Mating Season

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March is in our calendar and spring is in the air! Or better to say that romance is in the air. Beginning of a new season to bloom and not only for flowers. After being wrapped in many layers of winter clothes, women have already taken their sweet minis from their wardrobes. Ladies would like to inspire and be noticed, and it does work. Men are on alert. Air is a mixture of different aromas of flirt. Folks, do we miss it so much? I mean flirt.. oh, yes, who don’t like flirting? It arouses our curiosity, makes us feel attractive, and ready for challenges. As if we add some pepper to make our food spicier or some strawberries to make it sweeter. Both are good and damn seductive!

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When my Nikki captures a picture like that…

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Then I feel that nature does flirt with me, I am the first who is in love with her colors, shapes,  sounds, and flavors…Nature makes me want to be there without even my notice! Bravo, Mother Nature, you are the best at it!

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As far as exotic birds are concerned, here some other rules of flirt are accepted. Guess which ones? Recently, I visited one of the gardens with exotic animals and look what I saw there. As soon as I entered a big room where temperature was higher than at summer I saw this couple in a quite delicate pose…my eyes went wide open, they were hardly ashamed…(they were doing “it” so intensively that even my photo lens were blurred)!

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As I gave up trying to make a better picture of them, the other couple came to my horizon. Unfortunately, I did not recognize them in time, they were yet on the stage of sweet kissing, who knows where it could bring them some minutes later. I decided not to disturb their love games.

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For some minutes I left my eyes drifting to the lonely big tortoise who looked more concentrated on food, other than some love affairs. She or he ( I did not check under the shell) was walking around and looking at me a bit angrily, as if she/he didn’t like me being here with that big photocamera. Yeah, I think I can feel the same if I were them. We are the invaders into their private life. Awful people!

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Owners of tortoises claim that they believe that tortoises do have emotions. For example, one guy told me that he is sure they don’t have a “simple brain”. Because his turtle loves to look out the window while he’s on his basking platform. So, they do have emotions, you cannot deny it!

And how do they behave when the spring period comes? Courtship techniques vary from species to species, but the common denominating factor between the entire groups is aggression. Wow, I did not expect it? Ladies, keep in mind that when a man is capricious about your food  it means he is in mating period, he needs something special.

The male circles the female, often nodding his head and biting at her legs and the edges of her carapace. He rams into her, attempting to trap her, so she can be mounted. Their mating is a noisy affair, filled with the sounds of hissing and grunting. Eventually the female after enduring bites on all of her limbs, will stop attempting to escape and retract into her shell. This is the cue for the male to mount her. I think I have already seen something similar, LOL!

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Wow, look at this guy, he became green from a desire…poor him! People, let us find him a girl or soon he will explode like a bomb.

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Hey, dude, don’t be sad, miracles are happen and even for your not so handsome face we can find a good mate. Keep on dreaming and don’t change your color to red till next time!

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As I see we have a good eye contact with you, dear, that’s I am about the photo above! Or maybe even with you…yep, you who is reading my post now. Do you know how to make eyes? The guy in the picture below wears his best outfit today just for me. He is one of the most handsome today! He knows that ladies prefer bright colors!

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Crocodiles, for instance, during mating period like dancing…The mating dance involves almost all the senses. Males begin by bellowing above water, while producing low-frequency infra-sound, which humans cannot hear. Honestly, I did not hear any sound. Perhaps he was “not in his mood” or “had a headache”. Males may also slap their snouts on the water, blow water from their noses or perform certain arched postures. Though the male is leading the dance, the female is participating with her own set of auditory, visual and olfactory signals during this time. Once they meet up, they’ll tenderly rub each other’s snouts and backs, ride one another or blow bubbles. A well-known scene:

“Dear, will you rub my back?” he/she (depends what you like) says into your ear, and smiles playfully.

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Ouch, I guess I opened the wrong door. Here is already a group banging (excuse my English). You ought to be ashamed of yourself! Frogs, frogs. Frenchmen like eating your legs not without purpose! On the contrary, frogs prefer making specific sound during the “right” period. Male frogs even compete with each other who can make stranger sounds. I suppose I caught them already when the mates are chosen. Shame on you!

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Lonely snake, don’t look at me like that! Male snakes will try to attract a female by doing a type of ‘play fighting’ with other males who want her attention.  They do not try to kill each other…just win the fight! However, dude, with whom you are going to fight, you seem to be all alone!

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No, you are not exactly alone, look who is here! He also needs an attention and a pair for this season. Life can a bit unfair!

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My dear little Fellows, I do hope that this mating season you won’t be alone and have a person with whom you can mate. The season is open…

“What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? Philosophers have pondered that question for centuries. I’m afraid the answer is disappointingly simple: Mating. That’s it.”
Oliver Markus, Why Men And Women Can’t Be Friends

Yours Ann

Chat With Nature (Movie)

My dear little Friends, you know how much I love all of you and how much I would like to surprise you! I believe you know! And you also remember that I not only like making some photos, writing funny things and chatting with you, but I also adore filming, almost everything I see. So, I present you my new video, my newly born baby. I am still a big dreamer and passionate film director. Some weeks ago I took my equipment, went to my favorite place and started shooting without any scenario, pure impromptu…Let’s see what came out of it…

Looking forward to hearing any of your comments and ideas! I will also kindly ask you to let me know what you would like to see in my next films! I highly appreciate your every idea, thought, suggestion or offer! Stay in touch!

Yours Ann

Séta a kálmánházi tó körül – Walk around the lake in Kalmanhaza

Spring is in the Air! Please enjoy wonderful photos of my sweet Friend! Breathtaking!

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Tegnap a tó körül sétálva nem tudtam megállni, hogy ne készítsek képeket a tóról. Igaz, még csak tavasz eleje van, de a fű már kezd zöldellni, és egy kis víz is gyűlt a tóba, az összkép pedig magával ragadott. De elég a szavakból, jöjjenek a képek…

Yesterday walking around the lake in Kalmanhaza (Hungary) I was not able to stand not to make some photos about the lake. However, this is just the beginning of the spring, the grass is getting green and some water is gathered in the lake, so the view is caught me! Stop talking further, lets see the photos…

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Lifeclicker (Issue 1, page 2)

Hello, my little Friends, how’s Monday? Tough, yeah, it can happen. I offer you to turn on the next page of my online journal and find out what’s new in modern technologies world. Ready?

Modern technology is everywhere. It develops so fast that we hardly can follow it. But we are dependent on it. Just look at yourself right now…(read more by clicking on the pictures below).

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Here is the link to check it out: http://anrostudio.com/exhibition_room_en.html. You should just install the webplayer, which takes several seconds, and enjoy it!

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What Women Want?

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What Women Want? This question has been asked many times by different men and every time they could not find a proper answer. Am I right, guys? Although sometimes I ask this questions also, myself, and still no good reply. Yesterday was the International Women’s Day, however, perhaps you forgot about it and didn’t pay too much attention, or even you didn’t celebrate it. Nevertheless, I would like to try to find the answer to the well-known question that occupies every men’s head and comes to light every time when a woman again wants something…

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I believe that my photos about beautiful azaleas and camellias will be a wonderful accompaniment to my words, since flowers are like women, capricious, enchanted and extremely mysterious. We enjoy looking at them, but hardly know how to deal with them. How to keep their beauty, how to make them satisfied and happy. Sometimes the more we try, the worse it is. A simple care and love is not enough, there is necessary something more. And what is it, girls??? Let’s try to find out…

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There are different women. Some of them want a rich husband who will provide them with a  castle, an expensive car, and a golden bank card. Maybe I am going to be cruel to you, ladies, (forgive me if you can) but I do not respect such women. They are similar to Barbies, dolls with a dollar sign instead of heart. Such dolls don’t feel anything, don’t do almost anything, except for sitting in spa saloons and gossiping. They are useless toys with angelic beautifully decorated faces that will fade as soon as money is over. I don’t envy men who have dolls at their homes. Surely, money can do wonders and dolls could be kept always in their best shape, but time is merciless even to them. ” A rose will bloom and then will fade, so does youth…” (song from Romeo and Juliet film by Franko Zeffirelli, highly recommend you). A very bright image haunts me from yesterday…let us imagine a young girl in high heels and a young man with a big wallet in his hand (and a bouquet of roses) are walking hand in hand…for a first glance it looks pretty romantic and my eyes enjoy the view…seconds later I recognize that a girl hardly walks in these shoes, it is not that easy for her, but she cannot wear more comfortable shoes that do not suit her dress (no, no way)…and a man, he wears his best jeans taken somewhere from a shelf entitled “for special occasions” and proudly keeps his BIG wallet in his hand as a symbol of I-will-do-wonders-be -kind-to-me-tonight…do you still believe that their relationship is based on feelings? Nah…

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On the other hand, there are women so-called warriors, who can stop a galloping horse, enter a house on fire, and who know exactly what do they want from their life. If you meet such a woman, then consider yourself a damn lucky guy. These women are diamond cut jewels, grab them and hug tightly. I do not joke, I am deadly serious. Unfortunately, I don’t belong to this category, but I know such women exist. By the way, many Ukrainian women fall into this category. The most brilliant example is Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian military pilot, who was kidnapped and from the Ukrainian territory to Russia in Summer 2014. She is being used by Russia as a symbol of power over other nations. Savchenko is accused of involvement in the deaths of two Russian journalists READ “while defending her country against Russian invasion”. For that Russian prosecutors demand 23 years in prison for Nadiya Savchenko although the case against her is fake. Nadiya stopped drinking and is on dry hunger protest since last Friday. One little lady threw down a gage to Russian imperialistic machine. She has already won by being a staunch fighter for her freedom. That is the example I would like to follow and you?

