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Friday, February 15, 2013

Plant thriving in poor conditions

This night blooming cereus was given to me as a small cutting several years ago.  It lived in one of my psychotherapy offices until I moved it home last year.

I'm surprised by the strong shoots springing up from the long, rangey fronds.  And I love the contrast of the smooth waxy leaves against the gritty soil and broken pot.  The plant is now so tall that I have had to balance it in it's saucer with a couple of rocks to prevent it from falling over.  Of course re-potting would be another option... but somehow I keep putting this off in part because I just enjoy the crazy extreme of the tall and wide plant in the tiny broken pot.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Massive tree roots on ancient temple

I've been travelling in Cambodia the past three weeks and having a great time. We have visited many temples in the Siem Reap area including the famous Angkor Wat. I find I'm drawn to the natural forms of tree roots and the contrast they make with cut stone.  This is from Beng Mealea, one of these many ancient temple sites.