Nature is Awesome (Every Other Tuesday)

Hello fellow nature lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take another look at some awesome creatures and plants. Now, let’s start exploring!

  • Blue Dragon (Glaucus atlanticus) Size: Up to 3 cm Habitat: The Indian and Pacific Ocean  Diet: Carnivorous 

The Blue Dragon is an absolutely gorgeous species of sea slug. It’s a very tiny creature that is extremely poisonous. It can feed on the Portuguese man o’ war, and uses the poison to fend off predators. It’s makes you shocked to find out that this creature is more dangerous than the giant menace it feeds upon.

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  • Baseball Plant (Euphorbia obesa) Size: 15 cm Habitat: South Africa 

The Baseball Plant is a very strange flora that’s indigenous to South Africa. As the name states, the plant is shaped like a green baseball, with 8 ridges that resemble stitches. It contains a reservoir of water to use in droughts. It’s also quite toxic, and will cause horrible skin problems if held.

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More Delicious Foods From Around The World (Fridays)

Hello fellow food lovers! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us take a look at some more tasty foods. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Ayam bakar is a savory dish that comes from Indonesia. It’s a chicken-based dish that’s marinated with sweet soy sauce. It’s also covered with a spice called  bumbu. Bumbu is made with shallots, chili pepper, tamarind juice, turmeric, candlenut, salt, and galangal.

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  • Hujiao bing is special bun that comes from China. It’s made with water, beef or pork, flour, soy sauce, scallion, black pepper, and white pepper. It’s also known as a “Taiwanese Pepper Bun”. 

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More Tasty Foods From Around The World (Fridays)

Foods found on en.wikipedia.org

Hello fellow food lovers! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more delicious foods. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Ginanggang is a sweet snack that comes from the Philippines. It’s a skewered banana that’s covered with margarine and sugar. 

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  • Baeckeoffe is a casserole-based dish that comes from France. It’s made with sliced potatoes, sliced onions, cubed mutton marinated in wine, leeks, parsley, carrots, and marjoram. It’s eaten during Christmas.

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More Tasty Food From Around The World (Fridays)

Foods found on en.wikipedia.org

Hello fellow food lovers! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more fascinating foods. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Es teler is a fruit-based cocktail that comes from Indonesia. It’s made from jackfruit, coconut meat, avocado, grass jelly, and other fruits. The fruits are submerged in coconut milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt. 

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  • Jian dui is an incredibly delicious sweet that comes from China. It’s a fried pastry that’s created from gluttonous rice flour. The pastry is covered with sesame seeds and filled with sweet black bean paste. Jian dui is sold in various Chinese bakeries and street fairs.

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Nature Is Awesome! (Every Other Tuesday)

Animals and plants found on various websites and books

Hello fellow nature lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at the amazing organisms found in nature. Now, let’s start exploring!

  • Manatee (Sirenia) Size: Up to 8.4 feet  Diet: Herbivore Habitat: Coastal areas of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico 

The Manatee is an adorable creature of the sea. It’s also one of the biggest Herbivores, weighing up to 1,300 lbs. They have a very peaceful disposition, and are quite fascinated by humans. They are fascinating  creatures with widely spaced eyes, and an incredibly prehensile upper lip. They have extremely high intellect, and can perform tasks like dolphins. The Manatee is also known as the “Sea Cow”.

mana Just look at that quite, squishy face!

 

  • Blister Bush (Notobubon galbanum) Size: Up to 2.5 metres Habitat: Table Mountain in South Africa 

The Blister Bush is a dangerous plant that’s native to South Africa. It’s in the same family as carrots, but eating them is a huge no no! The bush has leaves, which resemble parsley, and it’s very green in color. The bush carries a corrosive blend of chemicals which include; xanthotoxin, bergapten, and psoralen. These chemicals cause blistering within days of human contact. They explode with sunlight exposure, and if 5% or more of the body is covered, serious scarring will occur. It can be treated by applying the strongest SPF sunscreen to the irritated area. Despite its many dangers, the bush actually has powerful medicinal purposes. It’s used by people in rural Africa as a cure for kidney stones. It also can be used to prevent miscarriages. 

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More Tasty Foods From Around The World (Fridays)

Foods found on en.wikipedia.org

Hello fellow food lovers! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more delicious foods. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Ganmodoki is a savory food that comes from Japan. It’s a tofu-based fritter with burdock, carrots, and lotus root. It’s said to taste like goose.

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  • Urap is a unique dish that comes from Indonesia. It’s a savory salad made with spinach, papaya leaf, cabbage, and bean sprouts. It’s topped with shredded coconut that’s seasoned with various spices.

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Asher’s Art Gallery (Mondays)

I’m back from my Thanksgiving break! I hope that you all had a pleasant time with your family and friends. Now that the break is over, I’m ready to start posting again.

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and my Art Gallery is open once again! I hope you guys are ready for some truly magnificent masterpieces. Now, have fun exploring the gallery!

  •  The Earth Is a Man by Roberto Matta 1942 Oil on canvas

This is a very fascinating work by “Chilean Surrealist”, Roberto Matta. In this piece, Matta uses various styles of blending to bring out the bright colors. The work has a hypnotic aura surrounding it, and this causes the viewer to ponder the meaning of the work. The “Earth” that the piece mentions is very small, and has a strange human face. It also has yellow beams surrounding it. This could be the Artist’s depiction of a strange alien world that defies the laws of physics. The way that I see it, the more crazy and bizarre the piece is, the more of an impact it leaves on the viewer. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments’ section below.

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  • Lion Lodge by Larry Carlson 2008 Chromogenic print (info about work found on Larry Carlson’s website, larrycarlson.com)

This is another epic piece by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. Where to even start with this piece! Well, the most prominent object in the painting is this weird spherical mass of blended faces. A Jewish Star appears in the middle of the sphere, and a lion’s head emerges out of the star’s center. For some unexplained reason, we also see a purple Jesus sitting on the top of the mass. As we descend the painting, we are met with strange alien creatures and a rainbow background. I also can’t forget to mention the tiny devil situation to the right of the piece. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the work in the comments’ section below.

LARRY CARLSON, LION LODGE, c-print, 34x24in., 2008.