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

Epicenter One Mile from Home

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On Friday, March 28, 2014, the ladies from church had a Women’s Movie Night. I was sitting on a couch watching the movie. Suddenly, I felt a jolt, then a violent shake for 20 to 30 seconds. All the ladies were sitting tight, praying while things in the kitchen were tumbling down.

As soon as the quake stopped, our attention went to News channels. We found out that there was a 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck ONE mile east of La Habra where I live, resulting in isolated power outages and damage that included ruptured water mains and broken glass in Orange County, California. The temblor was one in a sequence of more than 20 quakes that hit the area within less than two hours, seismologists said.

I had never experienced an epicenter of earthquake so close to home. I was anxious to get home to access the damage. As soon as I opened the door, I found my favorite crystal vase with a dozen red roses on the floor. The vase was chattered. Then I found my husband’s miniature car collection fell on the floor. Rushing to the living room and I saw my collection of angels fell sideways, but fortunately was not broken. Opened the front door, and I saw a couple garden sculptures were broken. Anxiously, I ran upstairs and downstairs, and the garage to check everything. There were other damages, cupboard doors swung open, and things fallen on the floor also.

It was quite a scary moment!

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An earthquake triggered a rockslide that caused a car to overturn, Brea police said. Bottles of wine at a store in La Mirada were toppled from shelves (two photos from the media).

Daily Prompt: Jolt

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco

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I went to San Francisco for a meeting in 2006. Some friends took me around for some sightseeing. I had been to San Francisco many time, but went to different tourist areas. This day I was walking on the shore and taking the photos of this famous Alcatraz Island. A bird flew in front of me, and I took this timely shot.

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The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary or United States Penitentiary, Alcatraz Island (often just referred to as Alcatraz) was a maximum high-security federal prison on Alcatraz Island, 1.25 miles (2.01 km) off the coast of San Francisco, California, which operated from 1934 to 1963.

The main prison building was built in 1910–1912 the island became a prison of the Federal Bureau of Prison in August 1934 after the buildings were modernized to meet the requirements of a top-notch security prison. Given this high security and the location of Alcatraz in the cold waters and strong currents of San Francisco Bay, the prison operators believed Alcatraz to be escape-proof and America’s strongest prison.

Today the penitentiary is a public museum and one of San Francisco’s major tourist attractions.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatraz_Federal_Penitentiary

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Daily Prompt: Timely

Guest Blogger – Mercy Rossi, Zion National Park

Daily Prompt: Climbing

It is a pleasure to introduce my guest blogger Mercy Rossi, my daughter. She will take you on an exciting trip. before they went on this trip, they took rock climbing lessons!

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The fall of 2016, my husband and I traveled to Zion National Park.  We were awed yet again by God’s beautiful creation.

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The sun moves towards the horizon, casting shadows on majestic rock formations, which draw thousands of visitors each year.

We did an overnight camping trip along the West Rim trail.  Sometimes in life, we lose sight of what’s truly important, but being in nature helps us regain our focus.

Alone in the wilderness, I gaze out over the deep canyons, breathing in the sweet air slowly, appreciating being present in the moment.

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The light breaks through the trees in a soft and gentle way.

This was our first canyoneering trip together.  It involved trusting one another, trusting ourselves, trusting the equipment, communicating well, overcoming fear, and I saved the best for last – having fun and memories of being outside of our comfort zone together!

There are many quotes about hard work but this one I find captures what we experienced during this trip: “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations” – this was true of canyoneering but also true of life in general, whether it’s overcoming a difficult situation with a good friend or a partner or something more personal like being hurt by a loved one.

Easter Eve Surprise

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My husband gave me an Easter Eve surprise. He made his first ever homemade pizza from scratch. We went shopping together after lunch today. I knew he bought pizza ingredients – bread flour, yeast, tomato sauce, pepperoni, cheese, and canned pineapple.

I asked if he had a recipe. He said he did, but didn’t know when he would make pizza.

This evening, he decided to make it, all by himself without any help from me. I loved it – I didn’t have to do anything. My only help was to take out the rolling pin for him.

He made the dough, used the rolling pin to flatten the dough to the thinnest. He made 3/4 pepperoni and cheese for himself. I only wanted 1/4 with kale and pineapple.

He did the baking and slicing and served it to me. What a treat! What a nice surprise!

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Thin Crust Pizza Recipe:

Ingredients

1/2 cup lukewarm water

1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast

1/2 teaspoon honey

1 & 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

Toppings: Monterey Jack or Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and any other favorite items

Procedure

Mix water, yeast and honey, and let the mix sit for 10 minutes

Stir salt into flour, pour water mixture into flour, and knead well, let dough sit for 5 minutes

 Sprinkle flour on baking sheet, then use rolling pin to flatten dough in circular or square shape, let dough sit for 5-10 minutes

Add toppings evenly on pizza dough

Pre-heat over in 400o

Bake for 10 – 15 minutes, or until cheese bubbles, and crust turns light brown

Slice pizza and serve

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

Feeling Cranky?

 

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Cranky person is like cranky engine that

Needs motor oil or fluid for transmission

When feeling cranky or irritation

If stomach is growling, check satisfaction

Toss and turn in sleep pattern

Count the blessings, listen to soothing sound of the ocean

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Cranky person is like defeated being

Churning, entangling, and exhausting

Maybe someone is inconsiderate of him

Overdone it and step on his toes

Maybe a situation is so demanding

Too many ends for him a grab a hold

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First gain physical strength, then

Calm the mind and emotion

Tomorrow is a brand new day

His strength enables a blessed progression

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Daily Prompt: Cranky

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