Ottawa Canada

Ottawa Canada

If you’re visiting Ottawa and stumble across a delicacy called ‘beaver tails’, don’t worry, these are merely pastries made in the shape of beaver tails. Ottawa is the capital of Canada and located a few hours drive from the U.S. border. It’s original name was ‘Bytown’, named after Lieutenant Colonel John By and was founded in 1826. The name was changed to Ottawa when the city was incorporated in 1855. 

Ottawa Canada Videos: Here’s a beautiful, 4-minute Expedia video that introduces Ottawa. Here’s a 4-minute personal video that shows Ottawa in the winter.

FunFacts about Ottawa Canada: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. It stands on the south bank of the Ottawa River in the eastern portion of southern Ontario. Ottawa borders Gatineau, Quebec; the two form the core of the Ottawa–Gatineau census metropolitan area (CMA) and the National Capital Region (NCR). As of 2016, Ottawa had a city population of 934,243 and a metropolitan population of 1,323,783 making it the fourth-largest city and the fifth-largest CMA in Canada. In June 2019, the City of Ottawa estimated it had surpassed a population of 1 million. (Source)
  • Ottawa was founded in 1826 as Bytown, and incorporated as Ottawa in 1855.
  • Ottawa has become the political center of Canada.
  • The origin of the name “Ottawa”: It references the Ottawa River, the name of which is derived from the Algonquin Odawa, meaning “to trade”.
  • Both the National Arts Centre, the National Gallery are in Ottawa.
  • Three major rivers meet within Ottawa, the Ottawa River, the Gatineau River and the Rideau River.
  • Indigenous populations have lived in the area for 6500 years.
  • Ottawa is located within the major, yet mostly dormant Western Quebec Seismic Zone and occasionally has earthquakes.
  • Ottawa has a humid continental climate and receives an average of 88 inches of snow annually.
  • The Rideau Canal is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, and in 2007 was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Singer-songwriter Paul Anka was born in Ottawa.
  • Author Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa.

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Wyoming

Wyoming

The Great Plains run smack into the Rocky Mountains in the middle of Wyoming. Small wonder that half the state and its gorgeous natural beauty is owned by the federal government. Two important national parks reside in Wyoming: Grand Teton and Yellowstone. The state’s economy is built on agriculture including cattle, sugar beets, and wheat and on mineral extraction which includes coal, natural gas and oil. Centuries ago, Wyoming was the land of the Shoshone, the Arapaho, the Lakota and the Crow. The capital of Wyoming is Cheyenne.

Wyoming Videos: Here’s a terrific, ‘local-centered’ 3.5-minute video all about what you can see and do in Wyoming. Here’s a 4-minute video of Ten Best Travel Destinations in Wyoming.

FunFacts about Wyoming: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Wyoming is a state in the mountain region of the Western United States. The state is the 10th largest by area, the least populous, and the second most sparsely populated state in the country. Wyoming is bordered on the north by Montana, on the east by South Dakota and Nebraska, on the south by Colorado, on the southwest by Utah, and on the west by Idaho and Montana. The state population was estimated at 577,737 in 2018, which is less than 31 of the most populous U.S. cities including Denver in neighboring Colorado. Cheyenne is the state capital and the most populous city, with an estimated population of 63,624 in 2017. (Source)
  • Wyoming is a combination of the Rocky Mountains in the west and the High Plains in the east.
  • Almost half of Wyoming is owned by the U.S. government.
  • Federal lands include two significant parks: The Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
  • Original Native Americans of the region include the CrowArapahoLakota, and Shoshone.
  • Wyoming was ceded to the United States in 1848 at the end of the Mexican–American War
  • Wyoming has both a semi-arid and continental climate, with greater temperature extremes.
  • Wyoming’s economy is built on agriculture and mineral extraction.
  • The state bird is the western meadowlark.
  • The state emblem: Bucking Horse and Rider.

