Monday Macros: Garden Flowers with Inspirational Quotes

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“Be like a lotus. Let the beauty of your heart speak. Be grateful to the mud, water, air and the light.” ― Amit Ray,

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“Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower. Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty.” ― Suzy Kassem

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“Minds are like flowers; they open only when the time is right.” – Stephen Richards

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“Flowers don’t tell, they show.” – Stephanie Skeem

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“When the mind is silent like a lake the lotus blossoms.” ― Amit Ray,

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“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” – Luther Burbank

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“Gardens and flowers have a way of bringing people together, drawing them from their homes.” -Clare Ansberry

Ps: Shot on Samsung S9+.
Please comment your favorite quote/picture 😉

Monday Macros: Cactus Garden

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Echinocactus grusonii, popularly known as the golden barrel cactus, golden ball or, amusingly, mother-in-law’s cushion, is a well known species of cactus, and is endemic to east-central Mexico.

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Cereus repandus (syn. Cereus peruvianus), the Peruvian apple cactus, is a large, erect, thorny columnar cactus found in South America

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Cactus Echinopsis tarijensis

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Mammillaria hahniana (Old Lady Cactus) is a sun-loving cactus that forms large groups. It grows up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall and up to 20 inches (50 cm) broad.

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Parodia leninghausii’ Parodia leninghausii is a species of South American cactus commonly found as a houseplant. 

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Echinopsis is a large genus of cacti native to South America, sometimes known as hedgehog cactus, sea-urchin cactus or Easter lily cactus

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Ephalocereus senilis is a tall, columnar species with clusters of stem. The individual stems are usually unbranched, being unable to withstand the weight of a side branches adequately. Cephalocereus senilis is not expected to flower until 10-20 years old.

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Mammillaria bombycina (Silken Pincushion) Golden Eastern Lily Cactus Echinopsis aurea ‘Leucomalla’

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Euphorbia ritchiei is a perennial succulent plant up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall. It forms short, thick, succulent stems, up to 1.2 inches wide, with small spines, and it offsets freely and produces large, beautifully green leaves.

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Echeveria macdougallii is an indoor succulent plant belongs to the genus Crassulaceae family
 

P.S: Correct me if I am wrong 🙂 Have a nice day!!

Monday Monochrome Mania: Monuments of Bijapur with Quotes

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 Life is architecture and architecture is the mirror of life. – I.M. Pei

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Architecture is an expression of values. – Norman Foster

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Architecture is inhabited sculpture. – Constantin Brancusi

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Architecture is the reaching out for the truth. – Louis Kahn

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As an architect you design for the present with an awareness of the past for a future which is essentially unknown. – Norman Foster

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One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time it is like life starting all over again. – Renzo Piano

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Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness. Frank Gehry

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Even a brick wants to be something. – Louis Kahn

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I call architecture frozen music. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To know more about these monuments and my trip to Bijapur click here

Monday Macros: Pollination & Pollinators

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Pollination occurs when pollen is moved within flowers or carried from flower to flower by pollinating animals such as birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, or other animals, or by the wind.

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When pollen from a plant’s stamen is transferred to that same plant’s stigma, it is called self-pollination. When pollen from a plant’s stamen is transferred to a different plant’s stigma(of same species), it is called cross-pollination.

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Plants that are pollinated by animals often are brightly colored and have a strong smell to attract the animal pollinators.

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Another way plants are pollinated is by the wind. The wind picks up pollen from one plant and blows it onto another.

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When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited. –RK

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“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others” -St.John

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A harvest of peace grows from seeds of contentment. -Indian saying

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People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. ~Iris Murdoch

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“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.” Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

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You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. -Walter Hagen

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Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. ~Oscar Wilde

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“In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.” – Kozuko Okakura.