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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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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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Heat Wave Kills Over 1 BILLION Sea Creatures on Canada West Coast, Experts Say

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Researchers in Canada are reporting that over 1 billion marine animals on Canada’s Pacific coast are likely to have died in last week’s record-shattering heat wave, showing how ecosystems not accustomed to such high temperatures are especially vulnerable to changing conditions.

The deadly “heat dome” that settled over British Columbia and the U.S. Pacific Northwest for five days is believed to have killed at least 500 people in Canada, and pushed temperatures to extreme temperatures of 104F (40C), sparking wildfires that are burning across the Canadian province.

Multiple experts are now saying that the heat wave also took a horrifying toll on marine life, leaving “postapocalyptic” scenes in its wake.

Marine biologist Christopher Harley of the University of British Columbia knew, when he saw the harrowing weather forecasts, that when the tide dropped the sweltering conditions would absolutely fry the mussels, barnacles and sea stars that were exposed.

When the heatwave actually struck, he was devastated by the stench of decay and the vast death toll sustained by the local ecosystem.

“The shore doesn’t usually crunch when you walk on it,” he told The Guardian. “But there were so many empty mussel shells lying everywhere that you just couldn’t avoid stepping on dead animals while walking around.”

Mussels and barnacles can typical deal with harsh temperatures as high as 113F for a few hours – but any more than that is simply not survivable.

Harley told the New York Times that the loss of mussels likely reaches into the hundreds of millions.

However, when factoring in the death of other marine animals that once lived on the shore and resided on the mussel beds – such as hermit crabs and their crustacean relatives, worms, sea cucumbers and other creatures – the number could quite easily exceed one billion.

“It just feels like one of those postapocalyptic movies,” Harley said.

Harley’s colleagues have also reported on dead sea anemones, rock fish and oysters in the region.

In neighboring Alberta, a massive number of fish also washed up on the shores, likely due to the heat wave.

Fortunately, mussels are able to regenerate over about two years. Starfish and clams, however, live for decades and reproduce much more slowly.

The domino effect of such a vast loss of marine life could be felt on other animals in the ecosystem such as sea ducks, a migratory bird that feeds on mussels in the winter before migrating to the Arctic.

The horrific loss shows that the pace of warming climate conditions is likely outstripping the ability of creatures simply to survive – a prospect that makes Harley feel saddened, but he is still trying to find hope.

“A lot of species are not going to be able to keep up with the pace of change,” he said. “Ecosystems are going to change in ways that are really difficult to predict. We don’t know where the tipping points are.”

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“Eye of Fire” Blaze In Gulf of Mexico Literally Shows the Ocean Caught on Fire

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A massive ring of fire exploded onto the surface of the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, creating apocalyptic imagery that enveloped social media with unbelievable imagery of the “eye of fire.”

The harrowing “fire in the sea” came following a gas leak in an underwater pipeline near a drilling platform that was owned by Mexican state-owned oil company PEMEX.

The blaze, which resembled a lava flow from a volcano took some five hours to fully contain, and was extinguished by 10:45 a.m., reports USA Today.

In footage from the scene, a hellish orange glow can be seen beneath the churning ocean as boats sprayed streams of water in hopes to put out the blaze.

One video, which seems to depict footage out of a disaster movie, has accumulated over 21 million views at the time of this writing.

User Dave Anthony said: “Never in your life forget the time humans caught the ocean on fire and then tried to put it out by spraying water on it.”

While journalist Christopher Bouzy tweeted: “I am not sure how spraying water on a fire that is literally in the ocean is going to help put it out. I need someone to make it make sense for me.”

Company workers resorted to using nitrogen to subdue the blaze.

Fortunately, there were no injuries resulting from the disaster – although it is too early to gauge the impact on the local environment.

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