Refreshing Quotations on Nature

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.

Sylvia Path, The Bell Jar

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Not just beautiful, though–the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.

Haruki Murakami

Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.

John Muir, The Mountains of California

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

John Lubbock, The Use of Life

Wild roses are fairest, and nature a better gardener than art.

Louisa May Alcott, A Long Fatal Love Chase

Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar.

Delia Owens, Where the Crawdads Sing

Trees’re always a relief, after people.

David Mitchell, Black Swan Green

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Blog’s First Birthday🎂

Here’s first smile of the day!!😊

The same day, a year ago I started this blog based on nature as a pastime. I captured herbs, blossoms and artistic sunsets which somehow made me feel refreshing. I clicked them all and started them sharing here.

This day is an important one as I wasn’t expecting that I would even come this long on WordPress, as I had shortage of content but, anyhow I have reached here only because of your kind support and encouragement.

During this one year journey, my blog was awarded with, GAMBA Blogging Award, which encouraged me to use my blog to spread peace among WordPress community and contribute to environment conservation. After this, I started sharing articles on environment, people and science, writing them seemed fascinating to me so, I continued writing more.

Another thing that I want to say is that, I gained a lot of scientific and moral knowledge while searching content for this blog. Thus, my blog doesn’t only help me to improve writing skills but, it also helped me to learn more in field of science.

The main objective of my blog is to spread good vibes among reader and for my personal development, to build a better sense of belongingness with the world.

Overall, I enjoyed starting this blog and sharing my thoughts with my WordPress family. Thank you so much for being so encouraging and supporting.❤

We, the human beings.
We feel.
We love.
We struggle.
We communicate.
We inspire.

I believe that the people around us are a source of great encouragement and motivation so, today’s post is about some people from my circle to make this day special.

Nandinee Sarkar, Singer

Nandinee learned music from her mother, by singing with her and by listening to her when she taught music to children.

During initial days at school, her classmates already had their specific groups and she faced difficulty in making friends. But, by participating in singing competitions, she gathered a lots of appreciation from her teachers and classmates (who also made her good friend). Besides her higher education, she kept on creating a supportive circle of singers around her and kept on winning hearts through soulful voice.

She says that singing is her alternative career option as there’s lack of stability in the music industry but, she is giving her best to let the world know her amazing talent. She is also looking for opportunities to take part in reality shows.

You can listen to her songs here.

Ayesha Parveen, Artist

When I was six years old I used to accompany my sisters in dance, and by learning from them, I started taking part in dance competitions in school. My teachers, classmates and seniors appreciated my skills.

Later on, I got very much inclined towards painting. My drawing teacher had a major role in this because she encouraged me and supported me alot to refine my art. She treated me like her daughter and I felt blessed to have her in my life. At that time, I was struggling a lot while making bonds with my friends but, through painting, I gained confidence and a comfort zone in it. In standard six itself, I participated in All India Painting Competition on the theme “Save Water” organized by Water Commission of India. Luckily, I got selected with fifty other talented participants and we went to Lucknow for the second round. I was selected in top 10 participants and it was a proud moment for me and my parents, who were there with me.

I still paint…but, there is no excitement for rewards anymore. The outcome itself is a reward. I love holding this power by which I can express my perspective through sketching and colouring , singing and dancing.

Ayesha Parveen

You can follow her for illustrations and photography on her page, Kalakriti Dimensions.

Ananya Karmakar, Artist

“Art was something I always liked but never got that opportunity to fully focus on it, and give it all my time. But thanks to Lockdown, due to which I got ample time to focus on my hobby / passion. Earlier when I was probably in 2nd /3rd standard, I started pursuing Art classes but then left it since I wasn’t able to balance between it and my studies. After that I used to only draw wherever it was needed in my school curriculum but not for my own pleasure. But since may 2020, I started exploring different artforms like Mandalaz Watercolor, Pencil Sketch,Brush Calligraphy , Madhubani painting. Hoping to explore more slowly. I now know what my hobby is. Earlier I didn’t have any particular one. So I’m happy about the thing that I now create artworks for myself, for my happiness. Thank you 😊❤️”

Ananya Karmakar

She shares her lovely art works and tutorials here.

And here’s a short video of the clicks that I shared on this blog. Some are good and some not but, I love them all.😊

Some clicks from blog…

Credits- Music: Take it, Musician- LiQWYD.

