White heron (“crane”) dance

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Many old tales tell about white big birds which have been admired in Japan for their noble and graceful appearance. There is an old story about a lonely farmer who saved a crane’s life.

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The bird turned into a beautiful woman and became his wife. One day she asked the husband to build her a weaving room and promise never to peek inside. The wife wove beautiful thousand-crane patterned fabric from which the farmer could make a lot of money.

They had been living happily but due to the wife’s diminishing health the farmer looked into the room and saw a crane weaving cloth by picking up beautiful feathers from her body. After becoming aware that the farmer had discovered her true identity the crane flew to heaven.

Πολλές παλιές ιστορίες λένε για λευκά μεγάλα πουλιά που  θαυμάζoνται  στην Ιαπωνία για την ευγενή και χαριτωμένη εμφάνισή τους.

Υπάρχει μια παλιά ιστορία για έναν μοναχικό αγρότη που έσωσε τη ζωή ενός γερανού. Το πουλί μετατράπηκε σε μια όμορφη γυναίκα και έγινε γυναίκα του.

Μια μέρα ζήτησε από τον σύζυγο να την κτίσει ένα δωμάτιο για να υφαίνει  και να υποσχεθεί ότι δεν θα κοιτάξει ποτέ μέσα.

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Η σύζυγος ύφανε ένα  πανέμορφο ύφασμα φτιαγμένο από χιλιάδες φτερά  γερανών, από το οποίο ο αγρότης μπορούσε να βγάλει πολλά χρήματα.

Ζούσαν ευτυχισμένα, αλλά  ο αγρότης κοίταξε το δωμάτιο να δει αν η γυναίκα του είναι καλά στην υγεία της και είδε ένα γερανό να υφαίνει ύφασμα παίρνοντας όμορφα φτερά από το σώμα του. Μόλις κατάλαβε  ότι ο αγρότης είχε ανακαλύψει την πραγματική του ταυτότητα, ο γερανός πέταξε στον ουρανό.

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Botanical Garden: Athens’ Overlooked Treasure

More than 500 species of plants and trees can be found in the Botanical Garden

Τι θα λέγατε για μια κοντινή, μα πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα εξόρμηση από το πολύβουο κέντρο της Αθήνας, που θα σας φέρει πιο κοντά στην ομορφιά της φύσης; Σας μιλάμε για το Βοτανικό Κήπο Ιουλίας και Αλεξάνδρου Ν. Διομήδους ή αλλιώς το Διομήδειο Βοτανικό Κήπο, τον μεγαλύτερο βοτανικό κήπο της Νοτιοανατολικής Μεσογείου, με απίστευτη οργάνωση και εντυπωσιακή βλάστηση από φυτά και δέντρα, που σπάνια συναντά κανείς στην Ελλάδα.

If you’re looking for peace and quiet the Athens Botanical Garden is the place to find it, even on Sundays, when children romp around its grounds.

The garden’s administrator, Athens University forestry professor Stelios Soulios, says that 30,000 students visit the Botanical Garden each year, with hundreds of neighbors making use of its grounds for a simple stroll on weekdays and weekends.

The world’ s first botanical garden was created in Athens in the 4th century BC by Aristotle’s student, Theophrastos, considered to be the founding father of botany.

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Imigongo … art from ….cow dung

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Imigongo (Kinyarwanda: [imiɡoːŋɡo]) is an art form popular in Rwanda traditionally made by women using cow dung. Often in the colors black, white and red, popular themes include spiral and geometric designs that are painted on walls, pottery, and canvas.

 

 

The images are produced using cow dung which is put onto wooden boards in spiral and geometric designs. The dung is left to harden and is then decorated using colours made from organic material. The traditional colours are black, white, red, grey and beige-yellow but increasingly other colours are used. Continue reading

Carl von Linné …”father of modern taxonomy”

 

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Carl Linnaeus  (23 May 1707 – 10 January 1778), also known after his ennoblement as Carl von Linné, was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist who formalised binomial nomenclature, the modern system of naming organisms. He is known as the “father of modern taxonomy”. Many of his writings were in Latin, and his name is rendered in Latin as Carolus Linnæus (after 1761 Carolus a Linné).

