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Friday’s Inspiration ~ Nature

NATURE'S INSPIRATION

Nature’s Inspiration by Ken Jenkins and Peggy Anderson- simpletruthstv, uploaded on Jun 3, 2009.  If you love nature …you’ll treasure this book forever.

  • Featuring photographs by Ken Jenkins, award-winning nature photographer, this beautiful book takes us on a journey into the wilderness, giving you a feeling of peace and tranquility when you need it most.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The only way to describe this book is breathtaking! A labor of love 2 years in the making, you will marvel at the award-winning photography, paired with quotes and short passages in this beautiful coffee table book. Without question, Nature’s Inspiration is the most beautiful gift book we’ve ever published. It’s a coffee table edition with over 160 pages and over 180 nature photographs.

This book is much more than beautiful photographs! Ken has also written short passages that take you with him at the “moment” of the photo. You feel as if you were there! In addition, Peggy Anderson has compiled beautiful quotations from the likes of Emerson, Thoreau, and many others that truly capture the beauty of nature and solitude.

Nature’s Inspiration also makes a wonderful gift for your friends, your family and your best customers. This book, includes a DVD movie.

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‘CAPTION THIS PHOTO’ CONTEST ~ HAVE FUN!!!

GREEN RUMPED PARROTSWhat does the photo BELOW say to you?
Pictured here is National Geographic grantee Karl Berg
holding a young parrotlet, a New World parrot species.
How would you caption this photo?

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I just received the above photo of Karl Berg (taken by Soraya Delgado) and the information below in an e-mail from National Geographic, announcing a fun new contest – “Caption This Photo Contest” open until midnight Wednesday, July 31st.

Hi,

A picture can often be worth a thousand words, but a photo with a great caption can help us see an image – and often the world – in a whole new way.
Share your caption for the photo above and you could be our July Caption This Photo Contest winner.
If your entry is selected, your caption will be shared with National Geographic supporters in our August email.
So what does this photo say to you? Don’t be afraid to be creative.
It’s easy to enter. Simply submit your caption before our deadline – midnight, Wednesday, July 31st. Only one entry per person please.
Pictured here is National Geographic grantee Karl Berg holding a young parrotlet, a New World parrot species. Dr. Berg is studying communication among green-rumped parrots in Venezuela.
He and his team have recently discovered that parrot parents use slight variations in their calls for each of their offspring. Baby parrotlets appear to recognize the specific calls designated for them.
But don’t limit yourself to what is actually depicted in the photo. There are no limits to what direction your caption can take.
Also, don’t delay. You only have a few days to enter your caption before the July 31st deadline.
And if you don’t want to submit a caption, but want to read the winning caption, just sign up here.
Thank you for making it possible for groundbreaking researchers like Dr. Berg to make important discoveries about wildlife communication and enabling us to share inspiring photos with you.
Sincerely,
Nancy Rehman
Vice President, Development

LINK TO ENTER CONTEST ~

https://donate.nationalgeographic.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=1493&utm_source=NatGeocom&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=development_20130720&utm_campaign=Content

Did you know?
The National Geographic Society is a non-profit organization that relies on the generous contributions of individuals to help us inspire people to care about the planet.  Donations to Mission Programs – the core scientific and education programs of the Society – support the research and exploration behind the stories in National Geographic magazine, on the National Geographic Channel, and other media.Your donation helps us expand our efforts to fund the world’s top and emerging scientists, explorers, researchers, and adventurers.

Have fun with your captions and good luck to all. 

Please share your captions with us here at Rainsoft Ottawa, Eternally Pure Water Systems, Inc.

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“ATTR.ACTION” ~ STUNNING PERFORMANCE! ~ BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT

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SHADOW1Attr.action Black Light Theatre is a black light and shadow theatre group from Budapest, Hungary, with a unique act of creating pictures with shadows of their bodies. Here we see them performing to the musical track, “Read All About It” by Emeli Sande, in the first week of 2013 auditions of Britain’s Got Talent.

