Embrace Equality

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Dec 312013
 
Evgeniya Rudaya

Evgeniya Rudaya

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~ Albert Einstein

 

Life is Life – whether in a Cat, or Dog or Man. There is no Difference there between a Cat or a Man.  The idea of Difference is a Human Conception for Man’s Own Advantage. ~ Sri Aurobindo

 

We human put ourselves on top of the hierarchy of living things,  perhaps of our intelligence level, our analytical skills.  Basically, that is what inequality coming from.  So if we see all living things as the same, we are as vulnerable as a little cat, or just a plant, we would be able to show our compassion to others unconditionally.  There will not have discrimination, hated, prejudice and wars. ~ Uniqvie

Moon Bridge DaHu Park,Taipei,Taiwan

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Dec 232013
 
DaHu park

Moon Bridge,Taipei,Taiwan

Dahu Park

Dahu Park, Taipei, Taiwan

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Morning mist hangs in the calm, still air adding to the dream-like magic of this tranquil setting in Taiwan.

The crystal clear water allows for a perfect reflection of an upside down world, almost playing tricks on the mind.

With scenery like this, it is no wonder that Taiwan was formerly known as the Beautiful Island – Ilha Formosa – to the West.

These remarkable, soft blue, monochrome pictures of The Moon Bridge, in DaHu (Big Lake) Park in Taipei, northern Taiwan, were taken by an arguably talented photographer, known simply as bbe022001 on Flickr.

The park itself in fact sits close to the industrial centre of Taiwan. The northern Neihu district of Taipei is famous for its IT industry and large shopping complexes.

But its parks and impressive mountains, dotted with temples and holy shrines, are unforgettably breathtaking.

Taiwan has more than 200 mountains that soar above 3,000 meters in height, and the unique geology and topography have created countless alluring landscapes and coastal scenes.

Photo by bbe022001 on Flickr.

How does turquoise ice form on Lake Baikal?

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Dec 212013
 
 Alexey Trofimov

Alexey Trofimov

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Lake Baikal, located in the southern part of eastern Siberia in Russia, is an incredible natural wonder of the world that one can only hope to visit at least once in their lifetime. It’s not just the oldest freshwater lake on Earth, at 20 to 25 million years old, it’s also one of the largest and deepest, holding an astounding one-fifth of the world’s freshwater.

In the winter, for about five months or from January to May, the lake freezes over but the water is so clear that, from the surface, you can see an astounding 130 feet below you. A photographic worthy natural phenomenon occurs around a very specific time of year, March. Wind, temperature differences, frost and sun in the ice crust cause cracks and ice hummocks to form. Transparent and shining in a turquoise color, these masses of broken ice look like shards of glass rising into the sky. They are caused by the slow and unequal pressure in the main body of the packed ice as well as by the unequal structure and temperature. Now that’s one for the bucket list.
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What is Diamond Dust?

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Dec 172013
 
Diamond Dust

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Diamond dust is a ground-level cloud composed of tiny ice crystals. This meteorological phenomenon is also referred to simply as ice crystals and is reported in the METAR code as IC. Diamond dust generally forms under otherwise clear or nearly clear skies, so it is sometimes referred to as clear-sky precipitation. It is most commonly observed in Antarctica and the Arctic, but it can occur anywhere with a temperature well below freezing. In Polar regions diamond dust may continue for several days without interruption.

Diamond dust is similar to fog in that it is a cloud based at the surface; however, it differs from fog in two main ways. Generally fog refers to a cloud composed of liquid water (the term ice fog usually refers to a fog that formed as liquid water and then froze, and frequently seems to occur in valleys with airborne pollution such as FairbanksAlaska, while diamond dust forms directly as ice). Also, fog is a dense enough cloud to significantly reduce visibility, while diamond dust is usually very thin and may not have any effect on visibility (there are far fewer crystals in a volume of air than there are droplets in the same volume with fog). However, diamond dust can often reduce the visibility, in some cases to under 600 m (2,000 ft).

