Apr 082010

This is one of the many  scenes that I utterly miss during fall and winter time! To wonder beautiful narcissus like these I need not go to a botanical garden because streets and motorways are filled with them! What a wonderful sight, isn’t it? Looking at their color makes you forget the long winter you had. I took this a couple of minutes walk from my home.

Narcissus (pronounced /nɑrˈsɪsəs/) is the botanic name for a genus of mainly hardy, mostly spring-flowering, bulbs in the Amaryllis family native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. There are also several Narcissus species that bloom in the autumn. Though Hortus Third cites 26 wild species, Daffodils for North American Gardens cites between 50 and 100 including species variants and wild hybrids. Through taxonomic and genetic research, it is speculated that over time this number will probably continue to be refined. Daffodil is a common English name, sometimes used now for all varieties, and is the chief common name of horticultural prevalence used by the American Daffodil Society. The range of forms in cultivation has been heavily modified and extended, with new variations available from specialists almost every year.

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Jan 312010

A quick shot I took of one of the pillars in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. It was the dove that caught my attention. I found it beautifully done. To be honest the number of Saints and images in the church’s interior that I saw that day was too much that after shooting 1 or 2 I lost  interest to shoot the rest. That was probably the reason why I even forgot to shoot Michael Angelo’s Pieta. I don’t know why, but that always happen when I’m shooting church interior. Probably because I’m not a fan of statues.

So it was ‘refreshing’ to see this dove. Impressive pillar, isn’t it?

Jan 132010

Not only I, an Asian living in Holland, is wishing for this winter to leave but the Europeans themselves think they had just enough of this chilly weather! For more than 3 weeks now, it’s been snowing almost everyday paired with freezing temperature. A combination that is pretty ‘lethal’ for these poor ducks. Food is just scarce.
I know it’s silly but I can’t help but daydream being in Asia or anywhere sunny right now. Or somewhere not snowing!
Thailand? Singapore? Malaysia? or Brazil? Mexico? Ah it doesn’t matter where as long as it’s not freezing cold! A friend is flying abroad next week to escape this weather (and oh well to celebrate her birthday too) if only I can fly with her, right now I will choose from playa del carmen hotels and book, right now I’ll fly!