Queens Head Rock is an amazing natural wonder in Yehliu, Taiwan. Queens Head Rock was naturally sculptured by nature. What a fabulous job nature does! Yehliu Geopark is a major attraction in Northern Taiwan. People come from all over the world to see Queens Head and the others. There are many geological formations that stretch along the beach and out into the cape. One of these is the Queen of the cape! She is Queens Head (女王頭)! It goes without saying, the Queen is here.
Yehliu Geopark is located near the town of Wanli, Taiwan. Wanli is about half-way between Taipei and Keelung. The Geopark is considered rural, but it is worth any effort you invest in getting there. It is home to many natural and unique geological formations. No sculptor does work any better than the wind and the rain! Yeldiu Geopark is the place to explore if you like to see the rare and unique wonders of Taiwan!
Yehliu Geopark is a world-famous geological wonder. There are many named rocks in the park, but Queens Head is the most famous. These intriguing and unique rock formations are composed of sandstone and shale. Over time, they have been sculpted by nature’s hand. The pounding of the wind and water has created this impressive gallery of magnificent rock formations. So who is the hero in this story? It is the cutting edge of the wind and the water! Their work is magnificent!
If you are looking for adventure, you will find it in Yehliu Geopark. The park is over a mile long and there are many famous rock formations. Some are on the sand, and others jet out into the water. You can spend hours discovering all the different unique forms. No two are alike! As they are battered by the wind and rain, they are constantly changing. If you look closely, you will see their personalities. Among the other geological treasures are the Sea Candles (燭台石), These rocks look like candles in the sea. What an amazing sight they are! Are they lighting the way to Queens Head? After all, she is the Queen!
Have you ever seen an elephant in Taiwan? No, probably not, as this is an island nation. Take a walk and you will discover Elephant Rock! Maybe not the real thing, but the resemblance is certainly there. What an adventure!
Every Queen needs a court. Be sure to check out Princess’ Head. She is another outstanding sculpture! She is beautiful as she waits for her Queen. She stands so poised and beautiful! She is another one of natures beautiful rock formations. Can any sculptor do any better than the wind and the rain?
As you are making your Taiwan travel plans, be sure to discover Northern Taiwan. Northern Taiwan is completely different from the other parts of the island. The rocky shoreline is magnificent! Adventure is everywhere! Here in the North, you will find Yehliu Geopark and Queens Head. One look at her and you will know….. why she is the Queen!
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Jhaorih Hot Springs, a rare sea-water hot springs, melts away the stress. Fed by the sea, and warmed by volcanic lava, Jhaorith Hot Springs is a rare treat! Green Island’s active volcanoes keep the water at a warm 70-90 degrees. Only three places worldwide can you enjoy a saltwater hot springs. Kyushu Island in Japan has an amazing salt water springs! Like Jhaorith Hot Springs, it is a place of serenity and peace. At Jhaorih, you can soak by the light of the moon! Stargaze while basking in the healing waters. Engage in the sunset! Let the healing waters roll over you, as you listen to the sound of the waves. What harmony and tranquility are found in these medicinal waters. What a perfect way to end a perfect day!
珍しい海水の温泉である Jhaorih 温泉は、ストレスを溶かしてしまいます。海によって供給され、火山溶岩によって温め、Jhaorith 温泉は珍しい御馳走です!緑の島の活動的な火山は暖かい70-90 度で水を保ちます。海水の温泉を楽しむことができるのは、世界の3つの場所だけです。日本の九州には素晴らしい塩水泉があります!Jhaorith 温泉のように、静寂と安らぎの場所です。 Jhaorih では、月の光に浸ることができます!癒しの水を浴びながらスターゲイズ。日没に従事!あなたは波の音に耳を傾けるように癒しの水は、あなたの上にロールバックしてみましょう。どのような調和と静けさは、これらの薬用水で発見されています。完璧な一日を終わらせるための完璧な方法!
This natural hot springs at Jhaorih is a well-known curative alkaline carbonate spring. In times past, the Paiwan tribe made it a popular outdoor bathing location. What could be better than a perfect bath to begin your day? The water is colorless and has a slight sulfur smell. It does wonders for the skin and leaves the hair shiny and healthy. Today, Jhaorih Hot Springs has three natural pools to indulge your senses. A Spa pool is warm to those tender muscles in the morning. Relax by the sea! Listen to the crashing of the surf! Enjoy the sun rising over the distant mountains. Immerse yourself in the warm healing waters of Jhaorih Hot Springs. What a magnificent start to a new day!
Jhaorih の天然温泉は、よく知られているアルカリ性炭酸塩泉です。昔、表現の部族は、人気のある屋外の入浴場所にしました。あなたの一日を始めるために完璧なお風呂よりも良いことができますか?水は無色で、わずかな硫黄臭があります。それは肌のための驚異を行い、光沢のある健康的な髪を残します。今日、Jhaorih 温泉には3つの天然プールがあり、五感を満喫することができます。スパプールは、朝のそれらの柔らかい筋肉に暖かいです。海でリラックス!サーフのクラッシュに耳を傾けます!遠い山々に昇る太陽をお楽しみください。Jhaorih 温泉の温かい癒しの水に浸ってください。新しい日に何と壮大なスタート!
Jhaorih Hot Springs, like its Sicilian equivalent, is well-known for its rejuvenating effects. Begin your day with a leisurely soak in natural pools of mineral water. Add a timely massage for a total immersion into relaxation. Let the calm and tranquil natural waters flow over your mind. All this, while watching beautiful sunrises and splendid sunsets. Take time to let Jhaorih rejuvenate your total body, heal your mind, and give peace to the inner you.
Jhaorih 温泉は、そのシチリアの同等のような, その若返り効果のためによく知られています.ミネラルウォーターの天然プールでのんびりと一日を始めましょう。リラクゼーションに完全な浸漬のためのタイムリーなマッサージを追加します。穏やかで静かな自然の水があなたの心の上に流れるようにしてください。このすべては、美しい日の出と素晴らしい夕日を見ながら。Jhaorih があなたの全身を活性化し、あなたの心を癒す、あなたの内側に平和を与えるために時間をかけてください。
The splendor of Jhaorih Hot Springs is a Taiwanese secret. For a few NT, you can soak for an hour or all day. Feel free to stay as long as you desire. Truly, this is one of the natural wonders of Green Island. The results of spending a day at Jhaorih Hot Springs can be long-lived. The skin can find healing. The mind can be transformed! The body yearns to be rejuvenated. Jhaorih warmly welcomes you! Devote a day to wellness and health. Relax every muscle. Enjoy the ancient therapeutic properties of these thermal springs. Let the healing waters flow! As an added attraction, enjoy the natural beauty all around you. Green Island is sparsely settled and has few commercial endeavors. Enjoy the peace that is beyond your wildest dreams. Let the gushing water immerse your mind and body! Let the healing begin…..at Jhaorih Hot Springs!
Jhaorih 温泉の素晴らしさは台湾の秘密です。いくつかの NT のために、あなたは1時間または終日のために浸すことができます。あなたが望む限り滞在して自由に感じます。本当に、これは緑の島の自然の驚異の一つです。Jhaorih の温泉で1日を過ごした結果は、長生きすることができます。皮膚は治癒を見つけることができます。心を変えることができます!体は慕うとして元気を取り戻した。Jhaorih 暖かくあなたを歓迎します!ウェルネスと健康に一日を捧げる。すべての筋肉をリラックス。これらの温泉の古代の治療特性をお楽しみください。癒しの水が流れてみましょう!追加アトラクションとして、あなたの周りの自然の美しさをお楽しみください。グリーン島はまばらに定住し、商業的な努力はほとんどありません。あなたの想像を超えた平和をお楽しみください。湧出水はあなたの心と体を浸してみましょう!癒しの begin…..at Jhaorih 温泉を満喫しよう!
