later last night or maybe the other
one went walking, and not with your brother
whatever was scene was a part of the seen
then walked along nowhere with nothing between
unseasonable whether, weather you feel it or not
fossil fuels as greenhouseffect gases drive and fly a lot
golfing umpteen politicians sling us to war
making plenty of excuses about what fighting is fore
far from Teflon where sticking doesn’t matter
a happy wren eats oily seeds naturally fatter
an error in writin tis a beutaful ting
avoid Zika fliers early next spring
The Zika virus, as you have seen on the local news, is carried by mosquitoes, and is supposed to spread globally. Pregnant women who are bitten can have children who are micro-cephalic. I taught, before i retired, multiply handicapped students with mental retardation. One girl, who i had at one time in my classroom — who was born to a mother who had Dengue Fever as the result of a mosquito bite — had a severe micro-cephalic condition. When you would touch the top of her very small head, it was like touching a sponge; there was little skull support surrounding the brain. She had very little awareness of her surroundings. Be alert to where this virus is spreading. Please, if it is an area where you live, seriously think about curtailing pregnancy; if you are already pregnant, please stay indoors and use all kinds of precautions. Both of these viruses cause joint pain in people. Be very careful! (If it comes to the area where we live… you won’t be seeing as many nature photos from me.) Hopefully, this disease will not be nearly as widespread as many scientists are saying. This year, the Olympics in Rio are where the virus oriented mosquitoes currently exist; here, and other parts of the world where this is happening, is where people will be spraying like mad (which isn’t good for the environment, but may curtail much of the spreading, hopefully). If people would stop vacationing to distant countries, it would help slow the spread and progression of this disease, plus the earth would be better off with less pollution from fossil fuels (which aircraft spew out like mad). By releasing sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide higher in the atmosphere, aircraft allow molecules of pollution more time to trap heat, causing havoc for our environment. These mosquitoes, scientists say, will spread by hiding in jet planes and other aircraft as they move from one country to another. Sorry if this is a bit frightening… but this is a precarious thing. One has seen what it can do.
>> These mosquitoes, scientists say, will spread by hiding in jet planes and other aircraft as they move from one country to another.
Not good. 😦
Take care Tom
Regards to both of you.
Yes… not good whatsoever! Take care, Babu!
Are these not daytime feeders? Here dawn and dusk feeding breeds have been the most common. These new varieties will interfere with activities other than leisure pursuits, not to mention long term effects.
We live where there are a lot of trees. With shade from trees, mosquitoes can be out at any time.
Perhaps adding more bats and birds, dragonflies or any creatures that eat mosquito or mosquito larvae would help.
Over 90% of our bat population has been decimated by disease in Atlantic Canada
😦 I am in IL like Mr. Tom, we had some success adding bat houses and bringing bats back around here. Nature has the most beautiful way balancing itself out. We try to harness the waves, we go under.
I had put a bat house high on a pole in our yard. Bats, unfortunately, never used it. One doesn’t see them, locally, as much as one used to.
Yes… We have plenty of dragonflies around here… but not enough!
monkey glad for not have circulatory system.
We are all monkeys!
That’s really incredible what a small mosquito can do to a pregnant woman. It’s so sad to see these handicapped children. I wish they could stop this soon and extinguish these animals.
Yes, Mitza! What i really hope for is that they come out with a vaccination for this; but that probably won’t be any time soon.
that might take some years because first they have to test it.
This is a scary problem and much better to be aware of it, especially, as you say, pregnant women. I hope your area is not too affected?
We are lucky, so far, not to have malaria in Cape Town, but malaria-carrying mosquitoes keep expanding their range. I hate the things!
You will probably get these in Cape Town soon; they like warm areas and will spread globally. Malaria is another really bad one.
Oh I hope we don’t get them 😦
Beautiful picture..! Great shot..!
Much appreciated, Francisco! 🙂
You’re welcome Tom.! 🍁