Sunday, July 19, 2015

Stag beetle fight

Giant Stag Beetle, Sally Kneidel
A rare treat -- a fabulous Giant Stag Beetle (Lucanus elaphus). My fingertips for scale. Incredible!!! Saw this one at Little Sugar Creek Greenway last week. The huge jaws are only on males, they fight for females just like male elk, deer, and moose. Check out this video of 2 males fighting (a different but similar species):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r34FSI2HKPY

Source: http://veggierevolution.blogspot.ca/2015/07/what-fun-find-giant-stag-beetle.html


Stag beetle fight



Published on Sep 26, 2012
The males fly out in search of a female, when they find a female, there may already be a male around so the males fight, - using their jaws to to wrestle each other for favoured mating sites. Fights may also be over food, such as tree sap and decaying fruits.

Stag beetle is Europes largest insect. In many countries they are now thought to be very rare or even extinct.

You can help Stag beetle by leaving old tree stumps and deadwood alone. Or by making a log pile.
Female stags lay their eggs in rotting log piles and the roots of various rotten trees, including oak, apple, ash cherry and many others. Leave fallen trees in large pieces in contact with the soil so that the wood remains moist and is able to rot. Don't remove tree stumps if you are cutting down a dead, unsafe tree. And please don't burn the dead wood. 

The more decayning wood there is, the more places there are for the female to lay here eggs. You can help this amazing insect, you can be apart of making sure that the stag beetles has a chance in our future.

Stag beetle, Ekoxe, hjortebille, Hirschk√§fer, hirvesokk beetle, lucane, 

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r34FSI2HKPY

Leopard
 Sally Kneidel, PhD, a biologist, travel writer and trip planner from the United States who toured Welverdiend in 2007 and 2009.  She is co-writer of both of these blogs

 http://veggierevolution.blogspot.ca/2015/07/what-fun-find-giant-stag-beetle.html





Amor and Psyche as Children

Violin-playing skeleton from a hangman's noose, a doodle by William Makepeace Thackeray:

Walter Runeberg's Amor and Psyche as Children, photographed by Daniel Nyblin. More here:




In 1883 a distant eruption made Europe's skies blaze, inspiring poets & artists alike:


























If wishes were horses

Common modern versions include:
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride:
If turnips were watches, I'd wear one by my side,:
If, If's and And's were pots and pans, there'd be no work for tinkers' hands.:
A shorter version appears below.
If wishes were horses
Beggars would ride:
If turnips were bayonets:
I would wear one by my side:

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_wishes_were_horses,_beggars_would_ride

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Vegan




Be careful what you believe

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Dalai Lama

At the start of the new millennium the Dalai Lama issued eighteen rules for living:


1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

3. Follow the three Rs: 1. Respect for self 2. Respect for others 3. Responsibility for all your actions.

4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8. Spend some time alone every day.

9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

15. Be gentle with the earth.

16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.




Quotes by famous folks

 
“Imagination is more important than knowledge”
- Albert Einstein


“To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge”
- Henry David Thoreau

 
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand”
- Albert Einstein
 


“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will”
- Vince Lombardi
 


“Liberty can not be preserved without a general knowledge among the people”
- John Adams
 



“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge”
- Daniel J. Boorstin
 



American King James Version
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow.
- Ecclesiastes 1:18


“Three passions simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life; the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind”
- Bertrand Russell
 


“There is no knowledge that is not power”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
 


“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful”
- Samuel Johnson
 


“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination”
- Albert Einstein
 


“The only source of knowledge is experience”
- Albert Einstein
 


“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge”
- Albert Einstein
 


“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle”
- Khalil Gibran
 


“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information”
- T. S. Eliot
 


“What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child”
- George Bernard Shaw
 


“The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance”
- Socrates


“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life”
- Emmanuel Kant



“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers”
- Plato



“Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness”
- George Santayana


“All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education”
- Theodore Roosevelt


“Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it”
- Thomas Fuller M.D.


“When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it--this is knowledge”
- Confucius


“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives”
- James Madison



“The great end of life is not knowledge but action”
- Thomas Henry Huxley



“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest”
- Benjamin Franklin




“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers”
- Alfred Tennyson




“It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen”



“A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms—it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man”
- Albert Einstein