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4.5 Million Flowers Bloom Across Japanese Park Like a Never-Ending Sea of Blue Lights

The stunning 8.6 acre landscape is covered by 4.5 million flowers nicknamed “baby blue eyes.”

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(TMU) — When flowers bloom in Japan, they do so seriously, beautifully and in abundance.

An important part of Japanese culture, each season’s unique species and varieties seem to just burst with pride to show their blooms and bring happiness to the people. Large flower fields are found all over Japan, some private farmer-owned and others government-owned tourist attractions. Both local and international tourists love to travel and enjoy the spectacle each season brings.

A sight not to be missed for those visiting Japan, the Hitachi Seaside Park near Mito in the Ibaraki Prefecture offers many varieties of seasonal flowers and other attractions such as an amusement park and several cycling and walking trails spread over 190 acres.

Those who have experienced the glorious display of Nemophila Harmony in bloom attest to late April to mid-May being one of the best times to visit the park.

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Nicknamed the “baby blue eyes,” 8.6 acres of Miharashi hills are covered by 4.5 million Nemophilia flowers. We’re not sure how they counted them all but that’s a serious number of flowers! Except for the pathways, they cover every inch of the hills like an exquisite carpet and no matter at which point of the walkways you find yourself, you’ll have an amazing, picture-perfect view every time.

Considering the current world-wide coronavirus pandemic, the park was closed on April 4 until further notice. So while you won’t be able to visit in Spring 2020, perhaps this video of the Hitachi Seaside Park will brighten your day in the meantime and wet your appetite for a future visit.

You can easily grow your own fields of baby blue eyes (Nemophila Menziesii). This annual is a hardy, low-spreading shrub with succulent stems and is easy to maintain.

The baby blue eyes should do well in USDA hardiness zones 2-10. Although they don’t need fertilizer once they grow, a little added to the soil before planting the seeds will help with growth. Plant the seeds in early spring where they’ll have partial shade and some wind protection.

Give them plenty of water during the first six weeks of germination and then cut down on watering when they bloom.

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Gisteren introduceerden we het Hitachi Seaside Park. Het speciale aan dit park is dat het niet alleen leuk is om te bezoeken in de lente, maar het hele jaar door! ⠀⠀⁠ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁠ Zo groeien er in de lente deze bosliefjes, ook wel nemophila genoemd, die je op de foto ziet. In de zomer bloeien de zonnebloemen, in de herfst de cosmos bloemen en in de winter kan je prachtige ice cream tulpen vinden. En dit is alleen nog maar een kleine selectie! 🌷 ⠀⠀⁠ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⁠ #hitachiseasidepark #japan #bloemen #travel #discoverjapan #japanreizen #explorejapan #japantrip #rondreis #visitjapan #japantravel #instatravel #reizen #travelgram #photooftheday #vakantie #reisinspiratie #reisblogger #reisfotografie #wanderlust

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When your baby blue blooms, you’ll be rewarded with plenty of beautiful flowers whose petals mostly cover the stems and green leaves. Because the Nemophila are not around for long enough, pests and disease are usually not a problem, although if planted in early spring they should bloom through summer and attract butterflies and bees to your garden.

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Scientists Thrilled by Discovery of Rare, Mammoth 400-Year-Old Coral

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A massive 400-year-old hard coral discovered on the Great Barrier Reef has scientists expressing their sense of surprise and excitement.

Named Muga dambhi by the Manbarra people, the Indigenous group who have traditionally taken care of the land, the “exceptionally large” brown and cream-colored coral is located off the coast of Goolboodi or Orpheus Island in the Great Barrier Reef.

It is believed that the coral was spawned some 421 to 438 years ago, meaning that its age predates the arrival of Captain James Cook and the advent of colonization in Australia, notes the Guardian.

The spectacular coral is about 35 feet wide and over 17 feet high, and is double the size of the nearest coral.

Scientists and members of the community participating in a marine science course discovered the specimen earlier this year.

While not the largest coral in the world, the huge find is of major significance to the local ecosystem, according to Adam Smith, an adjunct professor at James Cook University who wrote the field note on the find.

“It’s like a block of apartments,” Smith said. “It attracts other species. There’s other corals, there’s fish, there’s other animals around that use it for shelter or for feeding, so it’s pretty important for them.”

