Lookin’ Out My Back Door

Today’s daily prompt from the daily post is Lookin’ Out My Back Door “Look out your back window or door — describe what you see, as if you were trying to convey the scene to someone from another country or planet.” 

The link: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/prompt-back-door/

When I look out my back door, I see a series of things. The first thing which catches my eye is the vegetable garden. It is a couple of feet high, and has soil filled in it almost to the top. A wooden barrier or boundary surrounds the garden, with a step stool in front for people to tend to the garden.

Another thing I notice is the next door house. They have a fence which separates our property from theirs. There is a small rectangular window in the side of the home. There are two pine trees in the backyard, a little taller than our house.

Coming in closer to my house, there is a deck, a reddish-brown color. Robins, sparrows, doves, and occasionally hawks or cardinals perch on the railing. They play, fight, and feed. In the spring, sometimes I even see small chicks learning how to fly.

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Spiked Tree Branches

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When I woke up in the morning a few days ago, the first thing I saw through my window was trees and bushes caked in ice.  When I took a closer look, I notices that the ice had formed a spiky formation on branches and twigs.

What I heard was that if there is fog on a day in which the temperature is below freezing,  you get these cool formations. Fog is made of water droplets. If the temperature is below freezing, the droplets a cooled, allowing them to remain a liquid in the air. After the droplets touched a freezing surface, they froze in that position and shape, creating these formations.

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Day 15: What Dish Would a Restaurant Name After me?

Hello everyone! I have 16 strikes in the post a day challenge.

I got the idea of this post from a blog called The Daily Post. This site gives daily prompts for new posts which you can use if you are running low on ideas. It also features a weekly challenge. The challenges can have to do with photography, or writing. I’d probably do the Photography challenge.

Back to the topic of the post, I would be a dish called…Precious Chocolate Shark Cake.

I chose Precious, because my name, Amulya, means precious in Kannada.

I put in chocolate because I love chocolate.

And last, my name is similar to a word in Russian which means Shark. Aкула, or akula. I like sharks too, so it fits in!

This is what it would look like:

Thanks to all the other Shark cakes on CC for the inspiration.  I carved this from a 30cm loaf tin and a 4inch square, chocolate cake covered in white chocolate ganache and coloured fondant.

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The inside of the cake would be chocolate. I like the blue frosting, though.

I would love to try this cake sometime. 🙂

Here is the link for the post I used for a prompt:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/daily-prompt-dinner/

Thank you,

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Day 7: World Records

Hi everyone!

It is day 7 of the post a day challenge.

For this post, i’m going to list a few interesting world records.

Largest flower: Rafflesia, 80 cm in diameter.

Largest rabbit: Ralph, a rabbit which weighs just under 55 pounds.

Largest horse: Big Jake, a Belgian Gelding. He weighs 2600 pounds, and stands at 82.75 inches.

Fastest aircraft: Space shuttle. It’s top speed is 28,292 km/h, or 17580 mph.

Cool, right?

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Day 3: Bird Flu Outbreak

Hello everyone.

It is day 3 of the post a day challenge.

In this post I will talk about Bird Flu, and the outbreak in China.

What is the bird flu? The bird flu is a viral infection directly transmitted from chickens to humans. Transmission of bird flu between humans has not yet been confirmed. If there is an outbreak of bird flu, humans can get infected by contact with infected chickens. People could also catch bird flu by consuming  eggs or poultry which are not fully cooked, or touching someone who has the bird flu.

The most recent outbreak of bird flu was in China. Earlier this year, several people were infected by bird flu. The H7N9 bird flu outbreak started in March, and has infected 130 people, and killed 37. The overall death rate during the outbreak was estimated to be 36%.

After closing the majority of live animal markets in China, the outbreak came to an end. Now it is assumed that the bird flu virus had been infecting people by contact with birds.

Citations:

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/270916/group/homepage/

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/birdflu.html

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Day 2: Cloud Bursts

Hi everyone!

This is day two of the post a day challenge! Not running low on ideas just yet!

Today I am going to talk about something other than photography or animals. The topic of this post is cloud bursts.

For those who are not aware of what a cloud burst is, let me explain. A cloud burst is a severe amount of precipitation, which is sometimes combined with hail and thunder. Cloud bursts usually last only a few minutes, but can cause dangerous flash floods, killing, hundreds of people.

Analogy: Think of a cloud burst in analogy to someone dumping water out of a bucket onto a swarm of ants. What happens to the ants? They are swept away. That’s what happens to the people under a cloud burst.

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Cloud bursts cover only a few kilometers, but can flood the whole area. The rain fall rate during a cloud burst is usually 100 mm per hour or more.

Cloud bursts occur around tropical thunderstorms. In tropical storms, there is more moisture. Another factor is the freezing level. Tropical storms typically have a higher freezing level . The water droplets cannot be frozen into hail stones, so they increase in size as water droplets, not hail stones. I the thunderstorm becomes weak, all the water will break through the storm all at once towards the surface of the cloud.

This is the point of which the thunderstorm falls apart. When the water reaches the surface of the cloud, a cloud burst is formed, and the thunderstorm is destroyed.

Personally, I think this is pretty interesting. I decided to make a post on this topic when I heard about a cloud burst which happened in Uttarakhand, a state in India.

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