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  • Summer heat (poem)

    For all the poets out there that hate summer, I'm one of them, some of my friends call me Peguin or Polar Bear, they know how much I love winter; and summer is not my favourite season... please continue in verse or rhyme:

    summerheat


    The heat is totally slowing me down,
    Somehow, I wish it was winter today,
    the scorching air is standing still,
    there's no breeze, no wave of a sound,
    even the birds have all flocked away

    Gaeia

  • Winter is Gone

    My beloved winter is gone, it never last long if ever, I will miss it for the next eight months!

    As William Shakespeare said: "Now is the winter of our discontent."

    winter gone

    Here's a lovely video by 'Landscapist' - he creates videos from Nature for relaxation with classical music...

    Classical music: "Veloma" by Fabrizio Paterlini

    http://vimeo.com/58804024

    Winter lanscape...

    Gaeia

  • Happy New Year 2013

    Better be warned than sorry, every winter we have some avalanches warning, and this is just one of them, it could also be somewhere near you on a lively and active mountain, in the meantime I hope everyone had a great festive time and a 2013th HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you!

    happy new year

    => Avalanche notice issued

    THE PROVINCE AND THE CANADIAN PRESS DECEMBER 26, 2012 9:00 PM

    A "moderate" avalanche risk along high levels of the North Shore mountains has been reported by the Canadian Avalanche Centre after about 50 centimetres of fresh snow.

    According to the centre's website, avalanche.ca, a moderate risk means there is "heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features" and people heading to the backcountry should "evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern."

    Read more:
    www.theprovince.com/Avalanche+notice+issued/7747301/story.html

    VOLANDO NELLA NEVE - FLYING IN THE SNOW

    from PAOLO LAMBRI
    Take in Italy, Spluga Valley on December 2012.

    http://vimeo.com/55665544

  • Mammoth named Jenya

    A Russian boy has discovered the remains of teenage mammoth that once roamed the Siberian tundra in search of fodder and females.

    Mammoth  forest

    Russian boy discovers mammoth in Siberian permafrost

    Carcass is the best-preserved find since 1901 discovery

    The creature might have been killed by an Ice Age man on a summer day tens of thousands of years ago, a Russian scientist said Friday. Prof. Alexei Tikhonov of the Zoology Institute in St. Petersburg announced the finding of the mammoth, which was excavated from the Siberian permafrost in late September near the Sopochnaya Karga cape, 3,500 kilometres northeast of Moscow.

    The 16-year-old mammoth has been named Jenya, after the boy who found the animal's limbs sticking out of the frozen mud. The mammoth was 2 metres tall and weighed 500 kilograms.

    The Associated Press
    Posted: Oct 5, 2012 4:04 PM ET
    cbc.ca/story/2012/10/05/russia-siberia-mammoth-discovery-boy
    Last Updated: Oct 5, 2012 4:03 PM ET

  • Olympic Regatta

    Canadian women win silver at Olympic regatta

    canada rowing

    The silver medals that hung around their necks was just a happy by-product of all that. Canada's Olympic silver lining as women's rowing eight lays it all on the line. In the bigger picture, Rowing Canada comes up short at London Summer Games

    (with video)
    Read more:
    ottawacitizen.com/Canada+women+rowing+eight+lays+line/

    Canadian women win silver at Olympic regatta

    The medal was the second for Canadian rowers here. The men’s eight won silver behind Germany on Wednesday.

    The men’s pair of Dave Calder and Scott Frandsen, silver medallists in Bejing, represents Canada’s only other medal hope out of the seven boats entered. They race Friday.

    Rowing Canada’s medal hopes took a dent earlier Thursday when Victoria’s Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee, world silver medallists last year, failed to advance to the final of the lightweight women’s double sculls.

    Canadian rowers won a gold, a silver and two bronze in Beijing.

