in rainbow hues,
This video says about itself:
1 June 2013
“The Garden of Earthly Delights” (1490-1510) by Hieronymus Bosch courtesy of Wikipedia.
Just on his painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, Bosch depicted over 500 animals of over 100 species.
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By Sharon St Joan
Going up a dirt pathway from the road, one comes to a sacred ant hill.
The tall ant hill looks a bit like a yellow rock with many shapes and indentations. Inside it termites live, called white ants. One doesn’t see any of the white ants, only the mound itself, and cloths that have been tied, with reverence, around it. Inside cobras live too, who come and go as they please – the cobras also are not visible, but they are sacred – invisible presences of the earth.
This particular sacred ant hill represents Ponni Amman, the Rice Goddess. Her worship here at this site is very ancient going way back before any of the nearby temples were carved into the rocks in the eighth century during the time of the early Pallava kings. It’s unclear how long the sacred anthill has been here, perhaps for…
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A natural stream in the Uinta Wilderness, in an area where there is no sheep grazing.
The Uintas Mountains run through northern Utah, south of the Wyoming border. In the center is the High Uintas Wilderness, where the highest peaks rise.
The Ashley Forest and the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache Forest are being severely damaged by the grazing of domestic sheep. The Forest Service is now thinking about allowing sheep grazing to continue in these Wildnerness areas.
Unlike Bighorn sheep, domestic sheep are not native; they are farm animals. They do not belong on this Wilderness land, which is meant to be wild. The grazing of thousands of domestic sheep destroys the habitat for wolves, cougars, bears, and wolverines – and the rest of the eco-system. The plant life is harmed along with streams and rivers, and trees disappear. The Wilderness then is no longer wilderness in any true sense of the word.
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This video says about itself:
6 November 2011
Forest & Bird has been protecting and restoring New Zealand’s natural environment since 1923. We are a not-for-profit independent registered charity that dedicated to the conservation of wild life and wild landscapes in New Zealand.
We are a community based organization. We have 50 volunteer branches throughout New Zealand. Our 3000 active volunteers manage and restore native forest and wetlands on our land and on public land. Each year they set over 10,000 traps and plant over 200,000 trees on our land and on public land. Our contribution to New Zealand since 1923 has been immense, as the Governor General Sir Anand Satyand said in 2009, “It would be difficult to imagine New Zealand without the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society.”
Forest & Bird launches ambitious strategy for…
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By Hilary Hanson in the USA:
It’s part of a group of butterflies that typically have special traits to help them survive the extreme cold.
03/17/2016 03:00 pm ET
A newly discovered butterfly species may be the only type of butterfly that can be found solely in Alaska.
The Tanana Arctic butterfly (Oeneis tanana), named after Alaska’s Tanana-Yukon River Basin, where the insect lives, has actually been present in a collection at the Florida Museum of Natural History for more than 60 years, according to a University of Florida press release. There, a specimen of the butterfly was categorized as the Chryxus Arctic (Oeneis chryxus), a similar-looking close relative.
But recently, Andrew “Lord of the Butterflies” Warren, a lepidopterist (that’s a scientist who studies butterflies and moths), was sorting through collections when he noticed that…
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On Monday I made a determined attempt to ‘bash the patch’and see if I could find some new local birds for the year. The main objectives were a couple of over due birds firstly a cormorant which I had expected to see by now and the second target a yellow hammer which I would also expected to have seen. The yellowhammer is from the bunting family and when caught in the right light is almost magical in intensity of colour. Alas after much walking neither bird was showing despite me visiting all their favourite haunts, hopefully not a sign of things to come. I did finally catch a photograph of a very common local bird which is busy preparing nests for this years offspring and very vocal all year round.
Gleaming in the spring sunshine a Rook with its distinctive bill and bare face ideal for digging for invertebrates without…
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