Linnaeus was born in the countryside of Småland in southern Sweden. He received most of his higher education at Uppsala University and began giving lectures in botany there in 1730. He lived abroad between 1735 and 1738, where he studied and Continue reading

Rainwater Collecting Installation Dazzles Like an Outdoor Chandelier

Situated in a clearing within an Italian forest, John Grade’s latest installation, Reservoir, appears like a chandelier glistening among the pine trees. Reservoir is featured in the Arte Sella Sculpture Park in Borgo Valsugana and is made up of five thousand clear droplets each of which is delicately attached to translucent nets, supported by tree trunks.

On designing Reservoir, Grade (previously) studied the Park’s ecosystem, carefully planning the installation in harmony with the surrounding landscape. “I became most interested in the way rain falls through this grove of trees, the canopy delaying the droplet’s journey to the ground as well as how quiet and sheltered the forest was during a heavy rain,” Grade tells Colossal. “I wanted to make a sculpture that responded to the rain directly as well as a sculpture that responded to people.”

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Boto το δελφίνι των ποταμιών – Pink River Dolphin

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Scientists in Brazil have discovered the first new river dolphin species since the end of World War One.

Named after the Araguaia river where it was found, the species is only the fifth known of its kind in the world.

Writing in the journal Plos One, the researchers say it separated from other South American river species more than two million years ago.

There are believed to be about 1,000 of the creatures living in the Araguaia river basin.

River dolphins are among the world’s rarest creatures.

Σε μια ζούγκλα της Βραζιλίας όπου οι βροχές πέφτουν ασταμάτητα …. και τα δέντρα μέχρι τη μέση είναι βυθισμένα στο νερό……. ανακαλύφθηκε ένα νέο είδος δελφινιού ποταμίσιου που κολυμπά ανάμεσά τους….. Continue reading

The Adorable Custom of ‘Telling The Bees’

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The bee friend, a painting by Hans Thoma (1839–1924)

There was a time when almost every rural British family who kept bees followed a strange tradition. Whenever there was a death in the family, someone had to go out to the hives and tell the bees of the terrible loss that had befallen the family.

 

Failing to do so often resulted in further loss such as the bees leaving the hive, or not producing enough honey or even dying. Traditionally, the bees were kept abreast of not only deaths but all important family matters including births, marriages, and long absence due to journeys. If the bees were not told, all sorts of calamities were thought to happen. This peculiar custom is known as “telling the bees”. Continue reading

The Old Shop with shells turned into an oil dynasty!

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To Παλαιοπωλείο µε τα κοχύλια που µετατράπηκε σε δυναστεία πετρελαίου!

The name of the global oil company “Shell” is, oddly enough, a reminder of the victorian love of conchology.

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In 1833 one Marcus Samuel opened such a shop selling shells, curios, and other trinkets to natural history enthusiasts. By 1851 Marcus was described in the census as a ‘shell merchant’ and was listed as proprietor of ‘The Shell Shop’ in Houndsditch. He later formed the ‘Shell Transport and Trading Company.’ In 1882 his son (Marcus Junior) while travelling in the Caspian Sea, saw a potential for exporting oil from the region. He commissioned the world’s first purpose-built oil tanker and named the tanker the Murex, Latin for a type of snail shell, as a nod to the company’s beginnings. The first logo (1901) was a mussel shell, but by 1904 it was replaced with a scallop shell.

And so it has remained ever since.

Πάνω από 100 χρόνια το έµβληµα της Shell µε το κοχύλι αποτελεί ένα από τα πλέον αναγνωρίσιµα σήµατα στον κόσµο. Σύµφωνα µε έρευνες µάλιστα, µόνο ο Άγιος Βασίλης έχει καταφέρει να ξεπεράσει σε αναγνωρισιµότητα το έµβληµα της Αγγλο-Ολλανδικής επιχείρησης πετρελαίου και χηµικών. Continue reading

2019 International Horticultural Exhibition in Beijing

 

 

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Actors perform at the opening ceremony of the 2019 International Horticultural Exhibition in Beijing’s Yanqing district on April 28. The horticultural expo officially welcomes visitors starting April 29. Its huge collection of plants and flowers, eye-catching pavilions and green development concepts will enthrall visitors for 162 days. [Photo/Xinhua]

Yanqing County to the north west of Beijing contains the 960 hectare site to be used for the expo. Already an important tourist destination within China the area has beautiful scenery, clean air and one of the best places to view the Great Wall of China (Badaling). Continue reading

The Chinese Bamboo Tree teaches us…

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Wish you a nice weekend my friends!!!

