Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California. Declared a U.S. National Park in 1994 when the U.S. Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act. The park encompasses nearly 800,000 acres of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, conserving two separate desert ecosystems at different altitudes. The name of the park is derived from the distinctive Joshua Tree, a tall-growing variety of the yucca genus that grows prevalently within its boundaries. In the higher Mojave portion of the national park, a forest of the strange Joshua Trees and a number of unique rock formations called Inselbergs are protected. In the lower Colorado portion, the Pinto Basin exhibits the typical plants of this hotter Sonoran Desert.
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Isolated Socotra, 220 miles from mainland Yemen, is home to a panoply of strange plants and animals uniquely adapted to the hot, harsh, windswept island. It has a tropical desert and semi-desert climate with an average temperature of 25°C and hardly any rain. The most famous and distinctive plant of the island of Socotra, the evocatively named dragon’s blood tree has a unique and bizarre appearance, its upturned, densely-packed crown having the shape of an upside-down umbrella.
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The magic of brightly colored balls invoke the spirit of christmas. Colored balls can come in all the colors and in all sizes, but they should be shining brightly so there is an element of metal suggested. The Christmas Tree itself originated in Germany in the 16th century. It was common for the Germanic people to decorate fir trees with roses, apples and colored paper. In America, a Christmas tree hadn’t been used until Germans immigrated in the early 1800s and brought the tradition with them.
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Honeysuckle is hosting a Christmas Tree Installation with a series of events. About 18, 000 light variations are part of this futuristic tree. The tree`s 12 sides were formed by steel frame weighing 1.3 tonnes and held down by boxes weighing 8 tonnes. Here are some pics that shows tree in all it’s glory.
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Faberges works were very expensive. The original pre Bolshevik revolution eggs sell for millions of pounds. The eggs represents a imperial Russia. Tsar Alexander asked Faberge to create an egg each year and his son, the future Tsar Nicholas II., increased order to two eggs a year, one for his wife and one for the mother. The eggs are made of precious metals or hard stones decorated with combinations of enamel and gem stones. The term “Fabergé Egg” has become a synonym of luxury. The largest Fabergé collection outside of Russia is at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond, VA.
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Bonsai is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in low side pot. A bonsai is a miniature version of a tree. A bonsai is created by cutting a small tree suitable for bonsai development. Bonsai can be created from nearly any perennial woody stemmed tree. Bonsai also require special care because of the small amount of soil in which they grow and it require frequent small waterings.
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