Monday, October 2, 2017

Exploring the wildlife of Mount Teide

Few places have the level of pristine beauty as Teide national park. You will simply be in awe of this stunning landscape which enchants all who enter.

There are not many large mammals in Tenerife, but there are plenty of birds who fly from all over African and Europe on their migration route. You will see a huge area of different plant wildlife. From many pines trees near the top by the road and specially adapted mountain plans will only grow near the heights of Mount Teide.

You will most likely want to take a sightseeing tour. One of the most popular providers of package tours are Viajes Teide, who have been in business since the 80’s. They have become more popular than ever because of their unshakable commitment to customer satisfaction.

It is possible to by a ‘half day’ tour to travel here, but we strongly recommend that you spend the entire day exploring Mount Teide. We have buses which can pick you up from the South and to the north of the island.


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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Wildlife and Plant Listings

The wildlife and plant listings on this site are for animals and plants known to be living in the state of Pennsylvania. The bird listings also have associated sound files that play when accessed. All are connected to Wikipedia for more detailed information. Wikipedia is on of the top ten accessed web sites in the world and is a not for profit online encyclopedia. Our intent is not to duplicate already available information, but to make information about nature in Pennsylvania easier to locate from one site.

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Isla San Lucas Costa Rica Tour Adventure and History

The Isla San Lucas Costa Rica Tour is one of the most famous tours to the old prision island of Costa Rica, the island caught lot of attention due the popular book of Jose Leon Sanchez, La isla de los hombres solos ( the island of the lonely men), book that he wrote when he was an inmate in the island for stealing the image of the Virgen de Los Angeles (the holiest catholic image in Costa Rica)

We offer to your clients the Isla San Lucas Costa Rica Tour, a great adventure, real costa rican history, a great guided tour with experts of the marine life you are going to encounter during the boat trip, also our tour guides will tell you the story of the island, show you the old barracks and the main “circle” , that is the whole that the guards used as the solitary room.

The island itself have lots of biodiversity life as well, so after the prision’s tour, we are going to walk through the forest, an a beach at the other side of the island is waiting for the group with lots of tropical fresh fruits and water.

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The Best Selection of Flowers and Plants

The ceremonies of life, such as weddings and funerals, are usually accompanied by traditional floral arrangements. But flowers don’t have to be used only for special occasions. In fact, flowers can make any occasion special. Nature’s Best Flowers & Greenhouse carries a variety of fresh and silk arrangements as well as plants and dish gardens. In addition to flowers and plants, we also feature small gifts and cards. Everything you need to brighten up someone’s day–including your own–can be found in our shop!

Our products include:

  • Fresh & silk flowers
  • Plants & dish gardens
  • Plush animals
  • Candles
  • Candies
  • Gift baskets
  • Gift cards
  • Home decor

If you’re in the midst of making plans for a wedding or some other special event, you can now cross a few other things off your list. In addition to everything mentioned above, we also proved rental items for event decorating. Just ask us about the items available. Our friendly staff is on hand to answer any questions you may have about flowers, plants, and gifts. If you are already familiar with our shop but haven’t visited us in a while, you need to come see what’s on display because our selection changes all the time. Nature’s Best Flowers & Greenhouse is full of everything you need to brighten up any day.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Favorite Flowers of Hummingbirds

Now is the time to start planning what you want to put in your summer garden and or planters. If you are a hummingbird lover like I am, you might consider adding some plants that will attract hummingbirds to your containers. Here is a list of some flowers you might want to consider in your planning.

Superbells, bright red cuphea, weigela, verbena, fushia, supertunia, honeysuckle, columbine and jasmine. This list is a suggestion and by no means exhaustive of the flowers you can use to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden.

Be creative with the colors you choose so the planter is pleasing to your eye as well. Keep in mind that hummers like colorful flowers, especially reds and deep pinks.

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Making Your Backyard a Bird Sanctuary

There’s nothing quite as exciting for bird watchers as witnessing firsthand the caring for and development of baby birds. From the egg to the nest to that first tentative flight, this can be an exciting and truly amazing process to witness. And if you want to be a part of it, make sure that you put up your bird houses now. This will give the birds a few solid months to acclimate to and trust your bird houses.

Once the birds are confident that your houses are safe and secure, they are all the more likely to build their nests inside the bird houses in your back yard. So if you want to make sure that you can enjoy the baby wrens next spring and summer, make sure to put out your wren houses now. Birds are migratory creatures. If you provide them with a desirable place to eat, rest, and roost, they’ll return to you. But it’s best to start now to reap the benefits next year!

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Recapping the Past Month

I’ve been pretty busy lately and haven’t been able to update my blog as much as I have wanted to, so I will recap some of the highlights of the past month.

A lot has happened in the last few weeks from wild weather – a foot of snow one week, 80 degrees the next -to some exciting bird activity.

The goldfinch have been regular visitors to the finch feeder that I put up about a month ago. There are two types of goldfinch that have been visiting the feeder: American Goldfinch and Lesser Goldfinch.

In an update to a previous post regarding the Starling problem I was having…as you recall, I had affixed a popscicle stick over the hole of the Flicker nestbox I had put up. This worked for a couple of weeks and the persistence of the Starlings was too much. A Starling had begun filling the box with nesting material ranging from bark to grass to feathers to sticks. As of today, it appears that a pair of Flickers have taken over the box. The male Flicker was removing the grass and feathers while the female looked on from the side of the tree. This was a great sight to see. However, it wasn’t without a nice effort by the male Flicker to try to fit into the Chickadee box I had put up. Fortunately, the hole of that nestbox is ringed by a thin piece of slate to prevent other birds from creating a larger hole.

On a sad note, the pair of doves that were regular visitors are a pair no more. One was snatched up by a Cooper’s Hawk. I watched as it flung feathers everywhere in the snow. It was very interesting to see the circle of life in full swing, but after awhile I could no longer watch so I threw a snowball at the fence and it flew off with its catch. The lone dove is still a visitor and hopefully will not be the next victim.

Its beginning to finally look like Spring here in Denver. The grass is green, I’ve even mowed it once and the trees are starting to leaf out and flower.

That pretty much covers the past month of activity. I will promise to make a more concerted effort to keep updated.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Easy Press for Dried Plants and Flowers

My friend and mentor Annie Nashold taught me to make these easy flower presses when I volunteered with her as a children’s educator at Duke Gardens.  They are super simple and cheap and can be used again and again.  Any type of flower or plant, as long as it’s relatively flat, can be pressed and dried.   The petals of large flowers like zinnias can be removed and dried separately and then be used to create other shapes and designs.

All you need is cardboard, paper and rubber bands, it’s that simple.  And a good sharp cutter and straight edge are helpful too.  Lay your cardboard flat on a surface you can cut against, I use my sewing mat.  It’s easier if you cut the rectangles the same size as a half sheet of copy paper, so 4.25 x 5.5 inches.  You can make a press using two pieces of cardboard and two pieces of white paper, or 3 pieces of cardboard and 4 pieces of white paper will give you two layers for drying.  The goal is to have a sandwich of cardboard and paper, with the flowers and plants as the filling.

dried plants

A piece of cardboard is the bottom layer with one half-sheet of white paper on top, (copy paper is fine, or heavier if you are feeling fancy). Lay out the plants in a single layer.  Top with another half-sheet of paper and a layer of cardboard.  If you are doing a double-decker, put another half sheet of white paper, more flowers, more paper and a final piece of cardboard.

Use 2-3 rubber bands to hold the layers in place.  Then the kids can add their names and draw or decorate on the outside of the press.  Stack the presses on a shelf for a couple of weeks to dry. If you like you can add something heavy to the top, but it isn’t necessary.

When the press is opened, the flowers will be flat and dried and can then be used to make other crafts and designs.  The kids at Spanish for Fun made cards for mothers day by pasting the dried flowers to card stock and covering with a decoupage sort of clear glue.  Clear laminate or contact paper can also be used to seal the dried objects into bookmarks or other items.

The cardboard press can be used again and again, just put fresh paper inside if it gets stained over time.  I’ve also seen old telephone books, or other heavy books used for pressing flowers.

