NaPoWriMo: Poem #7, Clover and My Petunia Plant

I was eating my third,
Serving of bean curd.
When a merry tune was heard.
Of a little hummingbird.

I peeked through the curtain.
And saw her in my garden.
Where there was a pot of Petunias.
And also some Begonias.

She perched on a flower,
Which was white with streaks of purple.
There she sang even louder,
Awaking my cat, Clover.

Clover begin to chase,
The little bird in a haste.
Despite my cries of “STOP!”
Clover ran into the pot.

She tumbled as she pounced,
And hit my pot with a bounce.
“My Petunias!” I cried,
As Clover crouched down terrified.

Clover and my Petunias.
Clover and my Petunias.

I don’t actually have a cat named Clover. In the photo above is Apricot, the elder brother of the three cute kittens in my previous poem, My Cute Prixs. Apricot is a very nice and witty cat. Clover however is inspired by Apricot the fact that when he realise that he had done something wrong, it will crouch down– ready to be scolded.

NaPoWriMo: Poem #6, Days of Spring

Sunshine on the water,
Reflecting into my eyes,
Glitters like fairy dusts,
Sparkles like diamonds.

Sunray peeks through the clouds,
Reaching for the green grass,
Drying up the damp mud,
Blooming the bougainvilleas.

Oh, how lovely it is,
In the season of Spring.
To run around the field,
Is what I’ve always been dreaming.

Bougainvilleas in my garden.
Bougainvilleas in my garden.

NaPoWriMo: Poem #2, My Cute Prixs

Here are the new Prixs,

There’s one, two and three.

Asleep by their mummy,

Her name is Primi.

A happy family <3
A happy family ❤

This is Mat Ghani,

Eldest of the Prix.

Indeed he’s happy,

Feeling so jumpy!

Mat Kool Ghani feeling jumpy!
Mat Kool Ghani feeling jumpy!

Here comes little Dates,

Popping from the gates.

To a land so great,

Where the fun awaits.

Dear Dates from the gates.
Dear Dates from the gates.

Lastly is Football,

Or Gotcha Football.

Sitting by the wall,

Waiting for a ball.

Gotcha Football by the wall.
Gotcha Football by the wall.

And such cute kittens they are!

A New Island Forms In Red Sea!!!

A new island had just formed in the Red Sea, off the west coast of Yemen! It currently haven’t got a name yet.

(The following article is copied from Yahoo! News)

Satellite Photo Shows New Island

Rising from Earth’s Red Sea

By Brett Israel, OurAmazingPlanet Staff Writer Space.com | SPACE.com – 19 hrs ago
  • A plume rises from a new island in the Red Sea on Dec. 23, 2011 in this satellite view. The smoke plume and new island were created in a volcanic eruption in December 2011. CREDIT: NASA Earth Observatory

 

The Red Sea has a new inhabitant: a smoking island.

The island was created by a wild eruption that occurred in the Red Sea earlier this month. It is made of loose volcanic debris from theeruption, so it may not stick around long.

According to news reports, fishermen witnessed lava fountains reaching up to 90 feet (30 meters) tall on Dec. 19, which is probably the day the eruption began, said Erik Klemetti, a volcanologist at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

Ash plumes were seen emanating from the spot  Dec. 20 and Dec. 22 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites. The Ozone Monitoring Instrument  on NASA’s Aura satellite detected elevated levels of sulfur dioxide, further indicating an eruption. By Dec. 23, what looked like a new island had appeared in the Red Sea off the west coast of Yemen.

“I am surprised about how quickly the island has grown,” Klemetti, who writes Wired’s Eruptions Blog, told OurAmazingPlanet.

The volcanic activity occurred along the Zubair Group, a collection of small islands that run in a roughly northwest-southeast line. The islands rise from a shield volcano (a kind of volcano built from fluid lava flows) and poke above the sea surface.

Scientists will keep a close eye on the new island to see if it has staying power.

“Many times the islands are ephemeral as they are usually made of loose volcanic debris, so they get destroyed by wave action quite quickly,” Klemetti said. But the volcanic activity could outpace the erosion due to the wave action.

Newly emerging islands aren’t unheard of. Other newly emerged islands include Surtsey off of Iceland, Anak Krakatau in the caldera of Krakatoa in Indonesia, and Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha`apai in Tonga in the South Pacific.

This story was provided by OurAmazingPlanet, a sister site to SPACE.com. 

Earth Hour

This year, the Earth hour will be held tonight from 8:30pm until 9:30pm. On Earth Hour, we must switch off all the electricity appliances except for emergency cases. Here is a link to a very interesting blog post on Earth Hour:Earth Hour 2011<<Strange Fruit

Why are Palm Trees Beautiful?

Beautiful Palm Trees by the beach

 

Linnaeus classified palm trees in the order ‘principes’ which means monarchs. Their trunks usually grow up vertically and they have no branches. Palm trees are beautiful because they look tall and majestic with leaves grown in a shape of a crown on top of their trunks. 

Tall and Majestic Palm Trees

 Palm’s trunk may come in striking colours, as in lacquer or lipstick palm. Their leaves also come in different shapes of crown, some with dead leaves forming a skirt under the crown as the once that grow in Arizona and North California. Even their fruits can be a beautiful bouqet as in Sugar Palm.

A Sugar Palm Tree

 The beautiful palm trees had also inspired the Dubai to make the man-made palm tree islands. They are The Palm, Jebel Ali; The Palm, Jumeirah and The Palm, Deira.

The Palm Tree Islands in Dubai: (from left) Jebel Ali, Jumeirah and Deira


Food Wastage

According to Wikipedia, food waste is “any food substance, raw or cooked, which is discarded, or intended or required to be discarded”.

People usually waste their food by:

  • Throwing away left over food.
  • Not finishing the food in their plates and throw it away.
  • Storing food until they expire and end up throwing them.

The things that usually lead people to waste food:

  • Buying without thinking.
  • Buying over their needs.
  • Not choosing their food properly.
  • Ordering too much food when eating out.
  • Putting too much food in their plates.

Food are the third largest waste counted behind paper and yard waste on the first and second place respectively. 18 million tonnes of edible food, end up dumped in landfills. It is estimated that the total amount of food wasted in the United States and Europe could feed the world 3 times over! In the United States of America, the total amount of food wasted have increased up to 50 percent higher since the year 1974. One of the high factor of this dramatic rise is that up to 40 percent of produced food end up in landfills. 2 billion food could be fed for a year with the amount of the United States alone throws away each year. In the United Kingdom, 8.3 million tonnes of food are thrown away by house holds annually. City dwellers generally waste most food in the United Kingdom. 1.2 million tonnes of food is thrown away in its packaging. If we stop wasting food, the carbon impact would be equal to taking of 1 in 4 cars of the UK road.

Food Waste Info Graphic

Endangered Asian ‘unicorn’ captured, first sighting in decade

This intresting post was taken from CNN by me…

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The saola is critically endangered: This was the first sighting since remotely triggered cameras took images of one in 1999.

The saola is critically endangered: This was the first sighting since remotely triggered cameras took images of one in 1999.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The saola was captured by villagers in Laos in August
  • It was the first confirmed sighting of a saola since 1999
  • First discovered in 1992, the saola is considered critically endangered
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(CNN) — Scientists have confirmed the first sighting in more than a decade of one of the world’s rarest animals — the saola, sometimes called the Asian “unicorn.”

The animal was captured by villagers in Laos in August, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

The villagers took the saola back to their village in Bolikhamxay province and Laotian conservation authorities sent a team to check on the animal. The creature, likely weakened from its time in captivity, died shortly after that team arrived.

“The death of this saola is unfortunate,” the Provincial Conservation Unit of Bolikhamxay province said in the IUCN statement. “But at least it confirms an area where it still occurs and the government will immediately move to strengthen conservation efforts there.”

