The Earth Is a Mystery

Happy Earth Day!

Earth is the third planet from the sun and the fifth largest in the solar system. The earth is a big mystery. It is the only planet that has oxygen, gravity, and constant movement. The Earth consists of four concentric layers: inner core, outer core, mantle and crust. The crust is made up of tectonic plates, which are in constant motion. Earthquakes and volcanoes are most likely to occur at plate boundaries. The crust is the land and ocean where we live.

One of the best places to observe the volcanic activities is Yellowstone National Park.

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Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 sq. km), comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. The Caldera is considered an active volcano. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years. Half of the world’s geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism. Lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions cover most of the land area of Yellowstone. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth’s northern temperate zone.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_National_Park

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Mystery

Weekly Photo Challenge – Surprised visit by Bees

In one of my posts I wrote about my plum tree. The tree is four years old. The first two year didn’t have any fruits. The tree had full blossom earlier than any other flowers. There were no bees around to pollinate the blossom. Last year, I manually pollinate the flowers and it produced about twenty plums.

By the end of winter this year, the plum tree had full blossom. So I started using my fine paintbrush to pollinate the flowers. But I got tired. I thought I would have another non-producing year.

There is a slope behind the retaining wall next to the tree. The slope was full of yellow clover flowers. I had other plants on the slope but they were all covered by the clovers.

One day, I went up to the slope, pulled out several handfuls of clovers to see what happened to my other plants. To my surprise, I saw a whole bunch of bee buzzing over the yellow flowers. Then I turned around to look at the plum tree. There they were, bees dancing around the plum blossoms.

Oh, how pleased I was to see the bees. How timely they had come to pollinate the flowers. When spring came, I saw young plums covering the tree. I actually counted the plums. You may think that I was silly, but I was very excited. I counted more than two hundred young plums. I can hardly wait for summer to taste them.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

Daily Prompt: Timely

Cee’s Fun Foto: Harvest – Earth

When I started gardening, I mixed the original soil with good soil, added nutrient. Then I planted most flowers. Some flowers grow well better than others. Some green plants go crazy so I separated them and transplant to different areas in my garden.

Years ago, I only had the orange tree from previous owner. I started to grow other fruit trees and seasonal vegetables. The fruits have been growing well. These are two crops a years for the oranges. Each crop has three or four hundreds of oranges.

We are having fresh squeezed orange juice every morning.

For the plums, I only got about 30 plums last year. With the right timing of bees to pollinate, I think there’ll be a couple hundred this year. I’m so pleased that the apple blossoms and the grape vine show promising harvest this summer.

Young plums and Red Delicious apple blossoms

Young grapes, and young oranges when we are still picking the current crop

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Cee’s Photography Late Summer is time of harvest, a time of plenty, of reaping what we have worked for throughout the year. The plants and animals have grown and produced the fruit of their labour.

If our Earth is of good quality, like quality soil, we will have the ability to produce good food to nourish ourselves — 5 Elements of Nature

Cee’s Fun Foto: Harvest – Earth

Daily Prompt: Pleased

Pink Moon

I was not able to take any pink moon photos because it is cloudy tonight. If anyone who took some photos. I would invite you to share!

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The April full moon peaks today (April 11), reaching its fullest phase late at night, just after the bars close in most cities on the U.S. East Coast. But it will still appear full tonight to casual observers.

April’s full moon is known as the Pink Moon, but don’t expect it to look particularly pink. It is named after pink flowers called wild ground phlox, which bloom in early spring and become widespread throughout the U.S. and Canada this time of year. In fact, the April full moon is the first full moon of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Source: http://www.space.com/36040-april-full-moon.html

Sunrise in Reed City, Michigan

Sunrise in Reed City Michigan by Ramona Seath-Lubke

The big ball of fire behind

The silhouette of trees,

Raised up its head and

Greeted the earth with

all its warmth, brightness and energy.

Its ray colored the sky with

red, pink, purple, blue and orange.

Signaled to the beloved people

The hope of a new day.

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Photo was taken by my friend Ramona Seath-Lubke in Reed City, Michigan USA, on April 5, 2017.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Atop Views above the Clouds

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When I fly on a plane, I like the window seat. It allows me to take photos of the views from the airplane, especially when the plane is above the clouds.

So often what I gaze toward the sky from the ground, I just see clouds, especially on a dark and heavy rainy day. Without the energy from the sun, I’m less motivated to get going. There were moments in my life; all I saw was dark and heavy clouds. I yearn for sunshine and blue sky to make my heart lighter, my spirit higher, and my steps swifter. Where was the sun?

When the plane flies above the clouds, right in my sight, the clear blue sky and the bright sun. They are there all the time, whether I see them from the ground or not. Of course I can’t see through the clouds, just knowing that they are always there give me encouragement. The clouds eventually will go away and the sun will shine upon my face once more.

We took this trip coming from home of southern California to Portland, Oregon; to visit our daughter and son-in-law. I got the window seat and took photos from above the clouds. I took a few photos as we approached Portland – one above the clouds with clear blue sky, one above Portland, and one above Columbia River by the airport. I inserted a photo of the sun above the clouds from our trip to Key West .

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop