Sunday, 21 May 2017

MILLIPEDE

Millipedes are a group of arthropods that are characterised by having two pairs of jointed legs on most body segments; they are known scientifically as the class Diplopoda, the name being derived from this feature. Each double-legged segment is a result of two single segments fused together.

Most millipedes have very elongated cylindrical or flattened bodies with more than 20 segments, while pill millipedes are shorter and can roll into a ball. Although the name "millipede" derives from the Latin for "thousand feet", no known species has 1,000; the record of 750 legs belongs to Illacme plenipes.

There are approximately 12,000 named species classified into 16 orders and around 140 families, making Diplopoda the largest class of myriapods, an arthropod group which also includes centipedes and other multi-legged creatures.

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Best meme,
and also part of the Camera Critters meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Photo meme,
and also part of the Photo Sunday meme.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

BLUE LITHODORA

Lithodora diffusa ‘Grace Ward’ (also called blue lithospermum, USDA Zone: 5-9) in the Boraginaceae family is a choice groundcover or rock garden plant, making an unforgettable display when grown well. Plants form a low, creeping mat of hairy dark-green leaves, studded with sapphire-blue star flowers from late spring through summer.

Plants must have a well-drained, acidic soil in order to thrive. Heavy clay soils are sure death. In colder regions this plant will benefit from a light covering of evergreen boughs as soon as the soil is frozen in late Autumn. Combines well with heaths and heathers, since plants have similar requirements. Evergreen where hardy, but not especially vigorous.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

THE SNAKE

The Snake

The sinuous snake, it slithers, slides
It rises up and rears and will go: “Hissssss!”
With elegance and with such grace it glides,
Like dancer, or a prim young missssss

Yet many there are, who serpents detest,
And snakes will often get bad pressssss;
O slippery beast, you are no pest,
Snake, your poor image must you adressssss.

The snake serves well in nature’s wise design –
Without him who to blame for Eden’s lossssss?
What would Cleopatra do to meet her deadline?
How outer space would Little Prince crossssss?

A snake is friendly, a serpent’s kind,
One bite and one is dead without much fussssss
But if we let it play its other roles assigned,
It will do so merrily, and not bother ussssss.

This post is part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

THESSALONIKI, GREECE

Thessaloniki, (also known as Salonika or Saloniki) is Greece's second largest city with a population of ≈800,000 people. It has given Greece some of its greatest musicians, artists, poets and thinkers. It has some of the most beautiful beaches and has some of the finest hotels and best restaurants in northern Greece. It is home to the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the International Trade Fair and host to many cultural events, with theatres, museums and many historical sites.

The "White Tower" (Lefkós Pírgos) is the most famous landmark of Thessaloniki. The present tower replaced an old Byzantine fortification which was mentioned around the 12th century and reconstructed by the Ottomans to fortify the city's harbour, it became a notorious prison and scene of mass executions during the period of Ottoman rule. It was substantially remodelled and its exterior was whitewashed after Greece gained control of the city in 1912. It has been adopted as the symbol of the city.

The Ladadika (Oil warehouse) quarter is located at the west side of the port. In the past, this was a neighbourhood of ill-repute, but today it is considered as one of the best nightlife spots in Thessaloniki. It is an old quarter, with narrow paved streets and neoclassical buildings. Some abandoned houses can be found there, while some others have been restored and host cafeterias and restaurants

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme.








Sunday, 14 May 2017

BOUQUET FOR MUM

Mother's Day is a celebration of all the mothers in the world, honouring the mother of the person, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honouring family members, such as Father's Day, Siblings Day, and Grandparents Day. In Australia we celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May, May 14 in 2017.

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Photo meme.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

WABBIT

Walking down Smith St Fitzroy and window shopping...

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Saturday Critters meme.

Friday, 12 May 2017

PERSIMMON TREE

The persimmon is the edible fruit of a number of species of trees in the genus Diospyros. Diospyros is in the family Ebenaceae, and other members of the genus are grown for ebony timber. The most widely cultivated species is the Oriental or Japanese persimmon, Diospyros kaki.

This post is part of the Orange you Glad It's Friday meme,
and also part of the Friday Photo Journal.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

RED HIBISCUS

Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known simply as hibiscus, or less widely known as rose mallow. The genus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, as well as woody shrubs and small trees.

The generic name is derived from the Greek word ἱβίσκος (hibískos), which was the name Pedanius Dioscorides (ca. 40–90) gave to Althaea officinalis. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis shown here, was probably native to Southern China and south-east Asia, then spread to the Pacific Islands long before Europeans reached that part of the world. Today it is very popular as an ornamental plant in most warm countries, and the original red flowered plant has undergone tremendous development. Hundreds of cultivars are now available, with double and semi-double flowers in all colours except true blues and purples.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.



Wednesday, 10 May 2017

RABBITS & RATS

Rabbits and Rats

Vermin is such an ugly word
Often inelegantly applied:
But rodents, rats and rabbits furred
Justly in such category reside.

