Sunday Trees: Silhouette

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You cannot do silhouettes in fantasy. Ah, no, you must be faithful. It is, the art, a, what you call, paradox. It is always that you must be simple, and then, if you are simple, you will stimulate the imagination of the observer.  ~Ugo Mochi

For Sunday Trees

Our default weather is back in action. It’s cold and rain from last night temperaure is around 11degree. Sigh!

Weekend 98: Moments from the Wilderness

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Near midnight

Life is short, and if we enjoy every moment of every day, then we will be happy no matter what happens or what changes along the way. ~Gretchen Bleiler

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There are no ordinary moments.~Dan Millmanweekend98_5weekend98_6weekend98_7

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.~ Buddha.

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Last couple of days were the warmest with temperature around 26 -28 C. Walks were possible in late evenings. The above images are from our walk on Friday late evening. The stillness in the woods was quite refreshing and the sound one could hear were those from trees, birds, bees and sheep bells.

After buring around 650 calories on our walk we were treated with a beautiful rainbow saying good night.

Daily Walk

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Waterfall – As snow melts
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Tiny orange wild flowers
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Squares of grass hay
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Pink clover flowers

I walk every day, and I look at the mountains and the fields and the small city, and I say: ‘Oh my God, what a blessing.’ Then you realize it’s important to put it in a context beyond this woman, this man, this city, this country, this universe.      ~Paulo Coelho

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Buttercup flower
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Green farm
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Rhododendran purple passion in my garden
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Clouds are blessings too

Our daily walks bring us closer to nature in one or the other way. The above photos are journal of 5 pm walk. I do not see sunsets these days as the days are quite long. Sun rises little before four in the morning and sets after 19 hours.

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For Jo’s Monday walk

For Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

Sunday Trees

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Time is different for a tree than for a man. Sun and soil and water, these are the things a weirwood understands, not days and years and centuries. For men, time is a river. We are trapped in its flow, hurtling from past to present, always in the same direction. The lives of trees are different. They root and grow and die in one place, and that river does not move them. The oak is the acorn, the acorn is the oak.~ George R.R. Martin (A Dance with Dragons)

For Becca’s Sunday Trees

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 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