- 22/04/2017Happy Earth Day 2017! Today is Earth Day 2017 , so it's the perfect time to start thinking about the planet we live on - and how to save it.
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- 08/04/2017Some really awesome storm videos. The habood engulfing Pheonix Arizona is frightening.Nature’s Fury Revealed in These Spellbinding Time-Lapseswww.nationalgeographic.com A photographer relentlessly pursues the perfect...
- 07/04/2017The Japanese 'Forest Bathing' - So much needed in this age of Technology and Smart Cities.. @Javier 🐝 beBee @John White, MBA @David B. Grinberg @Sophie Perrin @Paul WaltersWhat is Japanese "FOREST BATHING" by World Economic Forum
Comments07/04/2017 #1 David B. GrinbergThanks for sharing this buzz, Harshal. This is also the time of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. The cherry blossoms were a gift to the USA from Japan and draw huge crowds to the Tidal Basin surround the Lincoln Memorial http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/
cc: @Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand Ambassador (another Washingtonian)
- Producer03/04/2017You haven't been to South Africa if you haven't been to a Game Reserve.....Rhino Bull at Askari Game Lodge, Northern ProvinceTo me the true essence of Africa is the bush. You might not be lucky every time you go out and see one of the Big Five (Rhino, Lion, Buffalo, Leopard & Elephant). But there is plenty to see...
Comments04/04/2017 #34 Claire L Cardwell#32 Thank you @Gerald Hecht - I have an affinity for cats as well. I do love all animals. But with me you will see lots of cats and mongoose, otters, tawny eagles and Zebra. I have 3 wild cats at home that I hand reared. I have a baby Tiger - Pepper, a baby Lion - Tiger Lily (she is sandy coloured) and a baby spotted cat - Jasmine.04/04/2017 #32 Gerald Hecht#29 @Claire L Cardwell whoa! I didn't mention which animals "I liked best" from the photos (because the whole idea of even thinking/feeling that we have a right to make such judgments seems somehow "off" to me )...having said that, I've felt like felines "understand" me ...or understand "something" that I do...but I have no idea what the "it" is...that probably sounds incoherent...I just reread it ...it sound incoherent to me too, haha --but I don't how else to express the "whatever it is"...ANYWAY...
...the point I wanted to make, was that the photographs of the leopard and cheetah and the lion cubs were adorable!
I feel really sad for tigers (and cheetahs too) the best part was knowing that at least some of them have a place like that --to run around (I read somewhere that a tiger needs like 20 square kilometers just to feel like it's in a one room apartment...and if that's true...there aren't many "apartments" left.
Down (up) here the LSU mascot is a tiger ...so everything around here is "tiger this and tiger that"...and the worst part is that they insist on having a live "mascot" and bringing him to the 100,000+ seat stadium (I feel nauseous just writing that)...the latest one just died of cancer (only 7 years old I think)...and the Board of Regents still is insisting on obtaining another...I don't even like thinking about it...when my kids were little, I would take them to see him... a couple of times I looked in his eyes and started crying; I don't think they noticed....but it's still hard for me to ...You know tigers are different; well you know --they're kind of like house cats, the way they look at you and you can tell (or I can) that they want to play or something.
Anyway, these last two posts of photographs are really, realiy something magical!04/04/2017 #22 Gerald Hecht#5 @Claire L Cardwell you are most welcome...and someday I really do hope to visit; it's funny this post reminded me of a (I know there will be a collective groan --but...its not about the source of the following info --it's just about the info itself) documentary/nature programme I once saw on "Shark Week".
I'm not sure if it was South Africa or not --I have a feeling/almost memory that it was.
Anyway...it was this place where Great White Sharks (fairly close to shore) literally dive down really deep...and then, from the depths, spot their prey (I think they were really large birds ...like Albatrosses or Pelican's, etc.).
Then, the actual attack is they "shoot upwards" at incredible speed, and literally fly out of the water --reaching great heights (I just can't get the image out of my mind of a 20 foot long Great White that is like two or three telephone poles high in the air...the filmmakers having to shoot the footage by lying on their backs in the boat and pointing the cameras straight up to the sky), and snatching their prey in mid-flight.