 

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I know it sounds a little out there but hear me out on this one.  This is such a great parable.  I don’t know if you’ve heard this story about the Chinese Bamboo Tree before now but this is one of those lessons that really sticks with you.  The Chinese Bamboo Tree teaches us success lessons on patience, faith, perseverance, growth & development and most surprising of all… human potential!

 

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The Story of The Chinese Bamboo Tree

Like any plant, growth of the Chinese Bamboo Tree requires nurturing – water, fertile soil, sunshine. In its first year, we see no visible signs of activity. In the second year, again, no growth above the soil. The third, the fourth, still nothing. Our patience is tested and we begin to wonder if our efforts (caring, water, etc.) will ever be rewarded.

And finally in the fifth year – behold, a miracle! We experience growth. And what growth it is! The Chinese Bamboo Tree grows 80 feet in just six weeks!

Life is very much like the process of developing Chinese bamboo. Often we are discouraged. We do the right things and nothing seems to happen. But it happens, it just does not look! And those of us who continue to persevere and do not give up, we will see the results in all their grandeur and enjoy the rewards.

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Dubai Miracle Garden

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Διανθισμένος με περισσότερα από 45 εκατομμύρια είδη λουλουδιών, ο “Miracle Garden” («Ο Θαυμαστός Κήπος») είναι ο εκτενέστερος ανθισμένος κήπος στον κόσμο.

 

The Dubai Miracle Garden is the largest flower garden in the world. The Dubai Miracle Garden itself is a miracle, as it is located within the hot deserts of Dubai, UAE. Desert and garden are the two opposite things in nature yet they are highly desirable by its inhabitants. The Dubai Miracle Garden realizes such dreams and desires into reality by introducing a sustainable concept of a huge garden and that too in the heart of a desert. Continue reading

Marianne North – The painter of the world’s plants

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Αντί να προβάλλουμε την ασχήμια και τη διαφθορά δε θα ήταν καλύτερα να μαθαίνουμε για ανθρώπους που αγωνίστηκαν με όποιον τρόπο να αφήσουν κάτι στους επόμενους που να αξίζει????

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Η ζωγράφος των φυτών του κόσμου

Το 1860, η Marianne North ερασιτέχνης κηπουρός και ζωγράφος, διέσχισε τον ωκεανό για την Αμερική, κουβαλώντας πινέλα, μπογιές, ένα καβαλέτο, και την αγάπη της για τα λουλούδια. Στη συνέχεια ταξίδεψε στη Τζαμάικα, στο Περού, στην Ιαπωνία, στην Ινδία και την Αυστραλία. Επισκέφτηκε όλες τις ηπείρους εκτός από την Ανταρκτική, ψάχνοντας νέα λουλούδια για να ζωγραφίσει. «Εντυπωσιάστηκα από την ποικιλία των θεμάτων που μπορούσα να ζωγραφίσω», έγραψε.

Rather than projecting ugliness and corruption, it would not be better to learn about people who fought in any way to leave something to the next to be worth ???? 

 

In 1860, Marianne North, an amateur gardener and painter, crossed the ocean to America, carrying brushes, paints, a cane, and her love for flowers. He then traveled to Jamaica, Peru, Japan, India and Australia. He visited all the continents except Antarctica, looking for new flowers to paint. “I was impressed by the variety of subjects I could draw,” she wrote.

Marianne North (24 October 1830 – 30 August 1890) was a prolific English Victorian biologist and botanical artist, notable for her plant and landscape paintings, her extensive foreign travels, her writings, her plant discoveries and the creation of her gallery at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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Canola flowers form a beautiful ‘golden sea’

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Luoping County is quiet for most of the year until the canola flowers bloom, and then the area of Yunnan, China, is reborn into a vibrant natural spectacle of yellow flowers as far as the eye can see. 

