vineri, 21 aprilie 2017

Timeless (39) From time to time. A stroll under pink cherry blossoms. April in Spring. (I)



Motto:
 "I have decided to be happy because it's good for my health."
"Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." Voltaire
                         
One more time, this Spring came to us, as a promise. A wonderful promise as a  fresh and revigorant vision of those pink cherry blossoms and white prunus blooms, as well, among others seen around the park. A stroll in the evening, with the sound of Blackbirds in the background and the usual noise of the people having a short walk on the alleys or just by sitting on the benches to admire the new vegetation of Spring. I can make a mention and say that walking having a discopathy or sciatica crisis for sure it's not a pleasure. But, I kept walking while I was looking and admiring the beauty of the trees in bloom, just thinking that it's pure enjoyment for soul. Therefore, walking is good for health. Even, with that sharp pain of the back, of the feet discomfort, with the toes having severe numbness, as well, I still feel positive and I'm waiting for recovery. Of course, I have done physiotherapy, kinesiotherapy, too. So, back to these days of Spring, admiring the cherry blossoms along the alleys, admiring the green trees and the golden light at sunset, I feel positive. What can I say? I can only agree with the inspirational and positive quotes that I've found and read them, lately: "No one else is walking in your shoes. Do what is right for you". And for sure, Voltaire was amazingly genius and honestly by saying:" I have decided to be happy because it's good for my health"!
Having a perfect and inspired Springtime in April! 
Ps. When I started to write the notes for this post, we had such lovely sunny days, as usually in the early Spring. But this fact, slowly, changed into a 'Springtum'... Since a couple of days, it rains and rains and to me, it looks to be like... Any guess?... chilly autumn rains!! And who knows... till tomorrow, it could turn into and actually become quite a stunning mélange, of which I heard and read about, of Spring and Winter seen as a "Springter"... As they mentioned at the forecast for this weekend, it will be snow around ... So, I'll promise to be back, virtually, with the sunny days of Springtime and some magnolium flowers in the next posts... Just to say so, I feel positive and yet pretty confused somehow... Warm greetings of 'Springtum, Springter' in April! :)
Up-dates: In progress. Blackbird song.
video
Burlesque view.
"A cherry blossom*is the flower of any of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is called sakura after the Japanese (桜 or 櫻; さくら). Currently it is widely distributed, especially in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere including Japan, China, Korea, Europe, West Siberia, India, Canada, and the United States Along with the chrysanthemum, the cherry blossom is considered the national flower of Japan. Many of the varieties that have been cultivated for ornamental use do not produce fruit. Edible cherries generally come from cultivars of the related species Prunus avium and Prunus cerasus. Cherry blossom are also closely related to other Prunus trees such as the almond, peach, plum and apricot and more distantly to apples, pears and roses." *Click to read more info about on  Wikipedia.
Original viewOrton view.
Zeke view.Spotlight view.

Up-dates: in progress.

From Did You Know Category
About Earth Day 2017 in media &  the Internet

  • Excerpts from Google Doodles Archive: 

"Happy Earth Day 2017!"*
Source of "Color script for the slideshow"  Google Doodle Earth Day 2017
Source of "Color script for the slideshow"  Google Doodle: Earth Day 2017
"Today, we honor the rich, vast Earth that’s sustained generations before us and continues to nurture life and inspire wonder. At an estimated 4.543 billion years of age, the Earth is still the only known object in the Universe known to harbor life. It’s also the densest planet in the Solar System and the largest of the four terrestrial planets. That’s quite an awe-inspiring roster of qualities, if you ask us.

Today’s Doodle follows the story of a fox who dreams about an Earth that’s been polluted and adversely affected by climate change. The fox wakes with a startle, and urgently starts making small lifestyle changes to care for the Earth. Along the way, the fox enlists friends – including Momo the cat, and Google Weather’s favorite frog – to join its quest to protect and nurture the environment.