Anyway, if that is a real thing in South Africa (and can be observed from a "safeiish" distance, lol)...I would want to experience that live; it just seems like one of those rare, surreally extreme spectacles for which video footage is insufficient!04/04/2017 #21 Claire L CardwellThe fault line is probably to blame - but the main fault lies with the mine owners here in SA. Mines are being allowed to fill with acid mine water and this water is not only destablising the rock around it, it has begun to affect our ground water as well. It is also starting to affect structures in town - two years ago a friend of mine worked at Standard Bank at the main building in Simmonds Street in town. Anyway it had 4 basements. D was totally flooded, C was also flooded and in heavy rain level B would also start to flood.... God alone knows what all this acid is doing to the foundations and column grid systems in this building....04/04/2017 #19 Claire L CardwellFunny you should mention the tremors @Praveen Raj Gullepalli - we had 2 earth quakes here in Joburg yesterday. The first one was quite small, only lasted a few seconds and was v. early in the morning, so I missed it, but there was a 4.6 magnitude one with the epicentre in Krugersdorp (about 20km away) last night at 7.44pm. It went on for a long time - it felt like minutes.
Comments02/04/2017 #5 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#3 Someone once told me there were over 5000 timber wolves in Algonquin Park alone. On numerous treks there to photograph them, I only ever saw one clearly. She marched right into my camp and sat down watching me. We shared a garlic sausage.
I heard many others. I saw flashes of grey. I saw rustling of the underbrush. If a wolf doesn't want you to know he's there, you won't.
In August, they come down to the lower part of the Park to bear young. They will answer humans who howl.
Wolves make polite, quiet neighbors. They are not as fearsome as TV and film make them out to be. Unless of course you happen to be a sheep, elk, caribou, cow, deer, or any other natural prey animal to them. Still, I wouldn't get between a Mother and her cubs.
Come to think of it, I wouldn't do that with a human either. Dangerous.02/04/2017 #4 Javier 🐝 beBeeUntil the 1900s the Iberian wolf inhabited the majority of the Iberian Peninsula. However, Spain's Francoist government started an extermination campaign during the 1950s and 1960s that wiped out the animals from all of Spain except the northwestern part of the country, where there is still a sizable population in Sierra de la Culebra. Similar policies in Portugal almost led to the extinction of the animal south of the Douro river (there are still some surviving packs). Some authors claim that the South-Eastern Spanish wolf, last sighted in Murcia in the 1930s, was a different subspecies called Canis lupus deitanus. It was even smaller and more reddish in color, without dark spots. Both subspecies were nominated by Ángel Cabrera in 1908.
Some Spanish naturalists and conservationists like Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente called for the end of the hunting and the protection of the animal. Today, the hunting of wolves is banned in Portugal but allowed in some parts of Spain. The 2003 census estimated the total Iberian population to be 2,000 wolves.02/04/2017 #3 Javier 🐝 beBeeCanada is home to about 52,000–60,000 wolves, whose legal status varies according to province and territory. First Nations residents may hunt wolves without restriction, and some provinces require licenses for residents to hunt wolves while others do not. In Alberta, wolves on private land may be baited and hunted by the landowner without requiring a license, and in some areas, wolf hunting bounty programs exist. Large-scale wolf population control through poisoning, trapping and aerial hunting is also presently conducted by government-mandated programs in order to support populations of endangered prey species such as woodland caribou.
- Producer30/03/2017Wet, Wet, Wet!Brisbane was, in effect, closed for business today. Our State Premier, bless her, closed us down mid-morning and 'suggested' that we all GO HOME. 👉On other occasions, we might shower her with floral tributes, and even merrily voice our approbation,...
