Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tee Time

In some days where I get a little bit lazy to do anything, such as going hiking or body surfing, I would simply choose to take a walk to the nearby golf course. The golf course near us would actually provide me some uphill and downhill walking, so despite not hiking I still get a little of exercise. Sometimes, I compensate for the lack of cardiovascular activity by running the uphill and downhill walking path. Then, when I get tired, I take a sit at the bench and just relax my mind away, imagining so many things. Dreams such as I am climbing some glaciers, haha! However, since what is in front of me is the golf course, I sometimes would instead think of what if I will get instead a 48 hour tee times. Would I be satisfied playing golf? Would I not hit the golf ball like I would hit a tennis ball? Would I swing the club the same way I would with a tennis racket? I know I have played a little golf, and dismissed it before as something I would do when I probably slow down from life and not so interested about hiking up the slopes of the mountains nor riding the waves of the sea. However, I do have several friends who love to play golf and golf for them is their "spice of life" as much as hiking and boogie boarding are to me. Whenever they visit me for vacation, we actually always end up looking for tee times at , for somehow most of them would want to experience the many golf courses across the globe.

I can see their joy whenever we get successful in getting some tee times. Well, probably, as much as I also feel unexplainable joy whenever I experience our wonderful world at the hiking trails.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Trees For Fun Friday Finale: The Coast Redwoods

We are now on our last week of Trees for Fun Friday, hosted by Melissa, of Blogging For Fun. We are featuring trees for 8 weeks.  In this last week, I am featuring California's State tree, which is the Coast Redwoods.
Coast Redwoods, Redwood National Park, CA
The Coast Redwood forest is made up of the world's tallest trees and some of the world's oldest. Walking amidst these tall and ancient trees one can envision some dinosaurs thundering through the trails.
Tourists Walking Through Ancient Redwood Forest
Fossil records have shown that relatives of today's coast redwoods thrived in the Jurassic Era 160 million years ago. And while the dinosaurs have long since disappeared, the redwoods continue to thrive naturally only in this narrow 450- mile strip along the Pacific Coast.
Superlatives such as: immense, ancient, stately, mysterious, tallest, oldest, powerful, come to mind in trying to describe these old-growth redwoods. From a seed no bigger than the seed of a tomato, California's coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) may grow to a height of 367 feet (112 m- imagine a 35-story skyscraper in your city) and have a width of 22 feet (7 m) at its base.
Dwarfed by Natural Skyscrapers
I am Dwarfed!!
Because these trees are so tall, the treetop needles are exposed to more dry heat than the needles of branches in the dense canopy below. To compensate, redwoods grow treetop needles with tight spikes for little evaporative surface that conserve moisture.
The lower branches, on the other hand, produce flat needles in order to catch additional light through the thick canopy of branches.

These trees have shallow root systems that extend over one hundred feet from the base, intertwining with the roots of other redwoods. This increases their stability during strong winds and floods. Redwoods are naturally resistant to insects, fungi, and fire because they are high in tannin and do not produce resin or pitch. Their thick, reddish, pithy bark also provides protection and insulation for the tree.
Most redwoods grow more successfully from sprouts that form around the base of a tree, utilizing the nutrients and root system of a mature tree. When the parent tree dies, a new generation of trees rise, creating a circle of trees that are often called fairy rings. For more of Coast Redwoods, you can visit my old post in this blog here.

Redwood Highway, Redwood National Park, CA

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Getting Ready For a Blue-tiful Season: My Blog's New Layout

I had been thinking before of changing the lay-out and header image of my blog, however, with too many pictures to choose from in my files, I get confused as to which picture to use. But tonight, choosing a new theme for my blog just came in a snap. This new blog's lay-out and theme somehow is the result of the peacefulness that set in my heart after a week of turbulence, a week of fire and ice working together in me.  After several days of reflection, I go back to these assuring words that has always moved me along......
 "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" - Romans 8:28
When I am in doubt, I go back to embracing and trusting these words that all things work together, work together for good. Taking inspiration from our Mother Nature, who has been through many tests of times, yet for every tests, she continues to show the beauty and the reason why we have to go through some unforgiving forces. Observing her makes us learn that life's cycles of change and stability are integral part of our growth and developing strength in our character. Though I have so many nature pictures to represents this, but I chose Crater Lake National Park for my background, and Mono Lake State Tufa Reserve for my header.
Somehow, they are the pictures that speak to me right now, pictures of extreme peacefulness, pictures of inspiring beauty left behind after so many harsh tests in time. Pictures of trust, of hope, of the promise of a beautiful life despite the passing of many storms.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sealed With a Kiss

How joyful it is
To feel your loving presence
How blessed I am 
Receiving your healing touch
Your gentle whisper
Assures me of your great love
You give me strength
To grow, and be on my own
Mom, I promise you this
Though time and fate may separate us 
But your greatest love
In my heart is forever sealed with a kiss!

~ Betchai~

* all pictures in this post were taken from La Jolla Children's Pool*