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This January 2018 video is about the coast near Lohme village on Rügen island in Germany.

After 8 October 2018 on Rügen came 9 October.

In the morning, house sparrows.

And a hooded crow on a Lohme roof.

Lohme coast, 9 October 2019

This photo shows the coast near Lohme on 9 October 2018.

This video shows a sea eagle, and a mute swan, on Rügen island.

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The Extinction Chronicles

More than 300 mammal species have been eradicated by human activities, say researchers

The secretive indri of Madagascar, the largest living lemur.
 The secretive indri (Indri indri) of Madagascar, the largest living lemur. It is also critically endangered and highly evolutionarily distinct with no close relatives, which makes its branch one of most precarious on the mammal evolutionary tree. In the likely event that the indri goes extinct, we will lose 19m years of unique evolutionary history from the mammal tree of life. Photograph: Pierre-Yves Babelon/Aarhus University

Humanity’s ongoing annihilation of wildlife is cutting down the tree of life, including the branch we are sitting on, according to a stark new analysis.

More than 300 different mammal species have been eradicated by human activities. The new research calculates the total unique evolutionary history that has been lost as a result at a startling 2.5bn years.

Furthermore, even if the destruction…

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Thamirabarani is a river in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.

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Thamirabarani River

From Sahayadri to Bay of Bengal in Tirunelveli

This river starts from the southern end of Western Ghats – Sahayadri and flows eastwards into Bay of Bengal.

The shape of India narrows down in south substantially, and so the length of this river from origin to its meeting the sea, is all in one district, namely Tirunelveli.

Rishi Agastya

Rishi Agastya mentions about this river. His Ashram was located on the upper reaches of this river.

Agastiyar temple

Agastiyar Temple

Agastiyar Ghat

Agastiyar Ghat

In Ramayana

This river is mentioned in Ramayana.

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Sugreeva

Sugreeva mentions about this river.

Sugreeva dispatches a set of Vanara to the South and instructs them to search for Sita in the following locations –

“Search the Malayagir mountains, you will find Rishi Agastya there, then cross Kaveri river, then cross Tamaraparani river, then you will see the…

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

Strict-branch coral fungi, Gooilust, 24 November 2014

After 23 November in the Corversbos nature reserve, the next day, 24 November, to Gooilust, not far away. We found these strict-branch coral fungi there.

Before finding these fungi, we had heard nuthatches.

A red admiral butterfly, flying to the top of a coniferous tree; basking in the sunshine on a branch. This was about the last mild autumn day. Next night, it would freeze. Has the butterfly survived that?

Clouded agaric mushrooms. A robin on a branch.

Mycena, Gooilust, 24 November 2014

After the coral fungi, these small mushrooms. Probably one of many Mycena species.

Mycena, in Gooilust, 24 November 2014

This, on a fallen tree, looks like another Mycena species.

Whitish-greenish fungus, 24 November 2014

On a stump, much bigger fungi. Some of them whitish, some greenish like salad; between orange-reddish fallen autumn leaves.

As we went to the exit, a buzzard landed on a branch.

Don’t let their small size fool you. Fungi are capable of mind-blowing feats: here

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This 14 October 2018 video says about itself:

36 BEAUTIFUL BIRDS

1. BLACKBIRD
2. NUTHATCH
3. RED CROSSBILL
4. CHAFFINCH
5. ROBIN
6. BLUE TIT
7. STARLING
8. SISKIN
9. HOUSE SPARROW
10. WREN
11. SHORT-TOED TREECREEPER
12. HAWFINCH
13. WILLOW WARBLER
14. GREENFINCH
15. DUNNOCK
16. GREAT TIT
17. NIGHTINGALE
18. GOLDEN OREOLE
19. SONG TRUSH
20. BULLFICH
21. JACKDAW
22. GOLDCREST
23. FIELDFARE
24. CRESTED TIT
25. LONG-TAILED TIT
26. FIRECREST
27. BLACK REDSTART
28. MAGPIE
29. GOLDFINCH
30. JAY
31. GREEN WOODPECKER
32. CARRION CROW
33. ROOK
34. RAVEN
35. CHIFFCHAFF
36. KINGFISHER

These are bird species from Europe.

