Macro Monday: Party time

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“Place a beehive on my grave
And let the honey soak through.
When I’m dead and gone,
That’s what I want from you.
The streets of heaven are gold and sunny,
But I’ll stick with my plot and a pot of honey.
Place a beehive on my grave
And let the honey soak through.”
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Creativity and Commitment

Please excuse me for tagging a few challenges to this post but you will soon find the reason. 🙂

For Nurturing Thursday, I would like to share this fantastic quote:

Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the           “right stuff” to turn our dreams into reality~ James P. Womack

Hurray it’s weekend and I am back on wordpress to relax. I had an extremely busy week with almost 10 -12 hours of brainstorming every day. Today I am satisfied and contended.   All are happy happy and hence the quote.

Be committed!

I visited a remarkable place in Pisa last week, called “Orto botanico di Pisa”, the Botanic Museum” one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world and world’s first academic/university botanical garden established in 1543 by naturalist Luca Ghini.

The garden has contained a gallery of natural objects (now Pisa’s Museo di Storia Naturale), a library (now part of the university library), and portraits of its directors throughout the centuries. It also includes one of the earliest iron-framed hothouses built in Italy.

Nature has always facinated humans and many  live a very creative life.  This is amazing how circa 400 hundred years ago someone thought about studying botany and sharing his knowledge with his pupils.  So many generations have benefited from his work and I am sure more will be inspired. Creativitiy at its best!

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The botanical garden extends across three hectares and is home to plants from all over the world, including medicinal plants like foxgloves, aquatic plants, and centuries-old trees, such as a majestic magnolia and a ginkgo planted at the end of the 1700s and an enormous camphor tree planted in 1872.

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The hand written notes and old printed books are very well preserved. There is so much information available for someone interested in botany. Also the outside gardens and green houses are well maintained.

Though it was warm and dry day in Pisa the wisteria flowers and various varieties of camellia flowers were in full bloom and spreading their fragrance all over the gardens.

Here are some clicks!

For lens-artists-photo-challenge the theme is creativity.

Last Friday for Friday Foto Fun,  the topic was libraries. Kate I hope you don’t mind this post.

On a funny note: when we were near Wisteria vines and Camellia trees my son asked if he could borrow the camera. Till today he didn’t ask about how the photos came up and now I feel that he is better with patients than camera 😉  but then some things are never to be said. Anyways, the above flower images were taken by me on my mobile!!!

For details on botanical garden:

https://www.visittuscany.com/en/attractions/botanical-garden-and-museum-in-pisa/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orto_botanico_di_Pisa

A short visit to botanical garden

Last week I had an unplanned visit to a botanical garden. Though the summer is already gone in this part of the world the garden was nonetheless very green and perfect for relaxing walk. The garden holds a large and varied collection of trees and shrubs planted in a systematic fashion after plant families. Also there are two green houses The Palm House from 1868 and The Victoria House from 1876 present exotic plants from other parts of the world.

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The buildings are surrounded by lush green trees
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Diphylleia cymosa
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One of the many walkways
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A grand tree!
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Rock garden
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Another view
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Remains from the season
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Garden landscape
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Garden landscape 2
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Ageing

Flowers from well maintained greenhouses.

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I heard about the giant waterlillies from amazon which I missed unfortunately.

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I could not spend a lot of time exploring garden and taking more diverse and detailed images still I decided to share my experience with you all for Jo’s Monday walk.

I hope you like this short walk. Next year I shall plan a thorough visit.