Thought for the day…..” The optimist seems opportunity in every danger, the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity”
“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it”.
Said to be the World’s largest sand desert, the Sahara is about the same size as the USA, and covers about 30% of Africa. Antartica and the Artic are larger deserts, but the Sahara is the largest hot desert. Temperatures in summer can reach up to 57 degrees and some of the sand dunes can reach up to 180m, although the Sahara also includes volcanic mountains as well (the highest point is 3415m at Emi Koussi). The name ‘Sahara’ comes from the Arabic plural word for deserts. Seen here is the edge of the Sahara at sunset in Morocco. The photo was taken with an early digital camera (Olympus) many years ago.
Thought for the day ” What the wise do in the beginning, fools do in the end”
” You never know who is swimming naked until the tide goes out” (Warren Buffett).
Having just written about the problems with Cyberphoto and the difficulties in getting money back from them, suddenly, after writing on the internet, the money was repaid. Once again, the internet has shown that it is a powerful tool.
Today’s photos were both taken with the Panasonic FZ-150 camera. The first photo is of leaf cutter ants in Colombia, and the second photo (out of the archives) shows a lake and mountain scene from Norway. You have to look very closely at these photos to see that they were not taken with an expensive DSLR, just a normal ‘bridge’ camera. Leaf-cutter ants form very complex societies and live in underground nests that be up to 30m wide and can go as deep as 6m. The colony is divided into different castes based on size, with different castes carrying out different tasks. The largest ants can be up to 16mm long. They cultivate fungi in their nests, and collect leaves to feed the fungi. Adult ants feed on the leaf sap, and also use the fungus to feed ant larvae. Apart from humans, it is very unusual for any other creatures to cultivate their own food. The ants also operate an efficient waste management system from their nests.
and a photo from the archives…..early morning reflections in Haglebu, Norway………