florida-everglades

We often think of haunted places as spooky old houses or abandoned asylums, but what about an aircraft? One such case is that of Flight 401, an Eastern Airlines flight that crashed into the Florida Everglades on December 29th 1972 at approximately 11:42 P.M. The captain, along with one of two flight crew members, two of 10 flight attendants, and 97 of 163 passengers, died; 75 passengers and crew survived. The crash was a result of the crew becoming distracted by a minor problem (a burnt-out landing gear indicator light), and failing to notice that the plane was not on autopilot. They were unknowingly free-falling for more than 10 minutes. The last dialogue heard on the plane is surprisingly casual, and at least somewhat relieving to know that the causalities never knew what hit them:

 “Stockstill: Um, [pause] we’re still at 2,000 feet, right?”

  “Loft: Hey—what’s happening here?” 

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Although the crash was disastrous, a lot of the non-essential equipment (i.e dinner trays, seats and hinges) were salvageable and were “recycled” onto other aircrafts in order to save money. After this, odd things began happening. On several flights, flight attendants and passengers witnessed the ghost of Captain Bob Loft walking in and out of the cock-pit before vanishing into thin air. On one occasion, the flight crew were so shaken by the experience that they had to cancel the flight. On another flight, a lady made a concerned enquiry to a flight attendant regarding the quiet, unresponsive man in Eastern Airlines uniform sitting in the seat next to her, who subsequently disappeared in full view of both of them and several other passengers, leaving the woman hysterical. More than 10 flights had reports of paranormal occurrences, and all these flights contained at least one part of the crashed plane. In 1981, all of these “haunted planes” were taken out of service in fears that a paranormal experience may cause another crash. It remains the only incident of a supposed haunted aircraft, and is as creepy as it is unusual.

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Hey cuties, Julie and I are excited to say that we’ve decided to host a safari awards together!

RULES:

  • Must be following Julie @fauhne and I @nostalgah
  • Reblog this post at least once (likes will only count as a bookmark)
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  • Two new friends YAY!
  • A follow from both of us if we don’t follow you already
  • You will be featured on a beautiful page created by us
  • Whichever promos you’d like (up to two times a week)

CATEGORIES:

  • Best Icon - Amazon (Brazil)
  • Best Url - Madikwe (South Africa)
  • Best Theme - Kruger National Park (South Africa)
  • Best Posts - Tiger Trail (India)
  • Best Colour scheme - Naivasha (Kenya)
  • Best New Discovery - Everglades (Florida)
  • Best Overall - Vancouver Island (Canada)
  • Julie’s Fave - Chobe National Park (Botswana)
  • Kirsty’s Fave - Outback (Australia)

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  • Talk to us, we’d both love to get to know you better!
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Have fun and good luck! With love, Julie & Kirsty! <3

Mother Nature’s poisonous plants to humans...

Monkshood (Aconitum napellus)

The most poisonous part is the roots, though the leaves can pack a punch too. Both contain a neurotoxin that can be absorbed through the skin. Early symptoms of poisoning are tingling and numbness at the point of contact or severe vomiting and diarrhea if it has been eaten. In 2010, a woman poisoned her lover using this plant. Apart from causing severe gastrointestinal upset, the poison slows the heart rate which can result in death.

Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum)

These weeds are massive and pretty hard to miss when they are towering over you.  The sap of the giant hogweed plant is phototoxic; when the contacted skin is exposed to sunlight or to ultraviolet rays it can cause severe skin inflammations. Initially, the skin colours red and starts itching. 

Blisters form as it burns within 48 hours. They form black or purplish scars that can last several years. Hospitalization may be necessary.  The presence of minute amounts of sap in the eyes can lead to temporary or even permanent blindness.

The manchineel tree (Hippomane mancinella) 

Found in northern South America up to the Florida Everglades and throughout the Caribbean. In some parts of its range it’s painted with a cautionary red cross. They grow little green fruits that were once called the ‘little apple of death’ by Columbus. 

The milky sap produced by this tree contains the powerful irritant phorbol. Just brushing past it can leave you with horribly scalded skin. Sheltering beneath it in a tropical shower can be disastrous too because even the diluted sap can cause an extreme rash.  Burning down these trees is also a bad idea. The smoke from a burning manchineel can temporarily blind a person and cause significant breathing problems.  While the effects are unpleasant, skin contact with this tropical tree can’t kill you. The real death threat comes from eating its small round fruit.  Ingesting the fruit can prove fatal when severe vomiting and diarrhea dehydrate the body to the point of no return.

Ricinus communis

Now well known thanks to Walter White in Breaking Bad. This plant is used to make caster oil.  After the laxative oil has been extracted the remaining residues of its mottled brown seeds contain a potent cocktail of toxins. 

Ricin kills by interfering in cell metabolism, the basic chemical processes needed to sustain life. The creation of essential proteins is blocked, leading to cell death. Casualties can suffer vomiting, diarrhea and seizures for up to a week before dying of organ failure.

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Puma walking towards me by Tambako The Jaguar
Via Flickr:
This puma (I think a big female) was also at the small zoo. Here she was walking towards me.

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Osprey with Dinner - March 2017
Flamingo Campground, Everglades National Park, FL


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These two images are the mother and father Osprey from yesterday’s images. Image one is a closeup of the papa Osprey with a fish in its talons. He was sitting about half-way up on the nest tree.

The second image is the momma Osprey flying away from the nest. That image was taken the previous day.

MWM

Decembird Day 7: Endangered

Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis)

The Florida Everglades population of this species has been protected by the Endangered Species Act since 1967, even though the species as a whole is listed as IUCN Least Concern due to strong numbers in Central America. It is threatened by the loss of freshwater marsh habitat and consequently the decline of its primary food source, the apple snail.

Big Cypress National Preserve protects over 729,000 acres of freshwater wetlands in south Florida. Together with neighboring Everglades National Park, the preserve is essential to the health of the state’s diverse wildlife and marine estuaries. It’s also a place of stunning beauty and amazing outdoor experiences. Aerial photo by John Kellam, National Park Service.

You know, there are so many things that we have to worry about nowadays; politics, inflation, is that milk in the fridge out of date yet, but just when i think everything is fine and you know what as long as i just stay home and work hard i’ll be fine…

SINKHOLES

I’m serious. Like, i live 10 miles south of London, not some amazonian rainforest, or on the edge of the everglades in Florida, but in the last two days there have been sinkholes appear in the Rail Station Car Park, and along a road in a nearby suburb. Okay, they’re not hundreds of feet deep or wide, but you know, its just what 2017 is turning out to be like

“If you think its shit already, just wait until you fall into this slimy pit of darkness”