Tag Archives: nature

Haiku – Snowdrops, by George-B


Haiku – Snowdrops, by George-B

Haiku – Snowdrops

Snowdrops pierce winter
Snows are blushingly thawing
Nature rejoices!

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NEWS: THE WHY OF THE V


The Why of the V

Researchers believe they now have a definitive answer for why birds so often fly in a V formation. Scientists fitted a flock of northern bald ibises with monitors that record each bird’s position, speed, and heading in flight as well as every wing flap. The data show that each bird positions itself and times its flapping to take maximal advantage of the upwash—upward moving air—generated by the bird ahead of it. As a bird flies forward, itpushes air downward beneath its wings, but at its wingtips the air is actually pushed upward. The V formation thus allows birds to conserve energy and increase their flying range. More… Discuss

 

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Great Performances: Claude Debussy, Sarabande pour le Piano, L95. Claudio Arrau, piano. — Lista de reproducción Claude Debussy: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…


Claude Debussy
Sarabande pour le Piano, L95. 
Claudio Arrau, piano.

Lista de reproducción Claude Debussy:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

  • Claudio Arrau
    Pianist
  • Claudio Arrau León was a Chilean pianist known for his interpretations of a vast repertoire spanning from the baroque to 20th-century composers, especially Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms. Wikipedia
 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: THE GREAT NORTH AMERICAN ICE STORM STRIKES (1998)


The Great North American Ice Storm Strikes (1998)

In just six days, the Great Ice Storm of 1998 devastated parts of eastern Canada and the US. Trees and electrical pylons collapsed under the weight of thick ice sheets, leaving millions without power for days—some for nearly a month. Major cities came to a standstill in a state of emergency, maple sugar and syrup businesses were devastated, and 16,000 Canadian Forces personnel were deployed—the largest Canadian deployment since the Korean War. What area was called the “triangle of darkness”? More… Discuss

THE FLEHMEN RESPONSE


The Flehmen Response

In human courtship, a grimace is not generally something one wants to see from a potential love interest. Not so with animals. Cats, horses, llamas, and giraffes are just some of the animals that exhibit the flehmen response, a grimace-like curling of the upper lip and extension of the neck that facilitates the detection of scents—and pheromones—through the vomeronasal organ located in the roof of the mouth. Where does the name “flehmen” come from? More… Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: JOHNNY APPLESEED (1774)


Johnny Appleseed (1774)

Born John Chapman, Johnny Appleseed was an American folk hero known for planting apple trees. Around 1800, he traveled from Pennsylvania, where he had sold or given saplings and apple seeds to families migrating westward, to present-day Ohio, sewing apple seeds as he went. For more than 40 years, he continued to wander up and down Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania, pruning and caring for his forest nurseries and helping hundreds of settlers to establish orchards. Do any of his trees still exist? More… Discuss

 

Word: BELITTLE


belittle 

Definition: (verb) To represent or speak of as contemptibly small or unimportant; disparage.
Synonyms: denigratederogateminimize
Usage: Why should I bother trying to get good grades when all you do is belittle my achievements? Discuss.

 

Lenárd conducts Glazunov – The Seasons” (complete ballet)



Ondrej Lenárd conducts the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.

About the composer: – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexande…

About the ballet: – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seas…)

WINTER
Introduction 
Four Variations – begins 2:14
Frost – 3:38
Ice – 4:39
Hail – 5:55
Snow – 6:48
Coda – 7:39

SPRING – begins 10:04

SUMMER
Scene – begins 15:21
Waltz of the Cornflowers and the Poppies – 17:55
Barcarolle – 19:54
Variations – 22:03
Coda – 23:07

AUTUMN
Bacchanale and Appearance of the Seasons – begins 27:17
Adagio – 31:03
Scene and Apotheosis – 34:48

Regina Spektor – Samson – The culture Show


REGINA SPEKTOR LYRICS

“Samson”

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth
I have to go, I have to go
Your hair was long when we first met

Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
He ate a slice of wonder bread and went right back to bed
And history books forgot about us and the bible didn’t mention us
And the bible didn’t mention us, not even once

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the stars came fallin’ on our heads
But they’re just old light, they’re just old light
Your hair was long when we first met

