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By the Danube

A story by the Danube river…

by the Danube river, Bratislava,Slovakia

During their winter promenade by the Danube river, something unexpected got their attention from the other side of the river, so they moved closer to the river bank. The father, as an adult with more experience and knowledge is trying to give an explanation to his little one, who listens carefully to his story.

After a long pause, they continued staring at the the river and slowly both of them immersed in their own thoughts!

This quiet and beautiful moment though did not last for long, because they were interrupted by the other members of the family.

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

UFO tower

UFO Tower, Bratislava, Slovakia, Europe
UFO Tower, Bratislava, Slovakia | by karafc

Walking alongside the banks of the Danube river in Bratislava, we approached the New Bridge with the UFO tower. This bridge has always fascinated me and no matter how many times I pass by, it draws me in. I find myself taking its pictures every time, and each time it’s from different vantage point.

This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

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.

Gazania rigens_treasure flowers_african daisy_garden

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.

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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