sâmbătă, 25 octombrie 2014

Chilly october day?!... neh...just the first snowfall! Prima ninsoare! (II)

 First snowfall of the season! Snow...fall? :-* lol..funny faceFirst snowfall of the season came by surprise... in the last saturday of october... uninvited, appreciated by some, unwelcome by others... intriguing... an occasion to reflect... What will be or come soon till Christmas?

It will rain, snow again? ... the fall of leaves was replace it by "the early snow"!! ...

But, what's happening in your part of the world? 

Stay positive, today, tomorrow and always!  

Prima zăpadă din ultima sâmbătă din octombrie a venit prin surprindere ... neinvitată, apreciată de unii, nedorită de alții ... intrigantă ... o ocazie de a reflecta ... Ce va fi sau ce va veni în curând până la Crăciun? 

Va ploua, ninge din nou? ... Căderea frunzelor a fost înlocuită cu "zăpada timpurie" !! ... 

Dar, ce se întâmplă în partea ta de lume? 
Rămâi pozitiv, astăzi, mâine și întotdeauna!

 First snowfall of the season! 
Snow...fall? :-* lol..funny face

First snow and "frozen" leaves of sedum (norocel) in macro view.

Shining brightly like flashes of light.. snowflakes falling in fall?!...lol :)

Shining brightly with flashes of light.. of the snow flakes falling in a mix (collage)
Shining brightly like flashes of light in b&w.. snowflakes falling in fall?!...lol :)
Arhiva foto privată/ Private photos archive.
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Definitions of chilly
uncomfortably cool or cold.
"it had turned chilly"
synonyms: cool, cold, crisp, fresh, wintry, frosty, brisk, icy, ice-cold, icy-cold, chill, glacial, polar, arctic, raw, bitter, bitterly cold, freezing, frigid, gelid, hypothermic, nippy

Stay positive, today, tomorrow and always! 
Rămăi pozitiv, astăzi, mâine și întotdeauna!

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luni, 20 octombrie 2014

Chilly october day?!... or Fasole cu cârnați picanți (I)

Fasole cu cârnați picanți; Beans with spicy sausage / A traditional dish from romanian cuisine
Autumn delight or a comfort dish for a sunny, but chilly october day!
Phaseolus /  Fasole /Bean 
Fasole cu cârnați picanți
Beans with sausages 
Beans with spicy sausage. A traditional dish from romanian cuisine

   From Did you Know Category:

