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Nature’s gardens – kilome

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While on a walk with friends one pointed out how a section on the roadside looked like it had snow.

In a short while people were lying down taking selfies against this grass that looked like tiny snow drops.
I’ve captured the scene the best I could without manipulation to show how nature beautifully arranges and displays itself in kilome. Hope you like it.

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Grasses of kilome © muoki kioko 2016

PASTURE
Brachiaria brizantha (Signal grass)
Brachiaria decumbens
Brachiaria milliformis
Brachiaria mutica (Para grass, Water grass)
Brachiaria ruziziensis (Ruzi grass)
Cenchrus ciliaris (Buffel grass)
Cynodon species
Dactylis glomerata (cocksfoot)
Digitaria decubens (Pangola grass)
Panicum maximum (Guinea grass)
Panicum maximum (Hamil grass)
Paspalum plicatulum
Urvillei
Pennisetum clandestinum (Kikuya grass)
Setaria sphacelata
Tripsacum laxum (Gautamala grass) etc.

LEGUMES
Centrosema pubescens
Desmodium intortum (Green leaf desmodium)
Desmodium uncinatum (Silver leaf desmodium)
Dolichos axillaris
Dolichos lab lab (lab lab bean)
Gliricidia maculata
Glicine javanica
Glicine wightii
Leucaena leucocephala (ipil-ipil)
Phaseolus atropurpureous(Siratro)
Pueraria phaseo-loides (Tropical Kudzu)
Stylosanthes guyanensis (Cook stylo)
Stylosanthes hamata
Stylosanthes humilis (Townsville lucerne)
Styzolobium atterimum (Velvet bean)
Trifolium pratense (Red clover)
Trifolium repens (White clover)
Trifolium rupellianum (African clover)
Trifolium semipilosum (Kenya white clover).

FODDERS
Some of the varieties listed under pastures and
legumes can also be used as fodders, e.g.
Brachiaria ruziziensis
Panicum varieties
Paspulum varieties
Glyricidia
Leucaena etc.
Some varieties that are used mainly as fodders are:
Pennisetum purpureum (Napier grass or Elephant grass) and its newly developed hybrids such as:
“NB 21” or “Poosa Giant Napier”
Fodder maize varieties
Newly developed hybrids
Fodder sorghum varieties
Newly developed hybrids etc.

adapted from Food & Agriculture organization (FAO)

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Sultan’s landing bay

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Emirates landing bay ©muokikioko 2016

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Eurasian Nightjars journey through kilome

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Eurasian Nightjar in Kilome ©Muoki Kioko 2016

Nightjars to most people are those birds we find on roads at night in remote places.
Eurasian nightjars belong to that group but some winter/spend European winters here in Africa then go back to breed/reproduce in Europe and Asia as the name suggests and ‘March’ – ‘April’ is the season they return North to breed, like this one photographed above in Kilome.

Eurasian nightjars travel south into Africa all the way to southern Africa between the months of sept-oct when winter season has set in on their breeding grounds in Europe and Asia generally preferring savanna and woodland habitats that include Acacia woodlands while in Africa.

A unique characteristic of this nightjar Unlike others is it roosts/rests lengthways on tree branches in the day

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Photo credit: Trevor Hardaker

Other nightjars seen in kilome include the Nubian nightjar, dusky nightjar and montane nightjar

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Snow in the skies..

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I was talking to a friend the other day and something caught my attention from behind them:
“a strangely shaped solo cloud”
or so I thought, but it had a flat top. Appearing above mature 30-40 year old eucalyptus trees my eyes kept shifting between my friend and this “cloud” until they turned, looked and asked..
“kwani u’ve never seen Kilimanjaro”?
I was looking at “the worlds highest free standing snow”
Then I remembered the description ‘worlds highest free standing mountain’. It’s height makes the top stick out somewhere in the middle of the skies especially when the slopes are not visible.

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Watching Sirius (the skies brightest star) from kilome

Kilome is just south of the Equator in Africa, and having no bright human lights around it makes ‘star gazing’ and star photography superb!
It’s end of march and the moon is overhead early morning

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Moon @ 8am today 29/03/2016 ©muokikioko2016

This was taken today just after 8am and the crater’s on the moon were pretty clear!
However just after sunset by 7pm stars are very clearly visible, and when you look directly overhead at that early hour you will see a set of ‘3’ stars (same size and brightness) running in a straight line: follow the line leftwards/southwards while approximating 8× the 3stars – you shall notice an unmisable bright star to the naked eye. That star is called ‘Sirius’
Sirius is the worlds brightest star

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Sirius as seen from kilome ©muokikioko2016

Here you can see it with 3 other stars, the lowest just fading off.

mythology about name:
Mythology or The early stargazers might have imagined that Sirius and the sun caused the hot weather, or dog days.
Sirius has been known since ancient times, and its name signified its nature as “scorching” or “sparkling.” It was associated with the Egyptian god Osiris and other gods. Ancient Egyptians noted that Sirius rose just before the sun each year immediately prior to the annual flooding of the Nile River. Although the floods could bring destruction, they also brought new soil and new life. Fittingly, Osiris, whom Sirius may have represented, was a god of life, death, fertility and rebirth of plant life along the Nile.

Science:
The only things that outshine Sirius in the skies are the sun, moon, planets Venus, Jupiter, and at times mercury and mars.
At about 8.6 light years away from earth (a light year is 6million miles), It’s said to have a surface area about double that of the sun and a surface temperature of about 9400°c verses the suns 5500°c.

An interesting observation from here Kilome was that as I reduced the amount of light captured to hopefully capture more details like those on the Moon above i noted

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the smaller stars turned red in colour and eventually ‘Sirius’ too had an orange red glow to it.

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Sirius with red glow ©muokikioko2016


Above is Sirius, and below are
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Star details of smaller stars ©muokikioko2016


details around the lower two (2) stars

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Inside kilome:- Viewing Emali

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Emali from Kilome ©muokikioko2016

South viewed from Kilome hills is Emali town. At sunrise or sunset the town is hit by sun rays from the left or right creating shadows and highlights that make unending African landscape possibilities..

*Town is famous for red onion production/trade and also serves as a junction access to nearby Kyulu Mts, Nzambani cliff and  Loitokitok (paved Rd) at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro which is an entry point to Amboseli game reserve and access border point to neighboring Tanzania.

Don’t you envy residents waking up to this view daily..

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

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