Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 42 – War & Peace

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Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 42 – War & Peace

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Simple Guidelines.

Take the words “war & peace” and write a tanka poem.

English tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

  1. You can use the picture above, your own or no picture at all.

Copy and paste the link of your finished tanka in the comments below, I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks.

My tanka poem  – using the words “war & peace”.

no war worldwide please
sort the problems within peace
we are all equal
in love with the universe
children have the rights to live

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge – Week 41- “weather & life”. Thank you.

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V is for Vulture #atozchallenge

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A to Z April 2017  Challenge – Animals Birds & Insects Pantoum Poetry

Photo Credit. – Vulture getting ready to strike a dying prey, Kenya

26 April 2017 – V is for Vulture

Vulture is a large, carnivorous bird that is well known for its scavenging nature
There are thought to be nearly thirty different species of vultures worldwide
Vultures, found in Asia, Europe, and Africa, thought to be closely related to eagles and hawks
A particular characteristic of many vultures is a bald head, devoid of normal feathers.

There are thought to be nearly thirty different species of vultures worldwide
The new world vultures tend to be slightly smaller than the old world vultures
A particular characteristic of many vultures is a bald head, devoid of normal feathers.
Vultures have been observed to hunch their bodies and tuck in their heads in the cold

The new world vultures tend to be slightly smaller than the old world vultures
Now it is believed that the bare skin may play an important role in thermoregulation
Vultures have been observed to hunch their bodies and tuck in their heads in the cold
The vultures have now been seen to open their wings and stretch their necks in the heat.

Now it is believed that the bare skin may play an important role in thermoregulation
All vultures scavenge for their food whenever possible rather than killing it themselves
The vultures have now been seen to open their wings and stretch their necks in the heat.
A group of vultures is called a wake, committee, kettle, venue, or volt.

All vultures scavenge for their food whenever possible rather than killing it themselves
Vultures generally fairly solitary animals, but groups are often seen circling prey from the sky
A group of vultures is called a wake, committee, kettle, venue, or volt.
Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding.

Vultures generally fairly solitary animals, but groups are often seen circling prey from the sky
The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee refers to vultures resting in trees.
Wake is reserved for a group of vultures that are feeding.
The Ruppell vulture is considered to be monogamous, forming lifelong breeding pairs.

The term kettle refers to vultures in flight, while committee refers to vultures resting in trees.
After courtship, the pair will work together to build a nest using sticks, grass, and leaves
The Ruppell vulture is considered to be monogamous, forming lifelong breeding pairs.
Both parents share in incubation of their egg over a period of 55 days.

After courtship, the pair will work together to build a nest using sticks, grass, and leaves
Once the chick hatches, both parents will feed and tend to it for about 150 days when it fledges
Both parents share in incubation of their egg over a period of 55 days.
Young remain dependent on their parents after fledging until the next breeding season.

Once the chick hatches, both parents will feed and tend to it for about 150 days when it fledges
Vultures, found in Asia, Europe, and Africa, thought to be closely related to eagles and hawks
Young remain dependent on their parents after fledging, until the next breeding season.
Vulture is a large, carnivorous bird that is well known for its scavenging nature.

What thermoregulation means? – It is the ability of an organism to keep its body temperature within certain boundaries, even when the surrounding temperature is very different.

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ANZAC Day – 25 APRIL 2016

Anzac Day now promotes a sense of unity, perhaps more effectively than any other day on the national calendar.
It’s now 2017, Dad my thought’s are always with you, I miss you so.
You were one of the lucky one’s to return, but the sight’s you endured as a 22-year-old, were never forgotten, as we remember the stories you told.

Ramblings of a Writer

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Photo CreditEach year on ANZAC Day in Te Awamutu, New Zealand the graves of War Veterans are decorated.

In Remembrance Of those Special Soldiers – Never to be Forgotten.

25 April is ANZAC DAY where we remember all who fell and fought saving our future.

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand and is commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honor members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I.

It now more broadly commemorates all those who died and served in military operations for their countries.

I had uncles that never return from the war, in fact, it was the end of the Corbishley line in New Zealand as Charles was the only son, killed in action.