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Sycamore Tree, an ancient species of the Fig Tree, is amazing. It is also related to the Mulberry Tree. There are several species of the Fig Tree that comes under the Sycamore Tree. This particular species of the Sycamore Tree is sometimes spelled Sycamore, for distinction from the other Fig species. This species of the Sycamore Tree is found in Madagascar, Egypt, and Israel. This gigantic Sycamore has been cultivated since ancient times.
“First let’s get some basics about this tree laid out. The Sycamore tree is a deciduous tree that belongs to the plane-tree family. This tree has originated from Europe, but it has been taken all around the world now.
Basic Sycamore Facts:
1. North American Sycamore,
2. British sycamore and
3. Middle Eastern sycamore.
4. Sycamore can reach 98 to 130 feet in height and 4.9 to 6.6 feet in diameter.
5. The Bark of sycamore has a whitish and reddish-brown patched surface.
6. The mottled bark has irregular “flakes” creating the impression of and illness. Name “sycamore” probably refers to the “sick” appearance of the tree.
7. Sycamore has broad, five-lobed leaves with pointed tips. Leaves are toothed on the edges. Dark green leaves change color into bright yellow at the beginning of the autumn. Soon after, the tree sheds them.
8. Sycamore has a rounded, dome-shaped crown that is extremely dense. Twisted branches provide shelter for the small mammals such as squirrels and various birds (during the nesting season)
9. Sycamore is a monoecious plant which means that it produces individual male and female flowers on the same plant. Flowers are yellowish-green, arranged in drooping clusters. Sycamore blooms during April. Flowers produce nectar which attracts bees, main pollinators of this species.
10. The fruit of sycamore is brown, woody balls that can be seen on the tree starting from October. They remain on the tree during the winter. Fully ripe fruit splits to release seed.
11. The seed of sycamore are arranged in V-shaped pairs and equipped with wings that facilitate dispersal by wind. One tree produces up to 10.000 seed per season.
12. Sycamore seed is known as “helicopters” because of their wings that rotate similar to helicopter’s propeller on a wind.
13. One old sycamore tree provided protection for the large troops of General Washington during the battle on the Brandywine Battlefield Park in Pennsylvania in the 18th century. Ever since the sycamore tree is a symbol of hope and protection in the USA.
14. Sycamore also symbolizes strength, eternity and divinity.
15. The wood of sycamore is used in the industry of furniture, musical instruments, kitchenware, and butchers’ blocks.
16. Sycamore is often planted in urban areas because of its ability tolerate air pollution and provide shade.
17. Sycamore also serves as windbreak thanks to the strong root system that holds the plant firmly attached to the ground in areas with strong winds.
18. Sycamore can survive from 150 to 600 years in the wild.” (1 Softschools)
They differ in size, the color of the bark and leaves, and habitats from where they can be found. Sycamore requires very fertile, moist and well-drained soil. Full sun is also needed for this tree to be successful in development. It normally grows near the streams, riverbanks, and lakes. People typically cultivate sycamore for ornamental purposes, but it is well known as a source of high-quality wood.
This variety of the Sycamore Tree is an extremely large tree. Though the trunk is similar to the Olive Tree, you can identify them by their leaves. It has a beautiful thick and knotted trunk and very large scaly leaves. These huge large leathery leaves are thought to have possibly been the fig leaves referred to in the book of Genesis. In Genesis 3:7 it says: “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” Scientists, archaeologists, and religious scholars all seem to agree that this is the most likely species of the Fig Tree that the book of Genesis could have been referring to. It is the only species of the Fig Tree that is native to the Middle East. It is also the only Sycamore Tree that has larger than normal leaves.
The remains of the Sycamore Tree in Egypt have been found to date back as far as 3000 BC. These gigantic trees were used by the Egyptians to carve out coffins for the mummies in Egypt. It was the only tree that had the size needed to make these coffins. In ancient Egypt, the Sycamore Tree was called the “Fig of Pharaoh.” Egypt itself was referred to as “the land where the Sycamore Tree blooms.” The Sycamore Tree played major importance in the food supply of ancient Egypt. Not only was the wood used, but all parts of the tree were also cultivated. The fruit was good to eat! The leaves made a healing tea! The sap made a sweet syrup! The gigantic trunks provided refuge. The “Fig of Pharaoh” was an amazing resource for the ancient Egyptians.
In ancient Hebraic writings, the Sycamore Tree symbolized “regeneration.” When transplanting a Sycamore Tree, you must do it quickly, as the roots dry out very rapidly. On the other hand, the Sycamore Tree has an amazing ability to regenerate itself. If the sand covers one of its branches, it will establish new roots and reproduce a whole new tree. During ancient times, these trees were considered extremely important in Israel. In the time of David, we see that he appointed a special overseer for the Olive and Sycamore Trees (1 Chronicles 27:28).
Flowering and fruiting of the Sycamore Tree in ancient Israel occurred during the hot summer months. Though it was not unusual to get up to 6 crops a year from each tree (Talmud writings). The figs of the Sycamore Tree were eaten in ancient times. During the time of David, the Sycamores were considered one of the sources to food that was destroyed by the plagues in Egypt. See Psalms 78:47. In modern times, there are many other Fig Trees with a better quality of fruit. For this reason, the Sycamore is not often used in modern Israel.
In the religion of the Kikuyu Tribe of Kenya, there was only one God. They referred to Him as Ngai. Many of the sacrifices were similar to the ones done by the Israelite’s in ancient times. The Kikuyu Tribe did all their sacrifices under the Sycamore Tree. Both the Sycamore and the Fig Tree were considered sacred. The Olive Tree was considered sacred for women.
In other cultures, the wood of the Sycamore Tree was used for utensils, bowls, baskets, cutting boards, etc. The sap of the Sycamore can be used for syrup, similar, but of a lower quality than the sugar maple. The large leaves are used to wrap food for cooking and like fig leaves, can be used for tea. The fruit is good to eat, but modern fig trees have a higher quality fruit.
The amazing Sycamore Tree has been important throughout the time of the prophets. It appears in many of their writings throughout the ages. There does not appear to be any age when the Sycamore was not important for something. Its leaves are a source of medicine. It’s wood make sturdy kitchen vessels. Its sap makes a sweet syrup! Its beautiful trunk is amazing. In times of emergency, people have sought refuge inside this trunk. This amazing trunk is hollow in the larger trees. What other trees in the history of man can be used for so many different things? The ancient Sycamore tree of the Middle East is one of the most outstanding trees of all time.
This particular tree is still standing within the city of Jericho, and the tourist peddlers are out in force. Some of the items for sale can be unique and you should consider taking a few treasures home. We had plenty of time, and there are some interesting places to see while you’re in the area.
Jericho is a living, vibrate small Palestinian town in the Jordan Valley. It is the world’s oldest town. The town dates back to 8,000 BC. It has always been occupied since ancient times. It is also the lowest town in the world. Jericho is 780 feet below sea level. It is a Jordan Valley Oasis! This is the year it is about to get another facelift. They are bringing back into focus the beautiful Sycamore Tree that Zacchaeus climbed to get a better look at Jesus. We read about this encounter in the Gospels.
“And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, who was the chief among the tax collectors, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus … but could not because of the crowd, because he was of short stature. And he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house.” Luke 19:1-5
Jericho’s Sycamore Tree for years has been tucked away on a side street. Until 2010 it was kept out of the eyes of tourists. They came, took a picture, and left! But that has been changing. It has now become the main attraction of a museum complex. This complex opened in 2010 and each month sees new additions. This is the birthday of Jericho and this ancient Sycamore Tree is about to be the star attraction.
Palestine is being promoted to the world as a place to come to. This mega venture also includes future plans for a major 5 Star Resort to be built on the banks of the Dead Sea. In the future, there is the hope of building a major airport in the area. The town is busy cleaning and painting. The yards are being cut and manicured. This magnificent Palestinian town is getting a facelift. It is getting ready for another mega birthday celebration. Happy Birthday, Jericho!
