Category Archives: Nature

Ancient Ginkgo Rains Gold at a Buddhist Temple in China

A 1,400 year old Gingko biloba at the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple in China’s Zhongnan Mountains bathes the temple garden in a sea of gold.

Source: Ancient Ginkgo Rains Gold at a Buddhist Temple in China

I would like to express my immense gratitude to the amazing TwistedSifter for sharing these beautifully peaceful images with us 🙂

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Sunflower Photography & Symbolic Quotes

Just such a beautiful blog from the wonderful Julie Green… I am so glad to have seen this today. Thank you Sweetheart 🙂

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Sunflower Photography Sydney Australia

“Bring me then the plant that points to those bright Lucidites swirling up from the earth, And life itself exhaling that central breath! Bring me the sunflower crazed with the love of light.”

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If I were a flower… I would be a sunflower.
To always follow the sun, turn my back to darkness,
Stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds.”
― Pam Stewart

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The Consciousness of Trees

Another amazing post by dear Annette. I have often felt… actually, KNOWN, that trees can communicate beyond even the capabilities demonstrated in this wonderful video. They also listen… never underestimate their capacity to listen.
Watch this amazing video… and bear in mind some sagely Sisterly advice from my beautiful sibling – ‘if you look after the trees, they will look after you’.
Thank you Annette x x x

… from my Beautiful Surrey (Part Two) …

Good afternoon from a beautifully warm and sunny Surrey.

As all of my dear friends here are aware, I love sharing photographs of this amazing county, which nestles comfortably beneath the bustling cityscape of London. Yesterday evening, we enjoyed a lovely family evening relaxing alongside the River Thames in Shepperton. It’s hard to believe that this very area was so badly flooded during the earlier months of this year.

The photogenic scenes were captured near the incredible Thames Court Inn, an immensely beautiful building in its own right which I hope to photograph when we next visit this very peaceful area. We were also so wonderfully blessed by the presence of a beautiful swan, who seemed to be quite adept at posing for the odd photograph or two 🙂

I am not the world’s greatest photographer but I hope the photos capture the sheer poetic essence of the area… and provides more clues as to why I am so in love with this beautiful county of Surrey.

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Picture of the Day: Shelf Cloud Over Timisoara

Thank you to the incredible Twisted Sifter for posting this awe-inspiring photo of a Shelf Cloud, over the Romanian city of Timisoara. Absolutely amazing in every single way 🙂

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SHELF CLOUD OVER TIMISOARA

 

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Photograph by ERVIN BOER

 

In this amazing capture by Ervin Boer, we see an intimidating shelf cloud over Timisoara, Romania. The photo was posted to Timisoara’s official Facebook page (via my friend Mihai).

A shelf cloud is a low, horizontal, wedge-shaped arcus cloud. They are attached to the base of a parent cloud, which is typically a thunderstorm, but could form on any type of convective cloud. Rising cloud motion often can be seen in the leading (outer) part of the shelf cloud, while the underside often appears turbulent and wind-torn. [Source]

Timișoara is the capital city of Timiș County, in western Romania. It is one of the largest Romanian cities, with a population of 303,708 inhabitants (the third most populous city in the country, as of 2011), and the main social, economic and cultural center in the western…

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Picture of the Day: Thousand Year Old Baobab

I always enjoy browsing through the stunning photographs on the quite delectable, always inspirational blog of Twisted Sifter. This photograph, taken by Dan Doucette of Project Noah, simply takes my breath away. The Madagascan Majesty that is the proud Baobab… a thousand years old. Simply beautiful 🙂

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THOUSAND YEAR OLD BAOBAB

 

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Spotted in the Ifaty reserve, north of Tulear in southwestern Madagascar (Lat: -23.15, Long: 43.62), is this incredible Baobab tree that is purportedly a thousand years old. Adansonia za, common name Baobab, is a species of flowering plant in the genus Adansonia belonging to the Bombacaceae family.

It’s a large thick-stemmed deciduous tree, about 10–40 meters (33–130 ft) high and about 6 meters (20 ft) in diameter. The trunk and branches have a brownish-rose colored hue. The tree is wide at the base and grows to a narrow point towards the top of the tree. [Source: Wikipedia]

Adansonia is a genus of eight species of tree, six native to Madagascar, one native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula and one to Australia. Some baobabs are reputed to be many thousands of years…

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