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Daintree National Park

The Daintree rainforest is a national park in Far North Queensland, Australia, 1,757 km northwest of Brisbane and 100 km northwest of Cairns. It is part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland. In 1988 it became a World Heritage Site; the park consists of two sections, with a settled agricultural area between them which includes the towns of Mossman and Daintree Village. One entrance to Daintree National Park is located south of the Daintree River at Mossman Gorge where a visitor centre has been built from where tourists take a shuttle bus to the gorge, where they can take a walk or a refreshing swim; the most spectacular and oldest part of the Daintree rain forest is north of the Daintree River. After crossing the river on an old fashioned cable ferry there is a range of boardwalks and untouched beaches to explore, the endangered cassowary can be encountered anywhere. Daintree National Park is valued because of its exceptional biodiversity, it contains significant habitat for prolific birdlife. The name is derived from the Daintree River, named by George Elphinstone Dalrymple, an early explorer of the area, after his friend Richard Daintree.

The Great Dividing Range is close to the coast in this region. This section covers 56,500 ha of inaccessible rainforests and mountain woodlands; the popular Mossman Gorge is located in the southern part of the park. Located 75 km north of Cairns via the Captain Cook Highway and Mossman, the gorge offers many scenic exploration walks including Baral Marrjanga, Lower river track, Rex Creek bridge, the Rainforest circuit track, it is inhabited by incredible flora and fauna including Boyd’s forest dragon and Victoria’s riflebird. Cape Tribulation lies in the park; the cape belonged to Cape Tribulation National Park from 1981 but was amalgamated into Daintree National Park in 1983. This section covers 17,000 ha including the coastal range and contains Australia's last extensive stands of lowland rainforest, it has extensive unspoiled beaches from Thornton beach to Cape Tribulation beach – fringed with the rare littoral rainforest. The Daintree river is the southern boundary for the region - reinforced by the need to take a cable ferry across the Daintree river.

Much of the coastal flatlands to the south of the Alexandra range, in Cow Bay, were cleared for agriculture in the late 1800s with a major clearing push in the 1970s. A lot of this has been settled; the Daintree National Park's traditional owners are the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people. Many of the natural features of the landscape hold spiritual significance for the traditional owners. One of these features is the location of the bouncing stones at Thornton Beach; the rocks here are hornfels, metamorphic rocks resulting from the effects of a major intrusion of granite that produced the coastal mountains. They are elastic, when bounced on the local rock pavement. Much of the national park is covered by tropical rainforest; the Greater Daintree Rainforest has existed continuously for more than 110 million years, making it the oldest existing rainforest. The persistence of this rainforest is believed to be a product of a fortuitous continental drift; the rainforests of the parent continent preserved its climate, so its original trees.

Tree species, once thought to be long extinct, have only recently been discovered here. The park supports more than 430 bird species; the wompoo fruit-dove is one of six species of pigeon that live in the park as well as significant populations of the endangered cassowary, a flightless bird of substantial size. The buff-breasted paradise kingfisher is a seasonal visitor. Mammals include the striped possum, Daintree River ringtail possum, brown bandicoot, long-nosed bandicoot, musky rat-kangaroo, Bennett’s tree kangaroo, swamp wallaby and short-beaked echidna. At least 23 species of reptile and 13 species of amphibian can be found in the park. Among the reptiles present are Boyd's forest dragon, eastern water dragon, chameleon gecko, northern leaf-tailed gecko, the scrub or amethystine python and the green and northern tree snakes. Frogs found in the park include the Australian lacelid, white-lipped treefrog, colourful-eyed treefrog and common mist frog; the introduced cane toad is present in the park.

Protected areas of Queensland Media related to Daintree National Park at Wikimedia Commons

Granny square

A granny square is a piece of square fabric produced in crochet by working in rounds from the center outward. Granny squares are traditionally handmade, they resemble coarse lace. Although there is no theoretical limit to the maximum size of a granny square, crocheters create multiple small squares and assemble the pieces to make clothing, Afghan blankets, other household textiles. Granny square apparel is a cyclical fashion; as Stitch'n Bitch series author Debbie Stoller describes: If you grew up in the seventies, as I did, you might fear the granny square--if only because, for a while, clothing was made of nothing else. Granny square vests, granny square shorts, granny square hats. Heck, I bet there was some kid out there, forced to go to school wearing granny square underwear. Although particular color and pattern schemes for granny squares change with time, this class of motif is a staple among crocheters. Multicolor granny squares are an effective way to use up small amounts of yarn left over from other projects and basic granny square motifs do not require advanced skills to execute.

