Showing posts with label Nature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nature. Show all posts

Saturday 16 December 2023

The Alligator in the Lake - Nature 114

We spotted a small alligator in the one of our neighborhood lake few days ago when we just walking around the lake. 


Image 1 - A small alligator, swimming.

We have seen small children playing in the backyards around the lake. We don't know whether their parents aware or not of an alligator nearby. We live not that far from this lake.

You might surprise with the size of alligators in our areas:
- the largest size could reach 14 feet (14.3 meter) with weight 500 pound (227 kg).
- the smaller size is about 7 feet (2.1 meters) with weight 250 pound (113 kg).

When talked to neighbors who live around or closer to the lake, they said there are actually two other larger alligators.


Image 2 - A neighbor house

They have tried to catch alligator, but not success yet. Some suggested, may be time to get professional help.


Image 3 - Just illustration photo.

They would call wildlife and fisheries or homeowners association to remove the alligators as soon as possible.


Image 4 - A little alligator in the lake.

Have you seen the wild alligator in the nature?

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Saturday 9 December 2023

The White Bunny Runs around the Corner - Nature 113

We spotted a white little bunny when we walk regularly. We believe the rabbit is a domestic rabbit. 


Image 1 - A bunny runs around the corner.

It is mean that the bunny is a pet, not a wild rabbit. Another possibility, the white coat bunny is kept or let it plays outdoor, since the bunny need space to exercise, play or explore.   

Bunnies need special attentions sometimes, include their food. Some foods of domestic bunnies are fresh vegetables.

Moreover, there are plenty popular breeding of domestic bunnies in our areas or city, Baton Rouge, LA. At least, there are about 12 most popular breeding which are sold in the markets.


Image 2 - One of corners in neighborhood

We are quite confident that the rabbit in our images (image 1 and 2) is belong to the "Netherland dwarf" breeding.


Image 3 - Another corner, illustration only

The Netherland Dwarf breeding is characterized by its gentle nature, playful personalities and small size.


Image 4 - The bunny just stops moving.

Do you know about kinds of bunny breeding (species)?

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Wednesday 6 December 2023

The Purslane Flowers in the Pot - Nature 112

Some of our neighbors choose Purslanes as one of their popular flowers to grow in the pots and containers.


Image 1 - Purslane flowers in the pot

The flowers have plenty colors from single colors to bicolor to multiple colors. Examples of colors are:
- yellow, red, pink, orange and purple (single colors)
- pink with yellow, and white with red (bi-colored)
- combined of red, green, pink and yellow (multi-colored)

Identification by GoogleID, the scientific name of Purslane flower is Portulaca oleracea. The flower common names are Moss rose purslane, Portulaca and common purslane. 


Image 2 - The liittle Purslanes.

The flower is native to North America, Europe and Asia, but we may find the flower in many parts of the world nowadays.


Image 3 - Two cute cats, illustration only.

This flower is easy and low cost to care, together with just need limit space, hence, to be great choice for gardeners.


Image 4 - Yellow Purslane flowers in the pots.

Do you familiar with this flower?

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Sunday 3 December 2023

The Roles of Dirt Dauber in the Nature - Nature 111

 Many people called it as a "Dirt Dauber," since the insect makes its nest with a kind of mud.


Image 1- A wasp nearby its nest.

By GoogleID, the insect is identified as wasp or paper wasp with scientific name Pachodynerus sp. 

This wasp loves to build nests in shelter areas include under the house roof or inside structures made by men. 

There are many roles of Pachodynerus sp in nature. Two most important roles, my opinion, are:
- Pollination
- Biocontrol


Image 2 - A tall building, illustration

The Pachodynerus wasps help plants (trees, shrubs and flowers) in their reproduction in order to exist in nature.



Image 3 - A unique structures, illustration.

This wasp may control pests such as to control potato beetles. The beetles are well known as known as pests of potatoes in Colorado.


Image 4 - The wasp in the nest.

Do you know this kind of wasp?

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Wednesday 29 November 2023

A Little Fig Tree in the Yard - Nature 110

 Many people love fig fruit, but some avoids consuming it because of sweetness or high calorie contents, especially for diabetes patients.


Image 1 - A little fig tree in the yard.

The scientific name of fig tree is Ficus carica. Other names of fig tree are edible fig tree, common fig tree or just a fig tree.

The plant native to Asia and Mediterranean regions, hence, it is good to grow in the states with warmer climate.

We may find this plant in the states such as:
- Louisiana, Texas, Florida
- California, Oregon
- Georgia, North Carolina and many others.


Image 2- The plant starts to produce fruit.

