15 Hummingbirds that Can Only Be Seen in or Near Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Otherwise, the Fiery-throated Hummingbird looks like a chattering, feisty, dark green hummingbird with a dark cap. A couple of the biggest of bird families are restricted to the Americas. Both can be found in nearly every available habitat, one is infamous for giving birders identification malaise, the other for putting on dazzling natural shows of grit and iridescence.

Achieving the Perfect Country Home Aesthetic

Green Furniture Home Design

Using warm colors like deep blues, earthy browns, and dark greens is a good start for color choices. A country home furniture theme is easy to incorporate into a home. Looking for furniture that has the muted colors, checkerboard style, and traditional feel is the goal. Other colors include deep reds, bronzes, and black and white solids for accents. Using a checkerboard or plaid theme throughout the room or the home is also a typical country theme.

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Natural Ways to Improve Digestive Health

Green (Living) Review

Sources include whole grains (whole wheat, brown rice, barley, farro, bulgur and couscous), popcorn, lentils, dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, cabbage and celery. green living green living tips healthy eating healthy food Use these simple, natural tips to improve your digestive health. Nausea, vomiting, heartburn, diarrhea, cramping, bloating, flatulence. We’ve all endured intestinal upset—sometimes at supremely inopportune moments.

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10 Oldest Trees in the World


It only takes one look at a haggard old bristlecone pine with its dark green bottle brush pine needles to realize that resilience is the key its longevity [1]. The oldest known living trees in the world are close to 5,000 years old.

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Early Movers

10,000 Birds

Whilst black and white from a distance up close the superb metallic sheen of the dark green mantle and wings throw off hints of color like a disco mirror ball. Ever been to a party where a couple get onto the dance floor and start throwing some moves before the food is served?

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Cemetery Owls

10,000 Birds

Another view, and this time you can see the owl right above the notch in the dark green yews. New York has its famous Red-tailed Hawks Pale Male and, until recently, Lola. Cambridge, Mass has a celebrity raptor pair, too. Last winter, a pair of Great Horned Owls took up residence in a spiny locust (?) tree near The Dell in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. The nest was so tiny, flimsy and low to the ground that anyone walking by could clearly see the two owlets trying to grow up there.

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Rufous Hummingbirds Are Heading South for the Winter

10,000 Birds

Note the small central group of shimmering orange feathers on her otherwise white throat with lines of dark spots. Notice that her upper tail coverts are mostly rufous, compared to the juvenile whose are mostly green. Note how much green is in the uppertail coverts and also the dark green tips of the tail. Rufous Hummingbirds ( Selasphorus rufus ) breed farther North than any other North American hummingbird and have the longest migration route of all U.S.

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Guest Post - Food for Thought

Hug a Tree with Me

Before a business meeting, try a good greens smoothie for balanced energy for the body and optimal alertness for the brain. 1) 1 cup fresh apple juice as a base 2) 2 celery stalks, 1/3 cucumber 3) handful of dark greens (kale or chard) 4) handful of cilantro 5) ½ peeled lemon 6) 1 apple 7) 1 tbsp. Challenging day ahead? Eat to boost energy, reduce stress We have all heard the saying “you are what you eat.”

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5 Ways To Use Up Your Basil Crop

Green Prophet

Karin gave us a great pesto recipe , and I’ve already blended up handfuls of fragrant, dark-green leaves to make lots of that pungent Italian sauce. Keep the vinegar in a dark place for a week, then use it in any salad dressing. Early summer, and the basil plant in my container garden is tall and bushy. After trimming the tops off the plant, it took only two weeks for another healthy crop to grow in. What am I going to do with it all?

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How Many Bird Species on Poas Volcano, Costa Rica?

10,000 Birds

Where the land rises to the north, the plane might fly over a mountain with a dark green top punctuated by a lighter green lagoon in a rocky landscape. Black-throated Greens and Wilson’s are common in the high elevations, Blackburnians pass through in numbers, and even Cerulean Warblers use habitats on Poas during fall migration (I have seen two so far this past August).

Northern Pintails at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

10,000 Birds

Northern Pintails ( Anas acuta ) photos by Larry Jordan (click on images for full size) It was a dark and stormy night … OK, it was a dark and stormy morning when I got to the photo blind (also known as a hide) an hour before dawn, as is required by the refuge rules. The map below from Wikipedia Commons shows their nesting area in light green, all year resident in dark green, wintering area in blue and the red X’s where vagrants have been spotted.

