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

Saturday 17 February 2024

Leaves of Maple Tree Hardly Turn Red in our City - Nature 124

We have one Maple tree at backyard, its leaves hardly turn red before fall down. It might be related to temperature.  


Image 01 - A single tree turned its leaves to red.

Our areas are known for "mild winter" in which we have no or less snow during winter seasons. Sure, we have "mild fall" season as well.

As far as we remember, the last snow (light snow) fell in Baton Rouge in 2017, seven years ago.

However, surprisingly, the foliage of Maple trees at our backyard and neighborhood turns beautiful "red" before falling down in the last several years. Some reasons include our areas have temperature below 0* C (below 32* F) and freezing blast from Artic regions for weeks. 


 
Image 02 - Read leaves, look pretty

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Image 03 - A cat on the fallen leaves.

Due to its beautiful red foliage makes this tree to be one of favorite choices for landscape in many areas.



Image 04 - A cat sitting on the street.

In addition to temperature, red leaves are influenced by many factors include sunlight, soil condition and rainfall.



Image 05 - Tree with red leaves.

Love to observe red foliage during fall season to early winter in our areas.



Image 06 - Closer look at Marple tree. 

How about weather in your areas?

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Wednesday 14 February 2024

A Fox Crossing the Street at Neighborhood Recently - Nature 123

When drive our car, we saw a fox passing our car at one of our neighborhood corners just few days ago. 


Image 01 - A fox from a distance.

Actually, our first respond that "oh, look is that fox?." Then, we had to circle around to check it out.

We hardly seeing a fox around, and they are smaller than you might imagine. From several readings (please Google it), reminding us that foxes are generally not going to harm us humans and our pets. 

No, the foxes are not harmful to our lovely pets (dogs or cats) as they are about the same sizes. Many of our neighbors believe that the coyotes that we would have to worry about.


Image 02 - A dog, just for illustration.

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Image 03 - Flowers, just illustration.

One neighbor found one fox laying on the ground in the grass beside her dog. Both seemed totally relaxed. 


Image 04 - A little Kitty, could be attacked by Fox.

So, let them be and allow them to live in nature without human intervention. Interesting sight for the night though.  


Image 05 - A plant with red flowers, illustration.

Leave the fox and her kits alone. They are not hurting anything and will help keep the rodent population down.


Image 06 - A fox at yard, neighborhood. 

Have you seen foxes around your neighborhood?

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Friday 9 February 2024

The Interesting Plant at Neighborhood - Nature 122

When we saw first time, we thought the plant is a kind of citrus trees. After looking in details, the plant has no characters of citrus trees. 


Image 01 - Plant with lemon-like fruit

Citrus trees such as orange, lemon and lime have similar characters or appearances that they have:
- thorns to deter herbivores
- fragrance and beautiful flowers to attract pollinators (bees and butterfly). 

Helping by GoogleID and Gemini (Google AI Chatboot), the plant was identified with common names as:
- day cestrum
- night blooming jasmine. 


Image 02 - Edible citrus plant, just comparison.

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Image 03 - Tangerine, just comparison.

This plant has a scientific name as Cestrum sp, native to Caribbean and Central America, hence it grows well in warm state like Louisiana.


Image 04 - Cestrum with yellow fruit.

Have you recognized this plant?

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Saturday 3 February 2024

A Male Peacock in Neighborhood - Nature 121

We saw a peacock, a male one, roaming around in our neighborhood when we are doing daily walking. 


Image 01 - The male peacock. 

The male peacocks are recognized by their long feathers of tails, together with their colors to be attractive parts for mates.

GoogleID and Google AI Chatbot suggested that this peacock belongs to Indian peafowl, a native to Indian subcontinent.

It has a scientific name, Pavo cristatusIn addition to Indian peafowl, the fowl has another common name, called as a blue peacock, it is because of its vibrant blue and green plumage. This peacock is the most common and well-known peacock in the world.  

 
Image 02 - Myrtle trees without leaves, illustration.

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Image 03 - A peacock, roaming around.

Even though that not common to captive peacocks as a pet, some people do raise this bird as a pet. 


Image 04 - Blooming in the winter.

Regulation to keep peacocks as pets are different from one area to other places in the USA.


Image 05 - Green, just for illustration.

However, we believe, the peacock we saw recently was a pet, the bird runs away from an owner.


Image 06 - Free ranging chicken.


Image 07 - A female peacock in the captivity. 

Do you know some people raising peacoks as pets?

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Saturday 27 January 2024

Farming nearby Our Neighborhood - Nature 120

We live in urban area, however, our neighborhood close to "little" forest and several farming. Few seems just for fun than commercial. 


Image 01 - A horse with her baby. 

One of farming is horse farming, a small farming with two horses and babies. Honestly, I never ridden and even didn't know anything about horses. Mostly, just knowing through watching movies or TV.

The owner of horse tells me that the horse is Mustang breeding with could be mix with other breeds.

Based on GoogleID, Google AI Chatbot and Bing, yes, the above horses, mother and baby (Image 01) are Mustang breeding with could be mixed between Mustang and a quarter horse. 


