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Nature’s display of perfection


Can you guess?©copyright2014owpp

Can you guess?©copyright2014owpp

This time round I tried to pique your curiosity by posting first the close up & wonder if you have recognized what it is.
I received this arrangement & was fascinated by the shape of that one… see next picture to understand 😉 so I took a few close-ups in the hope that you’ll identify it & enlighten me with its name.
Enjoy the next ones too!

P.S http://bloomlisa.com/ suggested below in the comment section that it might be a Waratah which I Googled for images & searched for info in Wikipedia.
Here’s what they say…

Waratah (Telopea) is an endemic, Australian genus of five species of large shrubs or small trees, native to the southeastern parts of Australia (New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania). The most well-known species in this genus is Telopea speciosissima, which has bright red flowers and is the NSW state emblem. The waratah is a member of the plant family Proteaceae, a family of flowering plants distributed in the Southern Hemisphere. The key diagnostic feature of Proteaceae is the inflorescence, which is often very large, brightly coloured and showy, consisting of many small flowers densely packed into a compact head or spike. Species of waratah boast such inflorescences ranging from 6–15 cm in diameter with a basal ring of coloured bracts. The leaves are spirally arranged, 10–20 cm long and 2–3 cm broad with entire or serrated margins. The name waratah comes from the Eora Aboriginal people, the original inhabitants of the Sydney area.

Thank you Lisa for the effort, it’s very much appreciated 🙂

Yes! It's a flower arrangement... ©copyright2014owpp

Yes! It’s a flower arrangement… ©copyright2014owpp

This one is my favorite :) ©copyright2014owpp

This one is my favorite 🙂 ©copyright2014owpp

See it attracted to the center?  ©copyright2014owpp

See it attracted to the center?
©copyright2014owpp

One last glimpse... ©copyright2014owpp

One last glimpse…
©copyright2014owpp

Dakuwaqa’s Garden – Underwater footage from Fiji & Tonga


For today… here’s a little corner of untouched paradise!
Wishing to all my fellow bloggers a very good weekend 🙂

Uploaded on Oct 4, 2011
Underwater footage shot whilst scuba diving in the Fiji islands and Tonga. Featuring colorful coral reefs, huge schools of tropical fish, sharks, humpback whales, underwater caves, scuba divers and much more marine life from the south Pacific.

Please “like”, favorite, share, or leave a comment here or on my channel at http://www.youtube.com/bubblevision. My Facebook page is at http://www.facebook.com/bubblevision and I have more scuba diving videos and underwater footage on my website at http://www.bubblevision.com, where you can also license rights managed and royalty free stock footage.

The coral reefs of the south Pacific are alive with a huge variety of tropical fish and marine critters. A great way to explore them is to scuba dive with the Nai’a liveaboard based in Fiji. I was working as the Nai’a’s video pro when I shot this footage. See http://www.naia.com.fj/

The underwater footage was shot in high definition HDV 1080i 60i with my Sony HVR-Z1P HDV camera in a Light & Motion Bluefin HD housing. The footage was converted to 720p for YouTube using my high quality method:
http://www.bubblevision.com/underwate…

The music is “In the Meadows” by Stephen Richard Thomas Brown, under a Creative Common licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b….
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View the names of all the dive sites and names of all the tropical fish and other marine life by turning on closed captions with the CC button. Here is the full shot list of species and dive sites. You can find more complete information at http://www.bubblevision.com/underwate… :