The fields of canola — also known as rapeseed — are used in the production of cooking oil. They’re also as popular with bees as tourists and photographers, so beekeepers set up tents among the flowers during their February to April bloom. While most anywhere outside the limits of the small town of Luoping is drenched in the sunny hues, the most surreal places to view them are with the towering mountains like the Golden Rooster Hill (aka Jinjifeng) and Hundred Thousand Hills spiking up from the floral fields. In some areas they also form otherworldly shapes in the terraced farms.

At the beginning of the canola season an annual festival is held in the flower’s honor, while after the petals fall Luoping County returns to its slumber amongst the hills.  Continue reading

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind

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Tο Αγόρι που Δάμασε τον Άνεμο (2019)

Young William lives in a village in Malawi with his mother (Aïssa Maïga) and father (Chiwetel Ejiofor). When a terrible drought befalls the region, the threat of famine pushes him to seek out a solution: what if he built a water pump with a small bicycle generator? Continue reading

Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel peace prize


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Greta Thunberg, the founder of the Youth Strike for Climate movement, has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize, just before the biggest day yet of global action.

 

Thunberg began a solo protest in Sweden in August but has since inspired students around the globe. Strikes are expected in 1,659 towns and cities in 105 countries on Friday, involving hundreds of thousands of young people. Continue reading

Return of Spring: Return of Persephone


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Spring Equinox

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In ancient times, the spring equinox marks the time of the return of the goddess Persephone from the Underworld. Persephone is the daughter of Demeter, goddess of the earth and, at the fall equinox, she descends downward into the Underworld to visit with the dead.

In her absence, Demeter searches in vain for her daughter, and becomes consumed by grief, causing all of the earth to wither and die.  The gods later intervene, bringing Persephone back up from the Underworld to reunite with her mother at spring time, thus the blossoming of the earth anew. Grecian history marks the story of Continue reading

Hong Kong Flower Show 2019

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The Hong Kong Flower Show is a major event organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to promote horticulture and the awareness of greening.

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Every year, it provides a good opportunity for hundreds of thousands of local citizens and horticulture lovers all over the world to appreciate the beauty of flowers and share their experiences in the cultivation of flowers. Continue reading

Mandrake… Satan’s Apple

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Στη βοτανολογία ονομάζεται Mandragora officinarum και είναι γνωστός και ως «το μήλο του Σατανά».

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Ernest Board, Dioscorides describing the mandrake, 1909

 

Fans of Harry Potter must remember the scene from the second movie ‘Harry Potter and the Secret Chamber’ when Professor Sprout pulls out a squealing Mandrake from its pot during Herbology class.

In real life, Mandrake is a plant related to deadly nightshade and has roots that resemble the male and female human form. Continue reading

God’s Altar – Ecuador’s Tulcán Municipal Cemeter

While most cemeteries are content with their tranquil natural vistas, one caretaker decided that he was going to step it up a notch, and transformed the graveyard’s tall hedges into a sprawling topiary wonderland.

 

 

In 1936, gardener Josè Maria Azael Franco, who worked as the caretaker of the city’s municipal cemetery, began sculpting the rows of bushes under his care into a variety of shapes and designs.

There are the archways and angular geometric shapes that can be found in topiary collections around the world, but Franco also created a number of unique natural sculptures all his own. The garden features animals, angels, Incan symbols, and bulbous, iconic creatures squatting in a row. Continue reading

Hummingbirds Battle in the Air

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A Mayan legend says the hummingbird is actually the sun in disguise, and he is trying to court a beautiful woman, who is the moon.

Ένας θρύλος των Μάγια λέει ότι το κολιμπρί είναι στην πραγματικότητα ο ήλιος μεταμφιεσμένος, και προσπαθεί να φλερτάρει μια όμορφη γυναίκα, που είναι το φεγγάρι.

Hummingbirds sometimes use their unmatched flying skills for something other than feeding on flowers–for fighting over them. Flowers in full bloom are a call to arms. It’s fight and flight – a display of skill and fiery temper.

 

 

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Recycled Materials for Medals at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

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Η χώρα του ανατέλλοντος ηλίου ανακυκλώνει ηλεκτρονικές συσκευές για τα μετάλλια των Ολυμπιακών Αγώνων Τόκιο 2020

 

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee) is conducting the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project to manufacture the medals for use at Tokyo 2020 from consumer electronics such as used mobile phones.