The road into Jericho has always been a country road, complete with potholes! Now it is a four-lane highway! Before there was an Israelite check-point going into the town. Now everyone comes and goes freely! This no longer slows down traffic and tourists are not deterred from coming. Things are happening and Jericho is sharing another one of her treasures with the world. Welcome her newest start attraction…. the Sycamore Tree.
The history of the Sycamore Tree in the area is on display in the new Museum. Local restaurants gear up for the added pilgrims that will be coming into the area. No longer is the tree that Zacchaeus climbed being regulated to the side street. The story of how Zacchaeus climbed the Sycamore Tree so he could see Jesus, is now being told to the world. This is another birthday celebration of the oldest town in the world, and Zacchaeus’ story and the tree he climbed, will be the center of attention. Palestine invites you to join them in Jericho, at the foot of….. the Sycamore Tree.
Within the Tel Jericho area complex zone there are several areas of interest and vendors who sell unique Palestinian handicrafts. Tel Jericho is an archaeological site in the northeastern area of Jericho also known as er-Riha, Yeriho, Tel es-Sultan, and Eriha. The tel mound is located today within the UNESCO World Heritage Site operated by the Palestinian Authority West Bank. The site is located in the Jordan Valley 10km north of the Dead Sea, and it is close to the Ein es-Sultan spring. The known term of the fountain of Elisha comes from Biblical reference and can be found close by. You will need special permission to view the very ancient well, and the town’s water supply.
The fountain of Elisha, an oasis in the midst of old Jericho, is beautiful and clear. As you near the spring, you notice it teeming with fish. This is where an immense volume of clear warm water flows. It is shaded by an ancient lone fig tree. In other places, you will see small waterways where the local people direct the water. In this way, the crops are watered to this day. In the above photo, we see this spring where it exits the ground at the pumping station. The pumping station protects this ancient flowing spring. It pumps fresh, clean water into modern Jericho. The fountain of Elisha is still sweet! You can see how crystal clear it is! These magnificent areas are located in Jericho, a city of palm trees from ancient times (Deuteronomy 34:3).
You can learn more by viewing this post: The Fountain of Elisha
“Jericho is believed to be one of the oldest cities in the world that has remained permanently inhabited from the 10th millennia BC. The site of Tel Jericho is identified with ancient Jericho which is mentioned in historical documents and the Bible. Today at the site visitors can see the excavated structures which once formed the core of Jericho city.
This area of Tel Jericho has a tremendous amount of information and areas of historical interest. If you would like to learn more about this area, and our time there you can read this recent post.
Yes, a long time ago it was apart of that old empire. Today it is apart of the Palestinian Territory controlled by the Fatah faction of the Palestinian National Authority. Before it was apart of Ancient Israel it was even an early Canaan city with people living there 11,000 years ago or maybe even earlier. Jericho has been taken by many empires, and its geography has made it a jewel for every ancient empire to control. We are more interested in history and not the modern-day politics. But yes we are aware of the sensitivity of the subject when used in modern terms. I would love to go back and do some research within the archaeology of this site and hope to one day be able to get the funding to do so.
Also, a further study into how this tree perpetrated into the area if it can be known alongside the movement of the human race may shed a tremendous amount of research. It is the many forms of agriculture and their uses that have set the sycamore apart from other agriculture trees.
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Happy And Hungry Giant Panda
It is a beautiful day in Southern California with blue skies and pleasant temperatures. Ten in the morning is the perfect time for arriving at the Panda Habitat. As you arrive, you quickly notice how content and happy the Pandas are. The second thing you quickly observe is that they eat a lot! This is feeding time and this contented fellow is enjoying his almost unlimited bamboo treats.
Who can resist loving anything this cute, with the face of an angel and the grace of a lumberjack. The San Diego Zoo can not help loving these not so gentle giants. It all started in 1987 when two pandas came for a visit for 100 days from China. Latter, in 1996, China agreed to allow the zoo to house two of their pandas. These first two residents, Bai Yun and Gao Gao gave birth to Xiao Liwu in 2012. Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu can be visited at their home habitat in the Panda Trek area. Panda Trek is close to the Giant Panda Research Station. The zoo keepers and the researchers are trying to learn all they can about these wonderful, but endangered, residents of the San Diego Zoo. As for Gao Gao, due to his age and failing health, he lives a quiet life at the Panda Habitat.
An adult Giant Panda is only about 2-3 feet tall, but they are definitely members of the bear family. They walk like a bear, climb like a bear, and play like a bear. They are omnivore, as they love to eat bamboo, many other plants, and a meal of good meat is never passed up. They are, without a doubt, the cutest bears in town. They have an extremely thick body and their bones are thick for the size of the bear. But keep tuned for play time, as you will be astonished at how agile and flexible they really are. Have you ever watched a panda do somersaults? They are cute, agile, and more than ready for the Olympics.
Giant Pandas Are Big On Bamboo
Probably one of the most amazing things about these Giant Pandas is how small they are at birth. They are a little more than 3 ounces when born, are totally dependent on their mother, and are completely without hair. They are so helpless that the mother does not leave the baby alone in the den, even to find food or drink for several days. When a baby cub nears 2 months of age, they usually begin opening their eyes and soon after they will begin to crawl. In the fifth month they are usually walking well and this little rolly poly cub is ready to explore the great outdoors with his mother. From this time on they begin to grow fast, as they eat a lot of bamboo and other plants. They spend over 12 hours a day eating. Now that, is a healthy appetite!
The Adorable Meerkat
Welcome to the happy and crazy habitat of the Meerkats at the San Diego Zoo. These little fellows are cute, spontaneous, clever beyond belief, and a bundle of fun. This spectacular member of the mongoose family is similar to a weasel in many ways. If you have never watched them run and play, you do not know what you are missing.
In their natural habitat, and here at the San Diego Zoo, they like to make large burrows for the whole mob of around 40 members. Sometimes the mob can also be called a gang. They greatly love the companionship of other meerkats and of course there is safety in larger numbers. They often groom each other and spend much of the day in group play.
A mob of meerkats are a gang of several family units, though there is always one pair that is dominant. This structure keeps them together as a community, while answering their individual needs to be groomed and played with. It is their love of community that keeps them strong, even in the face of danger.
This amazing meerkat lives about eight years in the wild, and can live as long as 13 in a good zoo. When they are first born, they usually weigh less than a pound, but when full grown they would have doubled that. Even a large meerkat is not much over two pounds. They may not weigh much, but they can be nine to thirteen inches long. Unlike most animals, it is the female that will outweigh the male.
By far, the most amazing thing about them is their dare devil way of getting their food. These tiny hunters can kill poisonous snakes so fast that the snake doesn’t know what happened. They also like to eat the desert scorpions, though like the snake, their venom doesn’t seem to bother them. They have some type of immunity to the venom, as it does not seem to affect them in any way. They also love eating roots and tubers they find in the ground, and a favorite are the tsama melons. The moisture naturally found in the tubers and roots supply them with all the water they need.
These little creatures can keep you laughing as they run, climb, and play. If you are feeling down, just head to the Meerkat Habitat, and they will give your mood a big boost. It is hours of fun and games, in the life of the Meerkat. If you need an injection of laughter, then you have come to the right place.
The Unique Kentia Palm Seeds Of Southern California
As you wander through the grounds, be sure to take in all the unique palms and flowers that grow in Southern California. The San Diego Zoo Grounds has many different palms, each with their own uniqueness. This one is known for it’s patterned bark and it’s strange looking seeds that grow on the outside of the tree.
This is a slow growing tropical palm that can make a wonderful house plant. It will quickly become a conversation piece. In the San Diego area, it is an outdoor treat for curious eyes, and inquiring minds.
The Skeleton Of A Python Is All Backbone
This is a giant Python! It is not a venomous snake or even an evil one, as we generally assume. If you look closely at the skeleton above you can see where he has had several broken ribs that healed. Pythons live in Africa, Asia, and Australia.They love the native savannas and rain forests of these areas. Pythons move while in a straight line, making their ribs very strong and stiff. Adult Pythons make a good meal for the larger Birds of Prey. Even leopards and sometimes lions get in on the action.
