travel theme: simplify

I don’t have to travel far to take a photo for this week’s travel theme by Ailsa. I love the curl of each fern leaf that are just beginning to unfurl. To keep up with the theme Simplify, no edits were made in the photo.

fern frond unfurling

fern frond unfurling

 

 

weekly travel theme: pathway

Here’s one unusual pathway in a park in Shanghai China. It’s not that often that you would find bamboo trees lining up the pathway. Bamboo which is commonly referred to as bamboo trees are not actually trees but they are the largest member of the grass family.

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bamboo trees

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bamboo trees

Bamboo reminds me of a Philippine Folklore “Malakas and Maganda”. It is a story handed down from generation to generation about the origin of the native Filipinos. The story varies from region to region. Read on if you’re interested to know the story that my “lola” (grandmother) told us.

When ‘Bathala” (God) was done creating the world, he sent down a bird. As it was flying around, it heard a tapping sound coming from the forest. The bird realized that the tapping sound is coming from a giant bamboo. The bird started pecking on it and soon the bamboo split apart and a man came out of it. His name is “Malakas” which means strong. Malakas then told the bird that his mate was in another bamboo and the bird started to peck on it too and splitting it apart. Out came a beautiful woman and her name is “Maganda” which literally means beautiful.

The names “Malakas” and “Maganda” have a deeper meaning about the Filipino culture. The Filipinos consider women to be “maganda” or beautiful and the men as “malakas” or strong whom the family can rely on at all times, the protector of the family especially in times of needs and natural disasters.

For more Weekly Travel Theme photos with Pathway as this week’s theme, visit Ailsa’s blog.

the mystical orange flowers

Hi everyone..  As promised, i went back to my mother’s garden this morning and took lots of photos of the mysterious orange flower. My first post about it which you could find here had created quite a stir because no one knew the name of the flower even if the post had been reblogged by some blogger friends just to help me in finding its identity. Anyway, here are lots of photos and some descriptions about the plant and the flower and i am still hoping that maybe someone could finally recognize it and reveal its true name.

The flower stem holds several spikes which form into buds.

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the flower stem

One spike opens up into a single petal and when the buds open up, it forms petals which are neatly layered one on top of each other forming a cluster. They are vibrant orange in color .

the flowers

A single petal is about 2.5 to 3cms. in size. It is soft and delicate.

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this one consists of 2 flower stems

a close up view of the flower stem

Observing the plant, i noticed a dried up flower stem with spike-like casings resembling that of wheat.

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A seed is formed for every dried petal which makes me believe that the petal itself may actually be a single flower.

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I am sure that someone out there may know its true name but in the meantime, I think i would refer to it as the mystical orange flowers.