Ginger, Torch, Red Ginger Lily…….

The Torch flowers as described by Wikipedia:

“…..Etlingera elation (also known as torch ginger, ginger flower, red ginger lily, torch lily, wild ginger, comb rang, bunga canton, Philippine wax flower, xiang boo jiaing, Indonesian tall ginger, boca de dragon, rose de porcelain, and porcelain rose) is a species of herbaceous perennial plant. Botanical synonyms include Nicolai elation,[1] Phaeomeria magnifier,[1] Nicolai species, Phaeomeria species, Alpine elation, and Alpinia magnifica……..”

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I love tropical flowers and the diversity of flora that exists to astound.  I live in a very, very, dry state with extremely low humidity.  Our floral variety isn’t too broad and often limited.  One of the reasons I love to travel is because I get to experience new types of plants and flowers.

This torch ginger seems so durable if I can use that word to describe its longevity.  This plant when cut and used in an arrangement will stay fresh from 6 to 14 days depending on care.

The other interesting thing about this photograph is the detail.  If you examine the image closely you can spot a couple of strong spider filaments that are attached to this red ginger lily.  I think that small details draw the viewer into the photograph which can personify the image into something that is more compelling.  I enjoy taking photos from different angles, heights and with a variety of distances and lighting situations.  If you do this your photography work becomes more compelling.

Rambutan, Messy Hair……

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According to Wikipedia a rambutan is described below:

“….Rambutan is native to tropical Southeast Asia and commonly grown throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.  It has spread from there to various parts of Asia, Africa, Oceania and Central America.  The widest variety of cultivars, wild and cultivated, are found in Malaysia……..

The name ‘rambutan’ is derived from the Malay-Indonesian languages word for ramjet or “hair”, a reference to the numerous hairy protuberances of the fruit, together with the noun-building suffix -an.  In Vietnam, it is called chime chime (meaning “messy hair”) due to the spines covering the fruit’s skin………”

This digital snapshot was taken at an outdoor fruit market on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

This photographer’s eye was captivated by this unique fruit.  The world is full of many things to take pictures, learn and become more knowledgeable about.  I hope that each day I might be able to increase my desire to become educated.

Water Lily

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Water Lily as described by linked web site.

“…..The white water lily is a perennial plant that often form dense colonies. The leaves arise on flexible stalks from large thick rhizomes. The leaves are more round than heart-shaped, bright green, 6 to 12 inches in diameter with the slit about 1/3 the length of the leaf. Leaves usually float on the water’s surface. Flowers arise on separate stalks, have brilliant white petals (25 or more per flower) with yellow centers. The flowers may float or stick above the water and each opens in the morning and closes in the afternoon. The flowers are very fragrant. White water lily can spread from seeds or the rhizomes.

Submerged portions of all aquatic plants provide habitats for many micro and macro invertebrates. These invertebrates in turn are used as food by fish and other wildlife species (e.g. amphibians, reptiles, ducks, etc). After aquatic plants die, their decompostion by bacteria and fungi provides food (called “detritus”) for many aquatic invertebrates. Deer, beaver, muskrat, nutria and other rodents will consume the leaves and rhizomes of white water lily, while the seeds are eaten by ducks……”

The Water Lily by Pam Taylor

A water lily is like a dainty floating package with the prettiest bow on top

Can I reach in the water and pull it towards me

The dragonfly will have to leave its temporary home

If I pull the adorned lily for a sweet, swift ride

Sometimes the best packages are those that are left alone

Sometimes the package is the present for my eyes

So for now I just sit here in my backyard and enjoy the tranquil pond

Its floating vessels of color that brings jubilant imagery for all the visitors of this sanctum




What is an anemone?

Anemone comes from anemos, the greek word for wind, thus giving Anemone the name wind flower.
The genus Anemone consists of 120 species of perennial flowering plants, which grow from tubers. Anemones grow wild in many European countries, in North America, and Japan. Anemones are closely related to Pasque flower (Pulsatilla) and Hepatica (Hepatica); some botanists include both of these genera within the genus Anemone.


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What a beautiful pink beauty, enjoy its delicate and peaceful influence.


the quality or state of being happy.
good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.

What makes me happy? Happiness to me consists of bright ravishing colors, flowers and sunshine.  If you are having a very cold and snowy winter like I am.  Look at this picture of a delightful and radiant hibiscus.  When I look at this photograph it definitely brightens my day and makes me happy.

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Make your day a happy one!

Why Should You Take Pictures?????

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When our daughter Nichole got married 11 years ago, she wanted her reception in our back yard.  The backyard had a huge and steep hillside full of pyracantha.

” pyracanthas a genus of thorny evergreen large shrubs in the family Rosacea, with common names firethorn or pyracantha……”

I must admit for all of the pyracantha lovers that it is one of my least favorite plants of all time.  It has deadly thorns that can penetrate to the bone if you are not careful.  (I have had many unpleasant encounters with this nuisance and noxious plant.)  Also, the hedges are in constant need of being trimmed.  My husband has been waging the war with the said plant for years and he feels like he is losing big time.  When we bought our house the owners must have felt completely opposite of me and my husband.  They planted that evil pyracantha everywhere in our yard.

Our backyard was small and unsightly.  My husband and I knew we couldn’t have a wedding in our backyard with the way it existed at that time.  We decided to put in a beautiful waterfall.  We love the waterfall and the calming effect it has on our inner souls.

Anyway, fast forward to present time.  We stocked our pond with beautiful and very expensive koi fish.  Even a 3 inch koi was about 45 dollars.  So, all of our fish were small and through the years they grew to at least 20 plus inches.

Now, I look at this photo of one of our yellow beauties and 2 orange baby koi with fond remembrances.  We live next to a canyon that is home to many critters and varmints.   Unfortunately we have been victims of a pond thief so many times that we now have a pond with absolutely no fish.  Those rotten raccoon families!!!

Each year we would start over with the buying, feeding and caring for the baby koi.  After about 5 years we would have large, beautiful koi in our pond.  We have spent so much money on raising the koi that is a huge disappointment that we now have no fish.

Where we live, you cannot feed koi until the water temperature is at least 55 degrees.  Sometimes that doesn’t happen until June.  So, the real question is will we try again?  Who knows?  Whether we start again or not I am so happy that I can look at my photos and capture that feeling that would occur as I would sit by the pond and feed our fish.

Yeah for photos and journals!  What are you doing to preserve your past?



Kalalau Trail by Pacific Ocean

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This photo was taken on the island of Kaua’i, Hawaii at the Nā Pali Coast State Park. We arrived just before sunset and we witnessed a splendid 20 minute sunset.  Words are not adequate to describe the peaceful and breathtaking experience of that particular sunset.  It was one of the most exquisite sunsets we have witnessed.


“……..Na Pali Coast stretches fifteen miles along the north west coast of Kauai between Ke`e Beach in Haena State Park to Polihale State Park in Mana. This rugged coast will leave you breathless as you gaze upon the pali (high cliffs) that rise as much as 4,000 feet (1,200 m) above the Pacific Ocean, sea caves, lush green valleys and cascading waterfalls that journey to the shores from thousands of feet above….”

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“…..The Nā Pali Coast State Park is a 6,175 acres (2,499 ha) Hawaiian state park located in the center of the rugged 16 miles (26 km) along the northwest side of Kauaʻi, the oldest inhabited Hawaiian island. The Nā Pali coast itself extends southwest starting at Keʻe Beach extending all the way to Polihale State Park. The na pali (high cliffs) along the shoreline rise as much as 4,000 feet (1,200 m) above the Pacific Ocean. The state park was formed to protect the Kalalau Valley…..”


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