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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

ABC Wednesday, B for Botanic Gardens


Cooktown Botanic Gardens. Established in 1878 the Gallop Botanic Reserve encompases 62.3 Ha (154 acres) on the edge of Cooktown and contains the Cooktown Botanic Gardens and walking trails to Finch Bay and Cherry Tree Bay.


Natures Powerhouse


Natures Powerhouse

Nature’s Powerhouse is an innovative building located in the beautiful, heritage listed Cooktown Botanic Gardens and includes the Cooktown and Cape York Peninsula Visitor Information Centre, Vera’s café, a shop, Charles Tanner Gallery and the Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery.

The Cooktown and Cape York Peninsula Visitor Information Centre provides comprehensive visitor information and accommodation and tour booking services.

The Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery displays the only collection of original botanical illustrations of flora from the region. Many plants can be found in the gardens.





 Walking with my daughter in these gardens is always a wonderful experience. She tells me about the trees and bushes. In all the years she has lived in Cooktown she has learned a lot about the vegetation of Queensland .
Foxtail Palm

 Everywhere we see those signs with extra information. The gardens have changed every time I came to see them.


Vanilla Orchid, the vine of which grows in a zigzag pattern.


Like many orchids, the vanilla bean orchid is an epiphyte, and lives on a host tree without drawing nutrients from it. The vine clambers up to the treetops in a zigzag fashion, exhibiting long succulent lance-shaped leaves. Each blooming branch will bear one to two dozen creamy blooms, for a total of several hundred flowers on a mature vine.

Native Country
Mexico
Size
In its native habitat, a mature vanilla orchid vine can grow to 300 feet or greater. However, you can keep your vine to a manageable 20 feet in greenhouse conditions. Training the vine laterally instead of straight up allows you to get more vine in a smaller space.
Growing Conditions
The vanilla orchid grows best in bright filtered shade and high humidity. Ideal temperatures are between 60-70 degrees F at night, and 80-95 degrees F during the day. The plants are not frost tolerant.




Corkwood tree






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Bush Food of the Corkwood, Freshwater Mangrove.





With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with B.

We often have a meal here in the Nature Powerhouse


 This is my favourite part of the Botanical Gardens


Friday, 18 July 2014

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has crashed in Ukraine, on the border with Russia, with 298 people onboard. Ukraine's interior ministry says the plane was shot down by a missile.



 

 

All day long Dutch TV has been dominated by the news that a passengerplane had crashed in the Ukraine. 298 People were killed, among them 189 Dutch. But also people from the UK, Australia, Phillipines. These were all innocent people, going on a holiday, even on a honeymoon, or to a conference in Australia. The plane flew at a height of at least 10 or 11 kms. This was permitted.

I don't understand why we are now involved in the war between the two groups in the Ukraine.The leader who can stop this conflict peacefully deserves all possible honour and a statue.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

ABC Wednesday, A for Annie's Song


 

John Denver - Annie's Song

You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses
Come fill me again


Come let me love you
Let me give my life to you
Let me drown in your laughter
Let me die in your arms
Let me lay down beside you
Let me always be with you
Come let me love you
Come love me again


Let me give my life to you
Come let me love you
Come love me again


You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses
Come fill me again


 With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC, and thanks to Roger. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with A.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, Z for Zierikzee in Zeeland

Townhall of Zierikzee

Zierikzee (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈzi.rɪk.ˌseː]) is a small city, located on the former island of Schouwen in the Dutch province of Zeeland.
Zierikzee received city rights in 1248 and was an independent municipality until 1997. The city is connected to the Oosterschelde by a 2 km long canal.


In 1953, Zierikzee was damaged by the catastrophic North Sea flood of 1953. The English town of Hatfield sent help and a friendship has developed. The two towns have been twinned. 
                                                                               
                                                               In 1953 and 1954 I was asked to spend part of my holidays in Zierikzee to help cleaning houses , removing the mud and dirt caused by the flood in the winter of 1953. We were with a group of students from all over the world in a workcamp, working side by side during the day. In the evening we sat around a campfire and each of us sang a song of our own country. It was great  fun.  Every morning we worked from breakfast to lunch. In the afternoon we were free to do our own things. Like walking, swimming, discussing all kind of subjects concerning traditions, religion, politics....We also made trips and were invited to join some mussel-fishermen, catching starfish, because they are the enemy of mussels.

In the second workcamp in 1954 we had a terrible accident, which caused the death of one of the two Danish brothers. Some of the campers were swimming, while they didn't know that some places in the water were rather deep and if you got into one of those holes you had to get out by swimming . Our Danish camper got in such a hole, but couldn't swim. Other campers tried to safe him but in vain. He was 18 years old  and his brother was 21. He and his parents came to Holland several times and stayed with us. They died several years ago and their other son died in 2007.