This was the first confirmed sighting of a saola since 1999, when remotely triggered cameras took images of one in Laos.

First discovered in 1992, the saola is considered critically endangered, its numbers so few that biologists have never witnessed one in the wild. Fewer than a few hundred saolas are believed to roam the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam. There are none in captivity.

The rarity of the saola, which resembles an African antelope but it more closely related genetically to wild cattle, gives it mythical status in some circles, according to the IUCN.

The saola, although it has two horns, may be the basis of the mythical Chinese unicorn, the qilin, although it is unknown if saolas ever existed in China.

The carcass of the saola recovered in the Laotian village was being preserved for study, officials said.

“Study of the carcass can yield some good from this unfortunate incident. Our lack of knowledge of Saola biology is a major constraint to efforts to conserve it,” says Dr. Pierre Comizzoli, a veterinarian with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and a member of the IUCN Saola Working Group.

“This can be a major step forward in understanding this remarkable and mysterious species.”

Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox or also known as Snow Fox or White Fox is the only native land mammal to Iceland. Click here for a more detailed article. Click here for the map. It came to the isolated     North Atlantic island at the end of the last ice age, walking over the frozen sea. Arctic Fox are found throughout the Arctic, including the outer edges of Greenland, Russia, Canada, Alaska, and Svalbard, as well as in Subarctic and alpine areas, such as Iceland and mainland alpine Scandinavia.  The subspecies of  the Arctic fox are, Bering Islands Arctic Fox, Iceland Arctic Fox, Pribilof Islands Arctic Fox and Greenland Arctic Fox.

The average length in the male is 85.3 cm, with a range of 83 to 110 cm and in the female average length is 82.1 cm, with a range of 71.3 to 85 cm. The tail of the male Arctic Fox is 31 cm long in  and in the female it is, 30 cm long. It is 25–30 cm high at the shoulder. An average male weighs 3.5 kg, with a range of 3.2 to 9.4 kg, while females average 2.9 kg, with a range of 1.4 to 3.2 kg.

Arctic Fox lives in some of the world’s most rigid extremes. Its deep and thick fur helps it to survive in the freezing snow. A system of counter current heat exchange in the circulation of paws to retain core temperature and is a good supply of body fat helps it to survive too. It has a low surface area to volume ratio, as evidenced by its short muzzle and legs, generally rounded body shape and thick ears. Since less surface area is exposed to cold, less heat escapes from its body. Its furry paws helps it to walk on ice. Arctic Fox has such keen hearing that it can precisely locate the position of its prey even if it is under the snow. It pounces and punches through the snow to catch its victim. To camouflage, its fur turns white during winter and turns brown during summer.

Arctic Fox Fur Changes
Arctic Fox Fur Changes

The gestation period of an Arctic Fox lasts for 53 days. The litters tends to average 5 to 8 pups but may be as many as 25. Both the mother and the father help to raise their young. The females leave the family and form their own groups and the males stay with the family. They form monogamous pairs in the breeding season. They’re born in the early summer and are raised in a large den. Dens houses many generation of fox. Young from previous year’s litter may stay with their family to help their younger siblings. Kits are initially brown and when they are older, they turn white. The Arctic Fox will generally eat any meat it can find. The Arctic Fox will generally eat any meat it can find. A family of foxes can eat dozens of lemmings each day. During April and May the Arctic Fox also preys on Ringed Seal pups when the young animals are confined to a snow den and are relatively helpless. Fish beneath the ice are also part of its diet. If there is an overabundance of food hunted, the Arctic Fox will bury what the family cannot eat. When its normal prey is scarce, the Arctic Fox scavenges the leftovers and even feces of larger predators, such as the polar bear, even though the bears’ prey includes the Arctic Fox itself.

Arctic Fox Kit

The Arctic Fox is a wonderful animal. We also need to stop hunting them or one day they will extinct.

A Fox's Den

Outstanding Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland Pictures

Here are some outstanding Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland pictures. It’s mixed with the March eruption though.