Thank you, all veterans of all wars, past and present. Without you, there would be none of the freedoms we enjoy today.
Remember my posts on the Cassowary and World Cassowary Day? It was a success! Read on about it.
About 1000 cassowary devotees converged on the Daintree Rainforest Observatory to celebrate World Cassowary Day on Saturday 24 September. The Daintree rainforests provided a stunning backdrop to an exciting day.
Visitors and locals participated in wide range of activities for adults and children, browsed 40 colourful and informative stalls, and listened to a range of talks on cassowaries and their conservation, the Daintree Blockade and Wet Tropics insects.
The Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews, outlined the Australian Government’s plans to help the recovery of the endangered southern cassowary and recognised the strong community support for cassowary conservation.
Cairns was declared as the region to host the 2017 World Cassowary Day.
All photos provided courtesy of Daintree Marketing Co-op.
A fogbow is a very similar to a rainbow; however, as its name suggests, it appears as a bow in fog rather than rain. It is also a rare phenomena too. Small water droplets create a fogbow. Very weak colors are seen in a fogbow. It has a bluish inner edge and a reddish outer edge.
Since the water droplets are very small, the fogbow appears white, which is why it is sometimes white rainbows. When the droplets forming it are almost all of the same size the fogbow can have multiple inner rings, or supernumeraries, that are more strongly colored than the main bow. Unlike a rainbow, fogbows normally appear as a band of bright white, sometimes with hints of red or blue. Because of these differences, fog bows are often referred to by other names – cloud bows, white rainbows or ghost rainbows.
When viewing a fogbow from the air looking down, such as when you’re in an airplane, it is called a cloud bow. Mariners sometimes called his phenomena sea dogs. When a fogbow is seen at night, it is called a lunar fog bow.
A fogbow has the same direction as a rainbow so that the sun would be behind the viewer and the direction would be into the bank of the fog. Its outer radius is slightly less than that of a rainbow.
Your best chances of catching a fogbow are when the Sun is shining brightly and the fog is thin – they’ll appear as the sun breaks through the fog behind you. You’ll often find fogbows as the cool sea mists roll in over the ocean or as fog makes its way down a hillside or mountainside. And, if you happen to be in the middle of a fog or a cloud – say, in an airplane – you might see a full circle rather than an arch as seen below.
On rare occasions, you might see a solar glory or a Brocken spectre within a fog bow. Glories look just like halos, and they’re normally centered on a Brocken spectre or an object within the fog. These colorful rings are created by sunlight reflecting off water droplets in much the same way that rainbows and fogbows are created. A Brocken spectre is a spooky phenomenon that looks like a ghost within the fog. These shadowy shapes are named after a peak within Germany’s Hartz Mountains where Brocken spectres are commonly seen. Brocken spectres are caused by a shadow thrown on the fog – either your own, or that of a nearby object.
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Yesterday, I joined KBR Ministries GiveThanks Challenge x7 2016. This is my second year in a row doing this challenge. It’s a great way to learn how to be thankful for 30 days in a row, humble thyself, and meet some very lovely and inspirational like-minded people. I have posted the information below about the challenge. My bff and I are doing it together and are accountability partners. You may click the picture to take you to site to sign up if you’re interested.
KBR Ministries’ 2016
GIVE THANKS!x7 CHALLENGE
With the Thanksgiving season approaching, let us challenge one another in giving thanks to the Father of all gifts every day this month. You are invited to join us for the next 30 days as we praise Him for His daily benefits!
You are welcome to ask a sibling or accountability partner to take this challenge with you!
Begins: November 1, 2016
Ends: November 30, 2016
Rules: Write down at least 7 things each day that you are grateful for!
You can either write your list each day in your own personal journal, or join us on our private online group, where members can write their daily lists throughout the month. It’s a blessing to lift up grateful hearts together!
If you miss a day, please make it up the next day.
Reward: Send us a letter by December 5, 2016, letting us know that you completed the 2016 GiveThanks! challenge. You can fill out this chart OR simply write a letter including your name, age, parent’s signature, and mailing address. On the envelope, please specify “GIVE THANKS CHALLENGE.” We will send you a surprise prize for completing the challenge!