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Established in 1872, under President Ulysses S. Grant, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming was the first national park not only in the U.S. but possibly in the entire world. The land area of Yellowstone is a fantastic 3500 square miles, or two million acres, and is home to a ‘slumbering’ supervolcano which is considered dormant. But earthquakes are frequent though most cannot be detected by humans. In 1985, over a three month period, 3,000 minor earthquakes were detected in the northwestern part of the park. This kind of event is called an  earthquake swarm. In addition, half the world’s geysers and hydro-thermal events occur in Yellowstone as a result of volcanic activity. Old Faithful, which shoots a stream of hot water 150 feet into the air, every 60-90 minutes on average, is an example of just one of these events.

Yellowstone National Park Videos: Here is a 3.5-minute National Geographic video featuring a number of famous Yellowstone attractions. Treat yourself to this gorgeous, 8.5-minute Expedia video all about the park.

FunFacts about Yellowstone National Park: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Yellowstone National Park is an American national park located mostly in Wyoming, with small sections in Montana and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone was the first national park in the U.S. and is also widely held to be the first national park in the world. The park is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful geyser, one of its most popular features. It has many types of ecosystem, but the subalpine forest is the most abundant. It is part of the South Central Rockies forests ecoregion. (Source)
  • Native Americans have lived in the Yellowstone region for at least 11,000 years.
  • From the early-to-mid-19th century, mountain men traveled this region.
  • Organized exploration began in the late 1860s.
  • The U.S. Army oversaw the management of Yellowstone for a 30-year period between 1886 and 1916.
  • The National Park Service, was created in 1916 and took over management of Yellowstone in 1917.
  • Archaeologists have explored over a thousand sites in Yellowstone.
  • Yellowstone National Park extends over an area almost 3500 square miles in size.
  • The park is made up of lakes, canyons, rivers and mountains.
  • Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent.
  • Most of the land area of Yellowstone is a result of volcanic flow over millions of years.
  • The volcano is considered dormant. But half of the world’s geysers and hydrothermal features are found in Yellowstone and are fueled by this ongoing volcanism.
  • The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth’s northern temperate zone.
  • In 1978, Yellowstone was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Senegal Africa

Senegal Africa

One of the most stable African nations, Senegal is on the west coast of Africa in a zone between the Sahara and sub-Sahara called the Sahel. This region is mostly semi-arid.

Senegal is a land of rolling hills and tropical climate. Agriculture is an important part of the economy and tourism is increasing. Senegal was a minor departure point for the Atlantic Slave Trade. A mostly Muslim nation, French is the official language though the sixteen million inhabitants speak an incredible 39 unique languages.

Senegal Africa ~ Videos: Here is a beautiful 3-minute video all about Senegal. Here’s a 3.5-minute video of places to visit in and around Dakar, the capital of Senegal.

FunFacts about Senegal, Africa: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Senegal, officially the Republic of Senegal, is a country in West Africa. Senegal is bordered by Mauritania in the north, Mali to the east, Guinea to the southeast, and Guinea-Bissau to the southwest. Senegal also surrounds Gambia, a country occupying a narrow sliver of land along the banks of the Gambia River, which separates Senegal’s southern region of Casamance from the rest of the country. Senegal also shares a maritime border with Cape Verde. Senegal’s economic and political capital is Dakar. (Source)
  • The name, Senegal, comes from the Senegal River, which borders it to the east and north.
  • The population of Senegal is 16 million.
  • The capital and largest city of Senegal is Dakar which has a population of 2.45 million.
  • The climate is Sahelian, a designation that refers to a transition zone across the north of Africa between the Sahara to the north and the Sudanian Savanna to the south. This zone is semi-arid.
  • During prehistory, many ethnic groups lived in this region.
  • Modern Senegal has its roots in European colonialism, which began during the mid-15th century. Eventually, the French dominated this country, but independence was achieved peacefully in 1960.
  • Senegal today is one of the more stable African nations.
  • Agriculture is a major part of the economy. Senegal produces several important cash crops, including peanuts, sugarcane, cotton, green beans, tomatoes, melons, and mangoes.
  • Tourism is on the rise in Senegal.
  • Senegal was a minor departure point in the Atlantic slave trade.
  • Senegal has a strong reputation in many international organizations.
  • Senegalese landscape is one of rolling hills.
  • Most of Senegal has a tropical climate except where the desert begins in the east.
  • Though French is the official language, Senegal is home to 39 distinct local languages.
  • Islam is the predominant religion in Senegal.
  • Hospitality is greatly valued in Senegal and is considered part of the national identity.