To combat things like coral bleaching and pollution, the three eco-rangers are inspired to take action such as eating less meat, carpooling, and unplugging unused electronic devices. That’s some heroic work for tiny animals!"


Celebrating Earth Day on Google Search*

"But the Earth Day celebration doesn’t end there! By clicking beyond the Doodle to Google Search, you’ll find easy Earth Day tips to help you do your part in saving our planet, including supporting critical conservation efforts such as wildlife conservation with World Wildlife Fund, coral reef conservation with The Ocean Agency, and rainforest conservation with The Jane Goodall Institute."
*Click to read more info on the links above; 
Source of info: Celebrating Earth Day on Google Search*

  • Excerpts from Wikipedia:
 "Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.
On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by the United States, China, and some 120 other countries. This signing satisfied a key requirement for the entry into force of the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris." * Click the link above for more info about Earth Day. Source: Wikipedia 
"The equinoctial Earth Day is celebrated on the March equinox (around March 20) to mark the precise moment of astronomical spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and of astronomical autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. An equinox in astronomy is that point in time (not a whole day) when the Sun is directly above the Earth's equator, occurring around March 20 and September 23 each year. In most cultures, the equinoxes and solstices are considered to start or separate the seasons.
John McConnell first introduced the idea of a global holiday called "Earth Day" at the 1969 UNESCO Conference on the Environment. The first Earth Day proclamation was issued by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto on March 21, 1970. Celebrations were held in various cities, such as San Francisco and in Davis, California with a multi-day street party. UN Secretary-General U Thant supported McConnell's global initiative to celebrate this annual event; and on February 26, 1971, he signed a proclamation to that effect, saying:
May there be only peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for our beautiful Spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and circle in frigid space with its warm and fragile cargo of animate life.
United Nations secretary-general Kurt Waldheim observed Earth Day with similar ceremonies on the March equinox in 1972, and the United Nations Earth Day ceremony has continued each year since on the day of the March equinox (the United Nations also works with organizers of the April 22 global event). Margaret Mead added her support for the equinox Earth Day, and in 1978 declared:
"Earth Day is the first holy day which transcends all national borders, yet preserves all geographical integrities, spans mountains and oceans and time belts, and yet brings people all over the world into one resonating accord, is devoted to the preservation of the harmony in nature and yet draws upon the triumphs of technology, the measurement of time, and instantaneous communication through space.
Earth Day draws on astronomical phenomena in a new way – which is also the most ancient way – by using the vernal Equinox, the time when the Sun crosses the equator making the length of night and day equal in all parts of the Earth. To this point in the annual calendar, EARTH DAY attaches no local or divisive set of symbols, no statement of the truth or superiority of one way of life over another. But the selection of the March Equinox makes planetary observance of a shared event possible, and a flag which shows the Earth, as seen from space, appropriate."
At the moment of the equinox, it is traditional to observe Earth Day by ringing the Japanese Peace Bell, which was donated by Japan to the United Nations. Over the years, celebrations have occurred in various places worldwide at the same time as the UN celebration. On March 20, 2008, in addition to the ceremony at the United Nations, ceremonies were held in New Zealand, and bells were sounded in California, Vienna, Paris, Lithuania, Tokyo, and many other locations. The equinox Earth Day at the UN is organized by the Earth Society Foundation."


  • About Google's Earth Day Doodle in Time*

Source of photo: Google.Excerpts: "In a series of illustrations, the Google doodle tells the story of a sleeping fox that has a nightmare about the consequences of climate change, featuring melted icebergs and dead plants. Disturbed, the fox enlists two friends to be more thoughtful about conservation—the trio eat vegetables, grow plants, ride bikes and use solar energy.
Google also offered conservation tips for Earth Day, reminding people to turn off lights, plant trees, eat locally sourced food and avoid driving."
* Source of  excerpts and photo; Click to read more info in Time.