My Father-in-law fought in World War One, he was one…

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U is for Uguisu – Japanese Bush Warbler #atozchallenge

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25 April 2017 – U is for Uguisu – Japanese Bush Warbler – a Bird

The Uguisu is a small species of bird that is natively found throughout Japan China and Taiwan
Also commonly known as the Japanese Bush-Warbler, named for its beautiful distinctive song
The Japanese bush warbler is olive brown above and tending toward dusky colors below
The Uguisu has thin legs with long, clawed toes to help them grip onto branches more easily

Also commonly known as the Japanese Bush-Warbler, named for its beautiful distinctive song
Uguisu has small dark eyes and pale stripes above each one, straight, tan colored beak
The Uguisu has thin legs with long, clawed toes to help them grip onto branches more easily
The tail is relatively long in relation to its body size and is comprised of straight feathers

Uguisu has small dark eyes and pale stripes above each one, straight, tan colored beak
It is a relatively solitary bird with individuals only really coming together during breeding season
The tail is relatively long in relation to its body size and is comprised of straight feathers
Its distinctive breeding call can be heard throughout much of Japan from the start of spring.

It is a relatively solitary bird with individuals only really coming together during breeding season
The female constructs a cup-shaped nest in dense thicket of twigs, leaves, and moss
Its distinctive breeding call can be heard throughout much of Japan from the start of spring.
She lays up to five small eggs, sits on them herself, takes two to three weeks to hatch

The female constructs a cup-shaped nest in dense thicket of twigs, leaves, and moss
In summer it ranges from low hills to high mountains, preferring bamboo thickets and black pine trees.
She lays up to five small eggs, sits on them herself, takes two to three weeks to hatch
The chicks are fed and cared for by their mother until they fledge at around two weeks old

In summer it ranges from low hills to high mountains, preferring bamboo thickets and black pine trees.
The Japanese bush warbler is olive brown above and tending toward dusky colors below
The chicks are fed and cared for by their mother until they fledge at around two weeks old
The Uguisu is a small species of bird that is natively found throughout Japan China and Taiwan.

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T is for Tuatara #atozchallenge

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24 April 2017 – T is for Tuatara

Tuatara is a small to medium sized reptiles endemic to New Zealand, can live well over 100 years
Although resembling most lizards, they are part of a distinct lineage, the order Rhynchocephalia
Tuatara are greenish brown and gray, and measure up to 80 cm (31 in) from head to tail-tip
Today the tuatara is nearly extinct on the mainland of New Zealand, only living on small island around NZ

Although resembling most lizards, they are part of a distinct lineage, the order Rhynchocephalia
Their dentition, in which two rows of teeth in the upper jaw overlap one row on the lower jaw
Today the tuatara is nearly extinct on the mainland of New Zealand, only living on small island around NZ
They are even more unusual in having a pronounced photoreceptive eye, the “third eye”

Their dentition, in which two rows of teeth in the upper jaw overlap one row on the lower jaw
The tuatara also has a spiny crest along the back, especially pronounced in males.
They are even more unusual in having a pronounced photoreceptive eye, the “third eye”
They are able to hear, although no external ear is present, also have excellent vision

The tuatara also has a spiny crest along the back, especially pronounced in males.
Have a number of unique features in their skeleton, apparently evolutionarily retained from fish.
They are able to hear, although no external ear is present, also have excellent vision
Their diet consists of frogs, lizards, and bird’s eggs, chicks, beetles, crickets, and spiders.

Have a number of unique features in their skeleton, apparently evolutionarily retained from fish.
Tuatara reproduces is very slowly, taking 10 to 20 years to reach sexual maturity.
Their diet consists of frogs, lizards, and bird’s eggs, chicks, beetles, crickets, and spiders
Mating occurs in midsummer; females mate and lay eggs once every four years.

Tuatara reproduces is very slowly, taking 10 to 20 years to reach sexual maturity.
Males don’t have a penis, reproducing by the male lifting the female tail and placing his vent over hers.
Mating occurs in midsummer; females mate and lay eggs once every four years
Tuatara eggs have a soft, parchment-like shell which she digs and lays into the ground

Males don’t have a penis, reproducing by the male lifting the female tail and placing his vent over hers.
Females take between 1 and 3 years to provide eggs with yolk, up to seven months to form the shell.
Tuatara eggs have a soft, parchment-like shell which she digs and lays into the ground
It then takes between 12 and 15 months from copulation to hatching.

