Exploring The Great Torii at Miyajima

A torii is the boundary between the human world and the spirit world, normally at the entrance of a Shinto shrine.

The Great Torii at Miyajima Island , normally shown as if floating on the water at high tide, is an icon of Japan.

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But at low tide, one can go up close and explore it.

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Some people even place coins between the barnacles for good luck.

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But I also like the way the Torii peeks above the roofs as seen on the way down from Mount Misen.

Either way, it’s definitely worth a visit when in Japan.

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No Hesitation (In Praise of Weeds)

Not that weed. 🙂

A friend once told me not to bring this orchid home because “it’s a weed among orchids.”

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I decided to take it home anyway because I’ve tried other varieties and none of them survived. This fellow, for all it’s humble pedigree, kept blooming. I think it’s because it doesn’t listen to what others are saying.

If plants overthink their reason for being, I guess many of them won’t be around.

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Just think of the cactus, it never listened to the wisdom that plants can’t grow in the desert.

A plant doesn’t think it deserves less of the sun because it is not a rose.

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Who is to judge anyway?

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The jasmine doesn’t care. If it has to crawl so be it; it still spreads its tiny flowers and their scent.

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Growth is life and life is growth.

If we can be more like plants, maybe we would hesitate less.

Now, for that other kind of weed… 🙂

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A Roman Garden With Bellflowers

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An ancient Roman sculpture garden is recreated at the Courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

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At this time of year, chimney bellflowers (Campanula pyramidalis) appear in the courtyard. The flowers are grown from seed and take two years to reach their six-foot height!

Quite an impressive work of horticulture.

“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”
– Douglas Adams

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Eat Your Excuses for Breakfast

Whoever said “Eat your excuses for breakfast and move on” knew a thing or two. 🙂

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(Synonyms of Flavorful from merriam-webster.com)
appetizing, delectable, delish, delicious, flavorsome, luscious, lush, mouthwatering, palatable, savory, scrumptious, succulent, tasteful, tasty, toothsome, toothy, yummy, delightful, heavenly, pleasing, gratifying, satisfying, delicate, exquisite.

Here’s another one for good measure.
“One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast.”
– Robert Heinlein