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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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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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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Chalets and Snow

Chalets and Snow

A woodsy chalet tucked into deep drifts of snow is an iconic image of alpine elevations. But the origin of the historic European chalet has its roots not in snow-sports but in dairy farming. In the heat of the summer, herders would drive their dairy cattle into the mountains for the duration of the season. With the temperatures significantly cooler than the lowland regions, the herders would live in the chalets where they would then produce milk, cheese and butter without fear of everything getting spoiled. Before the snows arrived, the cattle were then driven back down the mountain and the chalets closed up for the winter. Only in modern times have these lovely chalets become ‘ski chalets’ and opened up for the snow season.

Chalets and Snow Videos: I had to hunt to find this. It’s a personal 1-minute video that shows some beautiful footage of the wall of a historic chalet. Here’s a 1-minute video featuring a luxury chalet in Switzerland.

FunFacts about Chalets and Snow: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: A chalet, also called Swiss chalet, is a type of building or house, typical of the Alpine region in Europe. It is made of wood, with a heavy, gently sloping roof and wide, well-supported eaves set at right angles to the front of the house. (Source)
  • Chalets were often sunk into the ground to help maintain a comfortable temperature during the winter.
  • The term chalet stems from an Arpitan word (from parts of Switzerland and French Savoy) which means the hut of a herder.
  • Historically, the chalets were originally built in Alpine areas as a cool place to produce dairy products in the hotter, lowland summer months. Dairy cattle would be driven to the higher elevations where they would be kept until the fall. These chalets would then be locked up for the winter.
  • In modern times, these chalets were turned into homes to serve winter sports enthusiasts.
  • The term chalet is used all over the world and can even refer to beach houses.

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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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Rabbits in the Snow

Rabbits in the Snow

When it comes to the heat or the cold, rabbits and hares do much better in the snow, including minus-degree weather. The funfacts below are all about the arctic hare which thrives in the snow and in icy conditions. They have smallish ears to help keep their bodies focused on conserving heat and energy rather than on hearing. Arctic hares can move amazingly fast, up to 40 miles per hour. But their predators are numerous including wolves, polar bears, and foxes. The third video below shows bunnies romping in the snow.

Rabbits in the Snow Videos: Here’s a 6-minute video about caring for rabbits at -10. Here’s a 3-minute video about arctic hares. Here’s a fun 3-minute video of rabbits playing in the snow.

FunFacts about the Arctic Hare: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus) is a species of hare which is highly adapted to living in the Arctic tundra, and other icy biomes. The Arctic hare survives with shortened ears and limbs, a small nose, fat that makes up 20% of its body, and a thick coat of fur. It usually digs holes in the ground or under snow to keep warm and to sleep. Arctic hares look like rabbits but have shorter ears, are taller when standing and, unlike rabbits, can thrive in extreme cold. They can travel together with many other hares, sometimes huddling with dozens or more, but are usually found alone, sometimes taking more than one partner. The Arctic hare can run up to 60 kilometres per hour (40 mph). (Source)
  • The average arctic hare is two feet long and weighs about 12 lbs.
  • The arctic hare is an herbivore and willow is one of its favorite foods.
  • The arctic hare can be found in the northernmost regions of Greenland, the Canadian Arctic islands and Northern Canada, including Ellesmere Island, and farther south in Labrador and Newfoundland.
  • Most arctic hares are pure white through the winter but will turn gray or brown during the summer except in places where the summer is very short.
  • Female arctic hares, called does, give birth to as many as eight or nine ‘leverets’. The males are called bucks.
  • Arctic hares live an average of 3 to 5 years and do not do well in captivity.

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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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Trees and Snow

Trees and Snow

Originally, when I collected photos for The Beauty of Snow Again, I found so many gorgeous pics that I decided I’d do a similar blog which I’ve called ‘Trees and Snow’. Having never lived in snow country, I can only imagine the difficulties and demands of maneuvering through the season’s offerings. Though, I got a glimpse when one hard-working friend told me that by the time she reaches her car first thing in the morning to head off to work, she’s exhausted from the toils of moving snow around and all the other necessary efforts required to just keep warm. Brrrr! So, for those of you who have to shovel snow or try not to run into an unmarked ditch because of snow drifts or to keep from sliding down an iced over street, my deepest sympathies. I hope you can enjoy the photos anyway!

Now, how about some funfacts and one video about exploding trees!

Trees and Snow Videos: Here’s a 40-Second video of an exploding tree in the snow. Just for fun, here’s a 7-minute video of a two-story tree house with guest house and hot tub. 

