Posted tagged ‘Nature’

Some Space Shots !!

June 5, 2008

Awesum…. A must see 


  Niagara Falls

The image shows the Niagara River that connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario , snaking around Goat Island , in the lower left of the full image. Most of the river’s water plummets over the Canadian/Horseshoe Falls, but some diverted water spills over American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls downstream. Every second, more than two million liters of water plunges over the Horsehoe Falls segment of Niagara Falls creating one of the world’s largest waterfalls as well as eating away as much as two meters of rock per year. The image.was acquired August 2, 2004

Tsunami strikes the coast of Sri Lanka

This is a natural color, 60-centimeter (2-foot) high-resolution QuickBird satellite image featuring the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka . Imagery was collected on December 26, 2004 at 10:20 a.m. local time, slightly less than four hours after the 6:28 a.m. (local Sri Lanka time) earthquake and shortly after the moment of tsunami impact.

Ground Zero, New York City

This one-meter resolution satellite image of Manhattan , New York was collected at 11:43 a.m. EDT on Sept. 12, 2001 by Space Imaging’s IKONOS satellite. The image shows an area of white and gray-colored dust and smoke at the location where the 1,350-foot towers of the World Trade Center once stood. Since all airplanes were grounded over the U.S. after the attack, IKONOS ! was the only commercial high-resolution camera that could take an overhead image at the time.
Grand Canyon

Northern Arizona and the Grand Canyon are captured in this pair of Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) images from December 31, 2000. The above image is a true color view from the nadir (vertical) camera. In addition to the Grand Canyon itself, which is visible in the western (lower) half of the images, other landmarks include Lake Powell , on the left, and Humphreys Peak and Sunset Crater National Monument on the right. Meteor Crater appears as a small dark depression with a brighter rim, and is just visible along the upper right-hand edge.

Malosmadulu Atolls, Maldives

North and South Malosmadulu Atolls are in the Maldives, an island republic in the northern Indian Ocean, southwest of India . The Maldives are made up of a chain! of 1,192 small coral islands, which are grouped into clusters of atolls.. It has a total area of 298 square kilometers and a population of about 330,000. The capital and largest city is Male, with a population of about 80,000. Arguably the lowest-lying country in the world, the average elevation is just 1 meter above sea level. The natural-color ASTER image of the Malosmadulu Atolls was acquired on December 22, 2002, and is centered near 5.3 degrees North latitude, 73.9 degrees West longitude.

Ayers Rock (Uluru), Australia

 

This IKONOS satellite image of Ayers Rock was collected Jan. 17, 2004. Ayers Rock is located in Kata Tjuta National Park , 280 miles (450km) southwest of Alice Springs , Australia . It is the world’s largest monolith, an Aboriginal sacred site and Australia ‘s most famous natural landmark.

Noah’s Ark Site?

Is it or isn’t it? Satellite images of Mt. Ararat , Turkey have pointed to a possible sighting of Noah’s Ark. Decide for yourself! Compare this image taken by Digital Globe on September 10, 2003 with Shamrock — The Trinity Corporation’s image (enlarge). Also, note their image is flipped.

The Nile River

This image of the northern portion of the Nile River was captured by the Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer’s (MISR’s) nadir camera on January 30, 2001. Against the barren desert of northeastern Africa, the fertile valley of the Nile River runs northward through Egypt . The city of Cairo can be seen as a gray smudge right where the river widens into its broad fan-shaped delta. Other cities are dotted across the green landscape, giving it a speckled appearance. Where the Nile empties into the Mediterranean Sea (top) the waters are swirling with color, likely a mixture of sediment, organic matter, and possibly marine plant life. Farther west! , the bright blue color of the water is likely less-organically rich sediment, perhaps sand.

Earth’s City Lights

This image of Earth’s city lights, captured on October 19, 2000, was created with data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Operational Linescan System (OLS). The brightest areas of the Earth are the most urbanized, but not necessarily the most populated. Cities tend to grow along coastlines and transportation networks. The United States interstate highway system appears as a lattice connecting the brighter dots of city centers. In Russia , the Trans-Siberian railroad is a thin line stretching from Moscow through the center of Asia to Vladivostok . The Nile River , from the Aswan Dam to the Mediterranean Sea , is another bright thread through an otherwise dark region.

