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"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change" -The Buddha

Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan. The Japanese love flowers, and wisteria are among their favorites.

Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan

Wisteria (known as fuji in Japan) is said to be one of the archipelago's most ancient noted flowering trees, even being described in the collected poems of the Man'yoshu (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves). One of the best places to view fuji flowers is the Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture. Ashikaga Flower Park features lots of blue, white and pink fuji, as well as yellow laburnum (Japanese: kingusari) that look like yellow colored fuji.

Three massive wisteria trellises extend for more than 1000 square meters, in addition to a large trellis of rare double-petaled wisteria. One large fuji tree is 100 years old and its branches are supported to create a huge umbrella of blue fuji flowers. Besides the fuji, you will find many other flowers, restaurants and a shop selling plants and local products. [via Japan Guide and LiveInternet] The world's 10 oldest living trees. Flower Skeleton. In the terrifying wake of 2011 the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, funerals become a commonplace ordeal as the nation dealt with unprecedented loss.

Flower Skeleton

Like most cultures, Japanese funerals are somber affairs punctuated with black and white with any deviation considered taboo or inappropriate. Ginkgo female reproduction organs. Sunlight. Strange plants of Socotra Island. Imagine waking up on the Socotra Island < > and taking a good look around you.

Strange plants of Socotra Island

After a yelp of disbelief, you'd be inclined to think you were transported to another planet - or traveled to another era of Earth's history. The second would be closer to the truth for this island, which is part of a group of four islands, has been geographically isolated from mainland Africa for the last 6 or 7 million years. Like the Galapagos Islands, this island is teeming with 700 extremely rare species of flora and fauna, a full 1/3 of which are endemic, i.e. found nowhere else on Earth. Cherry Blossom & Kite Festival in DC. Cherry blossoms frame the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.

Cherry Blossom & Kite Festival in DC

Wikipedia states, “By chance, Jokichi Takamine, the Japanese chemist who discovered adrenaline, was in Washington with Mr. Midzuno, the Japanese consul to New York City, on April 8. The town of Biei in Hokkaido, Japan. Extinct tree grows anew from ancient jar of seeds. 10 of the most magnificent trees. How do I love thee, tree?

10 of the most magnificent trees

Let me count the ways; you change carbon dioxide into the oxygen we breathe, you sequester carbon, and you provide shelter for countless critters. There are many reasons for which we should all be tree-hugging hippies, but within the scope of this article, all we’ll focus on is how amazing some of them look. Granted, not all of these amazing beautiful trees are trees (the Wisteria is a vine, Rhododendrons are shrubs, and bamboo technically belongs to the grass family), but we’ll give them a pass because they are amazing, huge and beautiful. So once you step outside and take a breath of fresh air, hug the nearest tree and say thank you! #1 125+ Year Old Rhododendron “Tree” In Canada This huge 125-year-oldold rhododendron is technically not a tree – most are considered to be shrubs.#2 144-Year-Old Wisteria In Japan.

Desert Plant Derives Up To 90% Of Water-Intake From Gypsum Rock. Most Beautiful Forests in The World. Bluebells in Halle`s forest, Belgium.

Most Beautiful Forests in The World

Flowers growing among stumps. Play the Rings of a Tree Trunk Like a Record. Lake Tekapo in New Zealand. Random photo Submit your photo Stumble Thru landscape photography Tags: lake new zealand lake tekapo in new zealand by pichugin dmitry 337 754 views Rating: +19 new black air new zealand boeing 787.

Lake Tekapo in New Zealand

Misty Forest. The Saguaro Cactus and its visitors. In May, Saguaro Cacti form crowns of flower buds on the ends of arms and the main stem.

The Saguaro Cactus and its visitors

The crown is actually a spiral of more mature buds on the outside, and smaller ones closer to the apical growth spot. The flowers open up a few at a time, so the bloom can go on for several weeks. Any individual flower opens during the night and rarely lasts longer than until noon of the next day. By then the waxy flower starts to wilt. It has almost certainly been visited by several pollinators since Saguaro flowers attract scores of very different animals with great amounts of pollen and nectar, Famously, Lesser long-nosed bats, migrating through our area just when the Saguaros bloom, are considered a main Saguaro pollinator. 15 Famous Living Trees. There are probably hundreds of famous living trees in the world.

