September 17, 2022
And there are two subspecies of Asian Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis), the 'Swamp' and 'River' varieties. #asianwaterbuffalo #bubalus
~ The 'Swamp' (Water) Buffalo (B. bubalis kerebau) has backswept horns whose sweep is sometimes more extreme. They may be straight or have a soft curve.
~ The 'River' Buffalo (B. bubalis bubalis) has more distinctly curled horns.
The horns on either variety, which are a subspecies with many breeds can vary wildly, from thin to wide, with color variants ranging from grey to black, they may be smooth or have distinctive ridges, and the tightness of their curl will vary radically. Although the swamp and river types will interbreed to produce a 49-chromosome hybrid, neither can interbreed with cattle.
Wild (Cape) African Water Buffalo belong to a the Caprid family.
These Buffalo have heavier, more intensely curled horns that carry across their foreheads. #wildafricanwaterbuffalo
The Asian Water Buffalo that was domesticated thousands of years ago, and is being bred here in the United States and abroad for it's dairy products, including my favorite, Mozzarella di Bufala AKA "Genuine Italian Mozzarella", as well as for its meat. Read how the mild tempered Asian Water Buffalo is being designed as a "Wonder Cow of the Future".
Frontiersin.org states that "Buffalo have higher longevity than cattle (they can surpass 30 years of age, while maintaining their reproductive capacity until they are 18–25 years old). This docile, intelligent, and curious animal is farmed in several countries worldwide, mainly for its good quality meat (which has better nutritional composition compared to that of cattle) and its high-fat milk." #buffalo #waterbuffalo
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Bison are native to North America. Once found roaming the plains of Canada and the United States, in grasslands, prairies, or plains where they ate grasses and other plants as their main food source. Those same prairies were once quite extensive throughout the United States, due greatly to their access to sunlight and controlled burns, and dependence to a great degree on the Bison grazing back the higher foliage and trampling back the forests. Read this highly informative article by Janet Marinelli - June 20, 2019 (Forgotten Landscapes: Bringing Back the Rich Grasslands of the Southeast).
THE BISON REVIVAL
The bison is making a comeback, but not without controversy. The California Psychics website succinctly wrote, "You cannot tell the story of the bison without telling the story of Native Americans.
Chief Iron Tail with Bison
It’s ironic that an animal that symbolizes abundance was almost killed off by the wants and needs of man. Before the days of guns and settlers, there were millions of bison; some estimate well over 20 million. But now there are only thousands left. This makes a bison sighting even more meaningful and rare. The Native Americans of the Great Plains revered, honored, and respected this animal. For many tribes between Canada and the U.S., the bison provided life; food, clothing, and shelter. The Indians’ nomadic way of life synchronized with the migrations of bison, deer, and elk. Without the interference of European settlers, Native Americans could have lived life hunting bison almost indefinitely.
Local tribes believed that killing the bison would bring them ill fortune, so they kept their culture alive by passing on stories about how important it was for each member of a tribe to care for animals so that everyone could survive in harmony with nature and each other. Today, many Native American tribes are working to revive traditional practices like hunting buffalo for food or preserving their land through conservation efforts. The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has seen an increase in its wild bison population from 1300 at the turn of the century back up to over 4500 today! It’s great news since many conservationists believe there are only about 20 purebred individuals left anywhere else on Earth. From this perspective alone we can see why bringing back these majestic creatures is critically important, especially given how much they mean culturally (as well as historically).
September 09, 2022
Damascus knives are a popular choice for outdoorsmen and women. Whether they're fixed blade, or folders, they offer a blend of strength, sharpness, and beauty that is hard to find in other types of knives. The benefits of Damascus hunting knives and EDC (Everyday Carry) Knives are multiple.
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Some of the advantages of Damascus knives over other types are:
- They hold an edge very well and can be used for extended periods without having to be sharpened.
- The patterns on the blade are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they also help to disguise any scratches or wear that may occur with extended use.
- Damascus steel is also less likely to chip or break than other types of knives.