Samson came to my bed
Told me that my hair was red
Told me I was beautiful and came into my bed
Oh I cut his hair myself one night
A pair of dull scissors in the yellow light
And he told me that I’d done alright
And kissed me ’til the mornin’ light, the mornin’ light
And he kissed me ’til the mornin’ light

Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
Ate a slice of wonderbread and went right back to bed
Oh, we couldn’t bring the columns down
Yeah we couldn’t destroy a single one
And history books forgot about us
And the bible didn’t mention us, not even once

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first


Hideous Blobfish Voted World’s Ugliest Animal

It is relatively easy to rally support for cute and cuddly endangered creatures like pandas, but what about those animals that are not quite so pleasant to look at? In an effort to bring attention to some of “Mother Nature’s more aesthetically challenged children,” the Ugly Animal Preservation Society hosted a contest to select the world’s ugliest creature. Despite stiff competition from the kakapo, axolotl, Titicaca water frog, and proboscis monkey, the aptly named blobfish—which bears some resemblance to the Star Wars character Jabba the Hutt—claimed the title. More…

 

Quotation: Willa Cather about life


It seems that a man is meant to live only one life in this world. When he tries to live a second, he develops another nature.

Willa Cather (1873-1947) Discuss

 

more Impressions from the Trail: A cooler day in the forecast!


 

Rie Sinclair Island of Loneliness



lia Efimovich Repin (1844-1930) 
Volga Boatmen (1870-1873)

 

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Today’s Impressions from the trail: “Early Morning Long, Cool Shade – They make all the difference!” (My Photo Collection)

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SOME OF THE FOLLOWING PICS SHOW THE LAYER OF SMOG OVER THE LA BASIN-THE REMINDING ONES ARE JUST A VISUAL MEMORY OF YET ANOTHER PERFECT DAY FOR A WALK IN THE HILLS (MY PHOTO COLLECTION)

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MEGAPODES


Megapodes

Megapodes are large-footed, chicken-like birds found in Australia and New Guinea. Rather than brood their eggs, females bury them in massive nest-mounds of decaying vegetation that males then tend. Megapode chicks are superprecocial, meaning they hatch in a very mature state that includes having open eyes, feathers, and, in some species, the ability to fly. They typically hatch unattended and therefore do not undergo imprinting. How then do they come to recognize other members of their species? More… Discuss

 

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More Mementos from the trail (including cacti from Helmsman trail) (My photo Collection)

This gallery contains 36 photos.


Today’s Birthday: MARCUS GARVEY (1887)


Marcus Garvey (1887)

Garvey was a Jamaican-born American proponent of black nationalism. His Universal Negro Improvement Association, established in 1914 to promote racial pride, quickly spread in black communities throughout the US, the Caribbean, and Central America, and Garvey became the most influential black leader of the early 1920s, with a following some two million strong. However, his movement foundered after his 1922 indictment for mail fraud. What religious movement considers Garvey one of its prophets? More… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: EUROPEAN HEAT WAVE: UK’S HOTTEST DAY ON RECORD (2003)


European Heat Wave: UK’s Hottest Day on Record (2003)

The European heat wave of 2003 resulted in the deaths of more than 40,000 people. In France, where summers are usually very mild and many homes do not have air conditioning, nearly 15,000 people died from heat-related issues—at a time when many physicians were on summer holiday. So many died that undertakers ran out of room in their own facilities and had to keep corpses in off-site warehouses. The UK, meanwhile, suffered through violent storms and experienced what record high temperature? More… Discuss

 

Under the boardwalk – The drifters


LAKE VOSTOK


Lake Vostok

Hundreds of subglacial lakes are hidden under the surface of Antarctica, and Lake Vostok is the largest. Located beneath some 13,000 ft (4,000 m) of ice, Lake Vostok’s pristine waters have been sealed off for perhaps more than a million years and may be home to life forms unknown to science. Researchers have spent years trying to drill through the ice to retrieve water samples despite concerns they might contaminate the lake in the process. In May 2005, what was found in the center of the lake? More… Discuss

 

LEONARD COHEN : Story of Isaac (“…thought I saw an eagle…couldn’t been a vulture…”)



