Understanding the Weather of the Galapagos

Understanding the Weather of the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are blessed with a climate that means there’s never really a bad time to visit. Visitor numbers to each of the islands are strictly monitored by the national park conservancy, however, so most wildlife holidays in Galapagos tend to be in the same peak periods in order to minimise the impact on the habitat and animal species.
While the archipelago is on the Equator, the weather is not tropical. It has its own microclimate that could best be defined as sub-tropical in nature. There are two seasons – the dry season and the wet season – and, while it can be visited year round, the best wildlife holidays in Galapagos tend to be centred around the months between November and February.

 

Fast Facts on the Galapagos Climate

• The weather in the archipelago is governed by the ocean currents. It is at the convergence of three major currents: the Humboldt, the Panama and the Cromwell.

• Even though the archipelago is located in the tropics it has a unique microclimate, which is surprisingly dry.

• The El Niño weather phenomenon occurs every 5-7 years, causing sea levels to rise markedly.

• The El Niño effect can have a negative effect on the marine wildlife of the islands – particularly the sea lions and Marine Iguanas.

• In the warm season, temperatures average from 27ºC to 32ºC and water temperatures are between 21ºC to 26ºC.

• In the dry season, temperatures average from 21ºC to 27ºC and water temperatures are between 18ºC to 24ºC.

• The warmest months are January and February, while the coolest are from May to September.

• Due to its equatorial position, the archipelago has an equal number of daylight and darkness hours throughout the year.

The Warm Season: December to May

The most popular time for wildlife holidays in Galapagos are the months between November and May. Both the air and water temperatures are higher and it is peak breeding time for land birds and nesting turtles.

Although this time of the year is classified as the rainy season, there is also plenty of sunshine around. Periods of rain are usually short (although daily), interspersed with warm, sunny stretches. The islands are teeming with active wildlife and the warmer oceans provide calm seas and better visibility, making the perfect conditions for snorkelling and swimming.

The Dry Season: June to December

In the dry season, the Humboldt Current coming from the southernmost reaches of South America sets a chill in the ocean and the trade winds bring colder and often stormy weather. Mist settles around the high altitudes – this is the time the highlands are at their most verdant and lush. Due to the nutrient-rich waters brought by the southern currents, there are huge numbers of fish in the waters surrounding the archipelago. This results in a greater number of seabirds, including penguins and albatross. However, the chillier oceans are not quite as appealing for snorkelers or divers, and guided wildlife holidays in Galapagos are not as frequent.

How the Weather Affects Biodiversity

The islands’ three distinct ecosystems are all strongly affected by the weather patterns. In the years of El Niño, the terrestrial region is abundant with flower and fruit bearing plants, which also causes an increase in the populations of insects and birds. The marine ecosystem thrives with the arrival of the Humboldt Current, but the colder oceanic temperatures mean that the seaweed on which the Marine Iguanas and sea lions rely as a food source is greatly diminished. This causes problems not just in the immediate population, but also sees a decline in reproduction. In the years of La Niña (which produces the opposite conditions to El Niño), the reverse of all these effects is true in all three ecosystems.

Sacred art meets sophisticated technology!

Sacred art meets sophisticated technology!

Multi-media entertainment studio Moment Factory creates a multi-sensory experience within Montreal’s grandiose Notre-Dame Basilica using sound, light and video projection-mapping.
Designed by Irish-American architect James O’Donnell in 1824, the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal is a picture of divinity. Now, as part of the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations, the iconic heritage landmark has been given a new, and luminous, lease of life. Montreal-based multimedia entertainment studio Moment Factory has created AURA, a transformative experience that propels visitors on a sacred journey using layers of augmented reality and spatial orchestral scoring within the walls of the Gothic Revival cathedral.

 

Since its opening in March 2017, AURA, which seats 600 people at a time, has been performed over 400 times. The 45-minute experience, presented in two acts, unfolds beneath the grandiose Basilica’s lofty rood screens. Before being seated, visitors are encouraged to discover and connect with sublime artworks highlighted by multimedia-enhanced installations on a self-led tour.