FunFacts about Trees and Snow: (Source) (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Cold weather will cause some trees to explode by freezing the sap, because it contains water, which expands as it freezes, creating a sound like a gunshot. The sound is produced as the tree bark splits, with the wood contracting as the sap expands. (Source)
  • Here’s a quote about exploding trees: I was relaxing in front of a fire in the crispness of early morning when Crack! A sound like an explosion came from behind me in the woods. I scanned the trees and saw that a maple tree had “exploded”. The explosion caused a big crack in the tree about three feet high. When a winter wind stirs the frozen trees, they sometimes appear to burst vertically. When it was 40 degrees below zero at night, I lay awake and listened to the trees explode. That’s a true wilderness thermometer! ~ ~ Linda Runyon, The Essential Wild Food Survival Guide (Source)
  • The windmill palm, the Mediterranean Fan Palm, The pindo palm and the queen palm can all tolerate below freezing temperatures.
  • Dead trees that are still upright can be brought down by the weight of snow. (Source)

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

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New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, January 1, 2020! On Thursday, January 2nd, 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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Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox

Beautiful in all white, the arctic fox blends well with the environment it’s named after. With an average head-and-body length of only 22 inches, and a typical weight of only 7 lbs., the arctic fox is a small species. The red fox is twice the size of the arctic fox and is one of its predators. With an average life expectancy of only 1 year in the wild, nature has provided for the arctic fox since a female can give birth to and successfully rear as many as 25 pups at a time when the food supply is plentiful. In a lean year, though, she may not reproduce at all. 

The Arctic Fox: This 3.5-minute video shows an arctic fox hunting in winter. Here’s a 3-minute video of an arctic fox surviving near an oil-drilling facility.

FunFacts about the Arctic Fox: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus), also known as the white fox, polar fox, or snow fox, is a small fox native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and common throughout the Arctic tundra biome. It is well adapted to living in cold environments, and is best known for its thick, warm fur that is also used as camouflage. In the wild, most individuals do not live past their first year but some exceptional ones survive up to 11 years. Its body length ranges from 46 to 68 cm (18 to 27 in), with a generally rounded body shape to minimize the escape of body heat. (Source)
  • The diet of the arctic fox includes voles, fish, lemmings, waterfowl, seabirds, ringed seal pups, berries, insects, seaweed and carrion. 
  • Arctic foxes are monogamous.
  • Both male and female raise the young together.
  • Arctic foxes live in underground dens where the young are raised.
  • Predators of the arctic fox are polar bears, grizzly bears, golden eagles, red foxes and wolverines.
  • Arctic foxes stay warm by avoiding the wind, staying inside their dens, and curling up into tight balls. They also increase their body weight by as much as 50% in the autumn to help insulate against the winter cold.
  • Arctic foxes do not hibernate.
  • When lemmings are abundant, the white fox can give birth to as many as 25 pups. With a life expectancy of only 1 year and with so many predators, nature has given the arctic fox the largest litter size in the order Carnivora.

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

October Winners: Jackie B., Patty M.,  Donna W., Sheryl P., April M.!!!

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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The Beauty of Snow Again

The Beauty of Snow Again

As many of you know, I’ve lived in the desert, in the Phoenix area, for almost thirty years. During that time, it has snowed twice in the Valley of the Sun. Each time was magical, mostly because it was so rare to see all that white on the ground. I find snow, and especially photographs of snow, heart-achingly beautiful. Maybe it’s easier for me to say that since I don’t have to live with the daily challenges of moving snow around to get to a vehicle, or to clear a walkway, or to prep a garden for a snowy winter season. I don’t have to watch the roadside-snow turn brown from the local movement of automobiles. I don’t have to worry about accidentally driving into a ditch when the snowfall blurs the road markers. Instead, I can think very sentimentally about the sheer beauty of snow without any of the consequences.

The Beauty of Snow Videos: Here is a gorgeous, 6-minute video featuring a slide-show of lovely snowy scenes. Here’s a relaxing, 1-hour video of falling snow accompanied by lovely piano music.

FunFacts about Snow: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Snow comprises individual ice crystals that grow while suspended in the atmosphere—usually within clouds—and then fall, accumulating on the ground where they undergo further changes. It consists of frozen crystalline water throughout its life cycle, starting when, under suitable conditions, the ice crystals form in the atmosphere, increase to millimeter size, precipitate and accumulate on surfaces, then metamorphose in place, and ultimately melt, slide or sublimate away. 
  • The major snowy areas of the globe include the polar region and Antarctica, the northernmost half of the northern hemisphere, mountainous regions worldwide and the mountainous regions of the southern hemisphere.
  • Snow develops in the clouds.
  • Lake effect snow, quote: Lake-effect snow is produced during cooler atmospheric conditions when a cold air mass moves across long expanses of warmer lake water, warming the lower layer of air which picks up water vapor from the lake, rises up through the colder air above, freezes and is deposited on the leeward (downwind) shores. (Source)
  • Snowflakes can be classified.
  • A snowflake is a single ice crystal.

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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, December 25, 2019. *** Note: because of recent website troubles, I was unable to blog until December 23rd, so I’ve updated the end date for this contest to the 25th.

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

October Winners: Jackie B., Patty M.,  Donna W., Sheryl P., April M.!!!

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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SAPPHIRE FLAME Buy Links! 

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

October Winners: Jackie B., Patty M., Donna W., Sheryl P., April M.!!!

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, December 25th, 2019! On Thursday, December 26th, 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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To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about snow. Do you live in a snowy region but still find snow beautiful? Which photo did you like best?

*** 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!!!