LEONARD COHEN LYRICS

“Story Of Isaac”

The door it opened slowly, 
my father he came in, 
I was nine years old. 
And he stood so tall above me, 
his blue eyes they were shining 
and his voice was very cold. 
He said, “I’ve had a vision 
and you know I’m strong and holy, 
I must do what I’ve been told.” 
So he started up the mountain, 
I was running, he was walking, 
and his axe was made of gold. 
Well, the trees they got much smaller, 
the lake a lady’s mirror, 
we stopped to drink some wine. 
Then he threw the bottle over. 
Broke a minute later 
and he put his hand on mine. 
Thought I saw an eagle 
but it might have been a vulture, 
I never could decide. 
Then my father built an altar, 
he looked once behind his shoulder, 
he knew I would not hide. 

You who build these altars now 
to sacrifice these children, 
you must not do it anymore. 
A scheme is not a vision 
and you never have been tempted 
by a demon or a god. 
You who stand above them now, 
your hatchets blunt and bloody, 
you were not there before, 
when I lay upon a mountain 
and my father’s hand was trembling 
with the beauty of the word. 

And if you call me brother now, 
forgive me if I inquire, 
“Just according to whose plan?” 
When it all comes down to dust 
I will kill you if I must, 
I will help you if I can. 
When it all comes down to dust 
I will help you if I must, 
I will kill you if I can. 
And mercy on our uniform, 
man of peace or man of war
the peacock spreads his fan.

Bob Dylan – A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall


BOB DYLAN LYRICS

“A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”

Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
And where have you been my darling young one?
I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains
I’ve walked and I’ve crawled on six crooked highways
I’ve stepped in the middle of seven sad forests
I’ve been out in front of a dozen dead oceans
I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Oh, what did you see, my blue eyed son?
And what did you see, my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin’
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin’
I saw a white ladder all covered with water
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?
And what did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder that roared out a warnin’
I heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world
I heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin’
I heard ten thousand whisperin’ and nobody listenin’
I heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin’
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

Oh, what did you meet my blue-eyed son ?
Who did you meet, my darling young one?
I met a young child beside a dead pony
I met a white man who walked a black dog
I met a young woman whose body was burning
I met a young girl, she gave me a rainbow
I met one man who was wounded in love
I met another man who was wounded in hatred
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

And what’ll you do now, my blue-eyed son?
And what’ll you do now my darling young one?
I’m a-goin’ back out ‘fore the rain starts a-fallin’
I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest
Where the people are a many and their hands are all empty
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison
And the executioner’s face is always well hidden
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten
Where black is the color, where none is the number
And I’ll tell and speak it and think it and breathe it
And reflect from the mountain so all souls can see it
And I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’
But I’ll know my song well before I start singing
And it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

 

 

ELECTRIC EELS


Electric Eels

Electric eels are the sluggish inhabitants of slow freshwater basins in South America. Cylindrical, scaleless, and gray-brown, they can grow to nine feet (2.75 m) long and weigh up to 49 pounds (22 kg). The electric eel, however, is not a true eel, but is rather a knifefish that can produce a shock—powerful enough to stun a human—while hunting or in self-defense. The shock is produced by the electric organs in its body that generate charge in a manner similar to what common household item?More… Discuss

 

This Day in the Yesteryear: K2 IS SUMMITED FOR THE FIRST TIME (1954)


K2 Is Summited for the First Time (1954)

Rising 28,251 ft (8,611 m) between China and Pakistan, K2 is the second-highest peak in the world after Mount Everest. Severe storms make K2 more dangerous to climb, however, and it has never been summited in winter. Measured in 1856, it was not summited until nearly 100 years later. In 1954, Italians Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli reached the top with the help of crew members who carried oxygen to above 26,245 feet (8,000 m). What thwarted an American attempt just one year earlier? More… Discuss

 

TV IS GOING TO THE DOGS, LITERALLY


TV Is Going to the Dogs, Literally


In August, DirecTV, a US-based satellite broadcasting service, will be launching the first television channel with round-the-clock programming for man’s best friend. DOGTV will air programs designed specifically for dogs, with their particular vision and hearing needs in mind. For just $4.99 a month, doting pooch owners will have access to this 24/7 stream of programming meant to relax, stimulate, and relieve the loneliness of their canines. More…Discuss
 

