Vide-Ohs: Now that’s a Spider! – Sapphire Tarantula

These Sapphire Tarantulas Are Losing Their Home

This true blue beauty is a gooty sapphire tarantula at the Dallas Zoo. Native to the forests of Gooty, a small town in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, these spiders’ bright coloring comes from tiny hairs that line their body. They are quick and extremely venomous—a single bite can leave a human in excruciating pain that can last over a week. Sadly, due to deforestation, the species is currently critically endangered.

 

Apparently collecting tarantulas or perhaps spiders in general is a hobby. Who Knew?!

The video below will provide some of the history, care and husbandry of the Sapphire Ornamental (Poecilotheria metallica) tarantula. The video explains all about arboreal enclosures, how to feed the tarantual and what other general care this particular species needs. I am not being factitious here, but there is so much to know if you want to own one of these arachnids!

I have/had no intention of owning or collecting spiders and when the video said: “Be sure to have a catch cup handy every time you are opening the enclosure,” that was enough warning for me.

PS – Don’t be turned off by the hard driving, pounding music at the beginning of the video. If you like this topic, the video will be very interesting!

 



 

I am not totally unfamiliar with tarantulas. We saw one in Peru that was not doing well as it was clinging to the side of a cabin.

 

And this beauty was found in our courtyard only a week or so after we had moved to Cave Creek, Arizona. I think it was quite pretty. We relocated it to the back yard. Interestingly enough, we saw this within a week of moving into the house in the desert and haven’t seen another one since; in more than ten years!

 

Arachnophobia anyone?

 

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Vide-Ohs: Dueling Jingle Bells

Even with COVID hanging on, this should encourage the holiday spirit in most viewers. I don’t think many of us have experienced Jingle Bells quite like this!

 

The United States Navy Band lets it rip for our entertainment! Happy Holidays!

 

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Vide-Ohs: Why they are called WILDLIFE!

As JFK once said: “Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside”

 

 

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Vide-Ohs: Amazing Hummingbirds

I feel fortunate to live in an area that attracts quite a few hummingbirds and some are year-round residents. The beautiful video below has some magnificent footage of these aerial acrobats.

Just as fascinating are all the facts about hummingbirds. Did you know they have the largest heart per animal size?

From the video’s website:

Over 20 amazing Facts about Hummingbirds. Slow motion footage of the hummingbird in Full HD. Great for school nature projects. Watch hummingbirds fly in ULTRA slow motion. Watch the humming bird (the hummer) hover and fly backwards in slow motion. Videos of hummingbird babies (chicks) being fed. Learn about the hummingbird tongue and it’s eating habits. Discover how fast it’s heart beats and how fast it’s wings beat.

The white hummingbird can be leucistic or albino. The leucistic hummingbird has partial loss of pigmentation so it’s not totally white and can be a little patchy in places. The very rare albino hummingbird is totally white with pink eyes, beak and feet.

The colibri (hummingbird) is a sacred bird for the Taino Indians because it is a pollinator and as such, brings life.

 

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Pumpkin Carver Extraordinaire – Ray Villafane

Ray Villafane, internationally acclaimed sculptor, pumpkin carver and magic maker, shares tips and tricks to take your Jack-o-Lantern to the next level.

NOTE – I have attended two Pumpkin Carving Celebrations at Cave Creek’s Sundial Garden and Ray Villafane was the main sculptor/teacher each time. His work is beyond excellent. He carves more than pumpkins. His sand carvings are outrageously detailed!

Here are a few of my blog posts with some of his amazing pumpkin creations:

Part I

Part 2

You can see some of Ray’s sand sculptures HERE:

There is no pumpkin carving festival at Cave Creek this year due to the pandemic!

 

 

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Vide-Ohs: The Human Condition…

and it’s Annoyances!

 

While we appreciate the modern conveniences, I think everyone will admit that perhaps there was less daily frustrations in the good old days!

We have boxed ourselves in so that we rely on certain routines, items and customs and when they don’t go exactly as planed, we suffer mental, emotional or physical pain!

Here are some examples (overlook the visual hyperboles; they are just trying to make a point!)!

 

And yet more…

 

 

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Vide-Oh: Extreme Amusements (Fun?)

While the pandemic is raging across the world, amusement parks have been mostly closed. The video below depicts some of the more extreme “amusements” around the world.

I have to admit that most of them don’t seem too much like fun to me and I am sure they are a bit pricey as well; given the cost of insurance, etc. Do you think these are fun and enjoyable?

 

 

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Vide-Oh: Fish Works Hard For Romance, But…

The BBC presents an interesting study of a Puffer Fish that constructs an amazing lair to entice an impressed female to be his mate. How this small fish can construct such a massive, finely detailed creation under water is hard to fathom (pun intended of course).

I am sure you will agree!

 

 

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Vide-Oh: Essential Fishing Techniques

If you enjoy the sport of fishing or just like to fish to have fresh food, you may be interested in this “new” fishing technique! ; )

As you will see, using this method, you will probably have more fish than you can use so share with your friends and neighbors!

Read more about the documentary HERE

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/08/the-social-dilemma-deactivate-twitter-facebook-instagram

 

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