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

Plant Biology. 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. Reflecting on the enormity of recent events, funeral home Nishinihon Tenrei approached Tokyo-based ad agency I&S BBDO to create an ad for a trade show that would buck the trend of muted colors so prevalent in the industry. The agency responded with this unprecedented figure of a skeleton made with pressed flowers that overtly celebrates the cycle of life by introducing color and elements of nature that are often avoided in such services. The image was considered so successful it went on to win a design merit award from the 2013 One Club Awards. 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. The climate is harsh, hot, and dry, and yet - the most amazing plant life thrives there. Situated in the Indian Ocean 250 km from Somalia and 340 km from Yemen, the wide sandy beaches rise to limestone plateaus full of caves (some 7 km in length) and mountains up to 1,525 metres high. 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. Informed of a plan to plant Japanese cherry trees along the Speedway, Takamine asked if Mrs. The town of Biei in Hokkaido, Japan. Desert Plant Derives Up To 90% Of Water-Intake From Gypsum Rock.

Extinct tree grows anew from ancient jar of seeds. Play the Rings of a Tree Trunk Like a Record. 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. Most Beautiful Forests in The World. Bluebells in Halle`s forest, Belgium.

Most Beautiful Forests in The World

From late April to early May a few acres of woodlands are covered by a splendid carpet of wild bluebell hyacinths. Photo by: Raimund Linke Thick grove of poplar trees, Oregon. Photo by: David Thompson. Forest overgrown with wild garlic in Kaiserstuhl, Germany. Lake Tekapo in New Zealand. Random photo Submit your photo Stumble Thru landscape photography Tags:

Lake Tekapo in New Zealand

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, Green World  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. Misty Forest. Cactus Flower. Flowers growing among stumps. 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

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. 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 Arum lilies. 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: sunshine tree. Flowers blown apart. Planting A Pineapple. Did y’all know that you can take this and turn it into… This? And that this will eventually produce… Rain Storm over Tulip Field. "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. Painstakingly and with great ingenuity Meeuws processes his pictures of flowers until he has created exactly the right image. The result is a series of unique and layered works of art. Meeuws’ floral still lifes clearly draw inspiration from those created by the great 17th century Dutch masters. 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. Badlands in Bloom. Colorful Flower Feild. The 15 Most Beautiful Flowers In The World.