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Shot in my Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden, Strelitzia  is a genus of five species of perennial plants, native to South Africa.  A common name of the genus is bird of paradise flower / plant, because of a resemblance of its flowers to birds-of paradise. In South Africa it is commonly known as a crane flower and is featured on the reverse of the 50 cent coin. It is the floral emblem of the City of Los Angeles; two of the species, Strelitzia nicolaiand Strelitzia reginae, are frequently grown as house plants.

Some of the “petals” started to die, and before it perishes entirely, I took that shot.

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Bug on Red Zinnia Flower, Puerto Limon, Costa Rica-MG_5613

Puerto Limón, commonly known as Limón, is the capital city and main hub of Limón province, as well as of the cantón of Limón in Costa Rica.  Having visited Costa Rica on previous trip, I knew what to expect and could not resist capturing the diversity and stunning beauty of its flora. Zinnia is found in many places, but nature seems to favor CR.  To me they look more spectacular.

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The Mall, Central Park, NY MG_1424

A walkway leading to the beautiful Bethesda Terrace, the Central Park Mall runs through the middle of the Park from 66th to 72nd street.

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Once referred to as an “open air hall of reception” by its creators, the Mall was specially designed to accommodate the width of carriages passing through its bounds. Around the turn of the century, these carriages would drop off their wealthy inhabitants at the Mall’s starting point, where they could enjoy the natural scenery and mingle with people of lesser status. When these visitors finally reached the Bethesda Terrace, their carriages would be waiting to bring them to their next destination.

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