(We’re sorry, email letters do not qualify for a prize. Letters postmarked after this date cannot be rewarded. )
I hope to see you guys there!
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Here in western NY, we are in the thick of Autumn. The leaves are in their peak. This is what the southern tier, WNY is known for-the beautiful enchanted mountains. Last night we got some rain and when I took Isabelle outside, I could smell the wet leaves. Such a lovely smell.
These are some photos I took myself on our way up to take my baby sister back to school at SUNY Morrisville on 11 October 2016. Photos are best viewed full-sized and can be done so by clicking the photos.
And these I took yesterday, 16 October 2016, while out riding around. Once again , photos are best viewed full-sized and can be done so by clicking the photos.
I hope autumn is as beautiful in your neck of the woods as it is here 🙂
That’s all I got for today. I’ll catch y’all next time!
When Autumn comes, it sometimes comes in a blink of an eye. One day it is summer and then the next, you notice a subtle crispness in the air. Then it is pumpkin-spice time, chunky knitted sweaters and knee-high boots are everywhere. This is the work of the Autumn Equinox. It is also known as Michaelmas, Mabon, and Harvest Home. It comes without any fanfare. We pass it on the calendar in its small print in a blink of an eye.
This year, the Autumn Equinox happens approximately at 10:26am EDT on Thursday 22 September 2016. The sun will rise at 6:44am and set at 6:52pm, giving us 8 minutes more of daylight over night. The equinoxes happen at the same moment everywhere. More light is called equilux(“lux” being Latin for light).
Depending on what side of the equator you live, you have different seasons than the opposite side. The equinox in September in the north is known as the Autumnal(fall) equinox and the one in the south is known as the vernal(spring) equinox. Each year has two equinoxes, September and March, when the sun shines directly on the equator and length of day and night are almost equal on both sides of the equator. This equinox occurs the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator-the imaginary line above the Earth’s equator-from North to South. This can happen on either September 22, 23, or 24 every year.
The angle at which the Earth is tilted at is 23.4º, to the ecliptic, or the imaginary plane Earth’s path creates around the sun.
Both hemispheres are always tilt a little towards the sun on any other day of the year, but on these two days, the Earth’s axis is always perpendicular towards the sun, as illustrated in the picture above.
On the Equinox, the night and day are nearly the same-12 hours-all over the world. Equinox is derived from the Latin word aequus, eqi meaning “equal” and nox meaning “night”. Despite this being commonly accepted definition, in reality, equinoxes don’t exactly have 12 hours of daylight. If you want to read more about why they don’t have exactly 12 of day, please click HERE.
Until December, the days get shorter until the Winter solstice, when the light will make its slow creep back to long summer days. Technically, Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, compared to the summer solstice in June, which has the longest sunlight.
Due to the fact that it takes Earth 365.25 days to orbit the Sun and why we have a leap year every year, the precise time of the equinox varies every year. But usually it happens six hours later on each successive year. On leap years though, the date jumps back an entire day.
Brilliant leaves and geomagnetic storms aren’t the only things that ramp up around the time of the autumnal equinox. The creature world also does too. Animals at high latitudes also go through biological changes with the changing of the seasons. For example, the Siberian hamster, experiences the growth of their testes of up to 17 times their normal size in days leading up to when the days get shorter.
The Japanese traditionally mark both the Spring and Autumn Equinox with higan, a seven-day period where they honor and remember their ancestors by visiting their graves by cleaning graves and offering flowers and foods, and burning incense sticks and praying.
In Poland, the Polish celebrate the Polish Festival of Greenery bring bouquets of flowers and foods to a priest for a blessing, and then using them for medicine or keeping them until the following year’s harvest. The Roman celebration of the Fall Equinox was dedicated to Pomona, goddess of fruits and growing things
A well-fattened goose which had fed well on the stubble on the fields after the harvest is traditionally feasted on. Ginger is also part of the tradition too. Every single piece of food that is served that day at the feast is seasoned with ginger from gingerbread to ginger beer.