Rabbits run riot, ruin the land of Oz,
Their presence here we hate, deplore;
Rats, mice and rodents in their little paws
Carry disease and germs galore.

Oh, rabbit, how you pullulate and throng,
With mien so meek and cute and mild…
And yet in Oz you don’t belong
Destroying our plants, ousting fauna wild.

Oh, rat, you wretched gnawing beast,
With beady eyes and long tail sleek,
On our provisions do you fete and feast
Then happily you scurry, hide and squeak.

And yet such vermin do we keep as pets,
Rats, mice and rabbits and such pests;
Everyone loves and fondles and forgets
That such cute animals are unwelcome guests…

This post is part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

RAJGHAT OF GANDHI, DELHI

Raj Ghat ("King's River Bank") is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation, Antyesti (Antim Sanskar) on 31 January 1948, a day after his assassination. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end. It is located on the banks of the river Yamuna in Delhi in India on Ring Road officially known as Mahatma Gandhi Road.

A stone footpath flanked by lawns leads to the walled enclosure that houses the memorial. The memorial has the epitaph Hē Ram, (literally 'O' Ram', but also translated to 'O God'), believed to be the last words uttered by Gandhi. The memorial was designed by Vanu G. Bhuta. It was originally designed to reflect the simplicity of Mahatma Gandhi's life. The design that won the government of India invitational competition had the black marble slab surrounded by red earth as none of Gandhiji's ashram residences had any "English lawn". 

The memorial has gone through a number of design changes since then, a few at the behest of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India.In recent years, it has become customary for foreign dignitaries visiting India to pay their respects to Gandhi at the Raj Ghat by laying flowers or wreaths on the platform. As a sign of respect, visitors are required to remove footwear before approaching the memorial. A commemorative ceremony is held every Friday. Prayer sessions are held at the Raj Ghat on Gandhi's birth and death anniversaries. It is a truly wonderful monument to a great man, and was one of the highlights of our 2004 trip to India.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Ruby Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme.






Sunday, 7 May 2017

PARLIAMENT BUILDING

The Victorian State Parliament Building in Melbourne.

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Photo meme,
and also part of the Photo Sunday meme.


Friday, 5 May 2017

AUTUMN GREENS

As we have had quite a lot of rain lately and relatively mild temperatures, a walk in the Parklands will reveal a wealth of green, lush new growth as shown here in this merged image.

This post is part of the Weekend Green meme.


Thursday, 4 May 2017

LAST AUTUMN ROSES

Rosa 'Infinity' (Frytropic) is a hybrid tea rose. This is a beautiful garden rose and a really striking variety with phenomenal flowering ability. Classic shaped, huge, fragrant apricot blooms suffused with peach toning are produced in high numbers on sturdy, upright, tough, leathery growth with exceptional disease resistance. Would suit a middle border or patio container.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme,
and also part of the Orange you Glad It's Friday meme.


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

QUOKKA & QUOLL

The Quokka and the Quoll

“G’day, my cobber, digger, pal,”

Quoll to the quokka quoth;
“How’s tricks, how goes morale?”

The quokka glumly looked

And spoke a quiet oath:
“@$#&, mate our goose is cooked,

You know, it’s such hard work

Being a critter sad
In the ‘endangered’ cirque…”

The quoll, he nodded and agreed;

With his forlorn comrade
He had no choice but to concede:

“Our time in Oz has been and gone
Now all is gone, all’s lost.
Exeunt we from this tragic scene!

At least while going out, let’s have a ball,
Enjoy ourselves at any cost
Revelling in our last days, not to bawl…”

                 *** (Exeunt)***

Let’s wave goodbye to quoll and quokka now
For soon they too shall be long-gone, extinct;
Too bad they’re not as useful as a cow,
For then they'd have privileges distinct...

This post is part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,

and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

TRAN QUOC PAGODA, HANOI

Trấn Quốc Pagoda (Vietnamese: Chùa Trấn Quốc, chữ Hán: 鎭國寺), the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, is located on a small island near the southeastern shore of Hanoi's West Lake, Vietnam.

The original Trấn Quốc pagoda in Hanoi was built in the 6th century and is considered the oldest in Vietnam. It was founded on the bank of the Red River by King Ly Nam De who named it Khai Quoc (National Founder). Much later, it was moved to its present site beside Hanoi’s Ho Tay (West) Lake during the reign of King Le Kinh Tong (1600-1618) and renamed Trấn Quốc (National Defence). The current building is the result of major renovations in 1815.

Monks have lived at the Trấn Quốc Pagoda for centuries, teaching the ways of Buddhism to the public. Before the visitors start arriving, the monks pray at the multiple shrines spread around the grounds. Monks do not get married and therefore do not live with families at the pagoda. Over the years, the temple was variously named An Quoc (Pacification of the Realm) and Tran Bac (Guardian of the North) as well. The term "pagoda" is from Portuguese "pagode", perhaps based on Persian "butkada" - ‘temple of idols,’ influenced by Prakrit "bhagodī" - ‘divine’.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Travel Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part Ruby Tuesday meme.