Now showing : Metamorphosis

Let me show you what’s in my current  Nature Vistas and their Metamorphosis .

Recently I had been watching a different kind of ‘Now Showing ‘. I discovered a new kind of cinema where all you need are your open senses and to be in a state of mindfulness. There’s never a VIP  premiere since all shows are visible worldwide,accessible to anyone who are interested.The only difference is that they may vary depending on which region you are. While the rest of the world is too busy looking after the complicated version of beauty, I opt for the off beaten path.

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Now showing : Nature’s artwork

There’s something about the magical beauty of spider webs during Fall. It’s one of the best natural artwork that you can see. The pattern, the intricate design, truly, a spider’s silk is amazing.Don’t miss a chance to see a cobweb in glistening dew during cold early mornings. Fall is their season, normally they are regarded as dirt, a nuisance, but during Autumn, it’s their time to shine. They are regarded as beautiful, and worthy.

I saw the one  shown in above photo last Sunday, its hanging above the railing of the suspension bridge along the Danube river. I was cycling so I need to stop for a minute to get a proper photo before its gone.Sure thing, it is worth the stop.

 

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Now Showing : True colors

Moving in Germany have introduced me to a new attitude of awareness. I thought that my life had slowed down, downsized, & somewhat minimized, I was wrong– I was rather escalated. Wander tags have taught me a lot about simple things in life that has huge impact. I realized that I was not aware of these when I’m always in a hurry and the only colors that is ever-present in my mind is the RAL ( German Reichs-Ausschuß für Lieferbedingungen und Gütesicherung) since its part of my work. I was even good at creating different colors out of the basics. But nature has taught me something; True Colors.

Do you know that leaves has 3 (Three) pigments? It has chlorophyll (green) , carotenoid (yellow,orange,and brown), and the anthocyanin (red) . In one season, the leaves shows a grand display of all of these like a slide show.

Because the days are shorter & there’s not enough sun,the leaves can’t produce more chlorophyll ( or their food). Rather than struggle to make food through the winter, it shuts down. It stops producing chlorophyll and allows its fall leaves to die. When the tree stops producing chlorophyll, the green color leaves the foliage and you are left with the “true color” of the leaves. Does it ring a bell “You are your truest when you are alone in the dark and no one is watching “.

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Now Showing : Chasing after fallen leaves

We are running on the last quarter of the year, only a few more months and the year ends. Time to chase old dreams, rekindle dimmed sights. Do you have anything worth pursuing  before this year becomes a history? I have mine and I’m still bent on chasing after it. Chasing fallen leaves doesn’t always mean gathering a mess, life-less, unworthy piles of leaves. It’s also an act of being in control and staying tuned with your desires and getting ready for the next season.

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Now Showing : Not all who wanders are Lost

If I didn’t put a purpose in all my wanderings then I wouldn’t be able to write about these things. As I watched my daughter wander in the forest, I can see that she learns more about the leaves, trees, its color, and the sound of nature more than she sees in her books. She becomes aware of the sound of birds, and the colors of wild flowers. Suddenly  I love the concept of learning through play–it’s a magical world for kids. I thought everything around me changes and undergoing metamorphosis, little did I know that I, myself, is the big change.

 

What was the last movie you’ve watched?

What’s  “Now Showing” in your life ? or maybe “Coming Soon”?

 

October thoughts and Autumn spells

Chilly winds, foggy mornings, kids going crazy about Horse Chestnuts, pumpkins all over, Bavarians in wool sweaters, hot chocolate drinks, dried crispy leaves, edgy boots on sale,warm leggings and wool socks, the smell of freshly baked pies, and of course, Halloween mania. Halloween here might be unique since Frankenstein was ‘born’ and created here in Bavaria.

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Drenched in October rains…
When Sharon of Sunshine and Celandines brag about her Wildlife snaps in October, I thought it might be a great idea to document a post about how Fall looks like here in my side of the world and putting into writing my thoughts on it. After all, I live here now, and I’m trying to integrate as much as possible, living like a local. Seeing things like a local does.

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Thoughts on October : One of the hardest things to do in life is letting go of what you thought was real…and moving on.
I have been looking forward  to my first Autumn here in Bavaria. As I walked around, I could  see that most trees are still green but starting to fade away. Now that it is only  mid-October, temps could go as low as 2 deg C and definitely not a leggings weather for me anymore. Almost everyday , foggy mornings greeted us in our doorsteps, making it so hard to wake up.

Sometimes I think that it’s so strange to find everything so beautiful during Autumn, where in fact, everything is actually dying. Don’t you think so?

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Autumn leaves I have collected from our walks.I am planning to make a wreath out of these or just let the Toddler crush it.

Autumn, the season that teaches us that change can be beautiful. Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the Fall.  I still couldn’t believe that it’s been a quarter of the year already that I’m living here. Would I still feel the same after 3 years? Would I still be amazed by Autumn? Maybe still too early to say, but then I’m starting to get a hang of the changes.Living here is actually not that bad.

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The only leaf and budding flower leaf on this tree.

There is something beautiful and revitalizing about October. I have done some leaf-watching and I observed that when the leaves fall the world is surrendering, letting go of the pieces and parts that can no longer serve in a positive way.