If we plant the fig trees in our yard, they could produce the first fruit about 4 years. Some people said between 3 to 6 years.


Image 3 - The young fig fruit.

The timing to begin to bear fruit, sure, depend on several factors, some of them are:
- variety
- climates
- and growing conditions.


Image 4 - The ripe fruit, ready to be picked up.

From the time fruit emerges (sets), the ripe of fruit needs about 70 day, then the fruits are ready to be picked up.  


Image 5 - Several ripe figs fruit.

Price of fig fruit is relative expensive compared to other 10 favorite fruits sold by many groceries, includes Walmart.


Image 6 - The fig plant, green.

Do you like fig's fruit?

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Saturday 25 November 2023

The Free Ranging Chickens - Nature 109

 We might find free ranging chickens in rural areas or countryside in America, if we lucky enough.


 
Image 1 - The free ranging rooster.

Just to let you know that we have two previous posted related to chickens:

In case you don't know, the free ranging chicken is a chicken or chickens roaming at outdoor freely. The chickens have advantages to access sunshine, fresh air and food sources naturally.

We buy eggs of the free ranging chickens at suburban areas of our city sometimes. The eggs are sold by small vendors or chicken's owners.



Image 2 - Chicken eggs, sold by a vendor.

The eggs contain vitamin D and "higher in omega-3 fatty acids," better than caged or conventional chickens.



Image 3 - A chick from crochet, illustration

The chickens less chance to be infected by diseases, include E.coli and Salmonella, since they are healthier by moving around and doing exercises.



Image 4 - A caterpillar, just illustration


Image 5 - A Hen and her chicks

Have you tried eggs of far-ranging chickens?

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Saturday 18 November 2023

The Varieties of Succulents in the Singapore - Nature 108

 We have talked about an indoor garden in the Singapore at previous post:
The Rainbow Before Evening : Captivating Indoor Garden in Singapore - Nature 107


Image 1- Round shape succulents.

It was estimated that there are about at least 1,000 species of succulents in the small country, Singapore.

In respect to family, the five well known succulent families in Singapore are:
1) Apocynaceae, an example of species is Adenium
2) Asclepiadaceae, characterized by foul smelling succulents.
3) Aizoaceae, two examples of the species are Haworthia and Lithops
4) Cactaceae, the cacti are seen commonly in Singapore's park or garden.
5) Crassulaceae, the members are popular as houseplants such as Sedum.


Image 2- Some forms of succulents.


Image 3 - The Agave variety of succulent.


Image 4 - A group of Bromeliads.


Image 5 - One corners of an indoor garden.


Image 6 - An outdoor garden, Singapore

How many varieties of succulents have you seen?

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Wednesday 15 November 2023

Captivating Indoor Garden in Singapore - Nature 107

 As a small country, Singapore has tried to design gardens and parks, outdoors and indoors. The purpose of these gardens and parks is to attract tourists from around the globe.


Image 1 - The artificial waterfall in the park 

One of gardens is a Jewel Changi airport, its size about 14,000 square meters (0.005 square miles), quite "big" to Singapore, but too small compared to be called as "a garden" in the USA. 

There is "artificial" waterfall, and it is said to be the tallest indoor waterfall in the world with 40 meters or 131 feet tall, surrounded by little forest. It is quite impressive for many visitors.

The garden has about 2,000 tress and 100,000 shrubs. In terms of species, there about 120 comes from countries such as China, Australia and America.


Image 2- Trees in the corner of garden


Image 3 - Several palm trees


Image 4 - Green every side of garden


Image 5 - We may see trees from another story


Image 6 - Trees with waterfall as background.


Image 7 - Visitors in the garden waterfall


Image 8 - Green in the indoor garden


Image 9 - Trees on the highest story

What do you think about indoor garden?

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Saturday 11 November 2023

What is the Species of Frog? - Nature 106

Never have seen this frog before. We believe that this Amphibian spends most of its time just under the ground.


Image 1- A strange frog, we never seen before

I hadn't seen one until a few years ago. You'll run across them digging around water. Or at least that's when I've found them. Rare though.

Based on GoogleID, there are 3 possibilities of this frog species:

1) An eastern narrow mouth toad
- native to the eastern parts of America
- yes, they are living underground, most of their time.

2) Fowler toad.
- This species is native to Mexico and the southwestern America.


Image 2- A toad emerges to the surface

3) The Banded Bullfrog
- could reach 8 inches long, the largest frog in the North America. frog is important in the ecosystem to control insect population.


Image 3- A toad in the nature

Have you seen this kind of frog in the nature?

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