That which endures......

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  1. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    In the warmth of my home, the pussy willows which I brought home from a horseback ride on January 12th are now fully emerged and covered with pollen. On the day of the ride the temperature was just on thawing, and then plummeted to -40C within 36 hours.

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    At last count there were 34 varieties of Willow to be found in the Yukon Territory of which 23 can be found in Central Yukon. They are one of the most hardy and enduring of species.

    http://www.flora.dempstercountry.org/V.A.2.Salicaceae/Salicaceae.html
     
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  3. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    A large stick insect, locally known as 'tree lobster' has been presumed extinct for more than 80 years but Dryococelus australis has been found alive on Ball's Pyramid. They live there, and, as best we know, nowhere else.

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    Four insects were collected of which two died. The other pair has been successfully breeding and now comes the question of when and where to release them back to the wild.

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    Here is a video of one of these fascinating insects hatching.


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    http://media.theage.com.au/system/ipad/lord-howe-island-stick-insect-hatching-3085551.html
     
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  5. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    It would seem to be a distinctly human trait to preserve records of our memories, both individually and collectively.

    From charcoal drawings on cave walls unto the present age of digital data, we preserve those things that are special to us.

    Almost two years ago, a foal was born here that is likely to be the last foal I raise on the property. For that reason he is 'special' and represents a considerable portion of my life's learning and energy in his arrival at this place and time, a conscious choice of selective breeding with the specific purpose of being my equine companion in future years.

    My husband did all of the video work and editing in this short piece, and the music is also original work by my husband, a studio musician, who does not care to perform publicly. That he agreed to use his music for this piece is also special.

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    The preservation of memories, a most enduring human trait.

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  7. Trooper Secular Sanity Valued Senior Member

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    Great video! Loved the horses, and the music was good, but what was he saying about underwear?
     
  8. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    LOL....

    It's a teaser.

    "You make me hungry when you wear...
    Your Sunday dress, no underwear."

    Can't have panty lines showing, you know...

    Not quite a perfect fit for the video but young horses are hungry little critters and mares don't sport underwear.

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  9. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    The night sky was superlative this night as I stood beside my vehicle allowing it to run for a few minutes before I headed in to work, the time being 12:30 a.m. A gossamer veil of northern lights subtly illuminated the clearing and I could just make the outline of the mountains in the distance and the tall pines 100 yards away. The temperature was already below freezing and forecast to drop a few more degrees yet and the stars glowed brightly against the moonless sky.

    I was facing to the east when a movement caught my eye and I fixed my gaze upon a bright spot in motion at nine o'clock on the horizon. A brilliant comet with a wide streaming tail was arching toward the earth as if caught in slow motion. It seemed to take about three seconds to complete it's journey before vanishing soundlessly below the horizon. I glanced at my wristwatch and in the reflection of the taillights of the car, I noted that it was 12:32 a.m. I would have to do a search on-line in the morning to see what I might learn.

    A quick search leads me to believe that I witnessed a 'fireball' of the Lyrid meteor shower that happens every year around this time. Weather conditions were absolutely optimum for viewing and my departure schedule coincided with the peak meteor activity. Many times I have been aware of the timing of forecast meteor schedules and scanned the skies in vain, most often hampered by inclement weather. Last night, I had no expectations and the viewing was all the more special for being totally unexpected.

    The 'shooting star' that I saw looked very much like this image for scale and brightness.

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    (Note: No photo credit that I can find to give the photographer their due.)

    Upon reflection, few things are more enduring than our fascination with viewing the night sky and speculating upon the origins of the universe.
     
  10. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    As a test, I dug out this thread that I started to see if the search function actually is active but only searching the database since it was activated. I had remembered which forum I had placed it in and didn't have to backtrack terribly far to find it. For the thread content itself, I have observed that we are a species that both thrives on change and is discomfited by same, even when the change is a positive one of our own instigation.

    We are particularly adverse to change over which we have no control and little or no prior warning as witness the reactions to the recent upgrades at this very forum. I am mindful that this forum is provided with no charge to it's members beyond a donation solicitation which is not ardently trumpeted and while the site may generate a bit of revenue from on-line ad clicks by some viewers, that is hardly my concern as I don't click them. What I appreciate is that I have a free-to-me toy that someone else has the maintenance of.

    There is nothing as enduring as human nature and I don't expect we shall evolve beyond that anytime soon. Never shall all agree on a thing, anything, for we are all viewing the universe from different perspectives in space and time.

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  11. forthelongesttime Registered Member

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    I think the horse back at that time was bigger and shaped different. Marco Polo saw the I cant remember its name eagle that could pick up an elephant. In North America the homing piegon was so numberous the flock would block the sun for couple of days. Story goes some kid killed and ate the last one.
     
  12. forthelongesttime Registered Member

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    Im thinking total different horse and other different horse some where else finally meet up and interbred maybe. Or we just have the ability to domesticate over and over again. The ancient horse you speak of I dont think is so ancient it lived along side modern humans.
     
