PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Amazing animals of Australia !

Australia, known for it’s strange animals and wildlife are so unique to Australia, that we thought it would be interesting to highlight these animals:
The “HEDGEHOG” is considered one of the most loved animals of Australia, and as of lately, they have been showing up in the United States as pets. Could you really cuddle this animal?
The “KANGAROO”, Probably Australia’s most famous animal, is definitely unique. It carries it’s babies in their pouch until they get too big.
The famous and cute Koala, is one that everybody loves. With the tremendous fires that Australia experienced the last 2 years, one of the most heart-wrenching things was to see these cute little animals, trying to escape the big fires, and some just couldn’t get away. But, there were lots of people trying to save them all. Here’s a video showing the rescue of these animals in Australia:
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Here’s another one of the “cute” animals of Australia. This is called a NUMBAT. Not a large animal, about the size of a cat.
Are all the animals in Australia Cute? Here is another one! The WOMBAT is famous especially in Tasmania, an Island off the southern coast of Australia.
Now we are in to the ‘strange” animals. This is a Platypus. Only found in Australia.
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And of course the photo that went viral: The baby platypus. Now, it is a cute animal.
I don’t know how it’s camouflage works, but, it seems like the only place it could be hard to find is in a bunch of colored flowers. This is the beautiful “Lorikeet”
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One of the dangerous animals of Australia, the Australian Crocodile. Yikes !
Yes, this is for real. The Australian Goliath Spider. EWwww!
It was spotted on a beach in Broome, Western Australia, by the Reddit users’ mum and girlfriend – and has people online very confused.
One commented “What the heck?” at the sight of the tentacled being, while another wrote: “Quite the creature”.
Many thought it was an alien, with one Reddit user writing: “They look like a bacteriophage or some sort of alien.”
Another added: “What part of that thing is the mouth?” Eventually an answer was reached, as Reddit concluded it was an anemone flipped upside-down that had washed up on the beach.
A Reddit user wrote: “The armed anemone. Also called the striped anemone”.
Followed by “I think you are correct” from another commenter.
The armed anemone is common in the waters off Western Australia.
I don’t know what I would do, if I came out of my backyard and found this. This is a Giant Goana. That’s one big lizard.
What do spiders this size eat? Anything they want to. The famous “Huntsman Spider” will give you goosebumps.
This photo was listed as one of the “scary” animals of Australia. This is a CASSOWARY. He just looks angry.
The “THORNY DEVIL”. Not a pet you would cuddle with.
The only way to get the vast size of this centipede, is to watch it take on a King Cobra. Click on the arrow to view this animal.
Australia is often referred to as the land of ”NOPE”. Wow, you just have to be careful all the time around there.
The Australian Fruit Bat. The worlds larges bat. Give that bat a mango, please!
This is only a scary frog because a snake lives inside this frog. Crazy!
Another one of Australia’s famous bird is the Kookaburra.
Click on the video to hear why the Kookaburra is so famous.
One of the most scary animals on the island of Tasmania, is of course the “Tasmanian Devil”
This animal was so famous years ago, that it got it’s own cartoon feature. Click on this if you want some entertainment about it.
Another unique animal to Tasmania is the “Spotted Quoll”.
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Christmas around the World:

The Christian world celebrates Christmas soon, and I thought it would be fun to show photos of Christmas around the world. Merry Christmas everyone !

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London gets decked out for the holidays.
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Christmas is so different around the world. In Japan, a bucket of KFC chicken has become a favorite dish for Christmas

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels from St. Petersburg, Russia

In Finland a big tradition that is catching on is to take the whole family to the Sauna.

A giant Santa Claus stands in the lake in front of Phu My Cathedral outside Hanoi, Vietnam, on December 23, 2018. In Vietnam, a predominantly Buddhist nation, Christmas is not an official public holiday, but many people have adopted it as both a religious festival and a new cultural tradition. #
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Some people in the Philippines celebrate Christmas for five months.

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Santa figures in the Philippines.
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The Christmas season in the Philippines lasts for almost half the year, according to CNN.
Decorations start going up in September and the holiday fervor doesn’t end until the first Sunday in January.
Many people hang up paper lanterns called paróls and eat a big family meal on Noche Buena, or Christmas Eve

One Christmas tradition in Poland involves keeping a fish in your bathtub.

