“A song she heardOf cold that gathersLike winter's tongueAmong the shadowsIt rose like blacknessIn the skyThat on volcano'sVomit riseA Stone of ruinFrom burn to chillLike black moonriseHer voice fell still...” ― Robert Fanney
While the sculpting one of the statues in Kumartuli, Kolkata, WestBengal in India, the moment was caught with complete agony on the face of the statue with so much of felt reality.
'Although the Supersoul [i.e. God within], appears to be divided, He is never divided. He is situated as one.' - Bhagavad Gita Chap 13, verse 17
The images of striking blue and gold macaws soaring or birds snuggling in a tree are powerful. People see these magnificent birds in the wild, and they want to own one. Birds are the third most popular pets in the world, but unfortunately, this overwhelming desire has led to the demise of many parrot species, as buyers purchase wild-caught birds instead of those that are captive-bred. Even with regulations in place -- the Endangered Species Act, the Wild Bird Conservation Act, and a ban under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) -- millions of wild birds find themselves stuffed in boxes or bags headed for the black market. Yellow-headed Amazons, for example, sell for $800 to $1500 each in the United States. Most die in transit, but those who make it are sure never to return to their natural habitat.Reference: www.pbs.org
Catatumbo Lightning StatisticsFor residents of temperate regions accustomed to storms of brief duration and intermittent frequency, the immensity of this phenomenon can be difficult to comprehend. According to the November 26th, 2007 MeteoGroup article ' Fire in the Sky ' this single storm, which never changes position, creates over 1,000,000 electrical discharges (bolts) per year. The intensity of the discharges can reach 400,000 amps and the light from the storm is clearly visible 250 miles (400 kilometers) away. It is also the largest natural producer of atmospheric ozone in the world.The storm is active about 150 days per year,every year. During periods of peak intensity, the storm can last up to ten hours a day and produce 280 electrical discharges per hour. This provides near constant illumination of Lake Maracaibo and the surrounding areas. The phenomenon has also been called the Maracaibo Beacon, as ships have used the storm as a navigational aid for hundreds of years.Reference: Suite101.com