  13. forthelongesttime Registered Member

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    My computer is being slow im not clicking site. How did your acquaintance know the horse was ancient?
    Maybe they draw the head small to emphasize the muscular and beautiful body of the horse or its power (horsepower).
    Im sorry about all my spelling errors.
     
  14. forthelongesttime Registered Member

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    One day my uncle told me something that is so true.
    "everything you can imagine has happened"
    lion and lamb leopard and kid have lied many times over and over.
    the bible uses the example as a heavenly day or peace.
    I live my life and love it and make it heaven.
    I am in proverty in America but what does that really mean.

    I am sure that even the people in proverty all over the world find that happiness and have love even in the worst of times.
    life is heaven
     
  15. forthelongesttime Registered Member

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    maned wolf last of its kind enduring
     
  16. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    Thank you adding content to this thread, forthelongesttime. Great image of a maned wolf.

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  17. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    One enduring feature of our human nature is the desire to share information and discoveries. A friend just sent me the following demonstration of how to very easily separate the egg yolk from the white, Chinese style.
    Worth sharing, in my opinion. What a clever idea!

     
  18. Oystein Registered Senior Member

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    "That which endures . . . makes us stronger?"

    I read that in a comic book once. In fact, I've learned everything worth knowing from comic books. (Wait, I've learned a few things from my Uncle Vinnie.)
     
  19. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    Welcome to the forum, Oystein.

    I seem to recall hearing that quote as 'That which does not kill us serves to make us stronger.'

    Comic books not infrequently offer teachings disguised as humor and satyr.

    Nice of you to give some credit to Uncle Vinnie.

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  20. Oystein Registered Senior Member

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    Why thank you.

    Nietzsche, I believe.

    Most are trash. Of course most books are trash too. (Sturgeon's Law.)

    Come to think of it, I don't have an Uncle Vinnie.

    You are a decent person, I can tell that. Have a good day!
     
  21. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    Why does it not surprise me that you have no 'Uncle Vinnie'?

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    As enduring works go, the following is a classic.

    Rudyard Kipling
    The Law of the Jungle
    (From The Jungle Book)



    Now this is the Law of the Jungle -- as old and as true as the sky;
    And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.
    As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk the Law runneth forward and back --
    For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.


    Wash daily from nose-tip to tail-tip; drink deeply, but never too deep;
    And remember the night is for hunting, and forget not the day is for sleep.
    The Jackal may follow the Tiger, but, Cub, when thy whiskers are grown,
    Remember the Wolf is a Hunter -- go forth and get food of thine own.
    Keep peace withe Lords of the Jungle -- the Tiger, the Panther, and Bear.
    And trouble not Hathi the Silent, and mock not the Boar in his lair.
    When Pack meets with Pack in the Jungle, and neither will go from the trail,
    Lie down till the leaders have spoken -- it may be fair words shall prevail.
    When ye fight with a Wolf of the Pack, ye must fight him alone and afar,
    Lest others take part in the quarrel, and the Pack be diminished by war.
    The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, and where he has made him his home,
    Not even the Head Wolf may enter, not even the Council may come.
    The Lair of the Wolf is his refuge, but where he has digged it too plain,
    The Council shall send him a message, and so he shall change it again.
    If ye kill before midnight, be silent, and wake not the woods with your bay,
    Lest ye frighten the deer from the crop, and your brothers go empty away.
    Ye may kill for yourselves, and your mates, and your cubs as they need, and ye can;
    But kill not for pleasure of killing, and seven times never kill Man!
    If ye plunder his Kill from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride;
    Pack-Right is the right of the meanest; so leave him the head and the hide.
    The Kill of the Pack is the meat of the Pack. Ye must eat where it lies;
    And no one may carry away of that meat to his lair, or he dies.
    The Kill of the Wolf is the meat of the Wolf. He may do what he will;
    But, till he has given permission, the Pack may not eat of that Kill.
    Cub-Right is the right of the Yearling. From all of his Pack he may claim
    Full-gorge when the killer has eaten; and none may refuse him the same.
    Lair-Right is the right of the Mother. From all of her year she may claim
    One haunch of each kill for her litter, and none may deny her the same.
    Cave-Right is the right of the Father -- to hunt by himself for his own:
    He is freed of all calls to the Pack; he is judged by the Council alone.
    Because of his age and his cunning, because of his gripe and his paw,
    In all that the Law leaveth open, the word of your Head Wolf is Law.
    Now these are the Laws of the Jungle, and many and mighty are they;
    But the head and the hoof of the Law and the haunch and the hump is -- Obey!
     
  22. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    Today I celebrate the fact that I have endured another year, lol, and by such endurance I do justify posting the following video to this thread for the pleasure which it may also bring to others. My age this day is the same as the year in which I was born so a small riddle for the mathematically inclined to solve.

    Age is but a number, while women, as all know, are 'timeless' beings.

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    Enjoy!

    [video=youtube;Y5XJbSqwriM]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5XJbSqwriM&feature=g-vrec[/video]
     
  23. quantum_wave Contemplating the "as yet" unknown Valued Senior Member

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    Thank you for the video. They are wonderful, beautiful, and well bred. You want one, don't you. What are they called? And now I find that I am too young to be your father, so thank you for that too,

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