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Holiday lights in Poland.
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Christmas in Poland is celebrated with gift giving, church services, and fasting on Christmas Eve before a 12-dish feast, which usually features carp for good luck. 
Though most people simply buy a cut of fish from the market, according to The Independent, the old tradition was for the lady of the house to keep a live carp in the bathtub for a few days before preparing it for the Christmas meal. 
This tradition is also popular in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and Croatia, according to NPR. 
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Here is how Christmas is celebrated in India, for the Christians in India that is.

Christmas in Croatia can involve cleaning your shoes and avoiding Krampus.

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Santa is sometimes called Djed Mraz in Croatia.
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Like many places around the world, some families in Croatia celebrate Christmas with an Advent wreath made of straw or evergreen.
The wreath has four colored candles that symbolize hope, peace, joy, and love.
On the night of December 5, children in Croatia make sure to clean their boots and place them by the window for St. Nicholas to fill with treats, according to The Dubrovnik Times. But naughty kids might only receive a few twigs from the Christmas monster, Krampus.

In the United States, it is still a big tradition to go and get a “live” Christmas Tree for the house decoration.

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People in Greece might keep a fire burning during Christmas to ward off holiday goblins.

Photo by Oleg Zaicev from Pexels of presents that will go under that tree.

Because it’s summer in Australia, the best way they all celebrate Christmas is at the beach!

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Christmas takes place during the summer in Australia.
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Since December is a summer month in the southern hemisphere, most of Australia is bathed in balmy temps during the holidays.
Accordingly, those in Australia frequently celebrate Christmas with a lunchtime barbecue on the beach. Friends and family gather to indulge in prawns, lobster, and sweets before playing a game of cricket or taking a dip.

In Mexico, Christmas is celebrated from December 12th to January 6th.

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From December 16th to Christmas Eve, children often perform the ‘Posada’ processions or Posadas. Posada is Spanish for Inn or Lodging. There are nine Posadas. These celebrate the part of the Christmas story where Joseph and Mary looked for somewhere to stay. For the Posadas, the outside of houses are decorated with evergreens, moss and paper lanterns.
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In Japan, a trip to the ski slope or to just visit the local Japanese Temple

In Argentina, watching the fireworks is a big tradition

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Fireworks are part of both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve festivities in Buenos Aires.
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In Argentina, many families put up their Christmas trees on December 8 — the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary — and decorate them with cotton balls to look like snow. 
Fireworks are typically launched at midnight on Christmas Eve after a late dinner, and families with children also often light paper lanterns to send into the sky.

In Big towns across the United States, a huge Christmas tree goes on display.

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Rockefeller Center in New York City puts up a huge Christmas tree every year.
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Families in the US often leave cookies and milk out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve in the hopes that they wake up to presents under the tree and in their stockings, which are hung by the fireplace.
Many families also have Christmas dinner complete with ham or roast beef and eggnog.
Cities typically put up lights and other decorations, and it’s common for families to do the same in front of their own houses. 
In New York City, people who celebrate Christmas often look forward to traditions like the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree or the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes. 
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In Europe, Santa Claus wishes everyone a Merry Christmas by boat

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And of course, the happiest place in the world, Disneyland, makes Christmas extra special !

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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Thanksgiving and Photography

Those of you living in the United States, we celebrate November 26th as “Thanksgiving Day”. And this is a time when families get together, eat a big roasted Turkey, and lots more food. But mostly it’s about getting the family together, renew our love as families and to take a moment and be grateful for all we have.

Below I have gathered some professional Photographers’ photos of Thanksgiving, and family time together so we may think about the many wonderful blessings we have. Enjoy:

roasted turkey on white ceramic plate
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mother and daughter preparing avocado toast
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photo of pumpkins
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selective focus photography of standing woman in front of dish
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group of friends making toast
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adult black and white dalmatian licking face of woman
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pensive grandmother with granddaughter having interesting conversation while cooking together in light modern kitchen
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cheerful little siblings hugging in armchair at home
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asian grandmother teaching cute granddaughter to play chess
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selective focus photo of red turkey head
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person holding baby s feet
Photo by Andreas Wohlfahrt on Pexels.com
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mother carrying her daughter
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person holding papaya fruit on bed
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: More incredible photos from BING!

We all know that Bing is one of the bigger Search engines on your computer. Anyone can sign up for Bing as their search engine. But, one thing that is amazine about Bing, is that every day when you start up your computer, they have an amazing winning photo on your computer screen. And you can subscribe to a daily treat of these photos.

