Saturday, 27 October 2012

Sepia Saturday 149;

Aptly described as ‘gifts from the earth’, thermal springs occur in many parts of New Zealand. Most are scattered throughout the Taupo Volcanic Zone in the central North Island, but some are in areas of extinct volcanic activity such as Northland, the Coromandel Peninsula and the Bay of Plenty. Others lie in non-volcanic areas, along faultlines, particularly in Westland and North Canterbury. They are formed when rainwater seeps down through rock towards the heat source deep beneath the surface and then rises again. The hot water dissolves minerals in the rock, and the mineral content as well as the temperature of hot springs varies according to locality.

 Mud is bubbling;

Water Steaming;

Hot sulfurous lake;

©Photos/ Ts Rotorua, New Zealand;

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Tuesday; nibble; Jaboticaba fruit.

(Myrciaria cauliflora)

The Jaboticaba is  a tree native to Brazil. Fruits are formed directly on the stem and branches. The fruit has a fairly thick purplish black skin, with a sweet white flesh inside. It  is best eaten  fresh or can be used to make jellies and drinks.

A multi-branched evergreen tree, the jaboticaba  is a decorative although slow growing tree. Up to four times a year, the small yellow-white colored flowers followed by the fruit, appear directly from the trunks, limbs and large branches of the tree.  Jaboticabas might begin to bear fruit anytime from 4 to 10 years old

Jaboticaba trees are mostly raised by seed. The seeds are polyembryonic each seed giving rise to 3-4 seedlings.

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Pop the fruit into your mouth, squeeze out the fruit pulp and discard the skin;

©Photos/Text Ts.