Hot Oregon Summer – Berlin Next

Gardening and Wildfires It’s been a restful, contemplative summer in Oregon working in my garden with deer, wild turkeys, annoying yellow jackets, and a stray Gothic-looking black cat. Sadly, dry and windy conditions combined with record-breaking heat resulted in raging wildfires all around us. The massive Carr Fire near the California / Oregon border created terrifying “fire tornadoes“. They occur when…

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Paradise Valley Nature Reserve KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

Paradise Valley Reserve is one of nature’s gems surrounded by the Umbilo River and tucked away near Pinetown and Pietermaritzburg. In 1905, a flood put an end to Durban’s Umbilo Dam. The railway bridge gave way and the ensuing tidal wave killed hundreds of people and destroyed countless homes on the lower Umbilo riverbanks

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