Eventide- 20

Golden hour!!

The glorious hour before the sunset, when the entire skyline seems to glow is Golden hour.
I was lucky to witness this awesome phenomenon at the Golden Gate, San Francisco, when the burning golden ball of sun was dipping in the Pacific Ocean.
The evening was clear without fog, giving a fascinating view of sunset.
The sun lingered on the horizon for a minute or so….and then dripped over and was gone….!

Smile of Earth- 18

Zinnia flowers

Zinnia is a herbaceous plant that belongs to the aster family (Asteraceae). There are 20 species and more than 100 cultivated varieties of Zinnia.
Zinnias are annual plants that can bring an explosion of colours in a garden. They come in eye-catching hues. Flowers are solitary. They can be singles with petals arranged in a single row or semi-doubles or doubles with layers of petals.
These plants require only basic requirements like well-drained soil and sunlight to grow.
Zinnia is named after Johann Gottfried Zinn, famous German botanist who described this plant. Zinnia symbolizes friendship in the language of flowers.
Did you know? Zinnia is one of the flowers grown in space. In January 2016, NASA released images of a Zinnia flower blooming aboard the International Space Station.

Patterns and Shapes in Nature- 3

Palmately lobed leaf

First, some leaf architectural terms to describe this shape 🙂 This is a simple lobed leaf. Lobed leaves are those that have distinct projections of veins from the midrib. In palmately lobed leaves major primary veins that originate at or near the base of the leaf enter the lobes.
The leaf margin is continuous and leaf is not divided into leaflets. These leaves have the lobes spreading radially like fingers on a hand.

These are leaves of bitter gourd.