I’m A Duck That Does Not Give A Quack! — Through Open Lens

F/6.3, 1/500, ISO 250. Hooded Merganser ( Female ) 2 Guys walking down the street. One walks into a bar, the other ducks. Interesting Fact: The female chooses the nest site, and may start scouting for next year’s tree cavity at the end of each breeding season. Nest cavities can be in live or dead […]

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Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park flourishes after a fire that consumed 28% of its area



On November 4, 2017

On November 4, 2017, a red heart-shaped carpet was opened in the moonlight in a square in Cavalcante, Chapada Dos Veadeiros, by brigadistas, volunteers and community residents, honored with the help of the recent rains , helped fight the largest fire in the region’s history.

Representing those who were not there, a group of members of Ibama Prevfogo and volunteers were invited to meet in the great heart, to hear words of comfort and gratitude, in a tribute that began in the morning and extended to the night. The community, in a climate of fraternization, joined to offer music, yoga classes, acupuncture and other activities for those who fought to cease fire.

“We are celebrating the end of the drought, the beginning of the rains and the great work that was done here in Cavalcante, the first party honoring the Fire Brigade in the Chapada,” said Dr …

Source: Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park flourishes after a fire that consumed 28% of its area

Você conhece o Lobo-da-terra, o parente da hiena que é uma simpatia?


O Lobo-da-terra (Proteles cristatus) é o primo da hiena mais charmoso da África. Ele também é conhecido como urso-formigueiro ou urso-formigueiro-africano, e ao contrário das hienas, que são carnívoras, o proteles se alimenta principalmente de cupim.

Ele vive na região sul e leste do continente africano, e habita tocas feitas por outros animais. Este animal não é muito conhecido porque é tímido e fica mais ativo durante a noite, apesar de durante o inverno inverter o período de atividade para economizar a energia que seria necessária para regular a temperatura em ambiente desprotegido.

Um único Lobo-da-terra consegue comer até 300 mil cupins por noite com sua língua longa e grudenta. Este mamífero tem uma estratégia muito inteligente para não acabar com o alimento de uma só vez: ele nunca consome a colônia de cupim inteira, permitindo que os insetos reconstruam a colônia e se reproduzam, para que ele…

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In Silence and solitude – John Chuchman


As uncomfortable

as our society seems to be

with silence,

I gain much

from it,

with it,

in it.

In silence,

I gain

a deeper consciousness of  myself.

I often find out what’s really going on

within me

and sometimes even find answers to questions

troubling me.

In solitude,

I gain

a deeper attunement to nature,

discovering an awe and wonder

at the beautiful gift

of creation.

Solitude affords me

 a deeper relationship with the transcendent

(the numinous, the divine, the spiritual)

beyond the noisy man-made limits

of religious doctrine, dogma, rules, regulations, rites, and rituals.


increases my creativity,

providing me nuggets of wisdom

from nowhere,

which inspire and excite me.

In solitude

I find an increased sense of freedom,

not bound by noisy harangues.

I have found that

the correlation

between good ideas

and non-stop talkers

to be

less than zero.

It seems that

life’s stumbling blocks

can only be turned into

stepping stones



Kind permission to share this with you: John Chuchman received Thu, 4 Jan 2018

John’s Website: www.sacredtorch.com


2018 Moon Phases Calendar



Some nights when we look up at the moon, it is full and bright; sometimes it is just a sliver of silvery light. These changes in appearance are the phases of the moon. As the moon orbits Earth, it …

Source: 2018 Moon Phases Calendar