Phaseolus  (bean, wild bean)] "is a genus in the family Fabaceae containing about 70 plant species, all native to the Americas, primarily Mexico.
At least four of the species have been domesticated since pre-Columbian times for their beans. Most prominent among these is the common bean, P. vulgaris, which today is cultivated worldwide in tropical, semitropical, and temperate climates."
Fasolea (Phaseolus vulgaris) este o plantă leguminoasă agățătoare anuală care este originară din America și este întrebuințată în bucătărie. (...) De la fasole se pot consuma atât păstaia tânără cât și bobul uscat. 
Principalele țări producătoare de fasole uscată sunt:
Brazilia - 3,2 milione tone
India - 3,0 milione tone
Birmania - 1,7 milione tone
China - 1,2 milione tone
SUA - 1,1 milione tone
"Bean (/ˈbiːn/) is a common name for large plant seeds used for human food or animal feed of several genera of the family Fabaceae (alternately Leguminosae).
The term bean originally referred to the seed of the broad or fava bean,[citation needed] but was later expanded to include members of the New World genus Phaseolus, such as the common bean and the runner bean, and the related genus Vigna. The term is now applied generally to many other related plants such as Old World soybeans, peas, chickpeas (garbanzos), vetches, and lupins.[citation needed]
Bean is sometimes used as a synonym of pulse,[citation needed] an edible legume, though the term pulses is normally reserved for leguminous crops harvested for their dry grain. The term bean usually excludes crops used mainly for oil extraction (such as soybeans and peanuts), as well as those used exclusively for sowing purposes (such as clover and alfalfa). Leguminous crops harvested green for food, such as snap peas, snow peas, and so on, are not considered beans, and are classified as vegetable crops. According to United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization the term bean should include only species of Phaseolus; however, a strict consensus definition has proven difficult because in the past, several species such as Vigna angularis (azuki bean), mungo (black gram), radiata (green gram), aconitifolia (moth bean)) were classified as Phaseolus and later reclassified. The use of the term bean to refer to species other than Phaseolus thus remains. In some countries, the term bean can mean a host of different species.
In English usage, the word bean is also sometimes used to refer to the seeds or pods of plants that are not in the family leguminosae, but which bear a superficial resemblance to true beans—for example coffee beans, castor beans and cocoa beans (which resemble bean seeds), and vanilla beans, which superficially resemble bean pods."
"are one of the longest-cultivated plants. Broad beans, also called fava beans, in their wild state the size of a small fingernail, were gathered in Afghanistan and the Himalayan foothills. In a form improved from naturally occurring types, they were grown in Thailand since the early seventh millennium BCE, predating ceramics. They were deposited with the dead in ancient Egypt. Not until the second millennium BCE did cultivated, large-seeded broad beans appear in the Aegean, Iberia and transalpine Europe. In the Iliad (late-8th century) is a passing mention of beans and chickpeas cast on the threshing floor.
Beans were an important source of protein throughout Old and New World history, and still are today."
(...) Most of the kinds commonly eaten fresh or dried, those of the genus Phaseolus, come originally from the Americas, being first seen by a European when Christopher Columbus, during his exploration of what may have been the Bahamas, found them growing in fields."
Phaseolus vulgaris, 
"the common bean, string bean, field bean, flageolet bean,[French bean, garden bean, haricot bean, pop bean, or snap bean, is a herbaceous annual plant grown worldwide for its edible fruit, either the dry seed or the unripe fruit, both of which are referred to as beans. The leaf is also occasionally used as a vegetable, and the straw can be used for fodder. Along with other species of the bean genus (Phaseolus), it is classified botanically into the legume family (Fabaceae), most of whose members acquire nitrogen through an association with rhizobia, a species of nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

The common bean is a highly variable species with a long history of cultivation. All of the wild members of the species have a climbing habit, but the many cultivars are classified as bush beans or pole beans, depending on their style of growth. These include the kidney bean, the navy bean, the pinto bean, and the wax bean. The other major types of commercially grown bean are the runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus) and the broad bean (Vicia faba)."

"Beans are a heliotropic plant, meaning that the leaves tilt throughout the day to face the sun. At night, they go into a folded "sleep" position."

About the cooked beans


Baked beans "is a dish containing beans, sometimes baked but, despite the name, usually stewed, in a sauce. Most commercial canned baked beans are made from haricot beans, also known as navy beans – a variety of Phaseolus vulgaris in a sauce. (...)
Canned baked beans are used as a convenience food. They may be eaten hot or cold straight from the can as they are fully cooked.
Baked beans are also sometimes served with chips, waffles, or the like."
" Fasole cu cârnați ("beans with sausages", Romanian pronunciation: [faˈsole ku kɨrˈnat͡sʲ]) is a very popular Romaniandish, consisting of baked beans and sausages. A variation replaces the sausages with afumătură (smoked meat).
Beans with smoked meat
Also a traditional Army dish, fasole cu cârnați is prepared by Army cooks and served freely to the crowds during the National Day celebrations (on 1 December) in Bucharest and Alba Iulia."

  • My presentation for Fasole cu cârnați picanți 

If I have a recipe? 
Oh Gosh... my mom's favourite...

Wash the beans... and let it over night to become soft in a water pot...

Then listen to your "fler", I meant to say....
oops LOl ....
Just follow your amazing instinct and try to cook the beans into a perfect stew according to your taste...