Pump in front of the townhall






Zeeland

The tower (Sint-Lievensmonstertoren) of Zierikzee was planned to be twice as high as it was eventually built. Lack of money was the reason that the building was stopped.

 With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar . Thank you Roger for all the work you are doing for us.This week we are looking for words beginning with Z.

 

Welcome to Our World Tuesday! This meme continues in memory of the work of Klaus Peter, whose "that's My World" brought people together from around the world every Monday to share the wonders therein--big and small.Please click on our  logo for "Our World Tuesday" in the sidebar. Thank you Team of O. W. T.!

 




 

Monday, 30 June 2014

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, Y for Yellow

The letter Y is having its turn, but .... it is always a very difficult letter, however I thought by myself:"Why shall I not choose for a simple solution?"So off I go with one simple word! Yellow!" It's a beautiful colour! Very sunny and it makes the world look happy.
But still the word Yellow is often used in an unfavourable way.

Wikipedia:

Yellow journalism, or the yellow press, is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers.Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism. By extension, the term yellow journalism is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion.


Yellow Fever is a dangerous disease of tropical parts of the world.

 The Yellow Peril was the supposed danger that a large number of people in eastern Asia will take over the western civilizations.




The word Yellow is used in an unfavourable way in all those instances. However, I love this colour! It represents a happy sunny environment. It is the beginning of spring, when the first daffodils are showing their faces. Many spring flowers are yellow!

 With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar . Thank you Roger for all the work you are doing for us.This week we are looking for words beginning with IJ or Y.









Tuesday, 24 June 2014

ABC Wednesday, X for Xiphias


 I am going to talk about the Xiphias, as my previous post was about the whale. And this fish may swim in the same waters as the whale does.


The swordfish is named after its bill resembling a sword . This makes it superficially similar to other billfish such as marlin, but upon examination, their physiology is quite different and they are members of different families.


They commonly reach 3 m  in length, and the maximum reported is 4.55 m  in length and 650 kg  in weight. Females are larger than males, and Pacific swordfish reach a greater size than northwest Atlantic and Mediterranean swordfish.They reach maturity at 4–5 years of age and the maximum age is believed to be at least 9 years. The oldest swordfish found in a recent study were a 16-year-old female and 12-year-old male. Swordfish ages are derived, with difficulty, from annual rings on fin rays.

 

Swordfish have evolved to be formidable predators. They possess acute eyesight, with which they can locate prey, and their flesh consists primarily of ‘white’ muscle which provides energy for sudden bursts of activity, such as when in pursuit of their quarry . The swordfish then uses its bill to stun or impale its victim, slashes it into pieces or swallows it whole . Swordfish feed during the day , primarily on squid, but also fish and occasionally crustaceans

 

Swordfish  have special organs next to their eyes to heat their eyes and brains. Temperatures of 10 to 15°C above the surrounding water temperature have been measured. The heating of the eyes greatly improves their vision, and consequently improves their ability to catch prey.



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Wil, ABCW Team

 

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, W for Whale

 

 

The whale has swam the ocean since the dawn of time

If now the seas are red with blood then how is the crime

Save the whale that has a right to live and breed

Stop the men in the whaling boats who kill for greed


The hunter has no consciense as he raged the sea

The victim has no friend, only you and me

If we raise our voices we can right the wrong

Let the world join together now and sing our song


The earth in all its beauty is for all to share

For people and the animals everywhere

We say no to needless death by gun or knife

Every whale in the waters has a right to life

We say no to needless death by gun or knife

Every whale in the waters has a right to life


We must realize that if we destroy the whale

We will destroy part of ourselves

If we don't stop the slaughter now

Tomorrow will be too late

Tomorrow the largest living thing on earth

Will be lost forever and we shall all be guilty



The earth in all its beauty is for all to share

For people and the animals everywhere

We say no to needless death by gun or knife

Every whale in the waters has a right to life

We say no to needless death by gun or knife

Every whale in the waters has a right to life 



When I was in New Zealand in 2005, I had the chance to see whales. The Maori guide on the boat  told us all about the three  whales we saw. They were  sperm-whales. It was quite an exciting experience to see such  enormous creatures.

 Many years ago we were already members of World Wildlife Fund. We bought a record with Kamahl singing the song of "Save the Whale".


The Sperm-Whale is as big as a Boeing 737


The contents of his head is so big that it can contain an adult male elephant,

 his heart is as big as a small car.


He is 18 meters long.


He feeds on giant octopuses



Welcome to Our World Tuesday! This meme continues in memory of the work of Klaus Peter, whose "that's My World" brought people together from around the world every Monday to share the wonders therein--big and small.Please click on our  logo for "Our World Tuesday" in the sidebar. Thank you Team of O. W. T.!

 With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with W.