Do You Know These 7 Facts About Green Turtle Hatchlings?

Green Green TurtlesTurtles are a species that has a large distribution but are also on the conservation list for being over hunted over the centuries. According to Wikipedia, they are separated into two groups: Indio-Pacific and Atlantic. In the former group, they can be found in the Indian Ocean near Africa, near Japan all the way down to New Zealand, and near Hawaii, Mexico and Chile. In the Atlantic, they are found in the Caribbean and South Atlantic. They hatch on beaches and will spend the rest of their lives swimming in the water.

Over the centuries, humans have used turtles for human use. Turtles are used to make handbags, food [such as soup] and decorations. They are now on the protected list in many countries due to over harvesting of their numbers. In some places, such as Hawaii, the numbers have rebounded.

As you and your loved ones assemble this puzzle, it would be a great opportunity to learn more about green turtles [habitat, food, and life cycles for example]. You can find this puzzle entitled Green Turtle Hatchlings and other Turtle Jigsaw Puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

 

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Wildflowers are in bloom!

Desert Dusk James LeeFrom the end of February to mid-June, if the winter rains have been plentiful in the Arizona desert, we will be treated to a glorious display of wildflowers. According to the Desert Museum, wildflowers are those flowers that only bloom with abundant rain which is a rare occurrence in the desert. Mexican Gold Poppies are example of this.  Wild Flowers on the other hand include all perennials such as flowering cacti which flower every year regardless of rainfall amounts.

South Korean artist James Lee has beautifully portrayed the desert’s unusual beauty for us. If you or a loved one are drawn to art about the Southwestern United States assembling this puzzle would be a visually appealing and fun activity to do together. You can find this puzzle entitled Desert Dusk and other Spring jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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In Meeting Creek, Canada, Why Is There an Advertisement for Alberta Pool?

Alberta PoolWhen I first saw this puzzle, I saw the advertisement for Alberta Pool and wondered what the story was behind that title. Something told me that it had nothing to do with a swimming pool. I was correct. According to Wikipedia, wheat pools were Canadian farmer owned co-operatives that bought grain from farmers. In other words, the farmers “pooled their wheat” together to get the best price for their product. The height of their influence was during the 1920s.

Meeting Creek, Alberta, Canada today is a tiny hamlet in central Alberta, between the major cities of Edmonton and Calgary. Thus, even though it has a population of only twenty people, it is near the major Edmonton – Calgary Corridor which is the most populous region of Alberta. Agriculture is the major industry in this section of the Canadian Prairies.

While this picture is not as artistic as some of the puzzles that we have, it does give a glimpse into an interesting part of western Canada’s history. You can find this puzzle entitled Meeting Creek and other Train jigsaw puzzles at A+ Plus Puzzles, etc.

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Do You Know What a “Skater’s Moon” is?

Skaters MoonIn the United States, each full moon has a popular name to describe the month and season in which it occurs. One example, Hunter’s Moon, was written about in a previous blog. A sample of others are: wolf, snow, sap, seed, flower, strawberry, hay, corn, harvest, beaver and longest night’s moon. They are given these names because during these full moons, the moon rises when the sun sets. Thus, on these days, there is extra abundant light for outdoor activities.

While there is no official name of “Skater’s Moon” for any full moon that I could find, the principal would be the same – skaters and other winter lovers have a chance during this wintertime full moon to continue doing what they love.

While waiting for your own “Skater’s Moon” in which to go outside and enjoy winter activities at night, assembling this puzzle entitled Skater’s Moon would be a great for you and your loved ones to plan for that full moon. You can find this and other Winter Jigsaw Puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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Can You Find What is Hiding in this “Woodland Encounter” Puzzle?

Woodland Encounter Bev DoolittleAt first glance, this puzzle entitled Woodland Encounter seems overwhelming with white and brown colors, with a little fox in the center. This is because the artist, Bev Doolittle, is using a technique called “camouflage”. If you have a chance to examine the picture more closely, you will be able to see some Native Americans on horses in the snowy woods. This creates a puzzle that would be perfect for those who desire a challenge in their puzzles.