The last piece of corn that was harvested was made into a doll in England, representing the “spirit of the field”. Drenched in water, this would represent rain or they were burned, representing the death of the spirit of the grain. Large wickerwork figures are burned in a mock sacrifice or constructed to present a vegetarian spirit. The large wickerwork figures also represented those two factors as well. Farmers and merchants gathered at fairs. Often there would be a large glove was suspended above the fair, symbolizing the handshake of promises and open-handedness and generosity.
The “burning man” has seen a revival in the US. It is celebrated at the end of summer. It is an enthusiastic festival of performance arts and creativity. Participating in your own burning man celebration is a powerful way to connect with humanity, past and present.
Autumn is a great time to still get out and do many activities before having to stay inside all winter. This is just a small sampling of the many activities celebrated worldwide to usher in the annual Autumn Equinox.
How do you celebrate Autumn Equinox? Do you look forward to autumn? Please continue the conversation below. If you liked this post, click “like” below and share to your favorite social networks. I hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks!
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Last year about this time, I discovered this amazing and unique animal called the Cassowary bird, which is Australia’s biggest species. If you click the link, you can read more in-depth about this species.
I started following the cassowaryrecoveryteam‘s blog last year which sends out updates every couple of weeks.
This week’s’ post is about World Cassowary Day 2016. Why is this important, you ask? Why am posting this, you might be wondering?
If you read the post I wrote last year, you may see that these birds are charismatic and fascinating creatures. They are truly a living dinosaur. The Cassowary bird is considered a keystone species by conservationists. They maintain the diversity of the rainforest, and play a key role in maintaining the ecological balance in the rainforest.
They have also become cultural icons for the wider community and an important part of the local landscape and identity of the Wet Tropics community. the recently amalgamated Cassowary Coast Regional Council has adopted the cassowary as a part of their logo and corporate identify.
The Southern Cassowary Casuarius(casuarius johnsonii) is listed as a threatened species internationally and under State and Commonwealth legislation in Australia. The southern cassowary is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
World Cassowary Day will be held in the Daintree this year from 10am to 2pm on 24 August 2016. It will be at the Daintree Rainforest Observatory, 3701 Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, Australia. There will be complimentary free parking and there will be signs posted for directions to the observatory. Activities include over 30 stalls about cassowaries and other wildlife, music performances, wildlife displays, face painting, and other activities for the kids. There will be speakers there presenting on topics such as the world’s three different species of cassowaries, the Daintree blockade, tracking cassowaries through their poo, cassowary seed dispersal, conserving cassowary habit and a history of cassowary conservation. The film, No Wabu, No Wuju, No Gunduy (No Rainforest, No Food, No Cassowary) will be shown. For more on World Cassowary Day, click HERE.
If you live in Australia near there or are going to be in Australia near there on those dates, I highly recommend checking this out.
Here is a video with a bit of information on the Cassowary and some up close and personal encounter with one.
Have you ever met a Cassowary? Have you ever attended a World Cassowary Day or plan to attend this years? I’d love for you to comment below and continue the conversation. If you liked this post, please like and share. Thanks 🙂
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Enduring yet another sleepless, angsty, migraine, allergy-filled night, I was trolling YouTube and I happened upon this video called “The Tain” by the Decemberists. This is definitely something I have never seen nor heard before, so I thought I would share it with you guys. I like folklore, history, and the like, and I think you will like this epic piece of prose as much as I did. Read the story about it before you watch the video if you aren’t familiar with it.
Táin Bó Cúailnge (Irish pronunciation: [t̪ˠaːnʲ boː ˈkuəlʲɲə]; “the driving-off of cows of Cooley”, commonly known as The Cattle Raid of Cooley or The Táin) is a legendary tale from early Irish literature, often considered an epic, although it is written primarily in prose rather than verse. It tells of a war against Ulster by the Connacht queen Medb and her husband Ailill, who intend to steal the stud bull Donn Cuailnge, opposed only by the teenage Ulster hero Cú Chulainn.
