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APPLE HARVEST!

APPLE HARVEST!

Around the 21th of October, halfway the meteorological autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, most fruit on the trees have been harvested, as, depending on the weather, early night frost might set in. Depicted here is the hand of my grandson, who has picked a few apples...

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ENLIGHTENMENT

ENLIGHTENMENT

Although I don't buy trinkets that have to be dusted often, I do love a bit of decoration in my house for creating a warm and homely atmosphere. And I found that the mosaic lights I bought a while ago are really nice! They are small glass bowls with a light in them,...

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WORLD ANIMAL DAY

WORLD ANIMAL DAY

Once we had two cats. They were named by us, but I can no longer recall who named which cat, as these are memories of my childhood. Anyhow, the cats were very different from each other, like day and night. And their names didn't match that much either. But they could...

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HARVEST MOON

HARVEST MOON

Today on saturday september 14, 2019, we had a full moon around 6:33 am in the Netherlands (12:33 am EDT). According to internet resources, it was also the farthest away from the Earth, with its 'apogeum' point at 406377 km distance. Hence this micromoon appeared...

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CONIFERS 1 – INTRODUCTION

CONIFERS 1 – INTRODUCTION

There are more than 600 species of the Order of Conifers worldwide! Quite a number of them thrive in the Northern Hemisphere, such as the Pine, Cedar, Cypres and Fir or Spruce. Almost all Conifers are evergreen, winter-resistant and tolerate prolonged and severe...

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CONIFERS 2 – FUNCTION AND PURPOSE

CONIFERS 2 – FUNCTION AND PURPOSE

Part 2. Conifers naturally grow in forests, but can also function well as solitary trees, for example in parks, in a row of trees, or as a tall green fence. And in addition to being solitary near houses and high buildings, the trees also adorn in groups, or as a mini...

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CONIFERS 3 – LEAF AND FOLIAGE

CONIFERS 3 – LEAF AND FOLIAGE

Part 3. The leaves of Conifers can be either shaped 'wide and flat', in the sense of a sheet of paper (with a broad or wide surface), or oblong (which in size can be either small or long). The latter can be compared with the shape of a young blade of grass, seen as an...

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CONIFERS 4 – CONES AND STROBILI

CONIFERS 4 – CONES AND STROBILI

Part 4. The word Conifer comes from the Latin word 'Coniferae' which means 'Cone-bearers'. This is derived from 'Conus' and from 'Ferre' or 'Bher' which means 'Carrying'. More specified: 'Bher' includes the meaning of fruit- or children 'bearing' as with a pregnancy....

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CONIFERS 5 – FAMILIES

CONIFERS 5 – FAMILIES

Part 5. The Order of the Conifers, also known as 'Order of the Pinales', of which are around 600+ species, are subdivided according to the taxonomy into about seven families. A number of them also occur in Europe such as: the Pine family (Pinaceae), the Cedar family...

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CONIFERS 6 – GROWING

CONIFERS 6 – GROWING

Part 6. Growing Conifers can either be done indoors, or directly outside on a balcony, garden or estate. There are a few factors to look out for. The purpose of growing them could be for planting a green living fence, or for creating a small forest on a quarter...

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