Saturday, January 22, 2011

PANTHER TIGRIS











THE TIGER

The tiger (Panther Tigris),
A member of the Felidae family,
The Tiger is the largest
of the four "big cats"
Native to eastern
and southern Asia,
The tiger reaching up to three
point three meters in total length.
Weighing up to three hundred kilograms
Aside from their great bulk and power,
Their most recognizable feature
is a pattern of dark vertical stripes
Those overlays near-white
to reddish-orange fur,
with lighter underpants.

The most numerous tiger subspecies
is the Bengal tiger,
While the largest is the Siberian tiger
Tigers have a lifespan of
Ten to Fifteen years in the wild,
But can live longer
than twenty years in captivity.
They are highly adaptable…
From the Siberian taiga
To open grasslands
And tropical mangrove swamps.
They are territorial
and generally solitary animals,
Often requiring large
contiguous areas of habitat
that support their prey demands.

They are indigenous to some
of the more densely populated
places on earth,
That has caused significant
conflicts with humans.
Three of the nine subspecies
of modern tiger have gone extinct,
And the remaining six
are classified as endangered,
some critically so.
The primary direct causes
are habitat destruction,
fragmentation and hunting…
Tigers have existed
from Mesopotamia, Caucasus
throughout South and East Asia.

The range of the species
is reduced, while all surviving species
are under formal protection.
Poaching, habitat destruction
and inbreeding depression
continue to threaten the tigers.
Tigers are among the most recognizable
and popular of the world's
charismatic mega-fauna.
Featured prominently
in ancient mythology and folklore,
and continue to be depicted
in modern films and literature.

Tigers appear on many flags,
coats of arms, as mascots
for sporting teams…
Tiger, the national animal
of several Asian nations,
including India.
The word "tiger" is taken
from the Greek word "Tigris",
Possibly derived from
a Persian source meaning "arrow",
A reference to the animal's speed
and also the origin
for the name of the Tigris river.
In American English,
"tigress" was first recorded in 1611.
The generic component
of its scientific designation,
Panthera tigris, is often presumed
to derive from Greek
pan - means("all") ther of ("beast"),
but this may be a folk etymology.

It came into English
through the classical languages,
Panthers is probably of Indian origin,
meaning "the yellowish animal",
or "whitish-yellow".
Large Island inhabited
by tigers today is Sumatra.
Tigers vanished from Java and Bali
during the 20th century.
In Borneo they are known only
from fossil remains.
Compared to the lion,
the tiger prefers denser vegetation,
For which its camouflage coloring
is ideally suited…
Among the big cats,
only the tiger and jaguar
are strong swimmers…
Tigers are often found bathing in ponds,
lakes, and rivers.

Unlike other cats,
which tend to avoid water,
tigers actively seek it out.
During the extreme heat of the day,
they often cool off in pools.
Tigers are excellent swimmers,
able to swim up to four miles…
They can carry dead prey across lakes
Tigers are easy to recognise.
Like other big cats,
Tigers have a white spot
On the backs of their ears..
These spots, called ocelli,
Serve a social function,
By communicating
The animal's mental state
To conspecifics in the gloom
Of dense forest…Or in tall grass...
“Animals are visible reflections of our souls”.

January 22 – 2011

Researched: by Zuzanna Musial
2011©Zuzanna Musial

“From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.”
~Victor Hugo quotes (French romantic Poet, Novelist and Dramatist, 1802-1885)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

LOVE QUOTES











“Love Quotes and Love Sayings”

“It doesn’t take a reason to love someone, but it does to like someone. You don’t love someone because you want to; you love someone because you are destined too. It’s because you fall in Love with them, that you then try to find a reason, but you always come up with the answer, No reason!”

