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Treasure Flowers

Gazania rigens, also known as treasure flower, is native to South Africa. It is a durable perennial plant that thrives in dry and hot conditions which needs full sun and well drained soil.

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Gazania flowers close at night and in cloudy conditions. But during the day their beautiful colors are mesmerizing. They bloom in various vivid shades of red, orange, yellow, pink, white or in two tones.  In our garden the  gazanias are a stunning orange color.

Gazania rigens_treasure flowers_african daisy_garden

At some point I noticed that, while most of our gazania flowers began to dry, – closing  their life cycle – few were still in bloom. This contrast is what caught my eye and I felt compelled to capture  the moment.


This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary

Twigift

Twigift is a cute little shop located  in the heart of old town Bratislava, with handmade creations and unique art pieces. You can find anything your heart desires from an array of  interesting things that are made out of wood, yarn, metal, clay, textile, glass etc. The warm ambiance and the  friendly personnel makes you feel welcome and cozy.

Twigift shop, Klariska 7, Bratislava
Twigift shop in Bratislava, Slovakia | by karafc

I loved spending time in this shop during my stay there. It was, undoubtedly,  one of my favorite shops.

If you ever visit Bratislava make sure to stop by. I’m sure you will be as captivated by it as I was.


This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

Under the New Bridge

Under the New Bridge - 'Novy Most' in Bratislava, Slovakia
Under the New Bridge – ‘Novy Most’ in Bratislava, Slovakia | by karafc

A magical view of the castle of Bratislava enlighten on the hill. The lights of the city give a different look to the Danube river which is beautifully colored from the reflections of the lights.


This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge:  Bridge

Blown by the wind

 Pennisetum alopecuroides (fontain grass)

Fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) is one of the most beautiful perennial ornamental grasses. Swaying in the breeze, adds movement in the garden and gives an ethereal look to the scenery.

 Pennisetum alopecuroides (fontain grass)

When we went for lunch at Minthis Hills golf club restaurant, I spotted this fountain grass in the garden, which was moving in the rhythm of the breeze.  It brought to the landscape an amazing mixture of colors,  texture, motion even sound.  It was a big challenge capturing all these!


This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

Cactus flower

The huge beautiful flowers of this specific cactus Echinopsis oxygona, with common name Easter lily cactus, drew my attention. I found  the contrast of the flower size with the cactus, very interesting.

Cactus Echinopsis oxygona flower (Easter lily cactus)

Another fascinating particularity of the flower is that it opens in the evening and wilts the next afternoon on hot days. On cool days it will last longer.

Cactus Echinopsis oxygona flower (Easter lily cactus)

I remember that my uncle, who brought us this cactus, was very charmed with its flowers. Now I understand the reason!


This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent

Annual Flood Festival

Each year in June the flood festival, known as Kataklysmos*, is taking place in each coastal town of Cyprus, which is celebrated 50 days after Orthodox Easter on the day of the Holly Spirit.

It is an open-air fair with the stalls set up alongside the seashore selling crafts, toys, hygiene items, traditional food and sweets.

The most popular custom of the day of  Kataklysmos is the throwing of water to one another. A custom we really enjoyed when we were younger.

*Cataclysm comes from the Greek word Kataklysmos which means “a deluge or flood.”


This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Order

Earth is celebrating

Let’s all celebrate the Earth Day by living on this earth with respect not just today but Everyday.

“Be the change you wish to see in this world.” – Gandhi

'Vateris' nature trail in Kakopetria village, Cyprus
‘Μονοπάτι της Βατερής’ – Νature trail in Kakopetria village, Cyprus | by karafc

Keep in mind that for the rescue of our planet Earth, we all have a shared responsibility!

Happy Earth Day!


This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

A moment in Solitude

When our family friend from Slovakia came to Cyprus for my sister’s wedding, we gave her a tour around the villages of Pafos, along with  the rest of our friends that came from abroad.

We had a full day of going through beautiful landscapes, tasting local wine and the flavorful cuisine and we were ready to head home. On our way back, my father spotted a great viewpoint on a high hill and we stopped to admire the view and take some photos.

wathcing the view in solitude
A moment in Solitude | by karafc

We were all taking pictures, creating memories and talking, when I noticed that our friend  stepped aside isolating herself from the others in search of solitude. She was standing, watching the view, breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the lonely moment as if she was the only person there.

Watching her standing at the edge of the hill, I took the opportunity to take some photos of her without  interrupting her musings. When she was done, she returned to the car  with a delighted smile on her face.


This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude