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My Bald Cypress tree “Vita” in 2015

One of the longest lived giants in the kingdom of trees, Bald Cypress, with scientific name Taxodium distichum, got its name for being deciduous, meaning, dropping its fern-like leaves in fall, after turning tan, cinnamon and finally fiery orange. 

Although traditionally Bald Cypress is the signature tree of southern swamps, this beautiful tree ​with pyramid-shaped crown when young, also does well in yards, as a shade tree on parking lots, lining the streets, as well as in cities as far north as Milwaukee, WI, and on dry hills in Texas.

This cypress grows slow and lives long. Its trunk has stringy texture in a palette of interesting colors. From horizontal roots Bald Cypress often grows "knees" which are supposedly providing air to drowned roots in swampy conditions. 


Did you know?

  • ​That bald cypress trees are no longer harvested for timber all that much because they are so slow growing and nothing but trouble for loggers in their natural, swampy habitat.
  • That bald cypress mature trees wood is rot-resistant.
  • That bald cypress trees growing along rivers and wetlands play an important role in soaking up floodwater and preventing erosion.
  • That bald cypress trees trap pollutants and prevent their spreading.
  • That bald cypress trees serve as nesting and breeding grounds for several wildlife species. 
  • That the stoutest known bald cypress (in the Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge near Baton Rouge, Louisiana) grew a trunk with diameter of 521 cm (205,11 inches) at breast height.
  • That the tallest known bald cypress tree towers the surrounding grounds with 44.11 m (144.71 feet) in height near Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • That one of the oldest still living plants in eastern North America is a bald cypress specimen, located in Bladen County in North Carolina, estimated to be more than 1,620 years old.

I planted one of these amazing trees about a year ago in my own yard. For now my bald cypress, called "Vita" - in honor of a very special person in my life, resides in a large wooden box. And it seems to be doing really good. I can't provide a swamp for it, but I water this precious tree as often as all the other plants around my home.


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Lily tree overnight miracle

I love April with all the overnight changes in nature and blooms springing into their best-looking appearance after the sleepy, less colorful time of winter months. Central Florida proved to be quite challenging for gardening with its persistently hot and long summer and a few freezing cold mornings in winter. Thanks to that, I'm pretty sure, I got to test more varieties of plants than I ever imagined - to find those that would stand up to both extremes.

One of the new varieties I'm testing for the first time is Lily Tree. This is their first year in my yard and I'm eager to see how they perform. So far, I've been impressed! If they continue thriving so throughout the year, I'll be ​excited to purchase some more in a different color this coming fall. Yaaaay! 🙂

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Let us thank…

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)with a full name Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust, was a French novelist, critic, and essayist

Let us be grateful to people

who make us happy;

they are the charming gardeners

who make our souls blossom.


Misty rose - Photo by Daria

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)American essayist, lecturer, and poet

I awoke this morning

with devout thanksgiving

for my friends,

the old and new.

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​For each new morning with its light,

For rest and shelter of the night,​

For health and food,

For love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends.​


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Ode to nature

Nature is pure magic. The sights Mother Nature offers are magical...

Observing nature quietly is pure bliss. Feeling the breeze, caressing my skin and messing up my hair, makes my heart smile and flutter around in freedom of beautiful thoughts and wildest dreams...

Salty air the ocean is sending my way is filling my lungs with life and vitality and I feel infinitely thankful for being able to enjoy endless wonders all around...


Ode to Nature, Photo by Daria
Quiet spot, Photo by Daria

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Happy Halloween

May only the good witches enter your world,
May full moon light up your darkest nights,
May you plant only the most abundant crops,
May you harvest only the sweetest fruits,
May fat spiders eat the pests... 🙂

Happy Halloween and every day thereafter,

From my heart...


Happy Halloween greeting

Artwork and sentiment credits: Daria


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A beautiful sunset

I love getting up early to catch the first sun rays color the sky. the clouds and the tops of the trees with those magical colors that keep changing in intensity and whereabouts every second.

