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animal picture, Jade
Gotta be awful cold out! ...
A Wichita resident noticed a ball
bouncing around in the Water Development Dept's pond. He investigated
and found a flathead catfish had tried to swallow a child's toy basketball.
Every time the exhausted fish dove under, the ball would bring him back
up to the surface.
The Good Samaritan tried numerous times
to get the ball out but was unsuccessful. He finally had his wife
puncture the ball to deflate it and release the catfish...
Eyes bigger than his stomach, for sure!
We've got to stop meeting like this! ...
This caretaker loves his elephants...
A skull and crossbones in a
most unlikely place! Thanks to clever Photoshop manipulation, that is...
Knock knock, who's there?
What do mice pray for? More cheese? Less cats?
A treat to the eyes...
Moe, Larry and Curly?
If the shoe fits...
mmm a nice feathered lunch today?
Keep looking at the green square below, you're in for a
A tiger butterfly!
thought of a guard dog like this!
Meow-GROWL - the cat you don't want to tame!
OUT THIS KITTY - ACTUALLY A LIGER:
is very much living flesh and blood - as he proves every time he opens his
gigantic mouth to roar. Part lion, part tiger (called a "liger"),
he is not just a big cat but a huge one, standing 10 ft. tall on his back
legs, he is the largest of all the cat species.
a typical day he will devour 20 lbs. of meat, usually beef or chicken, and
is capable of eating 100 lbs. at a single setting. At just three
years old, Hercules already weighs half a ton.
He is the accidental result of two
enormous big cats living close together at the Institute of Greatly
Endangered and Rare Species, in Miami, Florida, and already dwarfs both
his parents. "Ligers are not something we planned on having,"
said institute owner Dr Bhagavan Antle. "We have lions and tigers
living together in large enclosures and at first we had no idea how well
one of the lion boys was getting along with a tiger girl, then lo and
behold we had a liger."
A 50 mph runner... Not only that, but
he likes to swim, a feat rare among water-fearing lions. In the wild it is
virtually impossible for lions and tigers to mate. Not only are they
enemies likely to kill one another, but most lions are in Africa and most
tigers in Asia. But incredible though he is, Hercules is not unique.
Ligers have been bred in captivity, deliberately and accidentally, since
shortly before World War II. There are a similar number of "tigons"
(tiger father, lion mother) in the world, though they are smaller and more
resemble a tiger.
an owl dog!
DOG OWNERS BEWARE
Keep a close eye on your dog
They are dropping dead right in front of their
owners while out walking, or just roaming around the neighbor hood.
The police are baffled on this, but have been
able to come up with a composite photo. This culprit is armed and dangerous.
See photo below.
If you happen to spot this culprit don't take
matters in your own hands call police immediately.
Why the dog left home...
if ever a cat had reason to claw their owners to death, these would
DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
A malamute in his element, a little bit of home!
wiener dog ...
with a companion...
once in a lifetime experience!
in Texas saw this lil' feller run out in front of a car, thought it was a
goat. Stopped to get it, and WOW. A real Albino Whitetail Deer. Just
old, but doing fine. No Momma deer around. Another car nearly hit it
front of Mark...
he is THE neatest thing, an oddity in nature - only 1 in more than a
million are even born. He took his
of food, followed them around the house, doing great.
dad's best friend is their Game Warden, so he was called and taken by him
Maybe he will make
in captivity somewhere and be appreciated. Kids called him POWDER.
|Deer 1, Man 0
The photos below give a whole new meaning to "hand
on Jade from British Columbia, Canada
Here's the location of this awesome Polar Jade mine in British Columbia, Canada,
25 air miles east of Dease Lake, and a
photo of the mine.
Here's pictures of the size of jade boulders being cut, and the 72" diamond
saw they use to
cut them! This nephrite jade is harder than any other yet found, and
extremely popular for carving. The owner of the mine has sold over 2400
tons of the 4000 tons he's mined. Pieces like the above are shipped to China, where they are carved and
shipped back here as "Made in China"! This is top quality
nephrite jade gemstone. British Columbia used to be under water, where
calcium merged with serpentine, and pressure & heat from the depths of the
ocean to create this jade. There is enough jade in these Kutcho mountains
to supply global needs for hundreds of years.