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P.S.- No matter how far we go or how more we achieve, the people around us will be anyhow always involved. A circle of great people surely add worth to our life. I am lucky to have so good environment of people around me.

Natural Sounds

The sound of nature- the birds song, the flowing waterfall, the rainforests sounds….you could imagine them in your head as the words appear in front of you!!

And recalling the times when you were away from the crowd and anthropogenic activities creates a series of refreshing scenarios.

In the present time, when one is surrounded with the smoky industries, heavy traffic sounds and huge buildings around, these things adversely affects the behavior, physiology and fitness of human beings. Thus, there is a need of spending some time in the fresh air to let our inner soul breathe in peace.

Advantage of Natural Sound

According to the latest scientific research, the natural sound changes the behaviour of synapse (which joins neurons with each other for transmission of electrical signals from our body parts to brain and vice versa) because of which the nervous connection across the body improves.

Moroever, the natural sound decreases the sympathetic responses and increases the parasympathetic responses responsible for regulation of unconscious activities like digestion, breathing etc thus, enabling the natural nervous control of body.

The natural sounds

  • Impart positive vibes.
  • Enhance focus and concentration of individual.
  • Create moment of peace.

Application of Natural Sound

By mixing live instruments and natural sounds sleep and music for meditation has been created to produce a sense of being close to nature, improve sleeping patterns and for effective meditation.

Sleep Music

Here, I have attached a playlist on natural sounds on spotify. (Ofcouse, you can find much more music there)

Playlist on Natural Sounds

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Amazing female animals

The post is about some female members of the species, who are powerful, independent and leading.

1. Lioness are believed to be best at hunting and more active than lions. They are more frequently spotted in groups for hunting in the forests.

2. Orca are the female hunting groups in the marine animals. They are matriarchal and act as leaders for their tribe.

3. Parthenogenesis is the phenomenon of production of young ones from the female gametes without fertilization. This is observed in about 80 taxon of fishes, lizards, reptiles and few birds. These females have capability of giving rise to young ones without their male partner.

I hope you liked this post. Do comment about any other such organisms.

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Bioluminescent sharks

If you remember one of my previous posts was about the phenomenon of bioluminescence (production of light by living organisms).

Three species of sharks have been found to have this property according to the recent studies.

1. Kitefin shark.

2. Black belly lantern shark.

3. Southern lantern shark.

These sharks have numerous photophores present under their skin, which emit light.

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I would suggest you to read this post to know more about bioluminescence.

Glowing Beings

Have you ever wondered🤔 why fireflies flicker?Why does water surface glows in dark?The reason is phenomenon of bioluminescence. Have a read: Bioluminescence is the process through which light is produced and emitted by living organisms. It is generally found in the aquatic marine organisms living in water columns, under deep sea, among corals etc. It also occurs in the fireflies. Scientists believe that bioluminescence could be the most common way of communication on the planet because the phenomenon mostly occurs in deep sea, which occupies the major portion of planet!! They have also discovered that…

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Amazing facts about humming birds

Today’s post is about some amazing facts about this little creature called humming bird.

1. There are about 360 species of humming birds distributed in the tropical areas.

2. These birds have very good memory because a region called hippocampus, which is responsible for learning and memory occupies maximum portion of their brain.

3. They have very high energy and metabolism, they can travel around 1000 flowers each day.

4. They weigh around 1.6 grams only.

5. Their heart beats 1,260 times per second!!

6. During flight, they flap their wings about 60-80 times per second.

7. It’s unfortunate that only 1000 individuals of this species are alive today.

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Beauty

Beauty is not mostly about looks rather it’s about one’s nature. It is all those qualities that create good vibes among the people around.

The refreshing sunrise and fading sunset.
The bright moon and the twinkling stars.
Colourful birds and roaming animals.
They all are beauties of Earth.

Kindness, compassion, love, care, humbleness and respect, all these are the beauties of beings. All species have these beauties.

But, think of ourselves what we do is that we create our standards of beauty, the perfect look that one should have. And then, we communicate our irrelevant remarks on the physical appearance of people and make them feel bad. It is better to be a moment of happiness in someone’s life rather than making someone feel bad for how they look.