Because of Freemantle content embedding is blocked for this video so please click play then click on “Watch on YouTube“.  There are a number of different versions of this video, but I chose this one so you can listen to the brief description of the group and can also hear the judges comments at the end of their performance.

BRITAINS GOT TALENT LOGOFUZZYPHOTOPADPublished on Apr 13, 2013 by Britain’s Got Talent

This performance by Attr.action leaves Amanda speechless with the exceptional dramatics and outstanding expertise of their art.

There won’t be a dry eye in your house after watching shadow theatre company Attr.action perform – Amanda certainly welled up! Stunning magical dramatics that put our hand shadow of a bird to shame. Simon Cowell sums it all up by saying, “We’ve just never seen anything like this before!”

London Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony Hungary Ungarn Attr.action Black Light, published on Jul 25, 2012 –Attr.action Black Light and Shadow Theatre official video – Unique shadow, silhouette Opening performance at Hungarian Olympic Oath Ceremony 2012 Palace of Arts Budapest.  You can see the symbols of Budapest and London like Chain Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Heroes Square, Holy Crown of Hungary, Hungarian Parliament, The London Bridge, Big Ben, London Bus, Olympic Torch and the Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandewille.

 Attr.action SHADOW THEATRE DANCE ‘NEW YORK!’, published on Apr 16, 2013

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You’ll find interesting background information about members of ‘Attraction’ here ~

http://hungarian-success-stories.co m/2013/04/29/emotional-performance-without-spoken-words/

After watchng these videos many times,
I am still amazed and in awe of this
phenomenally talented theatre group!!!

SUPERB PERFORMANCES!!!

 

IS YOUR ATTITUDE CONTAGIOUS? ~ INSPIRATIONAL!!!

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“ATTITUDES ARE CONTAGIOUS.
IS YOURS WORTH CATCHING?”

YouTube video, “Attitude is Everything” by Vicki Hitzges, uploaded on March 22, 2011.  Music “Free As a Bird” by Omar.

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference.”
Three of my favorite quotes from this video are ~

ATTITUDE IMAGE WARD

 KEEP AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE ~ “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward

ATTITUDE IMAGE BOOKERJOY BOOMERANGS ~ “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” Booker T. Washington

ATTITUDE IMAGE VISCOTTSURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE  ~ “To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” David Viscott

This fantastic book is available from Simple Truths ~ click here to learn more about the book: http://bit.ly/dLbqOS

 

Do you think your attitude is making a difference in your life and the lives around you???

Let us all count our blessings ~
and jot them down.

ANIMATED EASTERGIMP

Best wishes for a great weekend
now that spring is finally here
from your friends at

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YOU EAT 3,496 LITRES EVERY DAY!!!

WATER FOOTPRINT

The Global Water Footprint of Humanity

ANGELA MORELLI PHOTOAngela Morelli is an Italian designer. She gained her MA in Communication Design with distinction from Central St Martins, where she specialised in Information Design. Her first degree was in Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and she has an MA in Industrial Design from Milan. She has collaborated with a number of research and commercial organisations in Europe and works as a Graphic and Information Designer. She is based in Norway.

WATER FOOTPRINT1The Global Water Footprint of Humanity is her final MA project, based on research carried out by Unesco and The University of Twente in the Netherlands, and awarded Honorable Mention for Outstanding WOrk at the INDEX:|AIGA Aspen Design Challenge Designing Water’s Future.

Angela Morelli – The Global Water Footprint of Humanity

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Angela Morelli is an Italian information designer based in London. Her love of mathematics led to an engineering degree from the Politecnico of Milan. Her love of design led to a long journey through industrial, communication and information design. Her love for the planet led to a strong passion for global water issues. Her love for science led to dialogues and collaborations with research and commercial organisations in Europe.

