Sunday Stills: SUMMERTIME

Summer is a wonderful time of the year. Holidays, sunshine, warm to extra hot at times. Maybe some rain.

The following photos were taken in South Africa. These trees are always full in bloom the first part of summer.

This photo was taken from the back door of my town house in Potgietersrus.(Mokopane)

The following are from the tree in front of my town house.

Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers. In many tropical parts of the world it is grown as an ornamental tree and in English it is given the nameRoyal Poinciana or Flamboyant. It is also one of several trees known as Flame tree.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delonix_regia

The following also reminds me of summer in South Africa.

Day lily

Clivia

Clivia (play /ˈklviə/)[1] is a genus of monocot flowering plants native to southern Africa. They are from the family Amaryllidaceae, subfamily Amaryllidoideae.[2] Common names include Kaffir lily and bush lily.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clivia

Camel Foot tree flowers

Bauhinia purpurea is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, native to SouthChina (which includes Hong Kong) and Southeast Asia. Common names include Hong Kong Orchid Tree, Purple camel’s foot, and Hawaiian orchid tree.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauhinia_purpurea

Sunday Stills, The Next Challenge – Summertime

In my day we went back to school in September.  Now it seems everyone is headed back by mid August, or even this upcoming week!  So while I sure won’t be sorry to see this brutal hot summer weather catch the bus out of town, I do feel for all the kids getting ready to catch the yellow bus while wishing for a few more weeks of summer vacation ;-) .

What says summer to you?  Sweet corn, tomatoes and watermelon?  Lazy days at the pool?  Camping at the lake?  Let’s take some summertime pictures so we’ll have something to look back at when we’re you are complaining about the cold ;-) .

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Sunday Post: Blossoms

This is a photo I have taken of the Flambouyant tree that grew in front of my town house in South Africa. Every Spring it had these masses of red blossoms.

wikipedia.org/wiki/Delonix_regia

Delonix regia is a species of flowering plant in the family Fabaceae, subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It is noted for its fern-like leaves and flamboyant display of flowers. In many tropical parts of the world it is grown as an ornamental tree and in English it is given the name Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant. It is also one of several trees known as Flame tree.

In India it is known as Gulmohar (Hindi and Urdu -‘Gul’ means ‘Flower’ and ‘Mohr’ is ‘Peacock’, thus the name suggests a spectacular show of color, like the extraordinary colors of a peacock’s tail[1]). It is also known there as Krishnachura (Bengali: ‘crown of the Lord Krishna). In Vietnamese it is known as Phượng vĩ (means “Phoenix’s Tail) (Vietnamese), Malinche, and Tabachine.[2] In Guatemala, Antigua Guatemala, it is known as “Llama del Bosque”.

The following photos I have taken in New Zealand during my  first spring – 2009

Rhodododendrons – all colors, from white, light to dark pink, purple and red, also yellow and up to orange. The trees grow in gardens and on pavements.

Cherry trees are also growing along the road sides in towns here. Springtime these old cherry trees are full in bloom.

The Kowhai tree is a native of New Zealand .They also bloom in spring.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowhai

Kowhai are small, woody legume trees in the genus Sophora native to New Zealand. There are eight species, S. microphylla being the most common. Kowhai trees grow throughout the country and are a common feature in New Zealand gardens. Outside of New Zealand, Kowhai tend to be restricted to mild temperate maritime climates. Species in this group include S. chathamicaS. fulvidaS. godleyiS. longicarinataS. microphyllaS. molloyiS. prostrata, and S. tetraptera.[1][2]

Despite having no official status as such,[3] the blooms of the kowhai are widely regarded as being New Zealand’s national flower.[4]

 

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