from the sea

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Aphrodite-Antheia

In crocus and hyacinth and flourishing violet and the rose’s lovely bloom, so sweet and delicious, and heavenly buds, the flowers of the narcissus and lily. In such perfumed garments is Aphrodite clothed at all seasons.

Stasinus of Cyprus or Hegesias of Aegina, Cypria Fragment 6 (from Athenaeus 15. 682) (translated by Evelyn-White) (Greek epic C7th B.C.E)
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Avian Study: Tundra Penguins

Well, journal. I had got a request from my Scienceworks colleagues to research a particular semi-aquatic avian. Now I don’t know if it was the mead talking or not, but a few of the researchers started asking about the mating habits of Tundra Penguins. At the time I hadn’t even researched those birds. However silly as it seemed at the time, as promised I had decided to venture up to Northrend to study not only the mating habits, but just everything about the Tundra Penguins I could possibly find out.

I had traveled to the Tuskarr fishing village of Unu'pe in Borean Tundra that borders the Frozen Sea. Just about half a mile or so off the coast are ice floes where these Tundra Penguins seem to reside. These Penguins are diurnal and spend most of their day swimming and foraging at sea from sunrise to dusk. Since they are constantly near water and ice, these aves preen their feathers often to keep them waterproof. They do so by using small drops of oil that the collect from a gland near their short, stubby tails. 

Moving on to physical description, Tundra penguins are pretty small, only standing at 12 to 13 inches tall and weighing approximately 3.3 pounds. They have dark blueish gray feathers with a large white colored patch on their undersides that extends from their chin to belly. While these feathers are mostly short in length, there seems to be a small crest of longer feathers on top of their heads. Tundra Penguins can either have light blue or bright red irises. Other characteristics include a 1 inch dark gold beak as well as webbed feet to help them move efficiently over ice and snow. 

Despite their small size, Tundra Penguins tend to use the safety in numbers technique to protect themselves from predators. As far as their own diets, these Penguins are carnivorous often feeding on small marine life and crustaceans. In fact, Tundra Penguins will dive quite extensively to capture their prey. Favorites tend to be the moonglow cuttlefish as well as rockfin groupers that seem to be plentiful in the Frozen sea. Although only about 50 percent of Tundra Penguins dive anywhere past 2 meters some have been known to dive up to 20 meters deep to find food. 

Okay, now on to the mating habits and reproduction of Tundra Penguins. Unlike other aves such as Eagles and Parrots, these Penguins only remain with their partners during breeding seasons and whilst hatching eggs. Sexual maturity in females is reached at 2 years of ages, while in males its 3 years of age. On average, Tundra Penguins breed about once a year.  

Since it has been oh so graciously asked during a Scienceworks get together, I will also report on the reproductive anatomy of these Penguins. Which more or less, results in the same as all aves. Both male and females have what’s called a cloaca, which is the posterior opening for a bird’s digestive, urinary, and reproductive tract. That’s correct. The same ‘vent’ used to expel feces is also used to lay eggs. During breeding season this part of a Tundra Penguin anatomy swells. In a process known as a cloacoa kiss a male transfers its sperm to the female during a very very brief period of actual mating.  In other words, to answer the ever wondering question of a few drunk colleagues, “Do Penguins have schlongs?” the answer is a technical 'no’. However, they do reproduce sexually as compared to asexually. 

Now that question as been answered, on with the rest of the report.  These aves breed during the late spring to early summer months. Tundra Penguin nests are situated close by the sea in excavated burrows, or caves, rock crevices, or under logs. Two clutches of 2 to 3 eggs each are usually laid per breeding season. Incubation lasts roughly 36 days while brooding can take 18 to 38 days. Juvenile Tundra Penguins are lighter in color and have shorter beaks than the adults. After about 7 weeks Tundra Penguins are fully fledged. Overall these Penguins do not migrate and remain residents year round in the frozen beach lines of Borean Tundra and Dragonblight in Northrend. 

Right after Tundra Penguins fledge is when they first start to molt. To keep up with the energy it takes to molt, these birds will travel down to the sea to feed.  They will spend two to three weeks just foraging for food to build up their body mass. If a Tundra Penguin doesn’t gain sufficient amounts of weight, there could be a chance they won’t survive molting.

