Trees

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness ~Khalil Gibran

 

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“Trees”is one of my favourite topics and hence for len-artists -photo-challenge this week,  I decided to take a walk/hike to present latest images of trees.  I used less than 2 hours to cover 9 km distance and 400 m altitude. Good for me.

And now some interesting facts

 

Weekend walk: Simple pleasures

After a long, tough and busy week it’s Saturday. We planned a hike/walk, one of our favourite activities in the weekend.  We started just after breakfast as the weather forecast in the afternoon was cold and rain. We enjoyed our time in woods. The wild flowers, butterflies, singing birds and the lovely smell from wild surroundings was a treat to both body and soul.

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May your weekend be filled with positive thoughts, kind people and happy moments.

Weekend: National day

Every year on May 17, Norwegians shed their typically reserved shell to dress up, hit the streets and party. It’s a day full of national pride, yet there’s no displays of military power and the politicians keep quiet. Norway’s Constitution Day is all about the children.

The lack of military parades is perhaps the most notable difference about Norway’s Constitution Day compared to many other countries around the world. Instead, the main parade is full of children from local schools, often in marching bands. Proud parents watch on with smartphone cameras at the ready before joining a people’s parade later in the day.

Some highlights of the day’s parade.

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Also joining the people’s parade are Norway’s high school graduates. Known as russ, they are easy to spot in their brightly-colored overalls. On May 17, they are likely to be taking it easy as the day marks the culmination of a two-week period of partying that is seen as a rite-of-passage by most Norwegians.

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I was invited for tradition brunch/lunch with a norwegian family. I met the 94 years grandma, a fantastic enthusiastic lady. She is still actively living in her own house. She talked about flowers, garden, grocery shopping and even she told us about her country tour on bicycle during war time.

The whole event reminds me of celebrating festivals in India. The table was full of fantastic traditional dishes. Members of extended family paying small visits and tasting the food. It was a sunny day and as we were sitting outside, passing neighbours were stopping by for a moment and some even dropped in and enjoyed their share of champagne. All in all it was a fantastic day for everyone.

My contribution for Jo’s Monday walk and lens-artists-photo-challenge as I see the parade an example of lively street art.

Reference article:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2019/05/15/syttende-mai-how-norway-celebrates-its-national-day/

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

Sacred

Today, while travelling on snow covered mountains I got answer to a question, “what is sacred to me”.

Every man’s story is important, eternal and sacred. That is why every man, as long as he lives and fulfills the will of nature, is wondrous and worthy of every consideration ~ Hermann Hesse

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My second entry to showcase wonders of April 😀

On the ground we have colourful Keukenhof in spring

And over the mountains it’s still the ski season.

P.S. Due to travelling, I was not active on wordpress today .