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September 09, 2022 1 Comment
April 10, 2022
~ Taylor Sheridan, the creator, writer, director and occasional actor of not only the Yellowstone series, but it's prequel, 1883 cut a deal with Paramount to not only carry 1883, but his Yellowstone spin off, 6666, which follows Yellowstone' character Jimmy,
played by Jefferson White as he continues his life at the famous (in real life) Four Sixes Ranch in West Texas. 6666 is set in present day.
1883 and 1932 Clarification
~ The original plan was for 1932 to be Season 2 of 1883
~ However in late March 2022, Executive Producer, David Glasser stated "1883 is now considered a limited series instead of a show that could get renewed every year for new seasons. Paramount+ has announced that there will be a few “additional episodes” of 1883 that will air later this year ahead of the premiere of 1932. But then that’s it for the prequel starring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as James and Margaret Dutton.
~ Paramount+ hosts both 1883 and it's upcoming sequel 1932.
Additionally, Taylor Sheridan's Jeremy Renner the thriller series, Mayor of Kingston, also available on Paramount+
April 09, 2022
To say there's a bit of confusion about viewing the popular Kevin Costner and Kelly Reilly Western series, Yellowstone and it's two prequels, 1883 and 1923 is an understatement. Their profoundly gifted storyteller, producer, director and actor, Taylor Sheridan appears to have signed on with one, then jumped to another streaming service, which doesn't show all the seasons in the series. Ultimately, it became a nightmare for many people, figuring out where the heck to view them!
This rolling, epic tale spanning generations of a ranching family who were led to a magnificent piece of land in Montana where they decided to build, and the trials it takes for them to keep it. It's filled with many beloved and despised characters to keep us not only entertained, but to illustrate a slice of our nation's history, including some battles still being raged today.
In this blog, I'll teach you the most economical methods to view these programs.
My next blog will update you on where the series is going, and little about it's spinoffs, prequels, sequels and more.
Cut to the Chase: As of August 1st, 2023, Yellowstone, cable's most-watched drama has finished the first half of season 5 and we fans are waiting on the second half to arrive later this year.
The first 4 seasons and Season 5 Part 1 of Yellowstone can now be streamed on Peacock TV. You can watch one free episode, and will then have to subscribe to this venue. It's only $6 a month, with ads for their Premium service, and $12 without ads for the Premium+ plan (I recommend). Go to PeacockTV.com directly to create an account.
While Yellowstone isn't currently available on Netflix or Hulu, Seasons 1-4 are available for purchase through Amazon Prime, if you're already a member (Membership costs $139 yearly). Purchasing these individual episodes or seasons is pretty costly; $3 per episode, or $40 per season, but you wouldn't be the first person to make this mistake, as the Yellowstone marketing department has done poor job guiding viewers to the streaming platforms that screen it. That being said, the world of Taylor Sheridan's productions is ever-changing, with rerouting themes and episode additions.
Beth Dutton (Kelly Reilly)
Subscribing to some great apps through Amazon Prime
~Despite the fact that you can't subscribe to Peacock through your Amazon Prime account, if you're a Prime Member, you can add various apps to your membership, including Paramount+, AMC+, Starz and others.
~The beauty of this is that you'll log into your Amazon Prime account to view these streaming services, and all billing immediately happens through Amazon, so you can pay, track and cancel them easily, and automatically.
AMC+ has another Andrea favorite, Killing Eve, the hilarious Jodie Commer, Sandra Oh, Fiona Shaw series about a wonderfully quirky and fashionable psychopath and a mesmerized detective who's not only obsessed with, but eventually falls in love with her in this well written comedy drama.
~ Starz is offering a limited-time deal; only $0.99 per month, as of March 2, 2022. They host all current episodes of the finely produced historic fiction, Outlander, with Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan and Sophie Skelton. (Note; the author of this series inspired me to look at North Carolina as a point of escape from California!) See more on that in my blog, 'Journey to the Land of Water'
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August 19, 2021
At her core, Skyler White, wife of Walter White in the ever-popular AMC television series, Breaking Bad, is driven by a strong moral sense. A practical woman, Skyler adapts to her uncommunicative husband's sordid decisions, and the realities she's left to contend with, as the landscape of their once 'normal' American family shifts beneath her.
