7 Epic Displays of Lightning

Magnificent Creator of all on display through His Creation!

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1. Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Iceland eyjafjallajokull-volcano-lightning-iceland_26742_990x742

On a Sunday In Iceland, Volcano Eyjafjallajökull burst through her ice caps and provided a light show for villagers down below of burning red magma and crackling white lightning  as clouds of black ash covered the night sky. Photographer Sigurdur Hrafn Stefnisso took the time to snap some photos before getting to safety. But how does this happen? This kind of phenomena happens when a volcanic cloud and its convection current are carried up into higher than normal parts of the atmosphere, creating static with the surface of the planet (hence, the lightning). It’s what scientist call a “Dirty Thunderstorm.”

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Ominous Storms Photographed in Black and White

Wow, Fear Allah as His magnificence is clearly seen in His creation! The time is drawing nearer and we shall be asked about how we cared for Planet Earth, do your part, fight climate change, plant a tree.

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Photographer Mitch Dobrowner travels the U.S. and sets up his camera in front of apocalyptic storms that rise above rural fields in Oklahoma, Kansas, and North Dakota.

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Homes in Unexpected Places

Amazing and telling captures to accompany a sad story. Yet, however humbe, it is home. And home is where the heart is. I am hopeful (and suspect) that many of these dwellers have full hearts despite what others in our world might see and sense. A thoughtful post!
A curious and interesting look at some other cultures of the world and how they live, adapt to, and accept their circumstances, making the best of what they have. Can we learn some lessons here?
Great comments, May Allah make us grateful for what we have, and help us to help others in any way we can!

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See the homes of 70% of Caracas’ residents

In Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, nearly seventy percent of the population lives in slums that seem to drape over every corner of the city.

Welcome to the world’s largest vertical slum

In the centre of the city is the Torre David, a forty-five story unfinished office tower that was in the midst of construction until the developer died in 1993, and the crash of the Venezuelan economy the following year. About eight years ago, people started moving in to the abandoned construction site, and today it is considered the world’s largest vertical slum.

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December 2016

Restoration Almanac

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Late November through mid-December is a good time to go seed collecting.  Though some species have already dropped, more species are just right at this time of year than at any other.  It is probably not a coincidence then that seed broadcasting projects also seem to be the most successful at this time of year then at any other.

img_3349 White tridens.  Collect seed by stripping the seed head from top to bottom.  Does well in sunny low/wet areas.

A brief fall planting period came in early November with some moderate rain followed by moderate temperatures.  The following weeks were too dry and then later too cold to constitute a quality establishment window where weather conditions are good enough for long enough that we can mostly forget about needing to tend to new plantings.  This fall was without a good establishment window, so it will be good to plan for an…

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