Through this project, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will manufacture approximately 5,000 gold, silver and bronze medals for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Continue reading

Skating on frozen Lake Baikal

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Skaters in Siberia enjoy some of the season’s last trips across frozen Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest and deepest lake.

 

One of the most beautiful and visited places in Russia is Lake Baikal. It is located on the border of the Irkutsk region and the Republic of Buryatia.

This place has conquered the hearts not only local tourists, but the foreigners too. The Baikal is rightly called the “The Holy Sea” and “The Diamond of the Planet”, but even these phrases are not enough to describe all his charm. Continue reading

Lemon Festival in Menton 2019

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To φεστιβάλ λεμονιού διεξάγεται κάθε Φεβρουάριο στην πόλη Menton της Γαλλίας. Πρόκειται για ένα από τα πιο ιδιόμορφα φεστιβάλ του κόσμου με παράδοση δεκαετιών. Διαρκεί 15 ημέρες και οι δρόμοι της πόλης γεμίζουν γιγαντιαίες κατασκευές φτιαγμένες από λεμόνι, μουσικά συγκροτήματα και διάφορες εκδηλώσεις για μικρά και… μεγάλα παιδιά.

 

 

Started in 1933 as a fruit show, the Lemon Festival Menton has grown to be so much more and is now an internationally renowned event, drawing around 160,000 visitors to a joyful fruity jamboree every year.

But the Menton lemon has always been special. It’s a very bright yellow, elongated rather than round, and prized by chefs for its rich essential oil. Continue reading

Parthenon’s full moon

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-«Το διάδημα του φεγγαριού στο μέτωπο της νύχτας»

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The moon rises over the Parthenon on the ancient Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.

Tuesday’s full moon, or supermoon, appears brighter and bigger than other full moons because it is close to its perigee, which is the closest point in its orbit to Earth.

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Chiribiquete National Park – “The Maloca of the Jaguar”

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Chiribiquete National Park, the largest protected area in Colombia

 

 

Over 75,000 figures have been made by indigenous people on the walls of the 60 rock shelters from 20,000 BCE, and are still made nowadays by the uncontacted peoples protected by the National Park.

These paintings depict hunting scenes, battles, dances and ceremonies, as well as fauna and flora species, with a particular the worship of the jaguar, a symbol of power and fertility. Continue reading

Kenyan roses for Valentine’s Day

Τα τριαντάφυλλα της Κένυας και ο Άγιος Βαλεντίνος

Αν ζείτε στην Ευρώπη και είχατε την τύχη να σας προσφέρουν τριαντάφυλλα την ημέρα του Αγίου Βαλεντίνου, μάλλον θα προέρχονταν από την Κένυα. Κι αυτό γιατί το περίπου 25% των λουλουδιών που πωλούνται στην Ευρώπη εισάγονται από τη συγκεκριμένη χώρα.

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NAIVASHA: In a country strangled by anger and fear, it is taking armed escorts and emergency airlifts to transport Kenya’s most warmhearted export – the rose – abroad for Valentine’s Day.

Kenyan flowers – mostly roses – account for a quarter of Europe’s cut flower imports, and Kenyan growers have been pushing to keep exports up for the holiday despite ethnic violence that has paralysed the East African country.

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There is enough food grown in the world for everyone

 

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There is enough food grown in the world for everyone. And yet we remain stuck in a food crisis. Half the world’s food is lost as waste and a billion people – one in every six of the world’s poorest – cannot access enough of the other half and so go hungry every day. Our leaders have another chance to put that right.

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Υπάρχουν αρκετά τρόφιμα που καλλιεργούνται στον κόσμο για όλους. Και όμως παραμένουμε κολλημένοι σε μια κρίση των τροφίμων.

Το μισά από τα τρόφιμα του κόσμου χάνονται ως απόβλητα και ένα δισεκατομμύριο άνθρωποι – ένας στους έξι από τους φτωχότερους στον κόσμο – δεν μπορούν να έχουν πρόσβαση στο άλλο από το άλλο μισό και έτσι πεινούν καθημερινά.

