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Nov 28, 2023Liked by Alexander Verbeek 🌍

Splendid are the moments that colour the days between the layers of time. The beauty of things lies in our amazement at their simplicity. A primordial sense that compels us to decide the direction to follow. Therefore…

“The best thing to do is to go as far as you can… whatever you consider ‘too far’ – and when others follow you, as they will, move on.” - Frank Lloyd Wright

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“Life can evolve and survive in challenging conditions” music to my ears. The world at large in such chaos now, I agree with the need to get back to nature for respite from the onslaught of daily crises that are indeed unbearable. Thank you for the “pink lake” that is green! And for the virtual travel, the only kind I am able to enjoy. 😘🕊️

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That was lovely - thank you. Still dark here at 7 AM and it's been raining for 2 or even 3 weeks straight. So it was very nice to be on this virtual walk with you.

Also, I never bothered to look up or even think about what people meant when they talked about ....mica (I couldn't figure out what that first word was). Penny dropped and it's faux mica. Thank you for that too. And how cool that you found some. The German word for it is Glimmer and I remember this little phrase from school "Feltspat, Quarz und Glimmer - die drei vergess ich nimmer". It was to remember what granit is made out of.

Isn't our planet amazing? Thank you!

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Nov 28, 2023Liked by Alexander Verbeek 🌍

Thank you for this lovely walk! What a lovely place to escape to for peace and balance.

The weekend rain and wind has stripped the last leaves from the crepe myrtle outside my window and most of the autumn colors have gone.

No greenery left, I’m sad to say.

I was going to ask why it’s called Pink Lake but the small piece of pink mica seems to answer that.

It’s wonderful you have these wonderful memories of serene walks to remember and share now that winter has exerted its grip.

Your beautiful nature images are always welcome and they indeed bring a few minutes of solitude and soothing of the soul.

I feel it’s effect just now.

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Nov 28, 2023Liked by Alexander Verbeek 🌍

A serene haven. Many thanks for taking us on this pleasant tour or detour from the troubles. I felt I was walking with you. Mica seems to be a bit of a shapeshifter. Intriguing.

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Nov 29, 2023Liked by Alexander Verbeek 🌍

Thanks for the lovely walk and explanations, Alexander. I enjoyed your discussion of the 3-spined stickleback. We catch them occasionally in our trawl on the Inland Seas schoolship schooner in Grand Traverse Bay (Lake Michigan). They apparently found their way into Lake Huron (and thereby, Lake Michigan) from the Ottawa River. They and their relatives, the brook stickleback and the 9-spined stickleback, have an interesting torpedo-like shape, and a very narrow peduncle. The peduncle, one of my favorite words to teach the students when we are sailing, is the part of the body just in front of the tail, or caudal fin. On a separate note, we visited an actual 'pink lake' in the Yucatan on a trip last Christmas. Las Coloradas is part of a desalinization enterprise, with the pink due to concentration of brine shrimp, plankton and red-colored algae as the water evaporates. Flamingoes feed at these lakes, and they get their pink coloration from their diet.

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