* Source of photo: NASA/ Earth Observatory "By removing natural and stray light sources, researchers have provided a clearer picture of the human footprint on Earth. Learn more about this image. (NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data from Miguel Román, NASA GSFC.)"
Excerpts from the article "An Optimistic View For Earth Day"
"As we arrive at Earth Day 2017, reporting on Earth science can sometimes feel like a gloomy affair. Global temperatures are at record highs. Arctic sea ice is in pretty bad shape. Bleaching events are taking a toll on coral reefs. And as an interesting article in EOS recently noted, humanity is affecting the very shape of Earth’s surface in unprecedented ways." *
*Click to read more info about on the link above.
* Source of photo: NASA/ Earth Observatory "By removing natural and stray light sources, researchers have provided a clearer picture of the human footprint on Earth. Learn more about this image. (NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data from Miguel Román, NASA GSFC.)"
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"A cherry blossom*is the flower of any of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is called sakura after the Japanese (桜 or 櫻; さくら).
Currently it is widely distributed, especially in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere including Japan, China, Korea, Europe, West Siberia, India, Canada, and the United States Along with the chrysanthemum, the cherry blossom is considered the national flower of Japan.
Many of the varieties that have been cultivated for ornamental use do not produce fruit. Edible cherries generally come from cultivars of the related species Prunus avium and Prunus cerasus. Cherry blossom are also closely related to other Prunus trees such as the almond, peach, plum and apricot and more distantly to apples, pears and roses." *Click to read more info about on  Wikipedia.
"A cherry blossom*is the flower of any of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is called sakura after the Japanese (桜 or 櫻; さくら). Currently it is widely distributed, especially in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere including Japan, China, Korea, Europe, West Siberia, India, Canada, and the United States Along with the chrysanthemum, the cherry blossom is considered the national flower of Japan. Many of the varieties that have been cultivated for ornamental use do not produce fruit. Edible cherries generally come from cultivars of the related species Prunus avium and Prunus cerasus. Cherry blossom are also closely related to other Prunus trees such as the almond, peach, plum and apricot and more distantly to apples, pears and roses." *Click to read more info about on  Wikipedia.
Arhiva foto privată/ Private photos archive.
Click to see enlarged views.
Timeless (39) From time to time. A stroll under pink cherry blossoms. 
April in Spring. (I)
Series of photo instants, 
up-close & collages;
Edited in color, sepia and/or black & white. 
Visions. From time to time. Spring in April.
Spring 2017

Private archive.
2017©AlexaT
GândCălător.blogspot.com

*****
Motto: 
"Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.*"
*Source Internet: 
By Ralph Waldo Emerson in "Collected Poems and Translations".*

*Source of poem, video above : Internet/You Tube.
Source of quotes below:  The Hearty Soul;
Power of Positivity.

Happiness starts with yourself.

Be joyful, amazing and never give up to smile! 
Stunning things are all over! 

Stay positive, today, tomorrow and always! 


Rămâi pozitiv, astăzi, mâine și întotdeauna!
So, very thankful, each and every day, to be inspired...
All is well...

sâmbătă, 1 aprilie 2017

One picture or more. From time to time (19) Spring flight. Zbor de primăvară.




Motto: 
"The power of imagination makes us infinite."
"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." 
by John Muir
Unexpected Spring capture;  A man and a pigeon, a view like a 'flight in tandem'. Definition of tandem: 1. adjective: having two things arranged one in front of the other. 2. adverb in tandem
                     
View in orton.
View in burlesque.
View in sepia.
View in cross process
View in b&w.
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread,
 places to play in and pray in,
where nature may heal and cheer
and give strength to body and soul alike." by John Muir
 Inspired by one of Sallie's recent posts, "MARCH MUSINGS".

Mierlă; Blackbird; Turdus merula.
"The common blackbird *was described by Linnaeus in the 10th edition of his Systema Naturae in 1758 as Turdus merula (characterised as T. ater, rostro palpebrisque fulvis). The binomial name derives from two Latin words, turdus, "thrush", and merula, "blackbird", the latter giving rise to its French name, merle, and its Scots name, merl. About 65 species of medium to large thrushes are in the genus Turdus, characterised by rounded heads, longish, pointed wings, and usually melodious songs. The common blackbird seems to be closest in evolutionary terms to the island thrush (T. poliocephalus) of Southeast Asia and islands in the southwest Pacific, which probably diverged from T. merula stock fairly recently." *Click to read more info about on  Wikipedia.

