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Black Mirror by Vicky.
This is a painting I started some time ago but couldn't finish by hand, so a few tweaks using Picasa & PhotoScape and I hope I've got it right.
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One of my favorite Miami flowers! Glorybower is sometimes forgotten or overlooked because it grows profusely and un-demandingly in medians and alleyways, against houses and garages. A favorite of bees and butterflies, it also has amazing green berries that sit atop outrageous red cups!
Glorybower, Clerodendrum splendens
Biscayne Park, FL
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Stunning! Long tubular brilliant orange flowers in profusion! We are peaking into the heart of this gorgeous.light-filled five-petaled beauty!
This leathery-leaved shrub or woody vine grows three to six feet tall and forms yellow-orange fleshy flowers at the tips of the branches. It is a member of the potato family but grows nothing like one. The aggressive clinging roots of this plant allow it to grow on trees as well as in the garden. It is everblooming and a fast grower that needs pruning to control shape and size. Hardy to temperatures in the upper 20s, the plant also resprouts reliably after more servere freezes.
Gold Finger Plant, Juanulloa aurantiaca, Juanulloa mexicana, Solanaceae
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL
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Big fat corn, the biggest kernels I’ve ever seen, roast on open-air grills and are more fun to munch on than movie popcorn; Servings of chicharron or what we would call fried pork rinds are distributed from narrow shops, often only the width of a doorway; Adobo, a marinated chicken dish, makes messy on-the-go grub – and beef and cumin stuffed empanadas, often with egg, are available on just about every street corner just as they are all over Latin America. Even wheel barrows of fresh produce like pineapples are sliced and served, sometimes in the middle of the street. The wheelbarrow makes a mobile stand able to serve just about anyone and anywhere, even from moving vehicles.
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Ekambaranathar Temple (Tamil: ஏகாம்பரநாதர் கோயில்) or Ekambareswarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, located in Kanchipuram in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is the largest temple in the town of Kanchipuram and is located in the northern part of the town. The temple gopuram (gateway tower) is 59m tall, which is one the tallest gopurams in India.
It is one of the five major Shiva temples or Pancha Bootha Sthalams (each representing a natural element) representing the element - Earth. The other four temples in this category are Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswara (water), Chidambaram Natarajar (Sky), Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleswara (fire) and Kalahasti Nathar (wind). It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams, where all of the four most revered Nayanars (Saivite Saints) have sung the glories of this temple.
Legend has it that once Parvati, the consort of Shiva was doing penance under the temple's ancient Mango tree near Vegavathi river. In order to test her devotion Shiva sent fire on her. Goddess Parvati prayed to her brother, Vishnu, for help. In order to save her, he took the Moon from Shiva's head and showed the rays which then cooled down the tree as well as Parvati. Shiva again sent the river Ganga (Ganges) to disrupt Parvati's penance. Parvati prayed to Ganga and convinced her that both of them were sisters and so should not harm her. Subsequently, Ganga did not disturb her penance and Parvati made a Shiva Linga out of sand to get united with Shiva. The God here came to be known as Ekambareswarar or "Lord of Mango Tree".
According to another legend, it is believed that Parvati worshipped Shiva in the form of a Prithivi Lingam (or a Lingam improvised out of sand), under a mango tree. Legend has it that the neighboring Vegavati river overflowed and threatened to engulf the Shiva Lingam and that Parvati or Kamakshi embraced the Lingam. Shiva touched by the gesture materialized in person and married her. In this context he is referred to as Tazhuva kuzhainthaar ("He who melted in Her embrace") in Tamil.
Tiurkuripputhonda Nayanar, one of the 63 saivite saints, called nayanars was a washerman in near the temple and he washed the clothes of all the Saivities. He was divinely tricked by God Shiva appearing as an aged brahmin and asked him to wash before dawn. At the same time Shiva made a cloudly evening. On observing the approach of the evening, the washerman banged his head in a stone in disappointment. God appeared in his true form and graced his devotee
This vast temple is one of the most ancient in India having been in existence since at least 600 AD. Second century AD Tamil poetry speaks of Kama kottam, and the Kumara kottam (currently the Kamakashi Amman temple and the Subramanya temple).Initially temple was built by Pallavas. The Vedantist Kachiyapper served as a priest at the temple. The existing structure then, was pulled down and rebuilt by the later Chola Kings. Adi Sankara, the 10th century saint got Kanchipuram remodelled along with expansion of this temple along with Kamakshi Amman temple and Varadaraja Perumal Temple with the help of local rulers.
