semi arid

October 25, 2016 - Russet-crowned Motmot (Momotus mexicanus)

Requested by: @darkwyng

These small motmots are found in arid and semi-arid woodlands and semi-open areas in parts of Mexico and Guatemala. They eat invertebrates, small vertebrates, such as snakes, and probably some fruit, capturing prey on the ground, from foliage, or in the air. Nesting in burrows dug into earth banks along roads or rivers, they lay their eggs during the wet season from April to June. Both parents excavate the nest tunnels and care for the chicks.

pausing of time in her particular curving of spine, by the sofa in a green dress, her toes clasping like oak roots semi-arid, sacrilege in her moan/come praise her. when she does shrug you away, take it gamefully, as an athlete is cut, as a vine is pulled and tossed by a listless hand covered in sapphire irritant. to be rejected is to be too much, a recipe of brooding, a hunt overshooting game. I objectify. I am an object. rum along my middle finger and coke on my palm, a lounge chair from leopard skin, things I gain in giving up.
—  Stimie

It’s time for Trilobite Tuesday! Located near the town of Clarita, Oklahoma, the fossil-rich Devonian sediments of the Haragan formation have, over the last three decades, produced a magnificent array of three-dimensional trilobite specimens. Their rich caramel color, incredible preservation, and spinose ornamentation, most notably on the species Dicranurus hamatus (pictured) and Ceratenurus sp., have made these 417 million-year-old trilobites particular favorites of both museum curators and amateur collectors worldwide. Indeed, some 20 species, including Huntoniatonia lingulifer, Ketternaspis williamsi and Acanthopyge consanguinea, are known from the Haragan and its sister formation, the Bois d'arc, making this mountainous, semi-arid region of Oklahoma one of the most prolific trilobite locations in North America.

Learn about other top trilobite localities. 

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Waffle gardening is a traditional farming method used by the Zuni people of New Mexico to grow crops in semi-arid environment. Each square plot has berms about 10-12 cm high, the depressions efficiently capture and hold rainwater and retard evaporation.

Top photo, by Jesse Nusbaum, 1911. From the Palace of the Governors photo archives

Bottom photo, by Edward Curtis, c. 1927, via Library of Congress.

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Grandidier’s Baobabs (Adansonia grandidieri) are, quite clearly, the mighty pillars that keep the sky from falling down.

These massive trees are found only in semi-arid regions of south-western Madagascar.

They can reach up to 100 ft tall! Almost all their height is devoted to a thick, columnar trunk that stores vast amounts of water during the rainy season. That way they don’t get thirsty during the rest of the year.

Which is good because they really need to keep their strength up. There’s a whole lot of sky up there. It must be heavy.

…Images:  Bernard Gagnon/Frank Vassen/Olivier Lejade

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Plant of the Day

Sunday 3 March 2016

Aloe ferox (Cape Aloe, Bitter Aloe, Red Aloe) is a tree aloe that is native to South Africa growing in the semi-arid plains and rocky mountain slopes. It is one of a number of species that can yield the gel that is used in cosmetics and the ‘bitter aloes’ herbal medicine is prepared from the leaf exudate. Here it is growing for ornamental and scientific purposes in a cool frost-free glasshouse.

Jill Raggett

anonymous asked:

Re: Face oil for nighttime Anon. I've been using L'Occitane's Supple Skin Almond Oil. I know it's marketed as body oil but I've been using it on my face and it's incredibly hydrating. It even kept my skin from drying out when I was in a very cold semi-arid climate that normally wrecks my skin.

Thanks!!!! ^^^ :)

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Pangaea Ultima is a possible future supercontinent configuration. Consistent with the supercontinent cycle, Pangaea Ultima could occur within the next 250 million years.

Supercontinents describe the merger of all, or nearly all, of the Earth’s landmass into a single contiguous continent. In the Pangaea Ultima scenario, subduction at the western Atlantic, east of the Americas, leads to the subduction of the Atlantic mid-ocean ridge followed by subduction destroying the Atlantic and Indian basin, causing the Atlantic and Indian Oceans to close, bringing the Americas back together with Africa and Europe. As with most supercontinents, the interior of Pangaea Proxima would probably become a semi-arid desert prone to extreme temperatures. [x][x][x]

(more at @annotated-hetalia)

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Stanleya pinnata is in the mustard family Brassicaceae. Commonly known as prince’s plume, it is native to the western United States where it grows in semi arid areas along hillsides and open areas. Prince’s plume is an annual forb that produces large yellow flowers during the summer. This species has the ability to accumulate high amounts of selenium, a toxic element found naturally in soils. Whereas other plants would die if they took up high amounts of selenium, prince’s plume is able to accumulate and detoxify the compound, allowing it to survive on highly seleniferous soils. It is believed that prince’s plume accumulates high amounts of selenium as a defense against insects and herbivores, which avoid eating the leaves due to the acrid taste and potentially deadly outcome.

Wine a bit, you’ll feel better!

This is a photo of some vineyards in the midst of a desert in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province. It is a popular wine-making region near Augrabies Falls National Park, where the Orange River supplies accessible water to the surrounding area.

While you might think this area is not suitable for crops, carefully cultivated grapes can actually thrive in semi-arid conditions. Water requirements for wine production are low in comparison to other alcoholic beverages. It takes 240 litres of water, mainly for irrigation, to make one lovely cup of wine. Comparably it takes 500 litres of water to grow one pound of wheat.

So, in the interest of water conservation; drink wine, not beer!

-Jean

For wine enthusiasts: The area predominantly cultivates white grapes, but some red is also grown. The wine grape varieties grown here are Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Muscadel (both red and white) and Muscat d'Alexandrie.

March 17, 2016 - Inland Dotterel (Charadrius australis)

These plovers live in arid and semi-arid areas of Australia, mostly away from the coast. They feed on seeds and leaves during the day and insects and spiders at night. Breeding any time of the year after heavy rains, they nest in depressions on the ground surrounded by small rocks and twigs. Pairs are probably monogamous and females are thought to do most of the incubation. They tend to run from danger, flying only at the last moment.

NATURE

Rugged landscape.
Irregular relief.
Poor soil.
Semi-arid climate.

Nature fits.
There are plants.
For any climate
and terrain.

Nature develops.
Adapted to the contingencies.
The medium determines the solution.
Nature rarely gives up.

And we?
We are part.
We are an evolution.
Adapted and in adaptation.

~zd