The second act, when the Basilica’s interior is bathed in a series of animated projections, is just as, if not more, breathtaking. Coupled with an orchestral composition interpreted by 30 musicians, 20 chorists and the Basilica’s resonant organ, the experience is soul-stirring.

Conceived in 2015 by the Moment Factory team and the cathedral’s managers, Fabrique de la Paroisse Notre-Dame, the project was produced by over 100 people. Bringing this vision to reality required an intensive year of musical composition and recording, four months of visual content production, 90 days of installation and a month of content integration and testing.

The technical rig of a total of 21 projectors — seven for the exploratory introduction and 14 for the second act — and 140 lights, four lasers and 20 mirrors is but one of the cogs in the machine.

To fully utilize the cathedral’s intricate architecture as a complex digital canvas, in a seamless manner, Moment Factory developed X-Agora, a specialized projection-mapping software that permits the creation of complex 3D maps of concave surfaces and ornate carvings. The video projections were also tuned to match the cathedral’s vibrant chromatic palette so as to enrich the existing details.

3 Rugged Travel Cameras for Adventure Lovers

3 Rugged Travel Cameras for Adventure Lovers

Whether you love hanging out underwater or exploring the Amazonian jungle, in this day and age, we all want to record our experiences for posterity. Unfortunately, even the fanciest smartphone just doesn’t have what it takes to make it in the desert, or survive a dive into the depths of the ocean.
Why should you compromise on quality images, portability, or special features? Good news: you don’t have to! There are loads of brilliant travel cameras on the market specifically designed to survive challenging environments – as well as connect to WiFi, record stunning 4K videos and more.

 

Of course, not all travel cameras are created equal! Here are three of the best that will perfectly capture the moment allowing you to share your adventures with friends and family and create hundreds of jealousy-inducing social media posts!

TRAVELLER’S TIP: Just as essential as the gear is the gadget travel insurance to protect it. Check out Let’s Go Insure’s independent and super cheap gadget travel insurance to bag the best deal.

GoPro HERO5

The GoPro HERO5 is a seriously practical camera – the perfect all-rounder. Easy to slip into a pocket, the gadget is portable and light so it won’t slow you down. Though it has a one-touch record facility (super useful by the way!),an additional feature is voice command. With just a word you can begin filming instantaneously and you won’t miss a thing. This is also handy if the camera is mounted in a less accessible place, such as at the front of a helmet or the handlebars of a mountain bike! The rugged little camera is happy at depths of up to 33ft and records video in a sharp 4K.

Nikon COOLPIX W300

The Nikon COOLPIX W300 is particularly handy for those who love diving beneath the waves and want to capture what they see down there. It is waterproof to an impressive 100ft and its sleek design means it won’t hold you back during dives. The COOLPIX has a great vibration reduction feature allowing you to capture smoother video and sharper photographs. If you do fancy filming any marine wildlife, you won’t be disappointed by the footage as the camera shoots in 4K and Full HD. The COOLPIX W300 is a hardy gadget and is shock proof from over 2 metres.

Olympus Tough TG-5

This travel camera should appeal to the photography enthusiasts out there as there are a whole range of accessories and add-ons available. From cases to extra lenses, you can build your perfect camera and travel with a range of gear to suit the challenges of different environments. From lenses that increase the zoom up to 7 times to an F2.0 aperture lens for shooting on the go, this action gadget is a one-stop-shop for all your needs.

PHOTOGRAPHER’S TIP: Make sure to make the most of the Olympus Tough TG-5’s microscopic modes. These modes enable you to get up close and personal with nature and capture unique images in breath-taking detail.

With these inspiring travel cameras your holiday snaps will never again be dull – it’s time to get creative! And with Let’s Go Insure’s gadget travel insurance you’ll pay the minimum price for optimal cover of your precious purchase. Bon voyage!

Home Service Doctors Provide Warmth to Families in Need

Home Service Doctors Provide Warmth to Families in Need

Home Service Doctors, a home-based service company based in Manassas, Virginia, reached out to change the lives of local people’s families with a suggestion from Ginny Grivas. Ginny reached out through Facebook Messenger to the Home Service Doctors team to remind their family of the youngest girl with leukemia. The homeowner and his father, Chris, not only fought to help her daughter defeat her cancer, but also struggled to ensure her comfort because their home heating system failed.
Chris’s daughter Gabby suffers from leukemia since the age of 2. With increasing medical bills and irreversible heating systems, when the House Service Doctor hears the situation, owner Randy Baldwin steps in. Eliminating families from space heater shopping or Solutions used gently for warmth, a team from Comfortologist donated a new HVAC system to the homeowner and installed the unit as a donation.