They hatch their eggs when it is time to reproduce. During the incubation period the Python keeps her eggs warm by coiling her body around her eggs. If she sees they are too cold, she does a shivering motion with her body to warm up the eggs. This is a lot of exertion, and afterwards she will not lay eggs again for three or four years. Once the eggs hatch, the babies are on their own. Then the life cycle begins all over again, with the babies trying to outsmart their predators.
This Long Snouted Indian Gharial has gone Jurassic at the San Diego Zoo in Southern California. This Gharial, with his 110 very sharp teeth and very long snout, is amazing at catching fish, thus he is often called the fish-eating crocodile. Fish is his main source of food. This member of the crocodile family spends most of his time in the water, though when cold, he pulls himself onto the bank and spends a few hours in the sun. He is one of the three different crocodiles that are native to India, Pakistan, and Nepal. The male Gharial has like a round knob or growth on the end of his slender snout. The Gharial having lived on earth for an estimated 65 million years, is now a critically endangered species.
Flamingos are most at home in salty or caustic lagoons or very shallow lakes. These lakes are poisonous for most other animals, so they have little competition for the algae, diatoms, and those small crustaceans. This is perfect, as these tiny creatures are what they prefer to dine on. If ever there was a win-win situation, this is it!
The San Diego Zoo has one of these caustic lagoons, and it is the perfect environment for these beautiful giant birds. Like other Lagoons elsewhere, it is too salty and caustic for other birds or fish that might give competition for their favorite food supply. With that in mind, the Flamingos at the San Diego Zoo flourish in the Southern California Sun.
Their extremely long legs also allow the Flamingos to wade farther out into the water than other animals, and thus their selection of food is even greater. If you have ever watched a Flamingo fish for his food, you can not help but enjoy this unique and different concept in fishing. While holding their beak upside down, they begin taking in water. They take in water, animals and all, and then filter out the water with their built in water filter. All that remains are these tiny creatures and dinner is served.
These beautiful birds put on quite an airshow, when they travel in formation. Just imagine their long beautiful necks sticking straight out ahead, and their legs straight out behind. When they wave their wings, as they often do, the colors are spectacular.
Tasmanian Devil At The San Diego Zoo
The Tasmanian Devil is a strange looking marsupial which lives in the grasslands and forests of Tasmania Island, Australia. Such a little fellow, but he has earned his name. He is similar in many ways to the rat in features, but watch out for his temper. He has sharp teeth and when he is mad he is vicious. He is known to have one of the sharpest bites in the animal kingdom.
Even though the majority of Tasmanian Devils prefer the grasslands and forests, you will find them throughout the island. Watch your step, as they like to sleep in empty caves, burrows that they run across, and under rocks or logs. The better they can hide, the happier they are. Such a combination of happy and snarly! They are nocturnal and so sleep all day and often go on long journeys at night. It is not unusual for them to travel up to 10 miles in a single night.
The Tasmanian Devil is highly endangered and is in grave danger of dying off due to a very deadly and transmissible cancer. Great care is being taken in the safekeeping, protection, and study of this little devilish critter with the terrible temper at the San Diego Zoo. Be sure to check out this little fellow next time you are at the zoo.
The South American Guanaco At The San Diego Zoo
Welcome to the home of the Guanacos, a close relative to the camel. Where as, camels are the work horses of the desert with coarse coats, the Guanaco is so very soft, has no humps, is smaller, and extremely graceful. They are beautiful with their light brown coats with white underbellies. Their tails are quite short, they have really long necks, and big ears that point straight up. Unlike camels that come from Africa and Asia, Guanacos come from South America. A Guanaco is much smaller than a camel and larger than other camelids, such as alpacas, vicunas, or llamas.
Guanacos live in groups with one dominant adult male, up to about 10 females, and all their young chulengos. Unattached bachelors form their own groups which may be 50 or more adult males. When a female Guanaco gives birth, her Chulengs are quite able to stand and walk. They have no issue with keeping up with the rest of the group shortly after birth.
If they were put on display at a beauty contest, they would surely come in first place. You haven’t seen beauty, until you check out the Guanacos that live at the San Diego Zoo.
Elephant Odyssey Showcases The Pleistocene Era Tar Pit
Showcasing California’s spectacular history during what is known as the Pleistocene Era, Elephant Odyssey tells the story of who these magnificent animals were that roamed Southern California. You will be able to discover the 40 species that went extinct during this time. This amazing exhibit was done together with The La Brea Tar Pits, The Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology, and The San Diego Natural History Museum. Here you will learn the significance of the extinctions on today’s animal kingdom. When you see the most famous of the exhibits, the elephant, you will watch them in all there grandeur, as they mate, raise families, and play together. What an enlightening experience this will be for those who care about the animals of today. As we learn from the past, we will be better able to meet the challenges of today’s animal kingdom.
The Playful World Of The Schmidt’s Red-tailed Monkey
The Schmidt’s Red-tailed Monkey goes by several names, but the best description for this cute little fellow is this one. He has a beautiful red tail from which he gets his name. Other noticeable characteristics of this cute primate are his white nose and checks surrounded by a body of gorgeous black or dark grey fur. Like many other animals, he has what seems to be expanding checks so that he can both gather and store food. Sometimes he will need to store his food for months.
These cute little primates are indeed quite small. They usually have bodies that are only about one to two feet long, though his tale can be as long as 35 inches. Males are usually on the top of the scale, with females being very small indeed. The males can weigh from seven to ten pounds, where a female is only in the six to eight pound range. Their long red tales are not only beautiful, but they are used for balance when needed.
The Majestic Great Blue Heron
This majestic Heron actually calls the wetlands that are so common in North America and also Central America home. This graceful heron is the largest bird in North America and certainly the most spectacular. The Great Blue Heron stands tall at 36-54 inches and when they open those magnificent wings, they span from 66-70 inches. Can you imagine the skies of San Diego when they all decide to fly? The skies are filled with large dusty blue herons. What a spectacular sight!
The San Diego Zoo is one of the largest zoos in our country and certainly one of the cleanest and caring. Many endangered species call this huge zoo home, along with the researchers that are working day and night to prevent their names being added to those that are extinct. While we have given you 12 reasons to enjoy this spectacular zoo, the list of animals almost seems endless. These 12 are only some of our favorites. So next time you are in Southern California, be sure to join us for a relaxing visit to the residents of the San Diego Zoo.
The Taiwan monkeys of Taiwan are situated off the coast of mainland China, is a small island nation that is part of the Republic of China. Taiwan, rich in wildlife and flora, has many amazing animals and spectacular flowers. One of these magnificent animals is the Formosan Rock Monkey, also called the Formosan Rock Macaques. These cute and mischievous monkeys are the only monkey native to Taiwan. These cute little monkeys, love trees, but they are not a major part of their environment. What they do love are tropical forests, temperate forests, and bamboo forests. On occasion, you will even find them living in the vast grasslands. Though they are excellent climbers, more than not, they prefer to stay on the forest floor. Though they are found all over the island, they are not seen as often near the coastal beaches. Since many keep building near the beaches, they are going deeper into the forests.
The Formosan Rock Monkeys are omnivores, so they eat many different plants, fruits, seeds, leaves, and small animals and insects. This monkey, in the above picture, is enjoying a rich banana for his lunch. Since they are comfortable around people, they often visit farms and consume a dinner rich in the crops of the planted fields. They love foraging for food among the fields at harvest time, though this can bring conflict with the farmers. On occasion it gets them killed, but they are protected by law as a disappearing species.
Though trees and vines are not a necessity for the Formosan Rock Monkey, these babies love to play in all the vines found in the jungle forest. Have you ever seen a young monkey that did not want to swing? This little fella is no exception, as he is swinging and playing with the vines found in his native forest playground in the mountains of Southern Taiwan.