Οι ηγέτες μας έχουν άλλη μια ευκαιρία να το κάνουν αυτό.

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Cormorant Fishing (Ukai)

Ψάρεμα με κορμοράνους στην Ιαπωνία

Ukai is a traditional fishing method which uses trained cormorants to catch river fish such as sweetfish (ayu).

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This type of fishing has been around for over 1300 years, most prominently along the Nagaragawa River in Gifu City, where the master fishermen have official patronage from the emperor. Continue reading

Milford Sound – the Eighth Wonder of the World

Māori Milford Sound History

Milford Sound history begins a long time ago, back when all of New Zealand was an unspoiled land of forest and mountains, rivers and sea. Māori people living in the South Island discovered Milford Sound more than 1,000 years ago.

Tribes would travel there to fish and hunt around the fiord, and to collect precious pounamu. These treks from the east used traditional pathways across passes, including what is now known as MacKinnon Pass on the Milford Track. Continue reading

IT IS THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

 

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There was a man taking a morning walk at or the beach. He saw that along with the morning tide came hundreds of starfish and when the tide receded, they were left behind and with the morning sun rays, they would die.

The tide was fresh and the starfish were alive. The man took a few steps, picked one and threw it into the water. He drepeatedly. Right behind him there was another person who Continue reading

Leonhart Fuchs_ Fuchsia

 

 

Fuchs was born in 1501 in Wemding in the Duchy of Bavaria. After attending a school in Heilbronn, Fuchs went to the Marienschule in ErfurtThuringia at the age of twelve, and graduated as Baccalaureus artium. In 1524 he became Magister Artium in Ingolstadt, and received a doctor of medicine degree in the same year.

 

Fuchs’ name is preserved by the plant Fuchsia,]discovered in the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean in 1696/97 by the French scientist and Minim monk Charles Plumier. He published the first description of “Fuchsia triphylla, flore coccineo” in 1703. It is sometimes thought that the color fuchsia is also named for Fuchs, but that actually derives from fuchsine, an early trade name for the dye rosaniline hydrochloride, which produces a brilliant pink-purple color.

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RESCUER’S ARE ANGELS

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Yes, rescuers are angels
You cannot see their wings
They keep them neatly folded
As they do their caring things.

 

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How the Snowdrops Came

   Fairies are never allowed to stray out of Fairyland during the winter-time. But when spring comes they may dance and play in the woods and meadows of the earth as long as they please, and at night they may sleep out in the wood, curled up in a bluebell or a buttercup.

   There was once a fairy called Silver Wing, who grew tired of waiting for the spring-time. One day early in February she whispered a secret to her playmates. Continue reading

Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden – Springfield, MA

 

 

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on  2 March 1904. An American writer, cartoonist, animator, book publisher, and artist best known for authoring children’s books under the pen name Dr. Seuss.

His work includes several of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death. Continue reading

The fairy tale of a truth – Το παραμύθι μιας αλήθειας

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Once upon a time it was a shepherd’s family. They had all their sheep together in a corral. They fed them, cared for them and grazed them.

Somewhere, the sheep were trying to break it.

The oldest shepherd came and said,

“Oh, sheep unconsciously and arrogant, do not you know that out there the plains are full of dangers? Only here is plenty of water, food, and above all, protection from the wolves. “

In general, this was enough to hinder the sheep’s “freedom”.

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Why living like a cat could be the secret to happiness and success

 

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Watching the cats in Hydra island  I remembered the book of French author Stéphane Garnier “How to Live Like Your Cat”

Stop over-thinking

They have no sense of time, so they don’t stress, rather they focus on the moment. As a result their minds are unburdened and they are free to enjoy themselves.

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Sailing races in Hydra island, Greece

Every year there are two established sailing races at the island, and attract an increasing number of vessels and visitors to the island who come either by vessels or by other means of transport.

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Α.The first regatta is at the end of October near the celebration of October 28. This year will take place from Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30, 2016.

