Spring Blossoms: Early Bloom

March 16, 2015 Comments Off on Spring Blossoms: Early Bloom

a Spring day

the flowers bloom

Nature’s beauty

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Winter Solstice is here

December 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Time really flies, isn’t? I wrote a post about Autumnal Equinox not too long ago, and now I am here blogging about the Winter Solstice. Living in sunny California, I have never truly experienced a real winter (except when I visit the ski resort.) We have heat, rain, wind, and hail but never snow or sub-zero temperature. Before I moved to California, I lived in the place that doesn’t even have winter. It’s always summer there. I guess winter is a hot commodity.

In Focus: Japan’s Green Olympics

June 28, 2009 § 8 Comments

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In its bid for the 2016 Summer Games, the land of the rising sun unveils an ambitious plan to actualize history’s first Green Olympics. Designed by the famed Tadao Ando, the proposed Olympics stadium is an attempt to recreate Nature’s harmony.

The architecture is intended to be one with nature, literally. The giant solar roof will allow the stadium to operate mostly on solar power. The stadium will be surrounded by thousands of trees and greenery making it truly one with nature. As the planned structure is adjacent to Tokyo Bay, stadium spectators will be able to enjoy melodic waves and pleasant sea breezes in addition to friendly competitions between the world’s greatest athletes.

Chicago is likely to win the right to host the 2016 Games, but Tokyo should be given an award for its creative vision. More images can be found at the official site of Tokyo 2016.

[Simon N.]

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Fresh Kumquats!

June 17, 2009 § 4 Comments

Isn’t it nice to start one’s day early, take a stroll around the garden and enjoy some fresh fruits? Life could not get any better.

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fruit03Type: Citrus

Use: fruits (raw or jam), festive tree/bonsai

ID: evergreen shrubs, small white flowers, orange edible fruits (80-100 per year per tree)

Characteristics: Survive in most climates and temperature

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[Simon N.]

Peach Blossoms: Full Bloom

March 20, 2009 § 5 Comments

“Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think too far away”

~Robert Frost

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Do not use these images without prior consent. 2009

[Simon N.]

Ochna Integerrima: The Golden Flower

February 26, 2009 § 3 Comments

suc50229Name: Dwarf Ochna Integerrima

Color: Gold/Bold Yellow

Preferred Climate: Warm & Humid (year-round)

Use: Festive flower

Nickname: The Golden Flower, The Mickey Mouse Flower

Added to garden: 2008

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Do not use these images without prior consent. 2009

[Simon N.]

Thorny!

October 22, 2008 § 5 Comments

dangerous beauty…

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