1. “Love starts with a smile, grows with a kiss and ends with a tear”

2. “The secret of love is seeking variety in your life together, and never letting routine chords dull the melody of your romance”

3. “What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things instead of using people and loving things”

4. ”Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, its what you are expected to give — which is everything”

5. “If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand”

6. “Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, and then you must forget the rules and play from your heart”

7. “You don’t marry someone you can live with – you marry the person whom you cannot live without”

8. “It’s so funny how we set qualifications for the right person to love, while at the back of our minds we know that the person we truly love will always be an exception”

9. “You will know when you really love someone when you want him to be happy even if his or her happiness means you are not a part of it”

10. “Every step I took since the moment I could walk was a step towards finding you”

11. “Love? It’s kind of complicated, but I’ll tell you this… the second you’re willing to make yourself miserable to make someone else happy, that’s love right there”

12. “The most eloquent silence; that of two mouths meeting in a kiss”

13. “The rule of unconditional love; it is in the giving that you make the other person realize”

14. “Lucky is the man who is the first love of a woman, but luckier is the woman who is the last love of a man”

15. “There would come a time when we have to stop loving someone not because that person started hating us but because we found out that they’d be happier if we let them go”

16. “The spaces between our fingers were created so that another person’s fingers could fill them in”

17. “There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart … pursue those”

18. “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred plus one day, so I never leave you alone”

19. “Wind is to fire like distance is to love; it extinguishes the small and enflames the great”

20.”If there is only one gift which I can give you, it will be the gift to see how others see you and you will know how special you are to them”

21.”Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward in the same direction”

22.”The secret of love is seeking variety in your life together, and never letting routine chords dull the melody of your romance.”

23.“Love is not blind, it sees more not less; But because it sees more it chooses to see less”

- Unknown Author

Sunday, January 9, 2011

MAJESTIC BIRDS










THE BALD EAGLE

The bald eagle it’s a pleasure to watch
The soaring eagle’s flight
Appears to be in slow motion
Its appearance is unmistakable
By its white head and white tail
set against the backdrop of its beautiful,
Plush, deep chocolate-colour body
Those eagles can be found thought out
Northern Mexico, Continental United States
also Alaska and Canada

The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782
As the emblem
Of the United States of America
Because of its long life,
a Great strength and a Majestic looks
In the 18th Century American settlers
Gave the bald eagle its name,
Thinking it was the same
As the Sea Eagle, the one found in Europe
like other birds,
The Eagle has been affected
By the widespread use of pesticides
But thanks to several states
Those have been breeding bald eagles
For the first time in years,
The efforts to revive
These majestic birds breeding
have been successful.

Bald Eagles can get up
To twenty nine to forty two inches long
Weigh seven to fifteen pounds
With a wing span of six to eight feet
Eagles can live around forty years in the wild,
And longer in captivity
Females are larger than males.
Bald Eagles residing in the northern U.S.A
are larger than those that reside in the south.
Bald Eagles live near large bodies
Of open water such as lakes,
Marshes, seacoasts and rivers,
Where there are plenty of fish to eat
And tall trees for nesting and roosting.
Bald Eagles feed primarily on fish,
But also eat small animals
Like ducks, coots, muskrats,
turtles, rabbits, snakes, etc..
Occasional carrion (dead animals)
They seldom dive vertically on their prey,
Preferring to descend more gradually
And snatch fish, rabbits, etc.
With their feet applying
Approximately one thousand pounds of pressure
Per square inch in each foot
They can carry about half their weight.
Their diving speed is estimated
At seventy five
To one hundred miles per hour
And around forty four miles
Per hour in level flight
They can fly to altitudes
Of ten thousand feet or more,
And can soar aloft for hours
Using natural wind currents
And thermal updrafts
Their keen eyesight
Allows them to spot fish
At distances up to one mile
Eagles swoop down to seize a fish
In their talons and carry it off…
Bald Eagle Scientific name is…
“Haliaetus leucocephalus”
Meaning -’Sea eagle with a white head’
The Bald Eagle is the only One*
That is native to North America.

January - 2011
By Zuzanna Musial

2011© Zuzanna Musial