  

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Turaco Bird

Turaco Bird

A beautiful, colorful bird endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, the turaco bird comes in a variety of colors. Some of the birds show red wings from below while in flight, though when not flying the red isn’t apparent. They are known as ‘banana eaters’, ‘loeries’ and ‘go-away-birds’ in different parts of the country. These gregarious birds usually have long tails and uniquely colored crests. These crests range in color from white to red, to blue to purple and even black. The crests often have two colors. Turacos are beautiful birds, beloved historically by African royal families, and some are even tame enough to hand-feed.

Turaco Bird ~ Videos: Here’s a 1-minute video of a beautiful green and blue turaco bird bathing in the wild. Here is an informative 5-minute video featuring several gorgeous species of turaco birds.

FunFacts about Turaco Bird: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The turacos make up the bird family Musophagidae (literally “banana-eaters”), which includes plantain-eaters and go-away-birds. In southern Africa both turacos and go-away-birds are commonly known as loeries. They are semi-zygodactylous – the fourth (outer) toe can be switched back and forth. The second and third toes, which always point forward, are conjoined in some species. Musophagids often have prominent crests and long tails; the turacos are noted for peculiar and unique pigments giving them their bright green and red feathers. (Source)
  • Turaco birds are a medium-sized arboreal bird.
  • Turaco birds live throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The turaco bird lives in woodlands, savanna and forests.
  • The turaco bird’s flight is weak but it can move swiftly through tree canopies.
  • The turaco bird feeds mostly on fruits and to a lesser extent on leaves, buds, and flowers. They also eat small insects, snails, and slugs.
  • Known as ‘banana-eaters’, they live up to their name. They will also eat grapes.
  • The turaco bird can become tame enough to hand-feed.
  • The turaco bird does not migrate.
  • The turaco bird is gregarious and moves about in a family group of about ten.
  • As their name suggests, turacos enjoy bananas and can become so tame they can be hand-fed. They will also eat grapes.
  • Turaco birds build large stick-nests in trees, and lay 2 or 3 eggs. The young are born with thick down and open, or nearly-open, eyes.
  • The turaco bird is known to be valued by the Swazi and Zulu royal families.

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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Emus

Emus

Tall, flightless birds with soft brown feathers, emus are native to Australia. They call to each other with whistling and purring sounds. The male emu incubates the eggs and tends to the young which may be the reason female emus fight over the males. A female can produce several clutches in a season. A relative of the ostrich, emus can grow to the height of a man and are capable of quick sprints up to thirty-one mph.

Videos of Emus: Here is a 38-second video featuring two emus in New South Wales making an almost purring sound. Very sweet. Here’s a 3-minute video of three baby emus.

FunFacts about Emus: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is the second-largest living bird by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich. It is endemic to Australia where it is the largest native bird and the only extant member of the genus Dromaius. The emu’s range covers most of mainland Australia, but the Tasmanian, Kangaroo Island and King Island subspecies became extinct after the European settlement of Australia in 1788. The bird is sufficiently common for it to be rated as a least-concern species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. (Source)
  • Emus’ feathers are soft and brown.
  • Emus are flightless birds.
  • Emus have long necks and legs.
  • Emus can grow up to 1.9 metres (6.2 ft) in height.
  • Emus can travel great distances and can sprint up to 50 km/h (31 mph).
  • Emus forage for a variety of plants and insects.
  • Emus can go for weeks without eating.
  • Emus drink infrequently but take in large amounts of water when it’s available.
  • Female emus can mate several times in a single season and lay several clutches of eggs.
  • Male emus incubate the eggs and tend to the young.
  • Females are known to fight over the males.
  • The emu appears on the Australian coat of arms and on various coins.
  • The emu features prominently in Indigenous Australian mythology.

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, January 15, 2020! On Thursday, January 16th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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Pincushion Flower

Pincushion Flower

An Australian native plant — both tree and shrub — the pincushion flower is a bird and bee delight. With round deep pink or red flowers that look stuck-all-over with ‘pins’, the plant lives up to its common name. The pincushion flower is a member of the Hakea family, which is a genus of about 150 plants that are endemic to Australia. The flower produces a unique, woody fruit. 

