The “Flame Tree.”

                                   Flame Tree on a Guam beach.

“Flame Tree.” We happen to have a couple of them within view of our kitchen window here on Guam. Referred to as “Botanical Rubies,” Delonix regia, the flame tree, is a species of flowering plant in the bean family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers.

You can find them In the continental United States in Central and Southern Florida, and in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. It is a cherished tree in the Caribbean and is featured in many Dominican & Puerto Rican paintings. It can also be found in Belize, The Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, Hawaii, Mexico (especially in the Yucatan peninsula), Nicaragua, Isreal, U.S. Virgin Islands, Canary Islands, Curaçao, GUAM, and in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, where it is the official tree of the islands. In Mauritius and La Réunion it announces the coming of the new year. In the Philippines, its full bloom signals the imminent arrival of the monsoon rains. It is very widely grown in the Northern Australia, although it now grows and blooms successfully in Sydney. It can also be found in Hong Kong, Paraguay, Peru, Spain (southern coast of Spain) the valencian coast and on all Canary Islands, Thailand, Sri Lanka and southern China. It is the official tree in Vietnam, and parts of Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China. It also grows throughout southern Brazil, with ornamental trees in Rio Grande do Sul.

So, if you have never seen one up close and in person, my guess is you probably need to get out more and see the world! lol

(Source: Info – Wikipedia; Photo – Google)

A #stishit post by #retiredinsamar

Hawaii Just Got a New Island

Source: strangesounds.org

With all the lava flowing out of Kilauea, a new island have appeared off of Kapoho.  Kilauea has now been actively spewing out lava for more than 2 months.  Kilauea has been more or less an active volcano since 1983 but it only had a continuous lava flow since the last eruption.

As you may know the all the Hawaiian Islands were formed by volcanoes, so this new island is just part of the changing earth.  Hawaii is just one of the many active volcano which have been waking up.

The Oraefajokull volcano in Iceland has been showing signs of a possible eruption, the Anak Krakatau in Indonesia has been having continuous explosions and this is alarming as the last time Krakatoa erupted it killed more than 36,000 people.  It’s explosive force was equivalent to 13,000 atomic bombs going off simultaneously.

Sources:

above photo: dailymail.co.uk

article: strangsounds.org

An Evening in the Tropics

It’s really difficult to work on Stishit stuff and ignore this… Besides, my merlot is also getting in the way!

Evening Thunderstorm offshore.

Jund (Prosopis cineraria): Its propagation and uses


Jund (ProsopIs cineraria) can only be propagated by seed). Its directly be sown through seed or this is raised in nursery in polythene tubes which is sown as under.

First of all its seed is soaked and then planted in polythene tubes and after five days it started emerging. When it gains the above mentioned height it is able to transplant at a required place.

As shown in the picture, it can be grown in the dessert, there fore it is called the king of dessert plant.

  1. It has many benefits which were elaborated as under:
  2. Its propagation method is easily and have suitable/ good germination percentage.
  3. It can be sown directly through seed at the required place.
  4. It can easily be sown in polythene tubes and after attaining the desired / suitable height then can be transplanted at the field at the required place.
  5. Its a highly drought tolerant tree specie.
  6. It did not disturb the field crops, because its roots go deeper in the soil and extract their nutrients from the deep soil layers in stead of upper layer of soil, there fore the field crops extract their nutrients and water from the upper layer of the soil.
  7. As shown in the above (last) mentioned picture it can easily be with stands in the sand dunes of sandy dessert of thal, cholistan and thar desserts. Its presence at such places is the gift of God for man kind and livestock.
  8. It provides shelter and fooder for livestock.
  9. Its leaves and pods are high in crude protein percentage therefore is a good source of protein for livestock.

Eucalyptus camaldulensis; A Fast Growing Tree Specie


Its botanical name is Euclyptus camaldulensis . It is a fast growing specie. It must be grown in water logged soils. It evaporates much of the under ground water.
It has many benefits, which i will elaborate one by one as follows:

  1. It is a fast growing plant specie which is able to provide early income to farmer.
  2. Its propagation is easy and only from seed.
  3. Its seed is sown in polythene tubes then then seedling is shifted where ever needed.
  4. It can be grown as a shelter belt to save crops and fruits from wind storms.
  5. It saves the soil from wind erosion.
  6. It can be grown in water logged soil because it removes excessive from the soil and water logged conditions of the soil removed.
  7. It can be grown as a thick plantation as a thick forest.
  8. Its wood has many uses.
  9. Its wood is used in making crates/boxes for fruit packing and fruit remains safe under these crates or wooden boxes made by the Eucalyptus camaldulensis  wood.
  10. It provides early earning to the farmer because it is a fast growing specie.
  11. Its environment friendly  and mitigate the climate change effect of global warming and it reduces the carbon dioxide concentration as it is used in photosynthesis.
  12. It can be gtown near road sides.
  13. It can be grown near railway lines sides.
  14. It saves road and railway lines sides from shifting of sand dunes when these roads and railway lines passes through sandy desserts, there fore its plantation  is most use full.