Home Service Doctors Provide Warmth to Families in Need

Randy Baldwin, owner of Home Service Doctor, started his Docer Differentiation program as a way to give back to the public. With a community nomination, he regularly strives to support those who need a helping hand. The Doctor Differentiation Program is designed to help others. Baldwin says his motivation for the program, “It’s true to our identity, helping others is the core of who we are, that’s why we do what we do.”

To watch a video about Gabby’s Doctor Difference Segment, visit their website. The Home Service Doctors, headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, are open to a community nomination for their Doctor Differentiation program. Home Service Doctors Provide Warmth to Families in Need

Male Body Smell Body Condition – Heat Weather Curse Hot

Male Body Smell Body Condition – Heat Weather Curse Hot

The smell of unwanted and persistent male organs can be a problem for men at any time of the year, but the problem becomes more pronounced during the summer months. Even men who make male organ care a priority can be surprised by the aromas that appear when they take off their pants. This is bad enough when a man is beating alone; It can be embarrassing to undress in the dressing room in front of other men and can be an actual crisis when opening up maturity as a prelude to sensual encounters with a partner.
So many tests Male Body Smell Body Condition – Heat Weather Curse Hot

When a man first recognizes a new sensual partner, the first impression is very important. A man may pass an “interesting smile” and “funny bull” test, but the game has not been won. He then may lose (or gain) points for desk behavior, political views and various other topics.

Assuming that two people click on and headed to a more private and intimate place, someone wants to keep making a strong first impression. The smooth way with kisses and soft caresses can be dense, but what happens when, as he proudly introduces his maturity, his passion is accompanied by an incredible and unpleasant odor of male organs?

It is reasonable

Some types of male organ odor are of course natural. Unless a man is a naturist, a condition where his members continue to encourage the accumulation of odors. The presence of thick mounds of hair adds heat to the area, and the heat is exacerbated by the practice of keeping members buried under two layers of clothing. Heat, sweat and bacteria are the natural products of this situation. Hot weather makes things much worse, which means the odor of the male organ tends to be at its peak during the summer months.

What to do

First, if a man has not practiced the right psychiatric treatment to avoid an unwanted male organ odor, he should get started immediately. For example, if she does not wash members regularly, she should start doing it. Male Body Smell Body Condition – Heat Weather Curse Hot

But there are other tips that can help, including:

– Wear light and loose clothing. Heavy materials, such as wool, or synthetic fabrics, such as polyester, can add significantly to the level of heat in the groin, increasing the amount of sweat and odor remaining. Lightweight cotton pants is a better bet. Loose clothing also allows the male organ to “breathe” more. Naturally, men who like to wear tight clothing that accentuate their physical attractiveness, but finding the right balance between shortness and result in odor levels is very important.

– Consider command. Lightweight cotton boxers tend to be the best clothing choice in terms of avoiding excess heat in summer. However, going commando (not wearing underwear) should also be considered for those who feel comfortable with this style. (Be aware that some members may be too sensitive to this choice.)

– Air out first. If possible, spend an hour or two before the date is completely empty and in a cool, dry environment. This can help get rid of stinking accumulation organs and let a man “start fresh.”

– Regularly use the top flight organ man’s health crev (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) – and not just in summer. This is an important long-term strategy, especially for men whose male organ odor is an ongoing problem. A crème that contains vitamin A will have anti-bacterial properties that can attack the root cause of many male organ odor problems and reduce the resulting offensive aroma. In addition, the natural moisturizing components (Shea butter and vitamin E) in the best crèmes can compensate for the flakiness that can occur from washing maturity with overly strong cleansers and drying out the skin, even while accumulating sweat. The use of a proper and dedicated creme like Man1 Man Oil can be a powerful ally against the odor of a male organ. Male Body Smell Body Condition – Heat Weather Curse Hot