15 Famous Living Trees

They are mostly known because of its location, age, size, unusual appearance, connections with some historical events or because of strange uses by humans. Most of these trees are visited by tens of thousands of tourists from around the world each year. 1. Teapot Baobab, Madagascar. Green World  Cactus Flower. Money Trees. As perhaps a companion piece to last week’s skull nickels, here’s yet another thing I had no idea existed.

Money Trees

Apparently in several wooded areas around the UK, passersby have been stopping for decades (if not centuries), meticulously hammering small denomination coins intro trees. Most of the trees seem to be in and around Cumbria and Portmeirion, and I didn’t find a single example of a tree like this located outside the UK. According to this recent article by the BBC, the practice might date back to the early 1700s in Scotland where ill people stuck florins into trees with the idea that the tree would take away their sickness. The practice seems akin to love padlocks or Americans collaborative effort of sticking their nasty ass gum all over everything. Language of Flowers. The language of flowers, sometimes called floriography, is a means of cryptological communication through the use or arrangement of flowers.

Meaning has been attributed to flowers for thousands of years, and some form of floriography has been practiced in traditional cultures throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Plants and flowers are used as symbols in the Hebrew Bible — particularly of love and lovers in the Song of Songs,[1] as an emblem for the Israelite people[2] and for the coming Messiah[3] — and of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.[4] In Western Culture, William Shakespeare ascribed emblematic meanings to flowers, especially in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Interest in floriography soared in Victorian England and in the United States during the 19th century. History[edit] Floriography was popularized in France about 1810–1850, while in Britain it was popular during the Victorian age (roughly 1820–1880), and in the United States about 1830–1850. Meanings[edit] See also[edit] Trees and lower vegetation in Flagstaff, AZ.

Thursday, August 5, 2010 Home » Design » Photography » Nature Fine Art X-Ray Flower Photography Nature Fine Art X-Ray Flower Photography Stargazer lilies Designer Hugh Turvey has accepted that flowers are as admirable central as they attending on the outside. He created X-ray images of altered flowers assuming that they are arresting through and through.A dozen roses. Poppy Pictures  Snowy Trees. Gympie Gympie: Once stung, never forgotten. MARINA HURLEY'S DEDICATION TO science was sorely tested during the three years she spent in Queensland’s Atherton Tableland studying stinging trees. The entomologist and ecologist’s first encounter with the Gympie-Gympie stinging tree produced a sneezing fit and left her eyes and nose running for hours. Even protective particle masks and welding gloves could not spare her several subsequent stings – one requiring hospitalisation – but that was nothing compared with the severe allergy she developed. “Being stung is the worst kind of pain you can imagine - like being burnt with hot acid and electrocuted at the same time,” said Marina, who at the time was a postgraduate student at James Cook University investigating the herbivores that eat stinging trees.

“The allergic reaction developed over time, causing extreme itching and huge hives that eventually required steroid treatment. Pollenators, a plant's go-betweens. Daisies and Lavender in Bulgaria. Cocora valley, Colombia. "sunrise through nature`s eyes" Random photo Submit your photo Stumble Thru nature photography Tags: Flowers blown apart. Time After Time & Blow Up [2007] Planting A Pineapple.

Did y’all know that you can take this and turn it into… Rain Storm over Tulip Field. Random photo Submit your photo. "Falling Garden" Oh my word. Mangrove Trees. Mangroves live life on the edge. Wald. The Tunnel Of Trees. Floral still life photography. Bas Meeuws (1974) is a passionate photographer who has given a new twist to the traditional Dutch still life with flowers. Meeuws does not paint his flowers with a brush and oil paints, as his famous predecessors from the 17th century did. His images come from a digital reflex camera.

Katinka Matson. Exploding Flowers. Gerbera We've all seen flowers beautifully displayed in our local market or flower shop, but never have we seen them exploding like this! Qi Wei is not a botanist but a curious photographer who, one day, came across Todd McLellan's Disassembly series. It got him thinking. Badlands in Bloom. Colorful Flower Feild. The 15 Most Beautiful Flowers In The World.