    The women’s eight was a two-horse race here with Canada and the six-time world champion Americans.

    thechronicleherald.ca/anadian-women-win-silver-at-olympic-regatta

    Rowing: Canadians Receive Silver

    Published on Aug 2, 2012 by CTVOlympics
    VIDEOS
    The Canadian women's eight rowing team receive their silver medals at Eton Dorney
    http://youtu.be/SN7KXzkzMcE
    more winning videos:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/CTVOlympics

    For a solid two years, the crew of Canadians women’s rowing eight had only one goal: Beat the allegedly unbeatable Americans.

    They didn’t care about anyone else, not the Dutch, not the Romanians, who are the other traditional powerhouses in the sport.

    The American girls were, no doubt, the dominant force. They had not lost a World Cup race since 2005. They were the defending Olympic champions and they fully intended to stay that way.

    theglobeandmail.com/canadian-womens-eight-rowing-team-wins-silver/

  • Antikythera Mechanism ancient Greek clockwork

    WHAT HAPPENED TO GREECE? CAN'T THEY COUNT ANYMORE?

    For a country that dominated and Colonised every country around the 'Mediterranean Sea' up to Persia, and invented so many things, including science and technology, philosophy, wisdom and logic, they are doing some major mistakes in this century, as far as selling Drachma coin currencies in drift-shops these days.

    Ancient Greek mathematics contributed many important developments to the field of mathematics, including the basic rules of geometry, the idea of formal mathematical proof, and discoveries in number theory, mathematical analysis, applied mathematics, and approached close to establishing integral calculus.

    The discoveries of several Greek mathematicians, including Pythagoras, Euclid, and Archimedes, are still used in mathematical teaching today. The Antikythera mechanism was an analog computer from 150–100 BC designed to calculate the positions of astronomical objects.

    Antikythera mechanism
    Antikythera mechanism

    Curator Michael Wright shows off his model of the Antikythera mechanism. The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient Greek clockwork machine found in a shipwreck, that has taken more than a century to decipher. Wright's handmade reconstruction is the first to include all the known features of this complex device.

    Antikythera mechanism working model
    http://youtu.be/4eUibFQKJqI

    More than 21 centuries ago, a mechanism of fabulous ingenuity was created in Greece, a device capable of indicating exactly how the sky would look for decades to come -- the position of the moon and sun, lunar phases and even eclipses. But this incredible invention would be drowned in the sea and its secret forgotten for two thousand years.

    This video is a tribute from Swiss clock-maker Hublot and film-maker Philippe Nicolet to this device, known as the Antikythera Mechanism, or the world's "first computer". The fragments of the Mechanism were discovered in 1901 by sponge divers near the island of Antikythera. It is kept since then at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece.

    For more than a century, researchers were trying to understand its functions. Since 2005, a pluridisciplinary research team, the "Antikythera Mechanism Research Project", is studying the Mechanism with the latest high tech available.

    The results of this ongoing research has enabled the construction of many models. Amongst them, the unique mechanism of a watch, designed by Hublot as a tribute to the Mechanism, is incorporating the known functions of this mysterious and fascinating ancient Mechanism.

    A model of the Antikythera Mechanism, built by the Aristotle University in Greece, together with the mechanism of the watch and this film in 3D are featuring in an exhibition about the Mechanism that is taking place in Paris, at the Musée des Arts et Métiers.

    VIDEO about the machine (the very first computer)

    The Antikythera Mechanism - 2D
    Uploaded by antikythera2012 on Jun 25, 2011
    http://youtu.be/UpLcnAIpVRA

    The Antikythera Mechanism - 3D.

    The antikythera mechanism is currently housed in the Greek National Archaeological Museum in Athens and is thought to be one of the most complicated antiques in existence.
    http://youtu.be/L1CuR29OajI

    Amazing must see videos!

  • The Shoe search (poem)

    As often as I can bring up a poem, it's done! So this is today's response to Nelley's search for her shoe... it wasn't meant to be a poetic post but apparently Kate started it all when she saw the purple flowers. And I love the idea, because as you may observe, you can create a rhyme in just about any matter...

    Winter Owl red-shoe

    THE SHOE SEARCH

    Where's my shoe, where's my crimson shoe?
    Is it anywhere in the snow among some blooms?