According to Edie Eckman in The Crochet Answer Book, Any granny square begins with a small loop of chain stitches. Basic granny squares alternate sets of double stitches and chain stitches. Variant patterns produce other geometric shapes such as hexagons. In order to achieve a distinct angle at the corners the designer uses extra chain stitches. Subsequent rounds are added by wrapping multiple stitches around the existing chain stitches. Hundreds of variant motifs are in use and entire books have been devoted to granny square designs. Cottrell, Susan; the New Granny Square, Utah: Lark/Chapelle, 2006. ISBN 978-1-57990-980-2 Media related to Granny squares at Wikimedia Commons Granny square tutorial

Diospyros ovalifolia

Diospyros ovalifolia, known as bastard ebony, is a tree in the family, endemic to the leeward side of South Sahyadri of Western Ghats of India and Sri Lanka. Full grown trees stand 12m tall. Young branches are sparse-adpressed hairy. Leaves are simple and distichous. Petiole is 0.5-1.0 cm long and glabrous. Lamina is 5-13 x 1.5–5 cm narrow obovate. The leaf is glabrous with entire margin. Secondary veins are in 6-9 pairs. Trees are found in dry evergreen forests up to 800 m altitude. With mature crowns occupying the canopy layer of the forest, they are known as canopy trees; the plant is known as: Malayalam: Karimaram, Karimpala Sinhala: KunuMaella Others: Karimbala, Vedi kandru, Karimaram Flowering and fruiting is in between March–August. "Diospyros ovalifolia Wight". IOR-ARC Medicinal Plants Network. IOR-ARC RCSTT Medicinal Plant Network. Retrieved September 8, 2013. "Type of Diospyros ovalifolia Wight ". JSTOR Global Plants. JSTOR. June 18, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2013. "Diospyros ovalifolia Wight".

The Plant List. Version 1; the Plant List 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2013. "Woody Species Diospyros ovalifolia". TAXA Wood Knowledge Base. Retrieved September 8, 2013. "Icones Plantarum Indiae Orientalis". The International Plant Names Index. International Plant Names Index. Retrieved September 8, 2013

Show (Allison Moorer album)

Show is a live album by Allison Moorer, released June 24, 2003. The album peaked at No. 49 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart in July 2003. According to Vogue, this album features the first recorded collaboration between Moorer and her sister, Shelby Lynne. Thom Jurek of AllMusic begins his review with, "On Show, singer/songwriter Allison Moorer follows up her stellar Miss Fortune album with a live collection recorded at Music City's famed 12th & Porter. Playing songs drawn from her three previous studio outings, she includes a tough and trashy version of Neil Young's barroom classic "Don't Cry No Tears."" and concludes with "In sum, this is how live records should be made."No Depression reviews the album and writes, "Culled from two sets at Nashville’s 12th & Porter nightclub on January 4 of this year, the disc presents Moorer in a unfettered setting that lets her musical starlight shine. The backing is somewhat slick but just exquisite, producer R. S. Field coaxes a studio-worthy sound out of a live setup."

All tracks are written by Doyle Primm unless othersise noted. Allison Moorer – vocals, guitar Jared Reynolds – bass, vocals Paul Griffith – drums Joe McMahan – guitar Eric Holt – keyboards, vocals Pete Finney – pedal steel guitar, guitar Manfred Jerome – percussionTrack information and credits adapted from the album's liner notes. Allison Moorer Official Site Universal Music Group Official Site

Convent of Santo Domingo, Cusco

The Convent of Santo Domingo is a convent of the Dominican Order in the city of Cusco, built on the Coricancha, the most important temple of the Inca Empire capital. It was Juan Pizarro, brother of Francisco, who gave to the congregation the land of the aboriginal temple, after receiving it in the distribution of lots that took place in October 1534, founded in the same year, it was the first Dominican convent in Peru; the first convent was completed in 1610. The first prior of the Convent of Santo Domingo was Friar Juan de Olías, who came to occupy it with a group of missionaries from Mexico; the convent collapsed during the earthquake of 1650. In 1680 the construction works of the current convent begin, being its patrons Diego López de Zúñiga and Antonio de Allende, the architects of the work were Martín Gonzales de los Lagos, Sebastián Martínez and Pedro de Mesa, part of the choir was built by Francisco Domínguez de Arellano, completing the convent with the completion of the Baroque bell tower in the early 18th century.

The earthquake of 1950 affected the bell tower and the apse chapel that were promptly restored. Much of the Coricancha temple was used for the construction of the convent; the church of three naves has a dome, a beautiful stalls for the choir carved in cedar, the walls being adorned with Sevillian azulejos. There is a museum inside the convent, divided into four areas: The Coricancha. Cusco School collection: the art gallery of viceregal art, shows, in two rooms and religious sculptures of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Contemporary art collection: modern works of art acquired by the museum. "Colección Ganadores de Concursos del Convento": modern works of art that have obtained the major recognition in the “Predicarte” and “Concurso Navideño de Arte” contests organized by the Convent of Santo Domingo - Qorikancha to promote art in the city. Coricancha List of buildings and structures in Cusco Andean Baroque The Convent of Santo Domingo website Museum of the Convent of Santo Domingo - Qorikancha wesbite

Walter Rinder

Walter Rinder is an American humanist poet and photographer, whose books of inspirational poetry on love were popular in the 1960s and 70s. His public image was that of a free-spirited hippie artist, his books featured his photographs of the male nude. When sales declined in the harder-edged culture of the 1980s, Rinder found it difficult to get his books published, he supplemented his income by selling collectibles. In the 1990s Rinder's creativity diminished, his work has been referred to by Reginald Shepherd in Orpheus in the Bronx as not "what could be called real poetry" along with verse of Rod McKuen. Rinder is homosexual. Walter Rinder grew up Illinois, his father was Jewish. He attended Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Pomona. From 1955 to 1957 he was in the U. S. Army. In 1959 he began working his way across the U. S. living out of a suitcase, working at jobs which included a bellhop, soap salesman, theater set builder, ranch hand, landscape artist's aide. "I want more out of life than most people", he wrote.

In 1965 he first exhibited his photography in San Francisco, in 1968 opened a photographic gallery in that city. In 1969 he published his first book of photographic postcards, left San Francisco to live in the small town of Laytonville, California where he opened a small gallery located in his home. In 1970 relocated to Portland and published a book of poems Love is an Attitude; the same year he opened This Speck of Earth the city. In 1971 he published This Time Called Life: in 1973 it became a record album. Other books of poetry followed, including Spectrum of Love, The Humanness of You, Follow Your Heart. In the late 1980s, Rinder returned to California to care for his aging mother, returned to Portland. In 1990 a selection of this works was published as The World I Used to Know. In 2001 Spectrum of Love Revisited was published; as his books were his source of income, the decline in interest in Rinder's poetry resulted in financial woes, the turning to selling collectibles for income. In a post on his Facebook page he wrote: "I have dug into dumpsters, trash cans, river boat ramps, rest stops… challenged by all weather….one nickel at a time."

Rinder now cares for a handicapped friend and states that his dream is to purchase a mobile home for them both. In September 2013 wrote: "It is he and I against the world…; as of today, we are still searching for cans. Trust in your feelings as they are the voices of your soul." Love is an Attitude, 1970 Quoted in Morrison, Eleanor S. Human Sexuality: Contemporary Perspectives. Palo Alto, Cal: Mayfield, 1977. P427, as "a sensitive description of conscious love" This Time Called Life, 1971, 1984 Spectrum of Love, 1973 Reissued as Spectrum of love revisited 2001 Set to music by Paul Wesley Hofreiter as Spectrum of love: for narrator & orchestra, op. 72'Follow Your Heart, 1973 Only One Today 1974 The Humanness of You, Vols 1&2, 1973-4 Love is my Reason, 1975 "Will You Share With Me, 1975 Where Will I Be Tomorrow 1976 Review in Library Journal, 101: 1326 Aura of Love 1978 Friends and Lovers 1978 A Promise of Change 1979 Forever Us 1981 The World I Used to Know 1990 Excerpted in Selwood, Mary-Jane.

On the Edge of Silence: A Mountain Anthology. Helensburgh: Springbank, 1993. Walter Rinder Appreciation Society