As any woman who's been cheated on may have experienced, Skyler has to guess at what's really going on with her man, with their finances, and with his continued absences. In my experience, drug addicts may not be cheating with another person, but the drug itself becomes the entity with whom their affair is enacted. In Walter's case, though he isn't consuming drugs, his affair is with his newfound identity as a skillful chemist, producing the purest methamphetamine in the world, and the game of staying alive and free among drug cartels, and street gangs, not to mention the DEA agent who's literally sitting next to him. All this while he's contending with a stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis and treatment, hence his reason to begin producing a cache to leave his family upon his death.
Skyler, the woman left behind so to speak, unwittingly witnesses her relationship with Walt as it begins to disintegrate. When point blank questions go unanswered, when she catches Walt in lie after lie, only to finally discover what's really been happening, where vast sums of money are coming from and then what to do with it all to hold her family together, she becomes a player herself, laundering the literal piles of drug money to keep her family's finances above the law.
Just before her discovery however, in retaliation against Walt, and to feel cherished by a man, she begins an affair with her boss, Ted Beneke, for whom she'd worked as a book-keeper. Refusing to cover up Ted's cooked accounting books, she eventually quits and buys a car wash; a perfect cover to launder Walt's dirty monies with a clean alibi. A season or two later, when the criminal division of the IRS charges Ted with felony tax fraud and slaps a $100K fine on him, in addition to the $617K he owns, he ignores it, refusing to accept that he may also be facing a 5 year prison sentence. Skyler slips some of the drug money aside to help him pay that bill, though she creates a fictitious inheritance so that he doesn't know the money came from her. This she does because if he's audited, she, as his former book-keeper will likely also be audited, an event she'll do everything in her power to avoid. However instead of using the money to pay the IRS, Ted buys a Mercedes, and opens his business again, completely ignoring the IRS' threats. She arranges to have a couple of strong-arms visit Ted to compel him to write the check to the IRS. During this visit, in fear for his life, Ted runs and trips on a rug, paralyzing himself for life. Skyler feels entirely responsible for his demise, and a this point, her life begins to spiral into a very dark place.
In the meantime, it's Skyler's brother-in-law, Hank, the head of the DEA who's been hot after a methamphetamine mastermind fictitiously named 'Heisenberg'. It takes many months for him to put two and two together that that mastermind is his own brother-in-law Walt! Mexican drug cartel, street thugs and numerous other players threaten Walt and Skyler's family, though Walt continues to tell Skyler that she and the family are safe. He and his young partner Jesse are forced to kill or be killed by a handful of people, both in self-defense, and to protect themselves from competition that will also cause their deaths. At one point Walt disappears for days, and throughout this epic, reeling 5 seasons, he comes home with the evidence of severe beatings on his face and body. Skyler reaches the point when it all becomes too much for her to cope with. Her own life, and her children's are at risk, and the safe, comfortable life she's known begins to teeter. Terrified, she goes numb and suffers a near nervous breakdown because she's no longer in control, and has nowhere to turn. This image shows her after she's walked into the swimming pool, just to escape the conversation at a family dinner.
Throughout the 5 season series, this complex character carries a simple style. Her clothes are never flashy, but humble housewife clothes, professional office-wear, and a few tighter fitting and lower necked blouses when she's feeling frisky. All befitting a practical woman who's sexuality is understated. She wears primarily simple beaded necklaces, sometimes with a small silver drop pendant, a leather watch band, and small earrings that don't make a statement.
Suddenly, beginning the 3rd season, we see her wearing two of the same bracelet, stacked on one wrist.
These bracelets, called Flinging Arrows, step in and take the spotlight, and like so many landscapes we've seen in the great Westerns, they become characters in the story, accentuating the sensuous and empowered feelings that Skyler begins exhibiting when she stumbles into the enriching money game Walt has created. They convey with their blast of silver and undulating movements as the two pieces play off of one another, what this strong, no-nonsense, and very human woman is feeling. Every time this duo of wrist embellishments appear, we're riveted to them, as they fill the screen with their unique personalities. In some scenes they're so central, you may be mesmerized to the point that nothing else exists!
Stay tuned for upcoming blogs on Skyler White's memorable character, and the four bracelets she wears from season 3 through 5!
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The first image shows how they are worn in Seasons 3, 4 and 5 of Breaking Bad.