Learn more about Vertigo Dizzy Spells

Learn more about Vertigo Dizzy Spells

, unbalanced, spinning head, and so on are some of the symptoms of Vertigo. This condition is caused when there is a problem in the inner ear. The most common causes are: BPPV or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo caused due to small calcium particles settled in the inner ear canal. These particles form clumps and block the signals that enter the brain. This signal is related to the body’s gravity which will help maintain balance. Meniere’s disease is caused when fluid buildup in the inner ear. It can also cause tinnitus or hearing loss. Labyrinthitis also known as Vestibular Neuritis is a viral infection and one can see inflammation around the inner ear nerves and this is what causes the imbalance. Learn more about Vertigo Dizzy Spells
Remedymyvertigo.com is a site that offers complete information about Vertigo and common causes, symptoms, treatments, medications, home remedies and more to get rid of the condition. This site tells us how potions such as peppermint, cypress oil, incense oil, lavender oil, ginger oil, hydrogen peroxide, etc. can be used to relieve symptoms. And then also bring the reader through certain supplements that can be taken to care for his condition. Vitamin D capsules and Ginkgo Biloba supplements are some of them. The root of ginger is another effective home ingredient that works very fast on this condition.

Learn more about Vertigo Dizzy Spells

Many patients who suffer from vertigo will be surprised that magnets can also be used to get rid of the condition. Magnets help to push excess fluid accumulated in the inner ear. Readers can discover how to use magnets in detail and in the process. Ear wax is another process that is found to be very effective. Instead of pouring so much money on drugs, it’s always better to try some home remedies. The treatments mentioned on this site have been tried and tested and proven to be successful. They are also safe as long as they are done as instructed and careful. Readers can also see Vertigo and Dizziness Programs that will help them get rid of vertigo permanently.

Great news for the Galapagos Penguin

Great news for the Galapagos Penguin

The Galapagos Islands wildlife has fascinated us ever since the naturalist Charles Darwin brought them to the attention of the world through his remarkable journey of discovery in the early 1800s. His research in the archipelago forms the basis of what has become his revolutionary theory of natural election.
In subsequent years, this offshore island group of Ecuador has become a popular place for ecotourism. There are several places on Earth that offer such insights into our natural world intrigue and, for wildlife enthusiasts, the Galapagos vacation can be one of their most memorable life experiences. Great news for the Galapagos Penguin

Among the unique endemic species, the rare and endangered Galapagos Penguin is one of the most sought-after sightings. By 2017, after decades of declining population, researchers have seen a spurt in bird growth, and there appears to be some good news for the most endangered penguin species on the planet – and that’s also good news for wildlife lovers who visit the Galapagos holiday area. Great news for the Galapagos Penguin

A bonanza breeding

The reason for buying gold recently did not result in an overnight success. Many bird nests that have been used for the last 40 years have been destroyed by floods or followed by the Sea Iguanas. So, in 2010, a team of researchers from the University of Washington began working on a project that included the construction of 120 artificial penguin nests, with the goal of providing as many opportunities as possible to breed for the species.

The nest is made by digging the tunnel into the lava landscape, or by lava plate accumulation. The nest has been dubbed “penguin condo” and has been built on three island islands: Isabela, Bartolomé and Fernandina. The aim of the researcher is to ensure that when food availability is abundant (when the breeding is most likely to occur), the birds have access to a safe nest to protect their eggs and keep them cool.

The nest is monitored twice a year and in the last visit by researchers, the number of teenage penguins is more visible – and, in fact, they account for about 45% of the total population.

Current events

The increase in breeding is directly correlated with La Niña weather events, which bring rich and nutrient rich flows into the seas around the archipelago. In recent years the El Niño event (which brought the current slower and warmer, created a scarcity of food sources), consequently for the penguin population has been devastating. It is estimated that there are less than half of these days as in the 1979-73 and 1982-83 pre-El Niño years. Great news for the Galapagos Penguin

By providing a means for species to utilize favorable nesting conditions, artificial nests have played an important role in the regeneration of this population. In the hope of another La Niña in the spring of 2018, it is hoped that this breeding crush will continue and increase further. The Galapagos Conservancy has supported this program since 2013, and the body recognizes the valuable work of this dedicated group of researchers. Their long-term goal is to increase the population to a certain point so as to survive the adverse climate fluctuations, and representatives will return to the islands in February 2018 to examine the nest and share their findings.

