Kam and I found this awesome hippo in a rock pool. Actually, Kam found it. I thought he’d used stones for eyes. This wasn’t the case, they were two tiny sea snails snug and tight, if somewhat exposed, waiting for the tide to come in.
We’ve found out about clouds and why clouds are white in earlier posts. I anticipated what the next question would be – mixing paint does not make white – ha, wrong or at least not the first question asked.
Kam loves clouds and the skies.
“Mum, yes Kam”
“Why are clouds in the sky”
“Well, they bring rain.”
“No, not the grey clouds, the white ones, they look like stars, but very close.”
“White clouds are full of water droplets, the same as grey rain clouds.”
“They can’t be, water is clear and you can see through it. The white clouds are white, not clear. Why are clouds white?”
tossed and tumbled
like a dream
endurance – extreme.
I’m not sure what prompted Kam to ask this question. Perhaps it’s because we saw fish in the pond at the park, (see our post do fish have ears?). Nevertheless it’s a question asked – several times now.
Fish and Brain Patterns
When people sleep there are specific changes which occur to brain wave patterns and ar processed in the brain’s neocortex area. Fishes don’t have advanced neocortical development, they don’t display the associated brain-wave sleep patterns.
Just before sunset, we were in the park and spotted some fish jumping. Flies hovered over the pond which the fish caught and ate.
Kam loves the park even so, we don’t see the fish jumping too often. So, for a good 20 minutes we just watched.
All the time we were quiet, whispering to each other, trying to guess their next jump.
child next door
listen to him
through the wall.
a plastic crate
come to the window
Yes, we’ll wait.
I want a den
in a forest
seen a tree
seen some wood
sticks and glue
that’s what I need,
Kam’s cloud question is about their colour. He wants to know why clouds are white. So, I thought it’s probably wise to find out about what clouds are, before we look at why they are white.
How Clouds Form
Clouds form when water vapour in the air condenses into water droplets or ice crystals.
The atmosphere contains microscopic (tiny, tiny, tiny) dust particles, called aerosols.
Clouds are Beautiful.
picturesque islands of intriguing lagoons,
jagged fjords of nooks & crannies,
sunsets of inlets & shadows.
A long time ago, Kam asked me about trees losing their leaves. In fact, so long ago they are beginning to bloom again. It’s time to find out, before I need to answer questions about springtime blossom!
Falling Autumn leaves, glorious colours everywhere, but what’s it all about?
Kam loves worms. He is fascinated by them and is kind to them.
When we see a worm on top of the soil Kam stops to find a suitable leaf to hide it from “thieving, naughty” birds. It doesn’t matter where we are Kam’s on worm lookout.
Kam’s rescues worms from pavements. We get a leaf or a twig and move them to grass or soil. If they look dried then we have to give them a touch of water.
Following on from zebras and their stripes, we need to find out why tigers have stripes.
Tigers are beautiful cats, top of their food chain with their only predators being people, usually poachers.
“Mum”, “Yes, Kam”.
“Male tigers have stripes, but females don’t, why?”
“Yes they do. Muchli has stripes, Bambooram has stripes. They are female and male tigers.”,
“Yes, they do mum.” Pause,
“Why do zebras have stripes?”
Another good question.
Kam doesn’t fall over often. So, it’s rare for him to have scabs. This week he’s had chicken pox. Inevitably he does have a few scabs. So, instead of occasional scab questions I’ve been asked loads of them.
I’ve always told him his scabs are his very own body plasters and they are much better than shop plasters. They are very clever plasters because they cover wounds, heal skin and fight infection and baddie bacteria all at the same time.
We’ve found lots more scab information:
What a question. I didn’t realise this would be so difficult to find an answer.
It seems there is very little evidence to show giraffes swimming, but theoretically according to mathematical theory and modelling, they could swim.
More research needed for us!