Pincushion Flower Videos: Here’s a lovely 2-minute video of the pincushion flower. Here’s a 2-minute video that shows the shrub and the flowers.

FunFacts about the Pincushion Flower: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Hakea laurina is shrub or small tree commonly known as kodjet or pin-cushion hakea and is endemic to Western Australia. The Noongar name for the plant is kodjet or kojet. It has red and cream conspicuous globular flowers and lance shaped leaves. Hakea laurina is an upright shrub or small tree with smooth grey bark, 2.5–6.0 m (8 ft 2 in–19 ft 8 in) high, 3–5 m (9.8–16.4 ft) wide and does not form a lignotuber. The inflorescence consists of 120-190 conspicuous white, deep pink or red pin cushion shaped flowers in the leaf axils. (Source)
  • The name ‘laurina’ refers to the resemblance of the leaves to the laurel plant.
  • The shrub was first formally described and named in 1830 by Scottish botanist, Robert Brown.
  • The pincushion flower shrub is propagated by seed.
  • The shrub is often used to form a hedge.
  • The pincushion flower shrub is widely used in America and Italy.
  • Though common in Western Australia, it is also being planted in the eastern states of Australia.
  • In the language of flowersHakea laurina symbolizes nobility and longevity.
  • Hakeas need well-drained soil.

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For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

January Winners: Connie F., Jeanette P.!!!

December Winner: Sheryl P.!

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, January 15, 2020! On Thursday, January 16th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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Horses in the Snow

Horses in the Snow

Today, I’ve combined two powerful, iconic themes: horses and snow. Both are amazing forces of nature. The weight of snow can crush trees and roofs. The power of the automobile is still measured in terms of horsepower. Both are beautiful beyond words. Snow gives us a crystalline purity and silence when it first falls. Horses are elegant in line and motion. The two together create an image that makes you think of myths and legends.

Horses in the Snow Videos: Here’s a 4-minute video of Icelandic horses enjoying the snow and getting some much-needed winter exercise. Here is a 2-minute video of horses playing in new fallen snow.

FunFacts about Horses: (Source) (Source)  *** Note: These funfacts appeared in the blog ‘Horses‘ in January 2018.

  • The horse is from the family Equidae and the species Equus ferus caballus.
  • Evolution, quote: The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature, Eohippus, into the large, single-toed animal of today. (Source)
  • The domestication of the horse began around 6000 years ago. By 5000 years ago, the horse was widely domesticated.
  • Most horses live between 25 and 30 years.
  • Horses have a strong fight-or-flight response and tend to flee from predators. This is unusual.
  • Horses can sleep standing up or lying down.
  • There are more than 300 breeds of horse today, each developed for a specific purpose.
  • Horses reach maturity by age 5. Here are the designations by age, quote: (Source)
    • Colt: A male horse under the age of four.
    • Filly: A female horse under the age of four.
    • Foal: A horse of either sex less than one year old.
    • Gelding: A castrated male horse of any age.
    • Mare: A female horse four years old and older.
    • Stallion: A non-castrated male horse four years old and older.
    • Yearling: A horse of either sex that is between one and two years old.
  • Average gestation is 340 days. Twins are rare.
  • Foals can stand and run within a short time following birth.
  • Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal.
  • Horses have psychological benefits for humans and are used in equine-assisted therapies for various disorders. There also seems to be some evidence that when prison inmates are given the opportunity to be with horses, it helps improve their behavior and reduces the likelihood that they will return to prison.
  • A horse can drink 38 liters of water a day.
  • A horse named ‘Old Billy’ lived to be 62 years old.
  • There are about 75 million horses in the world today.

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First January Winner: Jeanette P.!!!

December Winner: Sheryl P.!

November Winners: Lynn G., Tashia J., Maureen D., Betty O.!

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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First January Winner: Jeanette P.!!!

December Winner: Sheryl P.!!!

November Winners: Lynn G., Tashia J., Maureen D., Betty O.!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, January 8, 2020! On Thursday, January 9th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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*** And tell us where you’re from! I’m from Buckeye, Arizona, not far from Phoenix. (That’s the Desert Southwest, USA.) ***

Above all: Live the fang!!!