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Birding in Bhutan

Satyr Tragopan
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A.J. Haverkamp If I had $10,000 to spare, come April 18 - May 10, 2009 you would fine me wandering around the eastern Himalayas in Butan with Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris Birding in Bhutan tour. I thought this bird (Satyr Tragopan) is an example that futuristic romance writers need look no further than earth to find fantastic creatures to capture the imagination. Isn't the bird lovely?

Wikipedia defines ecotourism as: Generally speaking, ecotourism focuses on local culture, wilderness adventures, volunteering, personal growth, and learning new ways to live on the planet; typically involving travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions.

I don't know if I can go to Bhutan in 2009, but I have gotten some ecotourism close to home. The last time I drove over to Yosemite National Park, I was wandering around crawling among the wildflowers taking pictures of the bees and bugs. At several of the rest s…

Raven Over Arches National Park

Raven Over Arches National Park
Originally uploaded by Beefus Edward Abbey described three ravens he saw his first morning as a ranger at Arches National Park in the book Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness.

I am not alone after all. Three ravens are wheeling near the balanced rock, squawking at each other and at the dawn. I'm sure they're as delighted by the return of the sun as I am and I wish that I knew the language. I'd sooner exchange ideas with the birds on earth than learn to carry on intergalactic communications with some obscure race of humanoids on a satellite planet from the world of Betelgeuse. First things first.

I enjoy reading natural history. Not only to read about the environment, but also because enjoy seeing the world through a different mind. Comparing the ideas to my own in an internal conversation. Maybe evening learning something, or reaffirming ideas I have already.

In that quote above, I enjoyed what he said but at the same time I think I unde…

Sterling Silver Garnet and Rainbow Moonstone Pendant

Sterling Silver Garnet and Rainbow Moonstone Pendant

Product Description

STONES: 8x6mm Teardrop Garnet,
10x8mm Oval Rainbow Moonstone
SIZE: 1&1/4" tall x 3/4" wide with a 4mm bail opening
WEIGHT: 6 grams
DETAILS: Stamped .925
No chain is included with the pendant
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In my latest read, Fair Play by Deirdre Martin, the hero Michael Dante goes to his cousin Gemma (a witch) and she gives him some moonstone to attract love (the heroine Theresa Falconetti). I saw this pendant and thought of the story. By the way, I definitely have the rest of Deirdre Martin's hockey books on the wish list. It was funny and it made me cry. Have to love a book that puts you through the wringer like that.

Gemstone meanings from Sobriety Stones:

Garnet is the stone of love and devotion. When it comes to romance --> A passionate gemstone that inspires love and mutual attraction. Enhances libido as well…