The depth of the diamond dust layer can vary substantially from as little as 20 to 30 m (66 to 98 ft) to 300 metres (980 ft). Because diamond dust does not always reduce visibility it is often first noticed by the brief flashes caused when the tiny crystals, tumbling through the air, reflect sunlight to your eye. This glittering effect gives the phenomenon its name since it looks like many tiny diamonds are flashing in the air.

These ice crystals usually form when a temperature inversion is present at the surface and the warmer air above the ground mixes with the colder air near the surface.[1] Since warmer air frequently contains more water vapor than colder air, this mixing will usually also transport water vapor into the air near the surface, causing the relative humidity of the near-surface air to increase. If the relative humidity increase near the surface is large enough then ice crystals may form.

Diamond dust is often associated with halos around the sun (sun dogs) and other related optical phenomena (Greenler, 1999). These result because the diamond dust crystals form directly as simple hexagonal ice crystals — as opposed to freezing drops —[2] and because they generally form slowly. This combination results in crystals with well defined shapes, usually either hexagonal plates or columns. These shapes, like a prism, can refract light in specific directions. Some halos can also be seen under a cirrus cloud, but diamond dust can create much more spectacular displays because the ice crystals are all around the observer.

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Drinking Lion

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Dec 122013
 
Drinking Lion by Dancingdice.500px

Drinking Lion by Dancingdice.500px

Drinking Lion by Dancingdice.500px

Namibia, Africa

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Fun Fact: Big Cats Vs Little Cats:

Cats have evolved as the “predatory hunting animal” equipped with great agility and keen senses.  From almost the very start – a kitten of all species of cat shows instinctive behavior typical of hunters.  Cats are extremely alert to sounds and movements.  They  stalk, ambush, and convert rigid stillness into rapid movements to pounce on their prey.  All cats including your own domestic companion demonstrate the typical biting and clawing actions needed to bring down and kill prey quickly.

 

Here are some similarities of your domestic cat and his exotic cousins:

bullet The domestic cat has the anatomical features and senses of the big cat.
bullet Lions and tigers don’t purr like little cats because the smaller cat’s larynx is attached to the skull by a hyoid bone which allows the little cat to purr.  The lion or tiger’s larynx is attached to the skull by cartilage which is flexible thereby making the lion roar.  A big cat, the puma –  purrs just like a domestic cat.  Except, the puma sounds like a freight train instead of a little purr.
bullet Many behavioral traits in domestic cats are like that of the big cats.
bullet When your domestic cat rubs up against you – he is just like his big brother, the wild big  cat.  Your cat is “scent marking”.  This rubbing allows your cat to deposit scent from their sebaceous glands on you, marking you as part of their territory.
bullet Mad at your cat for scratching your furniture?  Well that is a natural behavior like you guessed it; the big cat.  Big cats use visual markings, such as scratches on objects to identify their territory.
bullet If your cat keeps you up at night with his busy activity, he is acting like the big cats.  Most cats are nocturnal which means that they hunt at night in the wild.  All cats both big and little, see exceptionally well at night and they can hear sounds at very high frequencies making them at home in the dark.
bullet Your cat’s stalking behavior is the same as that of the big cats.  The big cat uses stealth to sneak up on their prey.  They track their next meal and use their cover to quickly strike at their target by holding them down with their powerful claws.  They make a quick kill by piercing the victim’s vertebra with their canines.
bullet All cats are strictly meat eaters.  Vegetarian diet for your domestic cat?  Not on your life, or should we say on his life.  All cats must eat meat or food with meat products in it.
bullet All cats have retractable claws.  The only exception to this is the cheetah.  They have semi-retractable claws.
bullet Cats have five toes on the front feet and four toes on the hind feet.
bullet Cats walk on their toes.  Their feet have soft pads on the toes and foot which helps to reduce sound while they walk.  These pads also protect the bones in the feet from damage while the cat runs and jumps.
bullet Cats have 38 chromosomes in each cell.  The Ocelot and Geoffreys Cat are the exceptions with 36.courtesy via  http://goo.gl/lqWfG5

 

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