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“The glories and the beauties of form, color, and sound unite in the Grand Canyon – forms unrivaled even by the mountains, colors that vie with sunsets, and sounds that span the diapason from tempest to tinkling raindrop, from cataract to bubbling fountain.” ~John Wesley Powell

Foto by Iliana




“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
Mahatma Gandhi

My indoor cats do not allow for an indoor tree as there will be nothing left in about one second. What I do is decorate just outside my office window so that I benefit from the bright lights at night also. With that said, it is true that in the morning, my display does not look like much–plastic with led lights. At night, however, it is a different story as both my Melaleuca Cousin and Olive tree are fully dressed with color lights, and my Electric Holiday tree and Choo Choo Gift Train adorn the tropical landscape, bringing some northern style holiday cheer to an otherwise very green landscape. Here in South Florida, the sunshine we need at night only during the winter months. Oh, yes…my outside cats–they just lay on the lawn to observe the curious twinkling lights at night. They nap during the day–all is safe!  Merry be Thee! 😀

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mom's poinsettias

Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are not an American Christmas tradition like I ignorantly thought until recently when in conversation with my dad, he states they were from Cuba. I tell him, “I’ll get back with you on that one.”

Guess what I discovered? Poinsettias are a Mexican native. Yes. Is that amazing? Aztecs used Poinsettias as medicine and dye.

Many cultures use the Poinsettia for seasonal festivities occurring on December 12 or nearby dates.

The Poinsettia in these pictures make their abode in my mother’s garden. Went there this morn’ to take pictures since I noticed last night some of the green bracts had started turning red. Captured their transcendent and transient beauty with these pictures.

I don’t know how my mother gets these bracts to change colors–she says she does nothing. However, it is said that in order for Poinsettia to re-bloom the following year, they need at least 12 hour darkness for five straight days. Then, they need full sunshine. As you can see in this photo, they have full sunshine, but how did she get them to have 12 hours of darkness in five days? She says, “Nada, mi vida.” Okay, mom. Perhaps, they are in the perfect environment to flourish on their own. All I know is that when in full bloom, the vivid crimson brings seasonal joy into my being, indeed.


The shot of the lone Poinsettia by the stone wall fascinates me.

In a few weeks, the entire Poinsettia bush will be ablazin’ in red. I’ll post more pics then.

Here is the link to a website, an extension to the University of Illinois–a very informative “Facts” page and where I retrieved my information for this blogpost.

Here is a picture I took at the Gaylord Palm Resort in Orlando, Florida: A Poinsettia Christmas Tree and my second Christmas Tree to share with ya’ll. I plan to post one picture each day up to Christmas Day.

‘Tis the season…and the Poinsettia, which was known to have existed for as far back as the Aztecs, is everywhere. ‘Tis curious, indeed.


Even when you think the pattern is perfect, there may be “something” that will cause a butterfly effect. But, it ain’t no butterfly. It’s the fly without the butter–amazingly, without the richness of the cream, it is a rather dull looking being that likes to hover over leftovers. Beware when it comes to quality control of anything since “The devil is in the detail(s).” Awareness is key. ~Iliana

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Wintery sky

Alone am I



Sit and sigh

Wintery sky

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” –  Lady Bird Johnson, Public Roads: Where Flowers Bloom

Three Coy Koi and the “Other

“He was free, free in every way, free to behave like a fool or a machine, free to accept, free to refuse, free to equivocate; to marry, to give up the game, to drag this death weight about with him for years to come. He could do what he liked, no one had the right to advise him, there would be for him no Good or Evil unless he thought them into being.”
―    Jean-Paul Sartre

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meagre life than the poor.” ~Henry David Thoreau 

Once long ago when the heavens opened, the stairs led to that which came from it.

Happy Hallow’s Eve!

Bewitching twilight arrives. At our home, movies and sweets. No trick or treaters around. Here in Miami, Florida, the trend is for all to go to the mall. It is supposed to be safer, but I miss sitting home waiting for delightful and frightful trick or treaters. Happy Halloween all!


Beware of Peaceful Facades ~ A Storm Lurks

Sometimes, our world appears to be upside down.


Coco Haze by Voiceless

Posted: October 19, 2012 in Photos by Voiceless
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I’ve always loved taking pictures of enchanting skies, framing the view with the flora. I took this picture the other night during a magical sunset. You are looking through the looking glass called my eyes! Hope you enjoy!