If you have ever watched a chipmunk foraging for nuts and acorns, you will notice that they have huge pouches in their cheeks. Just like their little friend, the chipmunk, the Formosan Rock Monkey gathers the seeds, fruit, leaves, and other goodies he finds in the forest and carries them home in his special shopping bag, his cheek pouches. How convenient to have a built in a shopping bag that allows them to hoard their food and carry it home for a later time. The Formosan Rock Monkey, like the ant, prepares well for the future and the family.
The Formosan Rock Monkey is considered a medium-sized monkey that in winter has a beautiful dark grey to brown coat. During the warmer days of summer, his coat changes to olive or brown color. The different color changes help them to blend in with the foliage of the plants in the jungle. In the above photo, you will notice the salmon pink face. They have no hair on the face at all. Naturally, you can see the large cheek pouches that he carries his bounty after a profitable foraging session. The Formosan Rock Monkey is very resourceful!
Formosan Rock Monkeys live in troops ranging from eight members to forty-five members. Juvenal Male Monkeys usually strike out on their own sometime after the fifth year. Until that time of maturity arrives, they will grow, learn and have a swinging good time. Each troop will have one alpha male, but it may have older males that live on the edge of troop life. Female monkeys often stay in the same troop that they were born into, but low-status female members sometimes branch off and form a totally new troop. These new troops are usually quite a bit smaller, with less than 10 members. This is a way of building status and importance for very low-status females.
The Juvenal female members of the troop usually begin breeding sometime after the fourth or fifth year. The breeding season begins in late fall, generally in November and lasts till early January. The mother carries her young around 165 days, giving birth sometime around April to June. Younger females have a single birth usually every couple of years, whereas older females often give birth each year. The mothers will continue to nurse their babies for around one year, during which she is also the primary caregiver of the newest member of the family. The Juvenal monkeys are pretty much independent once they reach two years of age. However, the males often stay with the troop until close to five years. Female Juvenal Formosan Rock Monkeys may stay close to their mothers for their whole lifetime, retaining strong bonds.
The world of the Formosan Rock Monkey is quite protected and we see their numbers growing as they live without threat from poachers, researchers, and those wanting to use them for medical purposes. Even the pet industry had to be curtailed. This has been a major success story for Taiwan and a model for the world. But not all of the Taiwanese are part of their fan club. These monkeys are excellent foragers and often forge in the fields of farmers, carrying off their bounty in those chubby cheek pouches. As we can see, what is a success story for one group, is not for another.
Another problem that had come up with the increase in their numbers, is that people were feeding them. This often led to the monkeys bothering people to get food, a trait that was not desirable. Thus, in the last few years, people have been asked to not feed the monkeys, but to enjoy their amusing behavior and amazing personality. No other animal can entertain any better, or hold the interest of a crowd any longer, than these amazing Taiwan natives to the Southern Mountains. These monkeys are smart, and when human behavior changed around them, they also made changes, no longer going after everyone to get food. This is just another of the success stories of Taiwan.
This older monkey almost appears to be deep in thought. Is he planning his daily routine, or just languishing in the thoughts of his intelligent mind? Whatever the case, you almost want to offer him a penny for his thoughts.
This magnificent creature mainly lives in the Southwestern and Northeastern parts of the mountainous regions of the island. In times past, when the island had fewer inhabitants, he also enjoyed the coastal areas. Now he spends his days in the mountains sharing his range with other inhabits like Bluetail Senegal and the American Bullfrog. What beautiful chores the American Bullfrogs can share. It must be amazing to share space with such a wonderful singer.
Kaohsiung, Taiwan is a city found in the South of the Island of Taiwan. Though many consider Taipei to be Taiwan’s grandest city, Kaohsiung is a major rival. If you enjoy hiking, geological and ecological sites, cultural history, and a laid back environment, then Kaohsiung should be a part of any Taiwan adventure. One of the most amazing sites is Shoushan, which is a part of Monkey Mountain. This is the first National Nature Park in Taiwan and it is the site of major hiking opportunities on Monkey Mountain, including an exciting visit to a tea station, and of course, there is Monkey Paradise.
Near the entrance to the Zoo are the trail heads to three of the best trails on the mountain. The middle trail is generally considered to be the best for those who may not have time to explore all three. As you climb the mountain you will see several ancient Banyan trees and also begin to get marvelous vistas of Kaohsiung and finally you will arrive at a Monkey station. All along the trail, you will find these ancient Banyan trees hanging onto the limestone cliffs. The rocky cliffs themselves are a source of beauty and enjoyment. Going a little farther and you will begin to see the only native monkey in Taiwan, the Formosan Rock Monkey. It is good to keep all food supplies hidden, and do not feed the monkeys. The monkeys have absolutely no fear of humans that they see hiking the trails, and should be treated with great respect.
The climb up to the top of Monkey Mountain is steep and takes around an hour for a seasoned hiker. Can you imagine the job of bringing water to the tea and monkey stations? Just think, any water that is consumed by the humans or the monkeys needs to be carried up the same trail that you have been hiking. It is a beautiful and steep climb, but well worth the effort. It really makes you think and appreciate the water that is used at the above stations.
Shoushan Nature Park in Kaohsiung is a dense Secondary Forest. Even though it is a forest that has been harvested once, signs of major disruption are no longer seen. Since this forest regrowth was not due to natural disasters of any kind, the dead trees lie on the forest floor providing major nutrients and major protection from soil erosion. This is what is the major plus with a secondary forest over a forest devastated by fire, wind, water, etc. This forest is lush, thick, and very green.
Among the many trees that provide for the needs of the Formosan Rock Monkey are the Dendrocnide Meyeniana Tree, also referred to as the Lipa Tree. While this may be a special tree for monkeys, it often causes rashes for people who happen to rub against it. The Chinese have an interesting name for this native tree that is not too friendly to humans. They call it the “dog bitten fruit.” This is the English translation of the not too favorable Chinese name. This tree, loved by monkeys and hated by humans, is native to Taiwan and is mostly found in the secondary forests of the Island of Taiwan. Regardless of how it affects humans, the monkeys often run and play in this tree found in the Shoushan Nature Park.
Another of the major trees of the overstory in Shoushan Nature Park is the Paper Mulberry Tree. This tree is native throughout Asia and also was brought over to the United States. It is considered to be important in Asia and the Islands of the Pacific Ocean for food, medicine, and even fiber. In China, they use it to make paper, and Japan uses the inner bark to make the famous Washi Paper.
In some of the Islands of the Pacific, the Paper Mulberry is used for ceremonial clothing. Many countries make furniture and cooking utensils from its wood. All over the world, wherever it grows, the edible leaves are cooked and the fruits are delicious. The Formosan Rock Money loves the seeds, bark, fruit, and leaves of the Paper Mulberry Tree. What a delicacy they provide for this monkey native to Taiwan.
Another major member of this secondary forest is the Banyan Tree. The Banyan Tree is noted for often starting life in a hole or crack or another tree. The Banyan Tree is commonly known as a Fig Tree and the Taiwanese Formosan Rock Monkeys love it’s nice ripe fruit.
The secondary growth on all of Monkey Mountain is lush and heavily forested. The forest is blessed with a wide range of coniferous and hardwoods, as well as large selections of shrubs. This temperate forest also has areas of native bamboo, with other areas of less thick shrubs. There are also plenty of areas of clearings with native plants forming a ground cover, all this is perfect for a ground-loving species.
Shoushan Nature Park is the “backyard of the city of Kaohsiung” and the beginning of a Southern Taiwan Adventure. Exciting cliffs, spectacular rocks, magnificent caves, and geological wonders, are all part of this unique and fascinating natural park, with it’s coniferous and hardwoods blended in. This is a monkey paradise! If you have a love of nature, hiking, and enjoy discovering unique places in nature, then this is the perfect adventure for you. Come join the fun on Monkey Mountain.
