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I found this on the sand and I do not know what is it? I thought it is sea devil, however I checked google and it is not. Can someone tell me what is it(its name )
It looks like a worn-down water chestnut. Water chestnut fruits are often found along the shoreline and bottom of waterways - they have very sharp spines with barbs that can cause painful wounds when stepped on. Water chestnut is an aquatic invasive plant that is native to Eurasia and Africa. It was introduced in the United States in the mid-1800's as an ornamental plant. Around 1884, water chestnut was found growing in Collins Lake near Scotia, NY. Water chestnut colonizes areas of freshwater lakes and ponds and slow-moving streams and rivers and negatively impacts aquatic ecosystems and water recreation.
Surfing in Oregon? Yes! The North Coast has some of the best breaks in the Pacific Northwest. And yes, the ocean is a bit nippy, but that’s what wetsuits were made for. Surf here — where the expansive sandy beaches are framed by rugged headlands — and you earn bragging rights. Oregon’s North Coast is also the ideal place to learn to surf, especially for women, because of the programs run by locals dedicated to sharing their love of the sport and the sea.
Who can learn?
If you’re in relatively good physical condition and have advanced beginner swimming skills, you can learn to surf. That means being able to swim two lengths of an Olympic-sized pool and tread water for several minutes.
Who can teach me?
Seaside is lucky to have two surf schools. Oregon Surf Adventures offers an array of lessons: beginner, semi-private, private or private group. It also holds one- and two-day camps for kids and teens (ages 7-17) during the summer months where surfing is combined with marine biology lessons and beach games. Lessons (3 hours) start at $99 per person plus $25 for equipment rental.
While Northwest Women’s Surf Camps specializes in empowering women to surf through day camps and weekenders, it also offers couples weekends and kids group lessons (ages 6-10) on Wednesdays during the summer, plus it’s just added bodyboarding clinics for teens and adults. Day camp surf lessons (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) start at around $275 discounts are available for early bird registration.
Where do I surf?
Surf instructors will choose the lesson location based on tidal and wind conditions anywhere from Astoria to Manzanita. However, most of the time, lessons are held on Short Sand Beach at Oswald West State Park or near “The Cove” on the south end of Seaside Beach.
Just how cold is it?
Ocean water temperatures usually run about 53 to 58 degrees during the summer months. At Short Sand Beach, prevailing wind and swell conditions make it optimal for teaching. Temperatures can peak in this region (57-64 degrees) in late August but regardless of time of year, you’ll want to invest in good gear. As part of your surf lesson, you’ll be fully geared up in either 4 or 5mm-thick wetsuits, boots, gloves and hood, so don’t let the water temperature hold you back!
The science behind that fresh seaside smell
A tiny molecule lurks behind the evocative smell of the seaside.
Think of the tangy smell of the sea, so evocative of summer holidays, the scream of seagulls and sand between your toes. Where does it come from? Ozone? Fresh sea air? Actually, the truth is slightly less tantalising: it's a gas released by bacteria.
Two years ago Andy Johnston, a professor of biology at the University of East Anglia, identified that the smell of the sea came from a molecule called dimethyl sulfide (DMS). Now, he has managed to crack the entire biochemical pathway by which the scent is produced. DMS turns out to be an important chemical found in many natural processes, such as cloud formation. Birds love the smell and will flock towards tiny concentrations. It's even added to processed foods to give a savoury note: small amounts can impart the flavour of cabbages, tomatoes, butter and cream – even lemons or roast chicken, according to Prof Johnston.
DMS is derived from a compound called dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP), which is produced by phytoplankton, single-celled organisms found in the sea. DMSP is incredibly abundant – around a billion tonnes are formed every year. Bacteria feed on it and convert it into DMS. This is why birds are attracted to the smell: it indicates a plankton bloom, and therefore the presence of fish feeding on the marine plants.
Prof Johnston used genetics to try to understand how DMS is produced. He took some mud from Stiffkey Marsh in Norfolk. He isolated the bacteria that feed on DMSP from the mud, extracted the relevant genes and inserted them into E. coli, a bacterium used in laboratories.
"I knew we'd isolated the right genes," he says, "because the incubator smelled like a beach. When the concentration rose too high, it smelled like rotting cabbage." Thanks to its distinctive smell (most people notice it at 0.02 parts per million), DMS is often added to otherwise odour-free gases so that leaks can be detected.
Prof Johnston's latest finding is that bacteria use three different mechanisms to make this gas. He likens it to taking Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles by Cadillac or by train: "You're making the same trip, but the methods used are poles apart." His research will be published shortly in the journal Environmental Microbiology.