    As I run in haste before the snow mound,
    It’s out there as it was reluctantly dropped.

    I walked home barefoot as I heard a hoot
    I was shocked so I run away from the brute

    As days came about, as long nights hang on
    As the moon shone bright and stars gave light

    Under the hoot of an owl during long nights
    The shoe grew part of nature's tender heights

    Video
    http://vimeo.com/44071342

    Gaeia

    snowflake

    (please continue the poem within the same topic)

  • Polar Bear cubs

    We all love cats, dogs and birds which we have tamed and domesticate throughout the centuries, but we have never been able to really tame a polar bear... here are a few Polar Bear videos my kids shared among their cousins and have seen in a Zoo in Japan, just so adorable...

    polar-bear-cubs

    Japan Zoo:
    Polar Bear "Lara" and "Aira"
    http://youtu.be/ferMEB-dMWI

    Other cute animals here from Earth Picture gallery:
    Earth Picture Galleries
    www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthpicturegalleries/

    :D

    Gaeia

  • Winter colours

    Odd to winter which I happen to love very much!

    Frosty window

    My own poem: The winter colours are...

    All shades of white, grey, and dappled black
    All shades of blues and purple may be eminent
    Sometimes you may witness bright pink and purple blue
    A keen eye may also notice rows of water crystals
    Still-life of living shapes forming frozen butterflies...
    All of these winter marvels are seen as frozen flowers...
    Observed just as magical as spring blooms in waiting

    The winter shades (poem music by Chopin)
    http://vimeo.com/37473041
    Also uploaded on youtube:
    Uploaded by MotherGaeia on Feb 25, 2012
    http://youtu.be/9zrmEO2SbE4

    Gaeia

  • Sarah Burke's accident

    The shocking accident Sarah Burke was involved in, this is what she said in response to a journalist's question about the accident: "Broken hands, ribs, nose. Torn-up knees. I’ve knocked myself out a few times. And my shoulder kept popping out, so I had to have surgery. The worst was at the X Games in Aspen. It was a snowy day, really slow. I didn’t get up enough speed and landed short on a 75-foot jump. I broke my L3 on impact. So, yeah, I’ve had my share."

    Sarah Burke

    Sarah Burke Athlete Profile
    http://youtu.be/7cWTO9qYlbs

    Uploaded by Lat34 on Jan 5, 2007
    Pro skier, Sarah Burke has earned a reputation as one of the best female skiers around. In this clip we can see why as she boosts out of halfpipes, slopestyle courses and rides the backcountry as well as any guy.

    Seven Sunny Days- Sarah Burke

    Uploaded by TheAmazingMe2 on Feb 11, 2009

    10. Sarah Burke is one of the best female skiers in the world. She is in many magazines not just for skiing but for her sponsors ads as she is one of the poster girls in skiing. Stay tuned for more of the movie.

    http://youtu.be/Z4Sfh6fVsEI

    Canadian ski star Sarah Burke critically injured in accident

    Canada’s Sarah Burke, the top women’s freeskier in the world and a gold-medal hopeful for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, is in critical condition in a coma after crashing during training in Park City, Utah.

    Burke was helicoptered to hospital in Salt Lake City after suffering a serious head injury while preparing for this month’s 2012 X Games, where she’s a double defending gold medallist and has helped build her reputation as a freeskiing legend with six gold medals overall.

    Burke’s husband, fellow pro star Rory Bushfield, sent out a Twitter message Tuesday night asking if anyone knew someone with a private jet that could fly him and Burke’s mother from Vancouver to Salt Lake City.

    thestar.com/canadian-ski-star-sarah-burke-critically-injured-in-accident

  • Inking Secret (poem)

    The small 'Poem or Verse' game, my friends and I often do on the web - goes like this; someone in the group chooses a random theme or topic, trying to get it into possible rhyming mode, and you have to respond to it keeping the subject afloat adding to it a hint for the next poem line. My cousins and I started it when we were in high-school and we play it ever since.

    open book

    This week here's mine in response to 'Secret'

    - Inking Secret

    For some reason secrets are tagged as hypocritical,
    seen as too reserved, but why should it be?