0:04 – “E6”, Bligh Water, Fiji
0:06 – Reticulated Dascyllus at “Maytag”
0:09 – “Mushrooms”, Namena Marine Reserve
0:11 – “Coral Corner”
0:13 – “Maytag”
0:15 – “Coral Corner”
0:17 – “Mellow Yellow”
0:20 – “E6”
0:22 – Chironephthya corals at “Mount Mutiny”
0:24 – Cave at “Lion’s Den” near Wakaya Island
0:28 – Chironephthya corals at “The Whole Shebang”
0:31 – “The Whole Shebang”
0:33 – “Mellow Yellow”
0:35 – “E6”
0:37 – “Kansas” at North Save-a-Tack
0:39 – Lyretail anthias at “Howard’s Diner”
0:43 – “Maytag”
0:45 – Banded sea krait at “Jim’s Alley” near Gau Island
0:52 – Pacific sailfin tang
0:54 – Button polyps at “Humann Nature”
0:56 – Urn ascidians at “Becky’s” near Makogai Island
0:59 – Pom pom Xenia
1:03 – Barberi clownfish
1:05 – Barberi clownfish at “Cat’s Meow”
1:07 – Barberi clownfish
1:11 – Pink anemonefish
1:13 – Blueband gobies
1:16 – Firefish at Lua Lafalafa Reef, Tonga
1:18 – Orbicular batfish
1:20 – Teira batfish over the “Nasi Yalodina” wreck
1:22 – Elongate surgeonfish
1:24 – Blackfin barracuda
1:27 – Bigeye trevallies at “Grand Central Station”
1:29 – Schooling bannerfish at “School House”
1:31 – Pacific double-saddle butterflyfish
1:33 – Blue and gold fusiliers over yellow scroll coral at Nigali Passage
1:35 – Barcheek trevally at “Tetons”
1:37 – Golden damsel & bluestreak cleaner wrasse
1:40 – Blue and gold fusilier and bluestreak cleaner wrasse
1:42 – Sunburst anthias at “Palako’s Patch”
1:44 – Speckled damsel spawning at Uoleva Point
1:46 – Arc-eye hawkfish at “Anthias Avenue”
1:38 – Longsnout flathead at Luangahu Reef
1:51 – Ribbon eel at “Tetons”
1:53 – Giant moray
1:55 – Juvenile rockmover wrasse at “Two Thumbs Up”
1:57 – Firefish
2:00 – Red lionfish
2:02 – Whitetip reef shark under “Kansas”
2:04 – Grey reef shark
2:10 – Sinularia corals
2:12 – Blue-spotted puffer
2:15 – Blackspotted puffer at Ha’afeva Island, Tonga
2:17 – Blue-green Chromis
2:21 – Red lionfish
2:23 – Zebra lionfish at Luangahu Reef
2:28 – Coral grouper at “Becky’s”
2:30 – Dwarf hawkfish
2:32 – Scorpionfish
2:34 – Randall’s prawn-goby
2:36 – Signalfin goby
2:39 – Gorgeous prawn goby & snapping shrimp
2:41 – Weedy pygmy seahorse
2:43 – Ornate ghost pipefish
2:47 – Ornate ghost pipefish eggs in brooding pouch
2:50 – Christmas tree worm
2:53 – Manta ray at Vatu Vai
2:58 – Hawksbill turtle
3:03 – Humpback whale mother and calf at Ha’apai, Tonga
3:10 – Malabar grouper
3:15 – Honeycomb coral
3:19 – “Lion’s Den”
3:21 – “Mushrooms”
3:23 – “Coral Corner”
3:25 – “Mushrooms”
3:28 – Whitemargin unicornfish
3:30 – Dendronephthya soft coral
3:32 – Bigeye barracuda
3:35 – “Gomo”
3:39 – “Nasi Yalodina” wreck
3:41 – “E6”
3:43 – Lance blenny
3:45 – Triplespot blenny
3:48 – Valentini puffer
3:50 – Parrotfish at Nukupule
3:52 – Bluespotted ribbontail ray
3:54 – Blotched fantail ray at Ha’afeva Island
3:56 – Orange mantis shrimp
3:59 – Sexy shrimp
4:01 – Day octopus
4:04 – Fuchsia flatworms mating
4:07 – Bullock’s Hypselodoris
4:09 – Spanish dancer
4:14 – Spanish dancer at Ha’afeva Island
4:18 – Brown booby at Vatu-i-ra

Dakuwaqa is a shark-god from Fijian mythology. Learn about him at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEHydv…
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Love at Machu Picchù Perù 2010


Love in Machu Picchù Perù 2010 ©copyright2013owpp

Love in Machu Picchù Perù 2010
©copyright2013owpp

This painting was taken from a drawing I had found and wanted to try out.
I loved the almost childlike, naive way of expression.

I thought it would take a second to paint. Was I in for a surprise! There
was a multitude of details I hadn’t seen at first but, I was happy with the
end result.

What do you think?