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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

Spring transforms nature

Last week, while I was taking my daughter for a walk, I randomly noticed this small offshoot on our pecan tree so I rushed to grab my camera and take photos. At the same time I was playing peekaboo with my daughter to keep her occupied. We both enjoyed the activity!

offshoot of a pecan tree in spring

I have to say, it is amazing how the same object looks so different if you shoot it at a different angle and perspective when combined  with the lighting conditions, the direction of  light, the background and your position.

offshoot of a pecan tree in spring

I think that the photos above are a representative example. All of them were taken on the same day and time.

Clivia Miniata

Clivia miniata (Natal lily, bush lily) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clivia of the family Amaryllidaceae, native to South Africa. It is a popular plant for shaded areas, which grows into large clumps; it doesn’t need much water and is normally cultivated as a houseplant.

red Clivia miniata flowers - Natal lily, bush lily

Clivia miniata flowers are red, orange or yellow and they stay in bloom longer than most flowers. They can be used as cut flowers as well. Just keep in mind that they contain small amounts of lycorine, making it poisonous.

red Clivia miniata flowers - Natal lily, bush lily

These beautiful Clivia miniata flowers bloomed the past few days in our garden.  I pass by them everyday but somehow I didn’t have the urge to photograph them.  After a long consideration, I decided  that I should take some photos for my portfolio.  And I’m glad I did. The results were really rewarding!


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A beautiful flower

It’s really impressive that, this year our garden has more species of  wildflowers than before, such as the Wild Garlic, Allium Ampeloprasum, Muscari Parviflorum, Gladiolus Italicus, Narcissus Tazetta, Cyclamen Persicum and, last but not least, this beautiful flower called Gynandriris Sisyrinchium.

Barbary Nut, Moraea Sisyrinchium, Gynandriris Sisyrinchium

Barbary Nut is the common name of Gynandriris Sisyrinchium (syn. Moraea Sisyrinchium) which  is native to the Mediterranean region. The flowers don’t open unless the day is warm and often not until late afternoon and they do not last very long.

Barbary Nut, Moraea Sisyrinchium, Gynandriris Sisyrinchium
Gynandriris Sisyrinchium (Barbary Nut) | by karafc

Don’t think that I became a flower expert all of a sudden. Quite  recently, I found  a book in my mom’s library called The Medical Flowers of Cyprus. It is a wealth of information about the flora of Cyprus, so finally I can gather information easier 🙂