I found these white boards at The Scrap Exchange in Durham.  They were a steal at 25 cents each.  If you are anywhere near Durham it’s worth the trip. The place is a treasure trove of recycled objects of all kinds and great for craft supplies.  These “slates” are ideal for clipboards with an alligator clip to hold the paper in place and to have a flat surface for outdoor activities like making leaf rubbings or doing scavenger hunts.  And because the non-whiteboard side is some kind of particle board, they make excellent flower presses for me as they are slightly absorbent and a bit heavy when all in a tall pile.

Try pressing plants and flowers the next time you are looking for an activity.  You can also use it as a teaching opportunity to talk about the parts of plants, the parts of flowers and more.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Why women give bad advice to men?

women give bad advice to menI’ve said similar things before and others have said it well before me.

Don’t listen to advice on women by women.

It’s an easy mistake to make, because it seems harmless. I mean listening, paying attention to her needs, being romantic, being respectful; none of this seems obviously wrong. But as we have seen, it will get you friendzoned fast and hard.

So are woman hateful creatures giving bad advice to ruin men? By no means.

Thought experiment. Addend every piece of advice a woman gives you with the words, “…from a man I am very attracted to.” The Social Pathologist has it right, women are attracted to the strength and dominance of a bad boy. Unless a girl has gone wrong psychologically she is not usually attracted to the negative aspects (the lying, the cheating, the using). She’s just willing to forgive it because she is very attracted. She is telling you how she wishes a bad boy would treat her.

Never forget, for beautiful women, unattractive men don’t exist as males. Note that this is not a judgement, taking a leaf from Athol Kay, her female body agenda is to produce offspring that will survive and thrive; anything that looks like it can’t provide that is not nearly the same priority. Taking another leaf from Athol Kay, this is all advice for how women wish Alphas (Power) would provide more Beta (Comfort).

This is another reason why I just love women who demand masculinity from you. There are women out there who are very clear that they want a MAN, not a boy. This can be taken to extremes (there are some women for whom no shit test will ever validate, no matter how many times you pass, and they are genuinely to be pitied). Barring extremes, these women are extremely pleasant to be around, they make it far easier to be manly, because they aren’t constantly fighting benevolent demonstrations of strength. I think all of us like being men are on a heart level, so getting dividends from a woman for fulfilling your own deep, heart level, desire is tremendous fun.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Culture and Sanity

I had intended to write something more on the cheerful and practical side, but that will have to wait until next time.

This entry was inspired by the following quote from an anonymous commenter on my “At the risk of alienating everybody…” post:

“Sooner or later men and women are going to have to recognize that the problems men blame on feminism, the problems women blame on patriarchy, and the atomization of anglo society is the culture itself. Its not the men, its not the women, its the culture. The complementary nature of Continental Feminism is rooted in its culture, and it shows what SHOULD have occurred in anglo society if the notion of women as the ‘owners of sex’ had been deconstructed as it was by the continental feminists. This has led to a view of male sexuality as a pathology.

Until the anglosphere gets over its archaic separate spheres doctrine men as an evil ogre, while assuming the female to be a penniless damsel, the atomization of anglo culture with continue.”

I think this post speaks a lot of what I believe “big picture” wise (barring the Continental Feminism, I haven’t read much about it, although I intend to, I just can’t speak to it now).

The culture at large has a general understanding of men and women that I find demeaning to both. Within the manosphere and feminism at large it seems like a series of compounding overreactions and oversimplifications. The man as “evil ogre” is something you can find evidence for; masculine sexuality, when perverted, leads to the worst manifestations of sexuality. The woman as penniless damsel is not nearly as bad, but is still dehumanising and harmful, although not for all of the reasons you might suspect.

On the road to becoming fully human, both sexes need to reach their fullest potential while recognizing that nature has carved out broad roles where the sexes diverge. I don’t care how strong and independent you think you are, if you are pregnant or a woman with small children, you are vulnerable. The male instinct to protect and provide is going to valuable to you like you wouldn’t believe. I have worked with a lot of single mothers of various stripes and their lives are wicked hard. This isn’t to say that none of these women brought this on themselves, but the tragedy is they brought it on their children as well. For all of that, their children are still a wonderful thing, who all have the potential for lives worth living.

