Monday, January 23, 2017

Observation: Abstract shots from garden........

Some abstracts from my garden...........
Curled tendril of my cucumber plant.........


Thrown one as a lasso to grow on the trellis..


Hairy leaf of tender cucumbers...they exude hydrolytic enzymes...that is why they cause itching on skin contact..

Melanin-rich gills of ink cap mushrooms....

A water droplet on the mandevilla flower tube...

The transition of raw into ripe...early autumn look of blueberry..


Cucumber leaf scarred by feeding trails of a mining worm...proteases secreted by the caterpillar has damaged the leaves...

A cucumber twig  against the night lamp...

A juvenile snail....the exoskeleton has barely started formation.........

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Health: Fulminant diseases...

Do you know what fulminant diseases mean?
It is the medical terminology for fast killer ailments.......like flu, Ebola, dengue, malaria, brain-eating amoeba...which can kill the victims within few days...
These etiological agents provoke immune system so bad, excess of reactive oxygen species are releases...which damage vital organs..causing respiratory collapse and brain hemorrhage...leading to inevitable death......

Educate yourself on such scary pathogens by following guidelines of international health care agencies like WHO, NIH, and CDC.........

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Place: Seattle Japanese Garden ...............

Seattle Japanese Garden within Washington park arboretum ...it was our third visit to any Japanese garden...........first two were  that in Long Beach and San Diego (Balboa Park), respectively..
It was early September....so, wisteria had already done blooming...and the maples, persimmon were yet to change colors...the rhododendrons and camellia were yet to bloom..
Despite it, the garden was beautiful...we spend few hours....some shots, as we strolled, watched koi and some freeloader mallards...














Friday, January 20, 2017

Thought: Human life span and other long-living critters........

We give ourselves too much credit for the way we have evolved...
Despite all our progress, achievments, luxuries...morbidity and mortality catches up with us...
Only a few cross the remarkable age 100......

But, some animals have evolved to live longer than human ...such as...
Antarctic Sponge...Red Sea Urchin.....geoduck.......Ocean Quahog....Koi Fish.....Tuatara....Giant Tortoise...Bowhead Whale...

Despite no cooked food, housing, medicine, surgery!!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Knowledge: Fruit and vegetable browning.........

Browning of fruits and vegetables is a common problem in food sector. This enzymatic process compromises the quality of post-harvest produce and leads to large quantity of food spoilage and economic loss. 
Firmness, taste and flavor of the produce are degraded, leading to lowered shelf life. The chemical reaction underlying this process has been identified as the activity of enzyme polyphenoloxidase (PPO) or phenolase. 
Most fresh agricultural produce are susceptible to the browning; however are affected more. Among fruits the stone fruits (apricots, pears, plums), apple, bananas, litchi, grapes, pineapple, berries mangoes, melons are easily browned. 
Like this banana, rendered soft and unedible...

Among vegetables, potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, peas, avocados, lettuce are easily affected. However, the very same process of browning benefits other plant-based food products like tea, coffee, cocoa, raisins, prunes.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Thought: Human as nuisance to the health of environment....

We, humans have caused a great deal of damage to the world..
Most of they are irreparable...but some can be amended.

Here some of my views....to open our eyes...


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Joy: We with fauna......

Loving animals is great......but not encroaching it their privacy is necessary.....
We try to maintain that safe distance as we have a good look at them...
Peacock......

Monitor lizard......

Kookaburra.....

Llama..

Leopard...

Siamang.........

Sea lion.........



Sea gull........

Mallard..

Pelicans..

Harbor seal..

Egyptian goose...

Turkey vulture........

Peacock.....

Cat...in a grocery store...

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