Posts tagged ‘nature’

May 31, 2012

Oceania

“Oceania”

One breath away from mother Oceanðòa
Your nimble feet make prints in my sands
You have done good for yourselves
Since you left my wet embrace
And crawled ashore
Every boy, is a snake is a lily
Every pearl is a lynx, is a girl
Sweet like harmony made into flesh
You dance by my side
Children sublime
You show me continents
I see islands
You count the centuries
I blink my eyes
Hawks and sparrows race in my waters
Stingrays are floating
Across the sky
Little ones, my sons and my daughters
Your sweat is salty
I am why
I am why
~Sjón
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May 30, 2012

Haleakalā Silversword

Silverswords live for about 10 to 50 years as a low, round bush [. . .] At the end of their life, they send up a flowering stalk that can grow over 6 feet tall within a few weeks, and produce up to 600 flower heads.

It is found only within a 250 acre area on Mount Haleakala, on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Its habitat is at an elevation of 7000 – 10,000 ft, in soil composed of volcanic cinders.

They have adapted to their cold environment by building themselves a reflector oven. Their leaves are covered with shiny silver hairs, and are curved into a parabolic shape that focuses the warm sunlight on the plant’s growing point. This can raise the temperature of the growing point by up to 40 degrees F.

The Haleakala Silversword is a threatened species. —KindofCurious.com

 

May 24, 2012

My backyard…

My backyard...

“As any old Taoist walking out of the woods can tell you, simple-minded does not necessarily mean stupid.”
–Benjamin Hoff

May 24, 2012

Tagaq / “Tiriganiak”

“When it’s so sparse and flat and frozen. I’m looking out and there’s nothing: not a house, not one vehicle and you don’t know if anyone has ever walked there before. It’s really humbling and it’s okay to die. That’s probably one of the only times I feel that it’s okay to die. I could die at that second and everything would just be fine.” –Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq Gillis on her hometown, Nunavut.