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Off the coast of Granada in Moilinere Bay this sculpture
memorializes the state-sponsored, systematic enslavement
and annihilation of First Nations by European, Middle Eastern
and American Nations and their collaborators since 1441.
More than 100 million have been murdered or enslaved.
This includes all First Nations people of all continents
Set in the tropical waters off Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuk, Mexico is a spectacle that leaves visitors amazed and inspired. Named Museo Subacuatico de Arte (MUSA), this underwater museum contains more than 450 permanent, life-sized sculptures, haunting and thought-provoking in their realism.
Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor has created an underwater world where art meets environmental science to form a complex reef structure where marine life can grow and thrive. The sculptures allow visitors to enjoy snorkeling or diving while protecting existing natural reefs.
The Silent Evolution, Cancun, Mexico
Taylor has also produced underwater galleries in Moliniere Park, Bahamas and Canterbury, U.K. His most recent work is a piece called The Musician, designed in collaboration with master illusionist David Copperfield. It is a real-sized replica of a Steinway Concert Grand piano located in Copperfield Bay, Bahamas.
The following links will provide further information on this magnificent display and details about Taylor's life, his work and items for sale from this gifted artist. His submerged figures share a message while developing living coral reefs.
Today's letter M - the Museo Subacuatico de Arte - will amaze and inspire you.
My next post will examine the letter N as we continue our journey through the alphabet during the April 2013 A to Z Blog Challenge. We will take a look at one of earth's Natural eternal flames. See you again soon, my friends!
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Our world is full of amazing creatures and today’s blog features four birds that you may have not heard of before. Whether colorful, odd-looking or endangered, these birds will catch the eye and the imagination. Let’s take a look.
The critically endangered Araripe Manakin (Antilophia bokermanni) is one of the rarest birds in the world. This bird lives in only one place – a 50 km x 1 km wide spot in the Brazilian state of Ceara. The only known breeding ground for the Araripe Manakin is located in a theme park that was built in 2000, destroying a large part of its native habitat. Efforts are being made by Sir David Attenborough and others to protect this rare bird. Males have predominantly white plumage, black wings and tail with a bright red patch from crown to back. Females are mostly olive green, blending in with the lush, green surroundings. Here is a photo.
The Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) is noteable for its over-sized bill and huge feet (18 cm!) It inhabits central Africa (Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda) and is also known as a Shoe-billed stork, although it is more closely related to a heron. This odd-looking bird is also noted for slow movement and the ability to remain still for long periods. It prefers low-oxygen waters where fish surface to breath. It is a solitary bird that maintains a distance of 20 m (66 ft) from other birds when feeding on wetland invertibrates such as fish, frogs, water snakes and even baby crocodiles. It is classified as vulnerable with the main threat being habitat destruction. The following photo illustrates the strange appearance of this blue-grey hunter.
Shoebill or WhaleHead
The normally shy Cassowary (Casuarius) is considered one of the most dangerous birds in the world and can be found in the rainforests of Australia and New Guinea. It looks like a cross between an ostrich and a turkey; it is a flightless bird and, if provoked, is capable of delivering fatal blows. The Cassowary can run 50 km per hour, jump up to five feet and is a strong swimmer. Males build the nest, care for 3 – 8 chicks for up to one year. Referred to as gardeners of the rainforest, they eat fruit, then shed the seeds elsewhere. Their biggest threat is destroyed habitat which increases the number of attacks on humans. Note the bright blue/purple colors on the neck, which brighten significantly when this bird senses a threat.
Native to sub-Sahara Africa, the Orange Bishop (Euplectes franciscanus) also known as the Weaver Finch was introduced to California back in the 80’s. Known for their woven globe-shaped nests suspended from low bushes, female orange bishops incubate 3-5 eggs. They can often be found eating ripe grass seeds in an upside-down position. Their song is reported to be harsh and metallic. While females are colored to blend in with natural habitat, the males are bright red-orange with a black cap as shown in the following photo. Beautiful.
Tags: wildlife; jungle birds; African birds; rare species; ornithology; zoology; ecology; ecological niche; conservation
|Posted by Val Fox on October 29, 2012 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
Today I am happy that my daughter's planned trip to New York City was cancelled. I had planned to go with her but decided to go in the Spring instead. Sad for the families of those already lost to this mega-storm. Praying for those still in Hurricane Sandy's path. Grateful that events like this draw people closer together from all over the world.
tags: natural disasters, hurricanes, flooding, safety, evacuations. shopping in New York, NYC storm, east coast weather.
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I am camped up in the Rocky Mountains and feel lucky to enjoy such magnificent beauty. Since coming here I've seen a black bear bathing, a grizzly bear on a slope by the golf course, numerous white tailed deer, eagles and more. The campers close by are quiet, away from their camps during the day. There are many scenic trails in these mountains for people of all fitness levels. Hiking boots and bicycles are a common sight.
Included for you are some photographs I shot recently near my camp. Soon, it will be time to return home and get focused. Until then, I will let the peace of the mountains and forest wash over me. Wish you could join me. Will write more later. - Val
At Crandell on the way to Red Rock Canyon.
White tailed doe
White tailed fawn
Young White tailed buck
tags: Waterton Lakes National Park, camping, wildlife, serenity, campfire, tipi
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An August 3 newspaper article about Canadian Olympic athletes got me steamed. The reporter wrote in a way that implied Canadians would be shamed if our team returned home without gold medals. The writer's words did not support Canadian athletes that sacrificed most of the last several years to achieve enough skill to make the Olympic Team; rather, he used words such as disappointing, embarassment and loss.
Every time I read one of these pieces I have to just put the paper down and take a deep breath. All athletes that made it to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London have already won a huge victory. Just getting on the team takes a massive effort and years of training and practice. I will never be ashamed of any one of them. They did it. They made it to London.
Even if our athletes don't all make it to the podium there are many of us back home celebrating with you - your achievements, dedication and example. I challenge any one critical of your performance to try and make it to the team themselves. The added pressure of a Nation expecting only gold does not help.
ALL the athletes deserve our respect and support. I am proud of them.
Olympians, coaches, London 2012, Canadian athletes, Olympic medals
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It has been 15 days since I set up camp down here among the animals and birds at St. Mary's Dam Provincial Park. To my surprise I am allowed to stay two more nights. then must break camp from this location. I plan to return home Monday as chores beckon and I miss the kids and horses. The children stayed with me for the first week then returned home to television and warm beds. It's been a nice break from normal routine. I'd love to stay here for the summer to write, photograph and be embraced by the creations around us, and plan to return soon.
Slender willows blow back and forth to the gentle prodding of the wind. Bumble bees hover over the dandelions and buffalo beans, drawn by their sunflower yellow. Last night while in front of the fire I saw an osprey swoop past then land on a branch offered by the cliffs. It searched the water below for fish, unbothered by the darting swallows. Their mud nests hang nearby under outcrops of sandstone.
A dad stands on the opposite shore teaching his young children how to fish. A pink toddler cries her complaints, wanting to hold the struggling trout. The brisk wind has died down and a Native family next door invites me to their camp for a bite. The flank is burned but the humor is joyful. Today`s gifts are many. Thanks to the universe, the creator and to the trees and water that give life. Here are three photos I took last week. Bye for now, friends.
The osprey overlooking the water for trout.
Photos by Val Fox