Kikar (Acacia nilotica) Plantation on sailaba land near river bank


Kikar (Acacia nilotica) plant has the ability to with stand under flooded area . In these areas these tree plantation helps to reduce soil erosion by water (water erosion). This tree specie can survive in water for several days and weeks.

This picture shows the situation of Acacia nilotica (kikar) plantation after the flood passed away. As i mentioned this tree can with stand in flood also. If we plant it near river banks, it has many benefits for that area, which were as follows;

  1. It reduces river expansion due to river flow but this tree saves the banks of river beds.
  2. It saves the degraded land.
  3. It saves the soil from degradation by floods and water flow.
  4. It reduces the water erosion.
  5. It provides fodder to livestock during floods, because at that time there is no range grasses and no fodder for cut and carry due to submerged under water due to flood.
  6. Its twigs can be used as a fuel wood.
  7. Its pods are also high source of protein for livestock.
  8. Acacia nilotica provides good earning to the owner/farmer.
  9. Its wood has high rates.
  10. It can be sold out easily due to its good market.
  11. It can be propagated easily.
  12. Its environment friendly.
  13. It can be used as a mitigation tool for climate change because climate change is a world burning issue. In the next blog i will write and mention its other benefits and uses.

Tamarix aphylla: A safty of railway lines during wind storms


Tamarix aphylla is a good and suitable shelter belt of railway lines, because it is a fast growing and drought tolerant specie, therefore it can be propagated and grown well and easily along railway lines. It is a safety of railway tracks by sand dune shifting, because during summer season these sand dunes shifted on the tracks and due to this any accident can occur which will be a dangerous. These are so important and environment friendly and used as a mitigation strategy for climate change.

This plantation near railway lines has a number of benefits that are listed below.

  1. It stops shifting of sand dunes
  2. It provides esthetic sense, looking so beautiful along the track.
  3. It has mitigation effect on global warming due to climate change.
  4. Forests are the lungs of earth planet.
  5. Forests provides oxygen and use carbon dioxide gas.
  6. After completing the age, they provide income for National income of the country.
  7. Its a fodder for livestock especially for camels and goats.

Tamarix aphylla

Tamarix aphylla

Tamarix aphylla is botanical name of Ghaz, Toolha and khagal (these are its local names).
This plant is suitable for shelter belt plantation. It is a fast growing tree specie. Its plantation is easy. It is drought tolerant plant. Tamarix aphylla saves crops and fruit trees from strong winds and wind storm. It reduces the wind erosion which is the main problem of sandy desserts.Its plantation stops shifting of sand dunes, which causes severe problem of road blockage due to dunes shifting on roads and paths as shown in the picture.

Its propagation is so easy. It can be propagated by making stumps and can be sown during moon soon rainy season. Its water requirement is quite less.

Tamarix aphylla is used as a fodder for camel. In the dessert there is shortage of fodder therefore this plants leaves were used as a fodder for camel , sheep and goats.

The pictures shown above are grazing of camel on Tamarix aphylla big tree and small shrub. Its wood is also used for making roofs of houses in the dessert areas and also used for doors and windows.

Dalbergia Sisoo: A high quality wood


Itsbotanical name is Dalbergia sisoo. It provides a dense shade during summer and saves the people from scorching heat..Its plant  life of harvesting is sixty years. At this stage it gives highest profit and strong wood. At this stage its wood is pithy. This wood is not attacked by termites and other insects. Its used in making of house as well as furniture. Its furniture is so beautiful, long life and costly.

Its wood is used in making beautiful and strong houses. This wood has good looking beauty and so strong wood work. Its pithy portion is so strong and there is no attack of insects. Its color of wood is so beautiful. Therefore it has many advantages for the owner/farmer.


Its wood is used in making beautiful furniture and doors of the houses. Its wood is so beautiful and has many uses which were enlisted below.