A privilege of experience

For wildlife enthusiasts who visit the region on the Galapagos holidays, it is still a privilege and an unforgettable experience to see species in their natural habitat. In the coming years, the population can regain its prevalence over the last few decades – proving that in some cases, human intervention can be positive rather than harm world wildlife.

Great news for the Galapagos Penguin

 

Dare to Dream of a White Christmas in Courchevel

Dare to Dream of a White Christmas in Courchevel

Imagine waking up to a scene of snowy mountains and pine trees capped with a fresh dusting of snow on Christmas morning. Well, if you book a ski holiday to Courchevel for the festive period, this is exactly what you and your kids can expect!
In addition to enjoying a perfect winter wonderland, you and your family will be able to enjoy many festive activities in the resort, ranging from fantastic French-cooked Christmas dinners to a torch-lit descent for the kids to enjoy when the sun goes down.

 

The best part is that all of this couldn’t be easier to reach from the UK, as there are regular flights to Geneva from most UK airports, as well as excellent transport links from Geneva to Courchevel.

Courchevel for Families

While the exclusive Courchevel resort of 1850 is a perfect destination for many couples and ski enthusiasts, families with young children may prefer the lower resorts of 1550 and 1650, which are smaller and have a more family-friendly and intimate feel.

All of the resorts have their own children’s ski schools (I highly recommend learning with the French ESF – let them know that your children are English, and they will put them in an English-speaking class). What’s more, there are nursery runs, snow playgrounds and beginner slopes in each of the resorts.

When you venture away from the slopes, you’ll find that there is as much to do off as on the snow. For example, why not take the family ice skating, bowling or to the cinema?

What to Expect During the Festive Season

As you make your way from Geneva to Courchevel, you’ll feel the excitement of your children growing when you drive into the heart of a Narnia-esque landscape of snowy mountains and pine forests.

When you reach the resort, you’ll discover that the French embrace the magic of the festive season just as much as we do back home. The high streets in all of the resorts sparkle with Christmas lights, giving the entire area a truly magical feel.

Festive treats are likely to include carols and fireworks, traditional markets, a parade, tons of hot chocolate and live music events, as well as traditional Christmas meals in its many restaurants.

Highlights for 2017 include a torch-lit descent that’s led by ESF instructors and that features Santa as a special guest, as well as a special Boxing Day luge event.

Lastly, don’t forget that you’ll also be able to ski on Christmas Day. All of the resort’s lifts and pistes are open all day. Who knows – you might even discover Santa practicing his carving turns!

How to Get There

The resort is served by four airports during the ski season: Chambery, Lyon, Grenoble and Geneva. For the most regular and stress-free connection, choose a flight to Geneva with providers such as easyJet, British Airways, Swiss International or Air France.

For a completely hassle-free way of getting your family from the airport to your resort, simply book an airport transfer with Shuttle Direct before you leave home.

Let us know how many of you will be travelling, how many child seats you will need, and what ski equipment you will be carrying, and we’ll meet you at the airport with the perfect transport for you and your family.

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Things to Know About Carpet Cleaning

Things to Know About Carpet Cleaning

Carpets are surely a standout amongst the most imperative things that we can discover in our homes. These can represent the deciding moment the look the entire room. This is the reason that many people dependably make it a point to have carpets in their homes so that their homes will look as exquisite and as decent as they ought to be.
We as a whole know how floor coverings pull in earth to such an extent. Regardless of the possibility that we attempt to take care and keep our floor Carpet Clean, there will dependably be a stain that will start to fly out of it. Once a cover looks extremely messy, this would now be able to obliterate the look of the entire room. This would now be able to leave the room extremely chaotic and not all around cleaned. This is the essential motivation behind why you ought to dependably keep up the cleanliness of your floor carpet constantly.

