Daffodils-Macro Flowers Saturday 54

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday #54, the last one before taking a break.

I have some daffodils, lovely spring flowers, to cheer us up a bit. I don't know about you but I really need it.

White daffodil-macro
Not one soul came back to vote, so we are all winners this week.
Daffodil-macro photography
Some of you probably have noticed that I don't post much lately to my blogs.
Beginning from last summer I was not feeling well and I've made all kind of tests to find out why. No doctor could tell me what's wrong, so in late autumn, after searching for my symptoms on the internet, I've got the idea to take the Western blot test for Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere, transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks. Of course, I tested positive to the Western blot test.
That was when I moved the MFS meme to this blog, thinking that I could schedule the weekly posts with ease. Unfortunately it doesn't work that way.

Now I'm in the third month of severe antibiotic treatment with no results but much more damage from the drugs. I decided to complement the treatment with intense workout and getting back closer to that old man from above, we always remember of when nothing else helps.
I'm feeling very tired, and as much as I love flower photos and blogging, I must take a break.
I'm not giving up (yet), just eliminating some unhealthy habits, like that of sitting near my computer for long hours.
Though I'm paying the highest price for taking some photos in the park, I'll keep doing it and post the photos once in a while.

I want to thank you all for the beautiful photos you've shared and the lovely comments.
I hope to come back soon as good as new and continue what I started, so keep taking flower macros!

Please don't comment on this subject, I just wanted to let you know why I suspend, temporary I hope, this meme.
Thanks for being understanding.

Medinilla magnifica-Rose Grape plant-Malaysian Orchid

Medinilla is a genus of about 150 species of flowering, evergreen shrubs or lianas in the family Melastomataceae, native to tropical regions, east through Madagascar, southern Asia, western Pacific Ocean islands.

Medinilla magnifica is the only species grown as a houseplant, appreciated for its lush foliage and huge panicles of pink flowers.
Also known as Rose Grape or Malaysian Orchid, Medinilla magnifica is native to the Philippines where it's often found as an epiphytic form (growing on trees).
Medinilla magnifica-Rose Grape
Blooms are produced in long pendulous panicles to 45 cm (18 in), having large pink petal-like bracts attached to the flower clusters. Grape-like clusters of small, pink berries follow the blooms, turning purple when ripen.
Medinilla magnifica-Malaysian Orchid flowers
Malaysian Orchid flowers are very ornamental in hanging baskets under trees or in the shade of a terrace. Like any tropical plant, it needs bright, indirect light, increased humidity and well drained soil. Being an epiphytic plant, orchid soil can be used in pots or containers.
Medinilla magnifica-macro closeup photo

Macro Flowers Saturday 53 - 1 year anniversary

1 year Anniversary
of Macro Flowers Saturday

Welcome everyone to the 53 edition of Macro Flowers Saturday!

Many thanks to all participants for your beautiful photos and lovely comment, keeping this meme alive.
How time flies! It seems like yesterday when I started out this meme last spring and here is another spring, bringing new life and new flowers.

I don't post any photo this week, just the promised video.
The goal of this video was to give Macro Flowers Saturday participant blogs another link from the web's biggest social network, YouTube.
Each of you, who didn't doubt my intentions and have sent their permission, have a link to their blogs from the video description page, at Youtube.
Please take the time and watch the video.
Watch the video on Youtube!

I've got a gift from some of you too, I was surprised to see that my photo was last week's favorite. That's really nice, many thanks for your appreciation.
I don't post it here again but you can see my Calceolaria macro here if you wish.

Join Macro Flowers Saturday, visit each other and have a pleasant stay!
First time visitors, please visit the info on Macro Flower's page (from the main menu)

Please keep your name two rows short, the voting result cuts down the third row.

This list is closed. Click here to see the list


Mother's Day-100th anniversary of International Women's Day

Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day.
In my country is also Mothers' Day today.

Happy Anniversary to all mothers from around the world!
"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be,
Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to me.

- Howard Johnson

Pale pink rose-macro
Pink rose bouquet

Peach-pink begonia macro-Macro Flowers Saturday 52

Hi everyone and a happy weekend to all of you!
Sorry for being late with the post.
My entry is a reach-pink begonia for today.
Peach-pink begonia

Today's favorite picture is a beautiful carnation flower from hapsydeco.

About the pictures for the gallery:
I have only five pictures till now and it would be necessary at least 15, for a short 1.20 min slideshow.
Those willing to participate, please send your photo url to my or some info about it to my contact form or email. I can't showcase on photos that I have no written for, from the author.
The photos have to be at least 640x480px, 4:3 (landscape) format.
I have to be ready with the movie for next week, so I'm waiting for the photos till Monday included.


Martisor-spring symbol on the 1st of March

March 1 marks the first day of meteorological spring for the Northern Hemisphere, meaning that the coldest three months are now behind us and signs of spring should start to show up.
It's still chilly outside and the snow is still here just like yesterday but two things are different:
The sun came out at noon to let us remember how spring feels like and the second: the flower prices hit the sky.
Why? Well, we have this beautiful and sometimes costly custom called Martisor.
Martisor is a spring symbol in the form of an amulet, any kind of figurine, mostly handmade, with a white-red string attached to it. The string is a must.
Martisor-Spring symbol
They are sold everywhere, is shops and streets.
Craftsmen selling Martisor
Accompanied by beautiful spring flowers, the Martisor is given as a sign of appreciation to women by friends, colleagues, children (even husband), on the 1st of March.
Hyacinth, as a symbol of rebirth, is one of the flowers of the day.
Pink hyacinth flower-closeup
White Hyacinth-Hyacinthus orientalis