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Wild garlic

In a cactus pot in our garden a wild garlic has sprouted and its beautiful white flower drew my attention. I had to shoot it several times because it was windy for a few days but since I knew what I was looking for, I could gather up information easier.

Allium ursinum is a wild relative of chives native to Europe and Asia. It is known as ramsons, buckrams, wild garlic, broad-leaved garlic, wood garlic, bear leek, or bear’s garlic.

Wild garlic leaves are edible and they can be used as salad, herb,  boiled as a vegetable, in soup or as an ingredient for a sauce. The bulbs and flowers are also edible.

The leaves are also used as fodder. Cows that have fed on ramsons give milk that tastes slightly of garlic.

Despite the fact that I don’t like eating or using garlic in my cooking, it is a beautiful plant and beautifies our garden.

The lake

Looking recently in my drafts I found it and I decided to publish it. This post was supposed to be the first one on my blog but somehow I never uploaded it.

For a short period of time, in 2014, I lived  in Bratislava and I used to go for long walks around the city to take pictures. Not far away from where I was, there is a small lake called Kuchajda, which I loved visiting  because it’s beautiful and close to the city centre. Since I am a summer person I thought I wouldn’t like it in winter; nothing seems nice to me when it’s cold. I don’t like winter that much and I believed that I wouldn’t find anything interesting to photograph because everything would be covered in snow and the lake would be frozen. My goal was to go there, shoot the landscape with my new camera and not expect anything spectacular. You cannot imagine my surprise when I saw the results. The photos turned out really good, well at least in my opinion!

Here is a small sample of my photos from the lake.

I was satisfied with the whole experience despite of the freezing weather and being unable to move my fingers at the end, even though I was wearing gloves.

A walk in the alleys of Kakopetria

As I mentioned in other posts Kakopetria village is a  place we love visiting.

The architecture of the village is wonderful, especially the old Kakopetria. It is a picturesque village built between two rivers and it  is a magnet to every form of artists. Walking through the narrow stone-paved alleys of the old quarter of the village you can find a lot of things to capture.

Most of the old houses have been restored. Their characteristic feature is that the majority of the houses have two floors, sloped and tiled roofs with beautiful wooden balconies.

The main reason that the old quarter of the village preserved its traditional architecture, is the fact, that it has been proclaimed as a protected area from the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus.

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

Statues of Eurovea

Sculptures can be found outside and inside Eurovea shopping mall in Bratislava. They not only beautify the whole area but they add an artistic element as well. This was one of the places I liked to visit when I was in Bratislava. The fact that while you are walking you can see these sculptures and take photos of them, makes you feel like you are  taking a stroll through a modern museum. It wasn’t until recently that I found out there is a story behind the sculptures and I was impressed!

Isabelle, Eurovea Statue, Bratislava, Slovakia
Isabelle, Eurovea Statue, Bratislava | by karafc

The sculptures were created by the British artist Colin Spofforth. Each sculpture has its own name and character and together they complete the  fairy tale “six white mice“, which was written by Colin’s wife. This beautiful story speaks about greediness, faith, true friendship, courage and love.

…Once upon a time in a small village by the river, under the shadow of a greedy King and his spoiled daughter, terrible things were happening. They decided to banish all the mice from the kingdom, and at that moment is when they suddenly became magical artists, two children and six white mice…

Some of the statues hide on them one of the six white mice, so they will not be found by the soldiers of the greedy King.  In order to spot them,  you have to look for them closely.

After learning the story behind the sculptures, I am even more fascinated by them. Next time I will be in Bratislava, I will visit Eurovea shopping mall for one more time!

Garden stories

Every afternoon I take my daughter outdoors in her stroller for a walk in the garden. She enjoys it very much.  I usually take my camera with us so I can take some photos of the flowers, plants and, needless to say, my daughter. While we were enjoying the fresh air and the birds tweeting, I noticed this pink flower, called Tulbaghia violacea (or society garlic or pink agapanthus), sprawled on a stone wall and underneath it there was an old plank. The composition was so beautiful that even though I didn’t have my camera with me, I decided to use my mobile.

ulbaghia violacea, society garlic or pink agapanthus

As you can imagine, I returned there to shoot it again…twice! My poor little baby was very patient. At the end she fell asleep so I took her home and quickly grabbed my camera to go get some proper pictures of what held my fascination.

Tulbaghia violacea, society garlic or pink agapanthus

Even though I shot this flower several times before, this time it seemed different, so, being the inquisitive person I am, I looked closer to try and figure out why! And there it was, on the flower there was a creeper all over it which caused the pink agapanthus to sprawl on the stone wall, making it look like a pink jasmine.

Tulbaghia violacea, society garlic or pink agapanthus

The pictures below are from another shooting day and that it’s how it should look like.