    It's only fair to keep some personal solitude
    although I have been known to be an open book,
    a heavy one that accidentally fell off a high shelf
    and laid there on the floor forever open for everyone to be read.

    Like an ancient scripture with million numbers and letters -
    falling apart, page by page flowing away into a cloudy breeze..

    Soft wind makes it seen floating as calm and serene like autumn leafs
    and heavy winds make it seen as a rapid blow into a sailing wing,
    sailing away into unknown and mysterious waters that leads here,
    into my heart, into my body, into my blue veins, into my psyche
    as open minded and as an exotic dream barely be living without a sting.

    I'm gone now with my beloved sailor and his wondrous sailing ship,
    writing thousand of pages, as the paper is now soaked with heavy black ink.

    Gaeia

    snowflake

    (continue if you may)

  • Thank you everyone

    Thank you for sticking around and voicing your opinion on my blog with love, therefore...

    aylovu

    :)

    Gaeia

    snowflake

  • Discussion about Family

    Easter Holidays is over and now we may all reminisce on the family reunion we had for the past week! Isn't it so cool but a bit weird when there are around for a week so much goes on, you almost need twice as much to recover?

    family

    Here's a little video skits I created with GO-Animated on youtube with a few familial jokes about family!

    Discussion about Family

    http://youtu.be/6voyxIfpz-g

    ~Lee Iacocca said:

    "The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family."

    Is it true? I think Lee was right!!

    Gaeia

    snowflake

  • Riviera Maya to Cozumel

    After a long winter and skiing all the time some of you might consider sailing, relaxing on the beach or some scuba diving? I found this wonderful video that gives you a glimpse at hundreds of species of vibrantly colored fish swim through vast coral reefs in the crystal-clear turquoise Caribbean Sea, known for its visibility of up to 200 feet! Cozumel is not only a SCUBA diver's dream, but a treasure-filled, fun, and romantic getaway for the non-diver as well.

    100-fishies

    Riviera Maya to Cozumel - Beautiful Escape

    Uploaded by JCVdude on Apr 17, 2011 said:

    Warm, inviting and colorful, the Riviera Maya is one of our favorite destinations. Close by the ancient Mayan wonders can be foud, Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba, the worlds second longest reef is just off shore and fantastic all inclusive resorts, hotels, condos and boutique hotels means you can find the right accommodation no matter what you are looking for.

    A short ferry ride from Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel is a great place to stay or visit for the day. Beautiful and unforgettable.

    music by Pascal Lacocq 01 - quand tu t'endors-01 new

    VIDEO:
    http://youtu.be/bQiLKg2gTPA

    Gaeia

    snowflake

  • This Planet has happy places

    Marvellous video made by JCV, with all the bird sounds and precise music beat which could make you draw into the harmonious coordination of art and nature. All we have to do is watch it live or here (in the video) if you may have missed it outside in Nature...

    sunflowers

    happy place ~ our earth ~ it just doesn't get any better!

    Uploaded by JCVdude on Mar 31, 2011

    last year Cindy was still taking photographs, it wasn't until July that she also started taking video, now we are anxiously awaiting our 3D HD Sony Handycams and the eventual arrival of spring.

    This year we are going to focus on the USA with 3D HD from the rugged west coat down to California, a little zig-zagging through Arizona, Nevada, Texas and New Mexico, the Gulf coast into Florida and then up the east coast to Toronto.
    That's the plan...

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bYdfHT5GrM

    Gaeia

    snowflake

  • Forever and endeavor Japan

    A small and radom thought for Japan: Words may only be blown into a wild wind to reach hearts and minds beyond high mountains and seas, while souls are hurting deep.

    Souls may ache as much as they may lose their physical bodies, although never forgotten, the sorrows may linger on forever and endeavor...

    gonanimate

    MY FIRST ANIME VIDEO
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4Rp3_H0jXA

    Japan's crisis is another reason to look at energy use

    By David Suzuki with contributions from Ian Hanington, Communications and Editorial Specialist.