... and, also,  please add (among the real ingredients) some:
and a good hand of members of your family or real friends...

Some more? 
well.... maybe....a glass of cheer?... cheers??...cheerfulness!!! ... yap
 LOL funny face... no cheerleaders.... what joke!!! 
I played with words....

So: finally... Enjoy! Bon Appetit! Poftă Bună!

Fasole cu cârnați picanți; Beans with spicy sausage / A traditional dish from romanian cuisine

My presentation for Fasole cu cârnați picanți

If I have a recipe? Oh Gosh... my mom's favourite...

Enjoy! Bon Appetit! Poftă Bună!
Fasole cu cârnați picanți; Beans with spicy sausage 
A traditional dish from romanian cuisine

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Enjoy! Bon Appetit! Poftă Bună!

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joi, 16 octombrie 2014

Plimbare de septembrie. Autumnal Promenade.

One of the main entrances from Regina Elisabeta Ave.
"A short september walk in the Cismigiu Park.
September 15, 2014. Bucharest.

In search of the signs of celebration on the Cismigiu Park alleys from  Bucur's City..."

"Revăd in gând vechea Capitală a României, București, și-i suprapun Bucureștii de azi. Comparația precizează diferențierile: orașul de altădată era orizontal, azi este vertical. In copilaria mea, era legat de pământ, ii simțeai talpa, sprijind casele, copacii, tufișurile, grădinile. Păzitorii cei mai vrednici erau salcâmii, intălniți la porț ile curț ilor"...

(fragment din "Bucureștii de altădată. Câteva imagini ale orașului meu de acum 84 de ani". "Dintr-un secol de viață" de Cella Delavrancea. Volum publicat la Editura Eminescu, 1988)

                        click to see Grădina Cişmigiu at 1856 / sursa/source: Wikimedia Commons 

... Tomnatic...15 septembrie .... Și toamnă ... din nou! La mijlocul lunii septembrie, când școlile au fost redeschise pentru un nou an de studiu ...

...trebuie să spun că am purcers cu bucurie într-unul din locurile cele mai fermecătoare pentru o plimbare, văzând o mulțime de aspecte deja foarte cunoscute, și cu un gând călduros și nostalgic, în mintea mea, la toti acei ani care au trecut peste noi, peste orașul meu și împrejurimile sale ... 

Da, fiecare oraș este frumos, fiecare colț unic de cartier este atât de special, încât mă face să-mi amintesc de cuvintele scrise cândva într-un vechi eseu: de Cella Delavrancea
Cella Delavrancea:  " Pământul Bucureștilor este favorabil copacilor. Cișmigiul posedă și azi, printre multi copaci și arbuști niște platani frumoși, dar unul, declarat cu drept cuvânt, " monument al naturii" rotindu-și ramurile pe o circumferintă imensă, poate și azi să dăruiască, la vreo 50 de oameni, umbra binefăcătoare in zilele de arșiț ă." (...) Orașul meu, Bucureștii de astăzi, primește seva nouă și este inima care bate cu ritmul increderii in viitor".  (fragment din "Bucureștii de altădată. Căteva imagini ale orașului meu de acum 84 de ani". "Dintr-un secol de viată" publicat la Editura Eminescu, 1988)
Platan gigantic/ Sycamore tree
" Pământul Bucureștilor este favorabil copacilor. Cișmigiul posedă și azi, printre multi copaci și arbuști niște platani frumoși, dar unul, declarat cu drept cuvânt, " monument al naturii" rotindu-și ramurile pe o circumferintă imensă, poate și azi să dăruiască, la vreo 50 de oameni, umbra binefăcătoare in zilele de arșiț ă." (...) Orașul meu, Bucureștii de astăzi, primește seva nouă și este inima care bate cu ritmul increderii in viitor". 

