Cee’s FOTD: Magnolia

Magnolias are believed to be the earliest known flowering plants, with their fossils dating back over 100 million years. Click here for more.

The oldest trees on the grounds of the White House are two southern magnolias planted between 1829 and 1837 by Andrew Jackson.

Cee’s FOTD gives us a great joy to appreciate the beauty of flowers. Thank you, Cee!

Cee’s FOD : Verbena


They are drought-resistant, tolerating full to partial sun.

Cee posts a beautiful flower everyday! Click and share your flower images.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #204 Doors/Doorways

This week, Syvia (mycolorful expression) leads Doors/Doorways — “Doors can be seen wherever we turn, they are literally everywhere…”

For her theme, I start with images of Japanse door decorations. The one on left is a handwritten plaque and the one on right is a straw decoration, the characters mean a “happy door” — a nice welcome sign.

This one has three sliding doors. They use these sliding doors to divide a large room into smaller rooms:

Below is one of the many grand doors/gates of the Palace in Tokyo:

Here you see a line of perfect temple door panels. The details on top of these doors were incredible.

This grand gate leads visitors to one of the beautiful Japanese gardens in Kyoto:

The Chinese moon gate is a circular opening in a garden wall that acts as a passageway. It’s a traditional architectural element in Chinese gardens.

Sylvia has a beautiful series of unique door images. Take a look. She invites us “to share a few appealing or distinctive doorways you have discovered. Do you feel some have more character than others or evoke a particular feeling or mood?” Hope you will join us. Link to Sylvia’s original post and use the Lens-Artists tag.

Thanks to Anne Sandler’s Local Vistas theme. We had a chance to enjoy many special local vistas through your post. Next week Tina (Travels and Trifles) will host the challenge, Stay tuned.

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