The Vijayanagar kings, during the 15th century, also made lot of contributions to the temple and later developed by Vallal Pachiyappa Mudaliar used to go regularly from Chennai to Kanchipuram to worship in this temple, he spent significant money he amazed during British rule on the temple renovation, Pachiyappa Mudaliar seated at horse back can be seen in the temple pillar. At the later stage a similar temple with same name Ekambareswarar was constructed in Chennai by Pachiappa Mudaliar in order to avoid travelling time to Kanchipuram. The Archaeological Survey of India report of 1905-06 indicates wide spread renovation activities carried out in the temple by Nattukottai Chettiar.
The temple covers an area of over 23 acres (93,000 m2). Reaching a height of 59 meters, the temple's Raja gopuram (the entrance tower to the temple) is one of the tallest in South India. One notable feature of the temple is the Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, or the "hallway with a thousand pillars", which was built by the Vijayanagar Kings. The temple's inner walls are decorated with an array of 1,008 Siva lingams. The campus is 25 acres with 5 prakarams (or court yards) and has a thousand pillared hall. Kampai Tirtha, the temple tank is believed to have an underground holy river. The fourth court yard contains a small Ganesha temple and a pond. The third court yard contains lot of smaller shrines. The sanctum sanctorum contains the lingam along with the image of Shiva.
There is no separate shrine for Parvati within the complex as with other Shiva temples in Kanchipuram. A local belief is that Kamakshi Amman Temple is the consort for Ekambaranathar. There is a small shrine for Vishnu named Thiru Nilaaththingal Thundathan inside the temple complex. Vishnu is prayed as Vamana Murthy and the shrine is hailed by the Alvar saints as one of the 108 Divya Desams. The sthala-virutcham or temple tree is a 3,500 year old mango tree whose branches are said to yield four different types of mangoes from its four branches.
Panguni Uthiram festival celebrated during the month of March-April is the most popular of all the temple festivals in Kanchipuram.
Храм Экамбарешвара (Ekambareshvara) - самый большой храм Канчипурама и наиболее важная шиваитская святыня. Храм также известный как Экамбарнатха (Ekambaranatha) легко обнаружить по его колоссальным выбеленным гопурамам, которые возвышаются почти на 60 метров на севере города. Главный храм состоит из нескольких частей, строительство храма было начало при Паллавах (Pallava), в современном виде храмы был завершен между шестнадцатыми и семнадцатыми столетиями. На территории храме помимо центральной мандины есть несколько меньших святынь и большой басейн, в котором водились священные рыбы.
Центральный вход через высокий арочный проход в гопураме южной стены ведет к открытому внутреннему двору и величественной "тысяча колонной зале" (kalyan mandapa), чьи частично разрушенные серые каменные колонны украшают пышнотелые девы, животные и божества. Этот зал обращен к храмовому бассейну на севере и святилищу на западе, где хранится символ Шивы (здесь Шива предстает в форме Камешвары (Kameshvara), Бога Желания) - лингам элемента земли, который является одним из пяти лингамов Тамил наду, представляющих элементы.
Легенда связывает лингам с историей о том, как супруга Шивы богиня Камакши ("имеющая глаза, полные желания"), игриво закрыла глаза Шивы, погружая мир во тьму. Видимо Камакши сделала это не ко времени, потому что другая легенда гласит, что когда Парвати так же шутя закрыла глаза Шивы, подойдя к нему сзади, с миром ничего плохого не случилось. У Шивы просто открылся третий глаз. Правда считается, что взгляд 3 глаза Шивы испепеляет, с другой стороны третий глаз называют глазом сокровенного знания или внутреннего видения, а с третьей - это место проекции аджна-чакры.
Шива расстроился, отругал Камакши и в наказание отправил ее лепить лингам из земли, что Kamakshi и сделала. Правда, закончив, она не могла сдвинуть лингам с места, хотя она обхватила лингам так крепко, что на нем отпечатались следы от ее грудей и браслетов.. Местные мифы сообщают про большое наводнение, которое вскоре пронеслось по Канчипураму и разрушило храмы, но не сдвинуло с места лингам, вылепленный Камашки. Во внутреннем дворе храма растет очень почитаемое дерево манго, потомок того дерева, под которым когда то поженились Шива и Камакши. Этот союз празднуется в течение фестиваля каждый апрель, и много пар всступают в брак тысячеколонном зале этого храма.
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