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Elephant's mothers are caring just like human moms, they are ever present and keep reassuring their calves of survival.

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At 188 decibels, the whistle of the blue whale is the loudest sound produced by any animal.

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In loving memory of Patrick Archibald @pla Obituary - Summerville, South Carolina - J. Henry Stuhr West Ashley Chapel hosting-24912.tributes.com/obi

Lawrence Warunge (pictured) 22, early this year killed his father Nicholas Warunge, mother Ann Warunge, brother Christian Njenga and nephew Maxwell Njenga.

He told police officers that he got inspiration to commit the cold-blooded killings from ‘Killing Eve’ -a British dark thriller.

A glitch in the matrix. 🦆 🦆

(photo: @kernpanik | license: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

#smallstories #thingsmydadsays

I just finished recording another episode of "Dad Remembers."

We've gotten up to early 1960's, so I am alive now.

Dad had a great one about me. He said at one church, before meetings of the session, all the old guys would sit in the back room and smoke. Dad said he found me in there kneeling on my haunches with them, perfectly at home.

He said, Henry come away from there. The old men said he ain't bothin' us let him stay there.

Me, proto curmudgeon at age 3.

Beim Spülen hat sich gerade ein Vogel das restliche Futter vom Fensterbrett geklaut.
Nach einer Eingewöhnungszeit (ist ja jetzt zmal eine Kamera da...😂 ) hat er sich für ein paar Bilder posiert!

Leider kenne ich den Vogel nicht! Aber vielleicht einer von euch?
Würde mich nämlich interessieren was es für einer ist!
Ich kenn mich da null aus, was ich aber vielleicht mal ändern sollte! 😀

Marsabit learners walk for over 18km, sometimes on an empty stomach, to school.

Many of them miss school or drop out altogether because of the difficulty.

South Africa’s popular tourism spot and biodiversity hotspot Table Mountain is on fire, which led to the evacuation of visitors and university students nearby, sources said on Sunday.

The fire and rescue service of "Cape Town, where Table Mountain is located, was alerted to a vegetation fire above Philip Kgosana Drive, eastern flank of the mountain, about 8:45 a.m. local time (6:45 a.m. GMT) and fire crews were immediately dispatched to the scene"......

africa.cgtn.com/2021/04/18/s-a

Kenya's middle class are asking for revolution after they were held on jam for four hours with their vehicles after the curfew times in Nairobi.

Other poor Kenyans who are racing for basic commodities react:

@Phoenix_Borealis @JonathanMBR
2. The absorption spectra of the said different kinds of color receptors.
What we call "red" and what "blue" is arbitrary and comes from the wavelength of electromagnetic radiation we can see. E. g. Bees have color receptors with a different range, so they do not see our "red" but can see our "ultra"violet.
So, it depends on the species, what range of wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum it can see, also, how many different colors it can distinguish in that

@JonathanMBR

Many birds, especially songbirds can see ultraviolet colors, and if we could see them too, birds and flowers would look very different.

Rainbow Airglow over the Azores

Image Credit & Copyright: Miguel Claro (TWAN); Rollover Annotation: Judy Schmidt

apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap210418.ht #APoD

Mugumo tree in homesteads Among the Ameru symbolize life.

The demise of sacred mugumo tree (Ficus natalensis) in Kikuyu culture is symbolic that foretells incoming tragedy, end or beginning of an era.

Mugumo tree grows upward, others are strangler figs that grows from seeds that falls on others. Mugumo trees offers a lifeline habitats for birds, fruit bats and monkeys.

The roots (aerial roots) are very strong which are spread down to dominate firmly what they touch, even for elephants, its very difficult to topple the tree. These features are the reasons why culture of Kikuyu view them as symbols of power and strength.

Mugumo tree

Mugumos feature in the Kikuyu people’s story of origin. Once they are declared sacred, they become shrines which serve as god. As such they should never be cut. Felling down a mugumo tree is a taboo among Kikuyu culture, and the consequences are there if mugumo fell accidently/naturally or cut down by any individual.

During colonial Kenya, some Kikuyu who were converted to Christianity were killed for chopping down a mugumo tree for firewood, this was according to the writing of Missionary Costanzo Cagnolo in 1933.

These sacred trees have been free to grow into giants with such protections.

The natural falling of mugumo trees mark the end of leadership and beginning of another. In the late 1800s, the great Gikuyu seer foresaw the arrival of pale-skinned people with ‘fire sticks’ (guns). He saw an iron snake that would eat and vomit people (train). He also predicted that when a mugumo tree in Thika fell, that when the people would be free. This was the most famous fallen mugumo which fell in 1963 and marked the end of British rule.

When the colonial government officials heard this story before, they reinforced the tree with a metal rail. However, part of the tree fell in May 1963 and month later Kenya gained internal self-rule. The remainder of tree fell six months later and Kenya became independent country month later on 12 December.

Falling of mugumo tree is also linked to fallen heroes who help in the struggle of independence. On May 2 1975, JM Kariuki one of the prominent politician was found dead, a day after the tree fell. He had been assassinated. Another tree that went down in 1978 foreshowed the death of Kenyatta who died later that year.

Falling of these fig trees can also signify the shift of power. In Nyeri county a mugumo tree fell shortly before Kibaki won 2002 General Election. This ended KANU’s 40 years rule.

Mugumo tree in Meru County

In other communities in Kenya like Ameru, they view this fig tree different from Kikuyu. According to one of the locals, popularly known as the Daktari (Veterinary officer), mugumo tree symbolize life. Is the reason that he will cut down mugumo tree from his compound immediately when his mother will die, because the mugumo around his compound, according to him symbolize the life of his mother.

https://schoolforafrica.org/uncategorized/the-sacred-mugumo-tree/

#introduction

The #GreatGreenWall is Africa's flagship initiative to combat the increasing #desertification. Led by the African Union, the initiative aims to transform the lives of millions of people by creating a mosaic of green and productive landscapes across North Africa. (Wikipedia)

Follow this account to read about the #history, #ambition, #challenges and #results of the GGW. I will also post #news articles, #ForestFacts, describe the wall's #partners and the Great Green Wall #film.

I'm a private person doing this in my spare time, but if this account gets lots of followers I'll contact the people behind the GGW and ask if I can join their social media team and maintain an official account.

#desert #forest #climate #forestation #reforestation #ClimateMitigation #trees #CO2 #africa #sahara #sahel

#ForestFacts fact #5
Supertrees

The "General Sherman Tree" is a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) and has a volume of 1473 cubic meters

"Methuselah", a pine (Pinus longaeva), is the oldest tree with 4995 years old

"Hyperion" another sequoia (Sequoia sempervirens) is the highes tree in the world with 115,8 meters high.

"Arbol del Tule", a cypress (Taxodium mucronatum) is the tree with the thickest stem, with 14m diameter.

"Pando", an aspen colony consisting of 47.000 genetically identical clones that are bound together, is the heaviest tree organism, weighing 6 million kg.

The "great banyan tree" (Ficus benghalensis) has 3600 aerial roots and is the tree with the 4th biggest crown in the world

(Sources: Debreczy & Racz (1998), Earle (2017), LTI (2020), USDA (2017) via #DasWaldBuch)

#tree #trees #superlatives #WorldRecord

Sea turtles are keystone species in marine ecosystems. They maintain healthy seagrass beds, coral reefs and provide habitats for other marine species and facilitate nutrient cycling from water to land.

— Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)

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