Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Delicate Frost Flowers Looks like a Golden Glow

If you strolling in the woods or near a creek in cold morning, especially when the air is crisp and temperatures hover below freezing, you can see “Frostweed” grows to see nature’s odd ice sculptures the “Frost Flowers”. So fall is a wonderful time to find an amazing array of wildflowers on your national forests and grasslands. However several experienced nature explorers haven’t seen frost flowers. This is because you’ve to be in the right place at the right time. These’re really not flowers at all, just a spin glass or cotton candy fragile creations. The flowers last only until the sun or warm rays melt then away. Only very few lucky people able to see them and know about their existence, their formation and disappearance cover such a short period.

This is really interesting to know, that “Frost Flowers” forms when the ground temperature is warm enough for the plant’s root system to be active and the air temperature is cold enough to freeze the upward flowing plant juices. The freezing juices may split open a whole section of stem and push out in a side curling sheet, or it may emerge from small slits and form long, ribbon-like strands or flowerlike clusters. The moisture in the plant freezes, the ice crystals push out through the stem. At times more than a few ribbons of ice push out to make a flowerlike petal effect.

As long as the juices flow, air temperatures remain low and the plant is shaded from the sun, these ice crystals continue to form. The frostweed, Verbesinia virginica, commonly occurs in Texas, is one of species of plants, which are capable of producing icy creations. These waist to shoulder high plants grow in thick patches in the moist, shaded soil of river or creek bottoms and form heavy undergrowth’s in the shade of large trees. This plant also is recognized as Indian tobacco and “tickweed” because the dried leaves were once used by Indians as tobacco and people walking through the plants invariably gather a few seed ticks.

Frost flowers are delicate, attractive ribbons of ice crystals that form on the lower stems of a few species of Missouri native plants. When the backlit of sun shades on crystal threads of frozen plants, it looks like a golden glow. So it is recommended to take your camera. If you’re lucky enough, you may able to snap some photographs before the ice ribbons melt in the morning sunlight. If you want to relish the frost flowers in person this year, locate some of the “Frostweed” plants before cold weather arrives.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Exclusive Street Trials Rider Performs Unbelievable Gravity-Defying Trick in Abandoned Village

The 28 year old Glasgow professional street trials rider Danny MacAskill is performing a gravity-defying new trick in an abandoned tourist village in Argentina. The mind-blowing “Bum Front Flip” in Epecuen a lakeside resort that was submerged under flood waters in the 1980s. After riding up a specifically constructed ramp, MacAskill flips his bike over a sign, and turns 360 degrees in the air, and lands on his back wheel on the other side.

He managed to perfect the trick just before a huge dust storm swept into the village. He has also riding across the roofs of abandoned buildings and along the branches of dead trees, which have been turned white by the lagoon's salt water, and then navigating rusting train tracks and jumping over the tops of concrete tunnels.

MacAskill has been preforming street tricks for more than 17 years and got his first bike at the age of 4. He had wanted to go to Epecuén for the past two years so approached Red Bull with his idea to film a series of tricks there. The Argentinian town was once a lively lakeside resort but it was flooded without warning after a long period of heavy rains directed the lagoon bursting over its banks, plunging the small community in 1985.

The crew filmed there for 2 1/2 weeks to get the finest shots of the exclusive landscape, which appearances almost post-apocalyptic. Rusting cars, broken appliances and crumbling homes dot the landscape, which has once again become a popular tourist destination for people willing to drive at least 6 hours form Buenos Aires to get there.

 MacAskill said this was a town that was a lot of people's homes and they’ve been forced out by the flood so at first it was strange. After a while I settled into the place and respected how attractive it was despite what happened there. His favorite part was he rides across a series of rooftops. The sequence was filmed from the air and in fact shows off the scale of the village.  He was also fortunate to avoid any injuries during the shoot, and also had a few near misses riding the skinny beam coming off the side of one of the building’s roofs so I had a few ten foot jumps to the ground without my bike as I missed my spot!

