National Geographic: Heed the Call of the Wild at This Ethereal Wolf Sanctuary

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Source: Heed the Call of the Wild at This Ethereal Wolf Sanctuary

Wolf Sanctuary Eureka, MO

Wolf Sanctuary Eureka, MO Copyright S.L. Jones

Giethoorn: The Village Without Roads

Thanks to Chris The Story Reading Ape for finding this post!


The village Giethoorn has no roadswater-village-no-roads-canals-giethoorn-netherlands-9
But that doesn’t mean there’s no way to get around…water-village-no-roads-canals-giethoorn-netherlands-3
The most common mode of transportation is by “whisper boats”, which have noiseless engineswater-village-no-roads-canals-giethoorn-netherlands-10
Therefore, the village is very peaceful…water-village-no-roads-canals-giethoorn-netherlands-12
The loudest sounds you’ll hear is probably the quacking of a duck (well, when it isn’t flooded with tourists, of course)water-village-no-roads-canals-giethoorn-netherlands-4
Also known as “the Venice of the Netherlands”, this magical village was founded around 1230water-village-no-roads-canals-giethoorn-netherlands-11
Its first inhabitants found numerous peat deposits and dug many holes over the yearswater-village-no-roads-canals-giethoorn-netherlands-13
Eventually, these holes turned into lakeswater-village-no-roads-canals-giethoorn-netherlands-6
The newly created islands were connected with more than 176 bridgeswater-village-no-roads-canals-giethoorn-netherlands-5
Which give the village a cozy fairy-tale touch…water-village-no-roads-canals-giethoorn-netherlands-8

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Not just a virus

Absolutely beautiful pictures from Inese! She always captures beauty!

Making memories


In this picture, I am looking through the natural ‘window’ from a coastal cave. It was chilly outside, and we quite enjoyed our refuge from the elements.

A couple of days ago I went outside first time after a week in bed. It felt like leaving a cave.

Viruses, the tiny things that are not even technically alive, can cause a lot of trouble. The only criteria for being alive they fit in is that they can evolve over time. It is why we need to get a flu vaccine every year. Basically, a virus is a string of DNA (or RNA) wrapped in a protein coat. It doesn’t respond to any stimuli and doesn’t reproduce. It just is. At this stage it is called a virion. The horror story begins when such virion gets in contact with a cell – human, animal or bacterial. Viruses are parasites, they must have a host…

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