 

CAT ALLERGIES COULD SOON BE A THING OF THE PAST


Cat Allergies Could Soon Be a Thing of the Past

Cat allergy is the most common allergy to a household pet, but that could soon change. Researchers have uncovered the biological pathway activated by cat allergen in humans, meaning that they can now start looking into better ways to block it. They are hopeful that their findings will allow them to provide relief not only to cat allergy sufferers but also, at some point, to those allergic to dogs and house dust mitesMore… Discuss

 


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Toxicodendron diversilobum, western poison oak or Pacific poison oak (syn. Rhus diversiloba) is in the Anacardiaceae family (the sumac family) and is a plant best known for its ability to cause allergic rashes and itching after contact. Western poison oak is found only on the Pacific Coast of the United States and of Canada.

It is extremely common in that region, where it is the predominant species of the genus; the closely related Atlantic poison oak (T. pubescens) occurs on the Atlantic Coast.

Toxicodendron diversilobum
Western poison oak (larger leaves;
small leaves are another plant)
at base of oak tree
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacardiaceae
Genus: Toxicodendron
Species: T. diversilobum
Binomial name
Toxicodendron diversilobum
(Torr. & A.GrayGreene
Poison Oak up close

Poison Oak up close (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dragonfruit (Hylocereus undatus) delicious fruit…Not too sweet, low glycemic index, eat with or without seeds



Remarkable edible fruit. Easy to grow from seeds. Recommended to people in the drylands.

From National Geographic: Ship Made without Nails is Mighty (Published on Jul 18, 2013)


Published on Jul 18, 2013

Can a ship built without blueprints, power tools—or even nails—survive the sea? Four years in the making, this 150-foot ship, called a “dhow,” can withstand powerful monsoon winds, and it’s ready for action.

 

Just a thought: “Happiness doesn’t grow in trees”


Just a thought: “Happiness doesn’t grow in trees”

Just a thought: The World needs to have a cold look at itself: It needs balance!”


Just a thought: The World needs to have a cold look at itself: It needs balance!”

Henry David Thoreau


Shall a man go and hang himself because he belongs to the race of pygmies, and not be the biggest pygmy that he can? Let every one mind his own business, and endeavor to be what he was made.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

CHINA REVIVES WORLD’S LONGEST UNDERSEA TUNNEL PROJECT


China Revives World’s Longest Undersea Tunnel Project

China has announced plans to revive an undersea tunnel project that will allow vehicular traffic to cross under the Bohai Strait, cutting the travel distance between China’s eastern and northeastern regions by 620 miles (998 km). When completed, the tunnel will span 76.4 miles (123 km), more than twice the distance of Japan’s Seikan Tunnel, currently the world’s longest undersea tunnel. The project was first announced in the 1990s and was set to be completed before 2010 at a cost of $10 billion. However, it never went beyond the planning stage. Its cost has more than quadrupled since. More… Discuss

 


Hans Island

Hans Island is located between Canada and Greenland in the strait that connects Baffin Bay to the Arctic Ocean. Used by the Inuit as a hunting ground for centuries, it was later found by 19th-century British and American explorers searching for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole. The island was named after Greenlander Hans Hendrik, the guide of American explorer Charles Francis Hall. Though it is just 0.5 sq mi (1.3 sq km) and is barren and uninhabited, it is claimed by what two countries? More… Discuss

 

RARE “CORPSE FLOWER” BLOOMS IN BELGIUM


Rare “Corpse Flower” Blooms in Belgium

The Titan arum is a sight to behold—and a novelty to sniff. It is one of the world’s largest flowers, as well as one of its worst-smelling. Popularly known as the “corpse flower” for its stench, which is akin to that of rotting meat, it flowers infrequently and only for three days before waning. Thus, for the past few days, people have been flocking to the National Botanic Garden of Belgium to catch a glimpse, and a whiff, of its rare, 8-foot (2.44 meter) bloom. This is the third time since 2008 that the garden’s specimen has flowered. More… Discuss
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604_5pm_full Such a flower “resides” (so to speak) at the Huntington, Library, in Pasadena, California. It is called “Amorphophallus titanum” , name that doesn’t impart any stench :) >>>>>Check them HERE<<<<<

 

LEONARD COHEN : Story of Isaac Listen to the Jaw harp- we call that “drmba” in Romanian!)