Traditionally set in the 1st century AD in an essentially pre-Christian heroic age, the Táin is the central text of a group of tales known as the Ulster Cycle. It survives in three written versions or “recensions” in manuscripts of the 12th and later centuries, the first a compilation largely written in Old Irish, the second a more consistent work in Middle Irish, and the third an Early Modern Irish version.
The Táin is preceded by a number of remscéla, or pre-tales, which provide background on the main characters and explain the presence of certain characters from Ulster in the Connacht camp, the curse that causes the temporary inability of the remaining Ulstermen to fight and the magic origins of the bulls Donn Cuailnge and Finnbhennach. The eight remscéla chosen by Thomas Kinsella for his 1969 translation are sometimes taken to be part of the Táin itself, but come from a variety of manuscripts of different dates. Several other tales exist which are described as remscéla to the Táin, some of which have only a tangential relation to it.
The first recension begins with Ailill and Medb assembling their army in Cruachan, the purpose of this military build-up taken for granted. The second recension adds a prologue in which Ailill and Medb compare their respective wealths and find that the only thing that distinguishes them is Ailill’s possession of the phenomenally fertile bull Finnbhennach, who had been born into Medb’s herd but scorned being owned by a woman so decided to transfer himself to Ailill’s. Medb determines to get the equally potent Donn Cuailnge from Cooley to equal her wealth with her husband. She successfully negotiates with the bull’s owner, Dáire mac Fiachna, to rent the animal for a year until her messengers, drunk, reveal that they would have taken the bull by force even if they had not been allowed to borrow it. The deal breaks down, and Medb raises an army, including Ulster exiles led by Fergus mac Róich and other allies, and sets out to capture Donn Cuailnge.
The men of Ulster are disabled by an apparent illness, the ces noínden (literally “debility of nine (days)”, although it lasts several months). A separate tale explains this as the curse of the goddess Macha, who imposed it after being forced by the king of Ulster to race against a chariot while heavily pregnant. The only person fit to defend Ulster is seventeen-year-old Cú Chulainn, and he lets the army take Ulster by surprise because he’s off on a tryst when he should be watching the border. Cú Chulainn, assisted by his charioteer Láeg, wages a guerrilla campaign against the advancing army, then halts it by invoking the right of single combat at fords, defeating champion after champion in a stand-off lasting months. However, he is unable to prevent Medb from capturing the bull.
Cú Chulainn is both helped and hindered by supernatural figures. Before one combat the Morrígan visits him in the form of a beautiful young woman and offers him her love, but he spurns her. She then reveals herself and threatens to interfere in his next fight. She does so, first in the form of an eel who trips him in the ford, then as a wolf who stampedes cattle across the ford, and finally as a heifer at the head of the stampede, but in each form Cú Chulainn wounds her. After he defeats his opponent, the Morrígan appears to him in the form of an old woman milking a cow, with wounds corresponding to the ones Cú Chulainn gave her in her animal forms. She offers him three drinks of milk. With each drink he blesses her, and the blessings heal her wounds.
After a particularly arduous combat he is visited by another supernatural figure, Lugh, who reveals himself to be Cú Chulainn’s father. Lugh puts Cú Chulainn to sleep for three days while he works his healing arts on him. While Cú Chulainn sleeps the youth corps of Ulster come to his aid but are all slaughtered. When Cú Chulainn wakes he undergoes a spectacular ríastrad or “distortion”, in which his body twists in its skin and he becomes an unrecognisable monster who knows neither friend nor foe. He makes a bloody assault on the Connacht camp and avenges the youth corps sixfold.
After this extraordinary incident, the sequence of single combats resumes, although on several occasions Medb breaks the agreement by sending several men against him at once. When Fergus, his foster-father, is sent to fight him, Cú Chulainn agrees to yield to him on the condition that Fergus yields the next time they meet. Finally there is a physically and emotionally gruelling three-day duel between the hero and his foster-brother and best friend, Ferdiad. Cú Chulainn wins, killing Ferdiad.