Things to Know About Carpet Cleaning

One equipment that has really made carpet cleaning such an easier but effective cleaning job is a vacuum cleaner. These are tools or equipment which are used to suck out dirt which are trapped within the fibres of the carpet. This is very effective when you want to remove the solid particles, allergens and the dust which have stayed in the carpet. Although cleaning the carpet thoroughly, removing the stains do need extensive cleaning procedures in order to remove them in the best way possible. There are essentially extraordinary stages that should be finished when Carpet a Cleaning. Obviously, this is an extremely fragile thing in your family unit which should be cleaned appropriately.

The first phase of carpet cleaning involves the pre-treatment of your carpet. This may seem to be an unnecessary Carpet Cleaning step, but in reality, this is the most important cleaning step. This prepares and conditions your carpet so that it will be cleaned easily.

The next phase would involve the cleaning process itself. The removal of the resurfaced dirt will be done here. Things to Know About Carpet Cleaning

The last phase basically neutralizes the carpet leaving it to be as presentable as it must be. carpet cleaning central coast will leave no dirt behind but instead remove cleaning residue.

The Mood of purple

The Mood of purple

It has been found that certain colors have an effect on our mood. Colors at the red end of the spectrum are considered warm while the blue shades are cool. We will deal with the color purple which is contains both a warm red and a cool blue. Talk about mixed emotions! Are you a red purple or a blue purple?

The Mood of purple The Mood of purple

Red is a warm color and associated with strong emotions such love, comfort and warmth. While red seems to evoke these strong positive feelings it also appears to exacerbate strong or negative feelings such as anger or wrath. The color red apparently intensifies our emotions whatever they be. Red makes some persons feel confident and powerful and we wear it if we want to be noticed. Red is used to decorate certain rooms in the home. It is said to stimulate the appetite when used in the dining room or kitchen.

At the other end of the color spectrum is blue which has a cooling and calming effect. Imagine how it makes you feel to look out at a cloudless light blue sky. It is also associated with intelligence and productivity. For this reason it is often used to decorate the office. Because of its calming effect blue very often decorates the bedroom. Blue is non threatening and is viewed as a sign of reliability and stability. It is also a favorite color of many so is considered conservative. In the center of this color wheel we find the color purple which is most often associated with wealth and royalty. According to some authorities on color psychology the color purple is a balance between the two primary colors of red and blue. So, one would expect it to have a stabilizing effect on our emotions. But maybe that is the reason it is considered to be so mysterious by some. Is our mood swayed by the intensity of red or the amount of blue in the certain shades of purple?

Wisdom and spirituality are often associated with purple. In ancient times purple was extremely expensive and could only be afforded by the most affluent of persons. The reason for this is because it rarely occurs in nature and in those days was very hard to produce. Hence, only the very wealthy could obtain purple clothes or other purple things.

Purple is liked by both women and men and is often used in decorating. It has a calming effect on both mind and nerves and yet is emotionally uplifting and stimulates creativity.

Wisdom and spirituality are often associated with purple. Purple, it appears, has the qualities of both red and blue. Purple has several shades each having a different meaning. Light purple or lavender is feminine and romantic. Bright purple is the shade most often attributed to wealth and royalty. Dark purple is believed to evoke sadness and frustration.

Irritability and arrogance, it is believed, are brought on by too much purple, even making one impatient with others. Too little purple brings about apathy and negative feelings.

So, are you as confused as I am when it comes to decorating your home of office with purple? Do you like to wear purple? I started this article with the intention of blending the moods evoked by red and blue into one blended mood associated with purple.

In closing it appears that one should keep in mind the different shades of purple when using them in the color scheme. It seems that you can have purple in any room of the house or even wear all the purple you want. Just be mindful of the effect certain shades can have on the mood.

So, are you as confused as I am when it comes to decorating your home of office with purple? Do you like to wear purple? I started this article with the intention of blending the moods evoked by red and blue into one blended mood associated with purple.

In closing it appears that one should keep in mind the different shades of purple when using them in the color scheme. It seems that you can have purple in any room of the house or even wear all the purple you want. Just be mindful of the effect certain shades can have on the mood.

Katy Beacher is a retired registered nurse and grandmother with a lifetime of experience in homemaking and decorating on a budget. She currently runs a website endlesscoastaldecor.com where home décor items are sold.