(fragment din "Bucureștii de altădată. Căteva imagini ale orașului meu de acum 84 de ani". "Dintr-un secol de viată" publicat la Editura Eminescu, 1988)

...Autumnal... September, 15.... And fall... again! In mid september when schools have been reopened for a new year of study... 
I have to say that I had gladly walk in one of those most charming places to wander in, watching, seeing and looking patiently at a lots and various of already very known aspects, with a warmly and nostalgic thought in mind at those years that passed over us, my city and his surroundings...

by Cella Delavrancea:   "Bucharest is an earth friendly for the trees.  Cismigiul possess even today, among many trees and shrubs, some beautiful sycamore trees, but one, the one it was declared  "monument of nature", it can turn through his branches of a huge circumference and it can offer even today, to about 50 people, a beneficial shadow in days of heat. "
Platan gigantic/ Sycamore tree
       Every town is beautiful, every single corner of neighbourhood is so special, that it makes me to remind myself of the words written in an old essay: by Cella Delavrancea: 

"Bucharest is an earth friendly for the trees. 
Cismigiul possess even today, among many trees and shrubs, some beautiful sycamore trees, but one, the one it was declared  "monument of nature", it can turn through his branches of a huge circumference and it can offer even today, to about 50 people, a beneficial shadow in days of heat. "

(...) My city, Bucurestii of today, receives a new vigour, and is the heart that beats into the rhythm of confidence in future."



      I really hope that you'll enjoy the "sights" captured in images from Cismigiu Park, from the alleys, the lake and some already very known places... in "Grădina Cişmigiu" one of the most charming parks of Bucur's City, with a few days just before that the alleys of surroundings to be fully populated by joyful and happy people with the occasion of the Fair at the celebration of the 555th birthday!

Dâmbovița River (below)
and some sights from Izvor and Gheorghe Lazăr College at Schitu Măgureanu Ave
 near by the Grădina Cişmigiu.
Dâmbovița River and views from Izvor and Gheorghe Lazar College at Schitu Magureanu Ave.

Let's start with:
  •  the indicators, the green written panels - in witch can be found detailed names of main places - posted on the side of the walk paths just to give us a quick guide with helpful info for our tour around the lake.

Photo instants of interesting attractions (*below):
Debarcader plimbari/Boat rides 
Water birds in Cișmigiu Gardens:
Lebede/ Swans: Lebada Alba; Cygnus (Cygnus olor)

Lebada Neagra; Black swan (Cygnus atratus)
Păuni/ Peacocks
Podul de Nuc/Walnut bridge
Izvorul Eminescu/ Eminescu's Spring Water 
Izvorul Sissi Stefanidi/ Sissi Stefanidi's Spring Water
La Cetate/ At The Citadel 
Atlas cu Globul/ Atlas with the Globe 
American Heroes Monument/ Monumentul Eroilor Militari Americani
Restaurantul Monte Carlo/ Monte Carlo Restaurant 
Platanul Secular si Zona Platanilor/ Sycamore Trees
Alti Arbori ocrotiti/ Protected Trees
La Movila/ At Mound 
Chioscul Fanfarei/Fanfare kiosk 

And some infos about this park and the lake: 

 Rațe sălbatice / Mallard ducks          With a surface of 29.500 m², a length of 1.3 km, a width of 50 meters and a depth of 1–2 meters, the lake is situated in the center of city, right in the middle of Cișmigiu Gardens. From historical sources it is said that it was was formed from an old bifurcation of the Dâmbovița River and was known in the time of Matei Basarab as "Balta lui Dura neguțătorul.

Excerpt from Wikipedia:
 Cișmigiu Gardens :
"The park was built in 1847, at a time when Bucharest was the capital of Wallachia, on a site formerly known as Lacul lui Dura neguțătorul (the "Lake of Dura the merchant"), or simply as Dura. The pool it replaced was a popular site for fishing from as early as the 17th century, and was inhabited by mallard colonies. A part of the present-day gardens was occupied by a vineyard, which was planted around a water source: the latter had been tapped during the bubonic plague epidemic of 1795, when the two sons of Prince Alexander Mourousis took refuge in the largely uninhabited zone." 