  1. used in decoration of houses.
  2. used to make roofs of houses.
  3. used to make shades and outer work of houses.
  4. used to make doors of houses.
  5. used to make the cupboards in the rooms.
  6. used to make sofa sets.
  7. used to make dinning table and dinning chairs.
  8. used to make single beds and double beds.
  9. used to make boxes.
  10. used in different agricultural tools.
  11. Its used in knives, kasola, sickle, bar harrow, trangle and many other impliments.

Kachnar benefits


Its botanical name is Bauhinia variegata. It has many health benefits. Its flower buds are used as a vegetable. It can be cooked with chicken, mutton, beef , potato and with peas. This plant is variety/specie of flowering tree. It looks so beautiful when at bloom. These flowers has good aesthetic value.

Its buds are cooked before flowering and so tasty having enormous health benefits. It is good for stomach health and regulates blood pressure and blood cholesterol.
Its is also used as a ornamental purpose due to its beauty. It can be planted near roads for its esthetic value.

Iple Iple: A Nutritive Fodder Shrub and Tree


Iple Iple is a fodder shrub (when pruned every year) and fodder tree if not heavily pruned. It provides fodder for livestock, fire wood and also used for furniture. Its botanical name is Leucaena leucocephala. Its leaves and pods are high in crude protein. Its fodder is used mostly during lean periods.

Its also known as a leguminous tree because it is rich in protein and minerals. It is a nutritive and palatable tree. It is also used as shelter belt tree. It saves crops from heavy winds and also reduces wind erosion.

Its wood is also used in furniture. Its wood is in low weight and firm. It wood is also used as a fuel wood.

 

Siris: A multipurpose tree specie

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Its botanical name is Albizia lebbek but locally people call it siris or shrinh. It is a multipurpose tree specie and it has many uses. Its every thing is used. There are following uses are most common in our society.

  1. Used as a shade in summer
    It provides dense shade during summer. When summer starts the hot and desiccating winds blown so during that time siris has a dense shade and people sit under the shades of this tree.
  2. Used as a shelter belt
    This plant used as a shelter belt for crops during wind storms and fast wave of wind.
  3. Used as a fodder
    Siris leaves and pods are used as a fodder for livestock. Its leaves and pods are rich in crude protein. Its leaves and pods are mostly used during fodder scarcity periods.
  4. Used as a Firewood
    After lopping of small twigs leaves and pods, the remaining wood is used as a fuel wood.
  5. Used in the Furniture
    Its wood is used in making furniture and also used as a building material of housed. Termite cannot effects wood, its wood is so hard and long lasting.

 

Photography in Spring – Microblog


Photography in spring


 

Spring is an incredibly beautiful time of the year and is always a good idea to have a camera in your pocket.

The best camera you can ever own is the one in your pocket! yes that’s right, your mobile phone! I’m lucky to own a Huawei P10 with duel Leica Lenses which produces stunning pictures.

Here’s a small selection of my spring and early summer pics.


 

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Moringa as a Nutrient Suppliment


Moringa is a rich source of minerals and vitamins. Its leaves are more rich in minerals but its pods have more vitamin C. Its leaves have protein, vitamin B6, vitamin C, Iron, Riboflavin, Magnesium and Vitamin A. Moringa has enormous health benefits.

Moringa as a Fodder

Moringa oleifera used in different ways and have enormous health benefits. It is used as fodder for small ruminants and also for large animals. Its leaves and especially pods are rich in protein and vitamins. Its foliage is used during fodder scarcity periods.

Moringa Pickle


Moringa oleifera roots are used as pickle. It is good source of vitamins and so tasty. Its pods are used in pickle and also used as vegetable. Its pickle is made in different ways. When its planted for pickle, it is grown with seed and harvested after attaining the four to five feet shoot length.

Daun Mutiara

Hai sahabat stishitian…semoga tetap bahagia. Hari ini saya ingin berbagi tentang daun mutiara, ini sementara fotonya saja karena saya lg searching manfaatnya. Karena sangat banyak kegunaan nya untuk kesehatan

 

Hamparan Sawah

Selamat pagi dunia…semoga tetap bahagia dan semangat menyelesaikan hari ini dengan senyum dan keberhasilan. Saat kecil dulu bermain – main di sawah adalah hal yang sangat menyenangkan apalagi pada saat musim potong atau panen padi. Kami para bocah yang belum penuh akal ini berlarian disekitar pematang sawah sambil bercanda dan tertawa lepas ntah apa yang ada dipikiran kami saat itu. Bertani adalah mata pencaharian orang tua kami saat itu, melihat padi tumbuh sempurna hijau dipandang mata adalah kebahagiaan tersendiri dengan harapan menghasilkan yang terbaik disetiap batangnya karena itu adalah harapan kelangsungan hidup