Comments03/04/2017 #32 Ken BoddieThe pulverised pylons, Todd, were up in North Queensland, where Lady Deborah unleashed her full wrath on our infrastructure. This is where she came ashore as a Category 4 Cyclone (the scale we use in Oz is from 1 to 5, lowest to highest wind speed). Our damage further south, here in Brisbane and in the northern NSW areas, however, was mostly due to consequential flooding from unprecedented rainfall (up to 800mm in 24 hours at the last count) as, still in a 'hissy fit' she flicked her now 'tropical low' tail with a most unladylike flourish, before dispersing out to sea again. Unlike Debbie Harry (formerly of Blondie), this Debbie made no attempt to woo us with her pouty lips. There was no introductory courting and no enticing dinner date. Instead she came, she conquered, then she blew our socks off like a jilted jillaroo on a bucking bronco.
This madam was no lady, but she made a lasting impression on the mainland.01/04/2017 #29 Praveen Raj GullepalliWishin I was lucky - just isn't needed when you got mates like that to clean up the mess Debbie left ;) That sure is a lotta rain Ken. We had something similar (mebbe a lil more intense for it rained a whole week alnost non-stop)last year all over town...and the roads are still a mess.31/03/2017 #27 Ken Boddie#25 Entrapped runoff water in parts of the Gold Coast hinterland, Lance, has risen to unprecedented levels and is not likely to peak until late Saturday. The local SES is getting around in boats to pick up some residents trapped in rural properties. Looks like the final damage won't be revealed until sometime next week. Makes me wonder at what depth of water the recreational boat rules kick in, rather than the highway rules? 🤔31/03/2017 #26 Ken Boddie#24 I'm pretty high up, David, on the side of a hill, so Ken's Ark would be hard to launch unless sea level rises about 55m. And then there's the problem of getting building approval for constructing a livestock container in a residential area. That submission is likely to take up an entire meeting (or three) of the local Council planning committee. 😧31/03/2017 #24 David B. GrinbergHi Ho Ken, I hope this finds you keeping afloat with the deluge of rain Australia has been having lately. @Lance 🐝 Scoular mentioned this to me in a conversation about two-weeks ago and I was astonished to see the images online and on TV. Perhaps you should start gathering animals and building an ark just in case, per the biblical figure Noah. I wish you well and good luck, mate!
- 29/03/2017More on Mars (super cool pic)...The Splitting of the Duneswww.nasa.gov The mound in the center of this image appears to have blocked the path of the dunes as they marched south (north is to the left in this image) across the...
- Producer28/03/2017The butterfly effect of collaborationWhile preparing a lecture on complexity the idea of showing examples from nature popped up. Two examples from nature that seemed distant from each other proved to be related. I refer here the complexity of sand dunes and ant's colonies. It amazes...
Comments30/03/2017 #58 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#55 I am truly elevated by your comment my dear friend (and I mean it faithfully). In fact, you changed my writing plans and my next buzz shall expand on our exchanges of comments here with you and @Sara Jacobovici View more#55 I am truly elevated by your comment my dear friend (and I mean it faithfully). In fact, you changed my writing plans and my next buzz shall expand on our exchanges of comments here with you and @Sara Jacobovici, @Robert Cormack and other comments.. In fact, i shall discuss purpose in a new format. I am thrilled.
You wrote "The rules would have to establish that my brand is based on the communities success". I shall discuss the viability of this line in detail in my next buzz. You made my day, Harvey. Close30/03/2017 #55 Harvey Lloyd#54 I enjoyed your presentation @Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. That word again "purpose". The ants serve the queen, without fail, with their lives and without the self gratification mentioned by @Robert Cormack. The duality you and @Sara Jacobovici have discussed is the challenge to purpose. The ants do not engage in such duality. They have a singularity of purpose. The ant serves the community and the community serves the ant.
If i am building my brand and you are building yours, can a higher purpose really be served?
The rules would have to establish that my brand is based on the communities success. Most animals require a habitat and the basic elements of existence. Humans have the same but we also have a higher level of social need. This social need requires us to exist cohesively within a community, yet personal brands are sometimes in direct conflict with this need. When a community loses touch with its purpose as a whole then our personal brands become the filler. Creating a self fulfilling prophecy of social deprivation. This can be seen in history many times over. However there is a self correcting mechanism that always comes along that brings the community back to its purpose. One would hope that this will be civil discourse and intellect. In history it typically involved major conflict.
