vineri, 20 iunie 2014

Stormy weather... or where's the summer?!


      This week I found out that can be seen and observed: 5 Sky Events and about that I already mentioned in my previous post. Unfortunately, the meteo aspects of the same week have obstructed the possibility to look the sky including the event of today when it was said that "After sunset on Friday, June 20, look toward the low northwest sky for the king of planets, brilliant Jupiter. The gas giant will make its closest approach to one of the Gemini constellation’s twins, Pollux, tonight. Appearing only 6 degrees apart, the two stellar objects are easy to see even from light-polluted suburbs, wherever there are no obstructions near the horizon."

       But unhappily we will still keep the stormy weather and rainy atmosphere... that it will not let us, in a proper manner, obviously to see the sky...

            By the way: On the ceiling of a hypermarket I've observed that are hung some pink funny indicators of "weather prognosis"?!! It looks to be an awesome idea... anyway.... outside the I've found the true face of the nature unleashed...

          A week ago, in friday 13 was a giant moon called "Strawberry Moon"...(The Strawberry Moon of June is sometimes referred to by Europeans as the Rose Moon, while other cultures named it the Hot Moon for the beginning of the summer heat.")

         ...and because it is raining heavily* as it may say " it is still bucketing down".... Oh...yes I found this phrase "it was still bucketing down" that it means in romanian "plouă cu găleata"...

Blurred reflection...
             It's a different vision (as a meteo aspect) in your part of the world? Maybe it's shiny and sunny or maybe, today, it's cloudy and tomorrow it will be rainy, after all... Just let me know...

                So these are the last updates from our part of the world  and soon... it will be "Midsummer  ( in northern hemisphere), also known as St John's Day, is the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, and more specifically the Northern European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice or take place on a day between June 21 and June 25 and the preceding evening. The exact dates vary between different cultures. Because he was alleged to have been born on that day, the Christian Church designated June 24 as the feast day of the early Christian martyr St John the Baptist, and the observance of St John's Day begins the evening before, known as St John's Eve."

Did you know: from wikipedia:

   White flowers of mirabelles in Spring
"In Romania, the Midsummer celebrations are named Drăgaica or Sânziene. Drăgaica is celebrated by a dance performed by a group of 5-7 young girls of which one is chosen as the Drăgaica. She is dressed as a bride, with wheat wreath, while the other girls, dressed in white wear a veil with bedstraw flowers. Midsummer fairs are held in many Romanian villages and cities. The oldest and best known midsummer fair in Romania is the Drăgaica fair, held in Buzău between 10 and 24 June every year. There are many superstitions related to this day, particularly those involving marriage or death. The term Sânziene originates in the Latin ”Sancta Diana”, and superstitions relating to this day are mainly erotic in nature, referring to young girls and their marriage prospects.

           We're almost at the solstice of summer and in just a day we're also going to say Goodbye to "cheerful Springtime" with all its green buds, young leaves, fresh and fragile blooms, joyful days of new beginnings in all means and meanings...

 From Wikipedia & other source: 
"The summer solstice occurs when the tilt of a planet's semi-axis, in either the northern or the southern hemisphere, is most inclined toward the star (sun) that it orbits. Earth's maximum axial tilt toward the sun is 23° 26'. This happens twice each year, at which times the sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the north or the south pole.
The summer solstice occurs during a hemisphere's summer. This is northern solstice in the northern hemisphere and the southern solstice in the southern hemisphere. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the summer solstice occurs some time between December 20 and December 23 each year in the southern hemisphere and between June 20 and June 22 in the northern hemisphere."
Click to read more info about: "The June solstice marks the first day of the summer season in the northern hemisphere. The word solstice is from the Latin word “solstitium”, meaning “sun-stopping”, because the point at which the sun appears to rise and set stops and reverses direction after this day. On this day, the sun does not rise precisely in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west allowing it to be in the sky for a longer period of time. In the southern hemisphere, the June solstice is known as the shortest day of the year. It is when the sun has reached its furthest point from the equator and marks the first day of winter." 

   White flowers of mirabelles in Spring; "The mirabelle plum, also known as the mirabelle prune (Prunus domestica subsp. syriaca), is the edible drupaceous fruit of the mirabelle prune tree, a cultivar of the plum tree of the genus Prunus. It is believed that the plum was cultivated from a wild fruit grown in Asia Minor.  The mirabelle is identified by its small, oval shape, smooth-textured flesh, and especially by its dark yellow colour which becomes flecked in appearance. They are known for being sweet and full of flavour. The fruit is primarily used in jams and pies, and its juice is commonly fermented for wine or distilled into plum brandy. Ninety percent of mirabelle plums grown commercially are made into either jam (70%) or eau-de-vie (20%). The plums are also excellent when eaten fresh.  In Romania, mirabelles are usually eaten before they are ripe.This is when they are sour and hard, but they are still enjoyed all over the country. It is arguable whether or not the fruit is better when ripe.  The mirabelle reaches maturity and is harvested from July to mid-September (Northern Hemisphere). The traditional method of shaking the trees is now mechanized, but the principle remains the same: The ripe fruits are shaken loose and collected in a net under the tree." From wikipedia.
  White flowers of mirabelles in Spring; image in B&W.

"The mirabelle plum, also known as the mirabelle prune (Prunus domestica subsp. syriaca), is the edible drupaceous fruit of the mirabelle prune tree, a cultivar of the plum tree of the genus Prunus. It is believed that the plum was cultivated from a wild fruit grown in Asia Minor." more infos on wikipedia.

"So is Still Springtime... until tomorrow....
so why not to have a last look at the splendid spring visions
with white and pink blooms on green branches"...