If you are a man, your burden is by nature different. Your burden is that you are, in a sense, expendable.Vis-a-vis the propagation of mankind you just aren’t as necessary. This is a fact. This manifests itself in that, for most of us, apart from God, most likely your family and close friends if you have any, nobody gives a tinkers’ damn if you reproduce or are happy or anything else. And that’s okay. This is part of the reason you have a drive to prove yourself and proving yourself is the male equivalent of childbirth. Whether that is in industry, or war, or the realms of philosophy, the journey to prove yourself is fulfilling.

These are things that are distinct to men and women. They cannot be constructs, the biology is just too clear. Any culture that ignores or transposes these facts is begging for trouble.

Women (again, barring the outliers of the barren and so forth) cannot ignore the biology of when they are fertile or not. Men cannot ignore the biology of proving themselves worthy of continuing the species, of manifesting qualities worth passing on. Women who spend their lives trying to prove themselves in spheres that men biologically need more than they do, at the expense of reproduction, and men trying to engage in acts of reproduction without any real sense of whether or not they deserve to reproduce (the womanizing at the expense of self development) are symptoms of a sick culture.

A culture that values stable families and productive men will outstrip those that don’t. Look, the mass of people will work towards their own self interest only in a limited sense. It is not in the nature of uncontemplative man or woman to think that far ahead, and I mean a few years ahead, let alone eternity. People will chase dopamine, oxytocin, and vasopressin. Wise cultures bind those things up in the most profitable paths. Incidentally these paths tend to bring greater fulfillment.

This is where I have landed. Game developed so that in a more chaotic sexual culture, men who were not natural alphas could get what they want or need. It was in a response to the kind of chaos Anglosphere feminism had created. And both philosophies (Game as a philosophy of mating with as many attractive women. not merely a set of tools on how to be a man with a woman) are just childish bullshit. It’s quality versus quantity. One woman you love, who respects you, and who you know that you are internally sympatico with is just plain better than x number of orgasms. A worldview where you view yourself as victim turned victimizer (justified you understand, on account of [insert rationalization for bad behavior]) is just as sick.

Culture is key and it can only change one mind at a time. The decadence of the late Roman Empire eventually gave rise to the Middle Ages and Renaissance. When individual men and women decided they wanted more and found that more in God, the eruption of beauty that resulted still astounds the modern mind.

Climbing off the soap box and my own self indulgent ramblings, yes, it is true that there are statistics that show how poorly the average man or woman behaves in this sick culture of ours. But you don’t have to marry the average women in aggregate. My only hope is that I can help somebody become better than average and that they can marry better than average. With any luck it might someday be me.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Why is dating so hard?

If you’re like me, dating felt like magic. I would go for months without any success, and then some girl would seem to fall from the sky. Things would go well for a while, and then it would all, inexplicably go away. I tried hard, but it seemed like I couldn’t win, even if a girl was interested, she didn’t stay interested and just melted out of my life.

Honestly, it feels like magic doesn’t it? No one’s interested and then if they are, of course, that’s doomed to end by her choice.

But, the good news is, is that it isn’t magic, not totally. When you became interested in women, you started playing a game where you didn’t know the rules, so it follows that you would never win, in this case, the cards were really stacked against you. It’s nothing to feel bad about, it really isn’t your fault, it only stays your fault if you don’t learn the rules when you have the opportunity.

Why is dating so hard

I call them “rules”, but they are really natural laws, ways I believe God has designed the world of men and women to work, of the same nature as other natural laws, like gravity. If a girl gets interested, but doesn’t stay interested, that’s actually a really good sign! If she got interested at all, that means you’ve got what it takes to get a girl interested doesn’t it? You’re not helpless, because something you have or did got her into you at least initially. And why wouldn’t she? You’re the descendant of countless men who have been able to attract women into their lives, just by virtue of being here, this is natural law. She saw something of that heritage in you and was drawn to it. She was drawn to who you really are.

Of course that begs the question, why didn’t she stay interested? Well, you know it’s not because of who you really are, that drew her to you. The only explanation is that you obscured your birthright of attractiveness, you did or didn’t do something, that was at fundamental odds with what she first saw, and so she left. This is the first rule, being congruent with you are, what God designed you to be, and designed all your forefathers to be. Of course this involves knowing how to really get self knowledge, to know who you truly are.

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