With that being said, here are some photos done lately from Bing:

These polar bears seem to be just as happy as we are to visit Torngat Mountains National Park today. Located in Canada at the tip of the Labrador Peninsula and bordering the Labrador Sea, the park is accessible only by boat, charter plane, or helicopter. The name “Torngat” comes from the Inuktitut word “Tongait,” meaning “place of spirits.” The Inuit have lived here for centuries and still fish and hunt across the wide tundra valleys where these polar bears roam. This time of year, polar bears are waiting for the sea ice to form so they can venture out onto the Labrador Sea to hunt for seals.
Framed here for the season by fall foliage, the Cambron Covered Bridge is located along a nature trail in Madison County, Alabama—not Iowa, which is the setting of the bestselling romance novel “The Bridges of Madison County.” It”s believed there were once about 14,000 covered bridges in the US, but fewer than 900 or so remain today, a quarter of which can be found in Pennsylvania. But Alabama has covered-bridge bragging rights, too. The state has 11 historic covered bridges. Built in 1974, the Cambron Covered Bridge doesn”t make the official “historic” list, but it does offer hikers a peaceful passageway with great views of Sky Lake.
Spying the crooked silhouette of Corfe Castle above the rolling, foggy hills of Dorset, England, you might not guess at the ruin”s former palatial beauty—you”ll more likely sense its long history of intrigue, and maybe feel a chill down your spine.
If you”re greeted by a friendly face and a warm “Welcome to Bents” as you stroll up to this old general store, you might be having a paranormal experience: It”s been 50 years since a living soul dwelt in this Saskatchewan ghost town.
After the nesting and breeding seasons of spring and summer have passed, starlings become highly social birds, often gathering in flocks that number in the thousands. These flocks sometimes take the form of a murmuration—when the birds form a group large and dense enough that they appear to move together as a single organism, even if the movements seem arbitrary. Though scientists still don”t quite understand how the individual starlings in a murmuration coordinate their tight, fluid formations, the behavior is thought to be a way to confuse predators.
If it appears to be slinking away from the camera, maybe this chameleon is all too aware of the way some of us humanfolk see reptiles: as frightening at best, disgusting at worst. We know you die-hard reptile lovers are out there too, but it”s undeniable that reptiles” reputation among people has suffered thanks to popular villainous depictions—from “Anaconda” and “Godzilla” to the serpent encountered by Adam and Eve. Even our everyday language throws shade on this vast class of critters: When”s the last time you called someone “reptile” and meant it nicely?
A photographer happened to catch these brown bear cubs in the act of stealing a boat. Patiently, he watched from afar, snapping photo after photo. Realizing what the cubs were doing, he knew he should document this event. Intent on getting the boat into the water, the cubs worked like they’d done this before. Lighting out onto the lake, the bears seemed to enjoy the ride.
We’re celebrating International Dark-Sky Week with an image from a corner of New Mexico that’s one of the best places to stargaze in the continental United States. Dark-Sky Week is observed during the first new moon of April, when stars shine more brightly because the moon isn’t visible. The event was created to bring attention to the harmful effects of artificial light on the natural world, and to remind us of the beauty of an unadulterated night sky. Light pollution not only impacts our ability to see the stars and to sleep soundly, but also creates challenges for many nocturnal species, migrating birds, and even baby sea turtles. So, turn out those lights, look up, and be amazed at the sky that your great-great-grandparents saw.
This mountain hare is starting the year off right. It”s used to cold weather and high altitudes—and, since it”s nocturnal, it”s perfectly comfortable sleeping through an afternoon snowstorm in northeast Scotland. On New Year”s Day, humans in the US are more likely to be found in their natural habitat, the couch, dozing off or perhaps watching one of the college football bowl games on TV. Some more ambitious folks might be getting a jump on their New Year”s resolutions and exercising. First Day Hikes are part of an initiative led by state parks, with hundreds of free guided hikes offered in all 50 states. That sounds great, but maybe a little later. Right now, we think the hare has the right idea.
A mother sperm whale surfaces in the North Atlantic as her young albino calf swims beside her. It”s an especially photogenic moment for these underwater powerhouses, which spend much of their time in the dim depths over 1,000 feet below the waves. You”re meeting them to commemorate the day in 1841 when a young Herman Melville set out from New Bedford, Massachusetts, on a whaling voyage to the South Pacific that would help inspire his masterwork “Moby-Dick.” Today at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Melville fans will begin a marathon public reading of the novel—an annual event that lasts a leviathan 25 hours.