Eventually the debilitated Ulstermen start to rouse, one by one at first, then en masse, and the final battle begins. To begin with Cú Chulainn sits it out, recovering from his wounds. Fergus has Conchobar at his mercy, but is prevented from killing him by Cormac Cond Longas, Conchobar’s son and Fergus’ foster-son, and in his rage cuts the tops off three hills with his sword. Finally, Cú Chulainn enters the fray and confronts Fergus, who makes good on his promise and yields to him, pulling his forces off the field. Connacht’s other allies panic and Medb is forced to retreat. She does, however, manage to bring Donn Cuailnge back to Connacht, where the bull fights Finnbhennach, kills him, but is mortally wounded, and wanders around Ireland creating placenames before finally returning home to die of exhaustion.
The image of Cú Chulainn dying, tied to a post so that even in death he might face his enemies standing, a pose which was adopted by early 20th-century Irish republicans and by Ulster loyalists, does not come from the Táin but from a later story. However it has been incorporated into some oral versions of the Táin, in which Cú Chulainn, like Donn Cuailnge, dies from wounds sustained during his final duel with Ferdiad.
The full text can be found here at The Cattle-Raid of Cooley (Táin Bó Cúalnge). Below is the video of the The Tain EP by the Decemberists.
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I read a lot of things on the internet, especially the paranormal and the unexplained. Whether it’s fact or fiction, I like a good and intriguing story. I came across this one the other day that I thought you might be interested in. I will leave it up to you to decide.
The Devil’s Tramping Ground is a camping spot in a forest near the Harper’s Crossroads area in Bear Creek, North Carolina. It has been the subject of persistent local legends and lore, which often allege that the Devil “tramps” and haunts a barren circle of ground in which nothing can grow. It has often been noted on lists of unusual place names.
Strange stories are known locally about the ring. Such stories are that dogs yap and howl, things left in the middle of it disappear overnight, and strange events occur to those brave enough to spend the night in the middle of it. In the past 100 years, nothing has grown within 40 feet of it. Legend has it that this is the very place that the Devil himself can rise from the fiery depths of hell, and come to earth. On certain nights, the Devil supposedly able to walk in circles here and bring evil to this world.
Legend has it that people who spend the night in this circle are never sane again. Many people have reported strange shadows among the treeline watching them. They’ve also seen pairs of red eyes from within the circle and the sound of footsteps in and around the area. Teens especially like to test their bravery. One teen recounted his experience when he and his friends stood in the circle, “It felt like a large hand rose from the ground and grabbed my heart. I fell to my knees…it hurt so bad…I couldn’t move.” It wasn’t until he apologized to the entity for trespassing that he was finally released.
There is also other legends that state the vengeful spirits of the Waxhaw Indians were slaughtered and buried there beneath the infertile soul hundreds of years ago. Their restless spirits now kill anything that spends too much time on their grave.
Animals completely avoid the circle. A visitor’s dog choked itself on its leash to avoid the middle of the circle. Others have witnessed small animals dying on the edge of the circle.
There have also been reports of satanic rituals taking place within the circle. During the 1970s and 80s, it is believed that a small cult of devil worshippers used the area for the sacrifice of animals in unholy worship.
However, the camping spot is in fact mostly bare, though there is some vegetation, as indicated in the photo above. Objects as well as campers have stayed and remained in the circle overnight. The site is often littered with trash, beer cans, and bottles, as well as “spooky” spray-painting on nearby trees. All of which suggest that the local youth are the “nighttime” trampers.
The Devil’s Tramping Ground is said to be a perfect circle, 40 feet across, the perimeter of which is a path about a foot wide. It is about 50 miles south of Greensboro off a quiet, tree-lined country road. It is apparently not easy to find and be ready for some mild off-road hiking, rural driving, and super-natural phenomenon.
Fact or fiction? I leave it up to you to decide. If you like this post, please tic “like”. I always welcome feedback from my post or anything else in the comments below.
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