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How about women who are alone like this flower, but they are still decisive and do not give up. Just look around and you come across so many of them. Life fed them to the lions. They fight tooth and nail. They are often without husband or any men, since they are usually too strong. Men can be too scared of such women, but that’s another topic…

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The most of all I would like to consider a woman as a personality who has her own wishes and demands. She is a person, a human being with her ups and downs. And what a usual human being wants? I guess the same simple things…It is not that complicated as it may seem. In fact, it is pretty easy. We are all human beings and we should respect each other. Sometimes I feel that respect and mutual understanding as well as ability to listen are the key factors to the problem “what do WE want?”. I used “we” because no matter of sex we are all very capricious creatures who frequently do not know WHAT DO THEY WANT? What do you think, my sweet little Friends???

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 Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Yours Ann

You Won’t Drink More Than a Bucket of Horilka

There is a good Ukrainian proverb that “man is not a cow, he won’t drink more than a bucket of horilka“. Isn’t it funny! Can you drink a bucket of horilka? I bet, you won’t be… otherwise you will be walking out of my kitchen horizontally, or will be staying there till tomorrow as minimum, but in the morning during breakfast you might receive a new glass of horilka to help you deal with hangover and then everything repeats. So, be careful it is a tricky alcoholic beverage.

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As you may recognize the talk is today about traditional Ukrainian beverage- horilka (vodka in Ukrainian language). In my country, since we speak Ukrainian, we differentiate between vodka and horilka, let’s not mix them. It can be explosive!

I chose such a topic for my post, because many of you expressed a wish to hear about it. And you know that I cannot turn down your requests. Moreover, I thought that it might be pretty interesting to find out more about this well-known beverage. That’s why I prepare two glasses of horilka for you and waiting you to join me in this fascinating alcoholic trip.

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 Cheers (“Bud’mo” in Ukrainian), but I will probably say after something like “guys, how can you drink it? It’s awful?”. I should confess that I almost don’t drink any alcoholic beverage. I just don’t understand its taste. Sorry, folks, can’t do much. However, as a person who likes discovering this world I would like to find out where does horilka come from and what is behind…

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 The word ‘alcohol’ comes from the Arabic ‘al-kuhl’. Arabs borrowed the technology and carried it to western Europe. In western Europe, distilling alcohol from wine was practiced in Italy in the 11th century, but generally this was done secretly by alchemists. Distilled alcohol reached Poland probably from Germany in the 15th century and it is recorded that the term ‘wodka’ was known from at least 1534.  It is believed that distilled alcohol spread from Poland via Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine, and only then to Russia. So, see, my dear polish Friends, we should thank you for having horilka as one of our beloved spirits. Who is our Big Brother now! Niech Zyje, Polska! Na zdrowie!

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Our chronicle mentions that mead was brewed for the funeral wake which Princess Olga held for her husband. With the introduction of distillation flavored horilka appeared. In the 19th century a ‘nalyvka’ was made by steeping fruit in 25% horilka, while a ‘nastojanka’ (‘nastojka’) was made by steeping herbs and spices in a similar strength horilka. Later, when it became easier, sugar was added for sweetness. The term ‘nalyvka’ was also used for a type of sweet fruit wine made by fermenting fruit and berries without added water, but with sufficient sugar to provide a residual sweetness. This was naturally weakly alcoholic, and to increase the strength, horilka was added. A stronger variant, was called ‘spotykach’, the name derived from the Ukrainian verb ‘to tumble’. Who is the tumbler? Wow, I got to know so much new, friends. Even I feel a bit drunk from all this information and you? How about one more glass? Na zdorowja! (“for good health” in Ukrainian).

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You can be more surprised to hear that Ukrainians are very good at cooking homemade horilka, which is called “samogon”. I am sure you never heard this word before and have never tried samogon before. It can have a more tricky effect on you, since samogon can be even stronger. At once, I had a funny experience. I was much younger, at university yet. I went to a trip to Mountains for summer holidays. I had an infection spot in my mouth and it was painful. During celebration of Ukrainian Independence Day our company had horilka and since I usually don’t drink, they decided to seduce me in other way. They offered me not to drink it, but take a sip of horilka and keep it in my mouth to cure my infection. I followed their advice…don’t you guess what was the result? You are right, Ann felt drunk, eyes are funny, and I wanted to sing…la-la-la-la!

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If you do not smile yet, then another story for you. Did you know that alcohol content in our horilka is measure with the help of nose? Nope, you are not mistaken. A usual human nose. Are you confused? It is pretty simple. There are three stages. First one – after drinking a sip of freshly brewed samohon your nose has not changed its color, at all, it means that samohon is not ready yet, it is too close to beer, concentration is too low. Second –  brewing longer and gain tasting, the tip of your nose gets pink just a bit similar to rosy cheeks of a young lady who is blushing. Third – after one more sip your nose is already red like a red-rip tomato, which means that alcohol concentration is almost the maximum. Samohon is ready to be served. Who is ready to taste?

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One more glass of horilka? Cheers…Nazdravlje! Skål! Proost! Kippis! Santé! Prost! Egészségedre! Salute! Na zdrowie! Saúde! Noroc! Salud! Будьмо! I have no idea I am a polyglot, after several glasses of horilka I started to speak so many languages. It is a magical liquid!!!

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See you after one more glass! Happy Weekend!

Truly yours,

Ann