Mount St. Helens , Washington

On a Space Station expedition, astronauts observed and captured this detailed image of the volcano’s summit caldera. In the center of the crater sits a lava dome that is 876 feet above the crater floor and is about 3,500 feet in diameter. The dome began to form after the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens . After the eruption, there was not any dome building eruptions for more than a decade. Afternoon lighting accents the flow features in the volcanic and debris flows and the steep valleys eroded into the loosely consolidated material near the summit. This picture was taken on October 25, 2002

The Great Pyramid, Giza , Egypt

Pharr, Texas, Beautiful Park……

May 31, 2008

Nature Hot Spots

 

 

 

How far (Pharr) do you need to go to see colorful butterflies and

record breaking bird rarities?

Not too far. Or should the “buzz” be, “Yes, to Pharr Texas ”. Even though the City of Pharr reaches the southern most tip of North America, it is never too far for anyone to travel to experience nature at its most unique and preserved moment. And if you are one of the millions of birders nationally which has inherited a quest to identify and record as many “lifers” to your bird list, a trip to Pharr may well be worth it!

The City of Pharr is located in Hidalgo County which in turn is part of three other counties that make up what is more commonly known as The Lower Rio Grande Valley. And even though our valley is actually a delta plain, with a gradual slope towards the Gulf Coast, the latter name is more identifiable among visitors and locals alike. Geographically speaking, this land area is a birder’s destination for it is through this area that the Central and Mississippi Flyways for the migration of birds funnel their way through on their North and South destinations. The end result is that out of the 800 plus bird species recorded in the United States, 500 have been recorded in the Rio Grande Valley, and the city of Pharr is making headlines nationally and perhaps even world wide, with these recent rare and first bird sightings in the last three years.

With Pharr hosting a few of the nations record breaking bird sights including the nations first confirmed sight of a Black-headed Nightingale Thrush as well as, a Blue Mockingbird and Slate-throated Red Star, it is not out of the ordinary for a Mr. Birder in Wisconsin, or Indiana, or even as far as Alaska to coordinate a week long trip to our beautiful city in the hopes of catching a glimpse of these and other specialty birds whose destination does not take them any further North than right here.

 

 

 

Williams Wildscapes

Williams Wildscapes’ main emphasis is to create and/or preserve native habitat. At one time the city of Pharr was not all restaurants and hotels; prior to falling to the consequences of urban, industrial and commercial development, Pharr was aggregated with Mesquite, Granjeno and other native trees and plants that were home to a diverse flora and fauna. For this reason, Williams Wildscapes is an educational experience of Pharr’s surrounding existing community and an interpretation of the importance of conserving what is left of the 5% of native habitat in the valley.

 

 

Williams Wildscapes is by appointment only and Allen himself offers information and consultation for estimates, design plans, pond installations and maintenance of backyard habitats. If you are a visitor to Pharr or a resident of the community who would like to share a unique nature moment, call Allen Williams at (956) 460-9864 for visitation arrangements and driving directions.

Shadyland in Pharr

 

 

Mr. Juan Garza is proud of the 6 acres in South Pharr that has been in his family for the past 41 years. For the last 25 years, the former orange grove has grown into an impressive wildlife are with Hackberry woods, Brasil, Texas Persimmon and many more native trees and shrubs. Because of his desire to leave his 6 acres of land undisturbed and with very little developmental interruptions, Mr. Garza has acquired by preservation a wildlife corridor for bobcats, indigo snakes, amphibians and a wide array of local and specialty birds and butterflies. This area definitely proves to be one of the last remaining fragments of wildlife habitat in the city of Pharr. Mr. Garza has christen his 6 acres as “ShadyLand” because of the overhead canopy of trees which easily drops temperatures about 2 to 4 degrees.

Mr. Garza’s “Shadyland” is not currently open to the public, although he is investigating different avenues as to what to do with it; one thing he does know and envisions is that the area never be developed. He wants the entire area to be available to tourists and locals and plans to enhance the area by adding water features, butterfly gardens and walking trails. Landowners, ranchers and farmers around the valley can model Pharr’s example of partnering with State, municipal, private and non-profit entities to create and restore native habitat and create sustainable economic opportunities based on nature tourism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Story !!……..

May 22, 2008

Once up on the time !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long Long ago,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in ……… …….. ………. B. C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There lIved a wild , hunting, terrific fox.,,,,,,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now Close the Story Box…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The End……..

Again Kashmir !!

March 28, 2008

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Its About Colombia !!

March 28, 2008

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A Visit to Kashmir !! Photo Blog !!

March 26, 2008

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Some Wallpapers for your desktop !!

March 26, 2008

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