Stay tuned for jade carvings we
will add after our next Alaska trip!
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT JADE?
you've handled jade, you know the distinctive waxy feel of this gemstone unlike
any other. The translucent look and the variety of colors makes it an
ever-interesting gem to collect.
first use of jade goes back thousands of years in China, Mexico and New
Zealand. "Jade" is a generic term, not the technical name of a
mineral. In fact, the Chinese called anything worth carving as "yu",
including nephrite, jadeite, serpentine, bowenite, marble or even
soapstone. The artistry was emphasized rather than the particular
gemstone. Later the Europeans decided to call the Chinese carvings
Most is "NEPHRITE
jade" and not particularly rare, as
it's even found in Alaska and Canada in abundance as you can see in the above
pictures of the jade mine in British Columbia. Gigantic "Monterey
Jade" or "Big Sur Jade" boulders exist off the coast of
California near those towns, for instance.
Our Specimen of Big Sur Jade...okay okay so it's not a BOULDER, it's all we've
GOT...deal with it!
Monterey or Big Sur Jade off the California coast. The book about
harvesting huge boulders from the sea is in the book "Jade Beneath the Sea
- a Diving Adventure" by Don Wobber.
Nephrite is an intertwining
parallel formation of two fibrous crystal minerals - actinolite & tremolite
which makes this rock extremely tough. It can be nearly white if the
maganese mineral actinolite dominates, or if it contains more iron, green, gray
or black prevails. It is formed deep in the Earth's crust under intense
heat and pressure - for instance, New Zealand's nephrite deposits formed from a
collision between the Pacific floor plate and the Australian plate.
Nephrite can be carved so thin as to be nearly transparent.
Some of the colors of Nephrite Jade.
nephrite jade dates back to 7000 B.C. where two rivers (the Black Jade River and
the White Jade River) carried jade down its length from the Kunlun Mountains,
where it was collected and carried thousands of miles on the "Jade
Road", now the Silk Road, to the cities where the carvers resided.
Once the surface and river jade was depleted, a 20-40 foot zone of
horneblende schist and gneiss was discovered on the slopes of the Kunlun
It is so hard that hammers just bounce off of it, so a fire was
built against it, then the heated rock was dashed with water or vinegar to
fracture it so chunks could be pried loose, then the processed repeated over and
Only nephrite jade was found and used up to the 1600's A.D., when
the Burmese jadeite was discovered.
less common is "JADEITE", and Burma was the early prime source of this
beautiful rock for China. "JADEITE" is a mineral composed of
sodium, iron and aluminum silicate.
Presence of chromium ions causes green
jadeite's color, the finest green known as "Imperial Jade", though
equally lovely are the hues of mauve, pink, orange, red and yellow, even
black. It is tough because of interlocking grains rather than
It is also formed under intense heat and pressure (the Burmese
jadeite comes from the Uru Valley, close by the collision zone between the India
and Asian crustal plates).
The appearance of Jadeite on the market at
hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars a carat reduced nephrite jade down to a
few dollars a pound.
A lovely carving of Jadeite.
Another early source
of Jadeite was Guatemala - ancient
Olmec civilizations made large quantities of carvings in this translucent, high
quality jadeite, the source of which was lost until 1998, when a hurricane
caused landslides that uncovered veins and boulders of it. Some has
reached the marketplace, and we expect to see much more of this lovely gem
available as time goes on.
Olmec Jadeite carving
(551-479 B.C.) described the "virtues of jade" that increased its
popularity even more, such virtues transferring to the person that wears
jade. Its toughness transmits intelligence, the ringing sound that jade
makes when struck grants the owner wisdom, jade's color denotes loyalty, white
being the purest of all virtues. The shape of a disc represented Heaven
and Earth. It is also considered an important burial item, credited with
"qi", the body's life force for the afterlife. Traditionally,
every body opening was plugged with jade in some way at burial to implement
No matter where you
are in the world, jade (nephrite or jadeite) is a well loved and appreciated
gemstone, whether it is worn as jewelry, appreciated as an intricately carved
piece of art, handled for its "virtues", or carried in a pocket as a
good luck piece. Everyone should own their own bit of jade.
specimens of slabs of jade on Rocks, page 9.
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