When that's happening I usually stand in my bathroom, looking out the window and the beauty of the birth of a brand new day never ceases to amaze me.

I like the sunsets just as much and today I was fortunate to catch on my camera an outstanding sight of the sky just before it covered itself with the darkness of the night. Here it is, I'm sharing it with you, even though I'm not sure that the picture does the beauty I witnessed any justice. 


Southern sky at sunset

Photo credits: Daria


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The shades of beauty

Beauty comes in every shade (color), size and shape.

Beauty is timeless.

Beauty is ageless.

Beauty is infinite.

Beauty is inspiring.

Beauty is uplifting.​


Colorful leaves of Virginia Creeper vine

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Beauty means something different to every one of us. There's a lot of beauty in imperfection. 

Beauty can be found inside the smallest detail as well as in the big picture.

A day spent looking for beauty all around me is a day worth living​!


Everything has beauty , but not everyone sees it. 

Later portrait of Kong Qui, better known as Confucius,  from the provincial museum of Shandong, China Confucius (551 - 479 BC)
Chinese philosopher

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Beautiful snowdrops flowers pictures and meaning

The first flowers, announcing upcoming spring season while there's still snow on the ground, delicate looking white snowdrops,  symbolize hope and new beginning. Also known as fair maids of February, Mary's tapers, bulbous violets, emblem of early spring, maids of February, candle-mas bells, their Greek name "Galanthus" stands for milk-white flower and Latin "Nivalis" means resembling snow.

Snowdrops poking from snow

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Along with carnation, snowdrop is a flower for birthdays, celebrated during the month of January.

First snowdrops flowers

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​The snowdrop legend 

When Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, Eve was about to give up hope that winter would ever end. When an angel transformed some of the snowflakes into snowdrops flowers, showing her that cold winter eventually gives way to spring season, snowdrops became a symbol of hope.​

Snowdrops and snow covered ground

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​By producing their own heat, snowdrops actually melt the snow in their surroundings. Pretty amazing little flowers, wouldn't you agree?

Closeup of the snowdrop flower after the rain

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​In Grimm brother's original version of the fairy tale nowadays known as Snow White, the main character's name was actually Snow Drop

Snowdrops in spring

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​In several religions the spring appearance of snowdrops also symbolizes the return of gods.

Snowdrops and wasp

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​The results of some research on possible healing properties of snowdrops suggest they might be beneficial in treating certain neurological issues like Alzheimer's disease.

Snowdrop and ladybug

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​Although there are more than 100 varieties of snowdrops growing in colder climates all around the world, they all have white flowers.

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April through the eyes of fractal design artists

  • "A gush of bird-song, a patter of dew, A cloud, and a rainbow's warning, Suddenly sunshine and perfect blue-- An April day in the morning."
    ~ Harriet Prescott Spofford, "April"

April green flower fractal art

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Fractal spring flower of April

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Last April flowers fractal art

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April flowers and April showers

The month of April is my personal favorite time of the year when everything springs into life (in northern hemisphere, anyway), the time of uplifting spring season when after April showers, April flowers not only look beautiful, but outright magical.

Spring bloom after the rain

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Dripping spring branch with buds

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April Harmony, spring blooms, trees and blue sky

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April flowers, blooming tree

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Booming columbine in April

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Finally spring, blooming fruit tree

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Dreaming in colors and seeing sounds

It's been preached and taught for a long time - that anything in life on this planet is possible. Hence, it shouldn't be a big surprise that some people can see musical notes, hear colors, or taste the shapes. This "condition" of blended senses got named synesthesia.

Rainbow-y eye

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And while I have no difficulty to believe or imagine that some individuals have way superior senses, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that in ancient Hindu mythology each one of the seven basic notes in the Indian music octave represents a color and a natural cry of a bird or another animal.