Tundra Penguins can be quite noisy. Males will emit different braying like sounds to call for relief of nesting and guard duty. Grunts, roars, and beeps usually mean they are in an aggressive mood. Other elicited noises have to do with courtship, breeding, and territorial disputes. 

Finally, Tundra Penguins are flightless birds. However, they are more adapt to swimming efficiently. This is because they have 3 to 4 times the feather density of birds that can fly. The feather tips are stiff to prevent them becoming compressed while swimming in the cold waters of the Frozen Sea. Another survival adaptation is their counter-shading. Meaning predators swimming both above and below will have a hard time spotting these birds. 

In conclusion, Tundra Penguins are just another interesting species of birds to add to this journal. Til then, fellow researchers.

What is a sea witch?

The Sea Witch tradition is associated with seafarers and beachcombers. Sea Witches focus on Moon lore, the tides, and practical weather magicks.

It is from the sea Witch tradition that evolved tales of women who could raise the winds and brew up storms,charges that even two hundred years ago could result in one being sent to the stake. A good storm (intended or not) will send the average Sea Witch running to charge her tools with the storm’s energies.

Sea Witchery is a ‘darker’ path than the average Pagan cares to deal with. However, bear in mind that when you start working with the weather, you are dealing with chaotic forces of nature. Unfortunately, most Pagans perceive chaos to be evil, but if it be called evil, it is a necessary evil. Too many Pagans these days deal only with the light; the Sea Witch works with what is termed ‘grey magick’ to maintain a balance of light and dark. It is definitely not a path for everyone. In fact, most Sea Witches are solitary, as few others enjoy the isolation of a sun-bleached cottage on a wind-swept seacoast. (X)

Sea level is—and has always been—in equilibrium with the planet’s gravity, which pulls the water toward the earth’s center of mass, and the outward centrifugal force, which results from the earth’s rotation. After a few billion years of spinning, the earth has taken on the shape of an ellipsoid (which can be thought of as a flattened sphere). Consequently, the distance to the earth’s center of mass is the longest around the equator and shortest beyond the polar circles. The current difference between the average sea level as observed along the equator and the distance to the earth’s center of mass from the sea level at the poles is about 21.4 kilometers (km).

If earth ceased rotating about its axis but continued revolving around the sun and its axis of rotation maintained the same inclination, the length of a year would remain the same, but a day would last as long as a year. In this fictitious scenario, the sequential disappearance of centrifugal force would cause a catastrophic change in climate and disastrous geologic adjustments (expressed as devastating earthquakes) to the transforming equipotential gravitational state (esri.com)

sunneytehbunney perguntou:

Hi there! A year or so a go you helped me find the title of a book from the cover and story described. The book had a red cover, a girls head emerging from the sea with an octopus on top of her head, as she was pretending to be medusa. It's set in Ancient Greece during the times of the Gods. If I remember correctly the girl travels back in time. I would appreciate it if you could message me if you find the old post (you posted it publicly) thank you so much!!

Oh, I couldn’t find your previous post. I am publishing your question so that anyone can see and help you. Best wishes! 

please wake me up as i feel the rain approach
calm my nerves with songs of love and change
but please don’t forget me i need this connection
from the city to the sea a fire peeling back the skin of apology contraption
 i took this undoubted caption
spinning shallow thoughts like incense growing intimate with friction
taking the very heart of action with anticipated tension
and everyone i knew was there with smiling eyes that told me where my answer lies to me uncertain of this tabletop connection 

and i know it’s taking me longer
to find out what i do means to you
and i’ll stay closer than ever
please don’t forget my close attempts for you 

[x]

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NOTE: Because of many people’s similar reaction to my previous post, I feel the need to clarify that this series isn’t intended to have a Hans-apologist kind of vibe. My purpose here is not to excuse his behaviour in the film or to get people to pity him. I just wanted to add a little bit of ‘depth’ where it was suggested there were stories behind his actions. I’m basically trying to figure out a possible background and progression that could explain why and how he was shaped into a villain, if we accept some villains are made rather than born. But I get some people want this character to be evil for the sake of being evil, and that is completely fine! So please don’t get too upset over these, keep in mind this is just my take on a hypothetic past, loosely based on hints from the movie and what Frozen directors have revealed so far.

Inspiration from rennydraws for the 8th panel and donc-desole for the last one.