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Chinese monkeys, photo by Marsel van Oosten

This photo by Marsel van Oosten from the Netherlands is the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 competition.

It shows two golden snub-nosed monkeys, a male (in front) and a female, in a forest in the Qinling mountains in China.

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Gooilust, 19 October 2018

This photo, like the others in this blog posts, is from 19 October 2018; from the woodlands of Gooilust nature reserve.

Porcelain fungi, 18 October 2018

There were porcelain fungi, like these ones …

Porcelain fungi, on 18 October 2018

… and these ones.

Fungi, 18 October 2018

And yet more fungi.

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Dream Temples

Navrathri Kolu at Sri Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Salem

October, 2018

Navarathri means nine nights in Sanskrit, and is the name of the festival dedicated to the worship of goddess Durga Devi. It refers to the nine nights of darkness and of battle against evil and the tenth day of victory and of light.

This year, at the Ramakrishna Mutt temple in Salem, there were five sections in the Navarathri Kolu.

The first section had the most beautiful rangoli of Durga devi, Lakshmi and Saraswati.

During this nine day festival nine different manifestations of the goddess Durga are worshipped. The nine goddesses are Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Maha Gowri, and Siddhidatri.

The nine devis of Navarathri,the manifestations of devi Durga and the slokas in Tamil for each devi, to be recited during on the nine days of Navarathri

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Hello!  The name Voices-and-Visions has been changed to Echoes in the Mist.

 

We hope you like it!

 

Everything else will remain the same.

 

Thank you all!

 

Sharon St Joan

Echoes in the Mist

 

 

The Rain

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In a portent of misted beauty

 

The rain-wandering hawk

 

Awakens

 

The sleeping

 

Mother of the mountains

 

To ring the standing

 

Bowls of silence

 

There since

 

Before the wings of time took flight,

 

And in ringing, to empower

 

The wild places;

 

The trees, her children,

 

Blossom gold;

 

Bumblebees run races,

 

The stars sail

 

Their tall wooden ships

 

On the bobbing waves of the black, deep sea.

 

Will the antlered elk remain,

 

Even then,

 

Along with the swift falcon,

 

And the barred geese

 

Who rode so bravely

 

Near the fierce night

 

Of the wrath of the wind

 

And biting hail

 

Where the embattled sky

 

Flashed

 

White, unpinned,

 

And armies of air

 

Clashed

 

From outcrop to rocky hill

 

Echoing

 

Echoing

 

Where the old owl blinks?

 

In the aftermath, gray-gowned, shy

 

Rain beings fly by

 

On blue

 

Petals;

 

The band of geese settles

 

On the lapping lake, recalling

 

All the stone-stepped eons told

 

In the unfolding stories – or a leaf-borne tale

 

By the rocks that talk,

 

Voices of the dark red canyons,

 

Of the grass and plants, wind-whispering

 

Of the juniper-guardians

 

Of the all-knowing bear,

 

Of the small-footed mouse, smiling and meek,

 

And the so determined ants.

 

There the rattlesnake slinks.

 

Now only the wise ones who

 

Know the starry ways, by most forgotten,

 

Who tend the earth, will gather

 

Again,

 

Their songs to sing

 

Like the soaring sea,

 

In the bright land of the moon –

 

Gentle as the rain that drips

 

Among the sleeping flowers

 

Of the stars. Now all is connected in these most final holy

 

Hours

 

As it was before the beginning,

 

One in many,

 

Many in one,

 

And if we train

 

Our attention for a moment,

 

Soon,

 

As the gale is done,

 

We will

 

Find the one we seek

 

Standing by the silver tree,

 

Near the old

 

Railed fence

 

Speckled in sunlight.

 

Hear beyond the rivers’ torrent

 

The chant of Om,

 

The lost bells of home.

 

Thank you, blessed rain.

 

Thank you, Parvathi,

 

Ever there, peace

 

Falling

 

On the star-clad mountain peak.

 

 © Sharon St Joan, 2018

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