Why do I get to fall in love with each tree? Let me tell you why: a tree changes carbon dioxide into the oxygen we breathe, it sequesters carbon and provides much shelter for countless critters. There are many reasons for which we should all be tree-hugging hippies, but within the scope of this blog post, all we’ll focus on are the looks of these amazing nature wonders.
Tropic Breeze Balloon:
It grows in different rainforests.
Ponytail Palm Tree
Kaleidoscopic Rainbow Eucalyptus, Hawaii’s
This one is a native one in the archipelago which has a unique appearance like an upright umbrella.
Its dark red sap gives its name dragon blood.
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Nature is wonderful. It amazes me all the time with its beauty and power of living. That is why I use nature for everything in my life. One of those uses I give to nature is in my drinks, my teas, my coffee, my refreshment drinks, even in my meals, my medical consultations, my bicycling (i prefer to do my bike rides where there are lots of flowers and nature).
VIRGIN DRINK WITH NATURAL POWER
VIRGIN DRINKS WITH FLOWER POWER
The original Singapore Sling was made with ingredients like gin, Cointreau, Grenadine, and pineapple juice over 100 years ago at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore.
Try the present-day take on the beverage at The Peninsula’s ritzy rooftop bar with The Ning Sling: Stoli orange and fresh mint leaves shaken with lychee and tart passion fruit juice.
FIGHT ANXIETY WITH FLOWERS BEAUTY AND RELAXATION POWERS
Flowers relax the brain with their colors and beauty (vision), their essence (smell), their texture (touch).
Constant stimuli to the brain can create havoc on our central nervous system, and thus to our way of living.
Learning to relax is primordial, and flowers, herbs and plants can play an important role taking the stress away from your life.
1. Jasmine improves sleep and anxiety
Jasmine is a shrub found outdoors, but with proper care and the right location you can grow it indoors. Its fragrance is not only sweet to our senses, it’s proven to promote a better night’s sleep.
If you surround yourself by jasmine, it’s likely you’ll feel less anxious and more at peace, which results in waking up more alert.
Sleep plays an important role in our physical and mental wellbeing. If you’re lacking in sleep, you may find you have trouble making decisions, controlling your emotions, solving problems and coping with change.
2. Gerbera daisy helps to remove toxins from the air
It removes benzene from the air – a chemical associated with inks. Add one to your office, laundry room or bedroom to promote a calming ambience and fight anxiety.
Mist the leaves a few times a week. When this flower blooms, its colourful petals can last up to two weeks. The pretty hue not only adds energy to our homes, but having brightly coloured plants in the house and office also helps to promote happiness.
How many times we hear that the “end of earth” is near, that we humans are destroying the earth, and other agendas that corporations and governments of the world go by to make money. And many people end up feeling sad, preoccupied and worried. Anxiety triggers, making you feel bad.
Well, I am here to tell you that earth, with all its beauty and power will always succeed, will always support you and will never abandon you. Earth is powerful. It has survived millions of years, and it will survive millions more.
“The earth has music for those who listen” — William Shakespeare
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” — Khalil Gibran
“When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain.” -Nikola Tesla, 1926
“Look deep into nature, then you will understand everything better” — Albert Einstein
“The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.” — Chief Joseph
“Life is abundant, and life is beautiful. And it’s a good place that we’re all in, you know, on this earth, if we take care of it”. Alice Walker
“I’m fascinated by beautiful scenery and what we have here on this Earth”— Matt Lanter
“Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.” Thomas Merton
“The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.” D. H. Lawrence
“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction”— E.O. Wilson
E.O. Wilson, author of the quote above mentioned, Edward Osborne Wilson), is an American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist and author.
His biological specialty is myrmecology, the study of ants, on which he is the world’s leading expert.
Flower Lips, a very rare flower with luscious red lips, known scientifically as Psychotria Elata. This gorgeous flower grows in trees or shrubs which are very low-growing and can be found in tropical places like Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia, particularly in areas that tend to get a lot of rainfall.
INTERESTING FACT: This red lips beauty is commonly called a flower, but it is actually a leaf-like bracts.
MYEDO PSYCHOTRIA RED RARE FLOWER
RAINFOREST TABASCO FLOWER
I can never see flowers too many times, I never get tired of their sweet fragrance. Each one is a delicate bloom, no matter if it is a formal garden or a waste land. Their petals are delicate works of art and their hues are medicine for my soul.
Glorios Ausberba Flame Lily
I guess it’s not just me that feels that way though, we bring these nature beauties into the hospitals and graveyards, we send them to express our love, we plant them in our yards though they bear no edible fruits.
SUCCULENT PLANT red bell
There is something about their beauty I need for my whole being, to be fully human, I wonder if we’re all a bit like that.