Semangat Pagi

Selamat pagi sahabat stishitian….semoga pagi ini tetap semangat menjemput impian, salam dari bukit kenyataan

 

 

Minuman Segar

Selamat sore semoga kita selalu bahagia.. Dalam beberapa minggu ini cuaca sangat panas dan pastinya jika suplay vitamin dan mineral tidak cukup maka respon tubuh akan sedikit mengalami gangguan, Namun banyak yang terkadang tidak dapat menahan diri untuk menikmati air dengan campuran es batu. Apalagi si kuning ini pastinya sangat menggoda untuk kita seruput…ya namanya es pelangi, kalian pernah coba??

Pisang Coklat Crispy

Hai sahabat stishitian…saya mau share resep pisang coklat nih bisa buat cemilan nanti sore lho…

 

Bahan
1 bungkus kulit lumpia (saya guna kulit yang dibuat sendiri)
5 buah pisang raja
Mises ceres
Susu coklat

Cara Membuat

Pisang raja dibagi menjadi 2 bagian, letakkan diatas kulit lumpia tambahkan ceres dan susu kemudian gulung dan goreng dalam minyak panas hingga kecoklatan. Siap untuk dinikmati bersama secangkir teh hangat

Solar Storm Tonight

NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center forecasts a solar storm for tonight. They say that an aurora maybe be seen in the northern US states. Monday they observed a CME and the stream of charged particle should strike the earth today.

They don’t expect this moderate solar storm to create any grid failures, only a spectacular light show for some. Most of the charged particles will be blocked by the earth’s magnetic field but when a large amount of these particle stream hits the earth’s atmosphere, some of the particles are not pulled to the poles and they ionize the air further from the poles. These particles cause the northern lights.

Solar storms are ranked on a scale where G is the weakest, R is moderate and S is given to the most severe. They expect this storm to be ranked as a G1, a minor storm.

Ice Fountain Constantly Changing

This fountain is located in Zyuratkul national park near the Ural mountains. The fountain is constantly altering the ice formation due to a jet of water which soars to about 10 meters. The ice formation only occurs in the colder months so if you are expecting to see this magnificent sight go in winter. The ice has a bluish hue and creates a sculpture of about 14 meter high.

The fountain was created in 1976 when geologists drilled a hole and discovered an underground river. A tube was installed and a thin jet of water shot out about 10 meters high.

The combination of the water jet and the winds work together to form ever changing ice sculptures. Depending on the natural lighting, the color of the ice changes from a vibrant blue to a bright azure. Wishing I could attach more photos to this post, there are quite a few. To see them, I attached the link.

http://englishrussia.com/2013/08/19/ice-fountain-which-is-never-the-same/3/

Leaves are Miracle Mulch

Source: offthegridnews.com

 

Free mulch is falling right now, as the trees drop their leaves you can reap in a good source of organic nutrients for your garden. Leaves provide several uses:

Compost: shredded leaves can be added to the existing compost pile or be the beginning of a compost pile.

Leaf mold: leaves left to sit for a time will begin to grow mold. Adding these to your compost will help soil building by adding nutrients.

Mulch: mulch is very useful in a number of ways. It retains moisture, limits weed growth and in is useful in controlling the soil temperature.

Leaves absorb about 50% of the nutrients that the tree produces during the summer. When added to the soil or using as mulch, the leaves return these nutrients back to the soil. As an added benefit, they encourage worms and micro organisms to do their work to the soil. They work to lighten the soil which in turn allows the soil to help root growth and aids in the percolation of water. Good percolation reduces the compaction of the soil.

If you experience freezing temperature during the winter and you grow plants that can thrive during the cold weather, leaves can be used to protect them from frost and freezing. It will act as a blanket protecting them from the elements.

Fluorescent Frog

Source: popsci.com

This is the South American polka dot tree frog, it fluoresces. Fluorescence does not mean that it can glow in the dark, it is a property that reflects an ultraviolet (or black light) wavelength. Things that glow in the dark possess a property called phosphorescence, this material gets energized from a light source and dissipates this stored energy over a period of time.

Another way animals or insects can glow is by bioluminescence. This differs from phosphorescence and fluorescence, it causes the glowing effect by a chemical reaction between an enzyme and a pigment in the creature. This reaction produces the energy that causes it to glow. Fireflies glow from bioluminescence.

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