One of resident 83 years old, Pablo Novak still lives on the edge of the town. He spends his days cycling around the ruins, welcoming people who wander into the wrecked streets. Whoever passes nearby cannot go without coming to visit here. It's getting more people to the area, as they come to see the ruins.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Amazing half-animal, half-plant

The Elysia Chlorotica (common name the eastern emerald elysia) is sea slug is not like most sea slugs.  Researchers refer to this animal as being "solar-powered," since it undergoes several plant-like processes and resembles a leaf!  This creature has chloroplasts that let him to convert sunlight into energy, so yes, it undergoes photosynthesis. The Elysia Chlorotica sea slug, distinct some of the more exotic animals we see here on Greenamajigger, can be found close to home!  By close, it means the east coast of the United States. It lives in a subcellular endosymbiotic relationship with chloroplasts of the marine heterokont alga Vaucheria litorea. It is feeding on algae; this amazing animal has a weird way of sustaining life.  Because it needs to eat plants to maintain its existence, but the only thing that it takes from what it eats are chloroplasts, which help it undergo photosynthesis more easily!  So, is the elysia chlorotica a plant?  Yes. Is it an animal? Yes. Mind Blown!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Fearless High-Liners in HAMMOCKS dangling 150ft above dizzying Alpine drops

These daredevil high-liners are the pivotal chill seekers when they’ve set up hammocks hundreds of feet in the air. They’ve inch their way sensibly along the thin wire, some are even pleased to pull out a guitar and play some tunes. The dangerous event, called the International Highline Meeting, is in its third year, and takes place at Monte Piana in Italy.

It is a big gathering for courageous folks to hone their skills without any form of competitive edge. The hint of adding hammocks was put forward by hammock manufacturer Ticket to the Moon. The High-liners attach the materials to a strengthened “highline” as they walk out to their designated relaxation spots 150ft high.

Snapper Sebastian Wahlhuetter captured the breath-taking pictures as 22 people hopped into 16 hammocks. The meeting ran from 6 to 14 September, with 500 people attending. Sebastian, who also helped to organize the event, revealed it was tough to capture his pictures due to the remote location and steep, rocky surroundings.

But “The action lasted around an hour and it was astonishing to see all those people hanging out in their hammocks and it was really thrilling to watch. A distinct highline set up was rigged so that it could carry the weight of the several people on one line at the same time. 'Monte Piana Highline Festival was definitely the best highline event I have ever photographed.' Source: Dailymail

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Mike the Headless Chicken

Mike the Headless Chicken also recognized as Miracle Mike was a Wyandotte’s chicken that lived for 18 months after his head had been cut off during the period of April 1945 till March 1947. Although the story was believed by various to be a hoax, the bird's owner took him to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City to establish the facts of the story. On September 10, 1945, farmer Lloyd Olsen of Fruita, Colorado, United States, was eating supper with his mother-in-law and was sent out to the yard by his wife to bring back a chicken. Olsen chose a five-and-a-half-month-old cockerel named Mike. The axe missed the jugular vein, leaving one ear and most of the brain stem intact. In spite of Olsen's failed attempt to behead Mike, he was still able to balance on a perch and walk awkwardly; and even attempted to preen and crow, though he could do neither. When the bird did not die, Mr. Olsen, who was shocked, decided to continue to care permanently for Mike, feeding him a mixture of milk and water via an eyedropper; he was also fed small grains of corn. His crowing, however, comprised of a gurgling sound made in his throat. Mike also spent his time attempting to preen and peck for food with his neck.

Once the Mike popularity had been established, he started a career of touring sideshows in the company of such other creatures as a two-headed calf. He was also snapped for dozens of magazines and papers, including in Time and Life magazines. Mike was on published to the public for an admission cost of twenty five cents. At the increase of his height and fame, the chicken earned US$4,500 per month (Almost $47,500 nowadays) and was valued at a big cost of $10,000. In March 1947, at a motel in Phoenix on a stopover while traveling back from tour, Mike started choking in the middle of the night. The Olsens had unconsciously left their feeding and cleaning syringes at the sideshow the day before, and so were unable to save Mike. Olsen claimed that he had sold the bird off, resulting in stories of Mike still touring the country as late as 1949. Then other sources say that the chicken's severed trachea couldn’t properly take in adequate air to be able to breathe, and it therefore choked to death in the motel.

It was determined that the axe had missed the jugular vein and a clot had prevented Mike from bleeding to death. Although most of his head was detached, most of his brain stem and one ear were left on his body. Since basic functions breathing, heart-rate, etc., as well as most of a chicken's reflex actions are controlled by the brain stem, Mike was able to remain quite healthy. This is a good example of central motor generators allowing rudimentary homeostatic functions to be carried out in the absence of the cerebral cortex.