    The massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan are horrendous and heart-wrenching, and our thoughts are with the people of that country as they cope with the aftermath and the terrible losses they have suffered.

    Japan's crisis is another reason to look at energy use

    davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2011/03/

    japans-crisis-is-another-reason-to-look-at-energy-use/

    Gaeia

    snowflake

  • A Misty day inspired me

    Cover song MISTY sung by Scarlet!

    "Misty" is a jazz standard written in 1954 by the pianist Erroll Garner.

    cat rainy day

    Originally composed as an instrumental following the traditional 32-bar format, the tune later had lyrics by Johnny Burke and became the signature song of Johnny Mathis, reaching #12 on the US Pop Singles chart in 1959.

    VIDEO WITH THE COVER SONG MISTY!

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA3q3037mEk

    Misty lyrics

    Look at me
    I'm an helpless as a kitten up a tree
    and I feel like I'm clinging to a cloud
    I can't understand
    I get misty
    just holding your hand

    Walk my way
    and a thousand violins begin to play
    or it might be the sound of your hello
    that music I hear
    I get misty
    the moment you're near

    You can say
    that you're leading me on
    But it's just what I want you to do
    don't you notice how hopelessly I'm lost
    that's why I'm following you

    On my own
    would I wander through this wonderland alone
    never knowing my right foot from my left
    my hat from my glove
    I'm too misty and too much in love

    You can say...

    On my own..

    Gaeia

    snowflake

  • Composed with wolves sirens and vuvuzelas

    What a wonderful world sung by wolves, sirens, and vuvuzelas. This song was played by my kids, all four of them!! It can't get any louder! :)

    wolf_howling

    Wolves will even howl in response to something that just sounds similar to a howl, like a train whistle, fire or police car siren or even a human howling!

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcwvWwq_GdY

    Such howls, though social in nature, also serve to defend the pack's territory against other wolves.

    www.wolfpark.org/hearourwolves.shtml

    Wolf Park is a non-profit organization dedicated to education and behavioral research which benefits wolves and their canid relatives. The Park maintains free-living ambassador animals in mixed habitats, provides public educational programs and in-depth seminars, hosts researchers from many institutions to conduct behavioral and cognitive research with the wolves, and advocates for the species’ conservation

    www.wolfpark.org/

    snowflake

  • The Magic Kiss (verse)

    If you feel like singing with the verse to this Music it perfectly fits, but you will have to say "A kiss is just a kiss to be, to be" - twice "to be - to be" everything else goes well to the tempo to Salut D'amour! Try it, it's quite fun! :)

    Salut d’Amour, Op. 12, is a musical work composed by Edward Elgar in 1888, originally written for violin and piano.

    kissing_couple


    A kiss is just a kiss to be,

    I have heard of kisses that turned couples into stone,
    but I have experienced kisses that turned me into a mould
    to freeze up the moment forever into a monumental statue to be seen

    A kiss is just a kiss to be,
    till you meet that special love that brings out a moan of you,
    to this particular sensation overtaking sorrow and blue hues away from you... it's called the magic kiss

    The video can be seen here
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIsn2Zc3p_o

    Inspired by Joel with...
    Video: ~Kisses~ c2010
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF4ADeiJAjs

    Gaeia

    snowflake

  • Sunrise with bird calls

    A tiny poem respond to... NO WORD by Delphine.

    The whistling tune is Salut d’Amour, Op. 12, is a musical work composed by Edward Elgar in 1888, originally written for violin and piano.

    sunrise


    Sunrise with bird calls

    And as soon as morning brightly rose

    all the birds joyfully chirped,

    a happy baby gurgled and smiled

    as the day emerged with sunny glows,

    and there - that first word was heard !


    the VIDEO can be seen here...
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=B47c-xizaLQ

    Inspired by ~First Words~ by Joel
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5DMWUZPFNA

    :)

    Gaeia

    snowflake

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