Did you know that in 2016 bison became the national mammal of the United States?
Although bison have poor eyesight, they can smell and hear extremely well. Click on bison to learn more fun facts.
Here I am observing a bison from a far distance because bison "can run up to 35 miles per hour. Plus, they’re extremely agile. Bison can spin around quickly, jump high fences and are strong swimmers." Now that's a miracle!
Gene Cernan, a NASA astronaut who was the last man to walk on the moon, died yesterday - January 16, 2017. While participating in an oral history project, he said the following:
"Science and technology got me to this plateau on another planet, another body in this universe. Science and technology got me there, but when I got there and I looked back home at the Earth, science and technology could not explain what I was seeing nor what I was feeling. You look at the Earth, and it very majestically yet mysteriously rotates on an axis you can't see, but must be there. There are no strings holding it up. It moves with purpose. It moves with logic. Every 12 hours you're looking at the other side of the Earth. It's inconceivable to be somewhere to watch the Earth rotate in front of your very eyes. But when I looked back home there was too much purpose, too much logic. The Earth to me -- and we all, I think, come home with our own impressions -- was just too beautiful to have happened by accident. Science and technology could not give me the answers I was looking for, and I came home with a conclusion that it's just too beautiful to have happened by accident. There must be something you and I, all of us don't fully understand about the creation of the universe, about the miracle of life itself." (From pages 7 & 8 of the history project interview)
While grazing in the pasture this morning I was knocked down by a powerful force -> WIND!
No one can actually see wind. However, you can feel it, hear it, and see the results of its power as seen in the above video. Did you know that tornadoes can have wind speeds of up to 300 miles per hour? Now that's a mighty miracle! Click here to learn more about wind.
This afternoon Grandma Mare and I enjoyed afternoon tea at Hästar Te Rum (Horses Tea Room). We were served fun, duck-shaped donuts and barley flavored tea. I found it helpful to watch the video below before I experienced my first afternoon tea. Stirring my tea quietly was not too difficult. However, I found it challenging to keep my hooves off the table.
This afternoon I visited my goldfinch friends while they ate their lunch which consisted of thistle seeds and sunflower seeds. Personally, I prefer grazing in a field of fresh, green grass.
Did you know goldfinch are acrobats? They can eat upright or upside down. Now that's a miracle! This allows them to eat from food sources that are not accessible to other birds, such as bent sunflower heads. I once tried eating upside down and soon found myself lying flat on the floor. (See photos below.)
Here is a picture of my finch friends.
Left feeder, top to bottom: Karl, Linnea, Olga, Gunnar, Ivar, & Johan
Right feeder, top to bottom: Ulrika, Gustav, Klas, Ebba, & Frida