Whimsy Wednesday and Liquid precipitation.

Zoie got caught tin the rain today… but she doesn’t really mind.  She is happy  that it is liquid precipitation, as opposed to non-liquid kinds of precipitation such as snow, hail and sleet! So Hurrah for the rain – may it melt the snow and bring on the spring flowers.  She has read that rain drops range in size from oblate, pancake-like shapes for larger drops, to small spheres for smaller drops.Who would have thought that?

Zoie did a little research and found out that  ” Precipitation is a major component of the water cycle, and is responsible for depositing most of the fresh water on the planet.
The globally-averaged annual precipitation is 990 millimeters (39 in)…
Antarctica is the Earth’s driest continent…
Rain is also known or suspected on other worlds, composed of methane, iron, neon, and sulfuric acid rather than water.”     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rain

I never knew- Thanks Zoie!

To learn more about Zoie. (Her physique is of a Magnolia Bud.)

International Women’s Day-Women and Water

From The Nature Conservancy http://www.nature.org/initiatives/freshwater/features/art33145.html

Women & Water: Do women have the power to heal the world’s waters?

“And this March — from International Women’s Day on the 8th to World Water Day on the 22nd — is a great time to recognize and celebrate the positive impact women can make for water.  Through my work as a Conservancy freshwater scientist, I’ve learned that water isn’t just a world crisis, it’s a women’s crisis. In many societies, women and girls spend much of each day collecting and preparing water for cooking, cleaning, drinking and maintaining sanitation. ….. “Everyone has a role to play, but making a difference for water involves bringing people together and tackling complex issues — two things women are particularly good at,” says Silk. “Women can be a force for steering sustainable use and conservation in households, classrooms, farms, governments and businesses around the world.”  –Kate Frazer is a senior writer for The Nature Conservancy based in Boston, MA. Read the whole article at  http://www.nature.org/initiatives/freshwater/features/art33145.html

Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water!” — Eleanor Roosevelt

Moe Says- “Woman, Water, how great is that. What a great way to teach water awareness.”  http://bit.ly/gLSJ2R

Stay tuned — Tomorrow will Zoie will be making an appearance.

"Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it." Lao Tzu

Guess what?  It’s Water Week in Botaniumus!

“ We know the worth of water when the well is dry.” -Ben Franklin

Since it is Water Week – It is Moes turn to shine – or in this case shimmer in the water!

Moe-Minister of Clean Water
Moe-Minister of Clean Water

He has water-breathing gills and can travel in the seas for as long as needed. He and his family can adapt to sea or land as needed. Moe’s job as Minister of Clean Water is a natural fit for him. While swimming he preforms water tests as well as notes underwater spots of beauty. Part of his job also includes marking problem areas. Unfortunately these areas are more common than he would like. Botaniumus citizens are used to clean azure water and areas that are not pristine make them all very sad.

Moe will be chatting about water, water conservation and any other water issues he feels like this week!

Even though it is not Fun Fact Friday – here are two cool tidbits of water info.
– “More than 99% of our living planet is ocean.” Edith Widder #TED
– The largest height variation between the highest mountain and the deepest point in the bottom of the ocean is about 12 miles.

FYI: Moe is made from Hydrangea, moss, peony. To learn more about Moe and the gang.

The sun rose two days early – what!?!???

Wessie wants you all think about this oddity…  Breaking the Horizon – Two Days Early

Greenland-By Flickr user kaet44

 

“Several weeks ago, the sun rose two days earlier than normal in Greenland. This news spread fast around the world. While some people cried out that this was a foreshadowing of a 2012 disaster, others blamed global warming or optical illusions.

You may be thinking “the sun rises every day, why is this a news story”, but in Greenland the sun doesn’t rise every day. Days are dark for several months in the winter because of the country’s location and the sun is never high enough to break the horizon.

Residents of Ilulissat, Greenland, a small town on the western coast, see the sun every year on 13 January. However, this year the sun actually rose two days early on 11  January around 1pm.”  Read more  at  http://www.organicbugblog.com/

Wessie asks -” Is it becoming too warm? What are your thoughts on this story? Is global warming the cause or do you believe another theory?” Let him know in a comment.


écologiste

Did you noticed the French theme the last week? Vaboom is pleased to have a new international friend. It is such a nice way to learn words, culture and views of life. Environmental words are the most exciting to her. She giggles for all she knows now is “Jacques Cousteau.”  She looked up “Environmental” to see what the French would be and she found  “du milieu; de l’environnement, écologiste.”  She likes the sound of  “écologiste” – so that will be her word of the week, and our topic in general this week.  Her New French Friend will be visiting Botaniums soon, and you too will get to meet him!

In admiration of Ecoology Week it was voted that Wessie (Wes) would be the spokesman for this topic this week.

Wessie (Wes)As you may remember –“ Wes soars high above the lands and sea to keep an eye both the Botaniumus citizens as well as the “others” i.e. the WoMes (us humans.) Wes’s job is Liaison of Botaniums and WoMes.To keep the “green lifestyle” active for both sides and incorporate great ideas from one to the other.

(Wisteria and Lilacs)