京都・梅宮大社「紫陽花と花菖蒲と猫」

Can’t help reblogging this as the Shenyang flowers at Umemiya Taisha, Kyoto are so beautiful . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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梅宮大社の広大な神苑へ花見に出かけました。60種500株の紫陽花と花菖蒲と境内で飼われている猫たちが人気です。

匂玉池でザリガニが落ちた梅を食べてました。酸っぱくないのかな?

初見の紫陽花が多かったです。色んな種類が増えてるんですね。

小さな小さな萼には吃驚!

咲那池へのモミジの不思議な映り込み?睡蓮も多かったです。花菖蒲はピークを過ぎつつありました。

梅林もあります。熟しつつある梅の実が落ちて木の股に、誰かがおいたのでしょうね?

猫が15匹ほどいるそうで参拝客の人気者(^^♪

咲那池では餌を強請る鯉が近づいて来ましたが生憎持ち合わせがなかった(^^)/

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small city with a big soul – hong kong

I like Viveka showing the other aspects of Hong Kong, apart from the high rises and the CBD, which has impressed on the minds of so many people, regardless of whether they have visited the place or not. You will be impressed by the range , quality and price of food here too . . . . . . . .

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It lives around 7,5 million people in Hong Kong! So I suppose looking at cities like Manila, Istanbul, Tokyo, Moscow and Shanghai … is it a small city.  But compare to Stockholm with it nearly 1 million is it big.

After our well-needed nap … after our’s 24 hours awakening. We came back to life around 5pm and it was time to get ready for Hong Kong by night.

We started our evening with a Mojito that we ordered at the hotel’s bar & restaurant. They cost me one arm and it was the worst Mojito ever. They had forgotten the sugar stock???!!! But we decided to suffer through it up on the roof deck on 40’s floor. To get there we had taken the life from the restaurant on 38’s floor down to the reception and there take the special lift up to the roof.

Breathtaking view over the harbour…

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美山内久保「ベニバナヤマシャクヤク群落」2019

I don’t know Japanese and can only guess at the meaning of some of those words written in Kanji. However, the pictures are universal and speak for themselves. The pictures taken by wakasahs15th in this blog are very inspiring and I look forward for the opportunity of taking similar pictures in the future . . . . . . . . . . . .

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開花の時期のみ2日間、一般公開される美山内久保地区の鬱蒼とした杉林に咲くベニバナヤマシャクヤク。(秋の結実時期にも2日間公開されます))。

深窓の令嬢って感じです(^^♪

この様な散り始めた花は極々一部で最高のタイミングでした。

名前は紅花ですが、紅色と白色が半々です。紅色は白色に比べて早く咲き早く散るそうです。当日は殆どが紅色でした。

適度な木漏れ日が射し込みスポットライトを浴びている様でした。

地域の方が保全を始められる前は3800ルクスしかなく杉の間伐採をして以後は10000ルクス程度が確保されて、どんどん増えたそうです。(でもまだ京都府の希少野生生物群に指定されています)

種から発芽までは2~3年。一つの花に15-25個もの種がありますが、ただ落下しただけでは発芽しにくく鳥が食べて排出したものが発芽する確率が高いそうです。発芽して更に4~5年を経て一つの茎に一つの花が咲きます。計7~8年もの年月をかけて花の期間は3~4日、儚いですね(^_-)-☆

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Top 15 Prettiest Places You Should Visit In New York

Have visited New York a few times, but never realized that there are so many interesting places to visit – all well covered by Virginia . . . . . . . .

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New York is full of gorgeous, and sometimes secret, Instagram-worthy spots. I’ve picked out the 15 prettiest and most photogenic places to visit in town.

Planning a trip to New York soon? Great news, I have some sights to delight your eyes. All of them are special, pretty and even romantic. If you love architecture, you’ll likely love all of these too.

With much pleasure I start the research of my upcoming New York Architectour Guide, which is scheduled to be published by January 2021. If you have any personal favourites in the city – rich in history, cultural relevance and beauty – please let me know in the comments below. I am in search of New York’s wonderful places.

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1. Flatiron Building

Not many people know that the original building concept of a flatiron was created by…

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