Saturday, August 4, 2012

Good bye old friend

Good Bye Old Friend
Photo and caption by John Chaney

    Elephants are legendary for their memory and intelligence including attributes associated with grief, making music, altruism and compassion.
We came across this elephant whose corpse was overcome by vultures and jackals.
From a distance we heard and then saw another elephant approaching at a fast pace.
She was successful at chasing away the predators and then very slowly and with much empathy wrapped her trunk around the deceased elephants tusk.
She stayed in this position for several hours guarding her friend.



Honeycomb Coral, Indonesia
Photograph by Mark Pickford

In waters off the Raja Ampat Islands, a honeycomb coral glows green.
The archipelago is a hot spot of coral diversity—some 75 percent of all known coral species can be found there.


Lake Natron, Tanzania
Photograph by George Steinmetz

An airplane casts a shadow over the red waters of Lake Natron in Tanzania, part of the East African Rift Valley.
The water's red hue is due to algae that live on salts spewed from nearby volcanoes. The East African Rift Valley system begins in northern Syria and extends across East Africa into Mozambique.


Volcano, Tanzania


Grasshopper, Georgia
Photograph by Bulent Erel

A nearly translucent green gem of a grasshopper climbs on a flower petal.
North American grasshoppers range in size from the minuscule to the largest, which can measure three inches long.


Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
Photo by Patrick de Fruscia




Salt Cones, Bolivia
Photograph by George Steinmetz, National Geographic

Salt from the world’s largest salt plain in Salar de Uyuni waits for transport to surrounding Andean villages.
It’s one of Earth’s flattest places; relief varies by less than 16 inches across some 4,000 square miles.



Frog and Crocodile
Photograph by Jonathan Blair

A year-old Nile crocodile attempts to snap up a frog in the St. Lucia Estuary.
Part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which UNESCO named a World Heritage site in 1999, the protected area is Africa’s largest estuarine system


Fishermen, Indonesia
Photograph by David Doubilet

See dusk in the Dampier Strait through a half-submerged lens and glimpse two distinct worlds.
Under a cloud-slung sky, fishermen work on wooden boats. Beneath a mirror-calm surface, waters flash with baitfish.


Lupins, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.




Animal Wallpapers July 2012

Coyote, Yellowstone National Park
Photograph by Timothy Brooks

With a strong vision and sense of smell, and the ability to reach up to 40 miles per hour, coyotes are symbolic of adventure.


Resting Lions, Tanzania
Photograph by Daniel Dolpire


Wild Horses, Camargue Nature Park, France
Photograph by Marco Carmassi


Baby Macaque, India
Photograph by Tony Campbell



Snorkelers and Sharks, French Polynesia
Photograph by Tim Mckenna, Your Shot

In Moorea, French Polynesia, the warm, turquoise-blue waters are often the place for some special encounters.
Swimming among the sharks, the rays, and the varied variety of fish is quite easy.


Flamingos, Mexico
Photograph by Klaus Nigge

Flamingos, fiercely loyal in wild flocks, move in unison when there is a threat.
Here, near Sisal, Mexico, a research plane is passing overhead.
Several major breeding groups live in estuaries around the Caribbean and beyond.



Snowy Owl, Canada
Photograph by Vince Maidens


Frog
Photograph by Leighann Perron

This is Gordon who lives in the gourd out on the back patio. I saw him peeking out one day and this is what I got!



Canada Geese, Netherlands
Photo by Andrew George



BAND VAN VRIENDSKAP


BAND VAN VRIENDSKAP

Vir al my maatjies van *lankal terug* en ook die nuwe maatjies wat sopas hul hand van vriendskap uitgesteek het ♥

Saggies het jy gekom en ‘n hand uitgesteek
van vriendskap en omgee, ‘n glimlag so breed.
Soms luister jy net of gee my ‘n Woord
as my lewenslied klink na ‘n valse akkoord ...
Dan weer ‘n glimlag en ‘n stewige handdruk
as my ogies nat is en my skouers wil snik ...
Jy sien ook my twyfel en weemoed soms raak,
vertel my van jou prag-kruik met sy eie seer-kraak..
Saggies-versigtig probeer jy my sê
mens kry nie altyd wat jy graag sou wou hê!
My lewe is hartseer en ek voel soms gedaan maar as ek kyk na jóú vrede, dan stop dit mý traan.
Dankie dat jy ligvoet op my lewensskerwe trap, jou nie daardeur laat afsit maar saam met my wil stap.
Jou vriendskap is ‘n seëning, opligtend, vol goud, jy deel jou Jesus-liefde, jy’s die aarde se sout.
Mag mý vriendskap dan ook vir jou opregtheid, kameradie en die Jesus-lig inhou.

Scottish Wipped Shortbread


Scottish Wipped Shortbread

Ingredients

    • 2 cups salted butter, sofened ( margarine won't do)
    • 1 cup icing sugar
    • ½ cup cornstarch
    • 3 cups flour
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Line cookie sheat with parchment paper if possible.
  3. Cream butter.
  4. Sift together icing sugar, cornstarch, and flour.
  5. Add dry ingredients and vanilla to the butter and beat until consistency of whipped butter.
  6. Drop by teaspoon onto parcment lined baking sheet. Or can use a cookie gun with star tip or sprtiz tip to form cookies.
  7. May decorate with small pieces of green or red cherries or colour sprinkles.
  8. Bake at 350°F (180°C) or 15-20 minutes.
  9. Stores well in covered tin.

Eendag

 
Eendag is nie op die kalender nie
“Ek gaan nog eendag groot dinge vir die Here doen.”
“Eendag as ek meer tyd op hande het, gaan ek weer by die kerk betrokke wees.”
“Eendag as die misdaad afneem...” “Eendag as herlewing uitbreek...”
Sulke taal is aan die orde van die dag in ons woordeskat.
Toe onthou ek ‘n liedjie van John Foggerty van die Creedence Clearwater Revival faam wat sing: “Someday never comes.”
Toe besef ek daar is nie ‘n dag met die naam “eendag” op ons kalenders is nie.
Daar’s wel ‘n Maandag, Dinsdag, Woensdag... maar nêrens ‘n eendag nie.
So ‘n dag bestaan eenvoudig nie.
Ons het dit self opgemaak.
Op God se kalender is daar wel een ander dag, naas ‘n Donderdag, Vrydag, Saterdag of Sondag.
Ek praat van VANDAG. 2 Korintiërs 6:2 skryf dat vandag God se gunsteling dag is.
Dit is sy dag van redding.

Vandag is die dag van groot dinge, nie môre of oormôre nie.
Ook nie volgende week of aanstaande jaar nie.
Te veel mense sit al hulle hoop op eendag.
Tog het God net vandag vir ons gegee om tot Sy eer te leef.
Hy het vandag op die hemelse kalender aangeteken en by ons elkeen afgelewer wat hierdie woorde lees.
Ons het vandag as ‘n geskenk uit die Here se hand ontvang.
Ons moet elke stukkie tyd wat in vandag weggepak
is van hoek tot wal uitkoop, soos wat Paulus vir die Efesiërs skryf.

Vandag is kosbaar.
Dit is die enigste stukkie
tyd wat ons tans tot ons beskikking het.
Gister is reeds ‘n nagreis agter ons en môre lê nog ver in die toekoms.
Maar vandag kan ons met vars woorde en opregte dade die Here eer en ander mense dien, soos wat
Kolossense 3 van ons vra. Hoekom dan wag tot eendag?
Daar‘s in elk geval nie so ‘n dag op enige kalender nie.
Kies vandag en leef!