   White flowers of mirabelles in Spring
Spring sunset with friends...
"Prunus armeniaca is a small tree, 8–12 m (26–39 ft) tall, with a trunk up to 40 cm (16 in) in diameter and a dense, spreading canopy. The leaves are ovate, 5–9 cm (2.0–3.5 in) long and 4–8 cm (1.6–3.1 in) wide, with a rounded base, a pointed tip and a finely serrated margin. The flowers are 2–4.5 cm (0.8–1.8 in) in diameter, with five white to pinkish petals; they are produced singly or in pairs in early spring before the leaves."
Apricot pink flowers (Prunus armeniaca)"Prunus armeniaca ("Armenian plum"), the most commonly cultivated apricot species, also called ansu apricot,Siberian apricot, Tibetan apricot, is a species of Prunus, classified with the plum in the subgenus Prunus. The native range is somewhat uncertain due to its extensive prehistoric cultivation." more infos in wikipedia.

...  As long as I mentioned before the term of bucket...   how about this summer plate, "pink bucket* of strawberries"... oh no, no kidding!!...   LOL... how I'm  feeling amused by...coincidence... or of playing with words....
Wikipedia: "The garden strawberry (or simply strawberry /ˈstrɔːb(ə)ri/; Fragaria × ananassa) is a widely grown hybrid species of the genus Fragaria (collectively known as the strawberries). It is cultivated worldwide for its fruit. The fruit (which is not a botanical berry, but an aggregate accessory fruit) is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in such prepared foods as preserves, fruit juice, pies, ice creams, milkshakes, and chocolates. Artificial strawberry aroma is also widely used in many industrial food products.  The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France, in the 1750s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis, which was brought from Chile by Amédée-François Frézier in 1714. Cultivars of Fragaria × ananassa have replaced, in commercial production, the woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca), which was the first strawberry species cultivated in the early 17th century. Technically, the strawberry is an aggregate accessory fruit, meaning that the fleshy part is derived not from the plant's ovaries but from the receptacle that holds the ovaries. Each apparent "seed" (achene) on the outside of the fruit is actually one of the ovaries of the flower, with a seed inside it."
In the shape of a heart... a bright reddish strawberry!!
Fragaria este un gen de plante cu flori din familia Rosaceae, numite comun căpșuni din cauza fructelor lor comestibile. Există peste 20 de specii și numeroși hibrizi. Cele mai cunoscute căpșuni sunt căpșunul de grădină (Fragaria ×ananassa).  Ele cresc în solurile fertile și de obicei se recoltează mai multe la un loc.  Căpșunile de culoare roz sunt foarte rare, dar câteva exemplare au fost raportate in județul Cluj.  Capsunul, planta din care cresc capsunele, are TULPINA aeriana, FRUNZA ovala, cu margine zimtata, penat compusa. Are fructul fals, format din ingrosarea receptaculului floral. Are culoarea rosie si este carnos, parfumat si foarte gustos, dulce."
"pink bucket* of  strawberries"/ "găleată roz de căpșuni"
From Did You Know Category:
Definitions of bucket  (găleată)
  • noun: a roughly cylindrical open container, typically made of metal or plastic, with a handle, used to hold and carry liquids or other material.
  • "Sections of bamboo or plastic buckets are used to carry water from nearby streams for cooking and washing."
  • synonyms: pail, scuttle, can, tin, tub, ice bucket, wine cooler
  • a unit of data that can be transferred from secondary storage in a single operation.
"These caches can be thought of as simple hardware hash tables with fixed size buckets and no chaining, as shown in Figure 1."

  • verb: rain heavily* - "it was still bucketing down"
Arhiva foto privată/ Private Photo Archive
        For an enlarged format or view, please, click on the first photo.
Photo instants from Spring/Summer 2014

A cosy and relaxation time to spend in the middle of nature...
 in a garden or park, a resort, on the alleys, in the forrest or whatever...

                     Fun, now and always! 

Have a cosy, nice and sunny  summer time!"

"Earth Day 2014"- "Education is at the heart of Earth Day."
            "2014 The 2014 theme for World Environment Day will focus on 'Small Islands and Climate Change', the official slogan for the year 2014 is 'Raise Your Voice Not The Sea Level."
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15 comentarii:

  1. Your wet and moody world is a little like our winter world at the moment. But still there is beauty. Lovely photos.

  2. I hope the rain has stopped. The June moon did look beautiful. It is great to have the indoor shopping malls. your blossoms are just lovely, gorgeous photos. Have a happy weekend!

  3. Always the same when we wish to view the skies - thick cloud and usually rain too! But spring is still beautiful.

  4. ...and we are so begging for rain out here on the Plains of West Texas...
    Great photos

  5. Lovely post!
    My pot at:

  6. Excellent spring photos... I hope that after rain is a sunny weekend and the strom has stopped ...Enjoy your weekend...

  7. Such a lovely spring you have enjoyed! Thanks for all the information you've shared in your post today. Now I have a hankering for strawberries!

  8. What lovely shots of the flowers and berries. No summer here yet either!

  9. To all of you: thank you so much for your precious thoughts (written above) and hope that this summer (a little bit unusual till now) to bring you joy and lots of good things!! A happy summer to you!

  10. Vakre bilder av noen veldig fine blomster. Disse bildene er fantastiske, og blomstene ser så ekte jeg elsker dem virkelig. Takk for å gjøre meg så lykkelig

  11. : )
    merci pour ces belles fraises et les fleurs

    Je te souhaite un bon mois d'août chère Alexa !


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