Spawning Arctic Grayling at Green Hollow Genetic Brood Reserve. Photo © Emily Cayer FWP
Graylings sound like wild beings out of a fantasy series, but in fact they’re a type of fish found all over the world in different species, some threatened with population decline, and some stable. The Arctic grayling, found in Russia and Canada but also some areas in Alaska, Montana and Wyoming, has suffered extirpation from certain spots in the latter two states during the last hundred years or so, due to anthropogenic effects. Ted Williams reports for The Nature Conservancy:
The Arctic grayling’s spotted, orange-trimmed dorsal fin looks as if it had been photoshopped. It’s half as long as the body and just as wide; and it glows with impossible shades of violet, green and turquoise. This gaudy trout cousin was deposited by the retreating glacier in the coldest, clearest waters of the contiguous states.
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One of the pillars at Gobekli Tepe.
By Sharon St Joan
In his remarkable book, Gobekli Tepe, Genesis of the Gods, Andrew Collins paints a portrayal of the possible cosmic significance of these great mysterious circles of stone pillars, in southeastern Turkey, whose origins go back nearly 12,000 years into the past, to the time of the ending of the last great Ice Age. They are believed to be the oldest megalithic structures in the world.
Obviously, no one today can know for sure what the builders of Gobekli Tepe intended or what they were thinking.
On some of the stone circles, imaginative depictions of animals are carved on the right sides of each of the great pillars – only on the right side, with no carvings on the left. Andrew Collins makes the point that these seemed to be designed for circumambulation – as devotees would have walked clockwise…
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You who are the wisdom
And the treasure – on the hill where bells peal
Life and death,
Death and life,
From the ever-grinding wheel
It is you who stay,
Who live deep in the dens of the earth,
In the rain-dark soil,
Of all being,
You who stay
When all has left
Fled far on the crane-white wings that shimmer,
And you too who encircle the stars and the moon,
You who glimmer
Like the lily,
That hisses of the ending soon.
Coil upon blue-hued coil,
Your hooded heads sway,
You know all
And yet nothing,
You sing the call
Of the lakes of eternity
On the silver wave
In the night of falling snow
And the peace of the dawn-pale petal.
Shanti. Shanti. Shanti.
© Sharon St Joan, 2016
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The Himalayas are home to many many a Unique Species of Fauna, one of which is the Realistic Yak and the other the Mythical Yeti.
Lovely Green Meadows near the Tsomgo Lake ( do see a previous blog titled LAKE OF SNOW) in Sikkim, India are grazing grounds and home to the large and furry Yaks( Scientific name Bos grunniens).
Yaks are native to this region and can be seen only at high altitudes above 3500 metres in the Himalayas in India.
A large number of Yaks are heavily decorated and domesticated. While many like to ride these Majestic Himalayan Bovids around the Tsongo Lake , I am personally against riding these animals.
The unpredictable mist envelops all including the Yak and his chaperon.
MIDST OF MIST
I was lucky to spot this majestic Yak ( I think he is Mr. Yak) having…
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Awhile back I messaged John E Marriott and asked if I could use his photographs on my blog. I’ve been a fan of his work ever since. This blog post is full of my favorite photographs fromJohn E Marriott’s Wilderness Printsenjoy the view!
Wild Wolf Pup by John E Marriott
“I am not formally trained as a photographer, but rather have learned by trial and error as I’ve gone along. I have also been lucky enough to have met and forged friendships with some incredibly interesting and skilled photographers over the years that I have gleaned information from: Al Williams, Jeff Waugh, Alec Pytlowany, Darwin Wiggett, Tom Murphy, and Terry Berezan come to mind. Unfortunately I never did get to meet the photographer I most wanted to — Japanese wildlife photographer Michio Hoshino, who died in Kamchatka, Russia in 1997.” FromJohn E Marriott biography
Wolf pack on…
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By Sharon St Joan
In 1963, when archeologists first went to southeastern Turkey to investigate Gobekli Tepe, they found the surrounding hills littered with stone tools, remnants left by ancient hunter-gatherers, just on the verge of transitioning to a new age of pastoralists and farmers.
Andrew Collins writes about Gobekli Tepe in his very fascinating book – Gobekli Tepe – Genesis of the Gods. It must have been an extraordinary place for archeologist Klaus Schmidt to see when he visited there in 1994.
Who could explain these elegant, enigmatic columns – tall, well-finished and beautifully carved with animal forms – going back many, many thousands of years to around 9,500 BCE, thousands of years earlier than any other known megalithic structures? What language did these early people speak and what was their culture? What gods did they worship? What were their lives like? And what was the meaning of these…
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