 Send “Story Of Isaac” to your Cell 
Story Of Isaac, by Leonard Cohen

The door it opened slowly, 
My father he came in, 
I was nine years old. 
And he stood so tall above me, 
His blue eyes they were shining 
And his voice was very cold. 
He said, “i’ve had a vision 
And you know I’m strong and holy, 
I must do what i’ve been told.” 
So he started up the mountain, 
I was running, he was walking, 
And his axe was made of gold. 
Well, the trees they got much smaller, 
The lake a lady’s mirror, 
We stopped to drink some wine. 
Then he threw the bottle over. 
Broke a minute later 
And he put his hand on mine. 
Thought I saw an eagle 
But it might have been a vulture, 
I never could decide. 
Then my father built an altar, 
He looked once behind his shoulder, 
He knew I would not hide. 

You who build these altars now 
To sacrifice these children, 
You must not do it anymore. 
A scheme is not a vision 
And you never have been tempted 
By a demon or a god. 
You who stand above them now, 
Your hatchets blunt and bloody, 
You were not there before, 
When I lay upon a mountain 
And my father’s hand was trembling 
With the beauty of the word. 

And if you call me brother now, 
Forgive me if I inquire, 
“Just according to whose plan?” 
When it all comes down to dust 
I will kill you if I must, 
I will help you if I can. 
When it all comes down to dust 
I will help you if I must, 
I will kill you if I can. 
And mercy on our uniform, 
Man of peace or man of war, 
The peacock spreads his fan…

 Send “Story Of Isaac” to your Cell 

 

Nature of Change, poetic thought by George-B (“I’ve learned to look at the horizons…:)


 Nature of Change, poetic thought by George-B

I’ve learned to look at the horizons ahead
and clearly see the past
reenacted almost identically
like long time ago,

As if
nothing changes,
as the more things change….well,

the more they seem to stay the same:

A new generation desires change,
An old generation know that change to have been around

Once.

Already,
Then change occurs,

and change of change occurs….
And yet we’re always staying still,

Essentially,

with all that change!

Winter Night by Boris Pasternak (This one goes well with the Tchaikovsky’s “Winter Dream” Symphony!)


Winter Night by Boris Pasternak 

It snowed and snowed, the whole world over,
Snow swept the world from end to end.
A candle burned on the table;
A candle burned.As during summer midges swarm
To beat their wings against a flame
Out in the yard the snowflakes swarmed
To beat against the window pane

The blizzard sculptured on the glass
Designs of arrows and of whorls.
A candle burned on the table;
A candle burned.

Distorted shadows fell
Upon the lighted ceiling:
Shadows of crossed arms,of crossed legs-
Of crossed destiny.

Two tiny shoes fell to the floor
And thudded.
A candle on a nightstand shed wax tears
Upon a dress.

All things vanished within
The snowy murk-white, hoary.
A candle burned on the table;
A candle burned.

A corner draft fluttered the flame
And the white fever of temptation
Upswept its angel wings that cast
A cruciform shadow

It snowed hard throughout the month
Of February, and almost constantly
A candle burned on the table;
A candle burned.

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Quotation: George Eliot On nature repairs of her ravages (goes for humans too)


Nature repairs her ravages, but not all. The uptorn trees are not rooted again; the parted hills are left scarred; if there is a new growth, the trees are not the same as the old … To the eyes that have dwelt on the past, there is no thorough repair.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

Song to the Moon – Antonín Dvořák



Soprano Renee Fleming sings this aria. Dvorak’s composition relies upon expansive arpeggiated chords to capture the fairy tale ambiance of Rusalka. The amicable old Spirit of the Lake, Jezibab, is enjoying the singing of the Wood Nymphs, when his daughter, Rusalka, sadly approaches him. She admits that she has fallen in love with a handsome prince. Yearning to know the bliss of union with him, she wishes to become human. Deeply saddened, the Spirit of the Lake consents to her request, and leaves. All alone, Rusalka sings this magnificent aria and shares the secrets of her longing to the moon.