In addition, Prof Johnston has found that other organisms can produce DMS, too. "Unlike animals which only have sex with members of their own species, bacteria are less restrained. They can have sex with almost anything that moves – they don't give a damn who they transfer genes to," he says. "We found that genes to break down DMSP had been transferred from bacteria to fungi. That's passing genes across animal kingdoms – it's the equivalent of a mouse having sex with a sycamore tree."
Prof Johnston is now working in collaboration with the J Craig Venter Institute in America, whose scientists are sampling millions of genes from marine bacteria. The Venter Global Ocean Sampling project shows where genes are found in the ocean and in what quantities. "I can see that genes for one mechanism of creating DMS are abundant in the Galapagos Islands but not in other areas, but the genes for a different mechanism are widespread in the Sargasso and the Pacific, all from the comfort of my own lab," explains Prof Johnston.
It is not known why some bacteria species are prevalent in particular areas, nor why there appear to be hotspots around coral reefs. Equally mysterious is the fact that we still do not know why DMSP, from which the seaside gas is produced, even exists: it could be a way of protecting seaweed against the sun's ultraviolet light, or the saltiness of the sea.
DMS gas has important commercial applications. The fungus to which it has transferred is a type of Aspergillus, used in soy sauce, sake and tofu production, and one of the major components that gives truffles their earthy odour. Meanwhile, the US-based Gaylord Chemical Corporation, the largest manufacturer of DMS, produces it for use in petroleum refining and in the hydrocarbon industry to synthesise ethylene, a chemical that has a wide variety of uses from creating plastic bags to hastening the ripening of fruit.
"This is just the start," says Prof Johnston, "We need to know more. But one thing I have learnt along the way is that it is microbes that drive this planet – everything else on earth is mere decoration."
'I was certain that fish was going to pull me into that water'
Though she didn't know it at the time, another skill she learnt as a child proved useful.
"One of the very first presents I remember my father buying me was my own fishing rod," Gina says. "To this day I can still remember the very first fish I caught."
"I was certain that fish was going to pull me into that water.
"I was screaming and asking [Dad] to help me and he kept saying, 'you got this', 'you got this', and I brought out a 20cm rock cod."
Gina's love of fishing as a kid meant she was dragging all sorts of creatures back home from the beach for her dad to identify.
Instead of telling her what they were, he bought her marine species identification books and encouraged her to figure it out on her own.
In hindsight, she says that's probably because he didn't know what they were either, but it helped her develop an intricate knowledge of the creatures around the New South Wales central coast.
What Animals Live At The Beach?
16. There are more than 1,200 species of animals and plants at the British seaside alone.
17. There are five different dolphin species in the UK.
18. Hermit crabs do not have shells of their own they crawl inside empty shells and use these to protect themselves. When a hermit crab grows out of its current shell, it will abandon it and find a new shell to inhabit.
19. Some of the many animals that may be found at the seaside in the UK are seals, jellyfish and starfish.
20. Sea anemones, which look like plants attached to rocks in the sea, are actually living creatures. They are also related to jellyfish.
21. Sea shells are the skeletons of animals called molluscs. Molluscs are marine organisms, whose skeletons are on the outside of their bodies. Examples of molluscs are mussels, clams and oysters.
22. There are over 50 species of seagulls. Seagulls also make their nests on the ground.
DESCRIPTIVE ESSAY TOPICS: MEMORIES AND ASSOCIATIONS
This section comprises descriptive essay topics which are more reflective and introversive. The topics are abstract because thus you will be able to find your own approach better.
41. A warm winter evening
Imagine it - maybe a scene from your childhood, or an evening with your own children.
42. A fairytale from my childhood
The word “fairytale” may also mean a wonderful place, a beautiful moment you should not comprehend it literally.
43. A hot summer day
Summer is the favourite season of many people. What do you associate with it?
44. One day in school
What is it like to be in your school for one day? What happens during classes and around the school?
45. A teacher
Who is the teacher that has inspired you the most?
46. A Christmas story
What do you associate with Christmas? Have you ever felt the spirit of Christmas and how?
47. My childhood
You don’t need to describe your childhood, just focus on several special moments or events.
48. An exciting picnic with my parents
Did you go out in the mountain with your parents? What was it like?
49. One day at the seaside
Is staying at the seaside your favourite moment in life? What do you do then?
50. My favourite pet
What is your favourite pet and what memories do you have related to it?
Danshui sunset | © Dmcdevit / Wikimedia
The small coastal town of Danshui lies to the northwest of Taipei city at the end of the MRT’s Red line. This ever popular day trip destination features many historic sites such as Fort San Domingo and Danshui Old Street.
Dotted with traditional shops and stalls, the pedestrian street of this seaside town offers everything from Taiwanese sausage on a stick to locally made crafts and wooden toys. There is also a beach to the north of the town just past Fisherman’s Wharf, but although the flat sands are perfect for beach games, the water is dangerous and local authorities warn visitors to stay on the sands.