Lacul Cișmigiu/Cișmigiu Lake 

Location Sector 1, Bucharest
Coordinates: 44°26′16.501″N 26°5′25.228″E
Basin countries Romania
Max. length 1.3 km
Max. width 50 m
Surface area 29.500 m²
Max. depth 2 m
Sursa Wikipedia

  Also, "close to the Lake Cișmigiu in the Cișmigiu Gardens is the much smaller Lake Lebedelor, which is reserved for water birds".

Water birds in Cișmigiu Gardens:
Lacul Lebedelor/
Swans Lake 

Lebede/ Swans
Lebada Alba; Cygnus (Cygnus olor)
Lebada Neagra; Black swan (Cygnus atratus)
"Lebedele (Cygnus) sunt un gen de păsări acvatice mari, aparținând familiei Anatidae. Pot fi recunoscute după gâtul curbat (au cel mai mare număr de vertebre cervicale dintre toate vertebratele) și după penajul alb (sau negru pentru unele specii). În România sunt întâlnite 4 specii: lebăda de iarnă (Cygnus cygnus), lebăda de vară (Cygnus olor) și lebăda mică (Cygnus columbianus); în grădinile zoologice de la noi este des întâlnită lebăda neagră (Cygnus atratus).
În emisfera nordică, penajul speciilor de lebede este de culoare albă pură (cu excepția notabilă a Cygnus atratus din Austria care este complet gri închis, dar care este o varietate adoptată local a lebedei negre australiene), dar speciile emisferei sudice au colorație mixtă, alb și negru. Spre exemplu, lebăda australiană cunoscută sub numele popular de lebăda neagră (Cygnus atratus) este complet neagră cu excepția unor pene albe de pe aripile sale, respectiv în America de Sud, există o specie numită lebăda cu spatele negru (Cygnus melancoryphus) care are gâtul negru." wikipedia

"The black swan (Cygnus atratus)* is a large waterbird, a species of swan, which breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of Australia. The species was hunted to extinction in New Zealand, but later reintroduced. Within Australia they are nomadic, with erratic migration patterns dependent upon climatic conditions. Black swans are large birds with mostly black plumage and red bills. They are monogamous breeders that share incubation duties and cygnet rearing between the sexes." *Click to read more info on Wikipedia

Rațe/ Ducks 
"Anatidae este o familie biologică de păsări, care include rațele, gâștele și lebedele. Familia are o distribuție cosmopolitană, fiind prezentă pe toate continentele lumii cu excepția Antarcticii. În general sunt păsări erbivore,monogame; o parte din specii migrează anual."
"Duck is the common name for a large number of species in the Anatidae family of birds, which also includes swans and geese. The ducks are divided among several subfamilies in the Anatidae family; they do not represent a monophyletic group (the group of all descendants of a single common ancestral species) but a form taxon, since swans and geese are not considered ducks. Ducks are mostly aquatic birds, mostly smaller than the swans and geese, and may be found in both fresh water and sea water." wikipedia

Exotic birds
Păuni/ Peacocks 

Podul de Nuc/Walnut bridge

"Podul de nuc din Grădina Cişmigiu este una dintre cele mai vechi lucrări ale Bucureștiului, datând din 1859. De un farmec aparte sunt laturile în chip de crengi de nuc, care dau un aer arhaic şi poetic întregii construcţii. Deşi turnat în beton, Podul de nuc se încadrează perfect în peisajul grădinii, fiind totodată unul din cele mai îndrăgite şi reprezentative locuri de promenadă din Cişmigiu."

Walnut bridge from Cişmigiu Garden is one of the oldest works of Bucharest, dating from 1859.

