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.
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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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.
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.
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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On a cloudy winter day, we were wandering in the alleys of old town Bratislava and we ended up on the top of the hill where the castle of Bratislava is located. As we didn’t have enough time to tour the inside of the castle, we settled with just walking around it and taking in the breathtaking view of the Old town, the New Bridge – which crosses the banks of the Danube River – and the UFO tower, on the bridge’s pylon.
Everything looks different when you are atop!
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Taking the trolleybus no. 203 to its final destination, on a sunny winter day, we ended up in Koliba. It is a popular locality that belongs to the Bratislava Forest Park which is located in the foothills of the Little Carpathians in the northern part of Bratislava.
Bratislava Forest Park is a very popular place for the locals. There are a lot of recreational facilities such as hiking, running and biking trails, sports facilities, playgrounds, snack kiosks etc.
While we were walking and enjoying the nature that the hiking trail had to offer, I noticed the sun-rays penetrating into the forest through the leafless trees creating interesting shadows on the ground. I was fascinated by the variety of forms the shadows were creating that I couldn’t resist and found myself in the peculiar and fun position of ‘chasing’ shadows.
It was such a relaxing and joyful day, that we returned back home unwillingly.
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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.
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.
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My grandpa is a retired fisherman and one of the many things he liked to do was to collect sea conch shells that were caught in his fishing nets. He would then proceed to dry them under the sun, then he would clean them thoroughly and display them on shelves. He is very proud of his big collection and he happily gives conch shells to family and friends as a gift.
At first, we didn’t know what to do with the numerous conch shells that he gave us but in the end we realized that we could repurpose them instead of keeping them as decorative pieces only. And therefore we transformed them into pots for small cactuses and other succulent plants.
Needless to say that my grandpa is very pleased that we found a creative way to use his gifts instead of keeping his conch shells hidden in a drawer.
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