Dual Cameras

Today’s photos are contributed by hubby and me.  We went downtown to do some shooting and came across something pretty interesting.  There’s a replica of the Garden of Gethsemane in a park, however it’s undergoing reconstruction.  The sculptor, Felix Lucero, is now dead but I imagine when they were new, they were spectacular.  We were hoping for a little less light but had to take what we could get.  I think hubby did a great job on his photos.  And now he’s having fun using some editing software.  I think he may have found a new hobby.  He used the Olympus E-420 and I used the Nikon Coolpix P510.   Namaste’  (BTW, hubby, you might have to start your own photoblog 🙂

 

Something’s Fishy

While visiting my Mom today, I took a few shots of the aquarium in their lobby.  I don’t know what kind of fish these are, but they seemed to not be afraid of me photographing them.  Namaste’

Stacked Floral

Today’s picture is another bloom of the Peruvian Cereus.  Yes, it bloomed again last night but just didn’t have the punch that it did a couple of years ago.  However, I managed to get a capture before it closed up.  I’m featuring this particular rendition for sale on my gallery site.  Namaste’

God’s Gift

Look at the gorgeous sunset God gave us tonight.  While hubby and I were shopping, I looked out the window and saw this, ran outside and got this shot.  There was a lady standing there admiring it, too. What a gift from God to be able to see this and capture it.  No post-processing … this is straight out of the camera.  Namaste’

Just Cuteness

I parked next to a car today that had the cutest dog ever.  She looked at me and I looked at her … love, love, love.  Who could resist that face?  She didn’t bark; just looked at me with those soulful eyes.  Namaste’

For the Bones

Today’s photo is of one of my green tea boxes (obviously).  I really like green tea and probably don’t drink enough of it.  It has so many “good for you” properties.  So as a reminder, here’s some info on that which was surprising to me about osteoporosis …

You Can Fight Chronic Illnesses a Cup at a Time (from Sci-Tech Today.com)

By Yagana Shah 

Drinking tea may help prevent chronic illness, new studies say. One of those is osteoporosis. Green tea in particular may help reduce the risk for fractures and improve bone mass. Among other preventative properties of tea: Drinking just one cup of black tea before a high-fat meal supported healthy arterial function and blood pressure.

Research has long shown the antioxidant properties and health benefits of tea, but new findings suggest it also may have significant preventative properties against chronic disease.

The findings were discussed Wednesday at the Fifth International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health in Washington, D.C.

“If there’s anything that can confidently be communicated to the public, it’s the ability of tea to be associated and demonstrated in the primary prevention of chronic disease,” says meeting chairman Jeffrey Blumberg, a professor in Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston.

One of those is osteoporosis. Green tea in particular may help reduce the risk for fractures and improve bone mass, suggests a study by researchers at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. “Osteoporosis is a non-curable disease, and prevention is key,” says Chwan-Li “Leslie” Shen, associate professor of pathology.

In a six-month trial of 171 postmenopausal women with low bone mass, the women improved bone formation when they consumed 500mg of green tea polyphenol capsules a day, equivalent to four to six cups of tea, alone or in conjunction with tai chi exercises.

Green tea promoted bone remodeling within three months and reduced oxidative stress damage, Shen says. “Bone loss can be slowed. You can slow the progression. You can delay the onset of osteoporosis.”

Among other preventative properties of tea reported were in cardiovascular health. A small study of 19 people with hypertension and 19 without found that drinking just one cup of black tea before a high-fat meal supported healthy arterial function and prevented negative effects on blood pressure.

“Black tea may induce a protective effect by not only reducing blood pressure but also reducing the negative action of the fat load on the arteries,” says researcher Claudio Ferri of the University L’Aquila in Italy. Flavonoids, which induce dilation of the arteries, are the most important component in tea, he says. Drinking black tea could lead to a reduction in strokes, heart attacks and cardiovascular diseases, he adds.

Among other updated findings:

Drinking green tea can help burn up to 100 calories a day, through increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation, found researchers at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Tea drinkers experienced better task performance and alertness in a study by Unilever R&D in Vlaardingen, the Netherlands.

Flavonoids in green and black tea can provide a probiotic effect in the lower gastrointestinal tract, found Alan Crozier, professor at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

“Many people aren’t getting as many flavonoids as they need to,” Blumberg says. “Another way to get them is tea.”

© 2012 USA TODAY under contract with YellowBrix. All rights reserved.

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By the Morning Light

Today’s photo is of a Peruvian Cereus in our back yard that blooms only at night.  I’ve been watching the pods form over the past week in hopes that at least one would produce a flower.  Before the serious freeze we had a couple of years ago, this particular plant bloomed 37 times in one year.  It was so beautiful!  But now I’m feeling grateful to see this one bloom.  There’s a few other pods but they don’t look like they’re going to get large enough to actually produce flowers.

Since they bloom at night, one has to get up really early to catch them before their petals close up.  So I did.  This one was rather low to the ground so it’s as good a shot as I could get without lying on the rocks.  Ouch!  Namaste’