Image 02 - Blooming of Magnolia, illustration.

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Image 03 - The horses play outside.

The breeding could have some coat colors such as:
- brown
- bay
- dun
- and pinto.


Image 04 - Cactus fruit, illustration

The horses are smaller than other horses breeding. The height is about 60 inches (152 cm).


Image 05 - A foal, the baby of horse 

The breeding has strong bones and hooves, together with its intelligence, hence this breeding could be trained for multiple purposes. 


Image 06 - Morning glory, illustration. 

Interestingly, the horses can survive on variety of food sources, thus, they are good for work, riding and racing.


Image 07 - Garbage packs, Illustration.

Horses are feed twice a day, morning and evening. Horses also need walking around pin. 


Fig 08 - Horses walking outdoor.

Do you know about horses?

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Wednesday 24 January 2024

The Yellow Four O'clock Flowers - Nature 119

 The name "four o'clock" is interesting for me. Actually, the flowers have another name that is Marvel of Peru.


Image 01 - Blooming of Yellow Four O'clock Flowers 

Some neighbors said that 4 o'clock flowers are easy to grow and take care, hence good for the first start gardeners.

The name of 4 o'clock refers to flowers open about 4.00 PM or in the afternoon or in the early evening. 

Interestingly, the flowers stay open more than 12 hours when temperature quite lower, then they close again when the heat of sun comes.   

The flowers have several attractive colors, in addition to yellow, other colors are red, pink and white.


Image 02 - Four o'clock plant in the pot. 

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Image 03 - Yellow Jasmine, just illustration.

Four o'clock flowers can be planted by seeds. We may buy the seeds from nursery or garden centers or online at Amazone. 


Image 04 - Yellow flower, illustration.

Seeds could be sown indoor or on the ground. It could take 2 to 3 months to have first flowers.


Image 05 - The indoor plant of four o'clock. 

Do you know about Four o'clock flower?

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Friday 19 January 2024

A Lizard Called as a California Newt - Nature 118

We just found a kind of lizard or salamander or newt in our neighborhood. The first time we have seen this kind of critter. 


Image 00 - A lizard on the hand 

After observing a while, we can conclude that some characters of this newt are:
- brownish color with orange underparts. 
- slender body with four legs and a bit long tail.
- visible texture of moist and smooth skin appearance.

Based on identification by GoogleID and BingID, this critter could be a California newt species.

The California newt with scientific name Taricha torosa is known as endemic species to California.

Image 02 - Plants, just for illustration.

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Image 03 - A bird, illustration only.

Strangely, how this California newt, the endemic species to California could arrive in Louisiana?


Fig 04 - A wild plant with little fruit.

The possibility that one of our neighbors has this newt as a pet, then the critter escaped, end up in the yards.


Image 05 - The Christmas tree, illustration.

Just to let you know that California newts have toxin called tetrodoxin, a powerful poison like poison in pufferfish.


Fig 06 - The plants around neighborhood.

Have you seen the California newt in the nature?

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Monday 15 January 2024

Winter Blooming of some Flowers in the Garden - Nature 117

Winter in our city barely reach below zero degree Celsius, hence some flowers blooming well in the "cold season."


Image 01 - A pansy flower in the garden.

We found some dominant flowers, two of them which are blooming in the garden during winter seasons are:
1) A pansy flower
- violet colors
- Scientific name for flower is identified as a Viola cornuta by GoogleID

2) The snapdragon variety
- colors could be yellow and many other
- GoogleID identifies scientific name for this flower is Antirrhinum majus.



Image 02 - The snapdragon variety


Image 03 - Yellow of the snapdragon.


Image 04 - Several flowers blooming


Image 05 - Blooming in the winter.


Image 06 - Blooming of the pansy.

Whay kind of flowers are blooming in the winter in your areas?

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Saturday 6 January 2024

Chickens Enjoying Freedom Outside - Nature 116

 When we saw several chickens in one morning, we thought they are loose. But, another morning we saw them again.


Image 01 - Chickens play outside.

We think are not loose. They are taking a stroll and enjoying freedom. The owners may let them out early in the morning as that is when we usually see the chickens again and again.

They give us a little chuckle as they go about the morning duties. I've only seen them in the mornings though, so I think they are possibly let out at that time. They play around and find some natural foods.

Wild chickens may consume variety of foods, including insects, plants and fruits. They may consume ants, termites, flies, grasshoppers and worms.


Image 03 - Illustration only, California

We believe that it is good to allow chickens are roaming outside. It is good fot their health, since their immune system will be stronger.


Image 04 - Just one chicken left.

Chickens could stimulate their mood or well being, since they get fresh air and sunshine regularly.


Image 05 - A Monarch butterfly, illustration only'

Our neighborhood has Cayotes roaming, especially at night. We hope that Cayotes don't attack and kill the chickens.


Image 06 - Chickens, seen from car.

Have you seen some chicken roaming in your neighborhood?

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The Black Soldier Flies (Hermetia illucens) - Nature 136

The fly is found inside the house. Based on GoogleID, it is suggested the fly is a Black soldier with scientific name Hermetia illucens . Im...