Females take between 1 and 3 years to provide eggs with yolk, up to seven months to form the shell.
Wild tuatara are known to be still reproducing at about 60 years of age
It then takes between 12 and 15 months from copulation to hatching.
This means reproduction occurs at two- to five-year intervals, the slowest in any reptile

Wild tuatara are known to be still reproducing at about 60 years of age
Tuatara are greenish brown and gray, and measure up to 80 cm (31 in) from head to tail-tip
This means reproduction occurs at two- to five-year intervals, the slowest in any reptile
Tuatara is a small to medium sized reptiles endemic to New Zealand, can live well over 100 years.

Interesting facts:

“Henry”, a male tuatara at Southland Museum in Invercargill, New Zealand, became a father (possibly for the first time) on 23 January 2009, at the age of 111.

Tuatara probably has the slowest growth rates of any reptile, continuing to grow larger for the first 35 years of their lives.

The average lifespan is about 60 years, but they can live to be well over 100 years old. Some experts believe that captive tuatara could live as long as 200 years.

During routine maintenance work at Karori Sanctuary in late 2008, a tuatara nest was uncovered, with a hatchling found the following autumn.

This is thought to be the first case of tuatara successfully breeding on the New Zealand mainland in over 200 years, outside of captive rearing facilities.

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Usnea Lichen Growing on Trees

Usnea Licken on Plum Trees

There has been a problem with the trees in the garden for some time now.

So I decided to do some study about this lichen, which I did not know the name of when I started researching.

Having researched this subject thoroughly, I still believe it does kill trees that it host on, as I have the proof of dying trees for the last ten or more years.

Of all the sites I have visited they all say that lichen should be viewed positively, their presence tells us that we live in a healthy environment and they give any garden an established look.

It is said that “lichens prefer areas with clean air, so are more common in rural districts” that may be true as we live in the high country with bush growing all around us and very little traffic, so if Usnea is very sensitive to air pollution, especially sulfur dioxide, the air is clear of that.

There is a lot of lichen growing in the bush reserve which surrounds our farm, also which I consider isn’t good, the possums are coming from the bush into the garden, if it is spread by spores they will be carrying it on their feet, therefore, that will be settling the spores on the trees.

If not then how does it start growing?

It is said that its spread by the wind.

I have found out that this gray-green fuzzy stuff covering many of my trees is one of the gentlest yet strongest immune tonics in the herb world.

But that does not make me feel happy about this lichen as it is unsightly in the garden.

The growth of algae, lichens, and moss may be more common on plants lacking vigor, so their presence could indicate that attention is needed, particularly on old fruit trees, in saying that this, the photo below was a very health plum tree until the lichen start taking over and it died.

Dead Plum Tree

Dead Plum Tree

Three Questions I have researched about Old Mans Beard – Usnea

  • What is Usnea?

Usnea is a lichen which is an organism that has characteristics of a Fungus and Algae.

  • How to tell if it is Usnea Lichen?

Elastic Thread in Usnea Lichen

Break the stalk of Usnea (thallus). If there is an elastic, white cord running down the center, then it is Usnea.

  • Does Usnea grow from spores?

By searching this question I have made the conclusion that it must be spores that nest onto the bark and germinate to start the beginning of the Usnea growth.

Lichen on Maple Tree

Lichen on  Maple Tree

By my study, everything is pointing against Usnea killing trees.

I do not agree.

My guess is lichen growing on trees is harmful to the trees, even though they are saying that the lichen does not extract nourishment from the trees when entering the inner bark and clinging to the tree branches where food is available from the tree.

My garden looks unsightly and I’m slowly removing the trees, but more seem to have lichen growing on them every month, I have tried pulling it off of them on the young trees but it continues on growing.

You can see by the photo below that Usnea does not need trees as a host as it is growing from an old basketball ring and surviving very well, it has the sun on it all day when the sun shines.

Lichen growing on Metal

Lichen growing on Metal.

The Cherry tree below is only about five years old and the lichen has already started growing on the trunk.

Cherry Tree

What are your thought’s about Usnea Lichen?

Have you seen it before, or do you have it growing where you live?

It hard to believe that it grows on sick or dying trees due to the pre-existing loss of canopy leaves.

If that is true it won’t be long before I have no trees.

Appreciate any comments.