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A to Z challenge: S is for Sirenia April 29, 2016

Filed under: A to Z challenge,mammals — Cynthia @ 12:01 am

Sirenia are commonly known as “Sea Cows”, Manatees and Dugongs. They are aquatic, herbivorous mammals that inhabit swamps, rivers, estuaries, marine wetlands, and coastal marine waters. They are named after the sirens of Greek mythology. Sirenia are closely related to elephants.

Dugong

Dugong

manatee

Manatee

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirenia
http://thewebsiteofeverything.com/animals/mammals/Sirenia
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A to Z Challenge: R is for Regulus April 28, 2016

Filed under: A to Z challenge,Stars, Planets, and Space — Cynthia @ 11:15 pm

Regulus is a multiple star system consisting of at least four stars. Regulus A is the brightest star in the constellation Leo. It is a much larger star than our own sun. Regulus A has nearly 350 times as much energy as our sun. It is much hotter than our sun, with a surface temperature that averages about 12,000 K (roughly 21,000 degrees F). It is 77 light years away. Regulus is likely only a few hundred million years old, but it is rapidly approaching its own death.

regulus_sun_comparison

 

http://earthsky.org/brightest-stars/best-regulus-the-heart-of-the-lion
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulus

 

 

 

A to Z Challenge: Q is for Quince

Filed under: A to Z challenge,fruits — Cynthia @ 10:14 pm

Quince is a yellow fruit that looks like a cross between an apple and a pear. It is usually made into Jams and Jellies since it is too hard and bitter tasting to eat raw. Better known as “marmalade” which comes from the Portuguese word for quince.

qunice

http://farmersalmanac.com/food/2012/02/06/what-the-heck-is-quince/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quince
 

A to Z Challenge: P is for Pika

Filed under: A to Z challenge,mammals — Cynthia @ 9:40 pm

 Pika are small rodent-looking mammals that are actually related to rabbits. They inhabit piles of rocks close to meadows and are herbivores. It’s main predator is the weasel. It’s is also known as the “whistling hare”, as it make a high pitch sound as a warning.

pika

 

 

http://a-z-animals.com/animals/pika/
 

A to Z challenge: O is for Okenite

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

 

 

 
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