Burrowing parrots, sometimes called burrowing parakeets, are native to the arid Monte Desert of western Argentina. The birds use their beaks and talons to hollow out nesting spaces in soft limestone cliffs found in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The parrots sometimes end up captured and sold as pets for the wild bird trade. While that”s not illegal—burrowing parrots aren”t endangered—the capture and sale of these birds and others is part of the focus of National Bird Day in the United States, which is observed on January 5. National Bird Day was created to educate the public about the value of wild birds remaining wild. While keeping a parrot as a pet may seem like fun, the organizers of National Bird Day claim the parrot is going to be healthier and happier in its natural habitat.
If you want to celebrate Take the Stairs Day in style, look no further than China”s Tianmen Mountain (literally Heaven”s Door). About 5,000 feet above sea level, the hole in the mountain is the highest naturally formed arch in the world. Originally a cave, it became an arch in 263 CE when the back side of the mountain collapsed, creating the dramatic opening we see today. You”ll have to climb 999 steps to make it to the top, but we promise the view is worth it.
If you want to celebrate Take the Stairs Day in style, look no further than China”s Tianmen Mountain (literally Heaven”s Door). About 5,000 feet above sea level, the hole in the mountain is the highest naturally formed arch in the world. Originally a cave, it became an arch in 263 CE when the back side of the mountain collapsed, creating the dramatic opening we see today. You”ll have to climb 999 steps to make it to the top, but we promise the view is worth it.
Welcome to the snowy Bavarian Alps, where the mountain called the Zugspitze (TSOOG-shpit-seh) casts a cold shadow over the Eibsee, a small and serene alpine lake. Situated on the border with Austria, the peak is Germany”s highest point at almost 10,000 feet above sea level, towering over the lakeside village of Grainau.
Today we”re featuring a picture-postcard view of Val Gardena, a valley nestled in the Dolomites in the South Tyrol region of Italy. This time of year, the remote area may be a bit busier than usual as skiers are drawn to its famous slopes. In summer, it”s known for other outdoor activities, such as rock climbing and hiking. Since the 17th century, the villagers have been famed for their wood carving. Artisans create everything from simple, utilitarian items, like bowls, to finely detailed figurines. One of the woodcarvers” biggest hits? A wooden peg doll that was popular across Europe and the US during the 19th century.
At a quick glance, you might mistake these dunes for massive snowdrifts. Although they do make for great sledding, the tiny crystals that form the dunes at White Sands National Park are not snow or ice but gypsum, a soft mineral often used to make plaster and chalk. The dune field became a national monument on this day in 1933 with a proclamation by President Herbert Hoover, which set aside nearly 150,000 acres for preservation. Recently, on December 20, 2019, President Trump signed legislation making it the 62nd designated national park in the National Park System.
January 21 is Squirrel Appreciation Day. Really. It was established by Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator from North Carolina, to draw attention to the importance of these remarkably widespread creatures. Native to five continents and currently living on six (there”s no Antarctic squirrel), there are about 285 species of squirrels in the world, ranging from the tiny African pygmy squirrel to the Bhutan giant flying squirrel (when in Bhutan, be ready to duck).
This time of year, from late January to early March, babies arrive on the Serengeti. At the height of the wildebeest calving season, thousands of calves are born every day. Moments after birth, these youngsters can walk, and in just a few days, they”ll be able to run fast enough to keep up with the herd. That”s a good thing. Calving season isn”t just a draw for safari tourists wanting a front row seat at the start of the circle of life, but also for predators like lions, cheetahs, and hyenas on the hunt for easy prey.
This is the sun-soaked ice cap of Iceland”s Eyjafjallajökull. Remember the name? It”s that unpronounceable volcano that made you miss your connecting flight back in 2010. That eruption and the vast ash cloud it belched over the North Atlantic was the biggest disruption to air traffic since World War II. And this relatively small but volatile island may yet waylay the world again: Eyjafjallajökull is a lightweight among the 32 active volcanic systems dotting the Land of Fire and Ice—its much larger neighbor Katla has been closely monitored since the 2010 incident.
For India”s 70th Republic Day, we”re featuring an uncommon view of the Taj Mahal in Agra. It”s on this day that India celebrates its official beginning as an independent democratic republic after having endured nearly a century of British rule. Republic Day events include presentations of the Padma Awards (national service honors), a Republic Day parade in New Delhi, and other ceremonies.
Russia”s Lake Baikal is a record-holding wonder: It”s the world”s oldest (25 million years), deepest (over 5,000 feet in some parts), and largest freshwater lake (more than 20 percent of the Earth”s fresh surface water by volume). Baikal lies in the deepest continental rift on Earth, and because the rift is geologically active, the tectonic plates continue to move farther apart.

Hope you enjoyed this collection of photos. See you next week for more amazing photos!