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A to Z challenge: O is for Okenite April 28, 2016

Filed under: A to Z challenge,rocks and minerals — Cynthia @ 2:44 pm

Okenite is a silicate mineral. It looks like a fuzzy cotton ball. It can be found on prehnite and inside basalt geodes. They are colorless to white in color. The crystals are delicate and will crush if touched. They are absolutely beautiful to look at.

 

okenite

 

http://www.galleries.com/Okenite
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okenite
 

A to z challenge:N is for Neddicky

Filed under: A to Z challenge,Birds — Cynthia @ 2:13 pm

Neddicky is a common bird from the Savannah in South Africa. It has a dull brown color and a reddish cap. It makes it’s nest into a ball shape made from felted grass, cobwebs and dry grass. It has a monotone call and is not considered an endangered species.

Neddicky, or piping cisticola, Cisticola fulvicapilla at Pilanes

 

 

 

sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neddicky
http://thewebsiteofeverything.com/animals/birds/Passeriformes/Cisticolidae/Cisticola-fulvicapilla
 

A to z challenge: M is for Martynia

Filed under: A to Z challenge,plants — Cynthia @ 1:56 pm

Martynia is a plant native to  Mexico. It is also know as cats claw, devils claw and unicorn plant. It’s pods are used in pickles.   It has the flavor of okra and stems are used mostly as basket weaving material.

martynia

 

 

 

sources: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/martynia-zmaz08jjzmcc.aspx
http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/martynia-zmaz08jjzmcc.aspx

 

 

A to Z challenge: L is for Lycidae

Filed under: A to Z challenge,insects and bugs — Cynthia @ 1:29 pm

I’m behind but not defeated, I will catch up. L is for Lycidae. It’s more commonly known as a net-winged beetle. These are brick in color and feed off of nectar. Those pretty red wings tell their predators that they’re toxic. There are similar Banded Lycidae that are black and yellow.

Lycidae-beetle

 

 

sources: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/beetles/banded_net-winged_beetle.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycidae
 

A to Z Challenge: K is for Kadsura

Filed under: A to Z challenge,plants — Cynthia @ 12:53 am

Kadsura is a woody vine native to Western China and parts of Japan. It has an edible fruit that looks like a single red blackberry. It’s stem is used in traditional Chinese medicines.

kadsura_interior

sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kadsura
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kadsura_longepedunculata

 

 

A to Z challenge: J is for Jicama April 17, 2016

Filed under: A to Z challenge,plants — Cynthia @ 11:33 pm

Jicama is a Mexican vine that grows a tuberous root known as a Mexican turnip or Mexican yam bean. The mature seed pods look like green beans but the mature pods are toxic. It’s the root that’s edible.

jicama_plant

refrences: https://greenbeanconnection.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/april-1-jicama-planting-day/

 

 

A to Z Challenge: I is for Iolite

Filed under: A to Z challenge,Gemstones, Rocks, minerals — Cynthia @ 10:47 pm

Iolite is a gemstone that get it’s name from a greek word meaning “violet”. It varies in color from blue to violet-purple and may even be found a yellowish-grey.

It has also been called “water-sapphire” and “Vikings’ Compass” because of the Vikings using it to determine the direction of the sun on overcast days.

Although it is a lovely color, it is not very popular and is not widely found in jewelry.

iolite

 

refrences: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iolite
http://gem5.com/stone/61/iolite/
 

 
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