5) Visit the Allerton-McBryde botanical gardens
One of the many beautiful blooms at the Allerton Garden and adjacent McBryde Garden (Credit: NTBG)
There&rsquos a reason Kauai is known as the garden island. You only need to look at its beautiful botanical gardens to see why.
Two of the most stunning are Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden, side-by-side tropical gardens on the island&rsquos South Shore.
&ldquoHang out with shady characters, do-gooders and beauty queens.&rdquo
So says the van&rsquos sign on the drive into them.
Even if you lack a green thumb, you&rsquoll love these 350-acre conservation grounds.
On a guided tour, stroll through a cool bamboo forest and outdoor &ldquorooms&rdquo with fountains and rippling pools.
Also learn about some unique Hawaiian fruits &ndash like the blue-cheese-stinky noni fruit (studied for its medicinal cancer-fighting properties) &ndash and &ldquocanoe&rdquo plants brought to Kauai by early Polynesians.
Marvel too at the towering Moreton Bay fig trees, whose gigantic roots hid the dinosaur eggs in the Jurassic Park movie.
Impressive, right? These Moreton Bay fig tree roots at the Allerton Garden played a part in the original Jurassic Park movie (Credit: NTBG)
We were surprised at how interesting these gardens are.
Visiting them really is one of the top things to do in Kauai (especially if you want a break from the sea and sand).
A trip to Joshua Tree & San Diego
We left Utah for a week and visited Joshua Tree National Park, a barely visited place for Chris and I a new place to the kids.
There was lizard spotting, oasis hiking. The palm trees in the far right of the picture are at the 49 Palms Oasis, at the end of our hike.
The frogs were singing when we arrived at the oasis and there were birds settling in the for the night. We hiked back in the twilight and at the end, the moonlight.
We stopped at a free air art gallery of Noah Purifoy’s work near Joshua Tree, preserved since the artist’s death, to look at a huge variety of art made with things used and thrown away. Toilets, metal trays and tires were some of the most used objects in his creations.
Between Joshua Tree Park and San Diego we stopped through the Anza Borrego desert preserve to see wildflowers in bloom. We were a bit early for the full effect but it was still amazing.
In San Diego we visited tide pools nearby
We made forts out of driftwood
and watched sandpipers and cormorants
While tidepooling we spotted lots of snails of various kinds
and hermit crabs and bigger crabs, and fish, tiny and medium, one itty bitty sea star, lots of sea grass and kelp, tops, a few cowrys, a shrimp, mussels and barnacles, a huge keyhole limpet,
and several nudibranchs of the Spanish Shawl variety plus one other I think was a Red Sponge nudibranch.
We saw a few seals swimming about offshore and then in La Jolla we visited their pupping beach and there were so many mom and baby pairs, swimming and sunning and enjoying life.
It was a lovely trip. We finished listening to Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan while driving.
When we got home were greeted by spring weather! The tree over our deck has burst into blooms and smells lovely and is bringing bees and butterflies to visit. There are so many visible buds and we’ve been eating outside every evening.
25 Best Things to Do in Oregon
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With over 5,000 acres of wilderness, Forest Park is a nature-lovers paradise. The park was designed the Olmstead brothers, New York’s Central Park’s designer’s sons. It was commissioned in 1948 and has served as a natural oasis in Portland ever since.
The park contains over 80 miles of hiking trails and covers a 7 mile stretch of land in Northwest Portland. The park also hosts many programs and events for the public, such as guided hikes, herb walks, cycling, and lectures.
High on a hill, 600 feet above the city of Astoria, sits the Astoria Column. The column was the last in a series of monuments commissioned by Ralph Budd and placed across the United States. It stretches 125 feet into the air and is covered with artwork originally drawn by Italian artist Attilio Pusterla.
Scenes on the column depict the early settlement of the state. Guests can climb to the top of the column for a bird’s-eye view of Astoria and the Pacific Ocean. There are picnic tables and benches on the surrounding grounds, as well as access to the Cathedral Tree Hiking Trail.
1 Coxcomb Drive, Astoria, OR 97103, Phone: 503-325-2963
The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm began as the humble family farm of Ross and Dorothy Iverson in the 1950’s. In 1974, they began growing and selling tulips. Today, the farm contains over 15 acres of tulip growing fields.
The farm is open to the public from the end of March to the beginning of May, when thousands of tulips open their blooms in a breathtaking display of color. Fresh cut bouquets and tulip bulbs are also available for purchase. Wooden Shoe also hosts a pumpkin fest and Halloween display in the fall and the farm can be rented for weddings and other special events.