Tall and short.
Slim and fat.
Young and old.
Colour of skin.
These all are the traits which distinguish people from each other. They should not be taken as standards of beauty. Beauty resides in one’s nature and behaviour.

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Stay beautiful❤

Why do viruses spread so easily through bats?

Today’s blog post is about the reasons because of which viruses get transmitted to other organisms easily through bats.

Bats are the carriers of many viruses, like rabies, Hendra, Marburg, Ebola viruses, even the coronavirus is believed to be transmitted through them. A total of about 60 zoonotic viruses (the viruses which can be spread through animals, including human beings) are transmitted by them.

They are the only mammals having flight capability, so the viruses could be spread easily when they fly from one region to another. The viruses spread through their saliva, faeces and urine.

Their life span is around 30 years so they bring the viruses near the environment for a long time.

They live in groups so, even one carrier can easily spread viruses to their groups (hundreds and thousands of bats, together) in contact.

The body temperature (about 40⁰C) of bats is comparatively much higher than other mammals thus, creating more immunity in them in the initial stage of infection as most viruses could not withstand that temperature.

Why bats do not get infected by the viruses they carry within themselves?

STING (Stimulator Interferon Genes) pathway is weak in bats (because of a mutation replacing serine amino acid from the sequence) so their immune system produces less reaction against the viruses present in their body and remains unaffected thus, bats have unique capability of coexisting with the viruses.

(STING pathway is responsible for the production of interferons, which activates immune response against viruses).

Bats do spread deadly viruses but, they are also vital for the ecosystem as they occupy a position in the food chain by eating other insects and they also help in pollination.

I hope this love season treating you well. Have a Great Day Ahead.

Would love to learn more from you on this…thank you.

How Earth became a Blue Planet?

The fact that about three fourth of Earth is covered with water in the form of oceans, seas, rivers, lakes etc. is known by all of us.

But, how these water bodies were formed and what is the source of this much amount of water on Earth is the major topic of controversies and debate for the scientists.

The oceans are significant domains of the Earth because the first life was originated in the oceans and it protected the first organic molecules and organisms from the meteoritic bombardment and UV radiations.

Various theories have been proposed about the particular topic but, none of those is universally accepted till now.

The major theories can be studied as follows:

1. Cometary Theory
The present volume of the water of the oceans is 1.4×10²¹ kg. The theory stated that during the earlier days of the formation of Earth, it was hit by several comets. These comets were full of water and about 2.2- 8.5×10²¹ kg of water was supplied to the Earth. But, it was not possible that the comets actually hit the planet during its formation period so, this theory is not accepted.

2. Terrestrial Water Inventory
This states that the source of water and other volatile substances (including water and carbon dioxide) is the interior of Earth. During the time when the planet was formed, the substances were degassed outside.

3. Volcanism
This states that the major source of volatiles is the volcanic eruption which released a large amount of water and carbon dioxide into atmosphere.

4. Asteroids
About 90% of the total water on Earth’s surface was brought to the Earth through asteroids which entered inside. This is proved by the fact that deuterium to hydrogen ratio of oceanic water is close to that of asteroids. But, the ratio was found to be slightly different in deeper regions of Earth indicating that there are other sources of water also, besides the asteroids.

5. Solar nebula
It is the clouds of gas and dust left after the formation of sun. Scientist Jun Wu suggests that one or two water molecules out of the 100 water molecules on Earth were formed from solar nebula.
When the Earth was formed, its upper surface comprised of a large amount of magma. The atmosphere was initially composed of the hydrogen and noble gases brought by the solar nebula.

Hope you found the post knowledgeable.

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Herbs

Catharanthus roseus
Catharanthus roseus

Periwinkle- Catharanthus roseus

Earlier it was called Vinca rosea.

It is native plant of Madagascar but, also grown in other parts of the world as ornamental plant and for medicinal purposes. It is used in Indian and Chinese medicine system for curing diabetes, malaria etc. The cancer drug vinblastine is extracted from this plant.

Red Amaranth – Amaranthus cruentus

It is native plant of Central and South America.
The plant is grown as ornamentals and as staple food because seeds, flowers and leaves of the plant are edible. It is also consumed as green vegetables in Asian countries. It is similar to the beet in terms of the nutrients as it is rich in carotene, protein, Vitamin C etc. The plant is also used to extract red dyes.

Hope you liked the post. This is probably the last post of year 2020.

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