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ORIENTAL SPOTLIGHTS

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Well, I really had to search my old Chinese wedding chest for proofs concerning a 4 week trip of all Egypt in the 80s of the last century. Fortunately all photos still existing after more than 30 years of storage and now somehow also antique. So welcome back to the world of simplest analog photography which I find indeed more touching than all these bits and bytes of today. It is real paper and memory to be felt, rather oldfashioned these days I know.

Abu Simbel site in Southern-Egypt by mid of October 1985
Small temple of Nefertari, 13th century BC

The Oriental world has played an important part in my life, and this trip to Egypt in 1985 was my first encounter with this fascinating cosmos. The visit of Abu Simbel in the very Southern part of Egypt near the Sudanese border was truly a real highlight in this regard because the archeological site is a quite remote place…

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Heathen caves near Goldbach, steel engraving by Konrad Corrady, ca. 1850

The term ‘heathen caves’ was firstly used in the middle of the 17th century, and the term heathen is here used to describe the fact that the origin of such caves in the Western region of Lake Constance is going back to the pre-Christian period in Germany while nobody knows for sure who did the construction and when. Also the original purpose of these caves is unclear while a lot of legends still exist such as the unproven theory of the local geologist Dr. Schmidle published in the 30s of the 20th century alleging that the heathen caves were erected by the Romans and serving as sanctuaries for their Mithras cult. Roman coins were found near such caves otherwhere in the region, but this implies no real evidence. Unfortunately today there are only some small remainings of these heathen…

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 30 January 2019 video says about itself:

Where were dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals first discovered? Timeline World Map

This map shows where and when dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals were discovered for the first time. Some dates can fluctuate one year or two depending on the source, but in general, the dates correspond with the year the remains where found (not the date they were officially named/published).

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

This May 2019 video is about a reed warbler singing in De Onlanden nature reserve in Drenthe province in the Netherlands.

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Spotted redshank video

OBSCURE MENHIR EVENT

SUBURBAN TRACKS

You may have heard of the mythical menhirs (i. e. standing stones) in connection with the comic Asterix and Obelix but in fact they may be discovered in many countries of Europe, not only in Brittany. So when I learned that one example of megalithic culture can be found just 150 kms from my home at Langeneichstädt near the city of Halle in Germany, I had to go and see this place.

The menhir of Langeneichstädt (ca. 3,600 – 2,700 BC)

When visiting the neolithic site of Langeneichstädt comprising an ancient menhir and a stone cist grave in 2017 on 3 November (i. e. shortly after All Saints Day), former visitors had left fresh flowers at the place ritually to my real great surprise – hence I did hesitate instinctively moving forward for a while.

Carving on the menhir said to symbolize the dolmin goddess

Such places at times…

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Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 3 May 2019 video is about a flock of whimbrels in the Veluwe region in the Netherlands.

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Mining Awareness +


Grizzly Bear on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, US Forest Service

It is strange how much Trump hates bears, apart from the Russian bear.
It’s not like American bears are running up and down 5th Ave, either.
Big bears, baby bears, Trump hates all of ’em except Russian bears.
05.16.19
Tribal Witnesses Emphasize Spiritual and Cultural Significance of Grizzly Bears, Champion Grijalva Bill to Guarantee Tribal Input on Grizzly Management
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday’s Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee legislative hearing [1] featured powerful testimony from Native American tribal witnesses on the profound significance of grizzly bears to tribal culture and tribal support for Chair Raúl M. Grijalva’s (D-Ariz.) Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act. [2]

Grijalva’s bill ensures that grizzly bears are permanently protected for their ecological and cultural value and guarantees Native American tribes a role in conserving and managing the species.

Grizzly bears are considered sacred by…

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Jet Eliot

Baird’s Tapir, female adult, Belize

Tapirs are large, four-legged mammals found primarily in the jungles of Central and South America. They are rare. How very exciting it was then, to have ten minutes in the wild with this magnificent animal.

Adding to the difficulty of finding them, they are nocturnal, and classified as Endangered or Vulnerable. Currently there are five tapir species in the world, with one small population in Southeast Asia and all the rest in the New World. The list of extinct tapir species is far longer than the extant list.

Tapir Wikipedia.  Pronounced TAY-peer. We observed the Baird’s Tapir species.

Athena and I were on a night drive, standing in the back of a pick-up truck in the jungles of Belize. We had two guides: one was driving, the other was spotting, i.e. shining a strong spotlight on the trees as we drove along.

Five minutes…

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