7/27/2009

Protea


Protea Neriifolia and yellow protea speciosa.
Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes.
The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carolus Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus who could change his form at will, because proteas have such different forms. Linneaus's genus was formed by merging a number of genera previously published by Herman Boerhaave, although precisely which of Boerhaave's genera were included in Linnaeus's Protea varied with each of Linnaeus's publications.
Proteas attracted the attention of botanists visiting the Cape of Good Hope in the 1600s. Many species were introduced to Europe in the 1700s, enjoying a unique popularity at the time amongst botanists.
The Proteaceae family to which Proteas belong is an ancient one. Its ancestors grew in Gondwanaland, 300 million years ago. Proteaceae is divided into two subfamilies: the Proteoideae, best represented in southern Africa, and the Grevilleoideae, concentrated in Australia and South America and the other smaller segments of Gondwanaland that are now part of eastern Asia. Africa shares only one genus with Madagascar, whereas South America and Australia share many common genera — this indicates they separated from Africa before they separated from each other.
Most protea occur south of the Limpopo River. However, Protea kilimanjaro is found in the chaparral zone of Mount Kenya National Park. 92% of the species occur only in the Cape Floristic Region, a narrow belt of mountainous coastal land from Clanwilliam to Grahamstown, South Africa. The extraordinary richness and diversity of species characteristic of the Cape Flora is thought to be caused in part by the diverse landscape where populations can become isolated from each other and in time develop into separate species. [Wikipedia]

7/26/2009

Smoking Woman -


XHOSA woman in regalia of head cloth denoting marriage and metal arm bands signifying maturity - smokes the characteristic long-stemmed pipe.
It is from Transkei, is region situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
My grandpa had been taken this long-temmed pipe while smoking.

7/25/2009

Head Decoration

It is Realestate adv. postcard.

7/24/2009

Energy Star


The postcard made by recycled paper and printed by vegetable oil from EPA(Environment Protect Agency) of US.
Please save energy to save the world.

7/23/2009

China Mobile Cor.

CHINA UNICOM
CHINA MOBILE

7/17/2009

LEENTJIESKLIP - South Africa


The stretch of beach is 8km from Greigh, locate in George, South Africa.

7/16/2009

香山碧云寺Biyunsi Temple


Biyunsi Temple in the Fragrant Hills(Xiangshan).

7/15/2009

Sarasota

Ca D'Zan - John & Mable Ringling's Home
Sarasota's Magnificent Beaches & The Sparking Gulf of Mexico
Night life at Sarasota Quay.

7/13/2009

Blue Heron

From SARASOTA.

7/12/2009

Singer Island

Singer Island, Florida.


Zoom In

7/11/2009

7/10/2009

African Buffalo


Kruger National Park.

7/09/2009

7/08/2009

PINK DOMBEYA非洲芙蓉

PINK DOMBEYA. A beautiful flowering shrub fuond in the 3 Mascarene Island(Mauritius, Reunion and Rodrigues).

7/07/2009

Packet Boat


---------------Navigation Colonial Company-------------
Packet Boat
More about the prince see wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_the_Navigator.

7/05/2009

pogorzelica beach


It is interesting most peoples made their own field by piece of block. Don't know if happens in other countries.

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7/03/2009

Greetings from Florida


from Sarasota Jungle Gardens

Holiday Life


What would you do on the holiday?

7/02/2009

San Diego


Old Lighthouse,Cabrillo National Monument
California Tower, Balboa Park
Hotel Del Coronado
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Printed in Australia