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The Mules of Hydra Island, Greece

Το βασίλειο του αγωγιάτη

Τα γαϊδουράκια και τα μουλάρια «σηκώνουν στην πλάτη τους» το νησί

Στην Ύδρα τα μουλάρια είναι συνυφασμένα με την εικόνα του νησιού. Τα συναντάς στο λιμάνι, στα στενά να είναι φορτωμένα με κάθε είδους αντικείμενο από ψυγεία και πλυντήρια έως τρόφιμα και υλικά οικοδομής. Τα μουλάρια στην Ύδρα είναι το απόλυτο μεταφορικό μέσο στη στεριά. Είναι απαραίτητα γι΄αυτό και απολαμβάνουν της φροντίδας και της αγάπης ντόπιων και επισκεπτών.

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Almost everywhere in Greece, cars, trucks, and motorcycles have taken over.

Everywhere, that is, except for Hydra.

For on this picturesque island, a short hydrofoil trip from Greece’s sprawling, congested capital, the donkey — and the mule — keep the town running. With motorized vehicles banned from the island the only form of land transport is equine. Continue reading

Spires of the fireweed.. Ian Emberson

Fireweed is a bush that takes on a bright red colour in autumn

Spires of the fireweed on the fretted sky –
Tints of magenta on tranquility,
Do you feel nurture for the life within,
The burst of bloom that yields your progeny.
Do you have sense of flowering’s fleeting glow,
Bearing its part in continuity
To charge the seed and rip its casing wall
And float its fluff upon the autumn wind?…

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https://www.inspirationalstories.com/poems/spires-of-the-fireweed-ian-emberson-poem/

 

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Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i

Όταν η Τζόρτζια Ο΄Κιφ ζωγράφιζε τον τροπικό παράδεισο της Χαβάης

 

You know a Georgia O’Keeffe painting when you see one – those oversized flowers and stark images of New Mexico. But an exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden showcases one of her lesser-known subjects. “Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawaii” includes 20 works, and a curated flower show.

“This is Georgia O’Keeffe, but sort of turned up a notch,” said Joanna Groarke, one of the curators of the exhibit. “We see these incredibly bright tropical colors that of course are inherent to the subject, but also feel different.” Continue reading

Giant fights and giant’s causeway – Το Μονοπάτι του Γίγαντα

“You are standing on, or are about to visit, one of my favourite places. The jewel in the crown of the fabulous coast of Antrim. A site of World Heritage and therefore ranked alongside Mount Everest and the Giant Redwoods of California for it’s importance to humankind.Volcanic activity helped Finn Mc Cool forge this wonder of the World some 60 Million years ago. It is today the habitat of rare plants and animals. Please treat their home with the pride and the care it deserves.” –   Dr David Bellamy

 

“The Giant’s Causeway is the aftermath of volcanic crashing, burning and cooling,” Eleanor explains. “An epic 60-million-year-old legacy to lava. Over 40,000 basalt columns. Interlocked.

“It’s no wonder this place is a Unesco World Heritage Site because beyond the mindboggling beauty, the Causeway is our portal into Earth’s most ancient past,” she concludes.

Giant fights

Finn is having trouble with someone across the water. The Scottish giant Benandonner is threatening Ireland. An enraged Finn grabs chunks of the Antrim coast and throws them into the sea. The rock forms a path for Finn to follow and teach Benandonner a lesson.

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‘Mud Men’ of Papua New Guinea

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For centuries, the Asaro ‘Mud Men’ of Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea, have adorned themselves with mud, clay masks and bamboo finger extensions to look like evil spirits.

 

 

 

While the masks have different origin stories, it is believed that in the 1800s, tribesmen would raid other villages – for their women or pigs – while intimidating their enemies with large masks and bamboo spears. Continue reading

Illuminated water and the disappearance of corals

However, the news is not all good. The science tells us we’re committed to losing about 90 percent of the remaining coral reefs due to impacts of climate change, and the threats of pollution and overfishing are still on the rise. Will it be a case of too little too late? Continue reading

“Like being in a dream”

Called Curiosity Cloud, Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler’s installation for Perrier-Jouët consists of 264 suspended blown-glass bulbs, each of which contains a hand-made model of an insect.

The installation lies dormant when there’s nobody around. But the bulbs light up and the insects inside start fluttering against the glass as soon as visitors get close.
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Primorsky oceanarium

Σήμερα θα σας κάνω μια εικονική περιήγηση στο Primorsky oceanarium στο Βλαδιβοστόκ, που άνοιξε ξανά  τις πόρτες του στους επισκέπτες,  μετά από μια μακρά ανακαίνιση το Δεκέμβριο του 2016.