RECIPE: Pan-Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli

Green Prophet

I love to visit the open-air market between showers, choosing snowy cauliflower and dark-green broccoli for a quick vegetarian main dish. More yumptious recipes from Green Prophet: Makloubah, Arabic Upside-Down Chicken and Rice. Can something as healthy as this be so delicious? The rainy, Middle-Eastern winters bring out the best cabbage-family vegetables.

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Where to Watch Birds in the Iron Gates

10,000 Birds

Keep in mind that the special nature reserves (dark green on the park map) enjoy the highest level of protection and are off limits to visitors (possible only with research permits issued by the park authorities). Green – the national park border. The Forgotten Road route connects the villages of Dobra (155 km / 95 mi from Belgrade) and Boljetin, passing through dark and old beech forests, and further south, through meadows interspersed with oak groves and orchards.

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Buying tomato plants.

Green (Living) Review

Color : When buying plants look for dark green foliage. Pale green or yellow coloration indicates a nutrient deficiency, and also check whether they have not been stressed by lack of water or over-watering. or growing from seed? By Michael Smith (Veshengro) While many gardeners grow their own tomato plants from seeds, you may not have the time or space available.

Squirrel Buster Wild Bird Feeders: A Review

10,000 Birds

Bird poo is easily cleaned off with a damp paper towel, and the dark green casings blend in nicely with gardens and don’t distract from the birds if you like to photograph them as they eat. There are bird feeders and then there are squirrel feeders disguised as bird feeders, a fact known well by those of us who have committed a part of our lives to our yard birds.

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Mixing flowers and vegetables

Green (Living) Review

The gold color of marigolds and the dark green of spinach for example or red flowers of nasturiums next to those bright red chile peppers. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The majority of people, even gardeners, always think of flower gardens and vegetable gardens as two separate entities, but there is absolutely no reason to think that this is the way it has to be. On the contrary. Think about the kitchen garden of colonial days in the United States and the cottage gardens of England.

Mixing vegetables and flowers

Green (Living) Review

The gold color of marigolds and the dark green of spinach for example or red flowers of nasturtiums, which are edible, next to those bright red chili peppers. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The majority of people always think of flower gardens and vegetable gardens as two separate entities, but there’s no reason to think that is the way it has to be so.

The best reason for growing rhubarb that we’ve ever heard

Green Prophet

Other rhubarb varieties such as Rheum rhabarbarum, are able to survive long cold dark winters in northern climates. They begin producing sugar in early spring thanks to the photosynthesis generated in its enormous dark-green leaves. While we contemplate whether GMO engineers can free our world from its glaring lack of light emitting houseplants and radiant pigs , we overlook far more amazing secrets of nature which make our best bio-science minds look like rank amateurs.

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Tomatoes and Eggplants, July Seasonal Produce

Green Prophet

Kohlrabi, that knobby, pale-green root, is tender and young, very good peeled, sliced thin and doused with lemon juice and olive oil. Zucchinis, both pale and dark green, are cheap and abundant. The perennial olive trees offer silvery-green leaves for a medicinal, blood pressure-lowering tea. Cooks who shop at the local open-air markets know that vegetables and fruit in season at the same time, often cook together well.

Will the Polanter be the death of the Hanging Basket?

Green (Living) Review

Polanter is available in a range of four kits from 0.53m (21”) up to 1.85m (6ft) and in a choice of eight colours; blue, lime green, pink, lavender, black, white, terracotta and dark green.

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Growing Basil: Tips and Tricks for our Favorite Herb

Green Living Ideas

Basil can be found in shades of green, purple, purple stems with green leaves and even one more chocolaty in color. 1) Lettuce Leaf : light to medium green, large crumply like leaves of 3-4 inches long, with the plant growing from 18-24” in height. 2) Sweet Thai Basil : purple stem with medium sized 2 inch long lighter green shiny smooth-edged leaves. 6) Genovese : medium to dark green leaves, the classic Italian basil growing from 18-24 inches tall.

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Mallows and Nettles are Vegewarian, Free, and Delicious

Green Prophet

Our monthly seasonal produce posts always carry forager’s notes for those who follow the Middle Eastern tradition of eating wild greens. Nettle’s flavor is uniquely dark, a little reminiscent of dried seaweed. Collect nettles before their seeds have matured, while the leaves are broad and dark green. Their taste is almost neutral, just sort of green. More vegewarian recipes and wild veggie talk on Green Prophet: The Best Baba Ganoush.