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She believes that bringing about change is not an easy task and it can only follow from a true understanding of a problem, from awareness and reflection. Design has a vital, irreplaceable role to play in achieving this understanding through empathic thinking and emotional intelligence.

T.G.I.F. ~ HILARIOUS ANIMAL HIJINKS

FUNNY ANIMALS

LAUGHING5GIMPYouTube video ~ Try not to laugh. Best Animals Fail & Wins Compilation Ever !!, Funny Hahaha!!, uploaded by KarmaloopOffical

LAUGHING2GIMPCROPPEDIt’s not surprising to see that this video has had over three and a half million hits just in the last year alone!!!

LAUGHING4GIMPThought you might appreciate something really hilarious before you head off for your weekend activities.

Rainsoft Ottawa staff hopes you have a great weekend.

WATER DROPLET1_FOR BLOG ICON~ See you back here next week. ~

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HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE A LA ‘POPEYE’ ~ FUN!!!

 Your ‘Happy Almost’ chuckle – 
enjoy and share

This will take some of our readers w-a-a-a-y back down memory lane and will be an eye opener for our young readers ~ the POWER of Popeye’s spinachWOW!!!  The original air date of this classic animated film was January 21, 1938. The song that Popeye and Bluto sing at the beginning was originally featured in Max Flesicher’s 1936 “Color Classic“, “Christmas Comes But Once a Year“.

YouTube video, Popeye The Sailor 057 – Let’s Celebrake, uploaded by James Flynn on Dec 11, 2009.  Animators: Seymour Kneitel, William Henning, Uncredited animators: Graham Place, Abner Matthews

Here’s a comment I like posted by a YouTube member, sashi138, 2 years ago, “NOW THAT ONE IS WORTH IT!! Its one of those rare ones where Popeye and Bluto get along, AND It shows just how huge a heart the one-eyed sailor has for children, animals, and the (often forgotten) elderly. GO SPINACH POWER!!!”

NEW YEAR ANIMATED CARTOON

 Have an enjoyable and safe New Year’s Eve celebration and come back tomorrow for our “Happy New Year 2013 – Awesome!” blog.

INCREDIBLE!!! ~ LIVE BIRTH OF THREE STINGRAYS

STING RAYS

AWESOME LIVE BIRTH VIDEO !!!

N.B. ~ This is a follow-up to my blog, “Magical Place ~ Stingray City in Grand Cayman“, posted December 13, 2012. 

I’m reposting the 2nd half of my blog because I feel that some may have missed this amazing event because:  1) it wasn’t mentioned in the title and; 2)it wasn’t the foremost part of the blog.  I hope you find this as amazing as I did.

If you’re interested in seeing a stingray give birth on a dock, watch the following YouTube video, “Stingray Gives Birth On Land After Being Caught By Fishman posted by 718DJNOBODY

One comment posted about this video – ” People! Watch the whole video. He does put them back in the water. I am so glad my kids could see a stingray give birth and then watch as the guy carefully helped them get back in the water. Thank you for video taping this, but also for responsibly putting them back in the water.”

UNBELIEVABLE! NOAH’S ARK BUDDIES ~ LION, TIGER, BEAR

If we could all just get along like these three unusual friends: Leo the lion, Babloo the bear and Shere Khan the tiger, our world would be a much better place in which to live.

YouTube video, “Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center (Noahs-Ark.org / Locust Grove, GA)”, uploaded by 4444Jama on Dec 9, 2009 ~ Lions, Tiger, and Bear living together. Watch as 3 three play and give each other affection. Please visit their website and help them raise money for the other animals to eat. Any size gift would be appreciated and is tax deductible, visit http://noahs-ark.org/donate.html

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Uploaded by on Dec 16, 2009 ~ Lion, Tiger and Bear Stay and Play !

~ Noah’s Ark of Locust Grove Georgia Promo ~

“Bringing children and animals together for the purpose of providing unconditional love, unconditional service, and a future full of hope”

Noah’s Ark is a rehabilitation center for animals and a group home for children from birth to 18 years old. The non-profit facility is home to over 1,000 animals and is licensed by the State of Georgia to provide residential care for up to 24 children.