Izvorul Eminescu
Eminescu's Water Spring
"Se presupune că în acest loc a existat un izvor mai vechi. Monumentul actual este de formă semicirculară, din blocuri de piatră. Legenda spune că poetul Mihai Eminescu venea în aici pentru a se odihni, pe vremea când lucra la ziarul Timpul. De altfel, poetul a locuit o vreme în apropiere de acest loc."

Izvorul Sissi Stefanidi

ISVORUL SISSI "amplasat în anul 1927 în Parcul Cișmigiu din București, este o sculptură realizată de Ion Dimitriu-Bârlad din piatră de Bașchioi.
Monumentul reprezintă o mamă, îndurerată de moartea fiicei sale, care toarnă apă dintr-un ulcior. În partea de jos a statuii este săpată inscripția:


Statuia a fost ridicată la cererea familiei Stefanidi, după moartea fiicei lor, Sissi, la vârsta de 21 de ani. Locul pe care este amplasată statuia aparținuse familiei Stefanidi și a fost donat către primăria orașului pentru construirea Noii Grădini.

Statuia este înscrisă în Lista monumentelor istorice 2010 - Municipiul București - la nr. crt. 2369, cod LMI B-III-m-B-20050." wikipedia

La Cetate

Black and white. La Cetate. At The Citadel 
Black and white. La Cetate. At The Citadel

Atlas cu Globul

„Atlas” este o lucrare de decor urban (grădinile familiilor mai înstărite erau adesea ornamentate cu diferite sculpturi de dimensiuni modeste, în piatră sau bronz), al cărei autor este necunoscut.

În mitologia greacă, Atlas este titanul primordial, care susţine cerurile pe umerii săi. Atlas era fiul titanului Iafet şi al Asiei (fata lui Okeanus). Denumiri precum „Oceanul Atlantic” („Marea lui Atlas”) sau „Atlantida” („Insula lui Atlas”) fac referire la acest personaj mitic."

"Atlas" is a work of urban setting (gardens wealthier families were often adorned with various sculptures of modest size in stone or bronze), whose author is unknown. 

In Greek mythology, Atlas is primarily titanium, which supports the heavens on his shoulders. Atlas was the son of Japheth titanium and Asia (daughter of Okeanus). Designations such as "Atlantic" ("Sea of Atlas") and "Atlantis" ("island of Atlas") refer to this mythical character.

Monumentul Eroilor Militari Americani

"Monumentul este dedicat memoriei celor 378 militari americani care şi-au pierdut viaţa pe teritoriul României în timpul celui de-al Doilea Război Mondial. Reprezintă o carte deschisă (simbol al memoriei eterne) pe ale cărei file de piatră sunt încrustate numele eroilor americani. Este situat aproape de intrarea dinspre Bvd. Schitu Măgureanu."

American Heroes Monument
"The monument is dedicated to the memory of the 378 American soldiers who lost their lives in Romania during the Second World War. Represents an open book (symbol of eternal memory) the file whose stone are carved the names American heroes. It is located near Avenue entrance."

Restaurantul Monte Carlo


Arbori ocrotiti/ Protected Trees:

Platanul Secular si Zona Platanilor
Sycamore Trees
"Platanus, mai ales Platanus occidentalis sau Platanus orientalis) arbore exotic cu tulpina înaltă și groasă, având scoarță de culoare verzuie, cu coroană mare, bogat ramificată și cu frunze palmate, cultivat ca plantă ornamentală."
Sycamore "is a name which is applied at various times and places to several different types of trees, but with somewhat similar leaf forms. The name derives from the ancient Greek συκόμορος (sūkomoros) meaning "fig-mulberry" "Platanus occidentalis, also known as American sycamore, American planetree, occidental plane, and buttonwood, is one of the species of Platanus native to North America. It is usually called sycamore in North America, a name which can refer to other types of tree in other parts of the world." read for more on wikipedia

Zona Platanilor, Sycamore Trees

Arborele Ginko

(Japonia/Japan; adus de/brought by  Carl Meyer)
"Ginkgo biloba, sau Arborele pagodelor (în limba chineză și limba japoneză 銀杏, pinyin romanizat ca: yín xìng, Romaniazare Hepburn: ichō ori ginnan), este o specie de arbore dioic unic în lume, fără părinți vii.

