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NC Arboretum Annual Orchid Show

The color, variety and the soft uplifting fragrance of the room make this an event I really look forward to all year. Another interesting fact for me is the energy of the crowd. I am not a fan of crowds but these people are all so affable, conversational with strangers and polite, it makes the experience even more beautiful. The folks coming out with purchase bags all look like they just adopted a puppy. For more information about orchids, I suggest the American Orchid Society.  Yes these are all orchids.

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Can you guess what this is?

butterfly tongue

The tip of a butterfly tongue viewed in polarized light by Stephen S. Nagy, M.D. from Helena, Montana. (Stephen S. Nagy, M.D.)    Sooooooooooo cool!

Love creates the unity of heaven and earth

“Love creates the unity of heaven and earth.
Love tears apart heaven and earth.
Is love sympathy.
Is love gentleness.
Is love possessiveness.
Is love sexuality.
Is love friendship.
Who knows?
Maybe the rock knows,
Sitting diligently on earth,
Not flinching from cold snowstorms or baking heat.
O rock,
How much I love you:
You are the only loveable one.
Would you let me grow a little flower of love on you?” ~ Chogyam Trungpa

NC Arboretum in Asheville goes LEGO crazy

Lego Hummingbird

The North Carolina Arboretum presents…Some Assembly Required

 The LEGO Brick Sculptures of Sean Kenney    October 19th ~ January 5th, 2014

The sculptures are inspired by gardens and nature and range in size from six inches to nearly eight feet in height. A female life-size bison on exhibit was made from 45,143 LEGO bricks and is one of the largest in this unique exhibition. The twenty-seven sculptures make up fourteen large displays and were created from nearly five hundred thousand LEGO bricks. New York-based Sean Kenney is one of only eleven LEGO Certified Builders in the world granted permission by LEGO to build on their behalf. The show titled Some Assembly Required opens in October for the holiday season and is expected to break attendance as it has at other venues across the US.

LEGO brick competition – You can be part of the show and even win a prize. For more information on the competition: http://www.ncarboretum.org/exhibits/upcoming/some-assembly-required/2013-lego-brick-competition

Visit www.ncarboretum.org for more info. or follow on facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-North-Carolina-Arboretum/205503977511?hc_location=timeline

Elephant seal snuggles with a woman

I was unable to insert this but it will make you smile!!!!!!  “A woman touring South Georgia Island is befriended by a seal. The animal, which appears to be a young female elephant seal, affectionately says “hello” and wants to get close to her while she is sitting on the beach. This unusual animal encounter was filmed in Gold Harbour on South Georgia Island, which is a sub-Antarctic Island.”

http://www.minds.com/blog/view/196390/seal-wants-to-snuggle-woman-sitting-on-beach