Without these wonderful blooming natural jewls it would only be concrete, and I think the drop in temperature would freeze my heart.
This Sunday is just gorgeous. My vegetables plants, bulbs, limes, lemons orange and mandarin trees are full with fruit and rain drops on their leaves.
It is winter but my tomatoes are enchanting! Something I notice this season is that they are bigger and sweeter. I wonder. Maybe it’s because I used my own compost last year, since april I started creating my own compost and started using it in the fall with my tomatoes and citrus.
The branches are so heavy they are bending down, that’s why I had to get some bamboo pieces to straighten them up. It was so much fun to do it. The smell of the wet dirt with the one coming from the wet oranges and limes, it’s just to die for!
When I am not out cycling on the weekend, I love to take care of my plants. I have so many and in Winter I have as much work to do in the yard as in Spring and Summer, because I have to plant carrots, onion, garlic, etc., and I need to start preparing the dirt and seeds for the coming planting season and for Spring.
Nature is amazing, isn’t it?
I have always loved nature. Call it forest, oceans, animals, humans, lakes, air, sun, stars and anything beyond earth; micro and macro-systems, ecosystems. Breathing life, constantly, living the moment fully, integrating my thoughts with nature to feel myself alive, and not alone.
Trees amaze me with their beautiful majesty. Since I was a little girl I loved to climb them up. The taller the better, all kinds, woody, fruity, with flowers…and never fell.
Being on top of a tree made me feel so happy and peaceful, looking at the horizon at dawn or sunset, and the blue beautiful sky. Feeling the breeze caressing my face, my neck, my arms, was an experience that I will never forget, an experience that I remember and hold dear in my heart.
JAPANESE MAPLE TREE
I agree with the German poet and philosopher, Herman Hesse, who said: “Trees are sanctuaries. When we have learned to listen to trees… that is home. That is happiness.” — I am quoting his book Trees: Reflections and Poems.
Dr. Hesse makes the philosophical case, and how they are the key to essential notions of truth, beauty, home, belonging and happiness.
There is a Japanese saying: “taking in the forest atmosphere’ or ‘forest bathing’, which is currently back in fashion as a popular type of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
Forests, earth cannot live without them. Trees give oxygen, beauty, food for fauna, cover, protection and shelter for many animals.
MAJESTIC ANGEL OAK
Just like me, Fiona Stafford, an arboreal contributor and the author of The Long, Long Life of Trees, has had a love of trees since childhood. She says: “Trees seem to create a different world within themselves, not just in terms of the wildlife but as imaginative spheres where things seem possible that might not be in the everyday working world.”
She finds something “very soothing”, she says, about “a huge familiar object that is so full of life and just quietly nurtures all the things that live within its canopy.” Stafford points to classic children’s literature from Robin Hood to The Wind in the Willows. “And Frances Hardinge’s recent award-winning book The Lie Tree may well be a classic of the future.”
Stafford thinks trees, in fact, can make us happier:
“Trees appeal to all the senses,” she points out. “Fresh smells, the sound of moving leaves and birdsong, the texture of the bark – all of these are appealing, especially in modern cities… They connect us to others, whether contemporaries or those in the past or future. If you plant a sapling that may take 200 years to reach its full stature, you are pledging faith in the future and offering a gift to the generations yet to be born. That’s a pretty good feeling.”
Nature is unstoppable, beautifully designed and sculptured, and it keeps coming back all the time. Even though humans have abused it, for survival or greed, earth is resilient, hardy, like us, just like us, human beings.
We are composed of molecular proteins and atoms that gives us life, just like the rest of the inhabitants of earth. The problem is that sometimes we forget our composition and genetics, and because we deal with advanced technology since the industrial revolution, we dissociate ourselves mentally from nature.
Ergo, we – humans – are unstoppable too. We keep on growing, discovering, conquering, understanding, creating. Let us not forget that our humanity is part of the earth that we admire so much when we look at the horizon, that colossal sunset, the smell of a rained forest, that prodigious lizard, the monumental tree that never dies and gives us shadow, fruit, flowers, or simply…stays there to remind us of its strength, telling us: “you are me, I am you, we are nature”
Beneath the opera house, Palais Garnier, there sits a water tank, and some folks say that once a man lived there who had no face. “The Phantom of the Opera” was based upon this place. The inspiration for Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera.
Water Tank beneath Palais Garnier
“The Phantom of the Opera”
The Floating Hotel on the Seine
Belvedere of the Dordogne Jardin Extraordinaire: Marqueyssac. 6 kilometers of paths in a maze of 150,000 box-wood Plants carefully trimmed by hand!
Caterpillars come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Their beauty can often be deceiving since their hairs often contain venom which can be poisonous to humans and predators. Toxic caterpillars can be found in many places including backyard gardens, parks and fields.