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The Temple of Hatschepsut in Luxor, Egypt. 
At the moment it's scary empty there. Thus come there and visit it!
There will be more photos from my trip to Egypt of course. In the meantime you can find more of my and my partner's photos at http://pictrs.com/petschne or on my profile.
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The Last Of The Breed -- Fort Collins, Colorado
The number of managed honey bee hives in the U.S. has declined by 50 percent since 1950. The annual rate of loss of honey bee hives has now reached 30 percent. At least 9.2% of Europe’s wild bee species now face extinction, and another 5.2% will soon join them, and the population of once widespread bumblebee has fallen 80% in just a decade, as farmers razed clover-rich grasslands.

Why are bees faring so badly? Scientists studying the problem believe a combination of factors could be responsible, including pesticide exposure, reduction of habitat due to agriculture and other human development, an inadequate food supply and a new virus that targets bees' immune systems.

Regardless of the cause, this decline in bee population is grievously worrisome. The US Department of Agriculture has estimated that honeybees contribute some 20 billion to the economy every year, and Europe's International Union for Conservation of Nature estimates that pollination by bees — both wild and domesticated — is worth €22 billion annually in Europe.

What can you do? Plant bee-attracting flowers and plants, educate yourself about bees and the problems they face, and get involved in conservation efforts to re-stabilize bee populations. If nothing else, please help by NOT simply ignoring the problem and hoping that it will just magically sort itself out - spread the word and help raise awareness at the very least.

Maurice Maeterlinck, in his book The Life of the Bee, said that "if the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live." I don't know if that's precisely true or not, but I do believe that if we lose our bees the consequences will be dire indeed.

Thanks for reading and considering.

For ++In Praise of Polllinators curated by +Dusty Gedge, and +BugsEveryday / #BugsEveryday  curated by +Chris Mallory, and  #FloralFriday / +FloralFriday created by +Tamara Pruessner and co-curated by +Beth Akerman, +Kiki Nelson, and +Eustace James, and  #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Krystina Isabella Brion +Melania Pierce +Kanlaya Chungsangornpornsuk +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas, and +FLOWER POWER / #FlowerPower  curated by +Edith Kukla, and +//flower colors// curated by +angelic labru, and  #hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Terrie Gray +Stefanie Schächtel +Igor Schevchenko +Ernest Fdez. +Thies Groden, and  #Macro4All  by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen,   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and  #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann, and  #macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau  and +Albert Vuvu Konde +Jean-Pierre Malézieux and +Ruth Hochholdinger and +William Banik, and the +Breakfast Club / #BreakfastClub  curated by +Gemma Costa...
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Wilson's bird-of-paradise 
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The Wilson's bird-of-paradise (Cicinnurus respublica) is a species of passerine bird of the family Paradisaeidae.

An Indonesian endemic, the Wilson's bird-of-paradise is distributed to the hill and lowland rainforests of Waigeo and Batanta Islands off West Papua. The diet consists mainly of fruits and small insects.

Due to ongoing habitat loss, limited range and exploitation, the Wilson's bird-of-paradise is evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

The first footage of the Wilson's bird-of-paradise ever to be filmed was recorded in 1996 by David Attenborough for the BBC documentary Attenborough in Paradise. He did so by dropping leaves on the forest floor, which irritated the bird into clearing them away.

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TULIPS

This is one of the world's most easily recognized and loved flowers. The meanings of Tulips coupled with the immediately identifiable shape of their colorful blooms make them a comfortable flower choice. They are not too elegant, too romantic, too big, too small, or too bright; the tulip is always just right. They are like a favorite pair jeans or your mom's fresh-baked cookies in that the meanings of tulips express genuine coziness and comfort in all of the right ways.

The tulip originated centuries ago in Persia abd Turkey, where it played a significant role in the art and culture of the time. As a part of Turkish tradition tulips were wore on their turban, and thus the name was derived from there.

The meaning of tulips is generally perfect love. Like many flowers, different colors of tulips also often carry their own significance. Red tulips are most strongly associated with true love.
White purple symbolizes royalty.
The meaning of yellow tulips has evolved somewhat, from once representing hopeless love to now being a common expression for cheerful thoughts and subshine.
White tulips are used to claim worthiness or to send a message of forgiveness.
Variegated tulips, once among the most popular varities due to their striking color patterns, represent beautiful eyes.

The growing and caring for of tulip bulb gardens and plants is a rewarding pastime for many flower lovers. As one of the world's most beloved flowers, a gift of tulips is a sure delight, enchanting in its beauty and simplicity. 
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*OK,  COME OUT, QUICK! OOPS OUCH!  NOW I AM STUCK!
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Flo DiBona is a published author who writes non-fiction, fiction, and children's books.  Flo has also written, edited, and published numerous proprietary technical guides, manuals, and white papers.  She has written articles for CNN iReports and blogged on various subjects including soap operas.  Flo has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Naples News, and Newsvine.  She has been regularly quoted in Globe Magazine on soap opera advocacy issues.

Flo DiBona has over twenty-five years of experience in Information Systems consulting.  Flo has been a Principal Consultant and subject matter expert in the functional architecture, design, project management, phasing, implementation and delivery of highly regulated global Enterprise Content Management (ECM), Enterprise Records Management (ERM), and advanced capture systems.  Her wide range of expertise spans from the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical device sectors, to U.S. and Canadian state, province, county, and city government environments.  She began her career providing proprietary technical editing and writing services, and material shelf life management to the aerospace industry.  Flo is a daytime soap opera activist helping to champion canceled daytime soap operas and the soap opera genre.  She is also a supporter of the emerging independent web series genre.

Flo blogs, lectures, offers webinars, seminars, and conducts workshops on various subjects.  She lives in Southern California with her husband, daughter, and two rescue cats.
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This is the best Eagle Nest cam out there. I watched this pair in 2012 from roosting on their 3 eggs to watching the Eaglets learn to eat, fly, and ultimately fly off. It is an incredible experience. The cam is very high quality, streams well, and even has night vision so you can watch the nest 24/7. Bravo to the folks who set this cam up, maintain it, and support it.
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