Take a look at the grid below and see if these associations resonate make sense to you.​


Musical note

Do

is associated with 

color GREEN

Shades of color green

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and PEACOCK

Peacock drawing

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Musical note

Re 

is associated with 

color RED

Shades of color green

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and SKYLARK

Peacock drawing

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Musical note

Mi

is associated with 

color GOLD

Shades of color green

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and GOAT

Peacock drawing

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Musical note

Fa

is associated with 

color YELLOWISH WHITE

Shades of color green

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and HERON

Peacock drawing

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Musical note

Sol

is associated with 

color BLACK

Shades of color green

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and NIGHTINGALE

Peacock drawing

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Musical note

La

is associated with 

color YELLOW

Shades of color green

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and HORSE

Peacock drawing

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Musical note

Si

is associated with 

combination of ALL COLORS

Shades of color green

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and ELEPHANT

Peacock drawing

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While Western chromatic scale contains only 12 semitones, Indian octave is divided into 22 srutis or demi-semitones which allow a musician to play more fine shades of musical expression.

Inspiration and information for this post  came from the book pictured below.​

Click the image to check it out

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Dreaming up another mischief?

Just for some fun, and a break from tiring research I was working on for most of the day, I looked at some fan art drawings and found three pieces that I want to share here, to brighten everyone's day. Enjoy!! 🙂

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Little Ariel above is daydreaming on seaweed. Although this is just a finished page from a coloring book, I love the way the picture is colored. Very cheerful!
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George_Weasley__Night_by_The_Starhorse

This is a simple yet such a powerfully expressive drawing and I can easily imagine George Weasley will have a grand new magic trick all worked out - as soon as he snaps out of his daydreaming state. He must be dreaming up another mischief for sure!

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tex_by_maichan808-d3ano73

Pure happiness on the young man Jared's face while his horse Tex is daydreaming... or maybe it's the other way around? Stunning drawing and colors keep making me smile!

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March 2014 dreamy images

This is when it all started, the vision of this new blog, daydreaming of the idea and ever growing image of things I Daydream Of… – and want to share on here, a new chapter of my life with endless possibilities and new adventures. On March 24, 2014.
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Day Dreams, painting by Paul Fischer
Image above credits: Painting Dagdromen (Daydreams), from ca. 1905, by Danish artist Paul Gustave Fischer (Kopenhagen, 22 July 1860 – Gentofte, 1 May 1934)
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Daydream - Lake Marie, Medicine Bow Mountains,  Wyoming
Image above credits: Photo Daydream – Beautiful Lake Marie in the Medicine Bow Mountains, Wyoming, was taken by Ron
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Daydreaming
Image above credits: Photo Daydreaming was taken by Brenda Waworga from Indonesia
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Seabed Daydreaming photo
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Painting Daydreaming by Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839-1924)
Image above credits: Painting Daydreaming by Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839-1924), oil on canvas. Source: Art Renewal
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Black Swallowtail was a messenger with an answer

As I was daydreaming about the first post on this new blog, something black and flying caught my attention just outside the sliding door. I don’t get to see black butterflies all that often around here so this little guy instantly had my undivided attention.
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Black Swallowtail butterfly
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I got up and got closer to the glass and then the black beauty sat on the screen door right in front my face and started posing, and proudly showing off his breathtaking beauty. I couldn’t take my eyes off him. Now that I think about it, I should take a video because this was quite a performance. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen before!
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Black Butterfly - Swallowtail on my hand
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Butterflies abound around here because I make sure there’s always plenty of plants in my yard that attract colorful flutters. However, right now it’s still early in the season, not too many blooms, and not too many butterflies. So, this encounter was extra special! It kept me smiling for a long time and my daydreaming resulted in this opening post.

I hope you enjoyed both beautiful images by two young Canadian photographers above. And here’s what I was able to capture – after I got un-enchanted by my visitor’s act.
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Black butterfly on the screen
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What are You daydreaming about today? Share your happy (day)dreams in the comments below if you like… 🙂
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