Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Collage...for October 2014

From Planet Earth Calendar
Water Towers:  Mountains are known as “nature's water towers”.  They store and manage up to 80% of the world's fresh water.  A mountain collects water from the air by forcing wind upward to its peak.  As the air rises, it is cooled and the water droplets in the air condense turning into snow. 

The frozen water is stored until the warmer seasons when it melts and runs down the mountainside into streams which are fed into rivers, lakes and eventually oceans. Fresh mountain source water accounts for almost half of the water that farmers around the world use to irrigate their crops. Many species of fish rely on this water to survive and humans are dependent on fresh water for their survival too.

Did You Know?
(From the Canadian Wildlife Federation 2014 Calendar)
The Ruffled Grouse is a medium-sized grouse that lives across Canada. They are omniverous  and eat buds, leaves and insects.  CWF has a program to help Canadians understand what happens to wildlife  in winter.  The Below Zero program teaches all ages what occurs in freezing temperatures.

Message from the Canadian Red Cross...
pictorially presents us with a chilly still river, hazy skyline
and a gorgeous maple tree dressed in autumn red.
Drunk driving costs every adult in this country almost $500 per year.

Niagara Falls and Great Gorge
(From Niagara Falls Canada 2014)
An aerial colour photo of Canadian Horseshoe Falls and Table Rock gives us close-up of the Niagara River plunging over the escarpment wall...showing a backdrop of many autumn-hued trees.  The raging Class 6 rapids twist into the Whirlpool...a unique phenomenon that is best seen from high above on a suspended Whirlpool Aero Car.

Special Event Days
October 1 (Wednesday) ~ International Day of Older Persons
October 4 (Saturday) ~ Yom Kippur
October 13 (Monday) ~ Thanksgiving Day
October 13 (Monday) ~ Columbus Day (U.S.)
October 16 (Thursday) ~ World Food Day
October 23 (Thursday) ~ American Thanksgiving Day
October 24 (Friday) ~ United Nations Day
October 27 (Monday) ~ Municipal Elections Day
October 31 (Friday) ~ Hallowe'en

Flower and Garden Philosophy
When words escape, flowers speak.  (Bruce W. Carrie)

Trivia Tidings
Braying Donkey:  There is a donkey in Brussels, Belgium named Lola that became famous for more than one reason.  Lola was part of the cast of a play called The Palestinian which was being staged at a local cultural center and the audience loved her.  However, during the play, Lola lived on the first floor  balcony of an apartment unconventional place for a donkey. Unfortunately, the neighbours  did not applaud her constant braying.  Her keeper and the cultural center's director had to find a new temporary home for the animal actress until the play ended its run.

Sandy Place: The Sahara Desert, located in northern Africa, takes up nearly 10% of the continent.  About 25% of the Sahara is made up of sand dunes that can reach as high as 180 meters (590 feet).

October Musings
October Resignation
Listen!  The wind is rising and the air is wild with leaves.
We have had our summer evenings ~ now for October eves.
(Humbert  Wolfe)

After the keen still days of September
the October sun filled the world with mellow warmth:
the maple tree in front of the doorstep burned like a gigantic red bush;
the walks along the roadway glowed yellow and bronze;
the fields stretched like a carpet of jewels...emeralds, topaz and garnet;
everywhere she walked, the colour shouted and sang around her.
In October, any wonderful unexpected thing might be possible.
(Elizabeth George Speare)

Autumn Leaves
The music paired with these  lyrics has long been a favourite.  One morning I heard a new  rendition on my car radio and suddenly I was aware of the sad but beautiful message within this blending of voice and musical ensemble of Duke Ellington's Indigos. Sung by Ozzie Bailey in both French and English, it brought tears to my eyes as he bemoans his lost love on this October day.

The falling leaves drift by my window
The falling leaves of red and gold.
I see your lips; the summer kisses
The sunburned hands I used to hold.
Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I'll hear old Winter's song.
But I miss you most, my Darling
When autumn leaves start to fall.

In the Mutts Cartoons, Earl and Mooch pleasantly sit, leaning against a sturdy tree trunk.  As a leaf from this mighty oak softly floats to the ground, Earl muses...
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering  from the autumn tree.”  (words by Emily Bronte)

Merle Baird-Kerr...written September 2014
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