The Primorsky oceanarium promises to be in TOP 10 best oceanariums of the world, Russia itself has no other oceanariums to compare with this one. The main building whose area is 35 thousand square meters will accomodate 500 aquariums for eighteen thousand kinds of fish and mammals.

This oceanarium is not only an entertainment object, but a scientific base as well. Hundreds of scientists are going to work there.

http://englishrussia.com/2016/03/26/new-russian-oceanarium-promises-to-be-one-of-the-world-best/

https://el.garynevillegasm.com/puteshestviya/87203-chto-nuzhno-znat-pered-tem-kak-posetit-okeanarium-vladivostoka.html

Wild Camels in far West

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In 1855, the government used funds to buy and ship camels from Egypt. They thought that they would do better in the heat than horses would, making missions easier. When the Civil War broke out a couple of years later, many camels escaped, and bred, leaving hundreds of feral camels in the wilds of Texas.


Έχετε δει ποτέ τον Τζον Γουέιν στην κινηματογραφική του καριέρα να καβαλά καμήλα; Ποτέ! Κι όμως, οι νοτιοδυτικές ΗΠΑ συνήθιζαν να φιλοξενούν εκατοντάδες καμήλες, κι αυτό με παρέμβαση της κυβέρνησης.

Ήταν το 1855 λοιπόν όταν το Κογκρέσο διέθεσε κονδύλι 30.000 δολαρίων για τη μεταφορά αραβικών καμήλων από την Αίγυπτο. Η ιδέα ήταν ότι ένα Continue reading

Zapote “Hells Bells” – Oι καμπάνες του διαβόλου

Δεν υπάρχει τίποτα οπουδήποτε στον κόσμο, σαν τους σταλακτίτες σε αυτό το Cenote. Αντί για τους τυπικούς σταλακτίτες, σταλαγμίτες και στήλες, οι σταλακτίτες σε αυτό το Cenote έχουν σχήμα καμπάνων.

Μερικοί άνθρωποι πιστεύουν ότι μπορεί να υπήρχε άνεμος φυσώντας στο σπήλαιο όταν σχηματίστηκαν. Αλλά κανείς δεν ξέρει.

 

There’s nothing anywhere in the world like the stalactites in this Cenote. Rather than the typical stalactites, stalagmites and columns, the stalactites in this Cenote are shaped like bells.

Nobody is sure how or why it happened. But I’ve been in probably 100 caves above and below water and I’ve never seen anything like these, or I guess, has anywhere else. Some people think there might have been wind blowing in the cave when they were formed. But nobody knows. Continue reading

The incredible 2000-year-old earthquake detector

Μια πυξίδα, 8 δράκοι, 8 βατράχια και ένα δοχείο αξιόπιστα μετρούσαν τους σεισμούς 2.000 χρόνια πριν

Although we still cannot accurately predict earthquakes, we have come a long way in detecting, recording, and measuring seismic shocks.

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Many don’t realise that this process began nearly 2000 years ago, with the invention of the first seismoscope in 132 AD by a Chinese astronomer, mathematician, engineer, and inventor called Zhang (‘Chang’) Heng.

The device was remarkably accurate in detecting earthquakes from afar, and did not rely on shaking or movement in the location where the device was Continue reading

Restless Temple – ride the storm

Temples are usually made of stone, stand still and glorify mortal and immortal power. I started to think about this temple in 2000, as a monument to our ambitious and precarious ingenuity – always at the mercy of the forces of Nature. This temple moves between the powers of wind and gravity.

Οι ναοί συνήθως κατασκευάζονται από πέτρα, στέκονται ακόμα και δοξάζουν τη θνητή και αθάνατη δύναμη. Άρχισα να σκέφτομαι αυτό το ναό το 2000, ως μνημείο της φιλόδοξης και επισφαλούς εφευρετικότητας μας – πάντα στο έλεος των δυνάμεων της Φύσης. Αυτός ο ναός κινείται ανάμεσα στις δυνάμεις του ανέμου και της βαρύτητας. Continue reading

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