Ginkgo biloba era răspândit, în toată emisfera nordică în Jurasic, dar în prezent arealul său natural este redus la o mică regiune din sud-estul Chinei. Este denumit popular „patru-bani”, „arborele templier japonez”, „caisa argintie”.

Aspectul general al plantei

După ce în Europa a fost introdus în 1730, în Olanda, acum se cultivă și în alte țări atât pentru aspectul său ornamental (în parcuri, pe alei, în grădini botanice) cât și în scop terapeutic. Deoarece această adevărată "fosilă vie" a devenit în ultimii ani una din cele mai importante plante medicinale, a început să fie introdusă în culturi extinse, pentru a-i fi recoltate frunzele."

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba; in Chinese, Korean and Japanese: 銀杏, pinyin romanization: yín xìng, Revised Romanization: "eun haeng", Hepburn romanization: ichō or ginnan, Vietnamese: bạch quả), acceptable variant gingko and also known as the maidenhair tree, is a unique species of tree with no living relatives. The ginkgo is a living fossil, recognisably similar to fossils dating back 270 million years. Native to China, the tree is widely cultivated and was introduced early to human history. It has various uses in traditional medicine and as a source of food." (...) In many areas of China, it has been long cultivated, and it is common in the southern third of the country. It has also been commonly cultivated in North America for over 200 years and in Europe for close to 300, but during that time, it has never become significantly naturalized."
read for more on wikipedia

Torreya nucifera 
Arbore nativ din sudul Japoniei si Insula Jeju Coreea de Sud. Mai este denumit kaya sau Japanese nutmeg-yew.
"is a slow-growing, coniferous tree native to southern Japan and to South Korea's Jeju Island. It is also called kaya or Japanese nutmeg-yew."

Torreya nucifera Torreya nucifera - upclose

"e numele copacilor din genul Betula, în familia Betulaceae, înrudit cu familia fagului/stejarului, Fagaceae. Aceștia sunt în general copaci sau arbuști de talie mică spre medie, cu o coajă albă caracteristică, care cresc mai ales în clima temperată nordică.

Frunzele sunt simple, și pot fi dințate sau lobate. Fructul este o samară, cu toate că aripile acesteia pot lipsi, la anume specii. Diferența între mesteacăn și anin (genul Alnus) este că amenții (mâțișorii) femeli nu sunt lemnoși și la maturitate cad și lasă loc semințelor, spre deosebire de mâțișorii de anin, lemnoși și în formă de con.

Denumirea mesteacănului vine din latinul mastichinus. Denumirea științifică a genului, Betula, este tot din limba Latină. Mesteacănul reprezintă sursa de hrană pentru un număr mare de larve ale genului Lepidoptera."

"is a broadleaved deciduous hardwood tree of the genus Betula (/ˈbɛtjʊlə/), in the family Betulaceae, which also includes alders, hazels, and hornbeams, and is closely related to the beech/oak family, Fagaceae. The genus Betula contains 30 to 60 known taxa of which 11 are on the IUCN 2011 Red List of Threatened Species. They are typically rather short-lived pioneer species widespread in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in northern temperate and boreal climates. This tree is sometimes called "The Watchful Tree" because of eye-like impressions on the bark."

Mesteacăn /Birch

LA Movila
Platan/ Old Sycamore Tree

Chioscul Fanfarei

Debarcader plimbari

Photo instants. Autumnal aspects.

Arhiva foto privată/ Private photos archive.
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Walks in Cișmigiu Gardens

A short september walk in the Cismigiu Park. September 15, 2014. Bucharest.


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