Featuring the paintings and artwork of William Bouguereau, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, J.W. Waterhouse, Armand Guillaumin, and Spadecaller.

Lyrics (translation)

Silver moon upon the deep dark sky,
Through the vast night pierce your rays.
This sleeping world you wander by,
Smiling on man’s homes and ways.
Oh moon ere past you glide, tell me,
Tell me, oh where does my loved one bide?
Oh moon ere past you glide, tell me
Tell me, oh where does my loved one bide?
Tell him, oh tell him, my silver moon,
Mine are the arms that shall hold him,
That between waking and sleeping he may
Think of the love that enfolds him,
May between waking and sleeping
Think of the love that enfolds him.
Light his path far away, light his path,
Tell him, oh tell him who does for him stay!
Human soul, should it dream of me, Let my memory wakened be.
Moon, moon, oh do not wane, do not wane,
Moon, oh moon, do not wane….

 

We are staring into the abyss – Godfrey Bloom MEP (There are four (4) parties in the “CONSERVATIVE UK”



Rick Wiles talks to Godfrey Bloom MEP, UKIP (Yorkshire & Lincolnshire), Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group -http://www.godfreybloommep.co.uk

Source: http://youtu.be/JMRfXLGLQnw (TRUNEWS Rick.Wiles, 59.04)

Rock garden, poetic thought by George-B


Rock garden, poetic thought by George-B

Where the sands ripples circles end
pointing rocks,
remind of harmony between
lose and compact,

fluid and solid,

framed in a live still nature,
all artificial, all maintained…
all remembered and all  forgotten.

rock-garden

rock-garden

Haiku: Our hopes, poetic thought by George-B


Haiku:   Our hopes, poetic thought by George-B

Our hopes hang loose

Half way between the clouds

And the deep blue sky.

clouds

clouds

 

Claude Debussy – Prelude a l’apres midi d’un Faune (Prelude to the afternoon of a Faun)



Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Prelude a l’apres midi d’un Faune 

“The music of this prelude is a very free illustration of Mallarmé‘s beautiful poem. By no means does it claim to be a synthesis of it. Rather there is a succession of scenes through which pass the desires and dreams of the faun in the heat of the afternoon. Then, tired of pursuing the timorous flight of nymphs and naiads, he succumbs to intoxicating sleep, in which he can finally realize his dreams of possession in universal Nature.”

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Spanish National Orchestra
Josep Pons – Conductor

Preludio a la siesta de un Fauno
Orquesta Nacional de Espana
Josep Pons – Director de orquesta

 

Haiku: Bonsai (poetic thought by George-B)


Haiku: Bonsai (poetic thought by George-B)

Contorted bonsai
Path in life
Lauds it’s surviving might

Bonsai - California -Juniper

Bonsai – California -Juniper

 

FLIES AND BEETLES: FOOD OF OUR FOOD’S FUTURE?


Flies and Beetles: Food of Our Food’s Future?

Last month, the UN Food and Agriculture Organizationreported that insects are “underutilized” as food, and while many people are still reluctant to consider insects as a food source for themselves, they are less resistant to the idea of eating something that has previously eaten bugs. That is where French start-up company Ynsect, and others like it, come in. These companies are developing animal feeds that utilize insects rather than pricier soybeans as their source of protein. More… Discuss

Haiku – Wind (poetic thought by George-B)


Haiku – Winds (poetic thought by George-B)

Winds move life and death
with indifferent motives -
Eons only know

ROCK CLIMBING


 

Climbers on "Valkyrie" at The Roache...

Climbers on “Valkyrie” at The Roaches in Staffordshire, United Kingdom, in May 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rock Climbing

In rock climbing, participants scale natural rock formations or artificial rock walls using ropes and special equipment—or, sometimes, just their hands and feet. Though humans have been rock climbing for millennia, the activity emerged as a sport in the 19th century. Aid climbing, in which artificial handholds and footholds are used, allowed climbers to reach heights that once seemed inaccessible. Today, the sport continues to evolve. What are some of the ethical considerations of rock climbing? More…
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