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The season where molds shows its best colors too!
While wandering on my weekly Wandertags, I noticed that trees hold strong to their core and survive the storms; but every good tree knows that as time goes by, the leaves will come back and we all get to start again.I still need to be more like the trees, and let the dead leaves drop. The good thing about wandering, you get so close to nature and you witness how beautiful they are despite what changes in season they are in.

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The colors of Fall in Bavaria
Of course, Autumn won’t be complete without comfort food, and home made baking. Recently,I got inspired by one of my dear friend, Ann of GrubbsnCritters for doing some Fall baking. You’ve got to love her crazy spooky Casper’s  Pannakoek (Pancakes)  and so I decided to go hunt some new ingredients to make something yummy as we snuggled up in this sweater season.I started it by making some German Chocolate Almond Pudding. I was invited by my German friend on her birthday last week and she made one so I grab her recipe and make one for my family. I’ve learned that during birthdays, they are making their own cakes here. Not like in Kuwait that there’s so many bakeshop where you can buy cakes for any occassion. I’m planning to make some more, maybe the Orange Vanilla next time, or yet, the Pumpkin Spice.Thanks to google translate that helps me shopping for baking ingredients.

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My German Chocolate Almond Pudding 
You see,October here in Bavaria is turning out to be a beautiful month, and I wanna see it all in full bloom.

How’s Fall in your area look like? Do you also have a Fall Bucket list?

 

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Going nuts over chestnuts

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Chestnuts in the ground during Autumn

Aside from the sight of dewy cobwebs, pumpkins and dried leaves, Autumn is definitely the season where chestnuts come in the show ,and the best way to find them is by looking down to the ground.Today while I’m with my daughter in the park, and while running after her in the playground, I noticed that some of the kids are hovering around the trees. All of them have a bag and they kept on picking out something from the ground.

They’re picking chestnuts from the ground!!

Way back in Philippines, chestnuts are expensive and only available during Christmas season. I remember in Kuwait, I’ve seen these dark brown nuts in the supermarket and although I wanted to have some, I’m in doubt how to cook them.So I decided to join the hustle and pick some and to my delight, we gather a handful, almost a bowl. My daughter had fun picking up the chestnuts and playing with it.

Now what to do with it? The ever-curious in me runs high so after googling out how to cook it, I decided to try it.

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The bowl of chestnut as my first haul today.

Here are some important points if you wanna try the Caveman-way, I did it by roasting in the oven for 210 deg C  for about 25~30 minutes. The chestnuts will crack & turn brown once they’re done you can smell the delectable aroma .

(I call it caveman way because If you don’t like sweating out & hurting your thumb, then just buy the ones in the supermarket, it taste the same anyway )

1. Carefully cut an X into the flat side of each nut with a sharp, pointy knife, cutting through the shell.

2.Spread the nuts on a rimmed baking sheet for the oven or directly on the grill, cut side up

3.Roast for 15 to 20 minutes or until they’re tender and the shell comes off easily.

4.Wrap the hot chestnuts in a towel and squeeze them to crush the skins. Leave them wrapped in the towel for five minutes afterwards.

5.Peel while nuts are warm. Remove the inner skin along with the shell. Reheat briefly if the nuts become hard to peel.

Step # 6 is Enjoy which I omitted and I will tell you why.

Before you devour those chestnut, make sure it’s safe to snack on!!

Evil  Horse chestnut impostors are, in a nutshell, making you wanna vomit. Which means it’s a good time to remember that not all chestnuts are what they seem: Some, turns out to be fake,they are Horse chestnuts — similar in appearance and much more common, but inedible. Horse-chestnut poisoning is rarely fatal, ( as per Web site of Canada’s Nova Scotia Museum )  though effects can include vomiting, loss of coordination, stupor and occasionally paralysis.

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Horse Chestnuts that are poisonous ( Aesculus hippocastanum)

Raw Horse Chestnut seed, leaf, bark and flower are toxic due to the presence of esculin and should not be ingested. Horse chestnut seed is classified by the FDA as an unsafe herb. The glycoside and saponin constituents are considered toxic. Aesculus hippocastanum is used in Bach flower remedies.

The moment I’ve tasted these nuts, it tasted bitter and I knew something is not right. I immediately throw all of it in the bin. Again, there’s really nothing wrong about Googling. But sure thing that your taste buds will warn you, unless anything bitter is delectable for you.

So next time you wanna experiment the same way that I did, make sure you are harvesting the right kind of chestnut,and not the ones who can make you ill. Thanks to this incident or else I wouldn’t know that there is such a thing called “Horse Chestnuts”. Here are some for you to look just in case you are harvesting chestnuts this Autumn. These are based on a home-and-garden information center operated by Clemson University Extension distinguishes good nut from bad nuts.

*Edible chestnuts are like woodsy sea urchins, sporting very prickly burrs with one to several nuts inside. Horse chestnuts are less prickly, more easily handled (and thus, more sinister).

*Chestnuts have long, narrow leaves; horse chestnuts have big, compound ones composed of five to nine leaflets sharing a common stem.

* Chestnuts are starchy (and edible). Horse chestnuts taste horribly bitter. Taste buds description :  INEDIBLE.

*Horse chestnuts, have a nasty scent. Unlike edible chestnuts, their covers don’t pop off easily, which makes them, literally, a tougher nut to crack.

Do you like chestnuts?

Have you ever tried eating something and then it’s just too foul to taste?