 

 Nature

 

Natures
underground

 

Nature
surprises us – it looks like an old man’s face

 

Nature
provides all
things needed

 

Nature
loves pink

 

Nature
knows
cuteness

 

Natures
kiss

Nature
is powerful

 

Nature
is perfect

 

Nature
is love

 

Nature
is delicate

 

Nature
is colour
perfect

 

Nature
is awesome

 

 

Nature
is a mystery

Nature
in the sea

 

 

Nature
does not need
a beauty salon

 

Nature
can tame the
beast

 Nature
can make us laugh:

The
“naked man” orchid flower, looks well………like a naked man..

Nature
can be violent

 

Nature
can be scary

 

Mother
Nature will
have her way

 

I’m
watching you

 

God
is watching you

 

CUMULONIMBUS
INCUS….. GREECE

 

AND
THERE IS BEAUTY
WITHOUT COLOR

 

NATURE’S
HEART IS
EVERYWHERE

 

NATURE’S
JEWELERY.

 

NATURE’S
NIGHT
PERFORMANCE

 

NO
WORDS NEEDED

 

Reflection
– makes a
whole new picture

 

SOMETIMES
NATURE IS
OVERLY GENEROUS

 

THE
BEAUTY OF NATURE

 

THE
HEART OF NATURE
Heart River, location Western North Dakota

 

WHO
UNDERSTANDS THE
FORCE OF NATURE

 

Nature’s
gift

 

Cloud
spiral in the
sky. An Iridescent (Rainbow) Cloud in Himalaya. This phenomenon was
observed
early AM Oct 18, 2009.

 

 

 

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A chimp settles in for a siesta


A chimp settles in for a siesta

A chimp settles in for a siesta high in the forest canopy.

In Rajasthan, women turn to grueling wage labor,
earning two dollars a day for digging a reservoir.

United Arab Emirates—In Dubai natural and man-made
electricity
illuminate the night.

As jagged needles of lightning darn an overcast
sky, the sail-shaped, 1,053-foot-tall Burj al Arab hotel glows green on
the edge of the Persian Gulf.

Bernardo O’Higgins National Park

In Eyre Fjord, a small pod of Peale’s dolphins lead the way to the face
of Pío XI, one of many places where dynamic forces are
shaping
the future of Chilean Patagonia.

In Katalalixar National Reserve, a fjord runs milky blue with
silt-laden glacial meltwater, temperate rain forest draping its steep
sides.

Katalalixar National Reserve

Inland ice fields give way along Chile’s coast to a maze of islands and
fjords.

The weather here is rarely calm.

On Byron Island, the skull of
a sei whale rests in a tidal creek—until the next storm.

Floating pens hold salmon being raised for export to foreign markets.

Intensive production methods have led to pollution and the spread of
infectious salmon anemia.

The industry’s solution—even as output
falters—is to move south into pristine fjords, leaving behind
waste, disease, and oxygen-depleted water.

United States—Looking like a lemon torte on a plate of
petals, a
lotus blooms in a Maryland garden pool.

The chartreuse circle, three
inches in diameter, is dotted with 23 seed holders and ringed by
immature pollen sacs.

Cold blue contrasts with warm brown as mosses and lichens colonize bare
rock left behind by the retreat of Témpano Glacier in
Bernardo
O’Higgins National Park.

Leopards prey on chimpanzees.

Torres del Paine National Park

A 40-knot wind bends a ñire tree on the banks of the
Río
Paine.

Fed by runoff from glaciers and copious snow and rain,
Patagonia’s rivers flow fast and furious—a tempting source of
hydropower.


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An Angel walked the beat tonight

A drunk man in an Oldsmobile

They said had run the light

That caused the six-car pileup

On 109 that night.

When broken bodies lay about

‘And blood was everywhere,’

‘The sirens screamed out eulogies,’

For death was in the air.

‘A mother, trapped inside her car,’

Was heard above the noise;

Her plaintive plea near split the air:

‘Oh, God, please spare my boys!’

She fought to loose her pinned hands

‘She struggled to get free,’

But mangled metal held her fast

In grim captivity.

Her frightened eyes then focused

‘On where the back seat once had been,’

But all she saw was broken glass and

Two children’s seats crushed in.

Her twins were nowhere to be seen;

‘She did not hear them cry, ‘

‘And then she prayed they’d been thrown free, ‘

‘Oh, God, don’t let them die! ‘

Then firemen came and cut her loose, ‘

‘But when they searched the back, ‘

‘They found therein no little boys, ‘

But the seat belts were intact.