A Quaint Little Fishing Village
Petersburg may be a small, quaint, fishing village, but in this small village settled by Norwegians, is a bundle of big adventure. Here in this isolated village, you will see the built-in work ethic of the Scandinavian people. Norwegians built it to resemble Norway, to bring a piece of home to their new Alaskan life. It is a thriving fishing village that is still successful. Not much has changed over the years. In Petersburg, we see what was, what is, and what will be.
Fishing is the main economic resource of the area, but it did not begin with the immigrants from Norway. but rather the Tlingit have been living in the region of Mitkof Island for hundreds of years. Most likely the first experience of the European immigrants when they arrived, in the latter 1800’s, were dealing with the Tlingit Indians. For hundreds of years it was thought that they only had summer fishing camps in the area, but recent archaeological evidence would suggest otherwise. Over the years, the Tlingit haven’t lived much in Petersburg due to an early hostility to all things native. But now, if you walk the streets of Petersburg, you will see a blended culture, but by far the leading culture is Norwegian.
Petersburg received it’s name from Peter Buschmann, one of the Norwegian immigrants. He built the first sawmill, which turned out to be a very successful endeavor and the first cannery. These endeavors grew mightily over the years and finally grew into a small fishing community located at the Northern most end of Mitkof Island, latter known as Petersburg.
Petersburg is located quite close to the LeConte Glacier. Over the years, this has brought a double blessing on this small fishing community. The location of easy ice, the year around, has helped the community grow into the fishing port that it is today. With the ice, came the ability to ship fish south to the mainland, making the community quite prosperous. Even today, this community continues to make it’s living from the sea for the most part. In addition to it’s fishing economy, Petersburg, Leconte Glacier, and the art of the Tlingit natives, has been discovered by the tourists who come on the cruise ships each summer.
Petersburg Fishing Port
This port is the home to the many fishing boats that go out daily. The Bushmann’s Cannery became quite successful and was latter bought by Pacific American Fisheries, a larger company. They owned and ran the cannery until in the 1960s when fishing began to slow down. Then they closed the cannery for the first time since it was built. The community pooled their monies and bought the Petersburg Cannery, which is successful to this day. In the late 70’s the name was changed to Icicle Seafoods. Icicle Seafoods is quite a large company in Alaska, and very successful. The cannery changed hands yet again in 2017, but still thrives in the community. This community revolves around the fishing industry.
Seals Playing On The Buoy
As you leave the Continental United States and then continue through Canadian waters, you are in the open waters of the Inside Passage of Alaska. Sometimes you will see the wilderness of the United States and other times it will be Canada you are looking at. You will even see small hints of yesterday, when Russia was in control. The wilderness is pristine and amazing. You might see bears fishing, moose grazing, or seals at play. When you dock at small seaside villages, you can elect to pan for gold, watch for whales in season, seek out the elders for amazing stories, or immerse yourself in the culture and stories of the Tlingit Indians. The Tlingit have spent generations in this amazing land. They are masters at fishing and hunting, and make their lives connected to the very land and sea that also feeds them. You will see fiords that are barely visible through the morning midst, forests and wilderness so lush and green, and the ice from the glaciers gleaming in the sun. This strange land of the Midnight Sun reaches out and embraces you, calling you by name. And this is just the beginning as you travel the Inside Passage through the wilderness to the last frontier.
The Beautiful Wrangell Narrows
The Wrangell Narrows, in times past, were one of the most dangerous 22 miles on the whole trip up the inside passage. There are miles where the air does not move and often as not, the fog lingers deep and wicked over the area. Now a days there are instruments that take over in time of need, but that was not always the case. This is an area that has made many captains have grey hair before their time. Now, with the help of modern navigation equipment, the trip from the Island of Mitkof and the Island of Kupreanof to Petersburg can be made safely. It is with a spirit of awe, that this spectacular winding and scenic waterway is crossed.
Coming Into The Port Of Petersburg
Petersburg, Alaska is a beautiful port that is sheltered from the extreme storms out on the Narrows by it’s natural geography. It is home to one of the best fishing fleets, the world has to offer. This is a fishing community that makes it’s living from the sea. They recognize the sea in all they do, as the sea is the heartbeat of the community. If you come on the cruise ships or sail your own, everything you need is at the port. Petersburg actually has three modern harbors that are a short walk from downtown. This is perhaps the nicest port in all of Southeast Alaska, and for sure it is the friendliest port of call in Alaska.
Preparing To Dock In The Petersburg, Alaska Harbor
Petersburg, being a shallow port, is not used by the mega cruise ships. The smaller boats, however, call this port home. Cruise ships with less than 250 passengers are regular customers of the port. This actually works out for the best, as it allows the smaller groups of tourists that come, to enjoy a quiet and special one on one type of experience. There is no large invasion of tourists, but only those who come to enjoy this friendly community that sits in the shadow of the Patterson Mountain Peaks.
Some from the larger cruise ships elect to take the ferry across the Narrows to visit this pleasant fishing community. If you enjoy nature, hiking, walking, and biking, there is plenty of opportunity for these experiences. Their are Tlingit craftsman and storytellers wanting to share the stories of this Norwegian fishing village with those who desire to listen. If you are adventurous, and comfortable without being entertained, you will enjoy the freedom of exploring this tiny island.
Alaska Marine Highway Ferry
The 3 hour trip on the ferry one of the adventure of alaska marine highway ferry from Wrangell to Petersburg is breathtaking. You will spend three hours crossing this spectacular Wrangell Narrows with it’s many unique markers for navigation. Arriving at Petersburg, you will find a small fishing village that lives to the beat of the sea. Surrounded by a pristine wilderness, this is the perfect adventure for those who desire a more natural approach to exploration. Here on this remote island, you will find a hidden beauty that is sought out only by a few. Welcome to the shallow Port of Petersburg!
An exciting adventure near Petersburg is a visit to LeConte Bay and the near by ice fields from LeConte Glacier. There are many tours, some by air and others by boat. Both are exciting and have their own advantages. If you have time to do both, they are completely different. What a beautiful view you will have of Devil’s Thumb, LeConte Bay and the immense ice fields from the air. If you elect to view the grandeur of the bay and the icebergs by boat, you will get a whole different view of the Coast Mountain Range the surrounds the LeConte Glacier. As you will be closer at times to the shore, you will see the wildlife and this extremely large glacier up close. As you cross the narrow fjord, you will get an amazing view of the glacier that you will never forget. If time and money allow, it is well worth doing both a tour by air and one by boat. They are two totally different worlds of adventure.
Getting Crab Pots ready for Dungeness Crab Season
It is always a fun experience watching as the fisherman get their crab pots ready during crab season. There is also a fish processing plant in the center of town called Coastal Cold Storage that has a small seafood-restaurant. Hear you will find some of the best and freshest seafood in town.They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their Dungeness Crab is some of the best in the world. They will also mail any of their fresh fish home for you. There is nothing fancy about this restaurant, just some of the best seafood that Alaska has to offer.
Fresh Alaskan King Crab And Salmon Feast
While traveling the Inside Passage, or enjoying dinner in port, you will want to try the suburb Alaskan King Crab and Salmon with a Seafood Feast. Every restaurant in the town serves some form of a Seafood Feast. If you have never had fresh Alaskan king Crab, you will be in for a surprise. Even the Salmon is amazing when it comes fresh from the sea. You will find simple places like the Coastal Cold Storage that serve excellent food in a very relaxed atmosphere to Inga’s Gallery that is a roadside cafe with many seafood specialties. There are also two vegetarian friendly restaurants.
Snow-capped Patterson Peaks And Mountain Glaciers
As you look across the Wrangle Narrows you will encounter spectacular snow-capped Patterson Peaks. Surrounding the peaks are some of the beautiful glaciers of Alaska. Here you will discover that Patterson Glacier changes almost daily, so one day you will see more of the peaks and then they will be hidden the next time. This is a breathtaking area that has many climbing opportunities, hiking trails with camping facilities, and up close view of Patterson Glacier. During summer, you can enjoy the beautiful Patterson river. No matter where you decide to explore, there is plenty of adventure in the Tongass National Forest.
