Flowers are the music of the ground

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Flowers are the music of the ground 

From earth’s lips spoken without sound

Edwin Curran

The introduction of the tulip to Europe is usually attributed to Ogier de Busbecq, the ambassador of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor to the Sultan of Turkey, who sent the first tulip bulbs and seeds to Vienna in 1554 from the Ottoman Empire.  ~ Wikipedia

Happy Spring! :)   

Phonegraphy: Nature (Trees)

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I took the photo with my iPhone 6 while taking my morning walk. It was pleasant to see trees were awakening from winter.

Sally, who hosts the Phonegraphy, posts two beautiful photos for this week. This is how Sally describes her photos through her Lens and Pens, “Each reminded me of the morning’s acknowledgement about my interdependence upon nature and human nature and technology. It’s the good, the strange and the transformative.”  Thank you, Sally for your inspiring photos and eloquent words. Take a look

For the second one, I added a little mood to the photo using the photo edits on Google+.

Have a wonderful day! :)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral (3 Birds in One Spot)

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 This image captured a special moment. The Cormorant was swimming there, the Egret was flying right above the water and toward the woods, while the Great Blue Heron was standing on a tree branch, but wasn’t paying attention to these two birds. :)

WPC: Ephemeral 

Thank you for visiting. Have a great week!

Monochrome Madness / After-Before

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This month, Leanne’s Monochrome Madness is entering the second year. Every Tuesday, Leanne posts 50 to 60 fabulous mono photo submissions.

Stacy’s After and Before Friday (ABF) forum is fun! Stacy made another cool video showing us the digital transformation process; and you get to view varieties of AB photo entries.

Here is my entry:

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Michael’s photos are astonishing. His photos make you feel like you are there looking up and down of those majestic and spectacular mountains, canyons, and trees. The experience is so real! A few weeks ago, Michael did a post showing his whole line of his photography equipment and lenses, I thought he was giving a tour of a camera shop! :)   

Take a look of his amazing photos. The Antelope Canyon is just one of many Michael’s great posts. Dawn2dawn ….

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Thank you for visiting! TGIF :)

Cee’s Fun Foto: Weathered Wood

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These weathered tree branches look much a like sculptures. Texas Parks and Wildlife puts great effort to maintain the beauty of the landscape without disturbing them. 

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The one below was quite unique. It looked like the tree had stood there majestically for ages. When I first saw this tree, I thought it was like a sculpture of its own that spoke the power and beauty of nature.

As these branches became too heavy for the tree to hold, I guess for the safety reason, part of the aging tree had to come down. And, it did, which happened a couple of weeks after I took this photo.

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Visit Cee’s Weathered Wood and join the Fun Foto Challenge!

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 Happy Thursday! :)

 

If coffee were a religion…

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global-coffee-consumption-statistics

~ Source: coffeeforless.com

According to the Harvard School of Public Health: The US spends $40 billion on coffee each year.

Take a look of  the coffee drinking  statistics:

  • Percent of coffee drinkers who go to premium places (Starbucks, Coffee Bean) when they get coffee: 34%

  • Percent of people who go to lower-price outlets (McDonald, Dunkin Donuts, etc.) when they get coffee: 29%

  • Total number of U.S. daily coffee drinkers: 100 millions

  • Total amount of yearly money spent on specialty coffee in the U.S.: 18 million

    For more information, click HERE  …

Monday Walk: Spring is here…

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The trees, the stars, and the blue hills
ache with a meaning

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which can never be uttered in words.

~ Rabindranath Tagore

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Birds are singing and plants are awakening from their winter sleep. Spring is here! :)

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 Jo is taking us to LOULÉ UNCOVERED for a grand tour. The historical information and beautiful photos of the chapel, town, and market made such an enjoyable walk. You don’t want to miss it! Click HERE…  Join us! 

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 Have a great week. :)