Foto by Iliana
Foto by Iliana
“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
Golden is the day I walk in…
~The White Rabbit
Photo by Iliana
Although the majority of the people are hearing the church bells ringing, most of the time they mistake the bells ring for the church. ~author unknown
Took this picture on an island in the Caribbean–forgot where. I was very young and very spontaneous. All that mattered was how I felt and making sure I captured that moment. Yes, you are right, another numinous moment in my life that is remembered as though just yesterday. But, what is time? Some say one may fold it and what was yesterday is today once more. Mad science that I wish I understood. Perhaps the best way to describe such time travel is through M.S. Escher’s paintings, which are tessellations. I invite you to Google him and to do some time travelling this month as the conditions will be just right! Hmmmm….down the rabbit hole we go…and hurry…I’m late…I’m late…
Christmas trees appear to have originated more as a symbolic representation and reminder of the strengthening sun and the coming season of fertility during frigid and fruitless winter nights. Through its symbolism, the Christmas tree provided cheer and warmth as well as comfort through the darkness of bleak coldness.
For more information about the history of the Christmas tree, please click here: http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-christmas-trees
I took this picture last Wednesday in the historical city of Coral Gables, Florida. The majestic tree, dwarfed by the branches that frame it within this picture, appears in front of City Hall. This is the area of Coral Gables most famous for its Saturday mornings Farmer’s Market. Also, during Christmas time, the park in the center of the rotunda displays and offers holiday scenes, activities and fun for children and grownups alike.
Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.
Blueridge lake–very odd sorts of musings found as the trails round the corners of curious tall and short trees alike–some bald and some not.
The Tamiami Trail was built with the intention of connecting Tampa and Miami. In fact, its name is a combination of the two cities. The trail was also meant to shine the spotlight on Collier County, a county named so due to Barron Collier, a man who poured and showered all his wealth and energy on the land after he fell in love with the area. This area was wilderness when the project to develop it first twinkled in Collier’s eyes. It took 13 years and $8 million dollars to complete it. Unfortunately, the endeavor destroyed most of the Everglades since The Trail created a dam that cut the original water-flow, obliviating habitats of flora and fauna. As a result of the massive destruction of habitat, the Everglades saw the loss of an abundance of its original infrastructure. The Everglades today is almost less than half of the original size. In order to salvage what is left of the unique ecosystem, a Restoration Project is now in effect. 2013 is the estimated date of completion. There is still hope. Enjoy the rest of the views along The Trail!
Above is the view from the terrace off the second floor lounge inside of the Miccosukee Resort and Casino. This is a northern view.
Here is another view with part of The Trail visible. Don’t be surprised by the abundant road-kill. Hopefully, the new bridge will help avoid such accidents. The bridge is part of the Restoration project meant to allow the water flow from north to south once more. The flow begins south of Lake Okeechobee and empties in Florida Bay. The bridge is hope.
This is a Melaleuca Forest found along The Tamiami Trail in Miami. Lightning strikes burnt the forest to a crisp. It has now been a few years since the fire and new green areas emerge. This part of The Trail begins in Miami-Dade at about 157th Avenue and ends at the Miccosukee Resort and Casino. The Trail actually begins in Miami and ends in Tampa or vice-versa. It is a 275-mile long two-way enchanted highway. Hoped you enjoyed the views from this small 15-mile section of the Tamiami Trail.
“…as late as the 1840s Christmas trees were seen as pagan symbols and not accepted by most Americans.”
It is interesting indeed that Americans once did not decorate their homes during Christmas with a tree. Is it not? Took this picture at the Gaylord Palm Resort in Orlando, Florida–Key West section.
Usually, when visiting South Florida, tourists end up at beaches to the east or the keys to the south. Some, however, visit the Everglades. Why visit? “It is the only one of its kind in the world–another one of the unique marvels of this planet.” ~Marjory Stoneman Douglas
For those who dare to take the adventure, the path that will lead them into the enchanted forest called the Everglades is the Tamiami Trail west. Here begins the adventure into a place where wilderness still exists.
One possible itinerary, especially for those who want to keep the wilderness at bay, is as follows. Begin the tour by 7:00 a.m. at the Miccosukee resort where a sumptuous buffet breakfast awaits. After breakfast, a tour of the resort with a stop at the casino may follow. Next, a stop at the Miccosukee Museum replete with Airboat Ride and Gator Show. Lunch at the Miccosukee Restaurant found just across from Shark Valley will prepare the tourists for the last activity of the day: The Tram Ride. This ride takes the tourists on a two-hour trip. The first hour heads towards an observation tower where 360 degree views astonish the on-looker. The last hour returns the tourist to the parking/snack area. During the ride, flora and fauna are plenty–the camera is a must as myriad of shots will be available for nature photography lovers.
The evening ends at the Barbeque Pit, recently purchased by Cubans. Here is another cultural stop: an out-door tiki-style restaurant with a live band playing salsa music — dance floor with flashing lights and all greets the stunned diners.
One warning, the Everglades is real wilderness. All flora and fauna are real and dangerous. By keeping safety rules in mind, tourists are able to have a most spectacular day.
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
Henry David Thoreau
“In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society.”
|“The science hangs like a gathering fog in a valley, a fog which begins nowhere and goes nowhere, an incidental, unmeaning inconvenience to passers-by.” ~H. G. Wells|
|Each time I visit the mainland–above Florida–it dawns upon me why it is I stayed in South Florida: The Weather! Although I do love the feel of such mornings, after a few days, my old arthritis ladened bones yearn for the warmth and sun found almost year round in my part of the globe. Regardless, I love this view and breathing in the cold morning air–and running through the mist. 🙂 BTW, this is my neice’s front yard. There are huge mountains yonder hidden by the thick blanket of fog.|
“Let each man take the path according to his capacity, understanding and temperament. His true guru will meet him along that path.”
― Swami Sivananda
Although winter arrives, the blooms in my tiny garden fight to sustain. Some have gone into slumber; some remain. Make certain, however, that their existence was not in vain. I’ll see them again after April Showers and May Rains. ~Voiceless
The orange peels were thrown into my tiny garden by my Mama who is certain that such a trick keeps kitties and other little beings away. 😀
Once long ago when the heavens opened, the stairs led to that which came from it.
The final “chosen” Hunter’s Moon shot, taken on 10/29/2012, 8:00 p.m. About the quality, once again, some would argue that the picture needs to be sharper, cleaner–tools of the trade need to be upgraded; however, funds are tight. Others argue –myself ;)–that as canvas art, it is a “curious” piece to ponder. But, I do wish I had the upgraded equipment :D. Regardless, there is “something” here, a silvery liquidity sandwiched by denser substances.
Once again, I so long for professional equipment for a clearer and less grainy shot; however, I must add that when transferred to canvas, this shot is unique. That is a palm tree embracing the Full Hunter’s Moon with its fronds. Just above towards the left upper corner are leaves from an umbrella tree. I took this shot as the moon appeared on the horizon at about 8 p.m., 10/29/2012. Hope you enjoy it.
Sitting on my Adirondack chair, enjoying the Florida-style fall, I glance towards the baby blue sky, sparsely dotted with puffs. Australian Pine needles glisten in the sun and sway in the cool breeze that envelops my being. What a lovely day to become one with Nature, to wonder about its ways and ponder about patience–that’s all needed to understand the why of this very moment, and why it is what it is. See through my looking glass…there is more here if you only look deeper. All is not as it seems.