Leaving Petersburg For The Return Trip Across The Narrows
Awe, those beautiful and unpredictable Wrangle Narrows. When living on land , when the days are gray and rainy, it gets old fast. A deep sorrow can come over you. With no place to go, you soon become fore-long and despondent. But the constant rainy days of the Wrangle Narrows matters not when on a ship. You are always moving, and changing your location. The mountain is ever changing and the sky is in a constantly in transition. Explosive weather and amazing and changeable skies make any day worth living. This can soon become a sailors paradise. There is nothing you can not do with a good wind, especially a good tail wind.
Then there are places where there is no air moving and soon a deep marine fog sets in. Here the air is heavy and thick, and you can see nothing but the white fog. In years past, these waters became difficult and treacherous quickly. In today’s world, there are instruments that can carry on, no matter how thick the fog. Now, two ships pass, where minutes ago they were on a collusion course. These instruments have opened up the Wrangle Narrows to people who would not travel them before. In this short three hour trip, you will see some of the most beautiful water on earth, with a touch of adventure that will raise your adrenaline to a whole new level.
A Brisk Evening On The Scenic Wrangell Narrows
As you continue across the Wrangle Narrows, look up! The Patterson Peaks are tall and stately with their tips always covered in snow and ice. See the glaciers, as they sparkle on a clear night. Another adventure, a day of exploration comes to a close.
If you are ready for an adventure, then Petersburg is the place to spend some time. Back a bag, and grab your passport, just in case, and take a cruise up the Inside Passage, but don’t forget, to plan a side trip to Petersburg, Alaska’s Little Norway.
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The Mobile Tensaw River Delta
The amazing Mobile Tensaw River Delta is the largest of several deltas of it’s kind in the State of Alabama USA. Alabama has many wetlands, but this is an area of 266,000 acres. That is the size of some cities, or roughly 40 miles by 10 miles in size, or 400 square miles. It is the second largest wetland in the Contiguous United States Of America. This spectacular wetland is so large that most people will be able to find some place within this breathtaking wetland to enjoy a few hours. Come a long with us as we discover the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, the gateway to Alabama’s greatest wetland.
This is an area where the river converges on the sea. Here is a jungle so dense and vast with rivers that inter weave and cause islands to form, both big and small. These small uninhabited islands are home to some of the largest and most dangerous animals in the world. Here the bears and alligators run free and wild. Bull sharks rule the sea and Bobcats wait for their next meal in a tree. In this jungle of Alabama you will find feral hogs that are huge and five major poisonous snakes. While it awaits our desire for exploration and adventure, unless you understand the Jungle and it’s inhabitants, it is best to go with a trained guide who knows the way and life of the jungle.
Here, in this grand delta, you can discover the 300 species of birds that call this magnificent environment home. It is also filled with an unbelievable number of insects, numerous varieties of amphibians and spectacular reptiles. All these find their habitation in an area where all the water from the hills comes rushing down into the sea. This is an area that is constantly flooding, and yet, it has a mysterious side that calls to you. Come, and let’s explore this magical land of the deep South. This is the wilderness land of the Mobile Tensaw River Delta.
This profound and mysterious area is like a big screen drama. Weekly, if not daily, the environment of the delta changes. Fresh water is constantly rushing and prodding it’s way to the sea, and the sea often pushes back. On one occasion the delta may have high levels of salt, thus attracting animals that desire a home with much salt in the water. While others come during the year when the rivers push the hardest into the sea, and the water is fresh. What an amazing theater of nature!
What happens during the spring floods is spooky, mysterious, and can be dangerous. The little creatures of the jungle scamper for the cliffs and bluffs that surround the delta. This is a time when the bushy tail squirrels and rabbits join the big bears in the forests and highlands that surround the delta region. Now that they have scrambled into tall trees and other places of safety, they are able to survive the flooding wetlands. This is not a good time for these land animals in the delta, but those who spend their time in the water arrive to take their place. The Mobile Tensaw River Delta is now muddy and at flood stage.
The Mobile Tensaw River Delta At Flood Stage
This is an area of many amazing trails and marvelous landmarks. But spring is not the season to hike these trails through the woods. Trails that are safe and fun at other times, have become muddy and dangerous, as the flood water rages throughout the delta forest. There is a season for everything in the jungle, and this is the season for fishing for Bream, a challenging and harder to catch angler’s favorite in this Bayou.
As spring floods end and June is on the horizon, you can begin to see and hear thousands of insects buzzing day and night. This might be a good time to apply your mosquito repellent. During this time, when the air is warming up everywhere, this jungle climate becomes warm and muggy. A perfect environment for those pesky mosquitoes has now been created. But for those who come to watch the birds, this is their season. Many species of birds call out to each other as they mate and lay their eggs. Now is the time that bird watchers flood the jungles of the delta wilderness, This is the time that the jungle becomes a bird watchers paradise.
As August arrives, the scene changes yet again and the fishermen wanting to catch the big guys have arrived and others come for the smaller fish of the gulf. The Gulf of Mexico is teaming with Spanish Mackerel, those delightful Tarpon, and giant sharks. It has become the perfect time for Gulf Fishing charters to make their way around the Gulf, and out to sea. During the same period, the rivers of the Delta have higher salt levels as the sea has pushed it’s creatures deep into the rivers. So the fishermen arrive, setting the pots for blue crabs, and looking for Shrimp, Trout, Red Fish, and even the Mangrove Flounder. Now is the time that the Bayou has plenty of freshwater. This is the fishermen’s time to shine. The Bayou has become a fishermen’s paradise!
The over-story of the jungle is made up of several favorites of the Americas. You will find the American Chestnut Tree that is loaded with chestnuts to roast, Southern Oaks, Mountain Laurels, Red Maples, and the Birch trees, all growing tall and strong. Fall is the perfect time of year to discover the amazing Passion flower, and the potato beans that wind their vines up and over the trees of the jungle. This is the perfect time for those who want to discover the flowers, tress, and amazing under-story of the jungle. Cypress Trees, whose oils are precious, grow tall in the jungle swamp. By spring the small yellow flowers of the Saint John’s Wort are blooming. Whereever there are Cypress Trees, you will find Saint John’s Wort winding around their trunks. This is the time of the Medicinal Herbalist and those who hunt the jungles for their healing herbs and trees.
And what can you find in the bogs that are scattered throughout the wilderness surrounding Mobile? This is an area that is always wet and surrounds the wetlands. The bogs are on hillsides and near springs that are constantly wet with flowing water. It is in these super damp areas that herbalists descend upon to gather the Pitcher plants, only one of the re-nouned resident plants and herbs of the bog.
Now that we have explored the delta areas and the bogs, it is time to visit the Port of Alabama. Not a great day for seeing a sunset, but the stormy clouds add character to the port.
Stormy Skies Over Alabama’s Only Deep Water Port
Welcome to the Port of Mobile, Alabama’s only deep water port. This deep and spacious port enables Alabama to service over-sized cargo ships with product for the cities up and down the Inter coastal Waterway. The Port of Alabama is able to serve the Great Lakes Region, The Tennessee River Valley and even way south to the Gulf of Mexico. This port, as of 2014, ranked ninth in the nation for ability to service the largest cargo ships. After unloading these mega ships, there are major railroads and interstates to complete the journey to it’s final destination.
The Port Of Mobile is not limited to the cargo ship industry. Several cruise ships include Mobile in their Port of Call. Mobile is full of cultural opportunities. The city has many suburb historical encounters including Southern Mansions right out of the pages of your favorite historical novel. With many quality restaurants and hotels close to the Port, spending an extra day in Mobile is easier than it ever was.
Fire And Rescue Boat In The Port Of Mobile, Alabama
The fire and rescue boats of the Port Of Mobile, Alabama have seen plenty of action over the years. The rescue boat above is giving a demonstration of the water power that their boats have. The fire boats are indispensable to the Fire and Rescue Department. There are many times that the land trucks can not do the job alone. While they are not used daily, when they are needed, it is a job that only they can do.