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Tej, Ethiopian Honey Beer RECIPE

Green Prophet

Cook each cake on both sides till covered in dark brown spots and the cake seems cooked through. By this time, you will see fermentation and get a head full of alcoholic odor from the dark green, grainy brew. Dry-fry the wheat, still moist, till dark brown. As it dries and toasts, it turns quite dark and a smell something like popcorn rises from the pan. Note: if kept more than a day in the fridge, the Tej will turn green.

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Five Beautiful Edible Plants in Purple

Green Living Ideas

The leaves are a roundish dark green giving a hillside a lush appearance, with flowers being a smaller deep violet color. Garden and Yard Care Green Lifestyle diy edible garden garden Landscaping For the uninitiated, a garden is a garden, except when it isn’t. For many, a garden falls into two camps: vegetables or flowers. The challenge comes when those plants that are considered flowers are edible… or if edible plants are to be used for aesthetic reasons.

Mason Bee Condos

Eco Friendly Daily

It doesn’t really look like a classic bee, with its glossy dark green-blue body and fly-like shape. Environment Green Tips A funny thing about most kids: they love honey but are scared of bees. Perhaps this is due to the clear cautionary signal given by those black and yellow stripes. Or nervous parents keeping little fingers well-clear of stingers.

Raising Vegetarian Children

The Green Changemakers

Image Iron rich foods are dark green vegetables and pulses, like lentils and chickpeas and wholegrain breads. We all want our children to grow up to be environmentally conscious and choosing to raise a vegetarian family is a sound choice for the environment and for their health. Image When babies are newly born they are naturally vegetarian , feeding only on mother’s milk or formula milk.

June Seasonal Produce, Melons, Cherries, and Apricots

Green Prophet

Vendors will offer a fresh orange or green sliver, dripping with juice for you to taste, but don’t get carried away; test before you buy. The little green sour plums mentioned last month are still in season, although ripening and turning purple now. Fig season has just started, and you can find both black and green figs. There are still bags full of green almonds. If the color underneath is yellowish-green, it’s a good avocado.

Grow your own food, even in small spaces

Green (Living) Review

The question is always as to whether lettuce, tomatoes, spinach and other vegetables that you buy from the from the grocery store, green grocers and supermarket vegetable isles are really safe to eat. While leafy green vegetables and herbs are worth $15 to $20 per square foot, tomatoes, peppers, and radishes vary from $5 to $10 per square foot. Always pick sturdy and squatty dark green plants. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Vegetable gardens are back.

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Loving Las Vegas

Sightline Daily

Dry to our wet, brown to our green, and landlocked to our ocean-fronting, it has rivers that flow inward to ends in dry washes and salt lakes. Caesars Palace, with its dark green cypresses, fountains, and classical statuary out front, calls up many of the elements of the formal garden, Bellagio, with its frontage of fountains, recalls Versailles. Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit Dear Ms. Solnit , This is fan mail, I swear.

Updates from Paddy

The Green Changemakers

Dark Green' or conservative environmentalsim, it is argued, has no future. link] WORLDCHANGING Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green. Tags: Green Hi Guys! Just a quick update on some 'new' news on sustainability and where some things seem to be going! The 'cutting edge' of sustainability seems to be sharpening up quick, but the bad news is that the earth's systems are just about in meltdown.

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A Guide to Eating a Plant-Based Diet

The Green Changemakers

For example, some of my favorite foods include: tempeh, seitan, tofu, kale, broccoli, quinoa, ground flaxseeds, ground chia seeds, raw almonds and walnuts, raw almond butter, olive oil, all kinds of berries, figs, avocados, tomatoes, lentils, black beans, spirulina, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, organic soymilk, sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, apples, peaches, mangoes, pineapple, garlic, red wine, green tea, brown rice, sprouted (flourless) bread, brown rice, steel-cut oats. Greens.

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Twenty Hummingbirds To See Before You Die

10,000 Birds

Brightly-colored poison dart frogs light up the dark undergrowth like mobile glow-sticks. Angrily the hermit spins like a tiny attack helicopter and disappears into the darkness. Green Hermit by Adam Riley Hummingbirds are some of the most fascinating creatures known to humankind. Most of the time it simply appears to be a beautiful green hummingbird. You are wandering through a tropical rainforest. It is late morning and the humidity seems to rise with every step.

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Transition Towns or Bright Green Cities?

The Green Changemakers

That volatile emotional mix of fear and hope has made it the most rapidly growing dark green movement in the world. 3) The Dark Side of Transition Thinking The movement's founder, Rob Hopkins, talks almost cheerfully about passing peak oil, widespread food shortages and the idea of globalization crashing suddenly. How can we design a networked movement that aims to forestall and undo catastrophe, by building bright green regions and sharing innovation?