Interesting discussion.30/03/2017 #54 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#53 @Harvey Lloyd- your comment stirred my mind to the extent I couldn't respond to it in a timely manner.
You reminded me of a presentation that I wrote almost three years back titled "The Three Simple Rules ARe Everywhere":
I wonder if you have two minutes to read it because I give many examples of the three simple rules that lead to complexity. Meanwhile I am still thinking about the three simple rules that would lead to generating a binding or gluing purpose. I promise to comment again, but I need to firm up my mind first. May be you could help me.29/03/2017 #53 Harvey Lloyd@Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee ants are an amazing social group when you watch them. Humans cant get three people in a room to agree and commit to something 100%. Yet ants, in the hundreds, operate without verbal discussion and attack a goal with their whole self.
I drew a point of reference from your post. The point is at that transaction where choice has to be made. Where do i put my grain of sand in ant world, or how would you like for me to interpret the report in human world.
Ants seem to have some very clear yet complex understanding of what to do in each situation and execute. The task from the single ant perspective is seen as pretty elementary, but from a social structure is quite complex. The rules are simple in execution but there is no feedback loop within the choice. Meaning the choice once executed is not compared to another ant.
What does this tell us as individuals when we face a choice of execution? Our choices seem to be challenged by variables that have no bearing on the impending goal or milestone.
In making choices at the transaction level within humans what three rules would be necessary to cut through the variables that don't apply? Can it be that simple? Keeping in mind, there are two things going on, a person speaking and a person hearing. Both or all would need to adhere to the three rules.
Challenging stuff.29/03/2017 #51 Jean L. Serio CPC, CeMAHumans, say scientists, are poor multi-taskers. And managing our time is critical to improving not only our lives but productivity. That said, we can certainly learn much from ants - who clearly are a highly highly productive group. And interesting to know ants can choose work they enjoy. Perhaps we should be more like ants Ali!.29/03/2017 #49 Robert CormackAnts are amazing at working together, @Ali Anani, but we'll never know if any ant stood out or distinguished itself in any form of sand collection. As long as ants are willing to accept the anthill as it exists, there never will be a distinguishable ant. Maybe nature is telling us something.29/03/2017 #47 debasish majumderthe distance between two waves or ripples are also being made by virtue of self communication in the sand dunes? i wonder, how this exactly construe? so far, our knowledge is concern, it is primarily determined by the surface on which wind blow. however, lovely insight. enjoyed read. thank you very much for the share sir @Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee.
- 26/03/2017Mysterious ocean tunnel leads to 4 mile deep drop offwww.yahoo.com High Rock Drop Off is located on the East end of Grand Cayman Island in High Rock dive zone. These divers from Canada experienced some incredible diving while on Grand Cayman and mostly were amazed and surprised by the number of tunnels and channels...
- 26/03/2017Lightning over Colorado - Have you ever watched a lightning storm in awe? Join the crowd. Oddly, nobody knows exactly how lightning is produced. What is known is that charges slowly separate in some clouds causing rapid electrical discharges (lightning), but how electrical charges get separated in clouds remains a topic of much research. More at - https://go.nasa.gov/2n6F7DB
- 26/03/2017Check out this spectacular video from an airplane window of the Aurora Borealis over New Zealand...Southern Lights put on show for passengers on special flight - CNN.comwww.cnn.com An eight-hour flight that goes in a circle may sound like an airline debacle, but for the 134 passengers on the first-ever chartered flight to see the Southern Lights, it was all about the...
- 13/03/2017Scientists race to prevent wipeout of world's coral reefsabcnews.go.com There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef is dead, killed by the stress of rising ocean temperatures. What's left is a haunting expanse of gray, a scene repeated in reefs...
- 11/03/2017LIVE FEED (24/7: Animal Adventure Park Giraffe Cam - APRIL GIRAFFE GIVING BIRTH! Live Chat and Music WWW.APRILTHEGIRAFFE.COM Your source for all official links! ♦ OFFICIAL FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/AnimalAdventurePark/ ♦ OFFICIAL STREAM:...