So you have come to find one of the many fish or creatures of the wetlands, you have explored the blogs, and you visited the Port of Mobile, but what about the rest of the day? It must be time to discover some down home Southern cooking! Mobile has some of the best places to taste and see, the delicacies of the South. These Southern eateries are waiting for you to discover what Southern cooking is all about. Welcome to the Deep South where food is “finger licken good.”
Gumbo Is The Star Of The Deep South
Deep in the South is a hidden gem, a star of the culinary world. This is a thick soup filled with local Lump Crab, Bay Scrimp, Scallops, Hickory Smocked Conecuh Sauage, and Okra. All this, is served with rice. Welcome to the world of Southern Culinary Delights. The culinary mysteries of Southern cooking await in Mobile, Alabama USA. The weather is turning cold, and as you walk the beaches of Mobile, you begin to dream of Gumbo. Now is the time, and Mobile the place, for a Gumbo adventure!
There are many varieties of Gumbo in Mobile and the Mobile Seafood Bay shares one of it’s many recipes for those that want to go home and still have a good Alabama Gumbo.
Shared from the www.allrecipes.com
Moe’s in Mobile, Alabama
If you are wanting to taste some good old Southern BBQ, then it is time to visit Moe’s. Started by three University friends that loved all things Southern, Moe’s is known for it’s fresh meat done daily, and quality beer. When you go to Moe’s, you join the rival for all things Southern. At Moe’s Original BBQ you never get yesterday’s smoked meats, but each days all meat is prepared fresh. You will also find at least eight to ten side dishes, that are all southern. And of course, those southern deserts are straight from paradise. These are the recipes of generations of Alabama’s best southern cooks. So take the next step and join in the rival of Southern Soul Food at Moe’s. The atmosphere is family oriented, relaxed, and filled with that Southern spirit.
Hickory Smoked BBQ Steak
Is there any better way to close that perfect day than to dine on Hickory smoked BBQ Steak? In Alabama, it is expected that first your steak is carefully smoked over a bed of Hickory Chips, and then the rub is applied and it is placed on the BBQ grill. It is slowly and perfectly grilled. There is no finer steak, than a Alabama Hickory Smoked BBQ Steak.
Now that you have a taste of what awaits you in Mobile, Alabama, it is time to plan a real Southern adventure, deep in the heart of the Bayou, in Mobile, Alabama USA.
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Ruins Of The Agrippa Palace In Caesarea Philippi
Caesarea Philippi was an ancient Roman city at the Southwestern corner of Mount Hermon. It is near a spring with awesome water, a grotto, and many shrines that lay near by in ruins. This is a ruins of a high place that was dedicated to the Greek god, Pan. This archaeological site is for the most part, uninhabited, and lies sleeping in the Golan Heights.
Latter Caesarea Philippi was called Caesarea Paneaus, dedicated to the god Pan, and again the name mutated during the Hellentistic and Islamic periods to become Banias. Banias is what the archaelogical site is known by today.
During the early Christian err, Paul spoke to those in authority about His walk with the Lord, at this very place. He chose this as a time and place to give testimony as to his walk “after the way.”
King James Version (KJV)
14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men.
17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
19 Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me.
20 Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,
21 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.
22 And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter.
23 And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him.
24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.
25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
26 He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.
27 But after two years Porcius Festus came into Felix’ room: and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.
Ruins of Agrippa Palace
More ruins of the Agrippa Palace looking out toward the fields. Notice the columns that were so prevalent during that time period. Many of the lower parts of the walls are still standing.
More Scenes From The Ruins Of Agrippa Palace
Here you can see the rounded archways that also were a major component of this time period. Again, much of the doorways and walls are still standing.
Agrippa Palace Caesarea Philippi
You can see what appears to be an outside entrance going out into a garden of some kind. One of the unique experiences of this site, is to have the opportunity to explore and imagine what it was like back when it was a thriving city. This was a major palace in a major Roman city.
One Of The Doorways Of The Ancient Palace
At this time, Caesarea Philippi is an archaeological site of major interest for those who desire to climb, and discover the ancient ruins of yesterday. This site currently lies within the Hermon Stream Nature Reserve. As you walk through the ruins you can spot the old layouts of the palace, a bath-house, and even a Byzantine Synagogue. There is even a main North-South street, called a Cardo in ancient Roman cities. Cardos were a main part of ancient Roman city planning.
Possible Remnants Of The Temple Of Pan
In the world of Greek mythology, we come across the god, Pan. Pan is god of all things wild. He was said to have cared for the shepherds and flocks of the region, as they roamed free and wild from place to place. This Greek god is said to have “the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat.” He was said to roam the mountain wild places, and adore mountain rustic music. In some places Pan is connected to the goddess of fertility.In our own society we see that the word panic comes from the name of this Greek god.
One of the cave openings was known as the “Gates of Hell.” Though Caesarea Philippi was green and lush, it was a center for worshiping pagan Greek gods and goddesses. The primary god of the area was Pan, which the city was named after during the time of the Greeks. To the pagan way of understanding, these openings that went down to caves were a part of the underworld that was called the “Gates of Hell.” Detestable acts of worship took place in these caves, as they worshiped their gods. Major orgies and other sexual activities were said to have taken place in the caves. They believed that Pan, and the other gods, lived there during the winter and used the caves as a way of coming back to the community during the spring time. The nearby spring was considered a symbol of this underworld.
Some of the caves were over 800 feet deep, and the bottom has yet to be discovered. It is thought that these deep caves were used to drop the dead animals into that were sacrificed to the god, Pan.When blood was seen further downstream, they knew that the gods had accepted their sacrifice.
Beautiful Spring At Banias
The spring went directly in front of the Temple of Pan, between the temple and the grotto. Such a beautiful spring, to have such a detestable past. This spectacular spring came out from under the cave used for pagan worship. It was one of three water sources that formed and filled the River Jordan. A short distance from here, it also forms into a magnificent water fall. The cave was filled with small pebbles during an earthquake and the water no longer comes out from the cave, but rather flows out in front of it. Today, it is a beautiful small river.
Many years latter the Romans conquered the territory, giving the city the name of Caesarea, but it remained the hub for pagan worship. The people of the city would carve niches into the cliff, where they put statues to their many gods.
Carved Niches Of Worship
Each one of these niches, carved into the cliff, was home to one of many Greek gods. The Greeks had a god for everything, they even had one to an unknown god. Just to be on the safe side, they worshiped this unknown god, for fear of missing an important god and making him angry. But by far, most of the niches were filled with hand carved wooden statues of Pan, a Greek fertility god. Pan was the most important god of that time in Caesarea.
A Cliff Dedicated To Pagan Worship
This is a close up view of the niches which held the wooden statues. Notice that they have been carved with care. They are done with skill and great devotion.
Adventurer Taking Photos From Out Of The Shadows Of Yesterday
Adventurers will find that Caesarea National Park is an impressive archaeological site. The harbor has been restored to show forth it’s former glory during the time it was being built by King Herod. This is one of Israel’s marvelous sites waiting for you to explore. There is also a museum which has many different media forms explaining the history of this ancient and magnificent port. The museum is open from April to September from 8 am till 6 pm. In the winter it is open from 8 am till 4 pm.
The Caesarea Amphitheater has been completely restored and throughout the year there are concerts and other productions held here at the harbor. Photographers find endless hours of enjoyment taking photos of all the exciting parts of this archaeological site. Those that enjoy walking and climbing can spend hours discovering all the various areas of this spectacular site.
Just outside the National Park is one of the nicest beaches in all of Israel. The harbor is a great place to enjoy the sunset, or to catch dinner at one of the many harbor restaurants. The modern town of Caesarea is close by for places to stay close and the ancient city of Joppa is only around 33 miles away. There are many fabulous boutique motels that are amazing and the service is excellent.
Why not make this the year that you choose to have an archaeological adventure in Israel? There are many archaeological sites to discover, and Caesarea is an excellent place to start your adventure.
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