Koala to Putin: Vladimir, don’t mind Tony, his communication skills are zero and vocabulary is a bit limited. He meant ‘the cuddly koala group hug,’ but it came out as ‘shirtfront.’
(Shirtfronting: rough tackling to the ground of an opponent in Australian slang – move considered illegal in Australian football. Australian PM Tony Abbott infamously repeatedly announced he would shirtfront Putin. Honestly, Putin’s nerves are made of steel and his patience is infinite after a comment like that. Link to reference)
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Tony Abbott with cute and cuddly koalas at G20 in Brisbane, Australia
Koala to Putin: Vladimir, now I see what all those dogs and others animals have been raving about!
This kind of tackling is welcome, as long as none of these dogs is called Tony ;)
Putin and the gorgeous Caucasus snow leopard, one of the mascots of the Sochi Olympics
Forgot to add this picture! Putin swimming with the dolphins:
animal rescue, animal rights, California, dolphins, endangered animals, marine life, Natural Resoures Defence Council, nature, sonar, US Army, US Navy, US war machine, US wargames carnage, USA, whales
Outrageous! This must stop!
The Natural Resources Defense Council is suing the US government for allowing the Navy to train off the California coast, imperiling vast amounts of marine life. High intensity sonar used by ships and submarines frequently result in the deaths of dolphins, whales, and many endangered animals, yet the armed forces have been granted vast authority in how they train.
Many dolphins and whales get beached with painfully burst auditory canals! Disruptions of behavior, disorientation, abandoning of feeding of their young and death are also the result!
As usual, US Army/Navy turn the blind eye and deaf ear on the carnage their wargames leave behind!
Thank you, Maddie of 1EarthUnited Blog, for the petition links to stop this outrage!
This video makes me smile, while tickling my heart with the softest down of true love! This little orphan foxy has so much love and he shows it in the sweetest way! We need all the love we can get in our world today! Blessings to the little fox and people who care for him! May his life be always filled with much love. Blessings to all!
Thanks to Maddie Walsh from 1EarthUnite.wordpress.com for pointing out this video!
Catskill Mountains, frogs, geese, horses, nature, nature photography, New Age, New York, Rail Trail, Russian Orthodox Monastery, Tibetan Buddhism, Upstate NY, wild flowers, wild life habitat, Woodstock New York
I am continuing my series on America’s cool and off-beat spots.
I live in a beautiful part of New York State, the Catskill Mountains. Renowned for its skiing in the winter and hiking in the warmer seasons, it is also home to various colleges, artist and New Age communities, as well as monasteries and spiritual retreats.
Definitely visit the Woodstock Buddhist Monastery. Read my post + lots of pics: Woodstock Tibetan Buddhist Monastery
There are many other fascinating places to visit in the Catskills, including the New Age town of New Paltz, Russian Orthodox Monastery and the Peace Village. I am planning some posts about those in the near future.
But today’s post is all about the nature of the Catskills.
Many New Yorkers buy secondary homes in the Catskills because of its gorgeous mountains and unspoiled nature. Overpopulation, overconstruction and incessant traffic are a problem in most of the USA.
But the Catskills remain one of the few relatively pristine corners of the country, still preserving the beauty and charm of a long by-gone era.
Stamford, New York, known as the Queen of the Catskills, is located in the heart of the area.
In the olden days, when a railroad ran through town, well-to-do New Yorkers would vacation at the local summer and winter resorts. Some built grand summer homes. However, with the advent of automobiles, the rail road became defunct, and as fewer people came to Stamford, the town lost its luster, falling on hard times. But in the past twenty years, as buying of secondary homes became popular again, New Yorkers flocked here once more to destress and be with nature.
The defunct railroad has been turned into a nature trail, presently running for miles and miles to the neighboring towns. Dubbed the rail trail, it is my favorite place to hike, do photography and meditate.
I hear that the long-term plan is to revive the defunct rail road and bring big city traffic and commerce back to town. It would be a pity. The rail trail is a way for humans to interact with nature in a peaceful and unobtrusive way, and without creating unnecessary disruption of wild life habitats.
My hope is that the unique natural ecological system that so many people, animals, birds and other creatures can enjoy now won’t be destroyed, as humans attempt to re-assert their dominion over the area.
In Stamford, beautiful nature starts right at my doorstep.
Wild flowers on the rail trail.
Colors of the rail trail.
As I walk, scents of various blooms are intoxicating.
The mighty Delaware River starts right here, in Stamford, as a tiny trickle. It runs through the entire town and along the rail trail.
A cute pink frog from the river, whom I met on the rail trail and who graciously agreed to a photo op.
My favorite pond and its inhabitants.
I was lucky enough to capture him in flight!
My friends, Mr. and Mrs. Goose.
The Catskill Mountains are lovely any time of the year.
Horses on the rail trail.
And more beautiful horses.
Today, I am simply sharing some beautiful images of one of my favorite flowers – lotus. I’ve collected them overtime from different sources and thought it wonderful to feast the eye on them this weekend. The lotus is so pure and healing…
In the East, it is a symbol of wisdom and enlightenment. And because it is considered an embodiment of harmony, lotus is a truly wonderful feng shui!
No words are needed. Simply enjoy!