They thought the woman had gone mad

‘And was traveling alone, ‘

‘But when they turned to question her, ‘

They discovered she was gone.

Policemen saw her running wild

And screaming above the noise

‘In beseeching supplication, ‘

Please help me find my boys!

They’re four years old and wear blue shirts;

‘Their jeans are blue to match.”

‘One cop spoke up, ”They’re in my car, ‘

And they don’t have a scratch.

They said their daddy put them there

‘And gave them each a cone, ‘

Then told them both to wait for Mom

To come and take them home.

‘I’ve searched the area high and low, ‘

But I can’t find their dad.

‘He must have fled the scene, ‘

‘I guess, and that is very bad.’

‘The mother hugged the twins and said, ‘

‘While wiping at a tear, ‘

‘He could not flee the scene, you see, ‘

‘For he’s been dead a year.’

‘The cop just looked confused and asked, ‘

‘Now, how can that be true? ‘

‘The boys said, ”Mommy, Daddy came

‘And left a kiss for you.” ‘

He told us not to worry

‘And that you would be all right, ‘

And then he put us in this car with

‘The pretty, flashing light. ‘

‘We wanted him to stay with us, ‘

‘Because we miss him so, ‘

‘But Mommy, he just hugged us tight ‘

And said he had to go.

He said someday we’d understand

‘And told us not to fuss, ‘

‘And he said to tell you, Mommy, ‘

‘He’s watching over us.’

The mother knew without a doubt

‘That what they spoke was true, ‘

‘For she recalled their dad’s last words, ‘

‘ I will watch over you.’

The fire men’s notes could not explain

‘The twisted, mangled car, ‘

And how the three of them escaped

Without a single scar.

‘But on the cop’s report was scribed, ‘

‘In print so very fine, ‘

An angel walked the beat tonight on Highway 109.

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Do not wash you car naked!

BRISBANE, Australia – It was just a routine car wash.

Except there was no car and no clothing.

Four Australian men who allegedly undressed and soaped up at a car wash have been charged with exposure and public nuisance.

Police said the men paid for a wash before stripping nude and cleaning themselves in the soapy water while their female companions took photos.

 

Police arrived mid-cycle after being called Sunday by Smart Wash operators in the town of Biloela in Queensland state.

The four men are due to appear in court next month.

 

Police and the car wash operator warned the public against mimicking the men, with police saying Tuesday the high-pressure washer could be dangerous, especially if it goes in the eyes.

 

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How to Fedex a Panda

The star resident of the National Zoo is leaving Washington next week. Four-year-old Tai Shan will board the “FedEx Panda Express” to Chengdu, China.

How to Fedex a Panda

On Thursday, Tai Shan will load himself into a large steel crate — he’s been trained to do it on command — and be taken to a Boeing 777 freighter waiting for him at Dulles International Airport.

From there, it’s a nonstop, 14 1/2-hour flight to Chengdu.

Tai Shan tears into a bamboo-and-beet birthday cake on his fourth birthday.

His name means “peaceful mountain” in Chinese.

 

Tai Shan tears into a bamboo-and-beet birthday cake on his fourth birthday. His name means “peaceful mountain” in Chinese.

He’s not the first panda to be FedExed; the company brought Tai Shan’s parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, to the United States in 2000.

Nor will he be traveling alone — Mei Lan, a 3-year-old panda from Atlanta, will be sharing the flight.

“We’ve had a good, cooperative relationship with FedEx. They often ship animals safely for us,” says Donald Moore, the associate director at the National Zoo’s Office of Animal Care.

The company is even shipping the pandas free, Moore tells NPR’s Audie Cornish.

Zoo officials announced in December that Tai Shan would be sent to China for breeding.

He has been one of the biggest attractions at the zoo since his birth in 2005, but he is the property of China.

All giant pandas outside China are actually on loan from the country.

The panda is China’s national symbol, and the nation’s semi-official “panda diplomacy” — lending pandas abroad as a sign of goodwill — goes back to the days of the Cold War.

Once Tai Shan lands in Chengdu, he’ll be under the care of China’s panda breeding centers, Moore says. “He’ll help to save his own species.”

 

 

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The Jelly Bean Prayer

The Jelly Bean Prayer

Have you heard the story of the jelly beans?

 

The black ones are a symbol of our sinful heart, cold and hard not a good start.

 

The red ones would be, the blood shed for you and me.

 

The white ones would mean washed white as snow, by the blood of Jesus do you know?

 

The green ones mean growth for our clean heart, so we can tell others of Jesus, now that’s a good start.