You can purchase this and other Winter Jigsaw Puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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Thomas Kinkade: Winter Evening Gathering

Winter Evening Gathring Thomas KinkadePeace and tranquility are themes come to my mind right away when I look at this painting. Considering that the painter was Thomas Kinkade, this comes as no surprise to me. He was known as the painter of light whose aim was to leave viewers with the theme of God’s peace in their hearts whenever they looked at his painting. Even in a painting entitled Winter Evening Gathering, he has a lot of light sharing out of the background. For someone like myself who loves winter, this picture is beautifully serene.

As you and your loved ones assemble this puzzle, use the time to share stories from the past of warm winter gatherings that you’ve been a part of. You can find it and other Thomas Kinkade jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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How To Have Fun in the Snow! (Snowbound)

Snowbound Mary ThompsonThis fun scene shows all the fun that can be had by lots of snow, so much so that time stops for a few days whilst everyone is snowbound.

How do the people in this puzzle, entitled Snowbound, enjoy their free time in the snow? They sleigh and sled ride around the neighborhood, go ice skating, go hiking up the hill and make snowmen. Of course, some folks like to be like the older couple in the bay window – they like to stay indoors and watch!

How do you enjoy a good snow day or days? Have you ever been snowbound for days on end? How do you like to spend your snow days? Are you one to go outside and play in the snow or do you like to stay indoors, sipping hot cocoa and watch others play in the snow? Assembling this puzzle would be great to have on hand in case you are snowbound or just like the reminder of childhood days of playing in the snow.

You can assemble this and other SunsOut jigsaw puzzles at A, Puzzles, Etc.

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Give Us This Day

Give Us This DayThis lovely puzzle entitled Give Us This Day was created by artist Ellen Stouffer. She based the title on the theme of the what is known as “The Lord’s Prayer”. It says this –

Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name.  Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,  As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, Forever and ever. Amen.

This serene picture with the flowers and colorful tea pots and teacups creates a relaxing environment for one to enjoy tea and scones or some other sort of delicious bread with one’s friends and family. Along with eating, drinking and catching up on news with friends, assembling this puzzle would be a great way to spend an afternoon. You can find this puzzle and other Ellen Stouffer jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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11 Facts About Penguins You May Not Know (Antarctica’s Children):

Antarticas Children by Schim Schimmel The Earth’s southernmost continent’s most famous residents are flightless birds called penguins. Interestingly, not all penguins are found in Antarctica. One species can be found near the equator. Two species that live on Antarctica are the Emperor and Adélie penguins. Emperor penguins are the largest of them all standing at four feet high.  Adélie penguins are about half of that size. Since both Emperor and Adélie adult penguins are black and white, that means that these penguins found on this puzzle  are chicks. Penguins are very friendly creatures whose main predators are leopards, orcas and sharks. They are cryophilic, meaning that they are especially suited to breeding and thriving in extremely cold temperatures. An example is that the Emperor penguin breeds during the Antarctic winter when temperatures along the coast are sub-freezing.

During the summer months, people can take tours of Antarctica to see the penguins. But for those who cannot take a trip to visit these fascinating creatures, assembling this puzzle entitled Antarctica’s Children by Schim Schimmel is a great inexpensive [and warm] way to study them. You can find this and other Penguin jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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Weaver’s Needle

WeaWeaver's Needle Arizonaver’s Needle is a peak of rock found in the Superstition Mountains [also known as the Superstition Wilderness] east of Phoenix, Arizona. It was named after Powell [later changed to Pauline] Weaver who was an explorer and mountain man in the first half of the 19th century.

The entire mountain that the needle rests upon is 4,555 feet high with 1,000 feet of that amount found in the needle alone. It is truly located in a “wilderness”, desert environment. In order to reach this peak, one has to drive east from Phoenix along US 60, then turn left on to a Forest Road which leads to the Peralta Trailhead [thank goodness there are restrooms available]. Then at the trailhead, one hikes over rough terrain for almost 3.5 miles. More hiking up the peak is possible, especially if you love to take landscape photography. Or, one can stay on the valley floor looking for the “Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine” which was supposedly discovered by a German immigrant named Jacob Waltz. The location of the goldmine has been lost for posterity.

If you love learning about new adventurous places, but are not up for this moderate to difficult hike, you can still enjoy the scenery by assembling this jigsaw puzzle entitled Weaver’s Needle.  You can find this and other Landscape jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

 

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