- Producer02/03/2017Elephants never forget ...Once in Brazil, I met a person from Amazon, not from the depths of the Amazon rainforest but from the city (Manaus) that surrounds the jungle itself.He told me how he loves to daily watch the Amazon rainforest: its beautiful green , its birds,...
- 25/02/2017LOOK UP! Rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse to appear Sundaywww.cbsnews.com The sky will be illuminated in a “ring of fire” Sunday as the Earth welcomes its first solar eclipse of...
- Producer23/02/2017Seven Natural Wonders of TimeI am drawn to heights and places where time surrounds me. Spaces where time stretches away and spots where distant history rushes towards you. Places which serve as beacon of the power and grandiosity of nature. A place to appreciate the speck of...
Comments24/02/2017 #31 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsWonderful images with a touching description. Beauty of nature never ceases to amaze us. @Gert Scholtz Your buzz tells me how well you connect with nature and appreciate it's beauty and the contribution it makes to each one of us.
A must visit all these magnificent places.
I Imagined travelling two billion years in the seven natural wonders of time.
Thank you for the journey into the beauty that surrounds you.24/02/2017 #30 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#28 you are welcome, all on my bucket list - let me first complete my business management course for startups then i take off @Gert Scholtz24/02/2017 #28 Gert Scholtz@Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc. @Jerry Fletcher I hope that you will someday have the chance to experience the reality of the pictures and images. Many thanks for your encouraging comments.24/02/2017 #22 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.Love this one from Gert Scholtz!24/02/2017 #21 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.Well-being for our heart and soul @Gert Scholtz, each day a cup of inspiring beauty in words and images, I say yes to that! Thank you.24/02/2017 #17 VDS BrinkGert! What a wonderfull story about wonders of our country! The beauty is that you barely touched the surface. Please do a followup on the next seven wonders: The hollow caves in the Eastern Free State while the sun sets. The Richtersveld what no words will ever describe. The Tankwa Karoo where time stands still, the Wild Coast, the world's most beautiful flower show around Gharies and Kamieskroon, the endless horizons of the Highveld and an old lion sleeping away in Kruger while naughty warthogs disturb him!24/02/2017 #16 Gert Scholtz@Savvy Raj @Sara Jacobovici @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman @CityVP 🐝 Manjit I appreciate your friendly words, thank you for reading. South Africa's natural diversity is a world in one country – mountains, forests, desert, tropical coastlines, waterfalls, lakes, the bush, many more. Do visit one day and come and explore even more natural wonders of time within the beauty of the country.24/02/2017 #11 Savvy RajAmazing journey through time and spaces @Gert Scholtz thanks so much for sharing these here. I especially connected with these lines amongst the many here ....The mists, strands and waters fall down in space only to repeat the cycle through the earth’s natural rhythms.
- 20/02/2017This penguin got away! WOW!Killer Whales - Penguin trying to stay alive Penguin trying to stay alive - This is real...
Comments20/02/2017 #11 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador#7 @Itziar Ruiz López , Penguin's not for sale, only for sale in a Batman Movie. :~)) ......................THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS, I knew some people that dressed up like a Penguin, sometimes in Catholic school thats what we called our nuns, but don't tell anyone I said that.
- 19/02/2017World Population Watch human population grow from 1 CE to present and see projected growth in under six minutes. One dot = 1 million people. © Population Connection,...
Comments19/02/2017 #1 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.worthwhile watching!
- 19/02/2017Scotese Animation: Future Plate Motions & Pangea Proxima This animation produced by C.R. Scotese, PALEOMAP Project shows future plate motions (250 million years in the future) and the formation of the next...
- Producer18/02/2017Look For Hearts In Nature,They're Everywhere, Just Like Love Is!First off.... Happy Valentines Day! What a great holiday to have...one that celebrates human beings love for one another. We positively don't have enough love in this big old world anymore, and having Valentines Day once a year helps. We need to...
- Producer15/02/2017Deadly affair when snake meets kiteWhat happens when a raptor and python cross paths – high up in a tree? One Wild Card member was astonished to witness this three-hour, deadly interaction.Late last year Luis Da Cruz and his wife spent a few days at Ngwenya Lodge, situated on the...