Without a doubt you will all be as deeply touched as I was watching this incredible account of the caring dedication of the staff and volunteers as they provide sanctuary to hundreds of injured or abandoned animals, birds and reptiles, and of the unconditional love they give the children in their care as they nurture them through rehabilitation using their remarkable animal therapy  

To all our readers ~ I hope that you will make a donation to Noah’s Ark and help make all of Jama’s dreams become a reality by visiting http://noahs-ark.org/donate.html!

Here is a link to a series of videos uploaded by on Apr 17, 2009

Join Aurea McGarry as she travels through a wondrous place in Locust Grove, Georgia called
“Noah’s Ark Animal And Children Rehabilitation Center.”
Founder, Jama Hedgcoth, had a dream when she was four years old and never let go of it. A non-profit organization that has helped over three hundred abused and abandoned children and over 1000 animals find love and comfort during their darkest days. The only place where a lion, tiger and bear live together as family in the same den. Filmed on location, Aurea has the time of her life being kissed by a monkey named Clark Gable and a 1000 pound bear named Baloo. A show the entire family can enjoy together. Find out how you too can visit them and see first hand what the dream of one small child can do to help the lives of so many.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxoFS_e9Yp8&feature=bf_prev&list=ULgLlFq1UyHOo

Read more at http://planetsave.com/2009/12/21/friendship-between-lion-tiger-and-bear-video/#pT4LoYCGAXsQcM9c.99

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN?

Watching and listening to a summer’s gentle rainfall on the lake is so restorative.
Children around the world take great delight in splashing through puddles during a rainfall.
To many people rainfalls are uplifting, invigorating and soothing.

I uploaded the following video to YouTube on November 2, 2012 for this blog ~


There have been hundreds of popular songs written about the rain – for example: ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head‘; ‘Dancing In the Rain’ and most recently “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” performed by Phillip Phillips on American Idol.

 ~ Do you know how rain actually is formed? ~

The drops or ice crystals, in the form of cloud, become so heavy that the air cannot hold them up and they fall to the ground as rain… Since rain provides fresh water making the rivers flow, filling lakes and keeping plants alive, it is very significant. We cannot imagine our life without water ~ excerpt from The Benefits of Rain by Michael C Miller ~ http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Benefits-of-Rain&id=4795042

 ~ Interesting Cultural attitudes towards rain ~

Rain can bring joy, as some consider it to be soothing or enjoy the aesthetic appeal of it.
In dry places, such as India, or during periods of drought rain lifts people’s moods.
In temperate climates, people tend to be more stressed when the weather is unstable or cloudy.
In Botswana, the Setswana word for rain, “pula”, is used as the name of the national currency, in recognition of the economic importance of rain in this desert country
People find the scent during and immediately after rain pleasant or distinctive. The source of this scent is petrichor, an oil produced by plants, absorbed by rocks and soil, and later released into the air during rainfall –   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rain

I know you’ll enjoy the following rendition of “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?”, performed by Phillip Phillips, American Idol’s 11th season finale winner this year.

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The following comments are from http://www.lacarte.org/songs/rain/

  Take along stroll down memory lane, no matter what your era or your preferred style of music, browsing almost 800 song titles relating to rain and rainy things, including over 50 named just ‘Rain.’ You will  probably be surprised how many of these songs from American popular culture you know.
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This is not an attempt to catalog every possible song that merely happens to make a passing reference to rain, as so many do apparently because it’s the first thing the authors think of to rhyme with ‘pain.’ There are, in fact, according to off siteThe Muze (muze.com), over 5,000 albums containing at least one song with the word ‘rain’ in their title, just since 1960. The Virtual Flood, by contrast, hopes only to cover those songs which are likely to be known by wide audiences, and are significantly involved with rain, whether the word is in their title or not.