“It’s a bit like finding a giant redwood tree in the middle of a botanic gardens,” he added.

It is likely that the coral hasn’t been discovered for such a long time due to its location in a relatively remote and unvisited portion of a Marine National Park zone that enjoys a high degree of protection.

“Over the last 20 or 30 years, no one has noticed, or observed, or thought it newsworthy enough to share photos, or document, or do research on this giant coral,” Smith said.

The coral is in remarkable condition, with over 70 percent of its surface covered in live coral, coral rock and microalgae. No disease, bleaching or recently deceased coral has been recorded on the specimen.

“The cumulative impact of almost 100 bleaching events and up to 80 major cyclones over a period of four centuries, plus declining nearshore water quality contextualise the high resilience of this Porites coral,” the field note added.

The specific coral has been given the name Muga dhambi, meaning big coral, out of respect for the Indigenous knowledge, language, and culture of the Manbarra Traditional Owners.

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Greenland Ice Washed Away as Summit Sees Rain for First Time in Recorded History

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For the first time in recorded history, torrential downpours of rain have struck Greenland’s icy summit nearly two miles above sea level.

Greenland, an environmentally sensitive island, is typically known for its majestic ice sheet and snowy climate, but this is fast changing due to a massive melt taking place this summer.

However, the typical snowfall has been replaced in recent years not simply by a few showers, but by heavy rainfall. The torrential downpour last week was so huge, in fact, that it washed away a terrifying amount of ice across some 337,000 square miles of the ice shelf’s surface, reports Earther.

Temperatures at the ice shelf had simultaneously warmed to a significant degree, with the summit reaching 33 degrees Fahrenheit – within a degree above freezing and the third time that the shelf has surpassed freezing temperatures this decade.

The fact that rain is falling on ice rather than snow is also significant because it is melting ice across much of southern Greenland, which already saw huge melting events last month, while hastening rising sea levels that threaten to submerge whole coastal cities and communities.

To make matters worse, any new ice formed by the freezing rainwater will not last long. The ice shelf currently existing on Greenland was formed by the compression of snow over innumerable years, which shines bright white and reflects sunlight away rather than absorbing it, as ice from frozen rain does.

The huge scale of the melt and accompanying rainfall illustrate the growing peril of rapidly warming climate conditions across the globe.

“This event by itself does not have a huge impact, but it’s indicative of the increasing extent, duration, and intensity of melting on Greenland,” wrote Ted Scambos, a senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado. “Like the heat wave in the [U.S. Pacific] northwest, it’s something that’s hard to imagine without the influence of global climate change.”

“Greenland, like the rest of the world, is changing,” Scambos told the Washington Post. “We now see three melting events in a decade in Greenland — and before 1990, that happened about once every 150 years. And now rainfall: in an area where rain never fell.”

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South Korean Toilet Turns Poo Into Green Energy and Pays Its Users Digital Cash

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What if your morning #2 not only powered your stove to cook your eggs, but also allowed you to pay for your coffee and pastry on the way to class?

It seems like an absurd question, but one university in South Korea has invented a toilet that allows human excrement to not only be used for clean power, but also dumps a bit of digital currency into your wallet that can be exchanged for some fruit or cup noodles at the campus canteen, reports Reuters.

The BeeVi toilet – short for Bee-Vision – was designed by urban and environmental engineering professor Cho Jae-weon of the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), and is meant to not only save resources but also reward students for their feces.

The toilet is designed to first deliver your excrement into a special underground tank, reducing water use, before microorganisms break the waste down into methane, a clean source of energy that can power the numerous appliances that dorm life requires.

“If we think out of the box, feces has precious value to make energy and manure,” Cho explained. “I have put this value into ecological circulation.”

The toilet can transform approximately a pound of solid human waste – roughly the average amount people poop per day – into some 50 liters of methane gas, said Cho. That’s about enough to generate half a kilowatt hour of electricity, enough to transport a student throughout campus for some of their school day.

Cho has even devised a special virtual currency for the BeeVi toilet called Ggool, or honey in Korean. Users of the toilet can expect to earn 10 Ggool per day, covering some of the many expenses students rack up on campus every day.

Students have given the new system glowing reviews, and don’t even mind discussing their bodily functions at lunchtime – even expressing their hopes to use their fecal credits to purchase books.

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