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Yellow Monday May 30 2011

It’s Monday again and the last Monday for the month of May. Hope you’ll have a good and productive week. I took these two photos a couple of weeks ago. These yellow flowers are gone now and I will have to wait for the next spring to see them again.

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Yellow Monday May 23 2011

Another Monday is here again. Have a good start of the week and a good week everyone. Here is a couple of photos I took of yellow poppy flower for the “yellow” theme of Monday.

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Happy International Biodiversity Day

Today, May 22 is The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). 2011 is the International Year of Forests and forest biodiversity is the theme for this year. Laos is celebrating this occasion with the issuing of rare orchid Lao stamp, which will go on sale today. I was told on the phone that I will …

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Clematis on Easter Sunday

The clematis came a couple of weeks earlier this year. By Easter Sunday, they were in full bloom and dancing in the sun. It was a good time for me to document their blooms and enjoy their company. There were only a few flowers left yesterday and I will have to wait a whole season …

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Happy Mother’s Day 2011

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. I hope you will be treated like a queen today and everyday. In the Netherlands, we also celebrate Mother’s Day with flowers and gifts. In Laos, however, mothers are treated extra special on Van Mair Ying Sakon or International Women’s Day. That’s when they get flowers …

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Cherry Blossom in April

After spending a few minutes with the narcissus poeticus, it was time to make a visit to the cherry blossom. All the trees were in full bloom and they made a pretty sight along the street. I will have to wait until another spring to witness their beauty again.

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Narcissus poeticus in April

A few photos of narcissus poeticus in full bloom taken on April 08, 2011 during my afternoon walk. If I have a house and a garden, I would grow these along with tulips and few other spring flowers. For now I have to make do with a few plants in my apartment. I do have …

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Cherry Blossom on my mind

Happy Friday everyone. Hope the weather is nice wherever you are. Over here we’re expecting the temperature to be 16 degrees Celsius, which is warm enough to walk around with a spring jacket on. We had a really nice weather on March 24 with the temperature at 20 degrees Celsius.

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After the rain in Luang Prabang

On the second night after Boun Ok Phansa or End of Buddhist Lent Festival in Luang Prabang, a heavy rain was pouring down and the power was cut off for a short period of time. I was getting ready for bed when the entire town was in a pitch black before 23:00 hour. There was …

Crocus in Holland
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Signs of spring 2010

At the other side of the park I saw something alive and thriving. The crocus are just making themselves visible. It’s a bit late for them to come up this year comparing to last year but spring couldn’t come any later. I can’t wait to see what they look like tomorrow.

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Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

It would be an experience to attend Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. For now I can only enjoy the spring blossom in NL either around in the neighborhood or at Keukenhof Garden. For centuries Japanese people had been celebrating the tradition of hanami – enjoying the beauty of flowers. The Cherry Blossom …

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Lagerstroemia floribunda

Lagerstroemia floribunda (Lythraceae), also known as Kedah Bungor, Crepe Myrtle, in full bloom around Vientiane, Laos and the rest of the country during the month of April.

Butea monosperma
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Flame of the Forest

One of the most beautiful and spectacular ornamental trees in full bloom at the moment in Vientiane, Laos. You can spot Flame of the Forest along the Mekong Riverside in Vientiane, Laos and through out the rest of the country around this time of the year.

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Autumn leaves

Sabaidee my faithful readers and visitors. I am in Lao P.D.R at the moment and will not get back to the Netherlands until after the first week of December. Two months in Laos will be the theme of my posting when I am back at “Home away from Home”.

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September flowers

The marigold and hortensia flowers were still in full bloom right before fall. The smell of marigolds is intoxicating and reminds me of Laos. I can’t hardly wait to get there and see if marigold there would smell the same as the one here.