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NATURE’S AWE

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© 2010 Hilda Perez

A great way to note the change of seasons in not the usual and obvious, is to turn your sights towards the skies where you will see a change in position and visibility of some of our perennial constellations and stars, such as Orion’s Belt  (seen to the right of the tree) in this composite timed photograph.

DID YOU KNOW: Orion includes the prominent asterism known as the Belt of Orion: three bright stars in a row. Orion, often referred to as The Hunter, referring to Orion, a hunter in Greek mythology, is a prominent constellation located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world. It is one of the most conspicuous, and one of the most recognizable constellations in the night sky. In it you will find Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star nearing the end of its life. When it explodes it will even be visible during the day. It is the second brightest star in Orion, and is the twelfth brightest star in the night sky.

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Ironic……..A small dead turtle next to a weathered McDonald’s coffee paper cup and plastic bottle I found along the edge of the lake and preserve. “Enjoy”    – tell that to the turtle

© 2010 Hilda Perez

More and more, I see debris and trash floating in the lake, often accumulating along the edge where you often find birds and ducks foraging for food. It’s usually a result of the run offs from storm drains, but the ultimate result of people throwing garbage in the streets and the trash in the sewers. In this highly technological age we are in, that companies have not figured out, (or perhaps don’t want to figure out) how to produce and package in some sort of biodegradable form. However, SunChips has a new campaign touting that their new chip bags are made of plants, thus fully compostable under heat, and will unveil as part of Earth Day in April.   I hope more companies follow suit , and I applaud them for setting a standard and taking ,what I feel, a huge step towards environmental responsibility.  READ MORE ON SUN CHIPS NEW BAGS

But we also need to fix our oceans and waterways and thoughtless consumerism and further educate all the morons who litter without a second thought.

DID YOU KNOW:    The world’s largest landfill is located in the Northern Pacific ocean, in an area of slow moving sea currents called the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. It is an oceanic desert, far away from the world’s shipping lanes, its chief ‘flora’ is the massive mass of floating garbage mostly of plastics. The size of this mass is equivalent to that of the continental United States. This garbage island is actually two different but linked areas;  The Eastern Garbage Patch, is located between Hawaii and California and The Western Garbage Patch, spreads from the east of Japan to the west of Hawaii.

….Plastic…such a huge invention for humans in many ways but what a huge detriment to our planet and ecosystem.

“PCBs, DDT and other toxic chemicals cannot dissolve in water, but the plastic absorbs them like a sponge. Fish that feed on plankton ingest the tiny plastic particles. Scientists from the Algalita Marine Research Foundation say that fish tissues contain some of the same chemicals as the plastic. The scientists speculate that toxic chemicals are leaching into fish tissue from the plastic they eat, something that ultimately affects the health of humans.

SEE VIDEO ABOUT PLASTIC IN THE OCEAN

“Sea turtles, for example, think plastic grocery bags are jellyfish when the bags are floating in the ocean. An untold number of the turtles and other creatures, such as Hawaii’s endangered monk seal, swallow the bags and suffocate, drown or starve, said Holly Bamford, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s marine debris program.

Birds face similar issues when they eat pieces of plastic out of the water. In the North Sea, a survey found 94 percent of fulmars, a type of seabird, had plastics in their stomachs, the U.N. report says.  The birds, on average, had about 34 pieces of plastic in their stomachs.A surprising amount of trash that ends up in the ocean starts on the land, the report says. In Australia, for instance, a survey found 80 percent of ocean trash starts on the land.”  Source: 2009  United Nations Environment report titled “Marine Litter: A Global Challenge.”

Some of the varied items I collected from the edge of the lake, in a very small section mind you.

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© 2010 Hilda Perez

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FALL

After weeks of deep low temperatures, the past few days have yielded some much warmer temperatures, especially in the morning and afternoons. This causes dew in the morning which isn’t quite to the point where it is frost.  Here are a few close-ups I was lucky to find along the trees and leaves along the preserve.

DID YOU KNOW: Dew is water in the form of droplets that appears on thin, exposed objects in the morning or evening. As the exposed surface cools by radiating its heat, atmospheric moisture condenses at a rate greater than that at which it can evaporate, resulting in the formation of water droplets. When temperatures are low enough, dew takes the form of ice; this form is called frost.

© 2010 Hilda Perez

© 2010 Hilda Perez

© 2010 Hilda Perez

© 2010 Hilda Perez


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It was 25 degrees Fahrenheit today January 10, 2010 in the continent of Antarctica. It was as low as 24-26 degrees Farenheit in most of Central Florida. Need I say more…..

© 2010 Hilda Perez

© 2010 Hilda Perez


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I SEE, ICY

Hard to believe this is a wintry scene from Central Florida!  This was shot in the preserve on the coldest morning on record that saw ice, sleet and snow flurries for most of Central and North Florida.

© 2010 Hilda Perez


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DEC 24 NIGHT © 2009 Hilda Perez


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HAPPY HOLIDAYS !

WISHING ALL of YOU the TRUE SPIRIT of the SEASON, the SPIRIT of NATURE, and BLESSINGS for the NEW YEAR.


2009 © Hilda Perez

Both male and female reindeer have long, branched antlers. In fact, this physical feature is what sets reindeer apart from other types of deer, such as the white-tailed deer shown, as the females of other types of deer don’t have antlers.  It depends on where you are in the world but in Europe, elk refers to alces, which is known as the moose in North America. Reindeer and caribou are the same animal, but reindeer is generally used in Europe and Asia, while caribou is used in North America.

© 2009 Hilda Perez

© 2009 Hilda Perez


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