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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.

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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.


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Autumn leaves

The last leaves are still hanging on the branches of various deciduous trees.

autumn leaves

Though not for long, because of their destination. They have a duty to fulfill!

autumn leaves

The spectacular display of the colorful foliage and  the shedding leaves on the earth add an interesting artistic element in the landscape.

autumn leaves

The season is changing. Autumn is finally here and oh, do I love autumn walks!

 

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!


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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!


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Nature trail in Kakopetria

The last time we visited Kakopetria – our favorite village as you know by now –  we walked for the  first time in the nature trail ‘Monopati tis Vateris’. It is  located alongside the old town of Kakopetria and the river Klarios.

If you ever find yourself in this charming place, I highly recommend to walk the trail. It’s just a kilometer long with a breathtaking scenery. You can sit on the wooden benches that are placed in various locations, take in the wonderful surroundings and let your imagination run wild.  Walking by the stream you can hear the sound of the running water, the tweeting of the birds and the loud song of the cicadas.

We really enjoyed our walk and the calming effect it had on us. Looking forward to going back soon.

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!


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