Weekend 77: Rhododendron

This morning I told Kate about my plan to visit Rhododendron section in arboretum and I managed and I am really happy about it as it’s going to rain tomorrow and as per our weather forecast department we might see more snow on Monday.

weekend77_1Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal, the state flower of Sikkim in India and the state flower of West Virginia and Washington. It is is a genus of 1,024 species of woody plants in the heath family. I am sure I have seen more than 100 plants/shrubs and I found it difficult to see the exact difference between two similar plants with similar colour. All were gorgeous.

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All the parts of Rhododendrons are dangerous, especially leaves, showing symptoms of Stomach irritation, abdominal pain, abnormal heart rate and rhythm, convulsions, coma, death. Honey made from the nectar of Rhododendron flowers is also toxic and should not be consumed.

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Azaleas make up two subgenera of Rhododendron. They are distinguished from “true” rhododendrons by having only five anthers per flower. I wanted to see the Christopher Wren Mollis Hybrid Azalea (the above bud). The Mollis deciduous azalea hybrids were developed in Belgium. These are orange azaleas which were yet to bloom. They might be ready in next couple of days.

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It was good to see many smiling faces.

Weather and the flowers change human behaviour in a good way.

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None the less, I enjoyed the beauties today and was quite surprised seeing various shades of blue. Each one was different yet more gorgeous than others.

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Rhododendrons are referred to as the King of Shrubs since they are regarded by many as the best flowering evergreen plants for the temperate landscape

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Jo’s Monday Walk

For more information:

https://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/mostpopularflowers/morepopularflowers/rhododendron

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Weekend 76: Spring 2019

Finally – Spring has arrived.

After yesterday’s hike it was time for a leisurely walk in a garden. What’s better than visiting an arboretum.

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Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade ~ Charles Dickens

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I was alone but not lonely as I enjoyed various kinds of birds sounds even when I was taking photographs. I saw many robbins but photographing them was not easy. There were not so many flowers but it was very plesant and everyone I met was prasing weather. I saw first batch of Cherry blossoms, only one tree has a few flowers. I suppose by next week, it will be more colourful and by that time tulips will also bloom.

For Jo’s Monday Walk theme & for my weekend walk theme.

Weekend 75: Rain rain go away

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The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn ~Bertrand Russell. 

A couple of weeks ago I hurt someone unknowingly and soon realized my fault and apologized but still the gulit is killing me. How come the situation sliped from my hands.  It was for sure my duty to handle things with great care.

How much time will it take to calm my soul?

I am travelling these days and would love to feel sunshine which for a reason is not on the menu for a while 🙂

Have a good weekend friends!

You cannot touch the same water twice

And I say No two springs are the same.

Spring the season.

For Weekend 74, I am presenting images from earlier springs. This year the wet and cold weather didn’t allow the crouses to fully bloom and so far I haven’t seen a bee. It snowed for last two days and temperature is around zero.  Time to enjoy images from archives 😀

Hope you all are having relaxing weekend.

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Contemplative weekend!

Contemplation is profound thinking about something.

And according to Andy Karr, Contemplative photography is a method for seeing and photographing the world in fresh ways, to reveal richness and beauty that is normally hidden from view.

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How do I see death…

I stick to what is written in Bhagwat Geeta:

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He is never born, and he never dies
He is in Eternity: he is evermore
Never-born and Eternal
Beyond times gone or to come
He does not die when the body dies…

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Invisible before birth are all beings and after death invisible again. They are seen between two unseens, why in this truth find sorrow?

Yesterday I had a wonderful hike on a near by mountain during which I took some nice photographs. I was planning to share them yesterday itself but after coming home heard a sad news. We knew this day would come but didn’t expect it so early.

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I know well there is no comfort for this pain of parting. The wound always remains, but one learns to bear the pain, and learns to thank God for what he gave. For the beautiful memories of the past, and the yet more beautiful hope for the future ~Max Muller

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Weekend 71: Routine travel shots 2!

Traveling: it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller ~ Ibn Battuta

Yesterday I had to travel again. Yes it was my routine travel route.  Taking flight was no option as chances of flight cancellation were higher than landslide problems.

On my way there were places with very poor visibilty. The probability of a good photo shot was even less. Still I tried until it was really too dark. Here I am sharing some images. Hope you like them.

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The images are mostly monochrome and even the availabe light changed the background colour from grey to blue.

Most of the times I don’t feel bored while travelling as the surroundings, and my fellow passengers happily share the responsibilty.

Who likes travelling?