Source of video above:You Tube.

A Spring sequence. Cherry Blossoms.
"A cherry blossom*is the flower of any of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is called sakura after the Japanese (桜 or 櫻; さくら).
Currently it is widely distributed, especially in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere including Japan, China, Korea, Europe, West Siberia, India, Canada, and the United States Along with the chrysanthemum, the cherry blossom is considered the national flower of Japan.
Many of the varieties that have been cultivated for ornamental use do not produce fruit. Edible cherries generally come from cultivars of the related species Prunus avium and Prunus cerasus. Cherry blossom are also closely related to other Prunus trees such as the almond, peach, plum and apricot and more distantly to apples, pears and roses." *Click to read more info about on  Wikipedia.

Prunus blossoms.
"Definitions of prunus
noun:
- a tree or shrub of a large genus that includes many varieties grown for their spring blossom (cherry and almond) or for their fruit (plum, peach, and apricot).
Commonly called plum, Prunus mume - the floral symbol of winter - is actually the flowering apricot."


Magnolia in flower.
"Definitions of magnolia
noun:
- a tree or shrub with large, typically creamy-pink, waxy flowers. Magnolias are widely grown as ornamental trees."
"Magnolia* is a large genus of about 210 flowering plant species in the subfamily Magnolioideae of the family Magnoliaceae. It is named after French botanist Pierre Magnol.
Magnolia is an ancient genus. Appearing before bees did, the flowers are theorized to have evolved to encourage pollination by beetles. To avoid damage from pollinating beetles, the carpels of Magnolia flowers are extremely tough. Fossilised specimens of M. acuminata have been found dating to 20 million years ago, and of plants identifiably belonging to the Magnoliaceae date to 95 million years ago. Another aspect of Magnolia considered to represent an ancestral state is that the flower bud is enclosed in a bract rather than in sepals; the perianth parts are undifferentiated and called tepals rather than distinct sepals and petals. Magnolia shares the tepal characteristic with several other flowering plants near the base of the flowering plant lineage such as Amborella and Nymphaea (as well as with many more recently derived plants such as Lilium).

The natural range of Magnolia species is a disjunct distribution, with a main centre in east and southeast Asia and a secondary centre in eastern North America, Central America, the West Indies, and some species in South America." *Click to read more info about on  Wikipedia.
Magnolia stellata
"Magnolia stellata*, sometimes called the star magnolia, is a slow-growing shrub or small tree native to Japan. It bears large, showy white or pink flowers in early spring, before its leaves open. This species is closely related to the Kobushi magnolia (Magnolia kobus), and is treated by many botanists as a variety or even a cultivar of that. However, Magnolia stellata was accepted as a distinct species in the 1998 monograph by Hunt." *Click to read more info about on  Wikipedia.
Arhiva foto privată/ Private photos archive.
Click to see enlarged views.

Series of photo instants, 
up-close & collages;
Edited in color, sepia and/or black & white. 
Visions. From time to time. Spring in March.
Spring 2017

Private archive.
2017©AlexaT
GândCălător.blogspot.com

*****
Motto: 
"Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.*"
*Source Internet: 
By Ralph Waldo Emerson in "Collected Poems and Translations".

Happiness starts with yourself.

 Source of quotes above: Sun-gazing; lessonslearnedinlife.com;
Soul. Vision Healing.
Source of info above: Wikipedia; internet.
Be joyful, amazing and never give up to smile! 
Stunning things are all over! 

Stay positive, today, tomorrow and always! 

Rămâi pozitiv, astăzi, mâine și întotdeauna!
So, very thankful, each and every day, to be inspired...
All is well...

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