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Red Azalea Bonsai..

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            ღ♥♥ღ♥♥......For Everyone.....ღ♥♥ღ♥♥
Wish you all a  peaceful  blessed  weekend..Friends...
    Beautiful Bonsai Blossom ~Bonsai trees symbolize   
           harmony,..honor,..patience and happiness.

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Photo by +Uwe Harwardt  , promoting the Hai Yama Ten event. Great Juniper #Bonsai!

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                              : #Bonsai  

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( Bonsai )

The word "Bon-sai" ( often misspelled)

as bonzai or banzai ) is a Japanese

term which, literally translated, means

"planted in a container". This art

form is derived from an ancient

Chinese horticultural practice, part

of which was then redeveloped

under the influence of Japanese

Zen Buddhism. It has been around

for well over a thousand years.

The ultimate goal of growing a

Bonsai is to create a miniaturized

but realistic representation of nature

in the form of a tree.

Bonsai are not genetically dwarfed

plants, in fact, any tree species

can be used to grow one.

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Hailing In Spring and Happiness
... with the flower of a Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris). It never ceases to amaze me how something so exquisitely designed to repel all but the most desperate, pain-oblivious creatures can have a flower so exquisitely designed to attract.

While some varieties of cacti have long, sharp spines, this variety has small tufts of no less skin-threatening barbs that require hours of careful attention to remove should you be so unfortunate as to touch one.

Though, this one was found in the Nevada Desert, we also have them local to our California mountains ... they are abundant in many deserts south of the border as well. If you know how to handle and prepare them, they can be a valuable food source, should you be caught out in the wild. Using a large knife to cut and hold them with, you put them over your campfire to burn off the tufts of barbs. Then they can be sliced and used like any vegetable, cooked or in salads.

They taste a bit like a green bell pepper (yes, I've actually prepared and eaten them in the wild ... ;o)), but some folks don't like the fact that, unlike green peppers, they are a bit "slimy" in texture, like okra. Still, a valuable food (and moisture) source, if you happen to be lost in the desert. The younger, new pads sprouting from older cacti are more palatable than older growth. In some hispanic cultures, this cactus, "Nopal", is prepared and pickled to make "Nopales", a popular relish or entremets.

#FloralFriday with thanks to +Tamara Pruessner +Eustace James +Beth Akerman +Kiki Nelson and +FloralFriday 

#rgwoodpost #photography #googleplusphotos #Friday #TGIF #naturephotography #macrophotography #FlowerFriday #flowerphotography #floralphotography #hqspflowers #Spring2015 #HappinessDay #WorldHappinessDay #InternationalHappinessDay
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