 

The yellow ones would mean streets of gold, like the ones in Heaven, as in the book of Revelation are told.

 

The purple ones are to mean like the robe He wore, when our sins on the cross He bore.

 

So the next time you see a bag of jelly beans, you will know what the colors mean.

The Jelly Bean Prayer

– Another Version –

 

* RED * is for the blood He gave.

* GREEN * is for the grass He made.

* YELLOW * is for the sun so bright.

* ORANGE * is for the edge of night.

* BLACK * is for the sins we made.

* WHITE * is for the grace He gave.

* PURPLE * is for His hour of sorrow.

* PINK * is for our new tomorrow.

 

A bag full of jelly beans colorful and sweet, Is a prayer, is a promise, is a very special treat.

 

— Authors Unknown

Another version of the Jelly Bean prayer

 

 

 

 

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33 dogs massacred in ‘rifle-killing frenzy’ (New Zealand) (2010)

33 dogs massacred in ‘rifle-killing frenzy’ (New Zealand) 2010

 

Rowan Hargreaves says the dogs were ‘my family’. The police say they have never received any complaints about the animals. Photo / Greg Bowker

A dispute between two neighbours has led to the slaughter of 33 dogs.

Some were maimed first in the “bloody, rifle-killing frenzy” before being “finished off”, the police say.

Others were shot inside their cage or hit by ricocheting bullets. Still more were shot at point-blank range.

The youngest were 3 weeks old.

The SPCA is investigating whether the animals were killed humanely, or if charges should be laid.

The dispute, on a rural road in Wellsford in Rodney District, unfolded on Monday when a fox terrier belonging to Russell Mendoza was discovered dead after apparently being mauled by another animal.

Police say he blamed one or more of the 39 dogs owned by his neighbour, Rowan Hargreaves.

Mr Hargreaves, who kept the animals on his 5ha block in an old quarry, did not believe they were to blame. However, a day earlier he had shot one after discovering it had attacked a sheep.

He said he had never before had any trouble with his dogs getting out.

Mr Hargreaves, a mechanic who lives alone in a broken-down truck surrounded by car wrecks, said that after Mr Mendoza buried the fox terrier, he and another man arrived, armed with a .22 rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun.

They handed Mr Hargreaves a note for him to sign saying he agreed to their shooting the rest of his dogs.

He said he signed the letter because he felt “under enormous pressure”.

He then stood behind a shack to shield himself from the “bloodbath”.

Yesterday, holding back tears, he described the sounds of his dogs being shot – sounds that echoed off the quarry walls for 20 minutes.

“They were screaming, making sounds dogs just don’t make. When one was gone, the others knew they’d be next, but they had nowhere to go.”

In all, 23 pups and young dogs, which slept in Mr Hargreaves’ truck, were shot, as were a male and female dog living in a van wreck and eight adult dogs housed in a kennel. They were shot through the grating.

Four pups hiding under their mother in the van survived, as did two other dogs the shooters didn’t see.

These six were taken to Mr Hargreaves’ workshop in Wellsford, but one later died. None of the dogs had been registered.

Mr Hargreaves’ business partner, Richard Hawkings, watched the killings but was powerless to help.

The SPCA took away some of the slain animals, and yesterday Mr Hargreaves was digging a grave in the quarry to bury the rest.

Mr Mendoza would not speak to the Herald, on legal advice.

Senior Constable Barry Rose said he found 66 rifle cartridges and seven shotgun shells on the property. He could see dozens more among the dead dogs, which were “piled on top of one another” in the corner, where they had cowered to avoid the gunfire.

“I think [the gunmen] went absolutely ballistic and let everything go until the last one stopped squealing.

“I would liken it to a gung-ho on a bloody, rifle-killing frenzy.

“I’ve been in this job for over 35 years and this is the first time I’ve ever come across something like this.”

Mr Rose said one of the shooters did not have a firearms licence. A decision had yet to be made on whether he would be prosecuted.

Police had received no complaints about Mr Hargreaves’ dogs, he said.

Neighbours the Herald spoke to had not heard of any dispute between Mr Mendoza and Mr Hargreaves, and none had had any trouble with the dogs. The animals, all mongrels, were the offspring of a single breeding pair.

Mr Hargreaves had recently arranged to drop several off to the SPCA to be housed elsewhere.

Asked why he had had so many dogs, Mr Hargreaves said they were “my family”.

SPCA executive director Bob Kerridge said two investigators had visited the property and would determine whether the dogs suffered before they died. A decision would then be made on whether to charge the gunmen. Wilful ill-treatment carries a penalty of up to three years’ jail.

 

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